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20130044198SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROL BASED ON FACE OR HAND GESTURE DETECTION - System and method for control using face detection or hand gesture detection algorithms in a captured image. Based on the existence of a detected human face or a hand gesture in an image captured by a digital camera, a control signal is generated and provided to a device. The control may provide power or disconnect power supply to the device (or part of the device circuits). The location of the detected face in the image may be used to rotate a display screen to achieve a better line of sight with a viewing person. The difference between the location of the detected face and an optimum is the error to be corrected by rotating the display to the required angular position. A hand gesture detection can be used as a replacement to a remote control for the controlled unit, such as a television set.02-21-2013
20130044196APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINATION OF MEDICATION LOCATION - A method, apparatus and computer program stored on a non-volatile computer readable storage medium for confirming a pill in the mouth of a user. The computer program causing a general purpose computer to perform the steps of capturing one or more images of a user by an image capture device, confirming the position of the face of the user within the captured image by measuring a size of the face, and setting a predetermined portion of the face of the user to be a region of interest. An open mouth of the user is confirmed within the region of interest, and the open mouth of the user is classified as one of a mouth with a pill therein and a mouth without a pill therein.02-21-2013
20130044197IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus 02-21-2013
20130083183HOST, OPTICAL LENS MODULE AND DIGITAL DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME - A digital diagnostic system with interchangeable lenses includes a host and at least one optical lens module, wherein the host without any optical lens having curved surface includes a focus adjustment module which drives an image capture module to linearly move. Therefore, the optical system of the optical lens module can be designed independently, and no need to include focus adjustment mechanism, so that the optical design of the optical lens module can be greatly simplified, and the system allows a greater mechanism tolerance, thereby reducing manufacturing difficulty and manufacturing cost.04-04-2013
20100165091MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A monitoring system that monitors a person, the monitoring system including: a camera that captures an image of the individual; a transmission device that transmits an image; and, a processing device that is configured to: detect a change in facial expression of the individual from an image captured by the camera; identify the individual with the change in facial expression; and, transmit to a destination associated with the identified individual an image including the change in facial expression through the transmission device.07-01-2010
20100165090Frontal Hand Capture of Fingerprints, Palm Prints and Hand Geometry Using Contactless Photography - The present invention is a system and method that captures hand geometry, full-length fingerprints, and/or palm prints from a frontal view of a freely posed hand using contactless photography. A system and method for capturing biometric data of a hand includes the steps of and means for (a) digitally photographing a designated contactless capture area not having any predefined hand-positioning structures or platen for receiving a hand, to obtain a captured image of the capture area that includes a naturally-posed hand; (b) extracting a frontal hand image of the naturally-posed hand by applying an Active Appearance Model (AAM) to the captured image; (c) computing a plurality of hand geometry measurements of the frontal hand image; and (d) comparing the plurality of hand geometry measurements from the frontal hand image to corresponding existing hand geometry measurements, wherein the comparison results in a best match.07-01-2010
20120162404MEDICAL MONITORING SYSTEM - A medical monitoring system that facilitates end-users in obtaining medical information concerning their health or wellness is disclosed. In one embodiment, an end-user is provided with a medical monitoring appliance. In another embodiment, an end-user acquires an appropriate medical monitoring appliance. The end-user can utilize the medical monitoring appliance to capture health data concerning the end-user. The health data can be electronically stored at a central repository and be available for electronic access by medical personnel and/or the end-user. The medical monitoring system also facilitates remote evaluation of an end-user's health data by another person, such as a medical specialist.06-28-2012
20120162403BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM - A biometric authentication system and apparatus are provided. The system includes an image capture device, a processor and an authentication unit. The image capture device generates first and second biometric data of a user based on reflected infrared light reflected from an object. The processor processes the first and second biometric data to generate first and second feature data. The first feature data is associated with the first biometric data, and the second feature data is associated with the second biometric data. The authentication unit performs authentication of the user based on at least one of the first feature data and the second feature data.06-28-2012
20090195645SYSTEM OF DISPLAYING AND CAPTURING IMAGES USING NON-PLANAR MIRRORS - A system of displaying and capturing images using non-planar mirrors is disclosed. An embodiment of the invention comprises a display (08-06-2009
20090278921Image Stabilization of Video Play Back - Systems and methods are provided for compensating motion fluctuation and luminance in video data from a capsule camera system. The capsule camera system moves through the GI tract under the action of peristalsis and records images of the intestinal walls. The gut itself contracts and expands but exhibits little net movement. The capsule's movement is episodic and jerky. It typically pitches, rolls, and yaws. Its average motion is forward, but it also moves backward and from side to side along the way. Luminance fluctuation and other luminance artifacts also exist in the captured capsule video. Motion and luminance compensation for the capsule video will improve the visual quality of the compensated video.11-12-2009
20130076881FACIAL DIRECTION DETECTING APPARATUS - A facial direction detecting apparatus includes a nostril extracting unit for extracting the nostrils of a person from among multiple characteristic portions that are extracted by a characteristic portion extracting unit. The nostril extracting unit extracts the nostrils as the characteristic portion having a greatest amount of movement from among all of the multiple characteristic portions.03-28-2013
20130076880IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM - An image processing method includes the following steps. The first step is utilizing a linear image capturing apparatus with odd number of image capturing units to capture image portions of object. Next step is taking the image portions which are captured by the first-end and the right-end image capturing units as the reference and comparing the image portions which are captured by the central image capturing units with the reference so as to correct and eliminate the overlapped noise. Next step is interlacing and re-constructing the processed image portions which have no overlapped portions as the integrated image.03-28-2013
20130076882TEST PREPROCESSING APPARATUS, TEST PREPROCESSING METHOD, AND SPECIMEN PROCESSING APPARATUS - According to an embodiment, a test preprocessing method includes, detecting a brightness of a specimen based on image of the specimen acquired by capturing the specimen before test processing of the specimen, and detecting a chylous state of the specimen based on the brightness, and detecting a hue of the specimen based on the image, and detecting a hemolytic state of the specimen based on the hue.03-28-2013
20100118131FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION DEVICE AND USER AUTHENTICATION METHOD FOR CARD INCLUDING THE FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION DEVICE - Provided are a fingerprint recognition device which performs a fingerprint recognition function and can be inserted into a card, the card including the fingerprint recognition device, and a user authentication method for the card including the fingerprint recognition device. The fingerprint recognition device includes a fingerprint touch unit that a fingerprint touches and an image sensor capturing a fingerprint pattern by using a reflected wave reflected from the fingerprint touch unit 05-13-2010
20100073471Video Display Device and Video Display Method - A video display device includes a demodulator configured to demodulate a video signal, a display unit configured to display the video signal demodulated in the demodulator, and an eyesight decline determination unit configured to determine whether or not an environment of viewing the display unit becomes a cause of an eyesight decline.03-25-2010
20130038712DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION ON THE WINDSCREEN OF AN AUTOMOBILE - The invention relates to a driving aid system incorporated into a vehicle comprising a windshield, the system comprising visual information that is not visible, disposed at several predefined locations on the windshield and a lighting device able to illuminate each of the predefined locations so as to cause the appearance thereat of the corresponding visual information in the field of vision of the driver. The visual information comprises at least a first group of identical information, and the system further comprises a unit for detecting the ocular point of the driver providing directional information to the light device which is adjusted so as to illuminate, depending on the directional information received, the predefined location of one of the items of information of the first group, situated in correspondence with the ocular point of the driver detected.02-14-2013
20100045787AUTHENTICATING APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATING SYSTEM, AND AUTHENTICATING METHOD - An authenticating apparatus that authenticates whether a user is a registrant based on biometric information includes a biometric information input unit to input the biometric information, a registered information memory unit to memorize, together with a single or plural registrants of the biometric information, registered biometric information for each of the registrants, an identification candidate information memory unit to memorize candidate information representing registrants selected from the registrants of the registered information memory unit, and an identifying unit to compare the biometric information of the user input to the biometric information input unit and the registered biometric information of the registered information memory unit to decide on a single registrant or select plural registrants based on similarity, and, when plural registrants are selected, memorize the plural registrants in the identification candidate information memory unit as candidate information to use the candidate information as objects to be identified for biometric information of a subsequent input.02-25-2010
20100103252DEVICE TO DETECT MALIGNANT PROCESSES IN LIVING ORGANISMS - The invention relates to electronics and biomedicine and it can be used to evaluate some characteristics of dynamic systems, e.g. to detect (or exclude) malignant processes in organism via gas-discharge imaging of a body parts under certain fitted conditions and further computerized processing of the images so obtained. A device for the gas-discharge detection of malignant processes in living organisms, which comprises an optically transparent electrode for generating an electric field, a dielectric for electrical insulation of an object under examination, this dielectric being capable to be mounted on an optically transparent electrode and comprising three successive layers, each one in contact with adjacent one: a rigid transparent electrically-insulating layer capable to be arranged in surfacing contact with the optically transparent electrode, a flexible transparent membrane positioned on the free surface of the rigid transparent electrically-insulating layer; a dark opaque flexible membrane positioned on the free surface of the transparent membrane to absorb spurious light reflected from the object's surface; and the image-receiving camera being a progressive-scan monochrome camera positioned beneath the optically transparent electrode to generate continuous analog video signal to be sent to a computer for further processing.04-29-2010
20130033590Real-Time Skin Color Visualization and Classification Tool - The present invention makes use of a camera feed input to calculate in real time, and simultaneously display: the skin color of a subject, the most comparable colored item from a predetermined array of colored items, and the camera feed output. The simultaneous and real time feedback of the skin color and the selected colored item enable the user to adjust the camera until the closest match is identified. The user can at any point choose to view further details about a given item including purchasing a corresponding product online.02-07-2013
20130027535INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PHRASE OUTPUT METHOD, AND PROGRAM - In one aspect, an information processing system for determining complimentary phrases to present to a recipient is provided. The information processing system may receive an input image depicting a subject. A difference in appearance between the subject depicted in the input image and a model subject may be determined. One or more phrases (e.g., complimentary phrases) may be selected from a plurality of categorized phrase candidates based on the identified difference in appearance between the subject and the model subject. The difference in appearance may be determined by comparing selected features (e.g., skin, hair, eyes) of the subject with one or more predetermined features of the model subject. The model subject may be the same or different than the subject depicted in the input image.01-31-2013
20130027537CAR VIDEO RECORDER - A car video recorder includes a human body sensing device for generating a first signal when a person gets close to the device; an acceleration sensor for generating a second signal when it detects that an action is imposed on a car; a camera device for real time video recording; a control unit which detects whether the car starts; in case that the car flames out, if the control unit receives the first or second signal and the signal meets a predefined condition, then the control unit drives the camera device to automatically perform human body detection and human face recognition; after successful recognition, the control unit stores camera data as special data; and a memory at least including a first partition for storage of the special data therein. The car video recorder employs the microwave sensor and acceleration sensor and camera device cooperatively to realize the functions such as recognition of the human face, taking photos and video of the human face and safety transfer of the camera data carrying information related to the human face.01-31-2013
20130027536Electronic Camera and Image Processing Apparatus - An electronic camera includes an image pickup device, a memory, a face detecting section, a face recognizing section, and an object specifying section. The image pickup device photo-electrically converts an image of an object into an electric signal and generates an image signal as the electric signal. The memory has recorded registration data representing characterizing points of faces as recognizing targets. The face detecting section detects face areas in a shooting image plane based on the image signal and extracts characterizing points of faces of objects from the face areas. The face recognizing section determines whether or not the face areas are the recognizing targets based on data of the characterizing points corresponding to the face areas and on the registration data. The object specifying section specifies as a main object an object present on nearest side of the electronic camera of objects as the recognizing targets.01-31-2013
20130033591IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - In an embodiment, an image processing device includes: a first calculating unit; a selecting unit; an extracting unit; a second calculating unit; a determining unit; and a generating unit. The first calculating unit calculates posture information of a subject from a first image including the subject. The selecting unit selects a second image associated with the posture information from a plurality of second images including clothing. The extracting unit extracts a first feature of the subject from a first contour in the first image and extracts a second feature from a second contour in the second image. The second calculating unit calculates a first difference between the first feature and the second feature. The determining unit determines a transparency that is higher as the first difference is larger. The generating unit generates a composite image combining the first image and the second image with the determined transparency.02-07-2013
20100157040BIOMETRIC FACIAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - A biometric facial surveillance system comprise at least one independent, stand-alone biometric unit operative to acquire and process biometric parameters to provide a complete verification or identification of a person. In a preferred embodiment, each biometric unit includes a camera operative to provide a two dimensional (2D) video stream and a 3D pixel depth data stream, and at least one processing unit operative to process the 2D video stream and a 3D pixel depth data stream into biometric parameters that verify or identify the particular person. In alternative embodiments, a plurality of biometric units is connected to a biometric server and an applications server which provide management functions.06-24-2010
20120182410POSITION DETECTING METHOD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD - The disclosure provides an electronic device and a detecting position method adapted for the electronic device. The device stores an infrared sensing mode and a capture mode. The method includes steps of: entering the infrared sensing mode in response to an input signal and capturing infrared signals from an external environment, amplifying the infrared signals and converting the infrared signals into digital signals, evaluating whether part of the infrared signals falls into a predetermined waveband, if yes, focusing on an infrared thermal source whose infrared signals fall into the predetermined waveband, switching from the infrared sensing mode to the capture mode, taking a photo of the infrared thermal source, and processing the photo to identify a position of the infrared thermal source in the photo and displaying the position of the infrared thermal source in the photo.07-19-2012
20130070074APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SURFACE AND SUBSURFACE TACTILE SENSATION IMAGING - A tactile sensor, computer readable medium, methods of using and manufacturing the tactile sensor, and methods and apparatuses for processing the information generated by the tactile sensor. The tactile sensor includes a planar optical waveguide comprised of a flexible and transparent layer; a light configured to direct light into the optical waveguide; a light sensor or an imager facing the optical waveguide and configured to generate signals from light scattered out of the optical waveguide; and a controller which may be configured to generate an image of the object and characteristics of the object. The waveguide may be configured so that some of the light directed into the optical waveguide is scattered out of the waveguide if the waveguide is deformed by being pressed against the object. A finite element and a neural network are used to estimate mechanical characteristics of the objects.03-21-2013
20130070073BIOLOGICAL IMAGING DEVICE AND BIOLOGICAL IMAGING METHOD - A biological imaging device comprising: an irradiation unit which emits parallel light onto a first part in a living body; and an imaging unit which takes images of the first part and a second part that is connected to the first site.03-21-2013
20110001812Context-Aware Alarm System - An alarm system (01-06-2011
20100134611ARTICLE ESTIMATING APPARATUS AND ARTICLE POSITION ESTIMATING APPARATUS, ARTICLE ESTIMATING METHOD AS WELL AS ARTICLE ESTIMATING PROGRAM - The apparatus is provided with a holding-state registering database in which an article and a holding state at the time of transporting the article are registered in association with each other, holding-state determination processing device that determines, when a person is transporting an object article, how the object article is held, and first article candidate extraction device that extracts, among articles registered in the holding-state registering database, an article whose holding state, determined by the holding-state determination processing device, is registered therein, as a candidate article.06-03-2010
20100134610Personal Identification system - A personal identification system, which uses a vein pattern of a finger, optimizes the amount of light of a light source based on a captured finger image and emphasizes the vein pattern during image processing for identification.06-03-2010
20130088582SURGICAL TELESCOPE WITH DUAL VIRTUAL-IMAGE SCREENS - A surgical telescope includes a front frame configured to be positioned in front of a use's eyes, and a camera coupled to the front frame. The camera is configured to generate image information of a scene viewed by the camera. The surgical telescope further includes a circuit coupled to the camera and is configured to receive the image information from the camera and process the image information for display. The surgical telescope further includes a virtual-imaging screen disposed in the front frame and coupled to the circuit. The virtual-imaging screen is configured to: be position in front of a user's eyes, receive the image information from the circuit, and display images from image information. The surgical telescope further includes a lens positioned over the virtual-imaging screen for creating virtual images of the images displayed on the virtual-imaging screen. The virtual images are behind the virtual-imaging screen.04-11-2013
20120218397FAKE FINGER DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND FAKE FINGER DETERMINATION METHOD - The present invention improves an accuracy to discern a fake finger created by attaching a transparent thin film to the surface of a finger. The present invention has: a mounting surface that has a mounting area to mount an authentication target that is an object of fingerprint authentication; a transparent plate that is provided on mounting surface and defines a range of an image used for determining the authenticity of the authentication target; a light source that allows light to directly enter the authentication target mounted on the mounting area, not by way of the transparent plate; and an imaging device that images the authentication target mounted on the mounting area, by way of a the transparent plate, wherein a light emitting surface for emitting light of the light source to outside is disposed on the same plane as the mounting surface.08-30-2012
20120218396METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USABILITY TESTING OF A MOBILE DEVICE - A method and apparatus for usability testing a mobile device. The method and apparatus display a usability testing script on a computer screen of a user computer, capture video of a mobile device while a user is using the mobile device in accordance with the usability testing script, create a recording data file comprising at least the video, and send the recording data file to a data collection computer.08-30-2012
20120218395USER INTERFACE PRESENTATION AND INTERACTIONS - Embodiments are disclosed that relate to push and/or pull user interface elements in a user interface with which a user interacts via a depth camera. One embodiment provides a computing device configured to display an image of a user interface comprising one or more interactive user interface elements, receive from a depth camera one or more depth images of a scene including a human target, and display a rendering of a portion of the human target as a cursor positioned within the user interface and also provide to the display a rendering of a shadow of the cursor cast on one or more of the interactive user interface elements. The computing device is further configured to translate movement of the human target hand to the cursor such that movement of the human target hand causes corresponding actuation of a selected interactive user interface element via the cursor.08-30-2012
20130057668DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING DRIVER'S CONDITION USING INFRARED RAY SENSOR - A device for detecting driver's condition is provided. More specifically, an infrared ray (IR) sensor which includes a light-emitting unit that emits a light signal, and a light-receiving unit that receives the light signal, measures a distance to an obstacle in front of the IR sensor using a phase difference between a light signal emitted from the light-emitting unit and a light signal received by the light-receiving unit. Additionally, a camera photographs a driver's face and detects the driver's face from the photographed image. An electronic controller then determines whether a recognition error has occurred using data measured by the IR sensor and the camera, and analyzes a generated recognition error when a recognition error occurs.03-07-2013
20130057670INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An information processing apparatus comprises a first imaging unit for imaging a commodity, a commodity recognition unit for comparing the imaged commodity image with a pre-stored commodity image, and recognizing the imaged commodity based on the similarity with the pre-stored commodity image, a second imaging unit for imaging the face of a customer, a member determining unit for comparing the imaged face image with a pre-stored face image of each member, and determining whether the customer imaged by the second imaging unit is a member based on the similarity with the face imaging of each member obtained by the comparison and a preference giving unit for giving the customer who is determined as a member by the member determining unit a given preference when the amount of each commodity recognized by the commodity recognition unit is counted.03-07-2013
20130057669OPTICAL FINGERPRINT ACQUISITION APPARATUS - Provided is an optical fingerprint acquisition apparatus. The fingerprint acquisition apparatus has an improved optical lens unit and can correct distortion of an image caused by a light refractor. The optical lens unit includes two cylindrical lenses disposed so that an optical axis of incident light does not coincide with a central axis of the lenses. The optical lens unit corrects an image that is distorted into a rectangle by a light refractor, thereby restoring a square shape. In particular, the fingerprint acquisition apparatus is useful in the simultaneous acquisition of multiple fingerprints as well as the acquisition of a single fingerprint.03-07-2013
20110058028INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes: a storage unit which stores person relationship information representing the relationship between multiple people as a subject in a storage medium; an acquisition unit which acquires image data generated by imaging people as a subject; a detection unit which detects each person in an image based on image data acquired by the acquisition unit; a specification unit which specifies each person detected from the image by the detection unit; and a determination unit which determines the relationship between the multiple people detected from the image by the detection unit, wherein, when at least one person from among the multiple people detected from the image by the detection unit is specified and another person is unable to be specified, the specification unit specifies another person on the basis of the relationship between the multiple people determined by the determination unit and the person relationship information stored in the storage medium.03-10-2011
20120188354SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTICAL IMAGING WITH VERTICAL CAVITY SURFACE EMITTING LASERS - The present invention uses vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) as illumination source for simultaneous imaging of blood flow and tissue oxygenation dynamics in vivo, or a means to monitor neural activity in brain slices ex vivo. The speckle pattern on the brain tissue due to a VCSEL's coherence properties is the main challenge to producing low-noise high-brightness illumination, required for evaluating tissue oxygenation. Moreover, using oxide-confined VCSELs we show a fast switching from a single-mode operation scheme to a special multi-modal, multi-wavelength rapid sweep scheme. The multi-modal, multi-wavelength rapid sweep scheme reduces noise values to within a factor of 40% compared to non-coherent LED illumination, enabling high-brightness VCSELs to act as efficient miniature light sources for various brain imaging modalities and other imaging applications. These VCSELs are promising for long-term portable continuous monitoring of brain dynamics in freely moving animals.07-26-2012
20090273667Electronic Camera - An electronic camera includes an image pickup device that takes a subject image, a face detecting section, an inferential section, and an image processing section. The face detecting section not only detects a face area in a shooting image plane based on the output of the image pickup device but also extracts a feature amount of the face of the subject from the face area. The inferential section performs inferential processing relating to either of the age and gender of the subject based on the feature amount. The image processing section makes at least one of an exposure correction, a soft focus correction, a skin smoothing correction to adjust color saturation of the color of the skin, and a correction to make a person look slim, on a recording-purpose image taken by the image pickup device based on the inference result of the inferential section.11-05-2009
20110013006APPARATUS FOR SKIN IMAGING, SYSTEM FOR SKIN ANALYSIS - The invention relates to an apparatus for skin imaging, a system for skin analysis and a method for skin analysis, using a combination of near-field and far-field skin images under different angles of illumination. The apparatus provides a tool that may be employed for rapid screening of the skin for lesions that may be indicative of skin diseases, in particular skin cancers such as melanoma.01-20-2011
20110013005Foot-Activated Controller for Imaging System - A foot-activated controller (01-20-2011
20110013004MEASURING HUMAN MOVEMENTS - METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method and apparatus are disclosed for measuring human movement of a test subject during a standard coordination and balance test. The test subject is placed in a selected test position, e.g. standing on one leg for a selected test period. A sensor device is attached to at least one body member of the test subject. The sensor generates and transmits a signal representative of movement of the body member during the test (hereinafter “the test”). The test subject is viewed through a viewfinder of a visual recorder. The recorder and sensor device are activated and generate image and sensor signals which are transmitted to an analyzer for determining the movement of the body members during the test. A coordination and balance score is calculated from the test based on the body movement, body member location and test time. The score is compared a standard associated with the test, and provides an indicator of the test subject's coordination and balance skill.01-20-2011
20110013002Laser Speckle Imaging Systems and Methods - An apparatus and method for measuring perfusion in a tissue. The method comprising the steps of recording images of the tissue under laser light, calculating a plurality of contrast images from the plurality of images of the tissue, determining a power spectrum of scattered light from the plurality of contrast images, and determining perfusion from the power spectrum. The apparatus comprises a digital video camera, a laser light source, and a processor arranged to operate the camera to produce a plurality of images with different exposure times, receive the plurality of images from the camera and process the images to determine a power spectrum and determine perfusion from the power spectrum.01-20-2011
20120224042INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - The present invention relates to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, a program, and an electronic apparatus which can detect a skin region with high degree of accuracy even when a rolling-shutter-type camera is employed. LEDs 09-06-2012
20120224041FAKE-FINGER DETERMINATION DEVICE, FAKE-FINGER DETERMINATION METHOD, AND FAKE-FINGER DETERMINATION PROGRAM - A fake finger in which a transparent thin film is attached to a finger surface is discriminated. A fake-finger determination device includes: an imaging unit 09-06-2012
20130063581AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM - It is provided an authentication system, comprising: a reader for obtaining identification information assigned to an identification device held by a subject; an authentication device for authenticating the identification information obtained by the reader; a camera for photographing a facial image of the subject; and a management device which is coupled to a terminal for issuing an alarm and which includes an image database in which the facial image photographed by the camera is accumulated, in which the management device is configured to: search the image database by using information obtained by at least one of the reader and the camera on an occasion of the authentication; determine a reliability of the authentication based on a result of analyzing the retrieved facial image; and transmit data for issuing the alarm to the terminal in a case where it is determined that the reliability is low.03-14-2013
20100123776SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBSERVING AN INDIVIDUAL'S REACTION TO THEIR ENVIRONMENT - Methods and systems are provided for observing and recording images of an individual and the individual's reactions to their environment. A facial image capture device is mounted for movement with the individual and is oriented to capture images of the individual's facial region. An environment image capture device is mounted for movement with the individual and is oriented to capture images of the individual's environment. Images of the individual's face and environment are stored on an image storage medium.05-20-2010
20090237499METHOD FOR OBSERVATION OF A PERSON IN AN INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENT - Manufacturing processes profit greatly from a close collaboration between human and machine. Whereas a human behaves flexibly and adaptively but is inclined to make mistakes during repetitive work operations, machines operate quickly and exactly but are static and not very flexible. In order to enable an improved hazard protection in the context of a safe human-machine interaction, a spatial- and time-dependent variable degree of hazard is allocated to monitored spatial areas as a function of the current position and the current movement state of a machine or a machine element, as well as of the observed person. For this purpose, a multicamera system is used to acquire image data of the person in order to obtain the most detailed information possible about the position and alignment of a person, in particular also with reference to the body parts thereof, in an industrial environment. These image data are then examined with regard to the imaging of a person so that whenever a person has been detected in the image data, an articulated virtual 3D model of the human body is matched to this person hypothesis. Subsequently, this virtual body model is continuously matched to the movement behavior of the person detected in the image data. A hazard potential is determined using knowledge of the position and the movement behavior of the virtual body model in space. The hazard potential thus determined is subjected to a threshold value comparison in order to act upon the movement control of the machine or the machine part in the event of this threshold value being exceeded.09-24-2009
20130162794DRIVER MONITORING APPARATUS - A driver monitoring apparatus includes a detection section, a warning section and a changing operation section. The detection section detects at least one of a face direction and an eye direction of the driver, and generates a detection information regarding the at least one of the face direction and the eye direction detected. The warning section determines whether the driver has an inattentive drive by comparing the detection information to a reference information, and generates a warning when it is determined that the driver has the inattentive drive. The changing operation section receives an operation for changing the reference information, and changes a current reference information set before receiving the operation to a new reference information according to the operation received.06-27-2013
20130162793System for Reconstructing Optical Properties in a Diffusing Medium, Comprising a Pulsed Radiation Source and at Least Two Detectors of Two Different Types, and Associated Reconstruction Method - The system according to the invention for reconstructing optical properties of a diffusing medium, the reconstruction system comprises: 06-27-2013
20120113241FINGERTIP TRACKING FOR TOUCHLESS USER INTERFACE - In general, this disclosure describes techniques for providing a gesture-based user interface. For example, according to some aspects of the disclosure, a user interface generally includes a camera and a computing device that identifies and tracks the motion of one or more fingertips of a user. In some examples, the user interface is configured to identify predefined gestures (e.g., patterns of motion) associated with certain motions of the user's fingertips. In another example, the user interface is configured to identify hand postures (e.g., patterns of showing up of fingertips). Accordingly, the user can interact with the computing device by performing the gestures.05-10-2012
20130162791VEHICULAR WARNING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A vehicular warning system includes an image information generating module for generating image information associated with a driver and a position of a vehicle, an operation information generating module for generating operation information associated with operation of the vehicle, and a processing module determining first and second risk values respectively with reference to the image information and the operation information, determining a risk index with reference to the first and second risk values, and generating an alert-triggering signal to be received by an alert module that generates an alert signal of one of sound, light and pictures in response to the alert-triggering signal when the risk index reaches a predetermined index threshold.06-27-2013
20130162792NOTIFYING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A notifying method includes: capturing images around a taxi through at least one camera; detecting the images obtained by the camera to find out whether there are persons in the images; comparing the person in the image with images stored in a storing module when there is a person in the image captured by the camera; outputting a first signal when the person in the image obtain by the camera is the same as one of the images stored in the storing module; outputting a second signal to a notifying unit; and notifying a driver of the taxi that there is a passenger around the taxi through the notifying unit.06-27-2013
20130162795IMAGING AND EVALUATING EMBRYOS, OOCYTES, AND STEM CELLS - Methods, compositions and kits for determining the developmental potential of one or more embryos or pluripotent cells and/or the presence of chromosomal abnormalities in one or more embryos or pluripotent cells are provided. These methods, compositions and kits find use in identifying embryos and oocytes in vitro that are most useful in treating infertility in humans.06-27-2013
20130162796METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGING, DETECTING, AND MONITORING SURFICIAL AND SUBDERMAL INFLAMMATION - Described are imaging apparatus and methods for imaging an area of interest, such as selected regions on a surface of a human or other living subject, by thermal and non-thermal means. Methods of using the apparatus to detect and monitor wounds in an area of interest on a subject are also described. The apparatus and methods have particular utility for detection and monitoring of ulcerations and general wound degradations, as well as of conditions that could result in formation of such lesions.06-27-2013
20120044337METHOD FOR PRESENTING AN IMAGE IN A VEHICLE - A motor vehicle virtual vanity mirror display system includes an a input device that provides a virtual vanity mirror control signal, and a camera that is adapted to capture an image of an occupant sitting on a seat of the vehicle in response to the virtual vanity mirror control signal. An image processing unit receives the image and processes the image to provide a processed image, and a display receives and displays the processed image to the occupant, in the absence of a vehicle mounted vanity mirror.02-23-2012
20120300051IMAGING APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY METHOD USING THE SAME - An imaging apparatus includes: a first imaging optical system that obtains a first photographic subject image; a second imaging optical system that is capable of obtaining a second photographic subject image which is more telephoto than the first photographic subject image obtained by the first imaging optical system; a first imaging section that converts an image signal of the first photographic subject image into first image data; a second imaging section that converts an image signal of the second photographic subject image into second image data; a display that displays the first photographic subject image by the first image data and the second photographic subject image by the second image data; and a controller that controls the display such that an indicator frame that indicates an imaging range of the second photographic subject image is displayed in the first photographic subject image displayed on the display.11-29-2012
20120249766SPHYGMOGRAPH AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - A sphygmograph includes: a first signal processing unit and a second signal processing unit that process pulse waves obtained from a pulse sensor unit; a signal processing selection unit that determines whether or not to cause the second signal processing unit to also operate at the same time as the first signal processing unit; and a save data generation unit that saves, of the signal processing results from the first signal processing unit and the second signal processing unit, the signal processing result selected by the signal processing selection unit.10-04-2012
20100134612METHOD FOR ENHANCING WELL-BEING OF A SMALL CHILD OR BABY - A method for enhancing a well-being of a small child or baby utilizes at least one TV camera positioned to observe one or more points on the child or an object associated with the child. Signals from the TV camera are outputted to a computer, which analyzes the output signals to determine a position or movement of the child or child associated object. The determined position or movement is then compared to pre-programmed criteria in the computer to determine a correlation or importance, and thereby to provide data to the child.06-03-2010
20110279665IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND IMAGE RECORDING PROGRAM - There is provided an image recording apparatus including an image-capturing section that captures an image of the observed person, an observation result input section that inputs a result of the observation done by the observer, an input detecting section that detects the input of the observation result by the observation result input section, and an image storing control section that stores the image of the observed person which is captured by the image-capturing section when the input detecting section detects the input of the observation result.11-17-2011
20110279664Ultrasonic Area-Array Sensor With Area-Image Merging - A method and device for using a small area-array sensor to produce a larger image of a biological object is disclosed. In a method according to the invention, the presence of a biological object is detected, and images of the biological object are collected using the area-array sensor. Pixels from at least some of the collected area-images are discarded to produce a set having modified area-images, and the area-images of the set are combined to form an extended image using an image merging algorithm.11-17-2011
20110279663REAL-TIME EMBEDDED VISION-BASED HUMAN HAND DETECTION - In one aspect there is provided an embodiment of an image capture device comprising a camera, an image processor, a storage device and an interface. The camera is configured to capture images in ambient light of a human hand in a field of view (FOV) of the camera. The image processor is configured to process a first one of the images to detect a presence of the hand. The image capture device is configured to assign a position of the presence of the hand, track movement of the hand within the FOV by processing at least a second one of the images and generate a command based on the tracked movement of the hand within the FOV. The interface is configured to transmit the detection of the presence of the hand, the assigned position of the hand and the command to an external apparatus.11-17-2011
20110128361IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - In one example embodiment, an authentication apparatus determines whether to emit an imaging light to a target of authentication based on a detected position of the target of authentication. In one example embodiment, when the imaging light is emitted, the imaging light permeates a display plane. In one example embodiment, the authentication apparatus authenticates based on data obtained from the emitted imaging light.06-02-2011
20110128363WORK RECOGNITION SYSTEM, WORK RECOGNITION DEVICE, AND WORK RECOGNITION METHOD - A work recognition device that recognizes processes in user's work includes: a whole-state observation time determination unit (06-02-2011
20090309962BIOLOGICAL FEATURE INPUT DEVICE AND BIOLOGICAL FEATURE INPUT METHOD - To obtain biological feature information of high authentication accuracy. A biological feature input device includes an imaging device, and a finger guide for guiding the finger to a position at which the image of the finger can be picked up. The finger guide is configured with a finger abutment part which supports a tip side of the finger placed on the finger guide, and a finger holding device which displaces a position of the finger abutment part towards a direction the finger is pointing when the finger is placed on the abutment part. The finger guide is provided with a guide position detecting part which detects the position of the finger abutment part. The imaging device picks up the image of the finger when the abutment part is detected at a position that is set in advance.12-17-2009
20110316995METHOD FOR INSPECTING A PERSON - The invention concerns a method for inspecting a person by using a detector (12-29-2011
20120002027INATTENTION DETERMINING APPARATUS - An inattention determination device includes a sight direction detecting unit that detects a sight direction of a driver, and an inattention determining unit that measures an inattention continuation time from a time point when the sight direction is a predetermined inattention direction to a time point when the sight direction deviates from the predetermined inattention direction and becomes a direction other than the inattention direction and determines that the driver is inattentive when the intention continuation time is equal to or more than a predetermined time. The inattention determining unit maintains measurement of the inattention continuation time when the sight direction is changed at a speed higher than a predetermined movement speed from the predetermined inattention direction to a direction other than the inattention direction or when the sight direction is momentarily a direction other than the inattention direction.01-05-2012
20110298911IMAGING MODULE FOR BIOMETRICS AUTHENTICATION, BIOMETRICS AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND PRISM - An imaging module for biometrics authentication comprises: a light source irradiating a living body with light capable of passing through the living body; a prism having an incidence surface including an incidence area for taking in light emerging from the living body, two or more reflecting surfaces for reflecting the light taken in through the incidence area, and an outlet surface for outputting the light reflected by the reflecting surfaces; and a camera module including a lens for focusing the light emerging from the outlet surface of the prism and an image pickup device for converting the light focused thereon by the lens into an electric signal and outputting the electric signal.12-08-2011
20110298910MIRROR DEVICE - Mirror device (12-08-2011
20110298909IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus detecting a skin area indicating human skin from an image, includes: an irradiating section irradiating an object with first and second wavelength light; a first generating section installed with an image sensor at least having a first light receiving element receiving the first wavelength light and a second light receiving element receiving the second wavelength light and generating a first mosaic image based on a reflected light from the object when the object is irradiated with the first and second wavelength lights incident to the image sensor; a second generating section generating a first image obtained by a first interpolation process and a second image obtained by a second interpolation process, in respective pixels forming the first mosaic image; and a detecting section detecting the skin area on the basis of the first and second images.12-08-2011
20120105614OPTICAL FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION SYSTEM - An optical fingerprint recognition system has a finger board. The finger board has a plurality of micro-structures, and a plate face of the finger board is to be in contact with a finger, and the other plate face of the finger board has an image capturing element and at least one light emitting element disposed thereon. The image capturing element and the light emitting element are separated from the finger board for a distance. When the light emitting element emits a light ray towards the finger board, the light ray is guided by the plurality of micro-structures to be uniformly distributed in the finger board, so as to facilitate the image capturing element to capture the light ray applied on the finger, thus improving the recognition rate of the fingerprint.05-03-2012
20120098948FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS HAVING A PLURALITY OF FINGERPRINT SENSORS AND METHOD FOR SAME - A fingerprint authentication apparatus and method which processes fingerprint data input through a plurality of fingerprint sensors and uses the processed fingerprint data in authentication to thereby increase security and performance. The fingerprint authentication apparatus includes a first sensor configured to acquire first fingerprint data from a user; a second sensor configured to acquire second fingerprint data that is different from the first fingerprint data; and a control unit configured to determine whether or not to authenticate the user based on similarities obtained from the comparison of each of the first fingerprint data and the second fingerprint data with registered fingerprint data.04-26-2012
20110063429WIRELESS COMMAND MICROPHONE MANAGEMENT FOR VOICE CONTROLLED SURGICAL SYSTEM - A voice controlled surgical system including a wireless command microphone receiving audio input, a voice control module for generating commands from the audio input received by said wireless command microphone, a detection module for generating signals indicative of a proximity of said wireless command microphone, a switch module for disabling the commands in response to one or more of the signals, and an alarm module activated in response to the one or more of the signals.03-17-2011
20110141257APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REGISTERING PLURALITY OF FACIAL IMAGES FOR FACE RECOGNITION - A facial image registration apparatus and method are provided for registering a plurality of facial images to be used for face recognition. A plurality of facial images are detected and sorted from a plurality of captured images input from a camera unit at the request of a user. A face feature value is calculated for each of the facial images. The face feature value is a score that is applied according to face features of each of the facial images. Facial images selected according to the calculated face feature values are registered as target facial images to be used for face recognition. As such, various facial images may be registered at a user's single request, thus improving a face recognition rate.06-16-2011
20110141258EMOTION RECOGNITION METHOD AND SYSTEM THEREOF - A method is disclosed in the present disclosure for recognizing emotion by setting different weights to at least of two kinds of unknown information, such as image and audio information, based on their recognition reliability respectively. The weights are determined by the distance between test data and hyperplane and the standard deviation of training data and normalized by the mean distance between training data and hyperplane, representing the classification reliability of different information. The method recognizes the emotion according to the unidentified information having higher weights while the at least two kinds of unidentified information have different result classified by the hyperplane and correcting wrong classification result of the other unidentified information so as to raise the accuracy while emotion recognition. Meanwhile, the present disclosure also provides a learning step with a characteristic of higher learning speed through an algorithm of iteration.06-16-2011
20110169932Wireless Facial Recognition - Identifying individuals ad-hoc by a user wearing specially designed glasses that include a hidden internal display screen that can be seen only by the user or wearer of the glasses that is wirelessly linked to a central database to determine via facial imaging techniques the identity of the person or persons standing in front of the user or wearer of the glasses. Information can be obtained from a social networking site which can include age, marital status, preferences, vices and habits, ethnic background, frequently viewed websites, personality traits, dating habits, color preferences, educational background, criminal history, family history, average annual income, religious beliefs, clubs memberships, associations, date of birth, and other such individual data. The information can be instantly provided to the user of the glasses, to help in identifying local people.07-14-2011
20110007142VISUAL REPRESENTATION EXPRESSION BASED ON PLAYER EXPRESSION - Using facial recognition and gesture/body posture recognition techniques, a system can naturally convey the emotions and attitudes of a user via the user's visual representation. Techniques may comprise customizing a visual representation of a user based on detectable characteristics, deducting a user's temperament from the detectable characteristics, and applying attributes indicative of the temperament to the visual representation in real time. Techniques may also comprise processing changes to the user's characteristics in the physical space and updating the visual representation in real time. For example, the system may track a user's facial expressions and body movements to identify a temperament and then apply attributes indicative of that temperament to the visual representation. Thus, a visual representation of a user, such as an avatar or fanciful character, can reflect the user's expressions and moods in real time.01-13-2011
20110216180METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OBTAINING IMPROVED COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC RECONSTRUCTIONS - Methods and systems for obtaining improved computed tomographic reconstructions are provided. A camera obtains one or more images of a patient while a tomographic scan is performed. A CT scanner obtains one or more tomographic projections. The total number of the one or more tomographic projections obtained during the CT scan is determined. For each of the one or more patient images obtained, a processor correlates the patient image with the one or more tomographic projections, calculates a position of the patient and determines if the calculated position of the patient is greater than one or more predetermined constants. If it is determined that the calculated position of the patient is greater than one or more predetermined constants and a total number of the one or more tomographic projections obtained is less than a predetermined number, separate projections are substituted in the place of the one or more tomographic projections that were correlated to the patient image. If it is determined that the calculated position of the patient is greater than one or more predetermined constants and a total number of the one or more tomographic projections is greater than a predetermined number, the tomographic scan is aborted or the tomographic reconstruction is reconstructed on a reduced arc.09-08-2011
20110261181MEDIA DISPLAY SYSTEM AND ADJUSTMENT METHOD THEREFOR - An adjustment method for a media display system includes a camera capturing an image of a viewer, detecting a reference eyeline in the image, obtaining a midline of the image, comparing the reference eyeline with the midline to determine whether the two lines overlap and outputting a comparison signal correspondingly, and driving a driving apparatus according to the comparison signal to adjust height of an electronic billboard.10-27-2011
20090015665Medical diagnostic ultrasound video timing control - Video signals are controlled in an ultrasound imaging. The line synchronization and/or frame rate may be set for any desired purpose, such as to match an acoustic scan rate. The pixel clock rate is set based on the line synchronization or frame rate. Since the line synchronization timing may not be an integer multiple of the pixel clock rate, the pixel clock may be controlled to maintain a state for additional system clocks.01-15-2009
20090153655GESTURE RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - A gesture recognition apparatus including a detector, a controller and a gesture recognizer, and is able to detect a portion to be detected using an image captured at a first resolution without reducing the number of images to be entered per unit of time to an object detector by detecting an auxiliary portion instead when the portion to be detected is not detected at a second resolution, estimating the position of the auxiliary portion based on the position of the auxiliary portion, and extracting the periphery thereof from the image captured at the first resolution.06-18-2009
20100013914IN-VIVO SENSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING BETWEEN IMAGERS AND PROCESSOR THEREOF - An in-vivo sensing device having multiple imagers controlled by a single processor and a method for communicating between the processor and the imagers. The processor and imagers are connected via common data and control busses, instead of by direct separate conducting lines thereby reducing the number of pins on the processor and the corresponding number of conducting lines.01-21-2010
20090147081HAIR STYLING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS - A hair styling apparatus that may include a body portion; a handle portion that may extend away from the body portion; and a camera unit that may be coupled to the body portion, the camera unit may include a camera unit body portion; a lens that may be coupled to the camera unit body portion; and a transmitter that may be coupled within the camera unit body portion, wherein the transmitter may be operatively coupled to the lens.06-11-2009
20090147080Apparatus for detecting feature of driver's face - An apparatus for detecting a gaze direction of a driver is mounted on an automotive vehicle. An image of the driver's face on which infrared rays are incident is reflected on a windshield, and the reflected image is fed into a camera. An outside view entering through the windshield may be subtracted from the image of the driver's face taken into the camera to obtain a clearer image of the driver's face. A gaze direction of the driver is detected by a known method (refer to the Specification) based on the image taken by the camera. A mirror for further reflecting the image reflected on the windshield may be added to the apparatus to position the camera freely in the vehicle. A band-pass filter for allowing only the infrared rays to pass through may be disposed before the camera to suppress an image of outside view entering through the windshield. The gaze direction of the driver is correctly detected without placing the camera in a direct front of the driver.06-11-2009
20110261183WIRELESS LAPAROSCOPIC CAMERA - A wireless laparoscopic camera system includes a housing having proximal and distal ends and a lens disposed at the distal end thereof. A chip package is disposed within the housing. The chip package is positioned proximally of the lens and includes an image sensor, a processing component, and a wireless transmitter. The image sensor, the processing component, and the wireless transmitter are configured as bare die and are stacked and coupled in sequence with respect to one another to form the chip package. The chip package is configured to convert an optical image produced by the lens into an electrical signal. The signal is transmitted wirelessly to a wireless receiver positioned remote of the housing.10-27-2011
20110102567Integrated Fingerprint Sensor and Display - A fingerprint swipe sensor includes fingerprint sensor lines disposed on a surface of an LCD protective glass covered on an opposite surface with motion sensing lines. The fingerprint swipe sensor also includes a controller coupled to the fingerprint sensor lines to capture a fingerprint image when a user's finger is swiped about the fingerprint sensor lines.05-05-2011
20120268580PORTABLE COMPUTING DEVICE WITH INTELLIGENT ROBOTIC FUNCTIONS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - Disclosed is a portable computing device with intelligent robotic functions, including: an input projector providing a user interface screen for user input and mounted with a camera for capturing and recognizing a user behavior on the user interface screen; a main board recognizing a user command according to the user behavior and generating service and contents according to the user command; and an output projector outputting the generated contents.10-25-2012
20110169934VEIN PATTERN RECOGNITION BASED BIOMETRIC SYSTEM AND METHODS THEREOF - Individual authentication techniques are disclosed, which relate to a vein recognition based to biometric authentication system. Systems and methods to capture the subcutaneous vein pattern at the back of the palm and use it as the biometric identity of an individual are also disclosed.07-14-2011
20110169933METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CENTRALIZING CONSTRUCTION OF IMAGES - A method for centralising the construction of images including a step of acquiring at least one radiofrequency signal with a sensor of at least one local imaging device, a step of transmitting the radiofrequency signal emanating from the sensor to the centralised processing unit, a step of processing the radiofrequency signal with a view to constructing an image, and a step of transmitting the image constructed to a display of the acquisition device. The transmission between the sensor and the processing unit and the transmission between the processing unit and the display are performed via a telecommunications network Prior to the step of transmitting to the processing unit, the radiofrequency signal emanating from the sensor is converted into a format compatible with the telecommunications network. A system for the centralised construction of images implementing such a method is described.07-14-2011
20090201365Skin Condition Diagnosis System And Counseling System For Beauty - [Problem] To provide a system which can simplify operations at the time of diagnosis at the store, which enables even a beginner to diagnose a customer's skin condition, thereby achieving higher precision diagnostic results.08-13-2009
20110199474Light source system for detecting oral cavity - A light source system for detecting oral cavity has an illumination module and a filter module. A spectral range of light is illuminated from the illumination module and filtered through the filter module. When light of such spectral range is irradiated onto a diagnostic area, high chromatic difference and contrast existing between areas with pathological change and normal areas is employed to enhance correctness of diagnoses and operations.08-18-2011
20090284589CASCADE ANALYSIS FOR INTESTINAL CONTRACTION DETECTION - A method and system cascade analysis for intestinal contraction detection is provided by extracting from image frames captured in-vivo. The method and system also relate to the detection of turbid liquids in intestinal tracts, to automatic detection of video image frames taken in the gastrointestinal tract including a field of view obstructed by turbid media, and more particularly to extraction of image data obstructed by turbid media.11-19-2009
20090262187INPUT DEVICE - The input device of the present invention includes a camera for taking an image of an operator, an image recognition unit for recognizing a partial portion of body of the operator as the image taken by the camera, a display-area calculation unit for calculating a display area in such a manner that the partial portion of the body of the operator recognized by the image recognition unit is selected and used as its criterion, the display area being used for displaying a graphical user interface for the operator to perform an operation, and a display screen for displaying the graphical user interface as well as the partial portion of the body of the operator within the display area calculated by the display-area calculation unit.10-22-2009
20120268581CONTROLLED ACCESS TO FUNCTIONALITY OF A WIRELESS DEVICE - Various embodiments of the invention may be used to verify that a person being authorized by biometric techniques to use a device is a living person and not some form of recording intended to spoof the system. Some embodiments may try to cause a change in a measured biometric feature, and compare images taken before and after the change to verify the change occurred. In some embodiments, multiple stages of verification may be used, either to increase the difficulty of spoofing the security system, or to provide different levels of security for different levels of access to the device's functionality.10-25-2012
20110267445FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATION METHOD - A fingerprint authentication apparatus and a fingerprint authentication are provided. The fingerprint authentication apparatus is configured to prevent infection from viruses or bacteria and quickly and accurately perform fingerprint authentication. The fingerprint authentication apparatus includes an irradiation section that irradiates a mounting section when a finger is not detected to prevent infection.11-03-2011
20120057012ELECTRONIC MUSIC STAND PERFORMER SUBSYSTEMS AND MUSIC COMMUNICATION METHODOLOGIES - An electronic music stand system and methodologies relating thereto are presented. The electronic music stand system is comprised of a performer subsystem comprising a processing subsystem, librarian logic, performance logic, and communications management logic. The communications management logic provides management of communication via the communications interface with external apparatus responsive to the performance logic and the librarian logic. The user input apparatus and the display apparatus can be integrated into a touch-screen input display. The user input apparatus can alternatively be at least one of a touch-tablet, a stylus-based writing tablet, a mouse, a keyboard, a joystick, a game controller, and a switch. In a preferred embodiment, the librarian logic, the performance logic and the communications management logic are defined by program data stored in the data storage apparatus, and the processor is responsive to the program data for managing data formatting, displaying music, and management of communications of data with the external apparatus. In one embodiment, two Performer subsystems are operable alternatively as one of a single appliance as a linked set a linked mode and as two independent appliances a stand-alone mode, wherein in the linked mode each of the two Performer subsystems operate cooperatively with each other as a linked set to provide a two page display on the video presentation, and wherein in the stand alone mode each of the two Performer subsystems operates independently and mutually exclusive of the other to provide two independent and mutually exclusive single page displays on the video presentation. The present invention also relates to a method for providing for video display of music responsive to the music data stored in a music database. The method is comprised of defining a page of music image data from the music database; defining ordered logical sections; storing the mapping in a memory for selective retrieval; and providing for the video display of the music responsive to the mapping and the storing.03-08-2012
20100141749METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING - According to one of embodiments, a system of facial information processing being captured facial image data of a user, and a feature point of a face of the user is extracted from this facial image data and encoded. The facial image data is associated with a unique identifier and/or the encoded feature point to be registered in an address management table.06-10-2010
20090179986METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE RECORDING OF BODY MOVEMENTS - The invention relates to a method for recording the position, location or movement of a body part of a patient and a device for recording the position, location or movement of a body part or a medical instrument. According to the invention, a graphic marker is connected with the body part or the instrument and an image of the body comprising the graphic marker is generated by an image recording camera (07-16-2009
20120081532ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND EXAMINATION SYSTEM - The illumination apparatus includes a first light source and a second light source configured to generate light in wavelength bands required for at least two illumination modes; a dichroic mirror configured to transmit light in a predetermined band from the first light source, to reflect light from the second light source outside the predetermined band in the direction of the optical axis of light from the first light source, and to combine the light from the first light source and the light from the second light source; and a control unit configured to control the illumination states of the first light source and the second light source.04-05-2012
20120140054INTELLIGENT HAND WASHING MONITORING SYSTEM - An intelligent hand washing monitoring system identifies if a user has actually washed every parts of his/her hands and informs the user with washed parts highlighted on a display unit. An image recognition technique is used to determine if the user uses a standard hand washing procedure to wash their hands and suggests to the user which part to wash with respect to the standard hand washing procedure in real time.06-07-2012
20120069169INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image capturing unit 03-22-2012
20120069168GESTURE RECOGNITION SYSTEM FOR TV CONTROL - A gesture recognition system using a skin-color based method combined with motion information to achieve real-time segmentation. A Kalman filter is used to track the centroid of the hand. The palm center, palm bottom, as well as the largest distance from the palm center to the contour from extracted hand mask are computed. The computed distance to a threshold is then compared to decide if the current posture is “open” or “closed.” In a preferred embodiment, the transition between the “open” and “closed” posture to decide if the current gesture is in “select” or “grab” state.03-22-2012
20090185033Replay Device, Replay System, and Television Set - A replay device includes: a user recognition unit that performs user recognition processing; and a replay source selection unit that chooses a replay source, from among a plurality of replay sources, according to a user recognized by the user recognition unit.07-23-2009
20110221879OBJECTIVE FOR A DENTAL CAMERA AND METHOD FOR CREATING AN IMAGE - The invention relates to an objective (09-15-2011
20090079822APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING POWER OF VIDEO APPLIANCE - Provided is an apparatus and method for automatically controlling power of a video appliance. The apparatus for automatically controlling power of a video appliance includes an image input unit for capturing a viewer's posture, a posture detection unit for detecting posture information from the image captured by the image input unit, a horizontal-level calculation unit for calculating a horizontal level by using the posture information detected by the posture detection unit and comparing the calculated horizontal level with a preset reference horizontal level, an alert-sound output unit for outputting an alert sound corresponding to the horizontal level compared by the horizontal-level calculation unit; and a power-signal transceiver unit for outputting a power-off signal to the video appliance corresponding to the horizontal level compared by the horizontal-level calculation unit. Accordingly, upright posture of viewers watching the video appliance can be ensured since a viewer's posture is detected and power of the video appliance is automatically controlled according to the detected posture.03-26-2009
20130215249IMAGING APPARATUS FOR IMAGING AN OBJECT - The invention relates to an imaging apparatus for imaging an object (08-22-2013
20130215247APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING WITH A MIRROR CAMERA - The subject matter discloses a system for communicating between a customer at a retail store and a mirror point used to generate media files at the retail store using a capture device, the system comprises a storage for storing contact information of the customer; a processor for enabling access of a customer's device to the mirror point; a communication module for transmitting the media files generated by the mirror point at the retail store to the customer's desired destination using the contact information stored at the storage structure.08-22-2013
20120127295MIRROR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING BIOMETRIC DATA - A system and method for obtaining biometric imagery such as iris imagery from large capture volumes is disclosed wherein a substantially rotationally symmetric mirror such as a cone or sphere is rotated at a constant velocity about a central axis.05-24-2012
20110221880INTRA-ORAL CAMERA FOR DIAGNOSTIC AND COSMETIC IMAGING - An apparatus for obtaining images of a tooth comprises at least one image sensor disposed along an optical axis to take polarized reflectance image and fluorescence image, at least one broadband illumination apparatus for reflectance imaging, and a narrow-band ultraviolet illumination apparatus for fluorescence imaging. In order to remove the specular reflection, one or more polarization elements are disposed along the optical axis. A filter is disposed along the optical axis to block narrow-band ultraviolet light, and a switch for selecting one of the operation modes.09-15-2011
20090213213Method of Monitoring a Surface Feature and Apparatus Therefor - Dimensions of a surface feature are determined by capturing an image of the surface feature and determining a scale associated with the image. Structured light may be projected onto the surface, such that the position of structured light in the captured image allows determination of scale. A non-planar surface may be unwrapped. The surface may alternatively be projected into a plane to correct for the scene being tilted with respect to the camera axis. A border of the surface feature may be input manually by a user. An apparatus and system for implementing the method are also disclosed.08-27-2009
20100060727REAL-TIME FACE TRACKING WITH REFERENCE IMAGES - A method of tracking a face in a reference image stream using a digital image acquisition device includes acquiring a full resolution main image and an image stream of relatively low resolution reference images each including one or more face regions. One or more face regions are identified within two or more of the reference images. A relative movement is determined between the two or more reference images. A size and location are determined of the one or more face regions within each of the two or more reference images. Concentrated face detection is applied to at least a portion of the full resolution main image in a predicted location for candidate face regions having a predicted size as a function of the determined relative movement and the size and location of the one or more face regions within the reference images, to provide a set of candidate face regions for the main image.03-11-2010
20120105615METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASSIGNING SOURCES AND SINKS TO ROUTES OF INDIVIDUALS - A method for assigning a source or a sink to a route of an individual has the steps: defining source/sink location data indicating possible sources and/or sinks in a monitored compound, monitoring a route of a moving individual in the monitored compound, generating routing data from the monitored route with initial and terminal location data. After determining an initial and/or a terminal movement vector from the initial and/or the terminal location data, a plurality of initial distance vectors between each of the source location data and the initial location data and/or a plurality of terminal distance vectors between each of the sink location data and the terminal location data are determined, which are correlated with each of the initial distance vectors and/or terminal distance vectors in order to assign respective source location data and/or sink location data to the monitored route on the basis of the correlation results.05-03-2012
20100177184System And Method For Projection of Subsurface Structure Onto An Object's Surface - An imaging system and method illuminates body tissue with infrared light to enhance visibility of a vascular structure, and generates an image of the body tissue and the subcutaneous blood vessels based on reflected infrared light. The system includes an infrared illumination source for generating the infrared light and a structure for diffusing the infrared light. The system further includes an imaging device for receiving the infrared light reflected from the body tissue and for generating an enhanced image of the body tissue based on the reflected infrared light. The enhanced image is produced by contrast enhancement techniques involving applications of an unsharp mask. The system further includes a project a projector for receiving an output signal from the imaging device and for projecting the enhanced image onto the body tissue.07-15-2010
20100013915SYSTEM FOR TAKING IMAGES OF THE FACE OF AN INDIVIDUAL - The invention relates to a system (01-21-2010
20120194663Microscopy System, Microscopy Method and a Method of Treating an Aneurysm - A microscopy system and method allow observing a fluorescent substance accumulated in a tissue. The tissue can be observed at a same time both with visible light and with fluorescent light. It is possible to observe a series of previously recorded fluorescent light images in superposition with the visible light images. An end of the series of images may be automatically determined. A thermal protective filter may be inserted into a beam path of an illuminating system at such automatically determined end of the series. Further, the fluorescent light image may be analyzed for identifying a coherent fluorescent portion thereof. A representation of a periphery line of the coherent portion may be generated, and depths profile data may be obtained only from the coherent portion. An illuminating light beam for exciting the fluorescence may be modulated for improving a contrast of fluorescent images.08-02-2012
20100149324IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM - An apparatus includes a detector including a plurality of pixels which converts radiation or light into analog electric signals, a signal processor including a reading circuit which reads an analog electric signal output from the detector and an A/D convertor which converts the analog electric signal into a digital signal, a power-supply unit configured to apply bias to the detector and the signal processor. The apparatus further includes a controller configured to control at least one of the signal processor and the power-supply unit in accordance with information on an A/D conversion characteristic of the A/D convertor and information on an input analog electric signal to be input to the A/D convertor.06-17-2010
20100177185SURGICAL MICROSCOPE WITH INTEGRATED STRUCTURED ILLUMINATION - The application concerns a method of integrating image information (07-15-2010
20110128362DUAL-CAMERA FACE RECOGNITION DEVICE AND METHOD - A dual-camera face recognition device and method are disclosed. The device includes: a first camera, for capturing a face image; a second camera, arranged at a different position from the first camera, for capturing a face image; a face recognition processing unit, for receiving and recognizing the face image captured by the first camera and obtaining a first candidate set, and for receiving and recognizing the face image captured by the second camera and obtaining a second candidate set. The face recognition processing unit is also adapted to select from the first candidate set and the second candidate set a candidate object whose similarity complies with a predetermined rule as a recognition result.06-02-2011
20100157041AUTOMATIC STABILIZATION OF AN IMAGE STREAM OF A MOVING ORGAN - Apparatus and methods are described for imaging a tool inside a portion of a subject's body that undergoes motion. A plurality of image frames are acquired of the portion of the subject's body. The image frames are image tracked by (a) automatically identifying at least a feature of the tool in at least a portion of the image frames, and (b) aligning the tool in image frames of the portion of the image frames, based on the automatic identifying. The image-tracked image frames of the portion of the subject's body are displayed as an image stream. Other embodiments are also described.06-24-2010
20120033063Method and device for recognition of natural skin during contact-free biometric identification of a person - A contact-free biometric identification apparatus includes a housing, a first light-emitting diode (LED) positioned in the housing having a first predetermined wavelength to illuminate a portion of skin, a second LED positioned in the housing having a second predetermined wavelength to illuminate the portion of skin, an irradiation location outside of the housing and defined by illumination from the first and second LED on the portion of skin, a detector at a predetermined position in the housing for detecting a fraction of the first and second LED light scattered from the irradiation. location and a processing unit that employs a scatter function to determine the presence of live skin based on a correspondence of the detected light to stored data of optical properties of skin.02-09-2012
20090046145Lower Perspective Camera for Review of Clothing Fit and Wearability and Uses Thereof - Methods of providing a rear perspective viewing for a consumer in a retail clothing store include: a) providing an image system; b) providing a receiver, wherein the image system collects an actual image of a person and transmits the image to the receiver, c) providing at least one monitor, wherein at least one of the at least one monitor is located at least 90 degrees from the image system and wherein the at least one monitor receives the actual image from the receiver; and d) providing a retail clothing space comprising the image system and the at least one monitor.02-19-2009
20130215244REMOVING ENVIRONMENT FACTORS FROM SIGNALS GENERATED FROM VIDEO IMAGES CAPTURED FOR BIOMEDICAL MEASUREMENTS - What is disclosed is a system and method for automatically removing undesirable periodic or random background noise from heart rate measurement signals obtained from a video camera, ambient illuminator and other unknown electromagnetic sources to improve the overall reliability of biomedical measurements. In one embodiment, a time varying video image acquired over at least one imaging channel of a subject of interest is received. The video images are then segmented into a first region comprising a localized area where plethysmographic signals of the subject can be registered and a second region comprising a localized area of the environment where the plethysmographic signals cannot be registered. Both of the regions are exposed to the same environmental factors. The segmented video signals are pre-processed and the processed signals are subtracted from each other to generate an environmentally compensated signal. The environmentally compensated signal is then communicated to a computer system.08-22-2013
20130215245METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HAND DISINFECTION QUALITY CONTROL - The invention is based on a method for hand disinfection quality control comprising the steps of providing a hand disinfection medium comprising a light reflecting particles responsive to light mostly outside the visible spectral range of light, applying the hand disinfection medium comprising the light reflecting particles in a prescribed manner for a prescribed time, illuminating the hands disinfected this way with a light source providing light in a spectral range for activating the reflecting particles. The method according to the invention further comprises the steps of providing digital images of the hands from both sides, and evaluating the images by a computer program in order to determine the cleanness of the hands. The invention also relates to an apparatus for implementing the method and assessing hand disinfection quality. The invention uses an apparatus that comprises a rigid case with side walls enclosing a light source for providing light of a predetermined spectral range mostly outside the visible range. The case is further provided with an opening on the front wall for introducing the hands to be exposed to the light of the light source. An imaging device is also attached to the case for taking images of the illuminated hands.08-22-2013
20130215246MEDICAL SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR MEDICAL SYSTEM, MEDICAL IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND SERVER - The present invention is to provide a medical system including a medical image capturing apparatus and a server that records a medical image, and the medical system includes: first and second examination status storage unit for storing an examination status of under examination or examination complete in the medical image capturing apparatus in each of the medical image capturing apparatus and the server; first control unit provided with a function of notifying the server of the examination status in the medical image capturing apparatus and a function of shifting the medical image capturing apparatus to a status of examination complete according to an instruction from the server; and second control unit for generating the instruction that changes from the server the examination status of the medical image capturing apparatus according to information of the examination status received from the medical image capturing apparatus and a status of the server.08-22-2013
20130215248SAFE NURSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAFE NURSING SYSTEM - A safe nursing system that monitors movement of a patient on a bed includes a control unit and an image capturing unit disposed in a position from which an image including a side of a top surface of the bed can be captured. The control unit obtains image data captured by the image capturing unit; specifies feature points in an image of the patient in the obtained image data, and calculates a value of a predetermined index of the feature points used to determine a predetermined movement in the patient; sets a predetermined condition to determine the predetermined movement based on a region of the bed in the obtained image data; determines the predetermined movement based on the calculated value and the set predetermined condition; and outputs information indicating that the patient has performed the predetermined movement under the condition that the predetermined movement has been determined to have been performed.08-22-2013
20100188495VEIN AUTHENTICATION DEVICE - Provided in this invention is a vein authentication device comprising: an interface on which a part of a living body; one or more light sources for emitting infrared light; an image pickup unit for picking up a blood vessel image of the part of the living body using infrared light emitted from the light sources; an image computing unit for processing the blood vessel image picked up by the image pickup unit; and a light shielding unit for shielding infrared light emitted from the light sources and preventing the infrared light from traveling in an image pickup direction of the image pickup unit, wherein the interface has an opening opened in the image pickup direction of the image pickup unit, and wherein the light sources irradiates the part of the living body with infrared light from an image pickup side of the part of the living body.07-29-2010
20100177182VEIN NAVIGATION DEVICE - The present invention relates to an imaging device designed with the intent of visualizing subcutaneous structures within an organism. Visualization of subcutaneous structures will increase the speed and accuracy with which medical treatments requiring insertion of instruments into these structures can be performed. Especially fluid insertions into or extractions from an organism will be facilitated as the device is adapted to be placed upon the organism in a manner giving continued full mobility for the recipient and operator of the device.07-15-2010
20100177183Personal Hygiene Inspection Device and Method - An electronic device utilized for personal inspection of areas of the body that cannot be viewed in detail utilizing mirrors. Back light and focus capabilities of the device allow for clear concise viewing of hard to view areas. A measurement component further provides a means to repeat views of a certain area accurately, and the ability to monitor changes in size of a lesion. When connected to a common desktop or laptop computer these areas can be closely inspected and recorded for comparison with future inspections by creating digital images of the area in question. Changes in size or color of moles and other common lesions can be monitored for possible association with skin cancers. The digital images can be transmitted electronically to your health care provider for a diagnosis or recommendation. This method will blend well with the current trend toward outpatient services and home health care.07-15-2010
20100238280APPARATUS FOR MANIPULATING VEHICULAR DEVICES - The present invention provides an apparatus for manipulating vehicular devices. In preferred embodiments, the apparatus described by the present invention includes a manipulator checking unit, a photographing unit, a plurality of image display units, a line of sight detection unit, a line of sight region determination unit, and a display control unit. The invention also features a motor vehicle comprising the apparatus for manipulating vehicular devices as described herein.09-23-2010
20120194662METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MULTISPECTRAL PALMPRINT VERIFICATION - A method for palmprint verification of an individual that includes illuminating a palm of an individual with a plurality of spectral bands, collecting a plurality of palmprint images that are illuminated under the different spectral bands, locating a sub-image from each of the plurality of palmprint images, extracting palmprint feature maps from the sub-images, determining a palmprint matching score for each of the spectral bands based on the palmprint feature maps, computing a fused score by combining at least two of the palmprint matching scores under different spectral bands, without double-counting overlapping regions, and comparing the fused score with a threshold score from a database.08-02-2012
20100238279Diagnostic Camera and Attachment for the Implementation Thereof - An attachment (09-23-2010
20120127296FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATION METHOD - A fingerprint authentication apparatus and a fingerprint authentication are provided. The fingerprint authentication apparatus is configured to prevent infection from viruses or bacteria and quickly and accurately perform fingerprint authentication. The fingerprint authentication apparatus includes an irradiation section that irradiates a mounting section when a finger is not detected to prevent infection.05-24-2012
20110058027IMAGE-CAPTURING MODULE FOR SIMPLIFYING OPTICAL COMPONENT - An image-capturing module for simplifying optical component includes a first substrate unit, an image-capturing unit, an optical imaging unit, a second substrate unit, a light-emitting unit and a cover unit. The second substrate unit is disposed on the outer surface of the optical imaging unit and electrically connected to the first substrate unit. The light-emitting unit has a light-emitting element electrically disposed on the second substrate unit. The cover unit has a reflective layer formed on an inner surface thereof. Therefore, the light beams generated by the light-emitting element are reflected by the reflective layer to form first reflected light beams projected onto the object, then the first reflected light beams are reflected by the object to form second reflected light beams projected onto the optical imaging unit, and then the second reflected light beams pass through the optical imaging unit and project onto the image-capturing unit.03-10-2011
20100208049IMAGING CHAMBER WITH WINDOW AND MICRO-NEEDLE PLATFORM MAGNETICALLY BIASED TOWARD EACH OTHER - A device for imaging a tissue culture comprises a chamber for housing a tissue to be cultured and imaged. The chamber comprises a transparent window. The device also includes a platform facing the window. Micro-needles are mounted on the platform and are connected for fluid communication with a fluid source. The platform and the window are magnetically biased toward each other to press the micro-needles into a tissue sandwiched between the window and platform for injecting a fluid into the tissue. One or more spacers are placed between the platform and the window for preventing over-compression of the tissue by the platform and the window. During use, a fluid is supplied to the tissue through the needles from the fluid source and the tissue is imaged through the window of the chamber.08-19-2010
20100253773INTRA-ORAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND INTRA-ORAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - An intra-oral measurement device according to the present invention is provided with a light projecting unit for irradiating lights in at least two different wavelengths along an identical light axis toward an object to be measured that includes at least a tooth in an oral cavity, and an image pickup unit for receiving lights reflected on the object to be measured and picking up an image, so that an intra-oral shape can be accurately measured without spraying the metal powder within the oral cavity.10-07-2010
20120140053HEALTH MONITORING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A health monitoring method of a health monitoring apparatus which wirelessly communicates with a wireless terminal and includes a camera module is provided. The apparatus establishes a connection with the wireless terminal and receives a control signal from the wireless terminal. The apparatus captures an image of a body part with the camera module in response to the control signal, and encodes the captured image into a digital image signal. The apparatus then packetizes the digital image signal and transmits the packetized signal to the wireless terminal.06-07-2012
20100271470METHOD AND APARRATUS FOR CHARACTERIZING A PERSON'S SKIN IMPERFECTIONS - A method of characterizing a person's skin imperfections uses a digital color image-taking device to take at least one digital image of an area of skin including at least one imperfection to be characterized. An apparatus for characterizing the imperfections of the skin and a method for measuring the effectiveness of a treatment for skin imperfections use an active cosmetic, dermatological or pharmaceutical agent and further measure the effectiveness of a staining method aiming to attenuate or mask skin imperfections.10-28-2010
20090322867SYSTEM TO AID IN THE POSITIONING, CONFIRMATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF AN ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE - A hand held intubation camera device including a hand held display unit, the display unit including a trigger for actuating a camera. The device also including a disposable stylet connectable to the display unit, the stylet including a camera element formed at a distal end operable by the hand held display unit, and a light emitting element. The device also including a single use interconnect preventing a disposable stylet from being reinserted into the hand held display unit once removed following an initial use.12-31-2009
20130128022INTELLIGENT MOTION CAPTURE ELEMENT - Intelligent motion capture element that includes sensor personalities that optimize the sensor for specific movements and/or pieces of equipment and/or clothing and may be retrofitted onto existing equipment or interchanged therebetween and automatically detected for example to switch personalities. May be used for low power applications and accurate data capture for use in healthcare compliance, sporting, gaming, military, virtual reality, industrial, retail loss tracking, security, baby and elderly monitoring and other applications for example obtained from a motion capture element and relayed to a database via a mobile phone. System obtains data from motion capture elements, analyzes data and stores data in database for use in these applications and/or data mining. Enables unique displays associated with the user, such as 3D overlays onto images of the user to visually depict the captured motion data. Enables performance related equipment fitting and purchase. Includes active and passive identifier capabilities.05-23-2013
20090322868DENTAL COLORIMETRY APPARATUS - A dental colorimetry apparatus that allows the color balance of an entire row of teeth to be checked is provided. The invention provides a dental colorimetry apparatus 12-31-2009
20120242817SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A PATHOLOGICAL TISSUE IMAGE - Disclosed are a system and a method for identifying the pathological image based on the interested regions of the pathological tissue image. In the system, a memory stores the instructions for performing the method. The step in the method includes using an optical microscope to capture an image of a pathological section, and one of the observation regions is selected from the pathological section image as to be an original symptom image. Then a region of interest (ROI) is selected from the original symptom image. For generating a magnified tissue image with a matching magnification, the ROI is enlarged. A scan operation is performed onto the magnified tissue image for conducting a comparison process. Coordinates for identifying the magnified tissue image in the original symptom image can be acquired by the comparison process.09-27-2012
20120242818METHOD FOR OPERATING ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - An electronic device includes a first image sensor and a central processing unit (CPU). The first image sensor detects at least one frame on the user's side. The CPU determines an expression of the user by the at least one frame on the user's side, and determines whether the expression of the user matches a predetermined expression defining a function operation of the electronic device. The CPU performs the functional operation when the expression of the user matches the predetermined expression.09-27-2012
20120242816RECOGNITION SYSTEM FOR FIREARMS - A recognition system recognizes and prevents the unlawful use of a firearm. The present invention also provides a means for tracking and tracing the history of a firearm movement and registered ownership. The recognition system may include a variety of scanning devices that may be adapted to scan for a firearm and/or may scan for a special component formed into the firearm material. The scanning devices may be made visible to people to act as a deterrent, or may be hidden in various everyday items, such as in exit signs, advertisement displays and the like. The scanning devices may not only detect firearms, but other items that may be restricted in their carry, such as knives, narcotics, explosives, or the like.09-27-2012
20100171822Tomographic image capturing apparatus and tomographic image capturing method - A tomographic image capturing apparatus comprises a radiation source for applying radiation to a subject at a plurality of different angles with respect to the subject, a radiation detector for detecting the radiation which has passed through the subject at each of the different angles and converting the detected radiation into image data, a tomographic image reconstructing unit for processing the image data into a reconstructed tomographic image, and an image capturing continuation determining unit for determining whether image-capturing of the subject is continued or not based on the reconstructed tomographic image.07-08-2010
20130135455Face-Directional Recognition Driven Display Control - To present a more attractive image showing a product before a customer for advertisement, a display control system is provided. This system is supposed to be deployed in different sites of a store, shop or shopping mall. The system includes: a server for storing image data representing a plurality of images corresponding to advertisement contents; a controller connected to the server; and a plurality of displays and cameras arranged near an exhibited product for advertisement. When a person is near the exhibited product, a plurality of cameras capture the person from different angles, captured image data is sent to the controller and processed and analyzed by the controller. Then, the controller infers the person's interest, selects a more suitable image to the person based on the person's interest, and transmits image data to any of the displays so as to change a displayed image according to the person's interest.05-30-2013
20100302357GESTURE-BASED REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM - A gesture-based remote control system includes a camera module (12-02-2010
20100302358AUTOMATED ASSESSMENT OF SKIN LESIONS USING IMAGE LIBRARY - An automated skin lesion assessment system may automatically assess a suspect skin lesion. An electronic image library may contain diagnosed skin lesion image data representative of images of a plurality of diagnosed skin lesions and, for each, a diagnosis of the skin lesion. An image capture system may capture an image of the suspect skin lesion. A computer processing system may compare the image of the suspect skin lesion with the diagnosed skin lesion image data and, based on this comparison, identify one or more diagnosed skin lesions which match the suspect skin lesion. A user interface may report the diagnoses of the diagnosed skin lesions that match the image of the suspect skin lesion.12-02-2010
20110115893MULTI-EYE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - A digital camera has two imaging units. In a single photography mode, upon a half press of the shutter release button, imaging units carry out preliminary photography at magnifications different from each other. A face detecting section detects persons' faces from a preliminary image captured by each imaging unit. A face comparing section compares the faces between the two preliminary images. A face evaluating section calculates a face evaluation value of each face, and determines ranking of the faces in each preliminary image based on the face evaluation values. Moreover, in consideration of the ranking of the faces determined in the telephoto preliminary image out of the two preliminary images, the face evaluating section corrects the face evaluation values and ranking of the faces in the wide-angle preliminary image. In each imaging unit, photographic conditions for actual photography are determined with giving high priority to the higher-ranked image.05-19-2011
20110025835Apparatus for Inputing Biometrical Feature - A biometrical feature inputting apparatus includes a 1-dimensional or quasi 1-dimensional image sensor. When a finger and the image sensor are relatively slid, a finger sliding guide keeps a finger and an effective pixel unit of the image sensor to a constant distance without any contact between them. An image processing section sequentially generates partial images by imaging emission light that is scattered inside the finger and then emitted from a skin surface of the finger by the image sensor during the relative motion of the finger and the image sensor and link the partial images to an image.02-03-2011
20110242304BIOMETERIC AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS - A biometric authentication apparatus, for enabling to detect a counterfeit when counterfeited information is inputted, thereby preventing from a mischievous authentication, comprises: a registration unit for register a biometric information pattern; a lighting unit for irradiating a lighting upon a photographing target; an image sensor for photographing the photographing target, upon which the lighting is irradiated by the lighting unit; an authentication process unit for extracting the biometric information pattern from a video signal, being outputted from the image sensor, and thereby comparing it to a biometric information pattern, being registered in the registration unit; and a control unit for controlling a lighting intensity of the lighting irradiated by the lighting unit, wherein the control unit changes the lighting intensity of the lighting irradiated by the lighting unit, and determines on whether the photographing target is a living body or not, with using the change of brightness of the video signal outputted by the image sensor.10-06-2011
20110115892REAL-TIME EMBEDDED VISIBLE SPECTRUM LIGHT VISION-BASED HUMAN FINGER DETECTION AND TRACKING METHOD - In one aspect there is provided an embodiment of an image capture device comprising a camera, an image processor, a storage device and an interface. The camera is configured to capture images in visible spectrum light of a human finger as part of a human hand in a field of view (FOV) of the camera. The image processor is configured to process a first one of the images to detect a presence of the finger. The image capture device is configured to detect the position of the presence of the finger tip, track movement of the finger tip within the FOV by processing at least a second one of the images and generate a command based on the tracked movement of the finger within the FOV. The method does not require any pre-detection training sequence with said finger prior to finger detection, and does not require the finger to be in specific relative angle or finger orientation in said FOV. If the human hand is holding a “finger” like object, such as a pen or stick, such object will be recognized as finger and the tip of the object will be recognized as finger tip and position is also detected. The interface is configured to transmit the detection of the presence of the finger, the assigned position of the finger tip and the command to an external apparatus.05-19-2011
20110211055DUAL-IMAGER BIOMETRIC SENSOR - Embodiments disclose a two imager biometric sensor. In some embodiments, the two imagers can include a direct imager and a TIR imager. In some embodiments, multispectral light sources can be used to illuminate target tissue imaged by two imagers. In some embodiments, composite images can be created from images detected using both imagers.09-01-2011
20110211054Mirror system and method for acquiring biometric data - A system and method for obtaining biometric imagery such as iris imagery from large capture volumes is disclosed wherein a substantially rotationally symmetric mirror such as a cone or sphere is rotated at a constant velocity about a central axis.09-01-2011
20090251533Systems And Methods For Coordinating Collection Of Evidence - A method for coordinated collection of data regarding an incident. An electronic control device performs the method. The electronic control device provides a stimulus signal to a target and logs each delivery of the stimulus signal. The method includes in any practical order: (a) receiving a request to collect the data regarding the incident; (b) recording the request in the log; (c) notifying an operator of the electronic control device regarding the request; and (d) providing an instruction to the operator for orienting a detector toward the incident to collect the data.10-08-2009
20100020165APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR FULL-MOUTH INTRAORAL IMAGE ACQUISITION - Apparatus and methods for full-mouth intraoral image acquisition. An intraoral sensor configuration includes a multi-aperture digital camera and/or a conformal layered sensor structure, a bite piece, and an electronic cable for imaging inside surfaces of a mouth of a patient without having to re-position the digital camera and/or the conformal layered sensor structure within the mouth of the patient during an image acquisition session. Images may be acquired sequentially or simultaneously.01-28-2010
20100039508Face Recognition Apparatus Based on Even Light Source - The present invention relates to a face recognition apparatus based on even light source, which includes a data processor (02-18-2010
20100066822CLASSIFICATION AND ORGANIZATION OF CONSUMER DIGITAL IMAGES USING WORKFLOW, AND FACE DETECTION AND RECOGNITION - A processor-based system operating according to digitally-embedded programming instructions performs a method including identifying a group of pixels corresponding to a face region within digital image data acquired by an image acquisition device. A set of face analysis parameter values is extacted from said face region, including a faceprint associated with the face region. First and second reference faceprints are determined for a person using reference images captured respectively in predetermined face-portrait conditions and using ambient conditions. The faceprints are analyzed to determine a baseline faceprint and a range of variability from the baseline associated with the person. Results of the analyzing are stored and used in subsequent recognition of the person in a subsequent image acquired under ambient conditions.03-18-2010
20100053314INTEGRATION OF IMAGING EQUIPMENT INTO OPERATING ROOM EQUIPMENT - The invention relates to an imaging system for use in operating rooms and other applications. According to one example, the imaging system comprises an imaging head that includes an imaging sensor that receives image information from a subject and converts the image information into an image signal, a connection such as a cable, and a control unit that receives the image signal from the imaging head through the connection. The control unit may comprise a processor programmed to control the operation of the system and to generate a plurality of image frames for transmission to a separate monitor, a video interface designed to transmit the plurality of image frames to the separate monitor, and a power interface designed to receive power from a separate power supply. The control unit may be adapted to interface with an imaging control workstation having a standard expansion slot that receives one or more control units from different imaging modalities. The control unit may also be adapted to interface with a separate imaging modality providing a separate monitor and a separate power supply. The imaging system may provide the advantages of reducing the cost of the imaging system and the required operating room floor space through shared resources, such as shared data storage, data processing, user interfaces, and network interfaces, provided by the imaging control workstation.03-04-2010
20100053315PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION DEVICE AND METHOD - The invention aims at providing personal identification in environments where non-contact is required, with high accuracy even though using a finger vein pattern images unclear and susceptible to positional deviations, wherein it has: a means for acquiring finger vein patterns without contact; a means for carrying out rotational correction using the outline of a finger as a method of taking out a vein pattern contained in the acquired image; a means for normalizing the position of the finger image with reference to the fingertip; a means for acquiring an overall vein pattern statistically by repetitively tracking regions of dark luminance intensities for a desired length from a desired position in the image; a matching means for comparing regions where vein patterns manifest vivid features; and a means for independent matching of subregions and evaluating positional deviations where matching is recognized.03-04-2010
20100134609System and method for documenting patient procedures - The local surveillance sub-system recognizes that a patient medical procedure has or will soon commence by sensing the presence of a healthcare professional in or near the surveillance area, and in response, creates a separate patient medical procedure A/V file for the surveillance data that will be captured. A dedicated procedure remote may be provided for receiving manual interactions from HC professionals present for a procedure or, alternatively, the local surveillance sub-system may autonomously interact with a personal security token device possessed by the HC professional. A procedure data file is also created that holds all of the pertinent information concerning the procedure that is known by the local surveillance sub-system. The patient procedure surveillance A/V file is given a higher priority than ordinary surveillance data captured by the local surveillance sub-system and is then copied to a nonvolatile memory that is separate from the primary memory of the surveillance sub-system. The local surveillance sub-system captures surveillance A/V data that is copied to the nonvolatile memory until the system senses that the procedure has ended, when an end-of-procedure message is transmitted across the HCF distribution network. The corresponding patient medical procedure surveillance A/V file resides in a local nonvolatile memory until it can be downloaded to a central storage at the healthcare facility.06-03-2010
20120120221Body Fluid Analyzing System and an Imaging Processing Device and Method for Analyzing Body Fluids - The present invention discloses a body fluid analyzing system, comprising: a central control and processing component for sending a control signal to the source image capturing component; a source image capturing component for capturing a body fluid source image according to said control signal and sending said source image to said central control and processing component. Said central control and processing component is further used for transforming source images to image coefficients and generating the corresponding coefficient matrix. Then the coefficient matrix is inversely transformed to a focus-fused image for output. The present invention further discloses an image processing device and method for analyzing body fluid. The application of the present invention can reduce the probability of object image omission or fuzziness and, to a great extent, increase the identification success rate so that the precision of the entire system is increased.05-17-2012
20120120220WOUND MANAGEMENT MOBILE IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - A mobile device and method for capturing and transmitting medical images. The mobile device includes a camera component configured to acquire an image, a communications interface configured to establish an operable connection to a server, and a processing device operably connected to the camera component and the communications interface. The processing device is configured perform the method of capturing and transmitting the medical images, the method including causing the camera component to acquire an image of a wound on a patient's body, receiving location information associated with the acquired image, wherein the location information indicates where on the patient's body the wound is located, and transmitting, in response to a user request, the acquired image and location information to the server via the communications interface.05-17-2012
20120120219ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND EMOTION MANAGEMENT METHOD USING THE SAME - An electronic device and emotion management method includes presetting emotion classifications having different facial expression features, and presetting a relaxation method corresponding to each of the emotion classifications. Original characteristic values of facial expression features of each of the emotion classifications are stored in a storage device. An image is acquired using a camera module. Expression characteristic values of a human face of a recognized person in the image are acquired to determine an emotion classification of the determined expression characteristic values. A relaxation method corresponding to the determined emotion classification is executed to calm the recognized person.05-17-2012
20120120218SEMI-PRIVATE COMMUNICATION IN OPEN ENVIRONMENTS - A system and method providing semi-private conversation using an area microphone between one local user in a group of local users and a remote user. The local and remote users may be in different physical environments, using devices coupled by a network. A conversational relationship is defined between a local user and a remote user. The local user's voice is isolated from other voices in the environment, and transmitted to the remote user. Directional output technology may be used to direct the local user's utterances to the remote user in the remote environment.05-17-2012
20110001813GESTURE RECOGNITION APPARATUS, ROBOT SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME AND GESTURE RECOGNITION METHOD USING THE SAME - Provided is a gesture recognition apparatus. The gesture recognition apparatus includes a human detection unit, a gesture region setting region, an arm detection unit and a gesture determination unit. The human detection unit detects a face region of a user from an input image. The gesture region setting unit sets a gesture region, in which a gesture of the user's arm occurs, with respect to the detected face region. The arm detection unit detects an arm region of the user in the gesture region. The gesture determination unit analyzes a position, moving directionality and shape information of the arm region in the gesture region to determine a target gesture of the user. Such a gesture recognition apparatus may be used as a useful means for a human-robot interaction in a long distance where a robot has difficulty in recognizing a user's voice.01-06-2011
20110249107GESTURE-BASED REMOTE CONTROL - A remote control based on user's gesture includes an infrared emission unit, a storage unit, a gesture sensing unit, a processing unit and a code chip. The gesture sensing unit is configured to capture images and identify hand gestures in the images and output the gesture signals corresponding to the hand gestures to the processing unit; The storage unit stores a first relationship table of gesture signals and associated function instructions. The storage unit also stores a second relationship table of the function instructions and associated infrared remote control codes. The processing unit parses the gesture signal into the corresponding function instruction according to the first relationship table, and then outputs the function instruction to the encode chip, the encode chip chooses an infrared remote control code according to the function instruction and the second relationship table and drives the infrared emission unit to emit infrared rays carrying the infrared remote control code to the device.10-13-2011
20100315497MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A monitoring system includes an image capturing module, a displaying module, a face recognition module, a memory module, and a searching module. The image capturing module is configured for capturing images and videos. The face recognition module is configured for recognizing a number of human faces in the captured videos, and generating a number of groups of profile information each associated with a recognized face when the image capturing module captures the video. The memory module is configured for storing the captured videos and the profile information. The searching module is configured for receiving a group of input profile information, and searching whether a group of profile information stored in the memory module matches the group of the input information. The displaying module is configured for displaying the group of captured images associated with the group of profile information matched the group of input profile information.12-16-2010
20110254942SPOOFING DETECTION SYSTEM, SPOOFING DETECTION METHOD AND SPOOFING DETECTION PROGRAM - A masquerading detection system includes: an imaging unit (10-20-2011
20110254941PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD USING LIVING BODY - A perfect non-contact type vein authentication apparatus is provided with a light source for emitting infrared light; an input interface equipped with an imaging unit for photographing a vein image of a living body by the infrared light emitted from said light source; a unit for controlling intensity of light to be illuminated; an image calculating unit for performing a feature extracting operation and a feature authenticating operation with respect to an image; and a positioning unit for presenting the living body. More specifically, the light source is provided in front of the living body. Both the light source and the imaging unit are installed in such a positional relationship that the light of the light source gives no adverse influence to the imaging unit. Also, the light source is installed in such a direction that the light of the light source gives no adverse influence to the imaging unit.10-20-2011
20110254940IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING SHOOTING FUNCTION - An image display device includes: a display surface that displays an image by emitting light; a camera that shoots a subject; a moving image obtaining portion that obtains a moving image by making the camera perform shooting of a moving image of the subject; and a merged image generating portion that, when the shooting of the moving image of the subject is performed, generates a merged image and makes the display surface display the merged image. A shot image region and a high-luminance region are provided in predetermined positions in the merged image, the moving image being assigned to the shot image region, and the high-luminance region having luminance higher than the luminance of the shot image region.10-20-2011
20100214400IMAGE PROVIDING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROVIDING METHOD - A terminal, information generating servers and a positional information server are provided. The information generating servers are installed in respectively corresponding to a plurality of objects. Each object may be divided into small blocks as one or more spatial regions and a case is included in which the block is the small block. One or more image acquisition cameras are provided which acquire an internal image of each object or an external image in which surroundings of each object are seen from the object. A display image to be transmitted to the terminal is generated from the internal image or the external image of each object based on at least one of terminal positional information indicating a position of the terminal and terminal directional information indicating a direction of the terminal. While pointing a to-be-identified target object among the objects, the terminal detects, detects the terminal positional information and the terminal directional information. The positional information server records object positional information indicating a position of each object and access information for accessing the information generating server corresponding to each object such that the object positional information and the access information are correlated to each object. Candidate objects as candidates of the target object are identified from the respective objects based on the terminal positional information and the terminal directional information and object positional information of the candidate objects are extracted. The terminal identifies the target object from the candidate objects based on the object positional information of the candidate objects, the terminal positional information, and the terminal directional information; acquires access information of an information generating server corresponding to the target object from the positional information server; accesses the information generating server corresponding to the target object; acquires a display image from the information generating server; and displays the display image.08-26-2010
20100315499LOW SETTLE TIME MICRO-SCANNING SYSTEM - Systems, apparatus, and methods for providing a micro-scanning system with low settle times for fingerprint image capture are provided. In one embodiment, a flexure apparatus includes a stiffening device and parallelogram structures. The flexure apparatus is configured to move an image sensor to different positions to capture images that can be used to form a composite image according to micro-scanning techniques. The stiffening device allows the resonant frequency of the flexure apparatus to be established at a higher level than the operation frequency of the flexure apparatus, minimizing the settle time required for the flexure apparatus.12-16-2010
20110261182ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A BABY SLEEPING - An electronic device and method for monitoring a baby sleeping includes presetting a warning message and designating a communication device to receive the warning message. A captured image of a baby is acquired and sent to the designated communication device. The electronic devices sends the warning message to the designated communication device if no face zone of the baby is detected from the captured image or if the baby is awake.10-27-2011
20110261180System and Method for Radio-Frequency Imaging, Registration, and Localization - A system for performing a medical procedure on a patient is provided. The system can include an imaging head defining a field of view relative to the patient. The imaging head can include at least one transmitter that emits at least one signal in the field of view, and at least one receiver that receives at least one reflected signal from the field of view. The at least one reflected signal received can be based on at least one electrical property of at least one material in the field of view. The system can further include a workstation, which can determine, based on the at least one reflected signal received by the at least one receiver, a location of at least one boundary of the material within the field of view. The system can include a display that displays an image of the location of the at least one boundary.10-27-2011
20110261179IMAGING SYSTEM FOR FLUORESCENCE GUIDED SURGERY BASED ON FIXED MAGNIFICATION LENS AND DIGITAL ZOOM - The invention relates to an imaging system for use in operating rooms and other applications. According to one example, the imaging system may include a visible light source configured to illuminate a surgical field with visible light and an excitation source configured to generate excitation light to excite a fluorescent substance in an organism within the surgical field. The imaging system may also include an imaging lens system including a first sensor configured to receive visible light reflected from the surgical field via a first spectral channel and a second sensor configured to receive a fluorescent emission emitted from the fluorescent substance in the organism via a second spectral channel. The imaging system may further include a plurality of fixed magnification lenses configured to optically couple image signals to the first sensor and the second sensor, and a control unit configured to receive and digitally process the image signals to generate a plurality of image frames in order to rescale the plurality of image frames for display to a surgeon.10-27-2011
20100182415IMAGE CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT FOR IN VIVO OXYGENATION MEASUREMENTS DURING SURGERY - A system and method for real-time or near real-time monitoring of tissue/organ oxygenation through visual assessment of contrast enhanced images of the target area of tissue or organ. Video of a target tissue/organ was acquired during surgery, selected image frames were extracted. Each extracted image is separated into red, green and blue CCD responses. A modified contrast image was created by subtracting blue CCD responses from red CCD responses, and plotting the resultant image using a modified colormap. Overlaying said modified contrast image onto the original extracted image frame under a selected transparency range, and display it for review.07-22-2010
20110074943SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGING DURING A MEDICAL PROCEDURE - In one embodiment, an apparatus may include an imager configured to generate a plurality of frames at a frame frequency greater than an electromagnetic energy emission pulse frequency of a medical device, wherein each frame of the plurality of frames may include a first plurality of rows. The apparatus may also include an electronic shutter module configured to offset a start time of each row of the first plurality of rows in each frame from the plurality of frames from a start time of an adjacent row in that same frame. The apparatus may further include an image processing module configured to generate a plurality of valid frames based on at least a portion of the plurality of frames, wherein the plurality of valid frames may include a frame frequency lower than the frame frequency of the plurality of frames.03-31-2011
20110090325SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXAMINING AN OBJECT - In a system and a method for examining an object containing a fluid liquid, the object is illuminated with measuring light and images are temporarily shortly subsequently recorded. The images are evaluated per pixel to determine perfusion data from a high frequency portion above 1 kHz and to determine further information about properties of the object from a low frequency portion below 100 Hz, such as a degree of oxygenation of hemoglobin, a concentration of hemoglobin or a concentration of ICG. This information determined by evaluation is displayed in a form of an image in superposition with a white light image of the object.04-21-2011
20110254939Detecting User Input Provided To A Projected User Interface - Apparatus and methods for determining whether a user intends to provide an input using an image of a control appearing on a surface. An apparatus may include a first camera to capture two or more images of the surface, and a unit to determine whether various conditions are true. A first condition is that a particular number of pixels classified as skin color are present within one cell of the two or more images. A cell has a location substantially coinciding with the image of the control. A second condition is that the pixels classified as skin color persist for at least a particular time period. A third condition is that the pixels classified as skin color have a first shape. Additional conditions are disclosed. A signal indicative of an intent of a user to provide an input may be provided if the each of the first, second, and third conditions are true.10-20-2011
20110164128IMAGE CAPTURE AND EARPIECE SIZING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method and system for sizing an earpiece include situating a calibration device proximate a user's ear. The user holds an image capture device so as to aim the image capture device at the user's ear. The user then touches and holds a random area of the touch screen display and releases the touch screen display to activate the image capture device and capture an image of the user's ear and the calibration device. The captured image is then analyzed and an earpiece size is determined based on the analysis of the image.07-07-2011
20120147169APPARATUS AND METHOD TO MONITOR CUSTOMER DEMOGRAPHICS IN A VENUE OR SIMILAR FACILITY - A venue monitoring and reporting system includes a network, a central server in data communication with the network, a customer device in data communication with the network, a local server in data communication with the network, the local server located at a venue remote from the central server, at least one camera in data communication with the local server, the at least one camera positioned to view a customer as the customer enters the venue, and wherein the central server, the customer device and the local server cooperate with the network to use images captured by the at least one camera to produce at least one of a total number of customers at the venue or a demographic characteristic of the customers at the venue, wherein the total number of the customers or the demographic characteristic of the customers at the venue is made viewable on the customer device.06-14-2012
20120147168OPTICAL STRUCTURE FOR ACQUIRING FINGERPRINT IMAGE - An optical structure for acquiring a fingerprint image with high resolution and minimum distortion is provided. The optical structure includes a prism configured to comprise an input surface to which light is irradiated, a contact surface formed horizontally to be in contact with a finger, and an output surface through which the light that has been irradiated to the input surface and reflected from the finger in contact with the contact surface passes; a lighting unit configured to emit a beam to the input surface of the prism; a reflector unit configured to reflect a fingerprint image passing through the output surface of the prism; a lens unit configured to comprise two or more lenses, each being configured to receive the fingerprint image reflected from the reflector unit; and an image sensor on which the fingerprint image passing through the lens unit is formed.06-14-2012
20120147167FACIAL RECOGNITION USING A SPHERICITY METRIC - A facial recognition system and a method for performing facial recognition are provided. The facial recognition system includes a memory configured to store a target data set identifying a plurality of predefined points on a face of a target and a processor. The processor may be configured to receive an arbitrary number of photographs including a face of a subject, each of the photographs being at an arbitrary angle and at an arbitrary distance from the subject, create a subject data set identifying the plurality of predefined points on the subject's face based upon the received photographs, and perform facial recognition on the subject data set by comparing the subject data set to the target data set.06-14-2012
20110080475Methods And Systems For Determining And Tracking Extremities Of A Target - An image such as a depth image of a scene may be received, observed, or captured by a device. A grid of voxels may then be generated based on the depth image such that the depth image may be downsampled. A background included in the grid of voxels may also be removed to isolate one or more voxels associated with a foreground object such as a human target. A location or position of one or more extremities of the isolated human target may then be determined.04-07-2011
20100110169SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOTION CAPTURE - A motion capture device provided for capturing motion of a limb having two sections, connected by a flexing joint. A sensor array is mounted to a first section of a limb, having at least one gyroscopic sensor element and at least one accelerometer. A sensor for attachment across the flexible joint is coupled to the sensor array and extends away from the sensor array across the flexing joint to a second section of the limb, where the location and motion of the limb is captured by a combination of data obtained from the at least one gyroscopic sensor element and at least one accelerometer of the sensor array and the sensor for said flexible joint.05-06-2010
20100110170Method and Equipment for the Identification of an Individual by Optical Capture of a Body Imprint Image - The invention relates to equipment for the identification of an individual by capture of body imprint images and of the underlying venous network, comprising: a prismatic optical element having: a large side for apposition of a body zone; a first inclined lateral side receiving a first radiation having a first wave length emitted by a first lighting means to light the large side with total reflection; a second inclined lateral side facing a first sensor receiving the first reflected radiation carrying an image of the body imprint; and a small side receiving a second radiation having a second wave length emitted by second lighting means, perpendicularly reaching the apposition zone and penetrating the body zone, and which faces a second sensor receiving the second reflected radiation carrying an image of the underlying venous network.05-06-2010
20120206587SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SCANNING A HUMAN BODY - The present invention provides a skin surface imaging system for capturing at least one image of the skin of a patient's body, comprising: a. a base; b. a plurality of image sensors, connectable to said base, arranged in a predetermined arrangement; each of said image sensors adapted to capture an image of a predetermined area of said body, so that as a set of images is provided; and, c. a processing unit communicatable with said image sensors, comprising a program of machine-readable instructions embodied on a computer readable memory and executable by a digital data processor adapted to: (i) collect said set of images from said image sensors; (ii) analyze said set of images; (iii) construct a record of personal data associated with the skin of said body of said patient; and (iv) output a dermatological data associated with said skin of said body.08-16-2012
20100214401FIBER OPTIC PLATE, AND PALM PRINT AND FINGER PRINT READING APPARATUS - [Object] To enable to obtain a clear output image when a palm print is taken.08-26-2010
20100182416METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INHIBITING A SUBJECT'S EYES FROM BEING EXPOSED TO PROJECTED LIGHT - A method of inhibiting a subject's eyes from being exposed to projected light when the subject is positioned in front of a background on which an image is displayed comprises capturing an image of the background including the displayed image, processing the captured image to detect the existence of the subject and to locate generally the subject and masking image data used by the projector to project the image corresponding to a region that encompasses at least the subject's eyes, the image data masking compensating for differing camera and projector viewpoints.07-22-2010
20100214402CAMERA ADAPTOR FOR A MEDICAL-OPTICAL OBSERVATION INSTRUMENT AND CAMERA-ADAPTOR COMBINATION - A camera adaptor (08-26-2010
20100066821Infrared Derived User Presence and Associated Remote Control - Methods and apparatuses for reporting user presence associated with orientation and proximity of a user to a display device are disclosed. In one example, image data associated with a head mounted device and one or more infrared light sources is captured and processed to identify the presence of infrared light source objects. A detection status is output based on the presence of infrared light source objects, and the detection status is translated to an associated user presence state.03-18-2010
20100194872BODY SCAN - A depth image of a scene may be received, observed, or captured by a device. The depth image may then be analyzed to determine whether the depth image includes a human target. For example, the depth image may include one or more targets including a human target and non-human targets. Each of the targets may be flood filled and compared to a pattern to determine whether the target may be a human target. If one or more of the targets in the depth image includes a human target, the human target may be scanned. A skeletal model of the human target may then be generated based on the scan.08-05-2010
20100188494IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit operable to capture a subject to generate image data, an extracting unit operable to extract feature quantity information indicative of a feature of the subject from the image data generated by the imaging unit, a storing unit operable to store the feature quantity information extracted by the extracting unit as a registration candidate, a determining unit operable to determine whether a subject indicated by the feature quantity information extracted by the extracting unit is a same face indicated by the feature quantity information stored in the storing unit as the registration candidate, and a display unit operable to display a screen for prompting a user to perform an operation concerning registration in accordance with number of times the determining unit determines that the subject indicated by the feature quantity information extracted by the extracting unit is the same subject indicated by the feature quantity information stored in the storing unit as the registration candidate.07-29-2010
20110149061METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING RETICULOCYTES WITHIN A BLOOD SAMPLE - A method and apparatus for identifying reticulocytes within a blood sample is provided. The method includes the steps of: a) depositing the sample into an analysis chamber adapted to quiescently hold the sample for analysis, and the chamber has a known or determinable height extending between the interior surfaces of panels, which height is such that at least one red blood cell, or an aggregate of red blood cells, within the sample contacts both of the interior surfaces; b) admixing a supravital dye with the sample, which dye is operable to cause reticulin to fluoresce when excited by light of one or more predetermined wavelengths; c) imaging the sample using light that includes the one or more predetermined wavelengths that cause reticulin to fluoresce; d) imaging the sample using light that is absorbed by hemoglobin to produce values of optical density on a per image unit basis; and e) identifying reticulocytes within the sample using the image of the sample created with light that causes the dyed reticulin to fluoresce, and using the per image unit optical density values.06-23-2011
20110149059Method and Device for Visual Compensation06-23-2011
20110149060ELASTICITY IMAGING DEVICE WITH IMPROVED CHARACTERIZATION OF SEED DISPLACEMENT CALCULATIONS - The identification of preferred seed calculations used to guide the determination of displacement vectors in elasticity imaging may evaluate seeds using a combination of a measure of the similarity of the data of the seed in pre- and post-compression data and continuity of the data in a path in the neighborhood of the seed. This dual evaluation helps avoid downstream error propagation.06-23-2011
20090174766FINGER VEIN AUTHENTICATION UNIT AND INFORMATION PROCESSING UNIT - In a finger vein authentication unit and an information processing unit using the same, in order to realize a small size and high accuracy such that the finger vein authentication unit is applied to a small-sized information processing unit such as a mobile telephone, the finger vein authentication unit includes a light source which irradiates infrared light to a finger, an imaging sensor which images a vein image by the light which is diffused in the finger and transmitted through the front side of the finger, and an image processing unit which processes the image. The light source is mounted on the front side of the finger and emits the light toward the side surfaces of the finger.07-09-2009
20100020164Surface Analysis Method and System - A surface analysis method and system, the system comprising a digital imaging system for generating a digital image of a surface, a processor so coupled to the digital imaging system as to receive the digital image, to process the digital image and to generate a processed digital image highlighting relief variations in the surface, and a display system for displaying the processed digital image. The processor being so configured as to apply at least one digital filter to the digital image to highlight relief variation in the surface.01-28-2010
20090027493Method and device for security in public places - Security system for public places controlled remotely, manually and by a computer program, using cameras and various weapons. Using amongst other methods of crisis identification; facial recognition, behavior recognition and sound recognition. Methods to neutralize the danger of suspect attackers. Useable in public buildings, at public gatherings, on public transport and the like.01-29-2009
20100289886LOW POWER FINGERPRINT CAPTURE SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND METHOD - The present invention provides a large format fingerprint capture apparatus, system and method that is low power, compact, and lightweight and has a platen area greater than 3.0 square inches. The present system is typically powered, controlled, and exchanges data over a single data/control/power connection to a host PC, e.g., a desk top computer, PDA, or laptop computer although the system can also be used in a wireless fashion with a power subsystem so no physical connections are required. In a preferred embodiment the large format fingerprint device is directly connected to a completely disconnected portable PC, such as a laptop having only a battery power source. The primary system components of the present invention combine to minimize power, size and weight and, thus, enhance portability and battery life. The system typically includes a light source, a prism, a camera (including the lens), and a case. Optional elements comprise holographic elements such as gratings and holographic optical elements (HOEs), a battery subsystem, magnetic stripe reader, barcode reader, platen heater, platen blower, and mirrors to divert the image beam.11-18-2010
20100045788Method and Apparatus for Personal Identification Using Palmprint and Palm Vein - A method of personal identification includes switching between visible and near infrared light, acquiring palmprint image and palm vein image from a person under the visible and the near infrared light, extracting sub-images from the palmprint image and the palm vein image based on a region of interest, extracting multiple features from the sub-images, and matching the extracted multiple features with stored information in a database to authenticate the person.02-25-2010
20110304720METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION USING FINGER IMAGING - A system for extracting finger vein and finger texture images from a finger of a person at the same time, the device including an image capture device configured to capture at least one image of at least one finger in a contactless manner, a feature extraction module configured to extract unique finger vein features and finger texture features from the at least one captured image, and a processing module configured to normalize the at least one captured image and integrate the extracted finger vein features and finger texture features.12-15-2011
20120307032IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Provided is an image processing device including a specifying unit configured to specify a part of a living body within a first image on the basis of a characteristic amount of the first image capturing skin of the living body, and a setting unit configured to set a capturing condition under which a second image indicating a state of the skin of the part is captured in response to the specified part.12-06-2012
20120307031BIOMETRIC INFORMATION PROCESS DEVICE, BIOMETRIC INFORMATION PROCESS METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A biometric information process device includes: a biometric sensor obtaining a plurality of biometric images of a user; a detection portion detecting a surface reflection region of the plurality of biometric images; and a storage portion storing biometric information obtained from biometric images included in the plurality of biometric images, the biometric images having a different surface reflection region from each other.12-06-2012
20120307034IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - To propose, in a skin detecting technique using light having a plurality of different wavelengths, an optimum spectral characteristic of an optical filter and optimum wavelengths lambda1, lambda2 of irradiation Detection subject light for preventing external light from entering an imaging section, provided is an image processing apparatus to detect a skin region representing a human skin from an image. The apparatus includes: a first irradiator; a second irradiator; an incident light limiter; a generator to generate a first image and a second image on the basis of the reflected light which enters from the subject through the incident light limiter; and a detector to detect the skin region on the basis of the first image and the second image.12-06-2012
20120307033SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING USER ENGAGEMENT BEHAVIOR WITH A MULTIMEDIA INTERFACE IN A REAL TIME ENVIRONMENT AND A METHOD THEREOF - This invention is a system to determine a user's engagement behavior in a real time environment when the user is engaging with a multimedia interface. The system receives at least one selected score from at least one user, captures and stores the at least one received selected score, at least one facial expression of at least one user, at least one visual of the multimedia interface of the at least one user's engagement and the time of the at least one user's engagement. The data determines the user engagement behavior and is presented using a means of presenting data.12-06-2012
20110304718APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING DATA OF TONGUE AND FACE IMAGES BASED ON TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE - The present invention provides a device for collecting information from face and the tongue for Chinese medicine, which includes a tank, a light source and a shooting structure. The light source and the shooting structure are positioned inside the tank, the shooting structure contains a guide column, a lifting component, a shooting component and an electrical component. The guide column and the electrical component are fixed in the tank, the shooting component fixed on the lifting component, the lifting component fixed on the guide column, which can achieve adjustment of the relative to the guide column by the electrical component. The present invention also provides a method for collecting information collection from face and tongue for Chinese medicine, which includes: 1. collect the information of the face with the camera lens perpendicular to the face plane; 2. tilt forward the camera's position while raising to the vertical plane with the tongue, collect the further information of the tongue. The present invention can solve the disadvantage in the existing technology that the information collection from the tongue and face can not be achieved at the same time, and collecting process done automatically by the electric machine control, easy to operate.12-15-2011
20110050876METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING BEHAVIOR IN A MONITORING SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, a behavior detection apparatus includes an image acquisition unit, a characteristic acquisition unit, a behavior identification unit, and a detection unit. The image acquisition unit is configured to acquire the image data about an object to detect. The characteristic acquisition unit is configured to acquire characteristic data about the object, from the image data. The behavior identification unit is configured to identify the behavior of the object on the basis of the characteristic data. The detection unit is configured to compare the behavior identified by the behavior identification unit with the scheduled behavioral data representing the behavior the object is supposed to exhibit, thereby to detect abnormal behavior by the object.03-03-2011
20110050875METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING BEHAVIOR IN A MONITORING SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, a behavior detection apparatus includes an image acquisition unit, a characteristic acquisition unit, a behavior identification unit, and a detection unit. The image acquisition unit is configured to acquire the image data about an object to detect. The characteristic acquisition unit is configured to acquire characteristic data about the object, from the image data. The behavior identification unit is configured to identify the behavior of the object on the basis of the characteristic data. The detection unit is configured to compare the behavior identified by the behavior identification unit with the scheduled behavioral data representing the behavior the object is supposed to exhibit, thereby to detect abnormal behavior by the object.03-03-2011
20110304719IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus which detects a skin area indicating human skin on an image includes a first irradiation unit which irradiates a subject with light with a first wavelength, a second irradiation unit which irradiates the subject with light with a second wavelength, a generation unit which generates a first image based on reflected light incident from the subject when the light with the first wavelength is radiated and generates a second image based on reflected light incident from the subject when the light with the second wavelength is radiated, a correction unit which corrects at least one of a luminance value of the first image, a luminance value of the second image, and a threshold value to be compared to a difference between the luminance values of the first image and the second image, and a detection unit which detects the skin area based on the comparison result.12-15-2011
20100321481METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN IMPRINT IMAGE - A method for processing at least an imprint image of an individual using a processing device that comprises an exhibition glass sheet having a surface for receiving said imprint. The method includes acquiring without contact at least one image of the imprint present in the space upstream from the said surface and which has not yet been in contact with it and detecting the contact between the imprint and the exhibition glass sheet; acquiring by contact at least one image of the imprint after contact with the exhibition glass sheet; and standardizing at least one of the contact-less images in proportions that are identical to those of one of the contact images by analysing at least one of the contact-less images and at least one of the contact images.12-23-2010
20110063430BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION DEVICE - Disclosed herein is a biometric authentication device. The biometric authentication device according to the present invention is configured such that it blocks visible light using an authentication button, the inside of which is opened or closed by a finger so as to realize the small size and slim shape of a biometric authentication device, and blocks infrared light or allows infrared light to pass while a driving unit moves vertically or horizontally by the operation of the authentication button. Accordingly, in the biometric authentication device, a camera module captures a normal image in normal mode, and captures an infrared pattern reflected from a finger in a vein authentication mode to perform biometric authentication.03-17-2011
20110007143PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR BIOMETRIC AND BIOGRAPHIC DATA COLLECTION, STORAGE AND DELIVERY, AND METHOD THEREFOR - The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for biometric and biographic data capture. The apparatus includes a main unit, a display monitor having a lower end that is pivotably attached to the main unit, a lower casing that houses the main unit, a bay formed in the lower casing for storing an input unit, an image capture device attached to an upper end of the monitor, the upper end being located on an opposite end of the display monitor compared to the lower end wherein the image capture device includes an illumination section for illuminating a subject to be imaged and an image capture section that captures an image of the subject, a secondary data input unit that is removably attached to the bay and is in communication with the main unit via a data transfer path, an upper casing securable to the lower casing so as to form an outer shell section, and a handle.01-13-2011
20110316996CAMERA-EQUIPPED LOUDSPEAKER, SIGNAL PROCESSOR, AND AV SYSTEM - An AV system includes a camera-equipped loudspeaker provided with a camera. The camera is united with a loudspeaker body, and captures an image in a direction in which the loudspeaker body outputs a sound. The recognition unit recognizes a location of a listener from an image of the camera, and detects an orientation of the loudspeaker body relative to the listener. The sound control unit performs signal processing on a given sound signal for generating an output signal, and outputs the output signal as an acoustic signal to the loudspeaker body.12-29-2011
20110157346Apparatus and method for determining sequencing of fingers in images to a two-finger scanner of fingerprint images - An apparatus (06-30-2011
20120206586UNITIZED ERGONOMIC TWO-DIMENSIONAL FINGERPRINT MOTION TRACKING DEVICE AND METHOD - A sensor which uses a plurality of partial fingerprint readers (imagers), and various computational algorithms, to detect changes in fingerprint images as a function of finger movement. The sensor can provide both finger motion information and fingerprint images. The sensor uses multiple partial fingerprint readers, arranged in different directions on a surface, to detect finger motion in two dimensions. The sensor can also detect the relative speed and direction of finger movement. Some sensor embodiments use deep finger penetrating radio frequency (RF) based circuits, which can be inexpensively printed or formed on the surface of robust and flexible dielectric materials such as Kapton tape. The sensor also has textured surfaces to help guide the user. The sensor both small and robust, and is well suited for control applications for low-cost mass market microprocessor controlled devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, and other devices.08-16-2012
20120007975PROCESSING IMAGE DATA - Systems and methods are provided for identifying an image having a target individual therein. An example system includes an image capture system that generates image data representing a set of a captured images of a predetermined area, an image database that stores the image data, a feature information database that stores feature information for identifying a person caught in an image as the target individual, a target individual image database that stores exemplar image data representing an image of the individual, and a processing subsystem for processing the image data to detect the target individual using the feature information and the exemplar image data.01-12-2012
20120007976BIOMETRIC DATA ACQUIRING DEVICE AND BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION DEVICE - An organism information acquisition device is provided with an imaging part which images a user' s hand opened and the user' s hand bent to acquire a first image and a second image respectively; a dark line extraction part which extracts dark lines from the first image and the second image; a dark line element feature extraction part which extracts the darkness and width of the dark lines extracted by the dark line extraction part from the first image and the second image; and a surface information judgment part which extracts the dark lines being surface information relating to the hand on the basis of the darkness of the dark line in the first image, the deepness of the dark line in the second image, the width of the dark line in the first image, and the width of the dark line in the second image.01-12-2012
20110013003MUG SHOT ACQUISITION SYSTEM - A mug shot acquisition system is disclosed that includes an image acquisition interface that is operative to receive digital mug shot images from an imaging device. An image viewing display is responsive to the image acquisition interface and operative to display the received digital mug shot images. One or more standards-based image adjustment software tools allow the digital mug shot images to be adjusted to meet at least one predetermined mug shot image uniformity standard. The system also includes a software interface responsive to requests to initiate one or more operations by the mug shot acquisition system, and an image export interface operative to export digital mug shot images adjusted based on the standards-based image adjustment software.01-20-2011
20120044336Generic Threat Detector - A device including at least one threat detector, which estimates the level of threat represented by an individual based on measurements taken when the individual enters a measurement zone. The device has application to protection of infrastructures.02-23-2012
20120044335MAKEUP SIMULATION SYSTEM, MAKEUP SIMULATION APPARATUS, MAKEUP SIMULATION METHOD, AND MAKEUP SIMULATION PROGRAM - The present invention relates to a makeup simulation system, a makeup simulation apparatus, a makeup simulation method and a makeup simulation program and, more particularly, to a makeup simulation apparatus, a makeup simulation method and a makeup simulation program for applying a make up to a face of a user contained in a dynamic picture image, and includes picture-taking means for outputting the dynamic image; control means for image-processing and outputting the output dynamic image; and display means for displaying the dynamic image output from the control means, and the control means includes: face recognition processing means for recognizing the face of the user from the dynamic image in accordance with predetermined tracking points; and makeup processing means for applying a predetermined makeup to the face of the user contained in the dynamic image in accordance with the tracking points, and outputting to the display means.02-23-2012
20120013725PORTABLE PAN-TILT CAMERA AND LIGHTING UNIT FOR VIDEOIMAGING, VIDEOCONFERENCING, PRODUCTION AND RECORDING - The present invention is a portable camera and lighting unit for standalone use in videography to create a high-resolution well-illuminated video feed from a vast array of camera angles and positions, the illumination source always inherently tracking with the camera. The unit may also be used as a satellite in combination with a primary video conferencing and production station (VVPR) for multi-camera production and teleconferencing capabilities. The portable camera and lighting unit includes a portable base, a mast extending upward from the base, and an articulating boom that is fully-pivotable and extendable. A remote control Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera is mounted at the end of the boom for overhead images of healthcare procedures, and an adjustable beam light source is mounted directly on the camera for lighting. The mast is equipped with a color monitor coupled to the camera for operator previewing at the portable unit, and the remote control camera provides a single video feed that can be teleconferenced, recorded, and even mixed with other cameras when used as a satellite adjunct to the primary VVPR, thereby allow full production capabilities for live interactive broadcasts, all in real time by a single operator from a single point of control. The portable unit is mobile and offers more diverse lighting and camera angles than previously possible.01-19-2012
20120013724SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SENSING BIOMETRIC INFORMATION - An apparatus, method and system are provided for sensing at least one biometric measure of an individual. A low voltage pulsed electrical charge is applied to a transparent electrode plate, which is dimensioned to receive a portion of an individual's dermal surface having molecules associated therewith. The pulsed electrical charge stimulates and excites the molecules and causes molecular compounds to fluoresce. An image of the fluoresced dermal surface is obtained and a biometric function is performed with data derived from the image.01-19-2012
20120057011FINGER VEIN RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present invention discloses a finger vein recognition system comprising an image catching module, an image preprocess module, a feature points calculating module, a feature database, a first comparing module and a second comparing module. The feature points calculating module is connected to the image preprocess module for calculating a set of distances among a plurality of feature points. The first comparing module is connected to the feature points calculating module and the feature database for comparing the set of distances and generating a compared result of feature points. The second comparing module is connected to the image preprocess module, the feature database and the first comparing module for catching a set of vein shape and comparing the set of vein shape with the feature database for generating a compared result of shape similarity. Wherein, the second comparing module combines the compared result of feature points and the compared result of shape similarity for generating a recognized result of the finger vein.03-08-2012
20110025834Method and apparatus of identifying human body posture - Disclosed is a human body posture identifying method and apparatus. The apparatus may include an input module including a depth camera and a color camera, a preprocessing module to perform a preprocess and to generate a posture sample, a training module to calculate a projective transformation matrix, and to establish a NNC, a feature extracting module to extract a distinguishing posture feature, a template database establishing module to establish a posture template database, a searching module to perform a human body posture matching, and an output module to output a best match posture, and to relocate a location of a virtual human body model.02-03-2011
20090051765USB-ENABLE AUDIO-VIDEO SWITCH - A telemedicine system (02-26-2009
20090135250SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE STREAM - A system and method may display an image stream, where an original image stream may be divided into two or more subset images streams, each subset image stream being displayed simultaneously or substantially simultaneously. The images may be displayed fused. The images may be collected from an ingestible capsule traversing the GI tract.05-28-2009
20120154568LOW POWER FINGERPRINT CAPTURE SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND METHOD - The present invention provides a large format fingerprint capture apparatus, system and method that is low power, compact, and lightweight and has a platen area greater than 3.0 square inches. The present system is typically powered, controlled, and exchanges data over a single data/control/power connection to a host PC, e.g., a desk top computer, PDA, or laptop computer although the system can also be used in a wireless fashion with a power subsystem so no physical connections are required.06-21-2012
20120026308System and method for using a video monitoring system to prevent and manage decubitus ulcers in patients - A video monitoring system captures image frames of a patient in various positions. The captured image frames are analyzed by the system for changes in a patient's position or movement, frames in which the system detects one or both of patient movement and repositioning are retained. The system analyzes an area of interest within each image frame that corresponds to an area in the camera's view field with the patient. Sequential image frames are compared for motion, only frames without motion, where the patient is still, are analyzed. Analysis techniques include selecting a plurality of vertical positions in the area of interest, each vertical position corresponding to a part of the patient body indicative of the patient's position, horizontally scanning values along the horizontal pixel row at each vertical position in the area of interest, finding an average value for each vertical position and identifying a patient interval of the horizontal pixel row having pixel values different from the average and a representative horizontal position of the patient interval for each vertical interval. Then, comparing those median horizontal positions from a current image frame to the representative horizontal positions from a previous image frame to determine a change in the patient's position.02-02-2012
20120026309MEDIA DISPLAY SYSTEM AND ADJUSTMENT METHOD THEREFOR - An adjustment method for a media display system includes a time-of-flight (TOF) camera capturing an image of a scene in front of an electronic billboard and obtaining data about distances between a number of points in the scene and the TOF camera. Building a three dimension (3D) model of the scene. Checking the 3D model to detect a face region in the 3D model. Detecting a reference eyeline in the 3D model. Obtaining a midline of the 3D model. Comparing the reference eyeline with the midline to determine whether the two lines overlap and outputting a comparison signal correspondingly, and driving a driving apparatus according to the comparison signal to adjust height of the electronic billboard.02-02-2012
20120105613ROBUST VIDEO-BASED HANDWRITING AND GESTURE RECOGNITION FOR IN-CAR APPLICATIONS - A method of receiving input from a user includes sensing a first trajectory of a center of mass of a hand of the user during a gesture made by the hand. A second trajectory of a finger tip of the hand of the user during the gesture made by the hand is also sensed. An alphanumeric character represented by the gesture made by the hand is determined dependent upon both the first trajectory and the second trajectory.05-03-2012
20120206585Biometric Scanner With Waveguide Array - Devices and methods of creating an image of a biological object are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention there is a plane wave ultrasonic pulse generator, an ultrasonic wave manipulation device, an ultrasonic detector and an image generator. In a method according to the invention, a biological object is imaged by emitting an unfocussed ultrasonic energy wave front, reflecting at least a portion of the ultrasonic energy wave front from the object, altering a direction of the ultrasonic energy, detecting that energy, and using the detected energy to create an image of the object.08-16-2012
20120206584INTEGRATED INPUT INTERFACE - An information processing apparatus 08-16-2012
20120062719Head-Mounted Photometric Facial Performance Capture - A camera may capture a sequence of images of a face while the face changes. A camera support may cause the field of view of the camera to remain substantially fixed with respect to the face, notwithstanding movement of the head. A lighting system may light the face from multiple directions. A lighting system support may cause each of the directions of the light from the lighting system to remain substantially fixed with respect to the face, notwithstanding movement of the head. Sequential images of the face may be computed as it changes based on the captured images. Each computed image may include least per-pixel surface normals of the face that are calculated based on multiple, separate images of the face. Each separate image may be representative of the face being lit by the lighting system from a different one of the separate directions.03-15-2012
20120062718DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INTERPRETING MUSICAL GESTURES - Musical rendition is provided through the use of microsensors, in particular of accelerometers and magnetometers or rate gyros, and through an appropriate processing of the signals from the microsensors. In particular, the processing uses a merging of the data output from the microsensors to eliminate false alarms in the form of movements of the user unrelated to the music. The velocity of the musical strikes is also measured. Embodiments make it possible to control the running of mp3 or wav type music files to be played back.03-15-2012
20120249765IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM - An image capturing system includes a first lens set, a light source and an image forming module. The image capturing system of the present invention configures the light source according to the object-image relationship of lens, so that illuminating light may sufficiently enter a cavity, significantly increasing the luminous efficiency. Also, the image forming and illuminating components are integrated into one system, thereby achieving advantages of reduced volume and cost saving.10-04-2012
20120249767Input Apparatus - An input apparatus includes an input unit that receives a predetermined motion image signal, a motion detecting unit that detects a motion from the motion image signal received by the input unit, a video signal processing unit that outputs a predetermined video signal when a motion detected by the motion detecting unit is a predetermined motion, and a control unit that controls the video signal processing unit, in which the control unit controls the motion detecting unit not so as to detect a motion when the predetermined video signal is being outputted by the video signal processing unit, thereby providing a useful input apparatus for a user.10-04-2012
20110037843IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An image processing device for detecting a skin area representing the skin of a person in an image obtained by imaging an object, includes: a first light source section emitting light having a first wavelength; a second light source section emitting light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength; an imaging section imaging an object illuminated by the light having the first wavelength and imaging an object illuminated by the light having the second wavelength; a detecting section detecting a skin area in either first or second image respectively obtained by imaging the object illuminated by the light having the first or second wavelength based on the first and the second images; and a substrate on which the first and second light emitting sections are disposed integrally with the imaging section and the detecting section in such positions that the light emitting sections are symmetric about the imaging section.02-17-2011
20110102569Systems and Methods for Sensing Fingerprints Through a Display - A fingerprint swipe sensor includes multiple fingerprint sensor lines disposed on a surface of an LCD covered on an opposite surface with motion sensing lines. The fingerprint swipe sensor also includes a controller coupled to the fingerprint sensor lines to capture a fingerprint image when a user's finger is swiped about the fingerprint sensor lines.05-05-2011
20110102568SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMPREHENSIVE HUMAN MOVEMENT ANALYSIS - A method, system, and computer-readable medium receive module configuration settings to configure a customized human movement examination module for a human movement examination item. A patient is instructed with audio instructions associated with the customized human movement examination module. A single camera is controlled having progressive scan capabilities according to the module configuration settings to allow recording of a performance by the patient of the human movement examination item. The recorded data is analyzed based on the information provided by the single camera to measure human movement exhibited by the patient.05-05-2011
20100245555METHOD AND SYSTEM TO MEASURE BODY VOLUME/SURFACE AREA, ESTIMATE DENSITY AND BODY COMPOSITION BASED UPON DIGITAL IMAGE ASSESSMENT - A method and system to digitally measure area/volume and body surface area of a person and estimate corresponding density and composition as related to a fixed reference frame. This Digital Image Volume Assessment System (DIVAS™) has many desirable features, such as computerized accuracy, precision, convenience, minimal operator expertise and subject compliance is required, and it is economical and expeditious.09-30-2010
20100245553METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER USING A FINGERPRINT SENSOR ON A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE09-30-2010
20100245554Vision watching system and method for safety hat - Provided are vision watching system and method for a safety hat. The vision watching system includes: a receiver which receives an image signal of a watching zone of a camera; a processor which determines whether an object of the image signal is a person, based on a size and an outline of the object and determines whether the person wears a safety hat, based on at least one or more of red (R), green (G), and blue (B) values of a head part of the person and a Hue value of Hue, Saturation, Value (HSV) of the head part; and a transmitter which outputs a Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) control signal of the camera to obtain a thumbnail image of the person when determining the person who does not wear the safety hat.09-30-2010
20100245556IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus includes a substrate in which multiple pixel circuits are formed and a driving unit that generates an image signal in which a target has been captured by driving the multiple pixel circuits. When the region in which the multiple pixel circuits is formed is taken as a capturing region, the capturing region includes a fingerprint capturing region for capturing a fingerprint and a vein capturing region for capturing veins.09-30-2010
20120300050METHOD FOR CHARACTERIZING THE TONE OF THE SKIN AND INTEGUMENTS - A method and apparatus for characterizing the tone of the skin or integuments uses an apparatus capturing a digital image of a skin zone. The image is defined by a multiplicity of pixels (N) and transmitted to a digital image processing device for splitting the digital image into R, G and B colour planes. The apparatus includes means for extracting each of these planes R, G, B; and on each plane, calculation means for logging the grey level value for each of the pixels, i.e. N values, which are optionally processed to obtain a value characteristic of the grey levels for each plane, corresponding to a value characteristic of the colour; as well as the luminosity value L*. The apparatus also characterizes the tone of the skin or integuments on the basis of the combination of the value characteristic of the colour and of the Luminosity value L*.11-29-2012
20120300049METHOD FOR DETERMINING AGE, AND AGE-DEPENDENT SELECTION OF COSMETIC PRODUCTS - A method for determining the skin age of consumers and a device suitable for implementing the method. The skin age is determined by capturing a predetermined skin area optoelectronically. The image data obtained during capturing the skin area are stored in an intermediate memory. Thereafter the color distribution and/or the color space are determined by means of image analysis. The determination is performed integratively, the result also being stored in an intermediate memory.11-29-2012
20120314044IMAGING DEVICE - A digital signal circuit 18 detects a human body from an image signal obtained by photographing, and detects a face portion. A system control circuit 20 estimates an age of the human body from a proportion of a head portion to a shoulder potion of the human body, determines that the object is an infant if the estimated age is equal to or lower than a threshold age, and automatically flashes an LED 30 to attract the attention of the object.12-13-2012
20100208051INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - There is provided an information processing apparatus including an image pickup part; a display part; a position detecting part for detecting a position of a target relative to the display part; a face detecting part for detecting a face from a taken image; an attribute obtaining part for obtaining attribute information of the target; a group determining part for determining a group to which the target belongs, at least based on the attribute information of the detected target; a content determining part for determining a content to be provided to the target based on at least one of group information of the target and the attribute information of the target; and a display processing part for displaying content information of the content to be provided to the target, on the display part in a display style in accordance with the position of the target.08-19-2010
20100208050APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBSERVING THE SURFACE OF A SAMPLE - An apparatus for observing the optical appearance of a surface (08-19-2010
20100208048DIGITAL IMAGE STORAGE SYSTEM AND HUMAN BODY DATA COMPARISON METHOD FOR MEDICAL AND AESTHETIC APPLICATIONS - A human body data comparison method includes steps of a) picking up human body digital 3D image data from a person during the person's optimal lifetime of said person for use as reference human body digital 3D image data, b) storing the reference human body digital 3D image data in a databank, c) fetching the reference human body digital 3D image data from the databank during a medical/aesthetic treatment of the person, and d) comparing the fetched reference human body digital 3D image data and then performing the medical/aesthetic treatment subject to the comparison result. The invention also provides a digital image storage system for use with the human body data comparison method.08-19-2010
20120212596System, Device, and Method for Remote Monitoring and Servicing - An interface device includes a built-in video camera and is configured to send video information from the built-in video camera as well as physiological information to a remote monitoring facility. The interface device may include a camera tilt control for adjusting the position of the video camera. The camera tilt control may be operated manually or electronically. An electronic camera tilt control may be operated remotely from the remote monitoring facility.08-23-2012
20120133753SYSTEM, DEVICE, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR FACIAL DEFECT ANALYSIS USING ANGULAR FACIAL IMAGE - A system, device, method, and computer program product for facial defect analysis using an angular facial image are provided. The system includes a storage module, an image angle detection module, a feature definition module, and a skin analysis module. The storage module stores at least one angular facial image, at least one skin defect condition, and at least one of multi-angle facial feature conditions. The image angle detection module detects an angle of the angular facial image. The feature definition module analyzes the angular facial image according to the facial feature conditions, so as to obtain at least one facial skin area image. The skin analysis module determines whether at least one skin defect image exists in the at least one facial skin area image by using the skin defect condition, and if yes, marks the at least one skin defect image in the at least one facial skin area image.05-31-2012
20120169860METHOD FOR DETECTION OF A BODY PART GESTURE TO INITIATE A WEB APPLICATION - The present invention relates a system and method in a wire communication network for using a movement pattern of a selected body part of a user by a computer system to invoke a network application.07-05-2012
20090303320Personal grooming visual display system - A personal grooming apparatus includes a high definition monitor, an overhead bracket providing a canopy above the monitor, one or more cameras supported on the overhead bracket for viewing a user's face, as well as the sides and back of the user's head, and possibly other areas of the user's body. An arrangement of lights supported on the bracket illuminate the various camera views. Controls are provided for independent control of the several lights (e.g., ON/OFF, dimming) the cameras (e.g., camera activation, zoom function, camera view selection), and the monitor. A docking station accommodates a handheld unit. The docking station is provided with a wireless receiver port for communicating with the handheld unit. The handheld unit includes a camera and LED lighting for close-up views that are displayed on the monitor. The handheld unit is adapted for receiving various attachment tools and devices, such as, but not limited to, a nose hair trimmer, a beard and moustache trimmer, tweezers, and a nail buffer. A carry case holds the handheld unit and includes a mini monitor, a docking station with a docking port and a control pad. Power is supplied by a removable A/C power cord and an internal rechargeable battery.12-10-2009
20120249768SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROL BASED ON FACE OR HAND GESTURE DETECTION - System and method for control using face detection or hand gesture detection algorithms in a captured image. Based on the existence of a detected human face or a hand gesture in an image captured by a digital camera, a control signal is generated and provided to a device. The control may provide power or disconnect power supply to the device (or part of the device circuits). The location of the detected face in the image may be used to rotate a display screen to achieve a better line of sight with a viewing person. The difference between the location of the detected face and an optimum is the error to be corrected by rotating the display to the required angular position. A hand gesture detection can be used as a replacement to a remote control for the controlled unit, such as a television set.10-04-2012
20120075451MULTIMODE OPTICAL DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - An optical device for use in an apparatus wherein the optical device is configured for use in a navigation mode and a fingerprint detection mode. By having the capability to operate in two modes, the optical device provides a cost effective approach for navigation and security. Using the same sensor for both functions reduces cost and space requirements, while satisfying functional objectives.03-29-2012
20120075450ACTIVITY DETERMINATION AS FUNCTION OF TRANSACTION LOG - Human behavior alerts are determined from a video stream through application of video analytics that parse a video stream into a plurality of segments, wherein each of the segments are either temporally related to at least one of a plurality of temporally distinct transactions in an event data log; or they are each associated with a pseudo transaction marker if not temporally related to at least one of the temporally distinct transactions and an image analysis indicates a temporal correlation with at least one of the distinct transactions is expected. Visual image features are extracted from the segments and one-SVM classification is performed on the extracted features to categorize segments into inliers or outliers relative to a threshold boundary. Event of concern alerts are issued with respect to the inlier segments associated with the associated pseudo transaction marker.03-29-2012
20100271469SITE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A site monitoring system and a method connected with a electronic device applicable for a sleeping baby in a crib are disclosed. The electronic device includes a camera, an acceleration sensor, and a processor. The system sets a first threshold value to detect a motion of the crib and sets a second threshold value to determine whether the baby is awake. The system receives an acceleration value of the motion of the crib from the acceleration sensor and activates the camera to capture an image if the acceleration value exceeds the first threshold value. The system detects a face zone of a captured image and locates an eye area in the face zone then calculating a ratio of height and width of the eye area and compares the ratio to the second threshold value. The system instructs the electronic device to dial a predefined warning number automatically if the ratio of height and width of the eye area exceeds the second threshold value.10-28-2010
20100271468MULTIPLE CAPSULE CAMERA APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME - A multiple capsule camera apparatus is disclosed to enhance the rate of detection and/or extend the overall imaging period. The multiple capsule camera apparatus coordinates the operations of the camera according to a schedule so that one camera may enter an active mode when the other camera is anticipated to have a low battery level. The capsule cameras may also coordinate their operations by communication with each other through a wireless link. A base station may also be used to coordinate the capsule camera operations with a wireless link established between the base station and each capsule camera.10-28-2010
20110102570VISION BASED POINTING DEVICE EMULATION - A method for man machine interaction with an electronic device associated with an electronic display comprises capturing images of at least one hand positioned over an input device, tracking position or posture of the hand from the images; switching from interaction based on interaction with an input device to pointing device emulation in response to detecting a gesture performed with the hand, and emulating a pointing device based on the tracking, with the hand no longer performing the gesture.05-05-2011
20120224040IMAGER READER WITH HAND GESTURE INTERFACE - A system for decoding an encoded symbol character associated with a product is provided herein. The system includes an imager-based indicia reading terminal comprising a housing and a two-dimensional image sensor array and an imaging lens for focusing an image on the two-dimensional image sensor array. The terminal is adapted to read an encoded symbol character, and further adapted to image a hand gesture. The terminal includes a digital link to transmit the image of the hand gesture. The system further includes a memory coupled to the indicia reading terminal via a digital connection. The memory includes a hand gesture attribute library to associate predefined hand gestures with a terminal mode of operation. The system further includes a central processing unit connected to the digital link to receive the image of the hand gesture, correlate the image with the predefined hand gestures in the hand gesture attribute library, and execute the associated terminal mode of operation.09-06-2012
20090322866SECURITY CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Embodiments of the invention include a security checkpoint system that has a camera configured for obtaining a first photographic image of an individual, a photographic image scanner configured for scanning a second photographic image, and a comparator mechanism for comparing the first photographic image with the second photographic image to ascertain whether the second photographic image is of the individual. Other embodiments include a method for automatedly developing security-related characteristics for an individual.12-31-2009
20090033742SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATING VIDEO DATA BETWEEN A MOBILE IMAGING SYSTEM AND A FIXED MONITOR SYSTEM - A system for communicating video data is described. The system includes a mobile imaging system, at least one monitor fixed to a room in a medical facility, and a video transmitter assembly coupled to the mobile imaging system to transmit a video signal. The system for communicating video data also includes a video receiver assembly coupled to the at least one monitor to receive the video signal and display the video signal on the at least one monitor.02-05-2009
20090021579Device for Biometrically Controlling a Face Surface - The invention relates to the devices for contactlessly measuring surface profiles and can be used for person identification in security systems. The inventive device for contactlessly controlling surface profile comprises a pulse illumination unit which is provided with a transparency and forms a transparency image on an object surface, and image recording unit and a computer. Said device also comprises a control unit which is connected to the image recording unit in the form of a TV camera with field interlacing, the pulse illumination unit and to the computer for synchronizing the illumination of the object surface by said pulse illumination unit with the TV camera field and for synchronizing the image processing by the computer with the TV interlacing. The transparency is embodied in the form of a line screen provided with an aperiodical different width band structure and a uniform transmission along each band, thereby making it possible to identify the sequence of the line screen images on the object surface.01-22-2009
20120257033OPTICAL BIOMETRICS IMAGING WITH FILMS - Methods and systems are provided for performing a biometric measurement on an individual. A purported skin site of the individual is illuminated under a plurality of distinct optical conditions during a single illumination session. Light scattered beneath a surface of the purported skin site is received separately for each of the plurality of distinct optical conditions. A multispectral image of the purported skin site is derived from the received light. A biometric function is performed with the derived multispectral image.10-11-2012
20120257034INTRAVITAL OBSERVATION DEVICE - Disclosed is an intravital observation device that has a simple structure and that can observe a foreign material and both blood vessels of an artery and a vein inside a living body without requiring an angiographic agent, X-rays, or harming the body. The intravital observation device comprises a light source that irradiates light having a wavelength peak in a wavelength region of 800 to 1000 nm onto the living body and an imaging device that outputs an image data obtained by receiving the light that has passed through the living body. The imaging device is a digital camera whose minimum detection light amount per output at a time when receiving the light of 0.4 to 10 μW is less than or equal to 0.055 μW/bit.10-11-2012
20120257032FINGERPRINT SENSING ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF MAKING - A fingerprint sensing module includes a sensor substrate having a sensing side and a circuit side, an image sensor including conductive traces on the circuit side of the sensor substrate, and a sensor circuit including at least one integrated circuit mounted on the circuit side of the sensor substrate and electrically connected to the image sensor. The sensor substrate may be a flexible substrate. The module may include a velocity sensor on the sensor substrate or on a separate substrate. The module may further include a rigid substrate, and the sensor substrate may be affixed to the rigid substrate.10-11-2012
20120257031IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE, BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An image acquisition device includes: an imaging unit which has a plurality of light receiving elements; a condensing unit which condenses light which is input to the light receiving elements, and includes a plurality of microlenses which are arranged one to one with the light receiving elements on a plane; and a band pass filter including amorphous silicon films on a path on which light from an object is input to the light receiving elements.10-11-2012
20120081531System And Methods For Providing Performance Feedback - Systems and methods provide feedback to at least one participant in a field of play. A performance analysis device determines performance information of each participant in the field of play, where the performance information is based upon at least one of determined location, speed, path, acceleration and biometrics of said each participant. At least one output device provides real-time feedback to the at least one participant based upon the performance information. The real-time feedback comprises performance information of the at least one participant and/or performance information of one or more other participants in the field of play.04-05-2012
20120229616ELECTRONIC MIRRORING SYSTEM - An electronic mirroring system comprises a mirroring unit (09-13-2012
20100328443SYSTEM FOR MONITORING PATIENT SAFETY SUITED FOR DETERMINING COMPLIANCE WITH HAND HYGIENE GUIDELINES - An exemplary method and system monitors patient safety to, for example, minimize disease transmission from healthcare providers with unclean hands to patients and their surroundings. Signals (for example, infrared and radio frequency) among an area monitor, identification badge, and cleaning agent dispenser help locate and identify objects (persons and equipment). Objects may be identified and monitored using object recognition and motion tracking, zones (around the objects) are defined based on proximity to the object, and subzones are defined within zones to enhance monitoring of compliance with hygiene guidelines. The movements of objects may be monitored using motion tracking, and the objects may be identified by detecting a signal pulse in the object's silhouette. A caretaker entering a zone, moving between subzones, or contacting objects without dispensing cleaning agent from a dispenser can be alerted that they have unclean hands. Observations can be automatically recorded for real-time alerting and auditing purposes.12-30-2010
20100328442HUMAN FACE DETECTION AND TRACKING DEVICE - A human face detection device includes a photosensitive element, a human face detection unit, and a skin color threshold generation unit. The photosensitive element is used for capturing a first image containing a first human face block. The human face detection unit compares the first image with at least one human face feature, so as to detect the first human face block. The skin color threshold generation unit is used for updating a skin color threshold value according to the detected first human face block. The skin color threshold value is used for filtering the first image signal to obtain a candidate region, the human face detection unit compares the candidate region with the at least one human face feature to obtain the first human face block, and the skin color threshold value determines whether the first human face block detected by the human face detection unit is correct.12-30-2010
20120320180ELECTRIC SHAVER WITH IMAGING CAPABILITY - System and method for improving the shaving experience by providing improved visibility of the skin shaving area. A digital camera is integrated with the electric shaver for close image capturing of shaving area, and displaying it on a display unit. The display unit can be integral part of the electric shaver casing, or housed in a separated device which receives the image via a communication channel. The communication channel can be wireless (using radio, audio or light) or wired, such as dedicated cabling or using powerline communication. A light source is used to better illuminate the shaving area. Video compression and digital image processing techniques are used for providing for improved shaving results. The wired communication medium can simultaneously be used also for carrying power from the electric shaver assembly to the display unit, or from the display unit to the electric shaver.12-20-2012
20120320179SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATION-MERGING OF IMAGE WITH HUMAN VISION USING TRANSPARENT DISPLAY - We provide a device for combining tomographic images with human vision using a partially transparent display to merge the visual outer surface of an object with a simultaneous tomographic image from the interior of the object. The device may be used with various types of image modalities including ultrasound, CT, and MRI. The image captured device and the display may or may not be fixed to each other. If not fixed, the imaging device may provide a compensation device that adjusts the image on the partially transparent display to account for any change in the image capture device orientation or location. Methods for using such a device are also provided.12-20-2012
20120320178Camera-supported movement detection for movement compensation in real time in magnetic resonance imaging - The invention relates to a method for compensating patient movements in MRI scans in real time and to a device suitable for carrying out said method. The method involves the following steps: optically sensing a marking element (12-20-2012
20110037844ENERGY EMITTING DEVICE - The present application is directed to a radiant energy emitting device, comprising (1) a targeting means operationally configured to repeatedly identify a target surface area; (2) an image recording means for recording one or more images of a target surface area; and (3) a powered energy source housed within the device operationally configured to emit energy; wherein the device is operationally configured to concentrate energy emitted from the energy source out through an aperture of the device toward the target surface area.02-17-2011
20110037842Cosmetic and Dermatologic Measurement Apparatus - An apparatus for viewing and measuring dermatologic target areas comprising a mirror (02-17-2011
20120274755SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HUMAN DETECTION AND COUNTING USING BACKGROUND MODELING, HOG AND HAAR FEATURES - A system for adaptive learning based human detection for channel input of captured human image signals, the system comprising: a sensor for tracking real-time images of an environment of interest; a feature extraction and classifiers generation processor for extracting a plurality of features and classifying the features associated with time-space descriptors of image comprising background modeling, Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG) and Haar like wavelet; a processor configured to process extracted feature classifiers associated with plurality of real-time images; combine the plurality of feature classifiers of time-space descriptors; evaluate a linear probability of human detection based on a predetermined threshold value of the feature classifiers in a time window having at least one image frame; a counter for counting the number of humans in the real-time images; and a transmission device configured to send the final human detection decision and number thereof to a storage device.11-01-2012
20110234783MILLIMETER WAVE IMAGING APPARATUS - A millimeter wave imaging apparatus includes: an imaging device provided with a millimeter wave sensor that receives millimeter waves radiated from a subject; an image data generation device that generates image data of the subject based on an output from the millimeter wave sensor constituting the imaging device; a storage device that stores inspection target object data indicating, with respect to each object to be an inspection target object, a shape of the object and a size of the object relative to the subject; a detection device that compares the inspection target object data stored by the storage device and the image data generated by the image data generation device, thereby to detect an inspection target object hidden in the subject; and an output device that outputs results of detection by the detection device.09-29-2011
20120086794CONTACTLESS FINGERPRINT ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING - A contactless fingerprint acquisition and processing method, includes detecting and acquiring an object image, converting the object image into a fingerprint image and at least one of identifying and verifying the fingerprint image.04-12-2012
20120327206INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED METHOD FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION AND NON-TRANSITORY MEDIUM STORING A COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a camera, first and second feature region detectors, a plural operation command generators and a selector. The camera obtains an image of at least a part of a human body and generates image data of the obtained image. The first feature region detector detects a first feature region including a feature part of the human body from the image data and generates first feature region information defining the first feature region. The second feature region detector generates second feature region information defining a second feature region corresponding to the first feature region in a virtual space based on the first feature region information. The operation command generators generate operation commands corresponding to a plurality of partial spaces in the virtual space. The selector selects one of the operation command generators based on the second feature region information.12-27-2012
20120327207LIGHTING DEVICE, IMAGE ANALYSIS DEVICE, IMAGE ANALYSIS METHOD, AND EVALUATION METHOD - There is provided a lighting device for capturing a facial image of a subject by an image capturing unit in plural different near-infrared regions of light including a housing in which a substantially spherical space is formed by a spherical surface, the housing accommodating an entire face part of the subject; at least two light sources arranged at positions bilaterally symmetrical with the subject on the spherical surface to emit the light to light the substantially spherical space; an image capturing unit capturing an image of the entire face part; a first filter installed in front of the light source to block ultraviolet rays and infrared rays from the emitted light; a second filter installed in front of the lens to adjust an amount of the light, and a third filter installed in front of the lens to perform band-pass filtering corresponding to the different near-infrared regions.12-27-2012
20120092475Method, Apparatus And System For Implementing Interaction Between A Video And A Virtual Network Scene - Examples of the present disclosure provide a method, an apparatus and a system for implementing interaction between a video and a virtual network scene. The method includes: obtaining video data of a user; displaying, on a client, a video corresponding to the video data in the virtual network scene. Through associating the video and the network service in the virtual network scene, the relativity between the video and the network service in the virtual network scene is increased, interaction between the video and the network service is realized and user's experience is improved.04-19-2012
20120092474Scaleable, Compact, High Resolution Optical Fingerprint Reader - A fingerprint reader for acquiring a fingerprint image has a platen with a micro prism sheet on its underside. An arrangement of fold mirrors is used to receive light from the platen and fold the optical path twice before reaching the imagers. The reader has multiple imagers, each imager having at least an imaging lens and an image sensor. Each imager is configured so that the image plane of the image sensor is tilted relative to the optical axis of the imaging lens, such that keystone distortion in the fingerprint image is corrected.04-19-2012
20130010095FACE RECOGNITION DEVICE AND FACE RECOGNITION METHOD - A face recognition device includes: an image capture unit, an area detection unit, a feature amount extraction unit, a distance estimation unit and a feature amount update unit. The image capture unit is configured to capture an image of an object. The area detection unit is configured to detect a given area of the object based on an image obtained as an image capture result of the image capture unit. The feature amount extraction unit is configured to extract a feature amount within the given area detected by the area detection unit. The distance estimation unit is configured to estimate a distance between the image capture unit and the given area. The feature amount update unit is configured to update the feature amount extracted by the feature amount extraction unit based on the distance estimated by the distance estimation unit.01-10-2013
20130010094SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING EXTRACORPOREAL BLOOD VOLUME IN A PHYSICAL SAMPLE - One method for estimating the extracorporeal blood volume in a portion of a physical sample includes: extracting a feature from a portion of an image of the sample; tagging the portion of the image of the sample with a blood volume indicator according to the extracted feature; and estimating the extracorporeal blood volume in at least the portion of the physical sample, associated with the portion of the image of the sample, according to the blood volume indicator.01-10-2013
20130016201METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF A CLASS OF OBJECTS - An apparatus and method for providing automatic threat detection using passive millimeter wave detection and image processing analysis.01-17-2013
20130021459SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING SPEECH ACTIVITY DETECTION USING FACIAL FEATURE DETECTION - Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for processing audio. A system configured to practice the method monitors, via a processor of a computing device, an image feed of a user interacting with the computing device and identifies an audio start event in the image feed based on face detection of the user looking at the computing device or a specific region of the computing device. The image feed can be a video stream. The audio start event can be based on a head size, orientation or distance from the computing device, eye position or direction, device orientation, mouth movement, and/or other user features. Then the system initiates processing of a received audio signal based on the audio start event. The system can also identify an audio end event in the image feed and end processing of the received audio signal based on the end event.01-24-2013
20130021460Interactive Hair Grooming Apparatus, System, and Method - The present invention relates to an intelligent interactive apparatus, system and method that aligns with grooming tools such as hair clippers or trimmers. More particularly, the present invention relates to a hair clipper having an attached imaging apparatus assembly that is linked to a display output device allowing for more intelligent and consistent hair grooming views and overall control. The clipper imaging apparatus assembly of the present invention allows for an intelligent interactive system wherein the method used makes a user capable of a more accurate hair grooming experience. The present invention's system is linked by superimposed hair design overlays, and an interactive imaging apparatus for an improved viewing method. The imaging device enables a more accurate grooming experience using an imaging sensor that intelligently follows a grid mapping axis process using predictive analytics to reduce grooming errors and difficulty.01-24-2013
20130021461SAMPLE APPLICATOR SENSING AND POSITIONING - Systems and methods for positioning a sample applicator relative to a substrate include: (a) obtaining an image of the sample applicator in proximity to the substrate, where the image includes a direct image region corresponding to the sample applicator and a first reflected image region corresponding to an image of the sample applicator reflected from a surface of the substrate; (b) determining a position of an edge of the sample applicator in the direct image region; (c) determining a position of a reflected edge of the sample applicator in the first reflected image region; (d) determining a distance between the edge of the sample applicator and the reflected edge of the sample applicator; and (e) determining the position of the sample applicator relative to the substrate based on the distance between the edges.01-24-2013
20120242815EAR SIZING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An ear measurement system and method include obtaining an image of an ear and an associated a calibration device, and analyzing the image to determine the size of desired portions of the ear. Such sizing is then used, for example, for fitting an earbud or earbud adapter.09-27-2012
20130169782DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - A diagnostic imaging apparatus and a method of operating the diagnostic imaging apparatus. The diagnostic imaging apparatus includes: a probe that scans a subject, into which a contrast agent is injected, to obtain a scan signal; and a display unit that displays a scan video image obtained based on the scan signal, on a first region of a screen, and N captured images from the scan video image on a second region of the screen, where N is a natural number.07-04-2013
20130169778METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED ALERTS - A method, system and apparatus for automated alerts are provided. Communication, via a processor and communication interface of a communication device, occurs with one or more remote communication devices in a communication session. Data is received at the processor, from a camera device. In response, to the data, an alert is transmitted, via the communication interface, to the one or more remote communication devices in the communication session.07-04-2013
20130135454IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device including an optical system having a lens; an imaging section that converts a subject image formed on the optical system to an electrical signal; a detecting section that detects a human body using an edge pattern of an image signal obtained by the imaging section; and a control section that drives the lens to perform focus control based on a change in a size of the human body detected in time series in a plurality of images.05-30-2013
20130176412DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SINGLE-HANDEDLY SELF-PHOTOGRAPHING - The present invention provides a self-photographing device for taking pictures single-handedly. The self-photographing device can accommodate various digital cameras, single-lens camera, and camera phones, and can provide an adequate distance between the camera and the photographer for better self-shooting. The self-photographing device comprises a picture-taking unit, a stage rotation unit, a telescopic pole unit, a folding joint unit and a grip unit. After use, the self-photographing device can be folded into a size not larger than 228×87×87 cm and is suitable for being carried in a handbag.07-11-2013
20130176414INTELLIGENT TRACKING DEVICE - An intelligent tracking device being carried by a support includes a camera unit, a sound detecting unit, a tracking control unit, a control unit, and a driving unit. The tracking control unit recognizes a human face and determines the position of the face. The control unit determines a movement of the recognized face according to the determined position and generates a control signal according to the determined movement of the recognized face. If no human face is recognizable in the view scope of the camera unit, the control unit activates the sound detecting unit, and the tracking control unit determines a direction and distance of a sound source relative to the intelligent tracking device according to the sound detected by the sound detecting unit, the driving unit drives the support to move according to the direction and distance.07-11-2013
20130093869INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - According to an embodiment, an information processing apparatus comprises a customer specification section, a salesclerk specification section and a notification section. The customer specification section specifies a customer as a received target is watching an advertising information displayed on an advertising apparatus advertising a commodity. The salesclerk specification section specifies a salesclerk as a notified target based on at least one of the advertising information that the customer as the received target is watching specified by the customer specification section and the position of each salesclerk. The notification section notifies the existence of the customer as the received target specified by the customer specification section to a portable communication terminal carried by the salesclerk as the notified target specified by the salesclerk specification section.04-18-2013
20130100269System and Method for Assessing an Individual's Physical and Psychosocial Abilities - A system is presented for assessing an individual's physical or psychosocial abilities. The system comprises a server having a processor and non-transitory computer readable medium in communication with the system. The non-transitory computer readable medium has instructions encoded thereon to receive a video-audio data stream from one or more video cameras in communication with the server, establish a threshold for a parameter that can be measured using the video-audio data streams received, measuring the parameter using the video-audio data streams received, and comparing the measure parameter with the threshold. From the comparison of the measured parameter and the threshold the individual's physical or psychosocial abilities can be assessed.04-25-2013
20130100268EMERGENCY DETECTION AND RESPONSE SYSTEM AND METHOD - Disclosed herein are automated emergency detection and response systems and methods, in accordance with different embodiments of the invention. In some embodiments, a system is provided for detecting and responding to a potential emergency event occurring in respect of a user in or near a designated area. The system comprises one or more sensors disposed in or near the area and a controller operatively coupled to the one or more sensors to receive sensor data therefrom indicative of the user's condition. The controller is further operatively coupled to a designated device in or near the area, operation of the designated device previously identified to effect capture of sensor data. The controller operating on stored statements and instructions to process the sensor data in automatically identifying the event therefrom, communicate a command to the designated device to alter operation thereof based on the previously identified effect so to improve capture of additional sensor data, process the additional sensor data to determine a level of assistance required by the user in response to the event.04-25-2013
20130100270IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME - A person is detected as a subject from an image obtained by image capture, and information, for example, the number of such subjects, is obtained as subject-related information. Then, the greater the number of subjects, the more a setting of a condition that the subjects should satisfy is relaxed. As a result, in an image processing apparatus having a function that identifies a subject state, the usability of that function that identifies the subjects can be improved even in a case in which multiple subjects are present.04-25-2013
20130100267APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING FINGERPRINTS - An apparatus and method for detecting fingerprints simultaneously. The apparatus includes a fingerprint sensor having a fingerprint input window on which fingers can simultaneously be placed. Fingerprint regions can be separated from a source-fingerprint image captured by the fingerprint sensor, and the fingerprint regions can be individually processed to generate fingerprint data. The fingerprint regions may be processed by a multi fingerprint region recognizing method such as a morphology calculation for image processing. Therefore, fingerprint regions can be rapidly recognized, as compared with a related-art method of using features of fingerprints, and the fingerprint sensor can have a simple structure because it is unnecessary to separate fingerprint regions using a mechanical structure as in the related art.04-25-2013
20130100266METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINATION OF OBJECT TOPOLOGY - Electronic devices may include imaging systems with camera modules and light sources. A camera module may be used to capture images while operating one or more light sources. Operating the light sources may generate changing illumination patterns on surfaces of objects to be imaged. Images of an object may be captured under one or more different illumination conditions generated using the light sources. Shadow patterns in the captured images may change from one image captured under one illumination condition to another image captured under a different illumination condition. The electronic device may detect changes in the shadow patterns between multiple captured images. The detected changes in shadow patterns may be used to determine whether an object in an image is a planar object or an object having protruding features. A user authentication system in the device may permit or deny access to the device based, in part, on that determination.04-25-2013
20130113910DRIVING ASSISTANT SYSTEM AND METHOD HAVING WARNING FUNCTION FOR RISK LEVEL - A driving assistant system and method having a warning function for alerting a driver of a risk level, which synthetically determines a running speed of a vehicle, a driver's inattention, a road condition, and the like and provides a warning corresponding to a degree of risk (risk level) to the driver. In particular, a calculated data value corresponding to a degree of a driver's drowsy or careless status is compared to calculation values corresponding to a vehicle speed and the degree of risk of a road to predetermined reference values corresponding to the output values and outputs at least one warning message alerting a driver of risk levels according to the comparison result.05-09-2013
20130113909Surgical light and video control system and method of use - A system for illuminating and recording an image of an operative field during a medical procedure is presented. The system includes a first light source assembly, a second light source assembly, and a controller. The first and second light source assemblies include a light source operable to illuminate the operative field, a camera operable to record the image of the operative field, and a sensor operable to detect motion from the light source assemblies. The controller is in communication with the first and second light source assemblies. The controller is configured to send operational commands to the light source assemblies based on feedback from the sensors. One of the operational commands is a recording command. The controller is configured to send the recording command to either the camera in the first or second light source assembly.05-09-2013
20130128023SYSTEM FOR GENERATING VIRTUAL CLOTHING EXPERIENCES - A system for generating a virtual clothing experience has a display for mounting with a wall, one or more digital cameras for capturing first images of the person standing in front of the display, an image processing module for synthesizing the first images and for generating a display image on the display that substantially appears, to the person, like a reflection of the person in a mirror positioned at the display. The cameras capture second images of a garment with the person; the module synthesizes the second images with the first images to generate the image that substantially appears, to the person, that the reflection wears the garment. A home version of the system may be formed with a home computer and a database storing garment images in cooperation with a manufacturer.05-23-2013
20130128021ROTATABLE PRESENTATION BILLBOARD - A billboard includes an image capturing device, a processor, and a driving unit. The image capturing device uses a camera to capture consecutive scene images of a scene area. The processor uses a geometric figure to mark a figure in each captured image. If the center of the geometric figure is not the center of the captured image, the processor generates a control signal to direct the driving unit to rotate the billboard until the center of the geometric figure is the center of the captured image.05-23-2013
20130169786TELEVISION, CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR THE TELEVISION - A television, a control method and a control device for the television are disclosed in the present invention. The control method for the television includes the following steps of: obtaining motion track points of a moving target and fitting the motion track points into a motion curve; calculating angle information corresponding to the motion track points on the motion curve; judging whether the angle information corresponding to a first track point in the motion track points and the angle information corresponding to a second track point in the motion track points are in the same preset range, wherein the first and second track points are adjacent; and when the angle information corresponding to the first track point and the angle information corresponding to the second track point are not in the same preset range, generating a control instruction to control the action of the television. By the present invention, a user can conveniently control the television by utilizing gestures.07-04-2013
20130169785METHOD OF DETECTING AND IMPROVING OPERATOR SITUATIONAL AWARENESS ON AGRICULTURAL MACHINES - Methods, systems and apparatus are presented that can warn a machine operator of an object in a machine path when an operator is not looking in the machine travel direction. A situational awareness detector (SAD) can be configured to determine operator orientation and operator sight direction or field of view. A SAD can be configured to determine machine or implement travel path and whether an object of interest such as a boundary, pond, rock pile, etc. is positioned within the travel path. By comparing operator line of sight or field of view with machine and/or implement travel path, a SAD can determine operator awareness of the object in the travel path. If an operator is unaware of the object, an alert can be provided. If a determination is made that an operator is aware of an object, a system of the invention can refrain from providing an alert.07-04-2013
20130169784IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes a detector and an image processing unit. The detector executes image pickup operations in which electrical signals based on radiation are output and executes, in a period between a first image pickup operation and a second image pickup operation, a first inter-image pickup operation for suppressing a lag generated by the first image pickup operation and a second inter-image pickup operation for obtaining dark signals from the detector after the first inter-image pickup operation. The signal processing unit calculates a correction coefficient using a first time ts, a second time te, and the dark signals, predicts an amount of offset to be included in electrical signals of the second image pickup operation using a third time ts′, a fourth time te′, and the correction coefficient, and executes calculation using the electrical signals and the amount of offset output from the detector in the second image pickup operation.07-04-2013
20130169783DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A display apparatus includes: an image receiver which receives an image signal; an image processor which processes the image signal received by the image receiver according to a preset image processing operation; a display unit which displays thereon an image based on the image signal that is processed by the image processor; a camera which captures a predetermined subject an generates a first image; and a controller which determines the subject from the first image generated by the camera, generates a second image including the subject by automatically adjusting the first image according to a preset image standard by focusing on the determined subject, and displays the second image on the display unit.07-04-2013
20130169781Method and Apparatus for Identification - A method and system for de-identifying a video sequence are provided. The method may include the steps of capturing a video sequence, comprising a number of individual frames, including one or more users performing one or more actions, and using activity recognition to recognize one of the one or more actions. One or more of the plurality of frames may be defined as comprising the recognized one or more actions, and a portion of the one or more of the plurality of frames may be identified to remain visible. The non-identified portions of the one or more of the plurality of frames and the non-defined frames may be de-identified. This method may be applied to the determine of whether a user has ingested a medication pill.07-04-2013
20130169780METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DUAL LENS FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION - A dual lens fingerprint identification method comprises following steps. A first fingerprint image and a second fingerprint image of a finger in contact with a touch panel are captured by a first lens and a second lens respectively. The first fingerprint image and the second fingerprint image are partially overlapped with each other. An image processing procedure is performed to merge the first fingerprint image and the second fingerprint image into a third fingerprint image, and a calculation procedure is performed to compare a plurality of fingerprint characteristic points captured from the third fingerprint image with a plurality of preset characteristic points captured from a preset fingerprint image.07-04-2013
20130169779SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING HEAD RELATED TRANSFER FUNCTIONS - A method for determining HRTF includes obtaining a plurality of reference images of different respective ears, one or more of the reference images associated with a corresponding pre-determined HRTF information, obtaining information regarding an input image that includes an image of an ear of a subject, comparing the information regarding the input image with information regarding the reference images using a processor, and selecting one of the pre-determined HRTF information based at least in part on a result of the act of comparing.07-04-2013
20130176413SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF CONTACT MONITORING - Methods and apparatus for monitoring communication of contacts for identifying contacts for potential supervision are disclosed. The method can include electronically monitoring communication between an agent and a customer associated with a contact. The method can include monitoring the communication for one or more characteristics of the communication. The method can include automatically identifying, based on the one or more characteristics of the communication, that the contact includes a risk of producing a negative customer response. The method can include presenting the identified contact to a supervisor.07-11-2013
20130141559ADAPTIVE MULTI-MODAL INTEGRATED BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION DETECTION AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS - A surveillance system is provided that includes at least one sensor disposed in a security area of a surveillance region to sense an occurrence of a potential security breach event; a plurality of cameras is disposed in the surveillance region; at least one camera thereof has a view of the security area and can be configured to automatically gather biometric information concerning at least one subject person in the vicinity of the security area in response to the sensing of a potential security breach event; one or more other of the plurality of cameras can be configured to search for the at least one subject person; a processing system is programmed to produce a dossier corresponding to the at least one subject person to match biometric information of one or more persons captured by one or more of the other cameras with corresponding biometric information in the dossier.06-06-2013
20130141558HANDPIECE WITH INTEGRATED OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR PHOTOTHERMAL RADIOMETRY AND LUMINESCENCE MEASUREMENTS - An apparatus is provided for performing photothermal measurements on a object. The apparatus, which may be provided as a handpiece, houses optical components including a laser, an infrared detector, a dichroic beamsplitter, and focusing and beam directing optics for the delivery of a laser beam to, and the collection of photothermal radiation from, a measured object. Some of the optical components may be provided on an optical bench that is directly attached to a thermally conductive tip portion for the passive heat sinking of internal optical components. The apparatus may further include a sampling optical element and a photodetector for the detection of luminescence, and a camera for obtaining an image of the object during a diagnostic procedure. The apparatus may be employed for the scanning of a tooth to determine an oral health status of the tooth.06-06-2013
20110273553IMAGE ACQUISITION AND EXPLOITATION CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHODS THEREFORE - A system for extracting, processing, and sending metadata associated with audio data and/or video data is described. In one embodiment, a system includes a sensor configured to acquire image data. A first electronic board with a processor is configured to control the sensor. A second electronic board that is configured to enrich the image data is operatively and removably coupled to the first electronic board.11-10-2011
20110273552METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACCESSING EXERCISE WHILE WATCHING TV - The present invention provides a complete solution for accessing an exercise or training program quickly and easily (e.g. with just one or a few button pushes on a remote control) at anytime while watching TV.11-10-2011
20110273551METHOD TO CONTROL MEDIA WITH FACE DETECTION AND HOT SPOT MOTION - The invention relates to a robust method to control interactive media using gestures. A method of controlling a multimedia device, using face detection and (hot spot) motion, providing robust accuracy in issued commands, wherein the method involves the following steps: extracting a hot spot area using a current captured image (Ci), calculate and analyze the difference between the current captured image (Ci) and a previous captured image (Ci−1), resulting in Di, applying an erosion on the Di to remove small areas, applying extracted (hot spot) motion areas as masks to filter out non-hot spot area motion, add Di to build a motion image, find the largest x, y and the smallest x, y coordinates of all the detected motion connected components, denote each as Ix, Iy, sx and sy, and perform an algorithm to determine if a hand gesture represents a command to control a multimedia device.11-10-2011
20110273550MEIBOMIAN GLAND OBSERVING DEVICE - The present invention relates to a device for observing the meibomian glands enables a ready observation necessary for examination without a direct contact of an examination probe to the eyelid and an observation of all of the upper and lower meibomian glands in a relatively short time. A device for observing the meibomian glands, comprising: a light source radiating light containing infrared rays, a visible light-cutting filter that is opaque to visible light but passes at least a portion of infrared rays, an optical system for transmitting light from the light source that has passed through the visible light-cutting filter to the site being observed, an optical system for transmitting light from the site being observed to an infrared camera, an infrared camera, and a display for converting an image picked up by the infrared camera to a visible image and displaying the visible image; wherein the site being observed is a portion comprising the meibomian glands of an eyelid turned inside out, light from the light source is irradiated onto the site being observed, and light reflecting off the site being observed is picked up by the infrared camera.11-10-2011
20100309302Apparatus and a System for Visualizing Teeth Cleaning - A system includes an apparatus having a head having a removable cap having a tool configured for cleaning activities within a mouth. A handle is joined to the head for enabling the head to be manipulated within the mouth. An image sensor having a lens is at least partially disposed on the head for capturing images within the mouth. An illumination source is disposed on the head for illuminating objects to assist the image sensor in capturing the images. A transmitter conveys the images. A receiver receives the conveyed images. A display is connected to the receiver for displaying the conveyed images thereby assisting a user in the cleaning activities.12-09-2010
20100309301RECORDING METHOD FOR OBTAINING AN IMAGE OF AN OBJECT AND RECORDING DEVICE - A method for recording an image of an object includes projecting a strip pattern onto the object, recording the projected strip pattern as raw image data using a camera, and calculating an image of the object from the raw image data. A strip pattern having a duty cycle of less than 1 can be used to increase measuring precision during measurement of a translucent object, and can eliminate a need for additional contrast agents for a recording of the object.12-09-2010
20100309300Method and System for Analyzing Physical Conditions Using Digital Images - Systems and methods are provided for analyzing conditions associated with a physical feature using digital images. The method comprises acquiring a white-light image and an ultraviolet (“UV”) image of at least a portion of a body surface, such as a person's face, each of the white-light and UV images including a plurality of pixels and each pixel in the UV image corresponding to a respective pixel in the white-light image. The method further comprises identifying feature pixels in the white-light and UV images, and obtaining results associated with at least one physical condition using information in the feature pixels in the first white light and UV images.12-09-2010
20110242303METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY UNLOCKING AN OPENING MEMBER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR A HANDS-FREE SYSTEM, AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD - The invention relates to a method for automatically unlocking an opening member of a motor vehicle using a hands-free access system (10-06-2011
20110242305Immersive Multimedia Terminal - Various embodiments of the present invention teach an advantageous means of conducting and controlling multimedia communication. Real-world communication involving sight, sound and body language is fully supported, without requiring that the user wear or touch any special apparatus. A novel Device-Area-Network (DAN) method is introduced to allow devices contained in compatible apparatus external to the Immersive Multimedia Terminal (IMT) to be discovered and fused to the devices within the IMT. Said method allows seamless integration of cellphones, laptops and other compatible apparatus so that they can use the IMT as a high-performance terminal. Said method also allows the IMT to fully integrate resources that exist in said external compatible apparatus. Examples of said resources are microphones, environmental sensors, disk drives, flash memory, cameras, and wired or wireless communication links.10-06-2011
20110234784DISPLAY DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A display device is proposed that can encourage a user to frequently turn on and off the display device. The display device includes: a video signal display unit 09-29-2011
20100315498CONTACTLESS TYPE OF FINGERPRINT IMAGE OBTAINING APPARATUS USING MIRROR - Provided is a contactless fingerprint image obtaining apparatus using a mirror. The contactless fingerprint image obtaining apparatus obtains the entire region of a fingerprint using the mirror in a contactless manner. The entire region of the fingerprint includes a fingerprint region of the front direction coinciding with the optical axis of a single shooting unit, and fingerprint regions of left/right lateral sides that do not coincide with the optical axis. Accordingly, unwillingness of a user, distortion caused by contact of the user, quality reduction, which are the limitations of a related art contact type fingerprint image obtaining apparatus are solved. Simultaneously, a wide region of a fingerprint image including the lateral sides of a fingerprint that cannot be directly obtained by a related art contactless fingerprint image obtaining apparatus using only a single camera can be economically obtained.12-16-2010
20130155217AUDIO PLAYER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An audio player comprises a memory, a camera, a processor and an audio player. The memory stores a playing mode lookup table, loads a plurality of standard facial information to different age groups and a plurality of playing modes, and each playing mode corresponding to an age group. The camera captures a facial picture of a user. The processor analyzes and distinguishes facial information of the facial picture to select a corresponding playing mode according to the distinguished facial information. The audio controller controls volume and playing time length according to the playing mode selected by the processor.06-20-2013
20120281080USER BEHAVIOR TRACING METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM USED IN TOUCH SCREEN TERMINALS - A user behavior tracing method for a touch screen terminal includes capturing display content of a touch screen of the touch screen terminal through snapshotting, and capturing, through a sensing element of the touch screen, a coordinate corresponding to an operating behavior that is performed on the display content by a user; and outputting information of the captured display content of the touch screen and information of the captured coordinate corresponding to the operating behavior that is performed on the display content by the user.11-08-2012
20120281079Systems and methods for automatic skin-based identification of people using digital images - Systems and methods are provided for automatic identification of a person based on an analysis of the person's skin. In one embodiment, a method for automatically identifying a person comprises acquiring white-light and UV images of a portion of the person's skin, generating a skin mask from the white-light image, and comparing the skin mask with a pre-stored skin mask of the person. If a substantial match is not found between the two skin masks, the person is not identified, and an error message such as “wrong person” or “person unknown” is returned. Otherwise, the method proceeds to obtain results associated with certain skin conditions using at least the UV image. The results are compared with pre-stored results to determine if the person is the right person or the wrong person.11-08-2012
20130182092SAFE NURSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAFE NURSING SYSTEM - A safe nursing system includes a control unit and monitors movement of a patient on a bed. The control unit sets, for each patient, a correspondence relationship between a plurality of types of predetermined movements and a plurality of alert levels based on conditions; calculates a value of a predetermined index used to determine a predetermined movement of the patient; sets a predetermined condition to determine the predetermined movement; determines the predetermined movement based on the calculated value and the set predetermined condition; and outputs information indicating that the patient has performed the predetermined movement at the alert level indicated by the correspondence relationship set for the patient in accordance with the predetermined movement, under the condition that the predetermined movement has been determined to have been performed. It is possible to give a notification to a caregiver based on the condition of each patient.07-18-2013
20110292197IMAGE CREATING DEVICE AND IMAGE CREATING METHOD - To form a clear image of a body tissue.12-01-2011
20110310237Facial Expression Recognition Systems and Methods and Computer Program Products Thereof - A facial expression recognition system includes a facial database, an image capture unit, an expression recognition data generation unit and an expression recognition unit. The facial database includes a plurality of expression information and expression features of optical flow field, wherein each of the expression features of optical flow field corresponds to one of the expression information. The image capture unit captures a plurality of facial images. The expression recognition data generation unit is coupled to the image capture unit and the facial database for receiving a first facial image and a second facial image from the image capture unit and calculating an expression feature of optical flow field between the first facial image and the second facial image corresponding to each of the expression information. The expression recognition unit is coupled to the expression recognition data generation unit for determining a facial expression corresponding to the first and second facial images according to the calculated expression feature of optical flow field for each of the expression information and the variation features in optical flow in the facial database.12-22-2011
20110310236WHITE-LIGHT SPECTRAL BIOMETRIC SENSORS - Methods and systems are provided for performing a biometric function. A purported skin site of an individual is illuminated with white light. Light scattered from the purported skin site is received with a color imager on which the received light is incident. Spatially distributed images of the purported skin site are derived and correspond to different volumes of illuminated tissue of the individual. The images are analyzed to perform the biometric function.12-22-2011
20130188031RISK RECOGNITION METHOD FOR USE IN VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM BASED ON HUMAN IDENTIFICATION - A risk recognition method based on human identification is disclosed, which identifies a human being from a captured image, such that it can recognize a dangerous situation of each person. The risk recognition method includes detecting a person from photographed image information, and identifying the detected person, thereby generating identification information for each person; extracting access control information for each person using the identification information; analyzing the access control information simultaneously while tracking a movement path for each person, and determining whether a dangerous situation for each person occurs; and if the dangerous situation occurs, selectively warning of the dangerous situation of the person who causes the dangerous situation.07-25-2013
20120287254SKIN PATTERN IMAGE COLLECTION DEVICE, COLLECTION METHOD AND SKIN PATTERN MATCHING SYSTEM - Provided is a skin pattern image collection device wherein it is possible to obtain a fingerprint image which has a high contrast and few distortions. The skin pattern image collection device is provided with a contact means in which two transparent sheets, which are formed with a plurality of grooves of the same shape arranged in a single direction on one surface, are overlapped, and an imaging means which is disposed so as to receive the light from the surface, on which the grooves are formed, of the contact means, wherein the contact means refracts the light, which is outputted from the transparent sheet that is farther from the imaging means of the two transparent sheets disposed on the contact means, in a roughly normal direction by means of the transparent sheet that is closer to the imaging means, thereby collecting the pattern of skin which is in contact with the transparent sheet that is farther from the imaging means.11-15-2012
20120013723Support System and Method for Viewer-Dependent Positioning and Alignment of a Display Unit - A support system (01-19-2012
20120019643Passive Demographic Measurement Apparatus - A passive demographic measurement apparatus, comprising an interface for coupling to a Microsoft Kinect®-type sensor, a network interface for sending information to remote device via a network, storage for storing information characteristic of sensed individuals and information sensed by the Kinect sensor, a clock for providing the time and duration of the sensed information, a messaging instruction storage storing instructions for use by the local device in sending data and messages to remote devices, an analysis engine for analyzing at least a portion of the sensed data, and a processor for processing raw and analyzed data for sending to a remote device and/or for sending a message to another device responsive to received sensed data.01-26-2012
20120019644MONITORING SYSTEM AND MONITORING TERMINAL - A monitoring system has a plurality of monitoring terminals communicably connected to each other. Each monitoring terminal has an imaging portion for imaging a monitoring area allocated to an own-terminal, a tracing portion for processing an imaged image of the imaging portion and tracing a target person traveling in the monitoring area, a tracing information creation portion for creating tracing information associating the target person traced by the tracing portion with tracing start time, tracing stop time, and characteristic information of the target person, a tracing information storage portion for storing the tracing information created by the tracing information creation portion, and a tracing information notification portion for notifying the tracing information created by the tracing information creation portion to the other monitoring terminals.01-26-2012
20130194406Targeted Delivery of Content - A targeted delivery of content and related metadata is made to users of various types of electronic devices that are adapted to render or play the content. Images of each user are captured at various times while various items of the content are being played. According to one embodiment the images are processed via one or more facial recognition algorithms so that the identity of each of the users, including their names, is determined. This data is stored in a central server thereby establishing a database of profiles of these users. The profiles are comprised of tracking information of content played by each of the users on a per-content basis. The central server either uses this tracking information directly or transmits it to another server or another business entity, such as for example another content provider, for use by the other business entity.08-01-2013
20120293642MULTI-BIOMETRIC ENROLLMENT KIOSK INCLUDING BIOMETRIC ENROLLMENT AND VERIFICATION, FACE RECOGNITION AND FINGERPRINT MATCHING SYSTEMS - A biometric and identity enrollment kiosk for collecting personal data includes a slidable main module and at least one modifiable section removably coupled to the main module. The main module includes a processor and one or more biometric sensing devices coupled to the processor. The one or more biometric sensing devices include a right fingerprint sensor coupled to the processor and a left fingerprint sensor coupled to the processor. The right fingerprint sensor is positioned proximate a right end of the main module and the left fingerprint sensor is positioned proximate a left end of the main module. The right fingerprint sensor is positioned a predetermined distance apart from the left fingerprint sensor. The at least one modifiable section includes at least one first input device coupled to the processor.11-22-2012
20120038762SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE STREAM - A system and method may display an image stream, where an original image stream may be divided into two or more subset images streams, each subset image stream being displayed simultaneously or substantially simultaneously. The images may be displayed fused. The images may be collected from an ingestible capsule traversing the GI tract.02-16-2012
20130201313CHILD SLEEP MONITOR - A child sleep monitor is disclosed. The device includes a base unit having a motion sensor. The base unit configured and arranged to play a pre-recorded message through the speaker when the motion sensor is activated. A camera and microphone are included in the base unit and are configured and arranged to transmit video and audio, respectively, to a monitor unit. The child sleep monitor may further include a projector that is configured and arranged to project images onto a surface for a predetermined time period.08-08-2013
20130201317BLOOD AND CELL ANALYSIS USING AN IMAGING FLOW CYTOMETER - Multimodal or multispectral images of cells comprising a population of cells are simultaneously collected. Photometric and/or morphometric image features identifiable in the images are used to identify differences between first and second populations of cells. The differences can include changes in a relative percentage of different cell types in each population, or a change in a first type of cell present in the first population of cells and the same type of cell in the second population of cells. The changes may be indicative of a disease state, indicative of a relative effectiveness of a therapy, or indicative of a health of the person from whom the cells populations were obtained.08-08-2013
20130201318LEARNING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING DETACHED SENSOR - One embodiment includes a computer-implemented method using a window environment of a display, with a detached imaging sensor, to enable a user to learn. Another embodiment includes a computer-implemented system helping a user learn using a detached imaging sensor. In yet another embodiment, a computer-implemented system monitors automatically more than once a user's behavior while the user is working on materials. Through monitoring the user's volitional or involuntary behavior, the system determines whether to change what is to be presented by the display. The change could include providing rewards, punishments, and stimulation; or changing the materials. The system can also react by asking the user a question. Based on the user's response, the system may change to more appropriate materials, or different presentation styles.08-08-2013
20130201319LEARNING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING DETACHED SENSOR - One embodiment includes a computer-implemented method using a window environment of a display, with a detached imaging sensor, to enable a user to learn. Another embodiment includes a computer-implemented system helping a user learn using a detached imaging sensor. In yet another embodiment, a computer-implemented system monitors automatically more than once a user's behavior while the user is working on materials. Through monitoring the user's volitional or involuntary behavior, the system determines whether to change what is to be presented by the display. The change could include providing rewards, punishments, and stimulation; or changing the materials. The system can also react by asking the user a question. Based on the user's response, the system may change to more appropriate materials, or different presentation styles.08-08-2013
20130201316SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SERVER BASED CONTROL - A system and method in a building or vehicle for an actuator operation in response to a sensor according to a control logic, the system comprising a router or a gateway communicating with a device associated with the sensor and a device associated with the actuator over in-building or in-vehicle networks, and an external Internet-connected control server associated with the control logic implementing a PID closed linear control loop and communicating with the router over external network for controlling the in-building or in-vehicle phenomenon. The sensor may be a microphone or a camera, and the system may include voice or image processing as part of the control logic. A redundancy is used by using multiple sensors or actuators, or by using multiple data paths over the building or vehicle internal or external communication. The networks may be wired or wireless, and may be BAN, PAN, LAN, WAN, or home networks.08-08-2013
20130201315MEDICAL INSTRUMENT - A medical instrument is provided with: an image pickup section acquiring return light generated on the basis of light radiated to a subject; a frame rate setting section setting a frame rate of the image pickup section; a charge reading control section providing a blanking period between a period of reading pixels of the image pickup section and a next reading period, and controlling selection of pixels of the image pickup section to be read and a reading period on the basis of a value set by the frame rate setting section; and an illumination section providing the blanking period between the period of reading pixels of the image pickup section and the next reading period, and radiating special light to the subject during the blanking period provided by the charge reading control section.08-08-2013
20130201314PASSING CONTROL OF GESTURE-CONTROLLED APPARATUS FROM PERSON TO PERSON - A television (TV) includes a display and a processor controlling the display and receiving signals representing human gestures. The processor is programmed to respond to gestures from a first viewer to control the display. Also, the processor is programmed to respond to gestures from a second viewer to control the display only responsive to a determination that the first viewer has both looked toward the second viewer, and that the first viewer has confirmed, as a separate act from looking toward the second viewer, a desire to transfer control of the TV to the second viewer.08-08-2013
20130201320Fluoroscopy Apparatus, Fluoroscopy System, and Fluorescence-Image Processing Method - A fluoroscopy apparatus including: an illumination unit having a light source radiating illumination light and excitation light onto an observation target, a fluorescence-imaging unit acquiring a fluorescence image by imaging fluorescence generated at the observation target by the excitation light, a white-light-imaging unit acquiring a reference image by imaging light returning from the observation target by the illumination light, and an image-correction unit obtaining a correction fluorescence image by raising the luminance value of the fluorescence image to the power of a reciprocal of a first and second exponent obtained by a power approximation of a distance characteristic of luminance versus observation distance, for the fluorescence image, and that obtains a corrected fluorescence image by dividing the correction fluorescence image by the correction reference image.08-08-2013
20120086793VIDEO IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A video image information processing apparatus includes a half mirror, an imaging unit arranged behind the half mirror for imaging a subject present in front of the half mirror, and a display unit that displays a video image in the half mirror. The video image information processing apparatus extracts a predetermined part of a human body from a video image of the subject captured by the imaging unit and performs measurement on the subject using information other than the video image. The video image information processing apparatus acquires evaluation information based on a result of the measurement performed by using information other than the video image and the position of the predetermined part of a human body. The video image information processing apparatus controls display by a display unit such that the acquired evaluation information is associated with the predetermined part in a mirror image in the half mirror.04-12-2012
20120086792IMAGE IDENTIFICATION AND SHARING ON MOBILE DEVICES - Captured images are analyzed to identify portrayed individuals and/or scene elements therein. Upon user confirmation of one or more identified individuals and/or scene elements entity information is accessed to determine whether there are any available communication addresses, e.g., email addresses, SMS-based addresses, websites, etc., that correspond with or are otherwise linked to an identified individual or scene element in the current captured image. A current captured image can then be automatically transmitted, with no need for any other user effort, to those addresses located for an identified individual or scene element.04-12-2012
20130208102SKIN PICTURING DEVICE - The embodiment of the invention relates to a skin photographing apparatus. A skin photographing apparatus includes a bottom surface horizontally positioned; a subject-mounted portion vertically positioned to be perpendicular to the bottom surface, wherein a face of a person to be photographed is mounted on the subject-mounted portion; and a supporting portion for supporting a lower side of a camera so that the camera is mounted on an upper side of the supporting portion.08-15-2013

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