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348207990 - CAMERA, SYSTEM AND DETAIL

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20130083206IMAGING APPARATUS, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus is provided with a control unit, a noise reduction processing unit and a pixel value calculation unit. The control unit controls pulse widths of horizontal synchronization signals outputted to an imaging device such that a feed-through period and a signal period, in a case in which pixel addition in the horizontal direction is performed at the imaging device and imaging signals are outputted, are longer than a feed-through period and a signal period, in a case in which pixel addition in the horizontal direction is not performed at the imaging device. The noise reduction processing unit executes noise reduction processing to reduce the effects of noise produced in the imaging signals. The pixel value calculation unit calculates a pixel value on the basis of a first signal sampled in the feed-through period and a second signal sampled in the signal period.04-04-2013
20100165117METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING COMPRESSED FILE, AND TERMINAL COMPRISING THE APPARATUS - An aspect of a method and apparatus for generating a compressed image file, and a terminal including the apparatus is receiving frame data comprising encoded image data of at least one frame of a raw image, generating first encoded thumbnail image data of the encoded image data, correcting the encoded image data and generating the compressed image file by using the corrected image data and the first encoded thumbnail image data when the encoded image data has an illuminance value lower than a preset reference value, and generating the compressed image file by using the encoded image data and the first encoded thumbnail image data when the encoded image data has an illuminance value greater than the preset reference value.07-01-2010
20090219399DIGITAL CAMERA DOCK - Use of a custom insert is obviated when a digital camera is attached to a base (dock). Two movable pins are provided, in such a way that a connector is sandwiched between the movable pins, on a digital camera attachment surface of a base (dock) which provides a digital camera with a recharging function and a printing function. The movable pins fit to holes in a bottom of the digital camera to thus act as guides during the course of attachment of the digital camera. Alternatively, the attachment surface itself may be configured so as to be vertically movable, and the attachment surface may descend during attachment of the digital camera and the attachment surface may be latched in a lower position after attachment of the same.09-03-2009
20120162446INTERNET DIRECT DEVICE - An Internet direct device comprises an imaging system and a microprocessor. The imaging system captures still or video images. The microprocessor transmits the captured still or video images to an account associated with a website or another Internet direct device upon image capture, and receives still or video images from other Internet direct devices over a communications network. The Internet direct device automatically connects to the communications network on power-up using one of a plurality of available modes of connection, which is designated as a primary mode of connection. The Internet direct device automatically switches to another available mode of connection when the Internet direct device detects that the primary mode of connection to the communications network is unavailable.06-28-2012
20120162443CONTEXTUAL HELP BASED ON FACIAL RECOGNITION - A computer program product includes a computer readable storage medium to store a computer readable program, wherein the computer readable program, when executed on a computer, causes the computer to perform operations for providing contextual help based on a user facial expression. The operations include: capturing a user facial expression using a camera device connected to a computing device; categorizing the user facial expression into a facial expression category; collecting an application context from the computing device in conjunction with an application, wherein the application context includes a recently performed task and a current application state, wherein the current application state comprises information on a current performance of an application in which the user is operating; determining a set of available tasks relating to the application context; and automatically executing one of the set of available tasks based on the facial expression category and the application context.06-28-2012
20110205373CUSTOMIZING DIGITAL IMAGE TRANSFER - A method for customizing image transfer from a digital camera to a destination, the method includes (a) providing a digital camera, including (i) an image sensor for capturing images of a scene; (ii) an image memory for storing the captured images; (iii) a display for displaying the stored images and for displaying a graphical user interface; (iv) an interface to a host computer; (v) a firmware memory for storing camera firmware and for storing destination data, wherein the destination data identifies a transfer destination; and (vi) a processor, coupled to the image memory, firmware memory, display, and communications interface; (b) the processor displaying, on the display of the digital camera, a graphical user interface which permits a user to select a transfer destination, and (c) the processor storing destination data in the firmware memory to identify the transfer destination; and (d) providing image transfer software for the host computer, including (i) software code which detects that the interface of the digital camera has been connected to the host computer; (ii) software code which sends a request to the digital camera to transfer the destination data to the host computer; (iii) software code which sends a request to the digital camera to transfer at least one stored captured image to the host computer; and (iv) software code which uses the destination data to transfer the at least one stored captured image to the transfer destination.08-25-2011
20100060742System for Providing Word-Information - Disclosed is a word-information providing system that can form an image by photographing a printed matter recorded with words by a photographing device 03-11-2010
20130044225NETWORK CAMERA AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LIGHTING THEREOF - Disclosed are a network camera and a method of controlling lighting thereof. The network camera includes a lighting part including at least one LED module, an image sensor part converting an image, which is input from an outside, into a color signal and measuring illuminance by using the converted color signal, and a controller adjusting brightness of the lighting part based on information of the illuminance received from the image sensor.02-21-2013
20090195659Input apparatus and imaging apparatus - An input section includes a palm rest and a hand detection sensor on the top surface of a housing. The input section also includes, for example, an analog resistive touch panel above the housing to the front. A palm rest is used as a base for placing a palm for manipulating the touch panel and has a flat surface slightly forward with reference to a horizontal level. The touch panel tilts below the surface of the palm rest. The touch panel is given a tilt angle so that the fingertip or the finger cushion naturally touches the surface (panel surface) of the touch panel when the palm is placed on the palm rest.08-06-2009
20090046157COMBINED WIDE-ANGLE/ZOOM CAMERA FOR LICENSE PLATE IDENTIFICATION - A system for recognizing and identifying at least one object of interest. The system includes a computer, a first camera, electrically coupled to the computer, the first camera having a wide-angle lens, and a second camera electrically coupled to the computer, the second camera operative to focus on coordinates supplied from the computer. The computer detects the at least one object of interest within a field of view of the first camera, and directs the second camera to focus on the at least one object of interest.02-19-2009
20110193975Image inputting apparatus, image inputting program product, camera, and image processing system - An image inputting apparatus includes: an input unit that inputs an original image file including at least an image data region in which image data is stored and an appended information region; a decision unit that decides whether or not falsification of the original image file is prohibited, based upon the appended information; a file modification unit that modifies the original image file to create a new image file in which the appended information region is expanded; and a store control unit that disallows the file modification unit to create the new image file and stores the original image file just as it is if the decision unit has decided that falsification of the inputted original image file is prohibited, and that makes the file modification unit create the new image file and stores the new image file if the decision unit has decided that falsification of the inputted original image file is not prohibited.08-11-2011
20110193974Electronic camera having a communication function - An electronic camera has an image data memory for storing image data and a communication mode for transferring the stored image data to one or more different cameras. The camera includes a controller that, prior to image data transmission, receives remaining capacity data of the image data memory in a receiver side camera and displays an image number corresponding to the remaining capacity of the receiver side camera. When plural receiver side cameras are available, the controller, prior to image data transmission, receives the remaining capacity data of the image data memory in the plurality of receiver side cameras and displays a number of sendable images corresponding to the remaining capacity for each of the plurality of receiver side cameras.08-11-2011
20110193973Camera - A camera includes: an image-capturing unit that captures an image of a subject to acquire image data; an image storing unit that stores a plurality of image data acquired by the image-capturing unit in a storage medium; an image specifying unit that specifies image data designated by a user from among the plurality of image data stored in the storage medium; and a transmission controlling unit that when transmitting the plurality of image data to an external device using a wireless communication device, identifies specified image data specified by the image specifying unit and non-specified image data that are not specified by the image specifying unit from each other and transmits the specified image data to the external device in priority to the non-specified image data.08-11-2011
20110193972COMPOSITE IMAGING METHOD AND SYSTEM - In a first aspect of the invention, a method is provided for forming a group image. In accordance with the method, a set of imaging information is obtained depicting a scene over a period of time. Elements in the set of imaging information are distinguished and attributes of the elements in the set of image information are examined. Imaging information is selected from the set of imaging information depicting each element with the selection being made according to the attributes for that element. A group image is formed based upon the set of imaging information with the archival image incorporating the selected image information.08-11-2011
20110193971NETWORK CAMERA - A network camera with a network interface includes an image sensing unit for capturing image information, a digital image processing unit for converting and compressing the image information into a digital video signal, a serial data encoding unit for encoding the digital video signal to generate a data signal in compliance with an operating system software interface and a network control unit for converting the data signal into a serial network signal packet, such that a user can connect the network camera to a computer or an embedded system device having a network interface through a network bridge. Compared with a conventional network camera limited by the length of its USB cable, the innovative network camera can increase the distance of connecting the network camera and the computer significantly to improve the convenience and the scope of application.08-11-2011
20130076916INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC CARD WITH A DIGITAL KEY AND ITS OPERATING METHOD - The present invention is intended for supply of an interactive graphic card with a digital key & its operating method, an image signal which corresponds to an object displayed on one computer's display unit, and further improved interaction between the graphic card and one user who easily operates the computer equipped with one webcam to execute an image recognition application. Accordingly, the graphic card is effective in creation of innovative and novel feelings via the present invention in addition to preservation of original texts, sounds or messages.03-28-2013
20130076917MOBILE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE PROVIDING OBJECT REFERENCE DATA BASED UPON NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (NFC) AND RELATED METHODS - A wireless communications system may include a near field communication (NFC) reference device configured to store object reference data for at least one object associated with a geographic location of the NFC device. The wireless communications system may also include a mobile wireless communications device that includes an NFC transceiver configured to communicate with the NFC device based upon proximity thereto, an image sensor, a display, and a controller. The controller may cooperate with the NFC transceiver, the image sensor, and the display. The controller may be configured to determine a sensed image from the image sensor. The controller may also be configured to select object reference data for the sensed image based upon communication with the NFC reference device, and display the object reference data and the sensed image on the display.03-28-2013
20130076915FRAMEWORK FOR REFERENCE-FREE DRIFT-CORRECTED PLANAR TRACKING USING LUCAS-KANADE OPTICAL FLOW - Reference free tracking of position by a mobile platform is performed using images of a planar surface. Tracking is performed optical flow techniques, such as pyramidal Lucas-Kanade optical flow with multiple levels of resolution, where displacement is determined with pixel accuracy at lower resolutions and at sub-pixel accuracy at full resolution, which improves computation time for real time performance. Periodic drift correction is performed by matching features between a current frame and a keyframe. The keyframe may be replaced with the drift corrected current image.03-28-2013
20100118152PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIUM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - In a first step of a program, data of a plurality of still images generated by continuously imaging still images of a subject using an imaging apparatus is read into a calculating section. In a second step, the calculating section selects a specified image from among an object image group which includes the plurality of still images and in which respective images are continued in a time base direction. In a third step, the calculating section selects a first image to be added from images before the specified image in the time base direction among the object image group. Further, the calculating section determines an addition rate of the first image to be added to the specified image. In a fourth step, the calculating section records data of the addition rate of the first image to be added in association with data of the specified image.05-13-2010
20100118150TIMESHIFTING VIDEO RECORDING CAMERA - A video recording camera system configured to record video to a non-volatile memory configured as a circular video recording buffer. In an embodiment, the video recording camera system includes a non-volatile storage medium and a processor is configured to manage at least a portion of the non-volatile storage medium as a circular buffer, replacing recorded video data stored in a subset of memory addresses corresponding to an older recorded video frame with the data corresponding to a newer video frame. In further embodiments, clip files may be partitioned from the circular buffer to prevent logical portion of the recorded video from being overwritten upon reaching a capacity of the circular recorded video buffer.05-13-2010
20090237512CAMERA SYSTEM AND ITS CONTROL METHOD - A camera system according to an embodiment includes a camera device, a control device, and an application server. The camera device, which includes a camera module and a power line communication (PLC) camera adaptation module, captures and provides audio/video information. The camera device modulates the audio/video information, and provides the modulated information. The camera device also demodulates the modulated signal transferred from a power line to obtain a control signal, and adjusts camera parameters according to the control signal. The control device connected to the PLC camera adaptation module via the power line. The control device demodulates a received modulated signal of the audio/video information, and provides the demodulated signal. According to a received control indication information, the control device generates a control signal, modulates the control signal, and controls the camera module. The application server stores and provides the audio/video information, camera device information and controlling purview information of the camera device. The application server also generates and provides the control indication information. A method for controlling camera is also disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention can control the camera device remotely without using a dedicated signal line.09-24-2009
20100073489DIGITAL CAMERA WITH COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE FOR SELECTIVELY TRANSMITTING IMAGES OVER A CELLULAR PHONE NETWORK AND A WIRELESS LAN NETWORK TO A DESTINATION - Digital camera includes an image sensor receiving incident light of a scene, the digital camera captures an image corresponding to the incident light; display displays the plurality of captured images and displays a menu of destinations; at least one user input for selection of at least one image from the plurality of captured images and a destination from the menu of destinations displayed on the display; communications interface transmits the at least one selected image to the selected destination over one of a plurality of networks, the plurality of networks including at least two different types of wireless networks; memory; and processor coupled to the image sensor, the display, the at least one user input, the communications interface, and the memory, the processor controlling the transmission of the at least one selected image to the selected destination using either one of the at least two different types of wireless networks.03-25-2010
20100073488IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention provides an image processing apparatus including a unit that obtains a plurality of image data, a unit that designates an image group as an editing target in the plurality of image data, a unit that determines a main object in each image data of the image group, a unit that obtains, from the image data, information to determine a depth-direction relative positional relationship between the main object and an image capturing apparatus, the information containing information of the main object, a unit that determines, based on the information, the depth-direction relative positional relationship between the image capturing apparatus and the main object in each image data of the image group, and a unit that determines, based on the positional relationship, a layout order and image sizes or an image overlay order of the image data of the image group on a layout plane.03-25-2010
20100073487Electronic apparatus and electronic camera - An electronic apparatus includes: a display at which a photographic image and a map image are displayed; and a display control unit that controls the display so as to display identifiers respectively indicating photographing locations at which a plurality of photographic images were captured over the map image displayed at the display.03-25-2010
20100073486MULTI-DIMENSIONAL INPUT APPARATUS - A multi-dimensional input apparatus sends out an instruction to operate an image capture process or an application program after receiving a single touch, slide or circling, or receiving several touches, slides or circlings. The multi-dimensional input apparatus communicates with the control interface of an image capture program or an application program in a wired or wireless way and provides an alternative instrument for operating the image capture process or the application program.03-25-2010
20130083207Object Information Derived from Object Images - Search terms are derived automatically from images captured by a camera equipped cell phone, PDA, or other image capturing device, submitted to a search engine to obtain information of interest, and at least a portion of the resulting information is transmitted back locally to, or nearby, the device that captured the image.04-04-2013
20130038743METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USING MOTION INFORMATION AND IMAGE DATA TO CORRECT BLURRED IMAGES - Methods and apparatus for correcting blurred images captured by an imaging device. A method comprising recording image data and recording motion information, transmitting a portion of the image data and/or a portion of the motion information to a computer for processing. The computer may calculate an inverse filter from at least the motion information, and the computer may generate a corrected image by applying an inverse filter to the image data.02-14-2013
20130038742CAM-DATA CREATION DEVICE AND CAM-DATA CREATION PROGRAM - A cam-data creation device includes: a waveform generating/processing unit that generates at least one of a stroke waveform and a velocity waveform of a follower for each piece of cam data from cam data stored in a cam-data storage unit, a cam-data waveform-image processing unit that converts a waveform for each piece of cam data generated by the waveform generating/processing unit into image data, and a screen generating/processing unit that generates a list display window that collectively displays the waveform for every piece of cam data having been converted into image data by the cam-data waveform-image processing unit and displays the generated list display window on a display device.02-14-2013
20100103273COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND SYSTEM - A communication apparatus includes a transfer unit configured to transfer data to an external apparatus, and a determination unit configured to determine that a transfer of first data is completed by the transfer unit, wherein the transfer unit transfers second data, at a reduced communication speed, to cause the external apparatus to operate the first data, after the determination unit determines that the transfer of the first data has been completed.04-29-2010
20090015678METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC POSE AND TRAJECTORY TRACKING IN VIDEO - A system and method, the method including stabilizing a video sequence captured by an image capturing system, extracting a subject of interest in the stabilized video sequence to isolate the subject from other objects in the video sequence, determining a trajectory associated with the subject, tracking the trajectory of the subject over a period of time; extracting data associated with the trajectory of the subject based on the tracking; and presenting the extracted data in a user-understandable format.01-15-2009
20090091625DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA WITH RETRACTABLE DATA CONNECTOR AND RESIDENT SOFTWARE APPLICATION - A digital video camera may include a digital video image sensor for capturing digital video footage to be stored on an internal memory. The digital video image sensor and internal memory may be housed in a camera body. A retractable arm having a data connector may be attached to the camera body. The arm can be extended from and retracted into the camera body, while the data connector can be used to transfer digital video footage to an external device, such as a computer. The data connector may conform to a standard for connecting peripheral devices, such as the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 1394 (IEEE 1394) standard.04-09-2009
20100007744NETWORK CAMERA - A network camera includes: a camera main unit including an image sensor unit and a movable portion having a motor for swiveling the image sensor unit; and a base unit, connected detachably to the camera main unit and fixed to a camera installation surface, the base unit having a nonvolatile memory for storing network operation information including network setting information unique to the network camera.01-14-2010
20090135256SATA CAMERA SYSTEM - It is possible to provide a novel CCD camera capable of being connected to a PC, an HDD, or the like compatible with a host SATA by using a simple configuration. A SATA' camera system (05-28-2009
20130027569CAMERA HAVING PROCESSING CUSTOMIZED FOR RECOGNIZED PERSONS - A digital camera system that implements a method for providing image processing customized according to an identified person. The method includes: capturing an input digital image of a scene; analyzing the input digital image using a person recognition algorithm to identify at least one particular person in the input digital image; retrieving image processing preferences associated with one of the identified particular persons; processing the input digital image to form a modified digital image according to the retrieved image processing preferences; and storing the modified digital image in a storage memory.01-31-2013
20130027570DISPLAY CONTROL SYSTEM, DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A display control apparatus having a connecting portion communicably connected to an imaging apparatus obtains an inclination angle of the imaging apparatus, and displays a displayed item on a display unit based on the obtained inclination angle. At this time, the display control apparatus performs control for displaying the displayed item indicating an inclination angle whose positive and negative have been inverted relative to positive and negative of the obtained inclination angle.01-31-2013
20130033611Search System of Face Recognition and Method Thereof, Computer Readable Storage Media and Computer Program Product - A search system of face recognition and a method thereof, a computer readable storage media and a computer program product. The search method of face recognition comprises of: capturing a human face image by an image capturing unit; recognizing a first face information of the human face image via a face recognition unit; controlling a first communication unit to transmit the first face information by a first processing unit; storing a plurality piece of personal information and a second face information corresponding to each personal information by a storage unit; comparing the first face information and the plurality piece of second face information by a matching unit; and controlling a second communication unit to provide the personal information corresponding to the second face information to a portable electronic device by a second processing unit when the first face information matches one of the second face information.02-07-2013
20130033610WEARABLE VIDEO CAMERA WITH DUAL ROTATABLE IMAGINE DEVICES - A digital imaging device includes at least two image sensors carried by a body and having image axes oriented transverse to one another and facing in different directions transverse to one another. The image sensors are rotatable with respect to the body and each have a rotational axis parallel with a respective corresponding image axis. Each image sensor has an upright physical orientation corresponding to an upright orientation of the optical image and is capable of rotation about the rotational axis to orient the image sensor in the upright orientation.02-07-2013
20100328469INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CAPTURE IMAGE TRANSMITTING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a communication module which performs close proximity wireless transfer, a connection establishing module which establishes connection between the communication module and an external device, and a capture image transmission module which transmits screen capture image data to the external device when a command for requesting data transmission is received from the external device in a state where connection between the communication module and external device is established. The command is determined in a protocol for transmitting and receiving data between the communication module and the external device, and is added a parameter for specifying the attribute of requested data as images.12-30-2010
20120182433OPTICALLY TRANSMISSIVE SUBSTRATE HAVING A FIDUCIAL MARK AND METHODS OF ALIGNING OPTICALLY TRANSMISSIVE SUBSTRATES - An article comprises an optically transmissive substrate comprising a plurality of functional elements and an integral fiducial mark. The substrate has a critical angle for total internal reflection, and a length and a width defining a reference plane. The substrate comprises an integral fiducial mark disposed on the major surface. The integral fiducial mark comprises at least one substantially ellipse-like feature formed by first and second frustoconical surfaces that together with a reference line that is normal to the reference plane define respective first and second half angles. The first and second half angles are less than or equal to 90 degrees minus the critical angle for total internal reflection expressed in degrees. A method comprises: providing an optically transmissive substrate according to the present disclosure; precisely detecting a position of the fiducial mark with aid of a machine vision system; and optionally precisely aligning the substrate.07-19-2012
20120182432IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM INCLUDING PORTABLE TERMINAL - In an image processing system, a portable terminal obtains positional information and orientation information of the portable terminal and transmits these to an information processing apparatus. An image processing apparatus generates information specifying a process executable by the apparatus itself at the present moment and transmits the generated information to the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus stores positional information and functional information for specifying a process to be executed, for each image processing apparatus. Upon receiving the positional information and orientation information from the portable terminal, the information processing apparatus transmits, to the portable terminal, the functional information for specifying a process to be executed by a specific image processing apparatus associated with the received information.07-19-2012
20120182431METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SHARING A PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BETWEEN SEVERAL PEOPLE - A community system and method for community of users to interact with each other while participating in interactive sessions, such as exercising, playing a game, etc. The community system includes having a plurality of devices, each connected to a user interface, whereby the devices are all connected to a server over the Internet and are operable to interact with each other, and images (either real or avatars) show the orientation and movement of the respective user's bodies.07-19-2012
20130070111IMAGE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, TERMINAL DEVICE, MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - In an image communication system of the present invention, the transmission and reception of images are performed between a mobile phone, which combines a base image (character) with an accessory image and displays the composite image, and a server device via a communication network. When an image of a subject is captured by an imaging section, the mobile phone recognizes the subject in the captured image as an image for distinguishing a character. Subsequently, the server device generates an accessory image based on the recognized distinguishing image. Then, the mobile phone combines the generated accessory image with the base image (character), and displays the composite image.03-21-2013
20130070110IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD AND IMAGING PROGRAM STORED COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - There is provided an imaging device including: an image pick-up device for imaging a chemiluminescent imaging subject; a pre-exposure section that performs pre-exposure of the image pick-up device to the imaging subject plural times to acquire plural pre-exposure images; a light emission characteristic calculation section that calculates the light emission characteristics of the chemiluminescent imaging subject based on the plural pre-exposure images; an exposure time calculation section that calculates an exposure time for main exposure corresponding to a target density for the imaging subject based on the light emission characteristics; and a main exposure section that performing main exposure to the imaging subject with the calculated exposure time so as to acquire a main exposure image.03-21-2013
20130070109IMAGING SYSTEM WITH FOVEATED IMAGING CAPABILITES - An electronic device may have a camera module. The camera module may include a camera sensor capable of capturing foveated images. The camera sensor may be hardwired to capture foveated images with fixed regions of different quality levels or may be dynamically-reconfigurable to capture foveated images with selected regions of different quality levels. As one example, the camera module may be hardwired to capture a center region of an image at full resolution and peripheral regions at reduced resolutions, so that a user can merely center objects of interest in the image to capture a foveated image. As another example, the camera module may analyze previous images to identify objects of interest and may then reconfigure itself to capture the identified objects of interest at a high quality level, while capturing other regions at reduced quality levels.03-21-2013
20130050511MOBILE ENERGY AUDIT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method includes obtaining an address of a structure, obtaining picture of objects in the structure with a networked mobile device, deriving identification information from the pictures, using the identification information to obtain energy usage information from databases, and generating an energy audit based on the objects and energy usage information.02-28-2013
20130050512MOBILE SOLUTION FOR IMPORTING AND SIGNING THIRD-PARTY ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE DOCUMENTS - Techniques for signer-initiated electronic document signing via an electronic signature service using a mobile or other client device are described. Example embodiments provide an electronic signature service (“ESS”) configured to facilitate the creation, storage, and management of documents and corresponding electronic signatures. In some embodiments, when a signer user receives a hard copy (e.g., paper) signature document, the signer may capture an image of the signature document with a camera of a mobile device. The signer can then import the captured image into the ESS for signature, storage, and/or transmission to other parties.02-28-2013
20130050510IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, ACCESSORY AND IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM - An image capture system includes an image capture apparatus and an accessory connected to the image capture apparatus. The accessory includes a signal terminal used to communicate with the image capture apparatus based on a voltage value or current value, an activation signal generation unit which generates an activation signal required to switch the image capture apparatus from an idle state to a non-idle state, and a control unit which controls to output the activation signal to the image capture apparatus via the signal terminal. The image capture apparatus includes a state change unit which changes a state of the image capture apparatus between the idle state and non-idle state. The state change unit changes the state of the image capture apparatus to the non-idle state upon acceptance of the activation signal via the signal terminal in the idle state.02-28-2013
20130050509INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus arranged to add on a function in accordance with a file to be actually edited among files held by a user to allow the user to select a function to be added to an image processing application in accordance with image information of a selected image, determines a feature of an image selected from a recording medium, searches for and decides a function to be added to the application on the basis of the determined feature, and installs a program corresponding to the decided function in the information processing apparatus from outside.02-28-2013
20130088606OBJECT LOCATING AND TRACKING IN VIDEO FRAMES USING SMOOTHNESS CHECK ALONG SPECIFIED LINE SECTIONS - A method of defining a location of a given object in an image of interest, where the object is characterized by having a specified pattern and an additional property. In an exemplary embodiment the method includes: specifying portions of the image, identifying among the specified image portions a candidate image portion comprising a portion of the specified pattern; defining an image region around the candidate image portion, the image region being composed of image portions, each comprising a portion of the specified pattern, the image region being surrounded by image portions not comprising a portion of the specified pattern; comparing the other property of the given object with same property at the identified region, and if the image region has the additional property of the given object, identifying the location of the given object as the location of the defined image region.04-11-2013
20130088605SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND ACTING ON MULTIPLE PEOPLE CROWDING A SMALL DISPLAY FOR INFORMATION SHARING - Systems and methods directed to detecting crowds and sharing content based on the devices in proximity to the detected crowd. Systems and methods may utilize a camera included in most mobile devices to estimate how many people are involved in an interaction with the mobile device. Depending on the number of people detected, the systems and methods may invoke appropriate actions. Appropriate actions may involve sharing information by various methods, such as sharing content on a large display, printing or emailing documents. The systems and methods may also be extended to generally detecting a crowd in proximity to a device, and invoking appropriate actions based on the number of people detected.04-11-2013
20100134635PORTABLE VIDEO CONFERENCE CAMERA - An image capturing device includes a main body which has a tab that extends therefrom. The main body houses a video capturing unit, and a communication unit which transfers video images to an electronic apparatus. A hinge friction joint is connected to the main body, and a leg member is connected to the main body by the hinge friction joint. The hinge friction joint is configured to maintain a predetermined angle between the main body and the leg member that is greater than zero.06-03-2010
20090316004Electronic Device - An electronic device having a clock portion for counting time and having the time on the clock portion set based on time information acquired from outside has a notification portion that communicates information of the time counted by the clock portion to an external device via a physical line. Alternatively, an electronic device has a first clock portion counting time and an acquisition portion that acquires, from an external device having a second clock portion for counting time and having the time on the second clock portion set based on time information acquired from outside, information of the time counted by the second clock portion via a physical line, and the time on the first clock portion is set based on the information acquired by the acquisition portion.12-24-2009
20120218423REAL-TIME VIRTUAL REFLECTION - Techniques are provided for a real-time virtual reflection and for video interaction with virtual objects in a system. According to one embodiment, a user's image is captured by a video camera, and is outputted to a visual display in reverse, providing a mirror-image feedback to the user's movements. Through the camera interface, the system interprets user's gestures to manipulate virtual objects in real-time, in conjunction with the user's movements. In some embodiments, a user simulates trying on apparel and accessories according to the techniques set forth.08-30-2012
20120218421DEVICE HAVING BUILT-IN DIGITAL DATA DEVICE POWERED BY UNLIMITED POWER SOURCE FOR LED BULB - The device has build-in digital data means and powered by unlimited power source for lamp-holder, LED bulb, light device which connect with unlimited power source by prong-means, base-means, conductive wires from the said device with plug means which has no female-male construction. The said digital data means in desired combination selected from camera head(s), Sensor head(s), tracking means, rotating means, join-means, connector means, motor means, position means, orientation means to take photos, video, audio digital data storage into memory means, send/transmit/wireless to the said display means, screen means, phone, communication means, computer means of any status for indoor or outdoor at any time under predetermined time, location, function, features, performance as market requirement.08-30-2012
20130057711BINARY CDMA IMAGE-TRANSCEIVING SYSTEM DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO AN IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - A binary CDMA image transmission and receiving system directed connected to an image capturing device includes an image transmission unit including: an image capturing device comprising a CCD/CMOS camera module and configured to output a captured digital image signal; an image pre-treatment processing unit configured to process a digital image signal output from the image capturing device to be vivid; a digital image processing unit configured to convert the image signal into a compressible signal; a transmission side A/V codec configured to compress an image and a voice of an output image signal; a transmission side host processor configured to perform a binary CDMA function, a transmission side binary CDMA baseband processor; and an RF transmission unit, and an image receiving unit including: an RF receiving unit configured to receive the transmitted RF signal; a receiver side binary CDMA baseband processor configured to receive and decode the received RF signal; a receiver side host processor; a receiver side A/V codec configured to restore the image and the voice; and an image post-treatment unit configured to output the image signal. The binary CDMA image transmission and receiving system may increase a resolution of an image through a digital processing method, not an analog method, may improve security by being capable of encoding a transmission data, may have an excellent frequency efficiency, may enable a remote distance communication superior to a short range wireless communication, and may enable a low power high speed transmission.03-07-2013
20130057709WIRELESS DATA TRANSFER CARD - The instant disclosure relates to a wireless data transfer card capable of adapting to a memory card. The wireless data transfer card includes a main body and a circuit module disposed therein. The main body has a data transfer interface, and a slot configured for receiving a micro SD memory card is formed on the main body. The circuit module is electrically connected to the data transfer interface and the slot. Based on the generation of a trigger signal, the circuit module enables the wireless communication operation. Thus, data from the memory card can be transferred wirelessly to a remote location through WiFi. The wireless data transfer card of the instant disclosure is usable with a digital camera, a digital camcorder, or a mobile communication device with picture-taking capability to share the stored files instantly through the wireless network.03-07-2013
20130057708Real-time Wireless Image Logging Using a Standalone Digital Camera - Embodiments of the disclosed technology are directed towards a method for wirelessly logging an image taken by a standalone digital camera via a mobile device. The method involves connecting a digital camera to a mobile device with network connectivity, using a bridged connection or cable. Once the picture is taken and stored as an image on the digital camera, it is transferred to the mobile device. Upon receipt of the image by the mobile device, the image is forwarded to a network node via the mobile device's wireless network connection. The image may be stored on a network access drive and accessed remotely by a user. The logging of the image may be done automatically immediately after the photo is taken, or at a later time upon connection of the digital camera to the mobile device.03-07-2013
20130057710SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING ARRAY CAMERA IMAGE DATA - Systems and methods for transmitting and receiving image data captured by an imager array including a plurality of focal planes are described. One embodiment of the invention includes capturing image data using a plurality of active focal planes in a camera module, where an image is formed on each active focal plane by a separate lens stack, generating lines of image data by interleaving the image data captured by the plurality of active focal planes, and transmitting the lines of image data and the additional data.03-07-2013
20090040314METHOD FOR RECORDING IMAGES IN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method for recording images in an electronic device is disclosed. The method includes the following steps. A scheduled time is set, and auto-login information is written into a registry of the electronic device. The electronic device enters a sleep state or a shutdown state. The state of the electronic device is switched to an operation state from the sleep state or the shutdown state, and the electronic device executes an auto-login according to the registry. Then, images are recorded at the scheduled time.02-12-2009
20090091626DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA WITH RETRACTABLE DATA CONNECTOR AND RESIDENT SOFTWARE APPLICATION - A digital video camera may include a digital video image sensor for capturing digital video footage to be stored on an internal memory. The digital video image sensor and internal memory may be housed in a camera body. A retractable arm having a data connector may be attached to the camera body. The arm can be extended from and retracted into the camera body, while the data connector can be used to transfer digital video footage to an external device, such as a computer. The data connector may conform to a standard for connecting peripheral devices, such as the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 1394 (IEEE 1394) standard.04-09-2009
20090091624Content recording apparatus - A content recording apparatus (04-09-2009
20110058048APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COLLECTING AND UTILIZING DIGITAL EVIDENCE - A handy, low cost, tamper-evident evidence recording device is disclosed. A method and system for utilizing evidence recording devices in improving various business processes such as insurance claims processing, car and equipment rentals, and property leases disputes, is disclosed.03-10-2011
20130135483INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An information processing apparatus obtains image data included in an image file stored in a storage medium of the digital camera and the updated time of the image file stored in the storage medium of the digital camera, and reads out the shooting time of the image data included in the header of the image file stored in the storage medium of the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus displays a first view that displays the image data in an order based on the obtained updated time, and a second view that displays the image data included in the image file stored in the storage medium of the information processing apparatus in an order based on the read out shooting time.05-30-2013
20120188382AUTOMATIC SELECTION OF DIGITAL IMAGES FROM A MULTI-SOURCED COLLECTION OF DIGITAL IMAGES - Described herein are techniques related to automatic selection of one or more digital images from a set of digital images collected from multiple image sources, such as such as digital cameras and camera-equipped mobile phones. The automatic selection is based, at least in part, upon various weighted criteria regarding properties (e.g., metadata or content) of the digital images. The automatic selection and other aspects of the techniques described herein can be performed, at least in part, in or by the so-called cloud. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.07-26-2012
20090268040CONTROL OF DATA PROCESSING - Data processing apparatus arranged to receive successive images from a video camera comprises means for detecting inter-image motion for selected points in an image region associated with a control function of the data processing apparatus; and means for executing the control function if inter-image motion is detected in the image region; in which the detecting means is arranged to select points in an image region of a current image that are validated by selecting test points in a currently received image based upon their correspondence with points in a preceding received image, the points in the preceding received image themselves corresponding with the points originally selected in the currently received image, and deselect points in the current image whose corresponding test points do not to substantially coincide.10-29-2009
20090268039APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING MULTIMEDIA AND EDUCATION APPARATUS BY USING CAMERA - An apparatus and method for outputting multimedia and an education apparatus by using camera are disclosed, wherein an object is photographed by a camera, feature points are extracted from images of the photographed object and multimedia corresponding to images that accords the most with the feature points are outputted from a database, such that an output speed of the multimedia can be increased.10-29-2009
20090268038IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, PRINT SYSTEM AND CONTENTS SERVER - The image capturing apparatus includes: an imaging device which outputs an image signal according to object light received through a taking lens; an image storage device which stores a still image according to the image signal outputted by the imaging device; a contents storage device which stores contents including at least one of a sound and a moving image; an operating device which receives manual input operation; a mode specification device which receives specification of either a first mode in which the still image and the contents that are to be linked with each other are automatically selected, and a second mode in which the still image and the contents that are to be linked with each other are freely selected by means of the manual input operation to the operating device; and a linkage information creating device which creates linkage information that links the still image and the contents selected.10-29-2009
20120224070Eyeglasses with Integrated Camera for Video Streaming - A camera is integrated into eyeglasses to allow hands-free recording of video or still images. The eyeglasses also include electronic components, such as a processor for encoding the video and a radio for transmitting the video. The eyeglasses may stream the video to a server, where the video may be viewed my other users. The eyeglasses may connect to a cellular data network to stream the data or connect to a nearby mobile device that relays the streaming video to the cellular data network. The size of the eyeglasses with the integrated camera may be reduced by overmolding wiring and/or electronic components into temples of the frame and coupling components with the integrated camera through the temples and the front frame of the eyeglasses.09-06-2012
20130063609IMAGE SAVING APPARATUS, IMAGE TRANSFER APPARATUS AND IMAGE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS - An image transfer system configured with an image transmission apparatus, an image transfer apparatus and the image saving apparatus. The image transmission apparatus transmits image data recorded in a storage medium to the image transfer apparatus. The image transfer apparatus receives the image data, records the image data into a first storage device and transfers the image data to the image saving apparatus in response to a request issued from the image saving apparatus. The image saving apparatus receives the image data and records the image data into a second storage device. The image saving apparatus includes: the second storage device; a communication unit; a recording control unit for controlling read/write of management information; a request receiving unit from a user; a decision-making unit as to whether or not target image data are recorded; an image requesting unit for the target image data; and an image recording unit.03-14-2013
20090237513 Image saving apparatus, image transfer apparatus and image transmission apparatus - An image transfer system configured with an image transmission apparatus, an image transfer apparatus and the image saving apparatus. The image transmission apparatus transmits image data recorded in a storage medium to the image transfer apparatus. The image transfer apparatus receives the image data, records the image data into a first storage device and transfers the image data to the image saving apparatus in response to a request issued from the image saving apparatus. The image saving apparatus receives the image data and records the image data into a second storage device. The image saving apparatus includes: the second storage device; a communication unit; a recording control unit for controlling read/write of management information; a request receiving unit from a user; a decision-making unit as to whether or not target image data are recorded; an image requesting unit for the target image data; and an image recording unit.09-24-2009
20130162844REMOTE TARGET VIEWING AND CONTROL FOR IMAGE-CAPTURE DEVICE - A system is made up of a remote access device with mechanisms to visualize images and configured to send and receive wireless signals from and to the remote access device. The system also includes an image capture device which has mechanisms to view an image of a target and is configured to send and receive signals from and to the image capture device. The system also includes a terminal coupling the remote access device and the image capture device to allow the image of the target as viewed by the image capture device to appear on the remote access device.06-27-2013
20130162845Installation for Conveying Electrical Signals Between a First Triaxial Cable and a Second Triaxial Cable - The present invention relates to an improved installation for conveying electrical signals carried by a first triaxial cable (06-27-2013
20090009610Automatically Configuring A Web-Enabled Digital Camera To Access The Internet - A method and system for automatically configuring a hand-held electronic device for accessing a site on a public network is disclosed. The method and system include establishing a connection to a website server, which is responsible for establishing and maintaining website accounts, and sending information uniquely identifying the electronic device to the website server. The server then sends user account information to the device, including an account ID and password, created based on the electronic device information. The user account information is then stored on electronic device for use the next time the electronic device accesses the website, whereby the user does not have to enter account information in order to establish the ISP connection or the website account before accessing the public network.01-08-2009
20090009609PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE WITH IMAGE OUTPUT CONTROL FUNCTION - A photographing device outputs image data signals to a peripheral device that reproduces the image data signals in a reproduction format predetermined according to the location where the peripheral device is actually used. The photographing device includes an output-format selector and an information receiver. The output-format selector selects an output format for the image data signals to be output to the peripheral device. The information receiver receives location information for where the peripheral device is in actual use. The output-format selector selects the output format corresponding to the reproduction format, based on reproduction-format information and the location information. The reproduction-format information represents the match between a plurality of the reproduction formats and the locations on the earth where each reproduction format is employed.01-08-2009
20090009608Digital image storage system that deletes images from digital camera memory after tramsmission and storage in external storage medium - A digital image storage system includes a digital camera having a memory storing digital images, a docking station on which the digital camera can be placed for transmitting one or more of the digital images from the memory of the digital camera, and a data storage separate from the docking station and having a storage medium that stores digital images transmitted from the memory of the digital camera through the docking station. A controller communicates with the data storage and the digital camera while the digital camera is placed on the docking station, and causes digital images stored in the memory of the digital camera to be deleted from the memory after being successfully transmitted from the memory and stored in the storage medium of the data storage. The controller does not delete from the memory digital images protected against deletion.01-08-2009
20120069197Method and process of making camouflage patterns - A pattern for camouflage and a method for making the pattern. The method includes taking photographic images from the perspective of the selected animal or bird. In one embodiment, the photographic image can be taken from above so as to create a finite background within the selected environment. In another embodiment, the pattern is adapted to be seamlessly repeatable across a surface. The method includes placing desired harvested abstracts into the photographic scene to obtain the desired effect of the camouflage pattern including color, composition, depth and repeat. The method also includes taking multiple photographs of the same scene from the same exact spot focusing on different parts of the photographic scene to add clarity to the images, enhance depth, and reach desired color palate. The method includes adjusting the color of objects, including water within the photographic scene, to reflect true color of objects absent outside conditions.03-22-2012
20120113274AUGMENTED REALITY INTERFACE FOR VIDEO TAGGING AND SHARING - A system, method, and computer program product for automatically combining computer-generated imagery with real-world imagery in a portable electronic device by retrieving, manipulating, and sharing relevant stored videos, preferably in real time. A video is captured with a hand-held device and stored. Metadata including the camera's physical location and orientation is appended to a data stream, along with user input. The server analyzes the data stream and further annotates the metadata, producing a searchable library of videos and metadata. Later, when a camera user generates a new data stream, the linked server analyzes it, identifies relevant material from the library, retrieves the material and tagged information, adjusts it for proper orientation, then renders and superimposes it onto the current camera view so the user views an augmented reality.05-10-2012
20120113273System, Method, and Devices for Searching for a Digital Image over a Communication Network - Systems, devices, and methods for searching using at least one digital image over a communication network are disclosed. Embodiments include a remote computer server receiving a digital image from a digital capturing device and the remote computer server processing the digital image to provide digital image processing information. Further, the remote computer server determines a list of search results based on the digital image and the digital image processing information and transmits the list of search results to the digital capture device. The list of search results includes links to websites, one or more search result images, and image identification information. In addition, a search engine software application implemented by the remote computer server receives the digital image and determines the list of search results. An image processing device and/or computer program identifies one or more objects within the digital image that may is be used in a search.05-10-2012
20120113272IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention is directed to providing an imaging apparatus that can determine an imaging scene of an input image with high accuracy. The imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit configured to image an object image and output image data, a determination unit configured to, based on the image data, perform determination processing for determining an imaging scene of the image data output from the imaging unit, an acquisition unit configured to acquire imaging information related to a condition for imaging the image data including location information about the imaging apparatus, and a communication unit configured to transmit the imaging information to an external device and receives auxiliary information for supporting determination of the imaging scene of the image data corresponding to the imaging information. The determination unit performs the determination processing based on the auxiliary information received via the communication unit.05-10-2012
20120113271PROCESSOR AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A processor comprising groups of plural processor elements and corresponding data registers. When a first operating mode is selected, distinct data to be calculated is written to the data registers of the groups. The same data is written to the data registers of at least two groups when a second mode is selected. Calculation results from the groups are selectively outputted, and comparison between two groups outputs is made. Selection and comparison of calculation results are carried out when the first and second modes are set, respectively. Calculation results are outputted when they agree with each other; otherwise an error is produced.05-10-2012
20130188062AUTOMATIC UPLOAD OF PICTURES FROM A CAMERA - A system and method is disclosed for enabling user friendly interaction with a camera system. Specifically, the inventive system and method has several aspects to improve the interaction with a camera system, including voice recognition, gaze tracking, touch sensitive inputs and others. The voice recognition unit is operable for, among other things, receiving multiple different voice commands, recognizing the vocal commands, associating the different voice commands to one camera command and controlling at least some aspect of the digital camera operation in response to these voice commands. The gaze tracking unit is operable for, among other things, determining the location on the viewfinder image that the user is gazing upon. One aspect of the touch sensitive inputs provides that the touch sensitive pad is mouse-like and is operable for, among other things, receiving user touch inputs to control at least some aspect of the camera operation. Another aspect of the disclosed invention provides for gesture recognition to be used to interface with and control the camera system.07-25-2013
20120236159IMAGE TRANSFER DEVICE, IMAGE TRANSFER METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image transfer device, as well as a method and computer program product, obtains an image file that includes first image data and identification information for identifying an image generation device used to generate the first image data, and obtains the identification information from the obtained image file. The image transfer device determines a display resolution of a monitor included in the image generation device, according to the obtained identification information, converts the first image data to second image data having a resolution consistent with the determined display resolution, and records the second image data into a storage device. The image transfer device transfers the obtained image file to a first device connected to the network.09-20-2012
20120236158VIRTUAL DIRECTORS' CAMERA - A virtual directors' camera includes a camera module, a processing module and a controller module. In an embodiment, the virtual directors' camera can include a display screen, handles for holding the device, and a controller for changing the settings of the camera. The display can show the action of the motion capture in a scene such as a virtual environment, and can also show the user interface of the software associated with camera operation and control. In a mode of operation, a director can hold onto the handles of the device and view the motion capture in a desired virtual environment, while also being able to control various aspects of the camera settings through a configuration of buttons on the controller of the device.09-20-2012
20130162842IMAGE CAPTURE - Embodiments provide methods, apparatuses, and articles of manufacture which enable a client device to establish a communication link with a photographic device for the purpose of capturing an image. The client device and the photographic device may exchange synchronization data via the communication link. In one embodiment, the client device may then obtain a portion of the image generated by the photographic device.06-27-2013
20130162843ADAPTER - A monitor device adapter includes first and second conversion circuits, a switch unit, and a monitor interface. The first conversion circuit includes a digital to analog (D/A) converter and a coupler. The second conversion circuit includes an analog to digital (A/D) converter and a decoupler. When the switch unit connects the first conversion circuit to the monitor interface, the D/A converter converts a digital signals representing data into a first analog form data for coupling with a first alternating current (AC) voltage. When the switch unit connects the second conversion circuit to the monitor interface, the decoupler decouples and separates a second analog form data into the second analog form data. The A/D converter converts the second analog form data into digital signals representing data, and outputs the digital signals representing data to the monitor interface.06-27-2013
20100171839METHOD FOR PROCESSING DIGITAL IMAGES - A portable image capture device, program and method for controlling and managing data captured thereby. A device program residing on the portable image capture device generally associates data processing attributes with image files generated for image data captured by the portable image capture device. In some embodiments, the device program associates data processing attributes related to prompts for pre-defined image data with corresponding image files generated in response to the prompts. The device program, and attribute and prompt data therefor are created on a data processing system and are transferrable therefrom to the portable image capture device.07-08-2010
20110279689Integrated Display Camera Using Oscillating Display Elements - Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for capturing photographic images with a camera integrated in an electronic display. The system includes: a display screen; a set of display elements coupled to a front side of the display screen; a set of masking elements coupled behind the set of display elements; and an image-capturing mechanism coupled to a backside of the display screen. The display elements are configured to cycle between an active state, in which the display elements are illuminated to display a display image on the display screen, and an inactive state, in which the display elements are darkened and at least partially transparent.11-17-2011
20110279688LAPTOP WITH PIVOTAL CAMERA AND MICRO-PROJECTOR AND SCREEN AS A REPLACEMENT OF DISPLAY - A laptop includes a housing; a keyboard mounted on the housing; a rectangular frame element pivotably secured to a front end of the housing and being adapted to open or close onto the keyboard; a screen enclosed by the frame element; an inverted U-shaped frame member pivotably secured to front corners of the housing and being adapted to open or close onto the frame element; a micro-projector pivotably mounted on a transverse part of the frame member; and a camera pivotably mounted on the transverse part of the frame member besides the micro-projector.11-17-2011
20110279687NOTEBOOK COMPUTER WITH PICO-PROJECTOR AND DIGITAL CAMERA - A notebook computer includes a housing comprising a keyboard; an LCD pivotably mounted to a front edge of the housing; an inverted U shaped frame pivotably mounted to the front edge of the housing wherein the frame and the LCD are adapted to rest upon the housing by pivoting; a pivotal pico-projector on the frame; and a pivotal digital camera on the frame. The notebook computer provides more features for use choice.11-17-2011
20110128390Zero Delay Photographic Synchronization System and Method - A method of synchronizing a remote device to image acquisition by a camera body including detecting a voltage change of the camera body that occurs prior to shutter opening. The detected voltage change is used to determine a time to synchronize the remote device to image acquisition via wireless communication. For example, the detected voltage change may be used to predict when the shutter of the camera will be open. A wireless communication system for synchronizing a remote device to a camera body may include a memory having information used to synchronize the remote device to image acquisition based on the detection of the change in voltage occurring prior to a shutter opening.06-02-2011
20090309980IMAGE ACQUIRING DEVICE WITH POSITIONING ASSISTING FUNCTIONALITY - An image acquiring device with positioning assisting functionality is for acquiring an image of an object to be captured, and includes a positioning assisting unit and an image acquiring unit. The positioning assisting unit emits light toward a planar surface. The light forms at least one positioning mark on the planar surface. The image acquiring unit is for acquiring an image of an image acquiring region associated with the positioning mark.12-17-2009
20100128131Providing camera-based services using a portable communication device - Camera-based services are provided to a user of a portable communication device by recognizing text contained in an image. An image of an environment is captured using a camera within the portable communication device so as to obtain image data. The image data is processed such that text data is recognized and extracted from the image data. Data related to the text data is then output in a form recognizable by a user of the portable communication device. The text data can be processed on the portable communication device to obtain the data related to the text data. Alternatively, the processing is performed by a processing unit external to the portable communication device. Translated and audio versions of the text data are output to the user. One camera-based service provides price and product information related to a product described in an image captured by the camera.05-27-2010
20110032365Array of individually angled mirrors reflecting disparate color sources toward one or more viewing positions to construct images and visual effects - A general purpose image and visual effects display apparatus, with associated methods, which is comprised of an array of independently angled reflective or refractive elements wherein the varying angle pattern of each element across said array is designed to reflect or refract specifically designed as well as fortuitously located existing colors, in precisely determined patterns, to make apparent to specific viewing or receiving locations a wide range of complex emergent visual and other effects. In some embodiments very high resolution and high color fidelity image display is possible. In other embodiments moving images akin to video can be displayed, using no electronics or moving parts. In other embodiments true binocular 3D images can be displayed directly to viewers, without the need for special 3D viewing glasses. Many of the embodiments and methods are applicable to non-visible light and other reflectable wave-based phenomena.02-10-2011
20110298935TELEPROMPTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A teleprompter system and method include use of a touch-screen interface positioned intermediate to the user and a camera such that the camera captures the user's image through a transparency of the touch-screen interface. The touch screen interface is coupled to a computer and is operably connected so as to enable user control and manipulation of interactive media content generated by the computer. A video mixing component integrates images captured by the camera with interactive media content generated by the computer, as may be manipulated by the user via the touch-screen interface, to generate a coordinated presentation. The coordinated presentation can be received by one or more remote devices. The remote devices can further interact with at least the interactive media content.12-08-2011
20110285860DIGITAL CAMERA WITH UPLOAD FUNCTION - A digital camera with an upload function includes an image sensing module, a storage unit, a network interface controller (NIC) and a processing unit. The image sensing module senses to generate a raw datum. The NIC builds connection with a network. The processing unit compresses the raw datum into several compressed datums. The processing unit stores the compressed datums into the storage unit to be taken as several stored files. The processing unit selects a file to be transmitted from the stored files, and makes the NIC transmit the file to be transmitted through the network.11-24-2011
20120098979IMAGE REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE REPRODUCTION METHOD - An object of this invention is to simplify an operation of reproducing, on a single window, pieces of image information of different image capturing apparatuses or pieces of image information captured at different times. A display apparatus manages a camera apparatus (04-26-2012
20120098978PORTABLE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, UPLOAD CONTROL PROGRAM, AND UPLOAD CONTROL METHOD - A portable communication terminal, an upload control program, and an upload control method are provided. The portable communication terminal includes an image taking unit configured to output taken image data, an analyzing unit configured to analyze an attribute which the image data represents, a determining unit configured to determine whether an analysis result of the analyzing unit satisfies a predetermined condition, and an uploading unit configured to upload the image data to an upload server when the determining unit determines that the analysis result satisfies the predetermined condition.04-26-2012
20120098977Article Utilization - Included are embodiments for article utilization. One embodiment of a system includes a first image capture device that captures a first real-time video image of an article and a memory component that stores a computer application. The computer application may be configured to cause the system to identify the article from the first real-time video image, identify an action to be performed on the article, and provide data for performing the action via an altered version of the first real-time video image. The system may also include a display device for displaying the altered version of the first real-time video image.04-26-2012
20110285863LIVE TELEVISION BROADCASTING SYSTEM FOR THE INTERNET - Live television broadcasting systems for the Internet are provided. An example system provides a broadcasting-system-in-a-bag that self-connects camera and video stream to the Internet. The example system captures video at a high quality frame resolution (capturing audio too) and compresses the resulting multimedia steam to balance quality against bandwidth for bitrates that do not tax or overload an average broadband connection or CPU. The live video stream may be viewed immediately in a high quality resolution by web browsers, for example, on a dedicated channel, and made available on many devices and platforms, including computers, wireless phones, and other wireless handheld devices. A web service can provide access in one place to numerous live broadcasts from many different users.11-24-2011
20110285864IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - To enable satisfactory simultaneous and widely varied pictures to be obtained, for example, by allowing a common user to obtain an overall picture while the common user performing desired image capturing, or the like. A first image capturing device image-captures a subject to record this image, and also transmits a trigger signal to a second image capturing device. The second image capturing device image-captures an image to record this image in accordance with the trigger signal. Thus, the first and second image capturing devices enable both of an overall image and a zoomed image to be obtained with simultaneous timing.11-24-2011
20110285862METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING WEB CAMERA SERVICE IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method and apparatus for providing a Web camera service in a portable terminal are provided. A method for providing a Web camera service in a portable terminal preferably includes detecting connection with an external device, entering a Web camera mode, setting the kind (type) of an image to be transmitted to the connected external device, and transmitting, to the external device, at least one of a camera image and an image for storage contents according to the set kind.11-24-2011
20110285861Integrated Display Camera Using A Pinhole Image Capturing Device - Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for capturing photographic images with a camera integrated in an electronic display. The system includes: a display screen; a set of display elements; and a pinhole-style image-capturing mechanism coupled to a backside of the display screen with the aperture of the image-capturing mechanism located between the two or more display elements. The image-capturing mechanism is configured to capture a photographic image of objects in front of the display screen through the display screen and the aperture of the image-capturing mechanism.11-24-2011
20110292222Photo-video player with automatic image file size reduction - This invention is a photo-video player with automatic image file size reduction. The photo-video player receives digital photos and digital videos from a digital camera, automatically reduces the image file size per pre-programmed instructions, and automatically saves the reduced-size image file. The photo-video player acts as a storage facility for the digital photos and digital videos, as well as a useful tool for displaying, managing, and editing said digital photos and digital videos. The photo-video player is designed to fit into the living room TV electronics suite; connected to the TV and alongside common TV peripherals such as a DVD player, cable/satellite receiver, DVR, etc. The photo-video player provides a back up storage system to protect against the entire loss of the image data in case the original image information is lost or deleted.12-01-2011
20110292220USING COMPUTER VIDEO CAMERA TO DETECT EARTHQUAKE - Images from the video camera of a computer are compared over time, e.g., every few milliseconds, to determine from the pixel data if motion of the computer matches template motion associated with an earthquake P-wave. If so, a warning is generated, uploaded to a communication network, and propagated over the network to other computers.12-01-2011
20110292221AUTOMATIC CAMERA - Architecture that employs a “trainer” camera which uses various pieces of information about the scene being photographed in order to provide the user with options for improving the quality of the photo. The user is guided to emulate professionally or highly rated photographs of the same scene and in the process is trained by the camera to take better pictures. As cameras come equipped with sensory functions such as geolocation capabilities, compass, altimeter, and wireless connectivity such as cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, the architecture assists the consumer to take higher quality photos by leveraging these new capabilities as well as the vast amount of photo data and information stored on the Internet and other locations.12-01-2011
20110292223INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA STORAGE DEVICE, DATA TRANSFER SYSTEM AND DATA TRANSFER METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A personal computer holds data of a plurality of types in a content storage unit and transfers items of data related across the types of data to a digital camera as group data. The digital camera stores the group data, which is received from the personal computer, in a content memory unit.12-01-2011
20130215281Smart Helmet - In one embodiment of the invention, an apparatus for a smart helmet includes a camera, a communication subsystem, and a control subsystem. The control subsystem processes the video data from the camera and the communication subsystem transmits this video data from the smart helmet to a destination device.08-22-2013
20090295927IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes an image-capturing module configured to captures an image, a module configured to detect a first object region from the image, a module configured to extract color information of an image of the first object region, a module configured to detect candidates of a second object region, which is an object of recognition, from the image, a module configured to extract color information of an image of the second object region, and sets reference color data, a module configured to select the candidates of the second object region on the basis of the reference color data and the color information of the image of the first object region with respect to each of the candidates of the second object region, and a module configured to output, as an object of recognition, any one of the candidates of the second object region.12-03-2009
20090002496Device for inspecting animal cages - A device for inspecting animal cages includes a frame and a plurality of camera and scanner modules mounted to the frame. The camera and scanner modules are for signal communication connected to a central unit including a display. The camera and scanner modules are placed at the frame so that when the inspection device is placed in front of a row of animal cages a camera and scanner module is located in front of each cage in the row. The camera is arranged to capture pictures and transfer the corresponding picture information to the central unit to shown corresponding on the display. A scanner included in each module is arranged to read identifying information placed at the animal cages and to also transfer this information to the central unit.01-01-2009
20100091114INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus configured to connected via a network to a one or a plurality of remote apparatuses each of which processes information. The information processing apparatus includes a detection unit for detecting that an imaging apparatus is connected thereto, a determination unit for determining, according to processing to be performed on media data photographed by the imaging apparatus, whether the processing is performed by the information processing apparatus, an execution instruction unit for issuing, when the determination unit determines that the processing is not performed by the information processing apparatus, an execution instruction to the remote apparatus capable of performing the processing to perform the processing on the media data, and a media data receiving unit for receiving from the remote apparatus to which the execution instruction is issued, the media data on which the processing is performed.04-15-2010
20100265337IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - When an instruction of shooting a moving image is given in a mail writing mode, a mobile communication terminal detects the instruction, controlling an image pick-up unit 10-21-2010
20100033581DATA PROCESSING USING REDUCED ONBOARD MEMORY - Raw data (e.g., image data) can be captured and fed into a data processing unit (e.g., a frame grabber), which can process the raw data using data that is retrieved from, for example, the main memory of a computer system instead of from memory onboard the data processing unit. The processed data can then be stored in the main memory or in another memory location.02-11-2010
20110216207DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A display control unit for displaying an image on a display screen displays a viewing video image on the display screen which a user observes. A control unit switches the image displayed on the display screen from the view video image to an image for capturing, prepared by an image sensing apparatus, corresponding to receiving a capturing preparation signal from the image sensing apparatus via a communication unit.09-08-2011
20110216206MEDIA VIEWING - A portable electronic device comprises a display facing in a first direction, a video camera facing in a second direction substantially opposite to the first direction, and a wireless communications receiver operable to receive supplementary image data from a remote image source, the supplementary image data comprising an indication of where a supplementary image is positioned with respect to a reference image. The portable electronic device is arranged in operation to display a captured image from the video camera on the display of the portable electronic device. When the captured image comprises all or part of the reference image as displayed on a separate display associated with the remote image source, the portable electronic device is arranged in operation to display the supplementary image positioned with respect to the reference image, instead of the corresponding part of the captured image.09-08-2011
20090189986BIOMIMETIC MODELLING SYSTEMS FOR REPRODUCING SPREADING PHENOMENA OF COSMETIC AND PHARMACEUTICAL FORMULATIONS ON HUMAN SKIN - The invention relates to a skin substitute for investigating the behavior of cosmetic and pharmaceutical compositions to be applied topically, where the skin substitute is a three-dimensionally crosslinked polyacrylamide matrix and water and at least one polypeptide is bonded in07-30-2009
20120026342ELECTRONIC SYSTEM COMMUNICATING WITH IMAGE SENSOR - A system includes a serial input/output (I/O) interface, a second I/O interface and a controller. The controller is coupled to an image sensor by the serial I/O interface and is coupled to a signal processor of a computer by the second I/O interface and can transfer image data input acquired by the image sensor to the signal processor. The signal processor can process the image data input.02-02-2012
20120140082SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SUBMERGED ORGANISM DETECTION BY ROTATIONAL LASER LIGHT - A submerged organism detection system. Particularly, a system and method for detection of organisms and includes a rotational mirror and laser light. The system has a camera with a visible field and detects a flash; a laser device produces a laser beam; a mirror rotates about an axis and reflects the laser beam throughout a plane, the plane being substantially horizontal, the visible field being a portion of the plane, wherein, when an object obstructs the laser beam, the flash is produced; and a counter that has a count, wherein, when the flash is produced, the counter increases the count. Further, the system may be submerged underwater.06-07-2012
20090153670HAND HELD DIGITAL PHOTO TRANSFER DEVICE - A system and method for transferring digital photo files from a plurality of different sources having different connection configurations to one or more sources, which may also have a plurality of different connection configurations. The system may generally include a body, a processor in communication with a system bus, at least one memory source, a plurality of input ports being configured to communicate with a different type of digital photo devices, a plurality of output ports being configured to communicate with a different type of digital photo devices, and an input/output device positioned to receive input from an exterior of the body, the input/output device being in communication with the system bus.06-18-2009
20090153672Image Processing Controller and Test Support System - There is provided an image processing controller capable of faithfully recreating a process of a series of image processing based upon a control program, which includes: a history buffer for extracting a result of the measurement in each processing unit, executed by the program executing section, as history information in each measurement cycle and holding the extracted result in association with the processing unit and the measurement cycle; a history buffer for extracting a camera image acquired from a camera by the program executing section during execution of a control program, as history information in each the measurement cycle and holding the extracted image in association with the measurement cycle; and a history information transferring section for transferring history information, held in the history buffers, to the PC.06-18-2009
20090153671IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING POINTING FUNCTION AND METHOD THEREOF - An image display apparatus and method having pointing function are provided. The apparatus includes a picture taking unit for taking a picture of not only visible ray image but also infra ray image, extracts control information to control the image display apparatus from the picture taken, and display the picture taken. therefore, it is possible to operate not only pointing function but also various kinds of function through the image display apparatus.06-18-2009
20110261210DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM, DATA PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THAT RECORDS PROCESSING PROGRAM THEREOF - When directed to transmit data in a personal computer (10-27-2011
20100277599Digital camera - The object of the present invention is to provide a digital camera capable of deciding display form of the multi-display optimally suited an external monitor on the basis of detecting pixel information of the external monitor connected to the digital camera. In one aspect of the present invention, a digital camera includes a memory that stores a plurality of image frames, a display that shows an image frame, an output means that outputs image data to an electric instrument, a multi-display forming means that shows simultaneously a plurality of image frames stored in the memory, an image selection means that selects a given image frame among the plurality of image frames of the multi-display shown on the display, and a controller that controls such that when the multi-display is shown on the display, only the given image data selected by the image selection means is output from the output means.11-04-2010
20080266401Electronic device with variably positionable imaging device - An electronic device with a variably positionable imaging device comprises a housing having a recessed area for receiving the imaging device therein, the imaging device being disposed within a periphery of the housing when disposed in the recessed area, the imaging device removable from the recessed area and insertable in the recessed area with a lens of the imaging device disposed in each of at least two orientations.10-30-2008
20100118151AUTOFOCUS SYSTEM - An autofocus unit, a face authentication information acquiring unit and a face authentication unit are provided. The autofocus unit performs focus adjustment so that a subject within a certain AF area is in focus in an image taken. The face authentication information acquiring unit acquires information required to face-authenticate the subject, from an external memory being separate from the autofocus system and storing information required to face-authenticate plural subjects which are targets to be focused on during taking. The face authentication unit face-authenticates the subject in the taken image to determine as to whether the subject in the taken image is the same person as any of the subjects being targets to be focused on during the taking. If the face authentication unit determines that the subject in the taken image is the same person, the autofocus unit performs the focus adjustment for the subject in the taken image.05-13-2010
20090309981METHOD FOR DIGITAL PHOTO MANAGEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION - Digital images are captured on a digital camera, automatically formatted, and uploaded to a server for review and collaborative modifications. An on-line web gallery is automatically generated by the server whereby low resolution versions of the images are transferred to the server and appear in the gallery within seconds from capturing the images. Among other things, a viewer located remotely from a photographer can observe new images in the gallery in real time as they are captured, place a request for post-production modifications to selected images and download a high resolution version of selected images.12-17-2009
20130033609Multifunctional Flashlight - A LED multifunctional duty flashlight having a video recorder and a metal detector. A flip video screen is rotatabaly mounted on the outside of wall of the elongate body, and SD card cord and USB cord are built on the wall to provide data downloading to external device and for recharging a battery. LED panel is mounted on the front section and is controlled by its own power switch.02-07-2013
20110149088IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM - An image pickup system includes a base, a frame, an image pickup device, a receiving structure, a marking element and a switching element. The frame is connected to the base. The image pickup device is disposed on the frame. The receiving structure is disposed in the base. The frame is rotatable with respect to the base, so that the image pickup device is moved to an optimal shooting position. The marking element indicates that the image pickup device is at the optimal shooting position. When the switching element is triggered, the target object placed in the receiving structure will be shot by the image pickup device.06-23-2011
20100091113CONTENT SHOOTING APPARATUS - A content shooting apparatus is provided which is suitable for generating a digest meeting the user's desire.04-15-2010
20100091112OBJECT POSITION AND ORIENTATION DETECTION SYSTEM - An object position and orientation detection system and in particular one which is capable of describing observed movement in 3 dimensions. In one example, a spherical patterned marker with concentric rings is imaged using one or more digital cameras, and the resulting images are processed to determine the position and orientation of an object to which the patterned marker is attached. The method of optical tracking employed by the system allows motion to be determined in six degrees of freedom. In conjunction with a suitable display, such as a projector, an interactive white board or similar application can be realised.04-15-2010
20090278941MULTI-CHANNEL STREAMING DEVICE AND RELATED METHOD - A multi-channel streaming device for transmitting audio/video signals or any data from a remote location to a server computer. The device may include an input for receiving a signal, a distribution module coupled to the input and operable to divide the signal into a plurality of packets and operable to distribute the packets and a plurality of transmission channels coupled to the distributor such that the distributor distributes packets amongst the plurality of channels, each channel having a bandwidth wherein the distribution module is operable to change the distribution to a channel based on the bandwidth. Such real-time analysis of each communication channel offers an advantage of customizing the use of each channel according to its ability to deliver signals.11-12-2009
20090201377INFORMATION TERMINAL DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information terminal device such as a digital camera has one or more services, and is configured to connect to a communication network. The information terminal device has a UUID generation unit configured to generate and associate a unique UUID for each of the services, a connection unit configured to connect an external terminal device such as a kiosk terminal connected to the communication network, and a service information sending unit configured to send the external terminal device a UUID of a service permitted to connect to the external terminal device, and service information related to the permitted service.08-13-2009
20100201825IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An image processing system includes a receiving unit and an image processing unit, where the image processing unit includes a plurality of line buffers. The receiving unit is utilized for receiving a rectangular image. The image processing unit is coupled to the receiving unit, and is utilized for receiving at least a portion of the rectangular image transmitted from the receiving unit, where the first image processing unit receives the portion in a line-based manner, and a length of each line is equivalent to a length of a short side of the rectangular image. In particular, each line buffer of the image processing unit is utilized for storing pixel data of one line of the rectangular image.08-12-2010
20090290027Communication Apparatus, Communication System, Communication Method, and Program - A communication apparatus of the present invention includes a transmission/reception coupler for performing a one-to-one communication at short distance with an apparatus of a communication opponent by electric field coupling or magnetic field coupling; a plural copy mode setting unit for setting a plural copy mode for transferring a data file to a plurality of apparatuses; a data file selecting unit for selecting a data file to transfer to the plurality of apparatuses; a file transfer processing unit for transferring the data file already selected in the data file selecting unit to an apparatus, which communication is established, when the plural copy mode is set; and a plural copy mode canceling unit for canceling the plural copy mode.11-26-2009
20090273682Systems And Methods For A Recorder User Interface - An incident recorder records original and supplemental incident information using a simplified user interface.11-05-2009
20090059013METHOD FOR INTERACTIVELY TRANSFERRING VIDEO BY THE NETWORK CAMERAS OR NETWORK VIDEO SERVERS - The present invention relates to a method for interactively transferring video on the network video cameras or network video servers, which contains the following steps: providing a network camera or network video server; transferring a first video signal from the network camera or network video server to a first computer through a network; translating this first video signal to a first video image and displaying it onto the first computer; newly generating a drawing pattern and pasting it onto the first video image by covering; transferring a second video signal from the network camera or network video server to a second computer through a network; translating this second video signal to a second video image and displaying it onto the second computer; newly generating a drawing pattern and pasting it onto the second video image by covering.03-05-2009
20090096876SYSTEM AND METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY CREATING A MULTI/HYBRID MULTIMEDIA STORAGE MEDIUM - There is provided herein a system and method for automatically creating a multi-version/hybrid storage medium for storage of a plurality of different output versions from digital high definition source material on one storage medium. In the preferred embodiment, the instant invention will create the storage medium without the interaction of the user and will additionally ensure that the specific output versions are created with the best possible quality.04-16-2009
20090284605DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING REVOLVING CAMERA MODULE - The display device contains a flat panel mounted in a frame and a camera module positioned inside a through opening in the top rim of the frame. The top and bottom sides of the camera module are pin-joined to a top wall and a bottom wall of the through opening, respectively, so that the camera module could be revolved laterally inside the through opening of the flat panel's frame.11-19-2009
20090284606IMAGE REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE REPRODUCTION METHOD - An object of this invention is to simplify an operation of reproducing, on a single window, pieces of image information of different image capturing apparatuses or pieces of image information captured at different times. A display apparatus manages a camera apparatus (11-19-2009
20090262202MODULAR TIME LAPSE CAMERA SYSTEM - A modular system for the capture of images and associated methods are provided. The system comprises a plurality of lens modules, each comprising a lens, an image sensor, and a communication interface, and a controller unit comprising a housing, a battery, a memory, at least one communication interface, and a processor operative to acquire images from one or more of the plurality of lens modules responsive to at least one of: a determination that a time interval has passed, a sensor input, or a user input, store the images in the memory, and provide the stored images via one of the at least one communication interface.10-22-2009
20090262201Image transmission apparatus and image reception apparatus - An image transmission apparatus includes: a deletion unit that deletes an image file recorded in a storage medium; an identifying unit that identifies an image file booked for transmission by an external image reception apparatus; a prohibiting unit that prohibits the deletion unit from deleting the image file recorded in the storage medium, which has been identified by the identifying unit; and a transmission control unit that reads the image file recorded in the storage medium, which has been identified by the identifying unit, and transmits the image file to the image reception apparatus.10-22-2009
20090262200NOTEBOOK INFORMATION PROCESSOR AND IMAGE READING METHOD - A notebook information processor includes an image photographing unit, a display, a keyboard, a storage unit, and a control unit, wherein the control unit includes, a live view displaying unit that displays a live view obtained by photographing at least a portion of the keyboard within a photographing area of the image photographing unit on the display, a still image obtaining unit that obtains a still image from the live view displayed on the display by the live view displaying unit, when receiving a photographing start signal to start photographing the still image of a document put on the keyboard, and an image processing unit that performs projective transformation on the still image obtained by the still image obtaining unit so as to obtain an image photographed from a front direction, executes image processing so as to perform cropping to clip the document, and stores a transformed image of the document after the image processing in the storage unit.10-22-2009
20090262199NOTEBOOK INFORMATION PROCESSOR AND PROJECTIVE TRANSFORMATION PARAMETER CALCULATING METHOD - A notebook information processor includes a lid including an image photographing unit and a display, and a main body, wherein the control unit includes a live view displaying unit that displays a live view obtained by photographing at least a portion of the main body within a photographing area of the image photographing unit on the display, a rectangle detecting unit that detects a rectangle for calculating a projective transformation parameter from the live view, a projective transformation parameter calculating unit that calculates the projective transformation parameter from a coordinate of the rectangle, and a still image obtaining unit that performs a projective transformation on the live view so as to obtain a live view photographed from a front direction, using the projective transformation parameter, obtains a still image from the live view after the projective transformation, and stores the still image in the storage unit.10-22-2009
20110169968DIGITAL CAMERA WITH COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE FOR SELECTIVELY TRANSMITTING IMAGES OVER A CELLULAR PHONE NETWORK AND A WIRELESS LAN NETWORK TO A DESTINATION - A digital camera for capturing images and transmitting captured images over a wireless network includes a sensor for capturing images; a display for displaying at least one captured image; at least one user input for selection of at least one captured image and for selection of a wireless network; a communication interface capable of transmitting the at least one selected image over the selected wireless network; a memory for storing a password needed to utilize the selected wireless network; and a processor for controlling the transmission of the at least one selected image over the selected wireless network utilizing the stored password.07-14-2011
20090102929WEB CAMERA MODULE AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - A web camera module and an operation method thereof are provided. The web camera module includes a sensor and a back-end circuit coupled to the sensor. The sensor provides an image signal. The back-end circuit receives a firmware program from a personal computer and executes the firmware program to perform an image processing on the image signal, and then the back-end circuit provides a result of the image processing to the personal computer.04-23-2009
20110169967IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE FOR CONNECTION TO AN EXTERNAL RECORD DEVICE - Charging of a camera and backup of data are concurrently executed to enable picking up an image regardless of a remaining available memory. As the camera is attached to a cradle, image data for the image picked up by a camera module of the camera is directly transferred to and recorded in a HDD of the cradle. Image data, already recorded in the flash memory of the camera, is backed up by the HDD of the cradle. Further, the cradle allows a charging circuit to charge a rechargeable battery of the camera using electric power supplied via an AC cord. Also, the cradle has a tripod bore through which the camera is fixed to a tripod for picking up the image.07-14-2011
20100271490Regional proximity for shared image device(s) - Different aspects of the disclosure relate to either transmitting at least one portion of at least one image representation from, or receiving at least one portion of the at least one image representation at, a shared image device in a manner at least partially relying on a positioning of the shared image device within a sharing region10-28-2010
20100277600SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING - A system and method for image information processing are disclosed. The system for image information processing includes: at least one image pickup terminal for providing image data picked up through a camera; an image information processing server for processing data collected from at least one image pickup terminal into data of a new format; and an application server for receiving the processed data from the image information processing server and providing the same to at least one user terminal. The amount of transmission data can be reduced and the reliability of information security can be increased since it is possible to allocate unique IDS to a plurality of image pickup terminals and application servers and identify the image pickup terminals and application servers only by their unique IDs without containing any particular information upon data transmission.11-04-2010
20100060743IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An image processing apparatus includes a storage unit for storing user information correlating user identification information and acknowledger information in advance; an image file acquiring unit for acquiring the image file; and a control unit for controlling a writing process in a detachable storage medium. The control unit includes a registration processing unit for correlating the user identification information and authentication information contained in an acknowledgement notice, and for registering the user identification information and the authentication information as acknowledgement information in the storage unit. The control unit further includes a determining unit for determining whether the user identification information and the authentication information received through an input unit are registered in the acknowledgement information, and for allowing the image file stored in the storage unit to be written in the detachable storage medium when the authentication notice is authenticated.03-11-2010
20110267477RANGE MEASUREMENT USING SYMMETRIC CODED APERTURES - A method of using an image capture device to identify range information for objects in a scene includes providing an image capture device having an image sensor, a coded aperture having circular symmetry, and a lens; storing in a memory a set of blur parameters derived from range calibration data; capturing images of the scene having a plurality of objects; producing a set of reference edge images using the blur parameters from the stored set; providing a set of deblurred images using the captured image, the reference edges and each of the blur parameters from the stored set; and using the set of deblurred images to determine the range information for the objects in the scene.11-03-2011
20080239083Electronic apparatus, electronic camera, electronic instrument, image display apparatus and image transmission system - In an electronic apparatus having a user identification function or in a user identification method, an electronic apparatus and an electronic instrument having stored therein user personal information communicate in wireless with each other so as to enable the electronic apparatus to automatically identify the electronic apparatus user. If the electronic apparatus identifies a plurality of possible users, the electronic apparatus automatically selects the user by executing specific user identification processing.10-02-2008
20090167872Adjustment for output image of image data - An image processing method of processing an image data uses an image file. The image file includes the image data and image processing control information being used for processing the image data. The method includes the steps of: (a) determining a degree of auto adjustment for adjusting lightness and contrast of the image data according to lightness of a whole image expressed by the image data, based on the image processing control information; and (b) performing the auto adjustment based on the determination.07-02-2009
20080211921IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - Disclosed herein is an imaging apparatus including imaging means confitured to photograph an image of a scene that is in a direction in which a user sees, outside world information acquisition means confitured to acquire outside world information, and control means confitured to control an operation of the imaging means based on the outside world information acquired by the outside world information acquisition means.09-04-2008
20080284855Electronic Camera - An electronic camera comprises a wireless communication unit that performs wireless communication with a computer or a printer, and a power save mode changeover unit that changes over a power save mode to either an ON or an OFF state according to the operational state of the electronic camera, if the power save mode is changed over to ON by the power save mode changeover unit, the wireless communication unit stops its operation when radio waves are not being transmitted, and if the power save mode is changed over to OFF, the wireless communication unit operates in a standby state when radio waves are not being transmitted.11-20-2008
20090015679Storage medium having image processing program stored thereon and image processing apparatus - The game apparatus generates an image of a virtual space viewed from a virtual camera as a reference image. The game apparatus then calculates a blurring value indicative of a blurring degree of the image. The blurring value is calculated so as to become greater than a reference value in the case where a movement amount of the virtual camera is equal to or greater than a predetermined amount, and to become smaller than the reference value in the case where the movement amount of the virtual camera is smaller than the predetermine amount. The game apparatus blurs an image outside a predetermined area of the reference image such that the blurring degree increases in accordance with an increase of the blurring value. The predetermined area is determined, from among an image area of the reference image, so as to include a position of a focus point of the virtual camera. Accordingly, a blurred image is displayed on a display apparatus.01-15-2009
20120044362METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING DIGITAL CAMERA EXPOSURES IN A NETWORK - The present disclosure comprises a system for processing digital camera exposures that includes a network, such as a global network like the internet, and one or more digital single-use cameras. A plurality of user stations are connected to a provider station. The provider station can provide functionalities enabling the user to process the pictures, to select pictures, to order selected pictures, to order a photobook or an album including selected pictures, etc. that were taken with the digital single-use camera.02-23-2012
20120293668IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE HAVING ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE SIGNAL TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING FUNCTIONS - An image capturing device having electromagnetic wave signal transmitting and receiving functions is disclosed. The image capturing device has a circuit board, a lens module and a wireless radio frequency unit. The circuit board is electrically connected to the main board. The lens module has a housing. The housing has a barrel body and an antenna arranged inside the barrel body. The antenna is electrically connected to the circuit board. The wireless radio frequency unit is electrically connected to the circuit board. Since the antenna is arranged inside the lens module.11-22-2012
20080284854System and method of static pattern removal from movies captured using a digital CCD camera - An efficient and robust mechanism for static pattern removal from movies captured with a digital CCD camera. A correction map of malfunctioning underexposed CCD pixels is provided and applied to each image in the affected shot to correct the malfunctioning pixels. The correction map may be associated with the specific images in a given shot or with a particular CCD camera. The entire process, other than possibly the initial step of determining which shots to correct, is fully-automated on a computer workstation. The computer generates the correction map, applies it to each image and validates the correction. This is a considerably more efficient approach than one in which a technician must determine there is a problem of under exposure, identify the malfunctioning pixels in each frame and manually retouch the affected pixels.11-20-2008
20100141779Methods and Systems for Interacting with Physical Objects - A camera, of a handheld computing device, is used to capture a picture of an object. At least some image data corresponding to the captured picture is provided to a processor, which returns processed information corresponding to the object. By reference to this processed information, the system automatically identifies a particular one of plural different software application programs—a program that is particularly relevant to the object, rather than being generally relevant to all objects. Output information is then produced using the identified software application program, which is then presented to the user, e.g., on a screen of the handheld computing device. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.06-10-2010
20080259164Data transfer circuit, solid-state imaging device, and camera system - A data transfer circuit includes at least one data transfer line that transfers digital data, at least one data detecting circuit connected to the transfer line, holding circuits that hold digital values corresponding to input levels and that transfer the digital values to the transfer line, a scanning circuit that selects a holding circuit from among the holding circuits, at least one test-pattern generating circuit that generates a predetermined digital value, the test-pattern generating circuit being connected to the transfer line, at least one test-column scanning circuit that selects the test-pattern generating circuit, and a start-pulse selecting circuit that controls starting of the scanning circuit and starting of the test-column scanning circuit. The start-pulse selecting circuit has a function of transferring the predetermined digital value to the data transfer line by activating the test-pattern generating circuit via the test-column scanning circuit.10-23-2008
20130120591WIRELESS CAMERA WITH IMAGE SHARING PRIORITIZATION - A digital camera, comprising an image sensor and an optical system for capturing an image of a scene and a wireless communication system. User interface elements are provided enabling a user to select a sharing destination for a captured digital image. A plurality of network pathways are identified for communication with the sharing destination using the wireless communication system. A priority is determined for each of the network pathways and the digital image is transmitted to the sharing destination using the highest priority network pathway.05-16-2013
20130120592METHOD FOR WIRELESS SHARING OF IMAGES - A computer program product for controlling a programmable communication device that includes a local-area wireless communication system, a wide-area wireless communication system, and a data processing system. The computer program product causes the data processing system to perform the steps of: designating a digital camera from which digital images will be received; receiving a digital image and associated sharing data indicating one or more sharing destinations from the digital camera using the local-area wireless communication system; and transmitting the digital image to the one or more sharing destinations using the wide-area wireless communication system.05-16-2013
20130120593METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TIGHTLY COUPLED, LOW POWER IMAGE PROCESSING - An image divided into N pixel blocks, stored block wise in a camera core and transferred block wise from the camera core to a downstream processing engine local to the local memory. A direct handshaking is communicated, between the camera core and the downstream processing engine, in the block wise transfers. Optionally an optical sensor scanner divides the image with a scan rate N times a frame rate, each scan providing a block of the frame. Optionally, the block wise transfer includes a transfer through a local memory, local to the camera core, controlled by the direct handshaking.05-16-2013
20130120594ENHANCEMENT OF DIGITAL IMAGE FILES - An apparatus to enhance digital image files includes at least a digital image file editing capability and may also include a digital image file capture capability. Upon capture of a digital image file, an editing module allows the digital image file to be enhanced by adding information as desired by the user such as context information and subject matter information. The information to be added may be received by the apparatus through a voice interface or a text interface and then converted (if necessary) for storage as metadata associated with the digital image file. The metadata can be stored in a field or in association with a tag that is part of the digital image file format.05-16-2013
20130120595Systems for Mobile Image Capture and Remittance Processing of Documents on a Mobile Device - Systems and methods are provided for capturing and processing images of remittance coupons using a mobile device and obtaining data from the captured image which is used to set up or carry out payment of a bill that corresponds to the remittance coupon. Optimization and enhancement of image capture and image processing are provided on the mobile device to improve the initial quality of the captured image and provide a user with real time feedback. The image is then sent from the mobile device to a remote server, where additional image processing is performed to improve the quality of the image and then extract data from the image that is relevant to paying the bill. The extracted data may be verified through comparisons with databases which store information on billers, bill formats and other relevant content that will appear on the bill.05-16-2013
20090027505Peripheral shared image device sharing - A mechanism configurable to transmit at least a portion of at least one image representation at a peripheral shared image device in a manner that can be received by at least one capturing shared image device, and/or configurable to receive at least the portion of the at least one image representation at the at least one capturing shared image device such as been transmitted by the peripheral shared image device.01-29-2009
20120140084SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MARKING DISCREPANCIES IN IMAGE OF OBJECT - In a method for marking discrepancies of a captured image of an object, an image is captured and compared to a standard image. A discrepant image showing any discrepancies of the captured image is generated, and is separated into an R grayscale image, a G grayscale image, and a B grayscale image. An R channel matrix group, a G channel matrix group, and a B channel matrix group are created. R channel negative matrixes, G channel negative matrixes, and B channel negative matrixes are determined from the RGB channel matrix groups. RGB pixel groups are calculated based on the R channel negative matrixes, the G channel negative matrixes, and the B channel negative matrixes. A target pixel group to be marked is determined by calculating an intersection of the RGB pixel groups. The discrepancies of the digital image are marked out according to the target pixel group.06-07-2012
20090185039INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An information processing apparatus includes a first obtaining unit, a second obtaining unit and a display control unit. The first obtaining unit obtains, from an electronic device connected to the information processing apparatus, image data stored in a memory medium connected to the electronic device. The second obtaining unit obtains in advance reduced image data corresponding to the image data before obtainment of the image data by the first obtaining unit. The display control unit updates reduced image data displayed on a display unit, obtained by the second obtaining unit, in accordance with a display condition designated by a user. When the display condition is changed while the first obtaining unit is executing obtainment of image data, the first obtaining unit changes an obtainment order of image data based on the changed display condition.07-23-2009
20080316319Digital Camera - A digital camera procures from an external device related to image-capturing upon image-capturing data on the external device and records the procured data and digital image data of the procured image in relation to each other.12-25-2008
20090079835DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA WITH RETRACTABLE DATA CONNECTOR AND RESIDENT SOFTWARE APPLICATION - A digital video camera may include a digital video image sensor for capturing digital video footage to be stored on an internal memory. The digital video image sensor and internal memory may be housed in a camera body. A retractable arm having a data connector may be attached to the camera body. The arm can be extended from and retracted into the camera body, while the data connector can be used to transfer digital video footage to an external device, such as a computer. The data connector may conform to a standard for connecting peripheral devices, such as the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 1394 (IEEE 1394) standard.03-26-2009
20110141293ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - There is provided an electronic device capable of connecting to an external device and outputting image data recorded in an internal or external recording medium though an internal or external sending unit to the external device. The electronic device includes an operation unit operable to receive an operation made by a user, and a controller operable to control sending the image data. The controller has a first communication mode which controls the sending unit so as to send image data selected by the operation unit, and a second communication mode which controls the sending unit so as to send image data requested from the external device, and the controller prohibits switching from the second communication mode to the first communication mode even when an operation to switch from the second communication mode to the first communication mode is performed on the operation unit in the second communication mode.06-16-2011
20110228106LENS APPARATUS - A lens apparatus includes: an optical system detachably attached to a camera, the optical system configured to form an image of a subject on an image pickup plane of the camera; and a communication device configured to perform data communication to and from an external apparatus connected to a predetermined communication connector provided in a casing of the lens apparatus, the communication device including: a communication port configured to perform data communication, the communication port being connected to a predetermined pin of the communication connector; a communication protocol selection device configured to select a communication protocol for data communication performed through the communication port, from among predetermined plural types of communication protocols; and a communication protocol setting device configured to set the communication protocol of the data communication performed through the communication port to a communication protocol selected by the communication protocol selection device.09-22-2011
20120069198Foreground/Background Separation Using Reference Images - A technique involves distinguishing between foreground and background regions of a digital image of a scene. First and second images are captured of nominally a same scene. The first image is a relatively high resolution image taken with the foreground more in focus than the background, while the second image is a relatively low resolution reference image taken with the background more in focus than the foreground. Regions of the captured images are assigned as foreground or background. In accordance with the assigning, one or more processed images are rendered based on the first image or the second image, or both.03-22-2012
20090086029Method of transmitting real-time network image - A method of transmitting a real-time network image is applied to a network system having an IP camera, a NAT router, the Internet, and a server of an Internet service provider (ISP). The method includes steps of: requesting an IP address from the DHCP server by the IP camera according to a DHCP protocol when the IP camera is linked to the Internet via the NAT router; automatically logging the IP camera in the ISP server after requesting the IP address and linking to the Internet; and building up a linking channel between the IP camera and the ISP server after finishing logging. As a result, other remote electronic devices can download a real-time image captured by the IP camera through the linking channel via the Internet after logging in the ISP server.04-02-2009
20090086030CAMERA APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - According to one embodiment, a camera apparatus includes a storage device and a data transfer module. The storage device is configured to store the image data, an operating system for activating an external apparatus, and a second image edit program configured to run on the operating system. The data transfer module is configured to transfer the operating system to the external apparatus in accordance with a first read request from the external apparatus, and to transfer the second image edit program to the external apparatus in accordance with a second read request, the second read request being sent from the operating system after the operating system is booted on the external apparatus.04-02-2009
20090096875CAMERA-FITTED INFORMATION RETRIEVAL DEVICE - When instructions for retrieval is given in a portable information device, together with a camera image obtained by a camera, additional information including position information provided by a CPS device, orientation information of the camera provided by a geomagnetic sensor, lens focal length information and photographing magnification information of the camera is transmitted to a retrieval service server. The retrieval service server, based on the additional information, retrieves a target within a photographing range from the current position of the camera, and recognizes the target by image recognition or character recognition of the camera image, and returns these target-related information as a retrieval result to the portable information device. The portable information device, by specifying a desired target based on the retrieval result, can acquire contents of this target from a contents service server.04-16-2009
20110228107Information processing apparatus, information processing method and recording medium for electronic equipment including an electronic camera - A personal computer to which electronic equipment, such as, an electronic camera is connected reads recording units that are recorded in the electronic camera and displays a table consisting of recording information. In recording information such as a main image, a sub image and sound in the electronic camera, data within the electronic camera are inter-related by an index which indicates that the information is part of a common recording unit. The date having the same index are output and displayed in a same thumbnail area. When a recording unit for deletion is designated from the table; check boxes are displayed according to information contained in the recording unit. For example, an “x” is displayed in the check box of the information to be deleted, indicating that the information is a target of deletion. After the selection of information is completed and an “OK” button is pressed, the personal computer sends a control command to the electronic camera and deletes the designated information. Rather than deletion, the designated information can be read from the electronic camera into the personal computer.09-22-2011
20090231440Brightness automatically adjusting system and method for adjusting brightness thereof - A brightness adjustment system includes a camera, a computer, and a liquid crystal display. The liquid crystal display includes a signal processor, a backlight control circuit and a backlight unit. The camera captures environmental images and sends the environmental image to the computer. The computer analyzes the environmental image to obtain a environmental brightness and sends a control signal to the signal processor according to the environmental brightness. The signal processor receives the control signal and sends an adjusting signal to the backlight unit according to the control signal. The backlight control circuit adjusts a brightness of the backlight unit according to the adjusting signal. A method of automatically adjusting brightness of a liquid crystal display is also provided.09-17-2009
20110205372Electronic device and method of use - An electronic device includes a base to which is rotatably connected a tilting member. The base has a input area and the tilting member has a screen. The tilting member is selectively rotatably positionable to (1) a closed position parallel to the base, and (2) an open position upwardly angled away from the base. In the open position the electronic device can be placed on a support surface wherein the rear surface alone of the base supports the tilting member.08-25-2011
20110205371IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus connected to a camera device that images a processing target includes: an image information acquisition unit; an accumulation subtraction image information creation unit; a feature amount information creation unit; and an action content identification unit. The image information acquisition unit sequentially acquires, from the camera device, image information formed by imaging the processing target thereby. Based on a temporal change of the image information acquired by the image information acquisition unit, the accumulation subtraction image information creation unit accumulates subtraction information for a predetermined period, which is made by motions of a person present in a room, and creates multivalued accumulation subtraction image information. The feature amount information creation unit creates feature amount information in the accumulation subtraction image information, which is created by the accumulation subtraction image information creation unit, from a region where there is a density gradient in the accumulation subtraction image information. The action content identification unit identifies an action content of the person present in the room from the feature amount information created by the feature amount information creation unit.08-25-2011
20110205370METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR IMAGE CAPTURE, PROCESSING AND STORAGE - A method for image data capture and storage is provided, where a reference and an image are optically captured and then processed. The reference is used to assist in determining a normalization operation that can be performed in order to correct for skew, rotation, and other events that can occur during capture of an image. The reference is also used to determine a data schema which is used for storing the normalized image.08-25-2011
20090102930System and method for effectively implementing an electronic image hub device - A system and method for effectively implementing an electronic image hub device includes a peripheral device, such as a digital camera, that may be periodically connected to the image hub device by a system user. The system user may then utilize the image hub device to transfer captured data from the peripheral device to a specific data destination, such as a user service on a distributed computer network. The peripheral device also may utilize the image hub device to recharge batteries that become depleted through operation of the peripheral device. The system user may then subsequently access and utilize the captured data from the data destination in accordance with the present invention.04-23-2009
20090213228Method For Specifying Image Handling For Images On A Portable Device - A method and system for enabling a user to specify and automate file handling in a portable image capture device is provided, wherein the device includes at least one stored file and is capable of communicating with a computer over a network. An action list is downloaded from the computer to the device, wherein the action list includes a mapping of one or more user input events on the device to one or more file handling actions. When an input event on the device is detected that matches one of the events in the downloaded action list, the corresponding file handling action is then performed on the file within the device. In a preferred embodiment, prior to the action list being downloaded, the user is allowed to configure the action list on the computer by mapping one or more user input events on the device to one or more file handling actions.08-27-2009
20090316005IMAGING APPARATUS, ADAPTER DEVICE THEREROF, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A method for processing information in an adapter device for an imaging apparatus includes acquiring user identification information registered in the imaging apparatus connected to the adapter device, acquiring user identification information of a person identification reference database stored in a storage medium inserted in the adapter device, determining whether the user identification information acquired from the imaging apparatus corresponds to the user identification information acquired from the person identification reference database, determining whether a person registered in the person identification reference database is included in an image acquired by the imaging apparatus when it is determined that the pieces of the user identification information correspond to each other, and recording personal information of the person stored in the person identification reference database in attribute information of the image when it is determined that the person registered in the person identification reference database is included in the image acquired by the imaging apparatus.12-24-2009
20120105651METHOD OF LOCATING NEARBY PICTURE HOTSPOTS - A network connected computer receives data from a wireless communication device including location data and user data. The computer is programmed to determine if the wireless communication device is in a vicinity of a preselected location, stored on the computer, based on the data for identifying the location of the wireless communication device. The computer transmits data to the communication device for notifying the user of the communication device that the user is in the vicinity of the preselected location. Directional information can then be sent to the communication device for the user to access in order to assist the user in finding the preselected location.05-03-2012
20110228105DATA TRANSFER DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC CAMERA - A reception section receiving a reference signal and a data signal of data which is to be transferred, a holding section holding a test signal of test data received prior to the data and the reference signal, a calculation section calculating a delay amount which occurs between the reception of the data signal and the reception of the reference signal by using the test signal and the reference signal held by the holding section, and a delay section relatively delaying the data signal from the reference signal based on the delay amount.09-22-2011
20100149349SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING IMAGES OF A TARGET AREA ON WHICH INFORMATION IS RECORDED - A system for capturing images of a target area on which information is recorded includes a boom assembly adapted to extend outwardly from a generally vertical surface. At least one digital camera is mounted on the boom assembly at a location spaced from the surface. The at least one digital camera is oriented so that the field of view thereof encompasses a target area on the surface. A controller is in communication with the at least one digital camera. The controller conditions the at least one digital camera to acquire an image of the target area. The image acquired by the at least one digital camera is conveyed to the controller and is processed to determine if an obstacle blocking the target area is in the captured image. If so, the captured image is not further processed and additional images are acquired until an image of the target area is captured without the obstacle therein.06-17-2010
20120194684System, Method, and Devices for Searching for a Digital Image over a Communication Network - Systems, devices, and methods for searching using at least one digital image over a communication network are disclosed. Embodiments include a remote computer server receiving a digital image from a digital capturing device and the remote computer server processing the digital image to provide digital image processing information. Further, the remote computer server determines a list of search results based on the digital image and the digital image processing information and transmits the list of search results to the digital capture device. The list of search results includes links to websites, one or more search result images, and image identification information. In addition, a search engine software application implemented by the remote computer server receives the digital image and determines the list of search results. An image processing device and/or computer program identifies one or more objects within the digital image that may be used in a search.08-02-2012
20120169889IMAGE CREATION WITH SOFTWARE CONTROLLABLE DEPTH OF FIELD - A method of controlling depth of field of an image by a computer after the image has been taken based on the data acquired while taking the image, including, acquiring multiple images from the same perspective with different focal points, selecting parameters for preparing a displayable image, constructing an image using the data of the acquired multiple images according to the selected parameters; and displaying the constructed image.07-05-2012
20100157067WIRELESS CAMERA WITH AUTOMATIC WAKE-UP AND TRANSFER CAPABILITY AND TRANSFER STATUS DISPLAY - The present invention relates to a digital camera that includes a wireless modem for transferring images via a wireless network. Before taking photos, the user can select various configuration settings, one of which uploads tagged images to a photo service provider or other website. If a network connection is not available when images are captured, the camera automatically wakes up later to check for network availability. If a suitable network connection is available, the camera operates in a reduced power state to upload the images from the camera. Data indicating whether or not each image has been uploaded and/or transferred via the wireless network is stored in the camera, and icons are displayed along with the images, to indicate to the user whether or not an image has been transferred to their computer or uploaded to their website.06-24-2010
20100157068Image delivery apparatus, image delivery system, image delivery method and program - There is provided an image delivery apparatus including a camera capable of changing a shooting condition specified by at least a shooting direction, a camera controller that causes the camera to shoot image shots corresponding to a plurality of shooting conditions in a predetermined period according to a shooting pattern containing the plurality of mutually different shooting conditions and having the predetermined period, an image storage that stores data of image shots shot corresponding to the plurality of shooting conditions and updated in the predetermined period, an operation information receiver that receives operation information indicating any shooting condition contained in the shooting pattern from image reproducing apparatuses, and an image delivery unit that delivers data of image shots corresponding to the shooting condition indicated by the operation information received from each of the image reproducing apparatuses and updated in the predetermined period to each of the image reproducing apparatuses.06-24-2010
20100149345Digital camera - A digital camera (06-17-2010
20100149347TERMINAL AND BLOGGING METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed are a terminal and a blogging method thereof. In the blogging method, a preview image displayed through a camera is recognized to acquire information of the preview image. It is determined whether there is a stored blog that has background information that is identical to the information of the preview image, and if a stored blog has background information that is identical to the information of the preview image, contents of the stored blog that uses the preview image as its background are imported and the imported contents are displayed on the preview image.06-17-2010
20100149348DISPLAYING SELECTED IMAGE INFORMATION AND A MAP IN AN ASSOCIATED MANNER - To make it possible to process or retrieve a recorded image in accordance with the location where the image is recorded and record digital image data together with GPS information when capturing a digital image by a video camera. Moreover, when GPS information cannot be captured, GPS information a certain time before is captured. Furthermore, a system is disclosed which accesses the internet in accordance with the captured GPS information.06-17-2010
20100149346Electronic immediate imaging system and method - The invention discloses an electronic immediate imaging system. The electronic immediate imaging system includes an image capturing module and a display module. The image capturing module includes an image capturing/processing unit, a multiplexer, and an image converting/transmitting unit. The image capturing/processing unit is used for capturing an image to generate a first image signal related to the image. The multiplexer is coupled to the image capturing/processing unit and for receiving and converting the first image signal to a second image signal. The image converting/transmitting unit, coupled to the multiplexer, is for converting the second image signal to a third image signal and transmitting the third image signal out. The display module includes a first image receiver and a display unit. The first image receiver is coupled to the image converting/transmitting unit and for receiving the third image signal. The display unit is used for displaying the image according to the third image signal.06-17-2010
20100182437METHOD FOR SHARING FILE BETWEEN CONTROL POINT AND MEDIA SERVER IN A DLNA SYSTEM, AND SYSTEM THEREOF - A method for sharing a file between a control point and a media server in a DLNA system, and a system thereof are provided, in which the control point captures a photo, determines a similarity between a facial image included in the captured photo and a facial image file corresponding to at least one media server, compares the similarity with a pre-stored value, and if the similarity is greater than or equal to the pre-stored value, transmits a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) representing a position at which the photo is stored to the media server, and the media server accesses the URI received from the control point and receives the photo using the URI.07-22-2010
20090115854Information display apparatus, information display method, imaging apparatus, and image data sending method for use with imaging apparatus - Disclosed herein is an information display apparatus including a wireless reception section configured to receive image data and position information acquired and sent by a plurality of imaging apparatuses constituting a wireless network; an image display section configured to display images; and a display control section configured to display on the image display section thumbnails derived from the acquired image data received by the wireless reception section, a map covering the positions of the imaging apparatuses, and icons indicating the imaging apparatuses as they are positioned on the map based on the position information received by the wireless reception section.05-07-2009
20090115852Shared image devices - A device comprising a first shared image device that captures at least one image representation. The first shared image device receives a request to share the at least one image representation to an at least one other shared image device. The first shared image device and the at least one other shared image device are each capable of capturing image representations. The first shared image device transmits the at least one image representation.05-07-2009
20100188514INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, SYSTEM, AND IMAGING OBJECT GENERATION DEVICE - An information processing apparatus is provided which includes an imaging data acquisition unit for obtaining imaging data obtained by imaging an imaging object which is asymmetric in at least one of vertical direction and horizontal direction, an orientation detection unit for detecting the orientation of the imaging object with respect to the top, bottom, left, and right of the imaging data obtained by the imaging data acquisition unit, and a related information selection unit for selecting one or more related information, from among a plurality of related information prepared in advance, according to the orientation of the imaging object detected by the orientation detection unit.07-29-2010
20100002084Video sharing system, Photography support system, And camera - A video sharing system, accumulating various videos and enabling a plurality of users to utilize these accumulated videos, includes a plurality of cameras that photograph any one of a plurality of photographic subjects present within a facility, a video collection unit that collects photographed videos photographed by the plurality of cameras, a photographic subject identification unit that identifies the photographic subjects in the photographed videos, for each photographed video; and an accumulation unit that accumulates the photographed videos collected by the video collection unit, and photographic subject information specifying the photographic subjects identified by the photographic subject identification unit.01-07-2010
20100182435VIDEO INFORMATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD - Video information, which is photographed with using a GPS built-in video camera, is inputted into a video information server. A video information correspondence table is produced, which associated photographing time of the video information inputted, data address of the video information photographed, and photographing position, and is memorized. According to a request from a display apparatus, the memorized video information correspondence table is searched, and thereby obtaining the video information having the information of time and position designated.07-22-2010
20090046155Method for Processing Film Images Extracted From a Film Recording Beam Path of a Moving Image Camera - A method for processing film images which are extracted from a recording beam path of a moving image camera and which are converted into digital assist signals by an optoelectronic transducer arranged in an assist beam path of the moving image camera is provided. Said assist beam path being interrupted periodically depending on the image recording frequency of the moving image camera, which digital assist signals are output to a processing unit with an image frequency matching the image recording frequency of the moving image camera or with an assist image frequency, to which processing unit recording, control and/or status signals of the moving image camera or of devices connected to the moving image camera are fed as metadata. The processing unit contains image conditioning functions and/or image analysis functions.02-19-2009
20090046156LENS BARREL, CAMERA, AND MOBILE INFORMATION TERMINAL - A lens barrel including a plurality of lens groups; a plurality of lens retaining frames; a telescopic cylinder retained by a fixed base member and configured to retain a portion of the plurality of lens retaining frames inside of the telescopic cylinder; and a lens retaining frames driving device configured to drive the plurality of lens retaining frames. A portion of the lens retaining frames driving device for driving the lens-retracting frame which is one of the lens retaining frames is formed to project backwardly in a direction of an optical axis from a rear end surface of the fixed base member for retaining the telescopic cylinder.02-19-2009
20100188515IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR USE WITH A CONSTRUCTION TABLE - Disclosed herein is an image pickup apparatus capable of being used for preview image pickup of a predetermined scene prior to actual image pickup of the scene, including: an image pickup section configured to carry out the preview image pickup using setting data regarding image pickup; a transmission section configured to transmit image data obtained by the preview image pickup by the image pickup section and preview setting data used in the preview image pickup to an information processing apparatus which determines actual recommendation setting data recommended as actual setting data to be used in the actual image pickup; and an acquisition section configured to acquire the actual recommendation setting data determined based on the preview setting data by the information processing apparatus from the information processing apparatus.07-29-2010
20100238301COLOR CONTROLLING DEVICE, METHOD OF GENERATING COLOR CONTROLLING METHOD, AND METHOD OF GENERATING COLOR REPRODUCING DEVICE - Provided is a color controlling device, including a captured image data acquiring section that acquires captured image data obtained by capturing a plurality of targets, a color measuring section that acquires color measurement data obtained by measuring the colors of a plurality of targets, a first converting section that performs a first conversion including grayscale conversion for the captured image data and acquires first color data in a predetermined color space, a second converting section that performs a second conversion for the color measurement data and acquires second color data in a predetermined color space, and a modifying section that optimizes the first conversion executed by the first converting section based on a color difference between the first color data and the second color data, and weights.09-23-2010
20100238300COLOR CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CREATING COLOR CONTROL SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CREATING COLOR REPRODUCTION APPARATUS - A color control apparatus includes an image-capture-data-obtaining unit that obtains image-capture data for a predetermined target by subjecting the predetermined target to image capturing; a colorimetric-data-obtaining unit that obtains colorimetric data for the predetermined target by subjecting the predetermined target to colorimetry; a first conversion unit that performs a first conversion including gradation conversion on the image-capture data and obtains first color data of a predetermined color space; a second conversion unit that performs a second conversion including gradation conversion on the colorimetric data and obtains second color data of a predetermined color space; and a modifying unit that, on the basis of color differences between the first color data and the second color data, performs optimization of the first conversion performed by the first conversion unit.09-23-2010
20110109751IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, CAMERA AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME - Disclosed are an image display apparatus, a camera and a control method of the same for photographing various images in a natural manner, the image display apparatus including a display unit, a user input receiver, a communication unit which communicates with at least one camera through a network, and a controller which displays an image input by the camera, and transmits a photographing signal to the camera according to the user's input.05-12-2011
20100253787Method for Object Recognition and Communication of Associated Label and Other Information - A method for providing information to a user concerning an object, which requires no user input to initiate. The method employs digital imaging equipment to capture a digital image of an object placed in a determined field of view. The digital image is communicated to a remote computer employing image recognition software to ascertain an identity of said object. Based on the identity and a relational database, information relating to said identity of said object is thereafter communicated to an electronic device proximate to the user which is capable of providing said information to said user in one or both of an audio broadcast and visual display.10-07-2010
20110058047WIRELESS IMAGING FOR PERSONALIZED IMAGE PRODUCT - A system for a camera phone user to create a photo gift includes a wireless router configured to receive a data structure from a first camera phone operated by a first user. The data structure defines a picture strip that includes a row of images and has a length-to-width ratio in a range between 2.5 and 6. A server can send a message to a recipient about the creation of picture strip. A printing and finishing facility can produce the picture strip in accordance with the data structure, wherein the picture strip is shipped to the recipient.03-10-2011
20110058046IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROVIDING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - An image display apparatus disclosed in the present application is made up of a detection precision calculating module, a detecting module, and an image providing module. The detection precision calculating module calculates a detection precision that satisfies a designated restrictive condition. Based on the calculated detection precision, the detecting module detects a projection of a designated object from each image based on the calculated detection precision, and calculates the number of projections of the designated object included in each image. The image providing module arranges the respective pieces of image information according to the number of detected projections of the object and provides a list of arranged images as a search result.03-10-2011
20090167870Method for Creating Custom Digital Images Utilizing Background Replacement Technology Over a Network - A system and method for allowing a consumer to create a custom digital image with consumer selected backgrounds and foregrounds. Digital images are taken by a photographer and uploaded to a server. A consumer can log in to the server through a web browser and view the digital images. The background of the digital image can be removed. After selecting a digital image, the consumer can change the digital image's background and foreground, and change the position and size of the digital image relative to the background and foreground. Multiple photographers can use the same system to create a custom website that enables consumers to create custom digital images and order prints of the custom digital image or items that have the custom digital image printed on it. After the order is completed, the custom digital image is processed and printed, and mailed to the consumer or made available for pickup.07-02-2009
20100253786IMAGE FILE GENERATING DEVICE AND IMAGE REPRODUCING DEVICE - An image file generating device generates a still image file in which a first frame image, a second frame image and a third frame image are associated with one another, with the first frame image obtained according to a command; the second frame image being an image of an earlier point in time than the first frame image, and containing at least a common main subject with the first frame image; and the third frame image being an image of an earlier point in time than the second frame image, and containing at least the main subject.10-07-2010
20100079599TERMINAL DEVICE, CONNECTABLE POSITION INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD AND PROGRAM - A terminal device includes: a communication means radio communicatable to access points; a storage means for storing a database associating identification information and position information of an access point connected with the communication means in association with each other; a position information acquiring section that acquires current position information; and a control section that causes a display section to display related information of the access point based on the database when the communication means does not detect a connectable access point.04-01-2010
20100220197Assisted Video Creation Utilizing a Camera - The invention allows for persons to create motion photo videos or MPVs from photographs, video segments, personal narratives or animation by use of templates. Templates are created for specific songs, may be created or further modified by any person. MPVs are novel because they very quickly and inexpensively enable users to select a song and accompanying pre-made template and create a high-quality synchronized custom music video using their own hand-selected visual material. These custom videos can be shared by users with friends or can be published on the Internet and can be easily modified by swapping visual material or updating templates. Additionally, image capture devices may be employed to assist the user in capture, composition, and selection of images to be placed in pre-defined template bins, resulting in instant high-quality director-assisted video creation.09-02-2010
20110211078System and method for effectively implementing an electronic image hub device - A system and method for effectively implementing an electronic image hub device includes a peripheral device, such as a digital camera, that may be periodically connected to the image hub device by a system user. The system user may then utilize the image hub device to transfer captured data from the peripheral device to a specific data destination, such as a user service on a distributed computer network. The peripheral device also may utilize the image hub device to recharge batteries that become depleted through operation of the peripheral device. The system user may then subsequently access and utilize the captured data from the data destination in accordance with the present invention.09-01-2011
20090040313IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device comprises an interface for connecting an external recording device, a control circuit for controlling data communication with the external recording device connected to the interface, and an information storage. The control circuit comprises a connection establisher for realizing a connection established status with the external recording device, an information supplier for supplying the data management information stored in the information storage to the external recording device, and a connection canceller for canceling the connection established status before or at the time of setting the device main body to the electric power saving mode, after making the information supplier execute the data management information supply operation or after completion of the data management information supply operation by the information supplier.02-12-2009
20080231712Portable video acquisition and internet broadcast system - A camera used to acquire video images at the remote site having a means for acquiring a video image, a wireless transceiver for transmitting the video images to a wireless Internet router. The camera includes a built-in web server for serving the images over the Internet to client computers having standard Internet web browsers. Moreover, the camera further includes an enclosure supporting the image acquisition means and web server hardware, a battery in a circuit with the camera, a hand operated switch adapted to close the circuit, and a handgrip for use by an operator in carrying the camera.09-25-2008
20090073269Imaging apparatus and imaging method - An imaging apparatus and an imaging method supply an optimum amount of image data to another apparatus. When a PDA has a maximum transfer rate of 1.5 Mbps, a mobile phone determines that the maximum speed of communication with the PDA is low, reduces the amount of moving image data captured by a CCD of the mobile phone accordingly, and supplies the captured moving image data to the PDA. The PDA therefore displays a low-quality moving image on its display unit. When the PDA has a maximum transfer rate of 480 Mbps, the CPU of the mobile phone leaves unchanged the amount of moving picture data captured by the CCD and supplies the captured moving image data to the PDA. The PDA then displays a high-quality moving image on its display unit. The foregoing may be advantageously applied to digital cameras.03-19-2009
20090073270System and method for efficiently transferring data from an electronic camera device - A system and method for efficiently transferring data from an electronic camera device includes a camera device that is configured to capture image data and temporarily store the image data into an economical limited local buffer memory. A transfer manager from the camera device may then periodically arbitrate for access to a wireless communications network, and may transfer the captured image data from the buffer memory to a designated data destination, such as an image service on a distributed computer network like the Internet. A system user may then efficiently access the transferred image data from a dedicated storage location on the data destination by utilizing any appropriate data-access device, such as a personal computer device or a portable electronic device.03-19-2009
20090073267ADVANCED INPUT CONTROLLER FOR MULTIMEDIA PROCESSING - The system and method enables people to use their webcam as a virtual flashlight over their screen as a picture or video clip is playing. The position, tilt and rotation of the flashlight over the screen is recorded and smoothed to generate a compelling movie. Users move the webcam closer to the screen to focus on a specific area; users can rotate the webcam to generate compelling rotations, and users can pan the webcam to simulate looking at objects from a side.03-19-2009
20120242844AUTOMATIC CAPTURE AND MANAGEMENT OF IMAGES - According to one embodiment of the invention, a camera determines whether to acquire an image (e.g., automatically), determines whether to store the acquired image, and determines how to store the acquired image.09-27-2012
20120242841SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING REAL-TIME IMAGES - System comprising an image server computer (09-27-2012
20120242842TERMINAL DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, OBJECT IDENTIFYING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND OBJECT IDENTIFYING SYSTEM - A device, apparatus, and method provide logic for processing information. In one implementation, a device may include an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image, and a transmission unit configured to transmit information associated with the image to an information processing apparatus, such as a server. The server may be associated with a first feature quantity dictionary. The device also may include a receiving unit configured to receive a second feature quantity dictionary from the server in response to the transmission. The second feature quantity dictionary may include less information than the first feature quantity dictionary, and the server may generate the second feature quantity dictionary based on the image information and the first feature quantity dictionary. The device may include an identification unit configured to identify an object within the image using the second feature quantity dictionary.09-27-2012
20120242840USING FACE RECOGNITION TO DIRECT COMMUNICATIONS - Disclosed are methods for using face-recognition software to enable a communicative act. For example, a user points the camera on his device at a friend. Software analyzes the image produced by the camera, detects the friend's face, and recognizes the friend. The recognized face is then associated with a profile, and an address for the friend is retrieved from the profile. The address can be used in communicating with the friend. The image containing the face may be retrieved by the user's device from a remote source. Aspects of the present invention are directed toward any type of communicative act. The communicative act need not be directed toward the friend whose face was recognized. For example, when that friend's profile is retrieved, it can be searched for a reference to another person, and the communicative act is then directed to that other person.09-27-2012
20090115853Image Processing System and Electronic Camera - The image processing system is an image processing system including an electronic camera and an image output device, in which the electronic camera includes an image pickup unit capturing an object image by an image sensor and outputting raw data of a digital format, a recording unit recording the raw data, a conversion unit reading the raw data from the recording unit to convert the raw data to a data format which can be handled by the image output device, and a transfer unit transferring the converted raw data, and in which the image output device includes a receiving unit receiving the raw data transferred by the transfer unit, an image processing unit performing image processing for output on the raw data, and an image output unit outputting the raw data as an image, thereby shortening the processing time and improving the operability.05-07-2009
20100220196IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND CONNECTION DEVICE FOR CONNECTING TO EXTERNAL DISPLAY DEVICE - An image pickup system including an image pickup device and a connection device is provided. The image pickup device includes an image pickup unit which picks up a subject image, a display unit, a first character image generation unit, and a first control unit. The first character image generation unit generates a first character image representing one or more characters to be displayed on the display unit. The first control unit outputs the subject image and information representing the above-noted one or more characters to the connection device when the image pick-up device and the connection device are connected with each other. The connection device includes a second character image generation unit. The second character image generation unit generates a second character image representing one or more characters to be displayed on an external display device, based on the information representing the above-noted one or more characters.09-02-2010
20080278585Devices, Systems, and Methods Regarding Camera Imaging - Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system that can comprise a digital camera. The system can comprise an input/output (I/O) circuit adapted to be communicatively coupled to the digital camera. The I/O circuit can be adapted to transmit signals to the digital camera. The I/O circuit can be adapted to transmit signals from the digital camera.11-13-2008
20080266402METHOD AND DEVICES FOR LINKING AUDIOVISUAL CAPTURE DEVICE - A method and devices for linking an audiovisual capture device, which enable an operator to use a terminal device at his end to locate an audiovisual capture device installed at another end through a network architecture, thereby facilitating the Implementation of the subsequent installation and setting operations. The method includes: execution of a first processing procedure by the audiovisual capture device, and execution of a second processing procedure by the terminal device. After the two processing procedures have been completed, the information linking is effected between the terminal device and the audiovisual capture device, which enables the operator to use the terminal device to execute installation and setting up of the audiovisual capture device.10-30-2008
20090109294User interface for a portable digital video camera - In one embodiment, a driver determines a current operating mode for a digital video camera and activates a plurality of interface buttons, where each activated interface button includes a visual indication of activation to a user. The driver receives a command to change from the current operating mode to a different operating mode and, in response, deactivates one or more of the interface buttons. Each such deactivated interface button does not include the visual indication of activation to the user. Other embodiments include computer-readable media and systems configured to implement the functionality of the driver described above. Yet other embodiments include a unique interface button configuration physically designed to enhance the ease of use of a digital video camera.04-30-2009
20100302381Electronic camera system, electronic camera, cradle, image storage apparatus, and program - An electronic camera system has an electronic camera and a cradle. The electronic camera includes an image pickup section that photoelectrically converts a subject image to generate image data, a first recording section that records image data, a first connecting terminal used for transmission/reception of data to/from an outside of the camera, and a camera controlling section that transfers the image data to the outside of the camera. The cradle includes a second connecting terminal constructed to be capable of engaging with the first connecting terminal, a cradle controlling section that transmits/receives data to/from the electronic camera, and a second recording section in which the image data transferred from the electronic camera can be recorded. Also, at least one of the electronic camera and the cradle further includes a transfer determination section which determines a possibility of transferring the image data based on predetermined authentication information.12-02-2010
20100315515COMMUNICATION NETWORK CAMERA - A communication network camera comprise a front cover, a rear cover, a camera device, and a control device; the camera device and the control device being installed between the front cover and the rear cover; the front cover and the rear cover serving for protecting the camera device and the control device; the front cover being installed with a protection cover for protecting a camera lens and an infrared LED lamp of the camera device; the rear cover being formed with an SIM card insertion end, a power insertion end, a network insertion end, and an antenna for image and message transmission in 3G communication; wherein by using a 3G Modem to search and find an IP from a communication company which is shared by any people for image and message transformation without using ADSL to find the IP; the camera further comprise a battery for carrying out.12-16-2010
20110043643METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING IMAGE AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS APPLYING THE SAME - An image transmitting method and a photographing apparatus using the same are provided. According to the image transmitting method, a face included in an image is recognized and contents to be transmitted or a transmission destination is determined using a recognized face. Accordingly, a user may transmit a photographed image to another person easily using the photographing apparatus.02-24-2011
20110019007Method, apparatus and method for adding functionality to a digital camera - Extension of digital camera functionality through the use of an active digital media storage device is disclosed. Extended functionality included the ability to process images, send and receive digital content to and from a remote server, emulate user input mechanisms such as menus and textual input, send and receive email, SMS and other messages, and receive and display advertisements from a remote server. In some instances, features of Active Storage Device may be implemented directly in a Digital Camera.01-27-2011
20110019010IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes an information acquiring unit operable to acquire information representing a state of a recoding medium from the recording medium, a determining unit operable to determine the state of the recording medium based on the information acquired by the information acquiring unit, and an informing unit operable to inform result of the determination by the determining unit to an outside of the imaging apparatus.01-27-2011
20110019008IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus notifies, to an external apparatus, a media content stored in a storage medium of the imaging apparatus, and a control content for use in a control of the imaging apparatus and having a same format as the format of the media content. When the control content is requested from the external apparatus, the imaging apparatus performs a control corresponding to the requested control content. The imaging apparatus determines whether the imaging apparatus notifies the media content or the control content according to an operation mode of the imaging apparatus.01-27-2011
20110128391DATA REPRODUCING APPARATUS, CONTENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A data reproducing apparatus comprises: a reproducing unit adapted to read out data from a plurality of recording media; a list generating unit adapted to generate a content list which describes storage location information in association with contents stored in the plurality of recording media; and a communication unit adapted to communicate with an external device and sending the content list to the external device, wherein the list generating unit checks if the contents stored in the plurality of recording media include identical contents, and if the identical contents are detected, the list generating unit generates the content list including information indicating that the storage location information of the identical contents are integrated.06-02-2011
20110025858METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR ADDING FUNCTIONALITY TO A DIGITAL CAMERA - Extension of digital camera functionality through the use of an active digital media storage device is disclosed. Extended functionality included the ability to process images, send and receive digital content to and from a remote server, emulate user input mechanisms such as menus and textual input, send and receive email, SMS and other messages, and receive and display advertisements from a remote server. In some instances, features of Active Storage Device may be implemented directly in a Digital Camera.02-03-2011
20110025859Foreground/Background Segmentation in Digital Images - An analysis and classification tool compares at least a portion of a captured image and a reference image of nominally the same scene. One of the captured and reference images is taken with flash and the other is taken without flash. The tool provides a measure of the difference in illumination between the captured image and the reference image. The tool compares the measure with a threshold and segments a foreground region from a background region based on the measure.02-03-2011
20120033089AUDIO AND/OR VIDEO TRANSMISSION SYSTEM - There is provided an audio and/or video transmission system. That audio and/or video transmission system has a microphone unit for detecting an audio signal. The microphone unit has a first wireless transmitting unit for wirelessly transmitting an audio signal by way of a first transmission path and a second wireless transmitting unit for wirelessly transmitting the audio signal by way of a second transmission path. The second wireless transmitting unit is adapted to embed a time stamp in the audio signal to be transmitted by way of the second transmission path.02-09-2012
20120033090NETWORK CAMERA, OPERATION CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The object of the present invention is to provide a network camera, an operation control method and a program that can improve convenience.02-09-2012
20110115923DIGITAL CAMERA CONNECTED TO A COMPUTER USING RFID AUTHENTIFICATION - A wireless communication apparatus having a first wireless communication unit for performing RFID communication and a second wireless communication unit for performing data transfer executes authentication processing by providing authentication information using communication by the first wireless communication unit, and detects the result of authentication processing. Data transfer using the second wireless communication unit is allowed if authentication success is detected by the authentication processing, and supply of power for the second wireless communication unit is stopped if authentication failure is detected.05-19-2011
20110043642METHOD FOR PROVIDING OBJECT INFORMATION AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE APPLYING THE SAME - A method for providing object information and an image pickup device applying the same are provided. An image is picked up. The picked-up image or pattern information of an object included in the picked-up image is transmitted to an external server. Information on the object included in the picked-up image is received from the external server. The received information is displayed on a screen. Accordingly, a user can be provided with information on the object by taking a picture of the object.02-24-2011
20110043644Apparatus and Method for a Dynamic "Region of Interest" in a Display System - A method and apparatus of displaying a magnified image comprising obtaining an image of a scene using a camera with greater resolution than the display, and capturing the image in the native resolution of the display by either grouping pixels together, or by capturing a smaller region of interest whose pixel resolution matches that of the display. The invention also relates to a method whereby the location of the captured region of interest may be determined by external inputs such as the location of a person's gaze in the displayed unmagnified image, or coordinates from a computer mouse. The invention further relates to a method whereby a modified image can be superimposed on an unmodified image, in order to maintain the peripheral information or context from which the modified region of interest has been captured.02-24-2011
20100265338Information processing apparatus, information processing method and recording medium for electronic equipment including an electronic camera - A personal computer to which electronic equipment, such as, an electronic camera is connected reads recording units that are recorded in the electronic camera and displays a table consisting of recording information. In recording information such as a main image, a sub image and sound in the electronic camera, data within the electronic camera are inter-related by an index which indicates that the information is part of a common recording unit. The date having the same index are output and displayed in a same thumbnail area. When a recording unit for deletion is designated from the table, check boxes are displayed according to information contained in the recording unit. For example, an “x” is displayed in the check box of the information to be deleted, indicating that the information is a target of deletion. After the selection of information is completed and an “OK” button is pressed, the personal computer sends a control command to the electronic camera and deletes the designated information. Rather than deletion, the designated information can be read from the electronic camera into the personal computer.10-21-2010
20090033748Electronic camera system, electronic camera, cradle, image accumulation device, and program - An electronic camera system has an electronic camera and a cradle. The electronic camera includes an image pickup section that photoelectrically converts a subject image to generate image data, a first recording section that records image data, a first connecting terminal used for transmission/reception of data to/from an outside of the camera, and a camera controlling section that transfers the image data to the outside of the camera. The cradle includes a second connecting terminal constructed to be capable of engaging with the first connecting terminal, a cradle controlling section that transmits/receives data to/from the electronic camera, and a second recording section in which the image data transferred from the electronic camera can be recorded. Also, at least one of the electronic camera and the cradle further includes a transfer determination section which determines a possibility of transferring the image data based on predetermined authentication information.02-05-2009
20110211079MODIFYING VISUAL PERCEPTION - Various embodiments directed to modifying and enhancing visual perception are disclosed. One embodiment is directed to a camera which includes a lens system for capturing images and a lighting system providing key light above the lens system and providing fill light below the lens system. A processor controls one or more operations of the camera, including automatically enhancing the captured images and presenting the enhanced images on a display. The system and method for modifying visual perception may also be directed to a video camera mirror system, a seating system, a cosmetic package, a lipstick packaging, a polarized mirror, an illuminated cosmetic brush, a personal portrait photography management system and an illumination system for modifying visual perception.09-01-2011
20100026814SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICK-UP DEVICE, DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A video camera (02-04-2010
20090073268Shared image devices - A device comprising a first shared image device that captures at least one image representation. The first shared image device receives a request to share the at least one image representation to an at least one other shared image device. The first shared image device and the at least one other shared image device are each capable of capturing image representations. The first shared image device transmits the at least one image representation.03-19-2009
20110128389ELECTRONIC CAMERA AND SERVER DEVICE - An electronic camera, which captures an image and transmits the image via wireless network to a server, comprises a transmitting person information registration means that registers transmitting person information entered by a user, and a transmission inhibit means that inhibits image transmission to the server if transmitting person information is not registered by the transmitting person information registration means.06-02-2011
20090219398DIGITAL CAMERA DOCK - Use of a custom insert is obviated when a digital camera is attached to a base (dock). Two movable pins are provided, in such a way that a connector is sandwiched between the movable pins, on a digital camera attachment surface of a base (dock) which provides a digital camera with a recharging function and a printing function. The movable pins fit to holes in a bottom of the digital camera to thus act as guides during the course of attachment of the digital camera. Alternatively, the attachment surface itself may be configured so as to be vertically movable, and the attachment surface may descend during attachment of the digital camera and the attachment surface may be latched in a lower position after attachment of the same.09-03-2009
20090219397METHOD FOR DIGITAL PHOTO MANAGEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION - Digital images are captured on a digital camera, automatically formatted, and uploaded to a server for review and collaborative modifications. An on-line web gallery is automatically generated by the server whereby low resolution versions of the images are transferred to the server and appear in the gallery within seconds from capturing the images. Among other things, a viewer located remotely from a photographer can observe new images in the gallery in real time as they are captured, place a request for post-production modifications to selected images and download a high resolution version of selected images.09-03-2009
20110211077Adaptive imaging using digital light processing09-01-2011
20100013936MONITOR WITH CAMERA - A monitor includes a display circuit used for controlling display of the monitor. A camera is disposed on a frame of the monitor, and includes a plurality of signal pins. A power circuit is used for providing power to the display circuit and the camera. A monitor video interface mates with a video interface of a motherboard of a host computer. The monitor video interface includes a plurality of video pins connected to the display circuit, and a plurality of idle pins connected to the plurality of signal pins of the camera. A power pin and a ground pin of the camera are correspondingly connected to a power pin and a ground pin of the power circuit.01-21-2010
20100053341VIDEO PRESENTING SYSTEM HAVING OUTPUTS FOR DUAL IMAGES - A video presenting system having outputs for dual images is provided. As a result, the video presenter, which is an optical image electronic device having mounted therein an embedded system dedicated to a device control, can respectively and simultaneously output any two different images to two different display units. These any two different images are from among an externally input image, a live image, and a document/multimedia image. The video presenting system having outputs for dual images includes a first display member; a second display member; a video presenting member generating a live image signal and outputting a dual-display signal after performing signal processing of a live image signal, an externally input image signal, and a document/multimedia image signal; and an embedded member performing periodic communication with the video presenting member, and thus transmitting the externally input image signal and the document/multimedia image signal to the video presenting member.03-04-2010
20110176010MOBILE TERMINAL, ICON MATERIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND ICON MATERIAL MANAGEMENT METHOD - A mobile terminal 07-21-2011
20110176009CLIENT DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE SERVICE SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME - A client device, a control method thereof, and an image service system including the client service and the control method are disclosed. The client device includes an image capturing unit to capture an image, an encoding unit to encode the image captured by the image capturing unit into a JPEG format according to a group map that includes not only Frames Per Second (FPS) values required for types of a plurality of image services but also compression information for each frame image, and a client controller to determine not only the FPS satisfying the plurality of image services but also the compression information for each frame image, and control an operation of the encoding unit in such a manner that images captured by the image capturing unit are encoded according to the determined FPS and compression information. As a result, the client device differently encodes the quality of an image captured by a camera according to image service types, and reduces the file size of the encoded image, resulting in an increase in the transmission efficiency of image.07-21-2011
20110176008INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - When a connected recording medium has a wireless communication function, the save destination is changed to store received data in a save destination set for data transmitted from the recording medium by wireless communication. The save destination of data received from the connected recording medium having the wireless communication function can be set appropriately.07-21-2011
20110149091INTERNET DIRECT DEVICE - An Internet direct device comprises an imaging system and a microprocessor. The imaging system captures still or video images. The microprocessor transmits the captured still or video images to another Internet direct device upon image capture, and receives still or video images from other Internet direct devices over a communications network. The Internet direct device automatically connects to the communications network on power-up using one of a plurality of available modes of connection, which is designated as a primary mode of connection. The Internet direct device automatically switches to another available mode of connection when the Internet direct device detects that the primary mode of connection to the communications network is unavailable.06-23-2011
20120200717INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - There is provided an information processing apparatus comprising: a storage unit configured to store log data, which indicate locations along a path of movement, and image data, wherein the log data contains a plurality of pairs of position information and time information and wherein the image data contains time information and position information indicating a position where an image is captured; and a generation unit configured to generate interpolated log data which contains the plurality of pairs contained in the log data and the pair of position information and time information contained in the image data.08-09-2012
20090153673Method and apparatus for accuracy measuring of 3D graphical model using images - Disclosed is a technology for measuring a degree of accuracy of a 3D graphical model by using images. The technology includes creating camera parameters by calculating a position, a direction, and intrinsic parameters of a camera through a calibration of the camera to a reference image which is photographed for reference during creation of the 3D graphical model of an actually existing object; calculating a position and a direction of the 3D graphical model based on a corresponding relation between the reference image and 3D graphical model data obtained by digitizing the actually existing object; creating a synthesized image by rendering the 3D graphical model using the camera parameters; extracting characteristics of the reference image and the synthesized image; and calculating distance and length errors based on a corresponding relation between the extracted characteristics of the two images.06-18-2009
20110069184PORTABLE REMOTE DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING PICTURE OF REAL OBJECT AND WRITTEN DATA, AND PRESENTATION METHOD USING THE SAME - There is provided a remote data transmission system that includes a hand-held remote device including a camera, a camera button, a wireless communication device for transmitting data obtained by the camera, and a storing device having one or more operating programs; and a computer comprising a display device, wherein the hand-held remote device obtains image data of an object and transmits the image data to the computer when the camera button is pressed, wherein the computer receives data from the hand-held remote device and displays the data on the display device, and wherein the computer displays the image data on the display device upon receipt of the image data.03-24-2011
20110074962NETWORK CAMERA APPARATUS AND DISTRIBUTING METHOD OF VIDEO FRAMES - When a request for a transmitting method of video frames of the client apparatus is received in a communicating unit to communicate with said client apparatus, whether the received request for the transmitting method of the video frames is a request for the transmitting method of the video frames for recording or a request for the transmitting method of the video frames for a live display is discriminated. If the received request for the transmitting method of the video frames is the request for the transmitting method of the video frames for recording, each of the video frames formed in an image sensing unit is temporarily stored in a memory and each of the stored video frames is transmitted. If the received request for the transmitting method of the video frames is the request for the transmitting method of the video frames for the live display, a process for transmitting the latest frame among the video frames formed in the image sensing unit is repetitively executed.03-31-2011
20110069181NOTEBOOK COMPUTER WITH MULTI-IMAGE CAPTURING FUNCTION - A notebook computer with a multi-image capturing function is provided. The notebook computer includes an image pickup device and a mirror. The image pickup device is used for capturing a first image. The mirror is disposed beside the image pickup device and tilted by an angle with respect to the image pickup device. A second image reflected by the mirror is adjustable by changing the angle. The second image reflected by the mirror is also captured by the image pickup device, so that the first image and the second image are simultaneously captured by the image pickup device.03-24-2011
20110069182Two Stage Detection For Photographic Eye Artifacts - A digital image acquisition device is for acquiring digital images including one or more preview images. A face detector analyzes the one or more preview images to ascertain information relating to candidate face regions therein. A speed-optimized filter produces a first set of candidate red-eye regions based on the candidate face region information provided by the face detector.03-24-2011
20110069179NETWORK COORDINATED EVENT CAPTURE AND IMAGE STORAGE - A system and method are disclosed for coordinating different image capture devices at an event so that images captured by the different devices may form a cohesive and consistent image set. The system includes a group of image capture devices, referred to herein as an event capture group, wirelessly communicating with a remote server. The image capture devices in an event capture group may consist of still image cameras, video recorders, mobile phones and other devices capable of capturing images. The server coordinates the devices in a group before images are taken, so that the resultant images from the different devices are consistent with each other and may be aggregated into a single, cohesive image set. Images from different devices in the group may be uploaded during an event and organized on a remote database into the image set which may be viewed during or after the event.03-24-2011
20110069183METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES TO CAPTURE CONTENT - In one embodiment, the methods and apparatuses identifying opportunities to capture content sense a user profile; determine a geographic location of a device; and transmit at least one suggestion to the device based on the geographic location of the device and the user profile wherein the suggestion indicates a photo opportunity.03-24-2011
20110069180CAMERA-BASED SCANNING - Embodiments of camera-based scanning are described. In various embodiments, scanned documents can be created using images captured by a camera associated with a device. An image captured by the camera is processed to identify portions within the image that correspond to rectangular objects such as paper, business cards, whiteboards, screens, and so forth. One or more of these portions can be selected for scanning automatically based on a scoring scheme and/or semi-automatically with the aid of input from a user. One or more scanned documents are created from the selected portions by un-warping the selected portions to remove effects of perspective (e.g., rectify the portions to rectangles) and applying various image enhancements to improve appearance.03-24-2011
20110149089SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AN IMAGE APPENDED WITH LANDSCAPE INFORMATION - A system and method for generating an image appended with extra landscape information are disclosed. An image recorder is provided, and having a global-positioning system, an electronic compass, a gyro sensor, and an accelerometer for determining the space information as capturing an image. Under the determination, the space information can include a view angle, a direction, an elevation angle, and a coordinate. The information is used to compare with the content of a database, in order to obtain the landscape information of the image. After that, an image appended with the landscape information is generated. Thereby, the image appended with the landscape information may be used for generating a space map and be a liveview of the recorder.06-23-2011
20110043641CONFIGURING A DIGITAL CAMERA AS A CO-PROCESSOR - A processor included in a digital camera operates as a co-processor in conjunction with a processor included in a computing device to perform one or more processing operations involving digital video, audio, and/or still images. When the digital camera is coupled to the computing device, the processor in the computing device causes the processor in the digital camera to perform one or more processing operations involving the digital video, audio and/or still images. Advantageously, a user of the digital camera is not limited by the processing resources of the computing device when performing processing operations involving the digital video, audio, and/or still images.02-24-2011
20110254965ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic system comprising an image pickup unit 10-20-2011
20100277597System and Method for Photo-Image Discovery and Storage - A system and method are provided for automatic photo-image discovery and storage. A photo-image discovery device scans communication interfaces for photo-capable devices. The photo-image discovery device is capable of concurrently scanning wireless and hardwired connector interfaces. A determination is made of whether the detected photo-capable devices have stored electronically formatted photo-images, which may be either still or video images. The photo-images are acquired into the photo-image discovery device. Then, the acquired photo-images are automatically uploaded to a network-connected storage site.11-04-2010
20100253788INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - A storage is configured to store wireless connection setting information for making wireless connection to a predetermined communication terminal. A wireless connection setting unit is configured to set wireless connection to the predetermined communication terminal based on wireless connection setting information stored in the storage. A detector is configured to determine whether a state of connection to the predetermined terminal, a state of connection to other terminal connected to the predetermined communication terminal, a state of connection to service provided by the predetermined communication terminal, a state of connection to service provided by other terminal connected to the predetermined communication terminal, and/or a state of using the service conforms to of predetermined conditions. A wireless connection setting information update unit is configured to nullify, erase or update a part or all of the wireless connection setting information stored in the storage, based on the result of determination by the detector.10-07-2010
20100097478Event announcing system and operating method thereof - The invention discloses an event announcing system. The event announcing system comprises a portable electrical apparatus, a network, and a server. The portable electrical apparatus comprises an image capturing module, a positioning module, a time module, and a processing module. When the image capturing module captures an image information related to an event, the positioning module receives a positioning information and the time module receives a time information. The processing module is used for generating an announcing signal according to the image information, the positioning information, and the time information. When the server receives the announcing signal via the network, the server validates the announcing signal according to a validating rule and selectively generates an event report according to the announcing signal.04-22-2010
20100097479Electronic camera comprising means for navigating and printing image data - An image is shot by an electronic camera using a convenient operation. Shot images are recorded into a directory corresponding to a user by shooting date and/or event. When a print-out mode is selected, a plurality of thumbnail images are displayed on the camera display, and when a single click is made by an undepicted pen on a specified thumbnail image, the display color of the thumbnail image is changed. Furthermore, when another click is subsequently made, the display color of all the thumbnail images included in the same event as that of the first designated thumbnail image is changed. Subsequently, when another click is made, the display color of all the thumbnail images of the same shooting date is changed, and when another click is subsequently made, the display color of all the thumbnail images included in the same directory is changed. Furthermore, on a specified display screen, when an execution key is pressed, the thumbnail images of which the display color is changed are printed.04-22-2010
20120200718IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus capable of controlling a communication device configured to transmit image data to an external apparatus, wherein in a case where a first shooting mode is set, the image capturing apparatus performs control to invalidate a communication function of the communication device in response to accepting a shooting preparation instruction or a shooting instruction, and, in a case where a second shooting mode is set, the image capturing apparatus performs control to invalidate the communication function of the communication device in response to shifting to the second shooting mode.08-09-2012
20120176501Analog-to-Digital Converters and Related Image Sensors - An image sensor includes a pixel array including a plurality of pixels which are arranged in a matrix of a plurality of rows and columns and each of the plurality of pixels being configured to convert intensity of incident light into an electrical image signal; and an extended counting analog-to-digital converter configured to perform a first analog-to-digital conversion to provide a digital signal from an output signal of the pixel array, to obtain a residue using the output signal of the pixel array and the digital signal, and to perform a second analog-to-digital conversion using the residue.07-12-2012
20090231441SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SUGGESTING META-INFORMATION TO A CAMERA USER - According to one embodiment of the invention, a camera captures an image. The image is transmitted to a server for image recognition processing. The camera receives information from the server, including an indication of information to suggest to a user for meta-tagging the image. The suggested information may be based, for example, on a comparison of the image with meta-information stored by the server and/or a database of stored images. The camera asks the user if the user would like to meta-tag the image with the information. Optionally, the camera receives an indication from the user that the user would like to meta-tag the image with the suggested information, and the camera meta-tags the image with the information.09-17-2009
20120200716INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An information processing apparatus which is connectable with an image supplying apparatus having a unit which acquires position information, comprising: a file acquiring unit which acquires, from the image supply apparatus, an image file having shooting position information attached and a log file indicating locations along a path of movement of the image supplying apparatus; a file designating unit which designates an image file and a log file to be transferred from the image supplying apparatus; and a determining unit which determines, in a case that a file to be transferred is designated by the file designating unit, whether the designated file has already been transferred, wherein the determining unit determines whether the file has already been transferred, in accordance with a determination procedure that differs between a case where the designated file is an image file and a case where the designated file is a log file.08-09-2012
20090167871INFORMATION RECORDING AND REPRODUCING DEVICE AND COPYING METHOD FOR BACKING UP INFORMATION - An information recording and reproducing device for recording or reproducing one or more stream data blocks is arranged to have a setting unit for setting an operation mode about whether or not and how a backup data copy of one or more stream data blocks is created onto an external device and a generating unit for generating a script for executing a copy of only the backup data selected at the operation mode if the backup data copy is created onto the external device.07-02-2009
20100271491PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR LENS BARREL OF PHOTOGRAPHING APPARTUS, PRINTER, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTER, AND PRINTING SYSTEM - In this photographing apparatus, when it is recognized that communication with an external device is possible, the operating mode is set to the communication mode, in which communication can be carried out with the external device. Once there is communication connection with the external device, signals to change the mode from the mode selecting device, which directs the operating mode of the photography apparatus, are ignored, and a shift from the communication mode to another mode is prohibited.10-28-2010
20090213227DIGITAL CAMERA FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS - A computer system includes a server configured to host a website for displaying images having at least one of a plurality of image categories associated therewith, and at least one digital camera operable to capture and communicate the images to the server. The digital camera includes an image sensor, and a processor cooperating with said image sensor and said server for capturing the images based upon a selected image category from among the plurality thereof and communicating the images to said server. The processor sets at least one attribute of the images based upon the selected image category.08-27-2009
20100321508DIGITAL CAMERA WHICH DETECTS A CONNECTION TO AN EXTERNAL DEVICE - An electronic camera and method of operating an electronic camera which detects whether an external device such as a personal computer is properly connected to the camera and in a state which permits communication. The camera monitors a data terminal ready (DTR) signal of an RS-232 connection in order to determine that the external device is properly connected and in a state which permits communication. Once the proper connection is detected, the camera can either transmit or receive images and/or audio from the external device. Accordingly, a specific switch which places the camera in a communication mode can be eliminated. Further, a single switch may be utilized for both controlling whether the camera records or plays images when there is no device connected, and which controls whether the camera transmits or receives images and/or audio when an external device is determined to be connected.12-23-2010
20110019009IMAGING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention is directed to providing a shooting mode according to a user's need of an imaging apparatus, whereby a user can easily select the shooting mode. Firstly, an information processing apparatus provides a list, which includes a shooting mode corresponding to attribute information received from the imaging apparatus, to the imaging apparatus. Next, setting information including a shooting parameter of the shooting mode designated by the imaging apparatus from the list is transmitted to the imaging apparatus. The imaging apparatus selects one of the shooting modes corresponding to the setting information transmitted from the information processing apparatus, and executes image processing by using the setting information.01-27-2011
20110134255PORTABLE COMPUTER - Disclosed is a portable computer that includes: a receiving portion configured to receive a liquid crystal display panel, and a light guide plate; optical sheets; a screen case combined with edges of a liquid crystal display module which includes the liquid crystal display panel, the light guide plate, the optical sheets, and the receiving portion; and a camera disposed at the center of an edge of the screen case which is combined with the liquid crystal display module. The camera is inserted into a hole, which is formed to penetrate through the screen case and liquid crystal display module, and is combined with the screen case.06-09-2011
20110134257SYSTEM, APPARATUS, METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR PROCESSING IMAGE - An image processing system may include an imaging device for capturing an image and an image processing apparatus for processing the image. The imaging device may include an imaging unit for capturing the image, a first recording unit for recording information relating to the image, the information being associated with the image, and a first transmission control unit for controlling transmission of the image to the image processing apparatus. The image processing apparatus may include a reception control unit for controlling reception of the image transmitted from the imaging device, a feature extracting unit for extracting a feature of the received image, a second recording unit for recording the feature, extracted from the image, the feature being associated with the image, and a second transmission control unit for controlling transmission of the feature to the imaging device.06-09-2011
20110134256SYSTEM, SYSTEM CONSTRUCTION METHOD, MANAGING TERMINAL AND PROGRAM - A system includes a managing terminal, a mobile device, and cameras. The mobile device sends, when it is near one of the cameras, positional information of the mobile device and a uniquely created identifier via a network to the managing terminal and displays information indicating the identifier in the form of a video image. The camera shoots the video image being displayed by the mobile device and including the information indicating the identifier to create a second video image including the information and sends the second video image via a network to the managing terminal. The managing terminal receives the second video image, extracts the identifier therefrom, and stores, if the identifier matches the identifier sent from the mobile device, the IP address assigned to the camera and the positional information with a correspondence established therebetween.06-09-2011
20110080486INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a communication module, an input module, a capturing module, a storing module, a path register module, and a transmission module. The communication module is configured to make a close-proximity wireless transfer. The capturing module is configured to capture an image displayed on a screen of a display according to an input from the input module. The storing module is configured to store an image file corresponding to the captured image in a storage. The path register module is configured to register, in a transmission tray, path data indicating a path of the image file stored in the storage. The transmission module is configured to transmit the image file indicated by the path data registered in the transmission tray to an external device by the close-proximity wireless transfer when a connection is established between the communication module and the external device.04-07-2011
20110096175METHOD FOR ADJUSTING A FOCAL LENGTH OF A CAMERA - One method of adjusting a focal length of a camera obtains a captured image of the camera by an application server, where a user can log onto the application server and decides if there is a need to adjust the focal length of the camera again. Another method obtains a captured image of the camera by an application server, determines if a quality of the captured image is acceptable by the application server, and sends the determination results to a mobile device. The focal length of the camera is adjusted again by checking the determination result on the mobile device.04-28-2011
20110096174ACCESSING RESOURCES BASED ON CAPTURING INFORMATION FROM A RENDERED DOCUMENT - A system and method for authorizing access to computing resources, access to services, software and so on, based on capturing information associated with a request is described.04-28-2011
20130169829CAMERA CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH OTHER COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A camera having communication ability can switch a mode between a communication mode and a shooting mode. The camera combines features of a communication device and a digital camera. The camera comprises a communication device, an imaging device, and a switching device. The switching device switched the communication mode to the shooting mode responsive to completion of communication.07-04-2013
20100110201ELECTRONIC APPARATUS EMITTING LIGHT THROUGH A UNITARY TRANSPARENT BASE CHASSIS - Disclosed herein is an electronic apparatus, including: a base chassis formed as a unitary member from a transparent material and having two faces positioned on the opposite sides to each other and individually formed as first and second mounting face sections; a display unit having a display panel thereon and attached to said first mounting face section; a control circuit board attached to said second mounting face section; a rear cover attached to said second mounting face section and configured to cover said control circuit board; a device mounting board having a semiconductor light emitting element disposed thereon; and a luminous lamp section formed at a position of said base chassis on the outer side of said display unit and configured to receive and emit light having been emitted from said semiconductor light emitting element and passed through the inside of said base chassis.05-06-2010
20100110200GENERATION AND USE OF USER-SELECTED SCENES PLAYLIST FROM DISTRIBUTED DIGITAL CONTENT - Digital content encoded on a physical media, such as a DVD or Blu-Ray disk, includes first content comprising a video feature such as a motion picture or the like, and a user-selectable application configured to operate as follows. When activated using an icon off of a menu screen, the application records an identifier for scenes (discrete portions) of the first content that are selected by a user to generate a playlist. The user may select the scenes by indicating a start and end of each scene. The application saves the playlist locally, then uploads to a server. Via a user account at the server, a user may publish the playlist to a user-created distribution list, webpage, or other electronic publication, and modify the playlist by deleting or reordering scenes.05-06-2010
20100214419Video Sharing - Video sharing is described. In an embodiment, mobile video capture devices such as mobile telephones capture video streams of the same event. A video sharing system obtains contextual information about the video streams and uses that to form a video output from the streams, that output being for sharing by other entities. For example, the formed video provides an enhanced viewing experience as compared with an individual one of the input video streams. In embodiments the contextual information may be obtained from content analysis of the video streams, from stored context information and from control information such as device characteristics. In some embodiments the video streams of a live event are received and the output video formed in real time. In examples feedback is provided to video capture devices to suggest that the zoom, viewing position or other characteristics are adjusted or to achieve this automatically.08-26-2010
20100066839ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera having a function of accessing a specific server via Internet includes: a storage unit in which related information concerning the electronic camera is stored in advance; a generation unit that dynamically generates an identifier to be used to identify the electronic camera in conformance to a predefined specific rule based upon at least part of the related information stored in the storage unit; and a setting unit that sets the identifier generated by the generation unit within a request message to be transmitted to the Internet.03-18-2010
20100066840IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Among pickup image data items of multiple frames picked up at different time instants, an image of a certain frame is regarded as a synthesizing base image. The synthesizing base image and an image of another frame are used to perform synthesizing processing. Specifically, an object-of-synthesis area is designated in the frame image regarded as the synthesizing base image, and processing of replacing pixel data in the object-of-synthesis area with pixel data in another frame is carried out. For example, if a person having his/her eyes closed appears in the synthesizing base image that is a group-photograph image, the part of the person's face is regarded as the object-of-synthesis area. As another frame, an image in which the person has his/her eyes left open is searched. Pixel data in the facial image part showing the open eyes is fetched and synthesized with the synthesizing base image. Thus, a group photograph in which all people have their eyes left open is produced.03-18-2010
20100194896AUTOMATICALLY TAGGING IMAGES WITH NEARBY SHORT RANGE COMMUNICATION DEVICE INFORMATION - Digital cameras are enabled to tag pictures with short range transmitter information from nearby devices. After uploading to a personal computer, a photo application further tags a user profile identifier matching the short range transmitter information. Tagged pictures are stored in a server for presentation. Any user with nearby device identifier or the nearby device itself can authenticate themselves to the server for automated access to tagged pictures.08-05-2010
20110187874IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD - Optical transfer information of an imaging lens is input from the imaging lens, and characteristic information of an image capturing unit of an image capturing apparatus is acquired. The optical transfer information is converted into that, which depends on the characteristics of the image capturing unit, based on the characteristic information. A correction filter, which corrects degradation of an image captured via the imaging lens, is generated based on the optical transfer information which depends on the characteristics of the image capturing unit.08-04-2011
20110187873IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus connects to a memory card with a communication function which includes a storage unit and a transmission unit configured to transmit data stored in the storage unit to an external apparatus, receives a transmission state of data stored in the memory card with the communication function from the memory card with the communication function, and discriminates a data type that the transmission unit can transmit. If the data type for determining the transmission state is a data type that the transmission unit can transmit, the image processing apparatus receives the transmission state from the memory card with the communication function and if the data type for determining the transmission state is not a data type that the transmission unit can transmit, the image processing apparatus does not receive the transmission state from the memory card with the communication function.08-04-2011
20110187872MOBILE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR VIDEO RECORDING - A mobile device comprises a built-in camera connects to a monitoring server via a communication network. The mobile device records a video feed and compresses the recorded video feed. The mobile device uploads the compressed video to the monitoring server. The mobile device can log in to the monitoring server to watch the uploaded video feed.08-04-2011
20110187870Video/Audio Module Applied to Computer System - The present invention discloses a video/audio module applied to a computer system. The video/audio module includes a circuit board, at least one analog microphone unit, and at least one analog-to-digital converter. The analog microphone unit and the analog-to-digital converter are electrically connected and fixed to the circuit board. The analog microphone unit captures an audio signal from ambient air and converts it to an analog audio signal. The analog-to-digital converter receives the analog audio signal and transforms the analog audio signal into a digital audio signal. Because of the analog-to-digital converter, a digital microphone unit can be replaced by the analog microphone unit, thereby reducing the production cost of the video/audio module.08-04-2011
20110187871NETWORK CAMERA - A network camera includes a processor, a lens module, and a switch. The switch includes a first port, second port, and a third port. The first port is connected to the processor. The second port is an extension port for connecting to an external device. The third port is connected to a monitoring device, and transmits images captured by the lens module to the monitoring device.08-04-2011
20110149090CODED VISUAL INFORMATION SYSTEM - Information is arranged within a predetermined shape. The predetermined shape is captured in an image taken by a tangible image-capturing element of a device which captures images at the direction of a user. The device includes a tangible processor that analyzes the image captured by the image-capturing element to determine whether a predetermined shape is present in the image. The tangible processor determines an alignment of the predetermined shape when the predetermined shape is present in the image, and reads data within the predetermined shape in accordance with the determined alignment. The device automatically forwards a request for content over a communications network in accordance with the data read within the predetermined shape. The device receives the content over the network and displays the content.06-23-2011
20110149087Joint Bandwidth Detection Algorithm For Real-Time Communication - A video coding system and method for increasing a transmitted output bit rate of a video encoding system by altering the content of the bit stream. A video encoder may receive a coding mode signal from a computer application for coding source video data, the coding mode signal indicating a target bit rate having a risk factor related to transmission error associated to the target bit rate. The coded bitstream may be modified based on the risk factor indicated in the coding mode signal. A modified coded bitstream may be outputted at the target bit rate and at a reduced coding efficiency, and the channel may be tested for transmission errors. Based on the test results, a revised coding mode signal indicating the same target bit rate, but a revised risk factor may be provided. The coded bitstream may be revised by removing the modifications previously made to the coded bitstream and a revised coded bitstream having greater coding efficiency may be output at the target bit rate.06-23-2011
20110149086CAMERA USER CONTENT SYNCHRONIZATION WITH CENTRAL WEB-BASED RECORDS AND INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEM - A camera and another device synchronization system, apparatus, signaling, processor-readable medium, and method are provided. As an apparatus, the camera may include a user content synchronization module for automatically synchronizing image data stored as camera records by the camera with central records stored for the user by a central node remote from the camera, the camera records and the central records comprising at least one of photo images or video files, such that changed central record and camera records are update using the most recent records from the other source. Also, television content and gaming device content may be shared and commanded from another device, such as a mobile communication device or camera.06-23-2011
20090174781ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus of the present invention can be operated in any operation mode selected from a plurality of operation modes including a particular operation mode and other operation modes. The image pickup apparatus includes a display unit that displays information for controlling the apparatus, and a control unit that switches the operation mode of the apparatus. When the control unit switches the operation mode between one of the other operation modes and the particular operation mode, the control unit causes the display unit to provide a display for prompting a user to give an instruction on whether to permit switching of the operation mode, before switching of the operation mode. When the control unit switches the operation mode between the other operation modes, the control unit causes the apparatus to be operated in an operation mode after switching without allowing the display unit to provide a display for prompting the user to give an instruction. Due to such a configuration, the inconvenience of the usability, such as a long period of time needed for activating an operation mode, can be prevented.07-09-2009
20100026815INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A method includes detecting a start and an end of a first sound that satisfies a present standard, obtaining image data in response to detection of the start and end of the first sound, storing the obtained image data, and determining the image data to be data that is to be stored, in accordance with a content of the first sound.02-04-2010
20100020181INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - In an information processing apparatus according to the present invention, a control unit obtains identification information identifying an information device connected to the information processing apparatus, determines compatibility based upon the identification information and a prestored list table of compatible information devices, and writes information that is recorded in advance to the information device to a disc when it is determined that the information device is compatible with the information processing apparatus.01-28-2010
20100020182PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device including a body, a control circuit, an object-image capture module, a first transmission mechanism and a receiver is provided. The control circuit is disposed in the body. The object-image capture module independent of the body includes a housing, an object-image capture circuit and a lens. The object-image capture circuit is disposed in the housing, and the lens is electrically connected to the control circuit by the object-image capture circuit. The first transmission mechanism includes a first shaft connected between the body and the object-image capture module. The receiver is electrically connected to the control circuit. The receiver is used to receive a signal and transmit the signal to the control circuit, such that the control circuit controls the first transmission mechanism to drive the object-image capture module to rotate about the first shaft.01-28-2010
20100214420IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - In an apparatus, object information and information on a transmission destination representing the transmission destination of image data are registered in correspondence with each other. An object in the image data is identified. The image data is transmitted to a transmission destination represented by information on a transmission destination corresponding to identified object information. The transmission status of the image data by a transmission unit is displayed on a display unit together with the image data.08-26-2010
20120069200Remote Network Video Content Recorder System - A concept and method for the remote management of and recording of digital video content from a remote IP video camera to an application server via the internet. The recorder system comprises a user device capable of running a user interface, a server running a communications interface, a recorder module, and a digital recording device, and at least one remote IP camera. Upon system initialization, a recorder object and an associated unique ID for the recorder instance are transmitted with the user interface to the user device. A remote user of the device may request a video image from an associated remote camera to be sent to the server where it is recorded on the recording device. The image does not transmit to the user device, minimizing bandwidth requirements on the control side. The server provides a safe, secure and network-optimized environment for capturing the recording.03-22-2012
20120069199MOVING INFORMATION BETWEEN COMPUTING DEVICES - A computer-implemented method for moving information between computing devices includes capturing a digital image of a display of a first computing device using a camera of a second computing device, transmitting, to the first computing device, data that corresponds to the digital image; analyzing the transmitted data on the first computing device to determine whether the digital image matches a current display of the first computing device, and using the analysis to cause one of the first or second computing devices to invoke an application and match a state of an application that is executing on the other of the first or second computing devices.03-22-2012
20120038781APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING SERVICE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN SERVICE ZONE - A terminal device includes: a camera configured to capture an image via a lens; a wireless communication unit configured to receive service information corresponding to a service zone in the service zone; a controller configured to extract service information corresponding to the image captured by the camera among the received service information; and a display unit configured to visually display the extracted service information under the control of the controller.02-16-2012
20120307079IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM - An imaging apparatus includes: an image sensor configured to capture an image of a subject; an identification information storage unit configured to store a particular subject and a terminal device corresponding to the particular subject; a face detection unit and a face recognition unit configured to detect the particular subject stored in the identification information storage unit in the image captured by the image sensor; and a microcomputer configured to notify, when the face detection unit and the face recognition unit detect the particular subject, the terminal device which is stored in the identification information storage unit and corresponds to the detected particular subject that the particular subject is detected.12-06-2012
20120307078AUTOMATIC SHARING AND REPLACEMENT OF CONTENT BASED ON NETWORK CONNECTIVITY - Embodiments enable automatic and immediate sharing of reduced resolution versions of content captured by a user computing device and subsequent replacement of the reduced resolution versions with full resolution versions based on network connectivity. The user computing device captures image data in full resolution. A reduced resolution version is automatically created and uploaded to a storage service. The storage service provides the reduced resolution version to computing devices associated with the user computing device. Subsequently, based on network connectivity characteristics of a network connection between the user computing device and the storage service, the user computing device transmits the full resolution version of the image data to the storage service. The storage service replaces the reduced resolution version stored by the computing devices with the full resolution version. In some embodiments, the reduced resolution version is transmitted over a cellular network and the full resolution version is transmitted over Wi-Fi.12-06-2012
20110050913METHOD OF CONTROLLING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS HAVING MEMORY, RECORDING MEDIUM FOR RECORDING THE METHOD, AND DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS - A method of controlling a digital photographing apparatus having a memory for storing an image includes generating counter information corresponding to the image, determining whether the capacity of the memory is larger than a reference capacity, and selectively resizing or deleting the image according to the counter information when the capacity of the memory is larger than the reference capacity.03-03-2011
20110050912IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND METHOD - A method for capturing images includes setting a capturing mode and a capturing schedule for a plurality of lenses of an image capturing device, controlling each lens to capture images according to the capturing schedule based on different magnifications. The method further sends the plurality of images to a monitor computer, and stores the plurality of images in a file by the monitor computer.03-03-2011
20110050911IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND METHOD - A method for capturing images includes setting a capturing mode and a monitor time of a plurality of lenses of an image capturing device, controlling each lens to capture images at the same time when the monitor time arrives. The method further captures a plurality of images based on different focal lengths or from different angles at the same time, and sends the plurality of images to a monitor computer.03-03-2011
20110050910PORTABLE ELECTRONIC SYSTEM WITH A DETACHABLE CAMERA MODULE - A camera module includes a casing, a camera unit installed inside the casing for capturing images, a signal transmission unit installed inside the casing and coupled to the camera unit for transmitting signals corresponding to the images captured by the camera unit to a graphic controller of a portable electronic device, a shooting button installed on the casing and coupled to the camera unit for actuating the camera unit to capture images, and a fixing mechanism for fixing the casing inside a slot on the portable electronic device in a detachable manner.03-03-2011
20110050909Photographer's guidance systems - A photographer's guidance system is formed of a computer-based processor made responsive to location, time of day, manual user inputs, among others to provide photo exposure suggestions based upon information stored as photo set-up descriptors. In response to user requests in combination with present conditions such as time, location weather, etc., a database request is executed against stored photo set-up data to produce a result set of photo set-up descriptors. These descriptors are used both manually and automatically to assist a photographer user in setting up a photo exposure in agreement with the prescribed parameters. These systems may be directly coupled with a DSLR type camera and may operate via user controls and interfaces thereof. In alternative versions, these system have independent control and user interfaces with outputs coupled to a DSLR control. In still further other versions, an entirely manual system leaves it to the photographer to set up a camera of the art in agreement with parameters presented in resultsets.03-03-2011
20100277598METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING ANTI-ALIASING DIRECTX MULTIMEDIA CONTENTS MOVING PICTURE - Disclosed is a method for capturing a directX moving picture. The method consists of (a) allowing the control unit to generate a multisampled rendertarget surface of a moving picture using an anti-aliasing technique for a capturing target moving picture of the directX multimedia contents in a buffer; (b) allowing the control unit to detect the capturing target moving picture using the anti-aliasing technique, which is provided in a back-buffer by executing the directX multimedia contents and copy and temporarily store the detected capturing target moving picture to and in the multisampled rendertarget surface; (c) allowing the control unit to output the temporarily stored capturing target moving picture on the basis of an FIFO method when the capturing target moving picture is stored in the multisampled rendertarget surface at a reference value or higher; and (d) allowing the control unit to convert and store the output capturing target moving picture.11-04-2010
20120038782VDR METADATA TIMESTAMP TO ENHANCE DATA COHERENCY AND POTENTIAL OF METADATA - A system and method for enhancing data coherency and potential of at least one metadata associated with a video data configured to operate in a visual dynamic range (VDR) format is disclosed. The system comprises a metadata framing structure which includes a header start of frame bit set, a packet type bit set, a configuration bit set, a variable depth configuration/metadata bit set, a header end of frame bit set, a timestamp bit set for specifying a frame delay count to apply the at least one metadata to the video data and a checksum check bit set. The at least one metadata is designed to embed within a code word guard bit position of at least one color channel of the video data and adaptable to embed within the VDR pipeline to enhance the quality of the video data.02-16-2012
20100302380Methods and Systems for Managing Image Capturing Devices - A method of selecting an image capturing device in communication with an information handling system (IHS) is disclosed wherein the method includes executing an imaging software application and loading first data corresponding to an image capturing device compatible with the imaging software application, wherein the image capturing device is in communication with the IHS. The method further includes automatically executing a compatible image capturing device corresponding to the imaging software application. An information handling system (IHS) is further disclosed including a storage medium operable to store an imaging software application. The system further includes memory coupled to a processor, wherein the processor is configured to execute the imaging software application. The system may further include a virtual driver installed on the storage medium, the virtual driver configured to automatically select a preferred image capturing device corresponding to the imaging software application and wherein the preferred image capturing device is in communication with the IHS.12-02-2010
20100141778PHOTOGRAPH AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM - An electronic photographic device that automatically communicates an authorization signal that enables receivers of the authorization signal to authorize use of a likeness captured in a photographic image. The electronic authorization device includes an image capture mechanism for capturing the photographic image, a controller for initiating photographic authorization by generating an authorization signal at the capture of the photographic image by the image capture mechanism and a transmitter for transmitting the authorization signal generated by the controller towards a physical location at which the photographic image is captured. The authorization signal identifies a website URL at which information relating to the captured photographic image can be accessed to allow a person who has received the authorization signal to access the website and provide or deny an authorization for its use.06-10-2010
20090160945Systems and Methods for Enhancing Image Quality of a Web Camera Image - A method for capturing an image using a webcam is provided. The method may include receiving a request to capture an image using a webcam of an information handling system the information handling system comprising a display. In response to the request to capture an image, a flash screen may be displayed on the display, and an image is captured using the webcam.06-25-2009
20110317021CONNECTION SETTING METHOD, CAMERA SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A connection setting method, used in a camera system in which at least one camera head unit is connected to at least one camera control unit that controls the camera head unit via a single transmission network in order to connect the camera control unit includes: measuring delay of image data from the camera head unit to be connected; and determining a transmission rate at which image data is transmitted from the camera head unit to be connected. The determining is so carried out that when the delay is greater than a threshold corresponding to the amount of data smaller than or equal to a maximum amount of transmission over the network, the sum of the transmission rates at which image data transmitted over the network is smaller than or equal to the maximum amount of transmission over the network and image data having a higher preset priority is transmitted at a higher transmission rate.12-29-2011
20120062752POWER CONVERSION CIRCUIT AND INTERNET PROTOCOL CAMERA EMPLOYING THE SAME - A power conversion circuit for an internet protocol camera includes a voltage conversion circuit and a divider circuit electrically connected to the voltage conversion circuit. The voltage conversion circuit includes a linear voltage regulator for providing an operating voltage. The linear voltage regulator includes an input port, an output port and a feedback port. The divider circuit includes a first divider resistance and a second divider resistance. The output pot, the first divider resistance and the second divider resistance are electrically connected in series, the feedback port is electrically connected between the first divider resistance and the second divider resistance to obtain a feedback voltage. The input port is electrically a system power, and the output port outputs and provides an output voltage adjusted by the feedback voltage.03-15-2012
20110157375DISPLAY DEVICE AND PROGRAM FOR DISPLAY DEVICE - A display device has a data storage section with a transfer memory area and a storage memory area, and a display section to display the stored data. A first and second communication section establish communication with a first and second external device, respectively. A connection detecting section activates the second communication section when connection with the second external device is established. A storage determining section determines whether data is stored in the transfer memory area. A particular storage control section transfers the data from the transfer memory area to the storage memory area. A transfer control section transfers the particular data to a transfer memory area of the second external device, when the second communication section is active, and the particular data is present in the transfer memory area.06-30-2011
20120007995ELECTRONIC FLIPBOOK SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods for creating an electronic flipbook are disclosed. The system can include a camera and an electronic media storage device. The storage device can include a control program stored thereon and being configured to obtain a predetermined number of images from the camera. The control program can sequentially display the predetermined number of images on an electronic display in a manner to create the illusion of flipping pages of a book.01-12-2012
20120007994Electronic device, electronic camera, and data transfer program - An electronic device includes: a data transfer unit that transfers data between a first recording medium and a second recording medium; an indication unit that indicates a communication protocol and a data transfer rate to be used in data transfer to the transfer unit; a judgment unit that judges whether or not the data transfer is successful; a control unit that controls the indication unit to indicate a communication protocol and a data transfer rate to be used in data transfer, after the judgment whether or not the data transfer is successful, based on the communication protocol used in the data transfer, the data transfer rate used in the data transfer, and the judgment whether or not the data transfer is successful.01-12-2012
20120007993IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM - An image pickup system includes a display screen, an image pickup device and a positioning program. The image pickup device is used for shooting a document. The display screen is used for showing a positioning mark. When the document is moved and a pre-shot document image is aligned with the positioning mark, the image pickup device is activated by the positioning program to shoot the document, thereby obtaining a document image.01-12-2012
20110085046DATA COMMUNICATION METHOD AND SYSTEM USING MOBILE TERMINAL - A data communication method and system using a mobile terminal are provided. Multimedia data stored in a mobile terminal can be provided to a counterpart during webcam communication. The data communication method includes activating webcam mode operation, identifying a preset operating mode during the webcam mode operation, the preset operating mode being selected from a plurality of operating modes including a multimedia mode and a capture mode, extracting, when the preset operating mode is the multimedia mode, multimedia data according to a predetermined acquisition scheme, and transmitting the extracted multimedia data to a connected device through a pre-specified interface.04-14-2011
20120044366Transmission Bandwidth And Memory Requirements Reduction In A Portable Image Capture Device - Storage and network transmission bandwidth requirements of a portable image capture device are reduced. An online service using at least one hardware server on a network provides action information for an image capture device, the action information corresponding to an action that can be performed on images by the online service. A captured image is received uploaded from the image capture device to the online service. A request is received from the image capture device to perform the action for the uploaded image. The request includes an image identifier assigned by the online service.02-23-2012
20120044365REMOTE TELEPRESENCE GAZE DIRECTION - A method and apparatus for controlling a live avatar include features for directing the live avatar gaze to be consistent with a remote operator's view of the live avatar's surroundings. Indication of gaze direction may be continuously provided to the live avatar using movable optics, for example a heads-up display, or a movable optical prism or lens. Gaze direction or operator commands may be communicated using a haptic device. Video and control streams from multiple live avatars may be aggregated through a host server and allocated via an online interface to multiple prospective remote operators.02-23-2012
20120044364IMAGE COMMUNICATION METHOD AND APPARATUS - A user terminal and an image communication method and apparatus include outputting a captured image without performing left-and-right reversion when the captured image includes a symbol. Further, an image camera includes an image generate to generate a captured image, and a camper control unit to transmit the captured image to a user terminal without performing left-and-right reversion when the captured image includes a symbol.02-23-2012
20120044363INTERACTION CONTROL SYSTEM, METHOD FOR DETECTING MOTION OF OBJECT, HOST APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A method for controlling a host apparatus, includes steps of the followings. First, a pattern is projected to a detection region. Second, images of the detection region are captured and image information stream is generated based on the images. Third, an image information associated with the pattern is identified to be a background image information. Fourth, a currently captured image information is subtracted to the background image information to identify if an object appears in the detection region. Fifth, a motion of the identified object is determined based on a variation of the pattern reflected from the identified object to generate a control instruction to the host apparatus. A host apparatus, an interaction control system and a method for detecting a motion of an object are also provided.02-23-2012
20120013749Picture Capturing Apparatus and Method of Capturing a Picture - An improved ratio between hardware/manufacturing expenditure, on the one hand, and picture quality, on the other hand, when using a multi-channel optical element is achieved in that the samples of the pixels are arranged in accordance with an imaging direction from which the optical element images objects on the respective pixel, or with a lateral imaging position in a focal-depth area that is imaged to the respective pixel by the optical element, and when the distribution, thus arranged, of samples of the pixels is interpolated at intersection points of a regular grid extending over the entire distribution of the samples. In this manner, processing is standardized across the entire picture, so that transition problems between the subareas are avoided.01-19-2012
20090128634Electronic Camera - An electronic camera comprises an interface unit for cable connection with the computer, an information acquisition unit that acquires network information related to setting of the wireless network from the computer that has been connected to the electronic camera by a cable with using the interface unit, a profile creation unit that creates a profile in which information for connection to the computer via the wireless network is recorded, based upon the network information that has been acquired by the information acquisition unit, a profile storage unit that stores therein the profile created by the profile creation unit, and a wireless connection unit that connects the electronic camera to the computer via the wireless network, based upon the profile that is stored in the profile storage unit.05-21-2009
20120013750Sound Optimization Via Camera - The disclosure relates to a method and system for sound optimization to be installed on a computer, wherein the optimization determines the positions of a microphone and a sound source on a digital image captured by the camera and optimizes how the sound captured by the microphone or advises the user on how optimize by repositioning the microphone and the sound source in relation to each other.01-19-2012
20120057032APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AUGMENTED REALITY USING OBJECT LIST - An apparatus to provide augmented reality includes an image acquisition unit to acquire an image including a target object, a supplementary information acquisition unit to acquire supplementary information, an object recognition unit to recognize the target object from the acquired image, and a candidate nomination unit to generate candidate objects based on the supplementary information. A method for providing augmented reality includes transmitting, at a terminal, an image including a target object or supplementary information of the target object, and location information of the terminal to a server; and determining, at the server, whether the target object is recognized, and generating a list of candidate objects based on the supplementary information, if the target object is not recognized.03-08-2012
20120057033IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - An image capture device has a first image transfer method for storing a captured digital image on a storage medium and transferring the digital image to a communication device, and a second image transfer method for storing the digital image on the storage medium, reading the digital image from the storage medium and then transferring the digital image to the communication device. The first image transfer method or the second image transfer method is manually or automatically set.03-08-2012
20120154605WIRELESS DATA MODULE FOR IMAGING SYSTEMS - This present application is directed to imaging devices and methods thereof. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention provides a portable data device with that is capable of capturing location information and capable of wirelessly connecting to one or more imaging devices. The portable data device is configured to, among other things, associate location information and/or other information with images and/or or videos captured by imaging devices. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a portable data device that includes, among other things, location module, a wireless interface, a battery, and a user interface.06-21-2012
20120154606CLOUD SERVER, MOBILE TERMINAL AND REAL-TIME COMMUNICATION METHOD - A cloud server includes a computing service provider, a communication unit and a processing unit. The computing service provider is configured to provide a computing service. The communication unit is configured to receive from a mobile terminal a request for the computing service that allows the mobile terminal to use at least one first image provided by a remote device supporting the computing service. The processing unit is configured to generate at least one second image for transmitting to the remote device based on the request and the at least one first image.06-21-2012
20120026344CAMERA DEVICE, CAMERA SYSTEM, CONTROL DEVICE AND PROGRAM - A camera device includes a first information acquisition portion that acquires first information used to control a first area that is specified within a whole image captured by a camera portion, a second information acquisition portion that acquires second information used to control a second area that is specified within the whole image, a control portion that controls mechanical movement of the camera portion based on the first information input from a device having a control right of the first area, among the first information that can be input from a plurality of devices, and an image processing portion that acquires an image of the first area from the whole image captured by the camera portion, and extracts an image of the second area from within the first area based on the second information input from a device having a control right of the second area, among the second information that can be input from a plurality of devices.02-02-2012
20120026343CAMERA DEVICE, CAMERA SYSTEM, CONTROL DEVICE AND PROGRAM - There is provided a camera device includes a first information acquisition portion that acquires first information used to control a first area that is specified within a whole image captured by a camera portion, a second information acquisition portion that acquires second information used to control a second area that is specified within the whole image, a control portion that controls mechanical movement of the camera portion based on the first information, and an image processing portion that acquires an image of the first area from the whole image captured by the camera portion, and that extracts an image of the second area from within the first area based on the second information.02-02-2012
20120206613IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS - An image capture apparatus including a detecting unit configured to detect focus detecting system dust, and a controller configured to perform control so that captured image information is stored in a memory, wherein the controller performs control so that information about the detected focus detecting system dust is stored in the memory.08-16-2012
20120062753IMAGE ENCODING INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND ENCODED IMAGE DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD THEREOF - An image encoding integrated circuit and an encoded image data transmission method thereof are provided. The image encoding integrated circuit is utilized in a webcam and includes a central processing unit, an image sensing control unit, an image encoder unit, a bit rate monitoring unit, a transmission unit, and a bit rate control unit. The central processing unit, the image sensing control unit, the bit rate monitoring unit, and the transmission unit respectively produce a demand adjustment signal, a sensing status signal, a bit rate signal, and a transmission status signal. The bit rate control unit utilizes at least one of the signals to produce a quantization parameter signal. The image encoding unit transmits encoded image data in a specific bit rate, wherein the bit rate is adjusted according to the quantization parameter signal. The output bit rate of the image encoding unit is adjusted in consideration of even more system parameters, so as to improve the efficiency of the bit rate control.03-15-2012
20090207254SYSTEM TO MANAGE DIGITAL CAMERA IMAGES - A system for managing files stored on a digital camera includes detection of the digital camera, automatic reception of thumbnail image files stored in the camera, and storage of the received thumbnail image files in a memory.08-20-2009
20120154607Deformable Light Pattern for Machine Vision System - A method and apparatus for use with a camera that includes a field of view (FOV), the apparatus for indicating at least a first portion of a field of view for analysis and comprising a light source for generating a first light pattern that is directed onto an object surface within the FOV while the light source remains stationary with respect to the object, an adjuster for, while the first light pattern subtends a surface of the object and without moving the light source with respect to the object, modifying the first light pattern to generate a first deformed light pattern that is directed onto the object surface in the FOV and a manual input device for controlling the adjuster to indicate how the first light pattern is to be modified.06-21-2012
20110085047PHOTOGRAPHING CONTROL METHOD TO SET PHOTOGRAPHING CONFIGURATION ACCORDING TO IMAGE PROCESSING SCHEME USEABLE WITH IMAGE CONTENT, AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A photographing control method and a photographing apparatus applying the same are provided. The photographing control method includes setting an image photographing configuration according to an image processing scheme useable with image content. Therefore, it is possible to easily set various photographing configurations according to a user's preference.04-14-2011
20120105652NETWORK CAMERA AND METHOD OF OPERATING STORAGE DEVICE THEREOF - A camera for storing photographed images in a storage device connected to the camera through a network and a method of operating the storage device of the camera. The camera includes a photographing unit photographing an object to generate image data of the object; a transfer unit transferring the image data to a storage device to store the image data therein; and a storage device setting unit transferring the image data to at least one second storage device if it is determined that the first storage device is no longer able to store the image data while the image data is being transferred to and stored in the first storage device.05-03-2012
20110090347Media Systems and Methods for Providing Synchronized Multiple Streaming Camera Signals of an Event - A media system is provided having synchronized multiple camera signals of at least one event or activity for transmission over the internet to end users for selective display and/or manipulation. The media system may be used in connection with a variety of events or activities, including without limitation concerts, sports events, political events, sales events, movie premiers, public events, training events and religious events. A method is also provided having synchronized camera signals of at least one event or activity for transmission over the internet to end users for selective display and/or manipulation. A media player is also provided for processing synchronized camera signals representing different views of at least one event or activity and providing end users of the media player the options of selectively displaying and/or manipulating at least one of the views at will.04-21-2011
20110102606IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND NETWORK CAMERA SYSTEM - An image capturing device includes an image capturing element that performs photoelectric conversion of light from an object and outputs a pixel signal, a lens unit that forms images on the image capturing element based on light from the object, and an optical shift mechanism that displaces optical images formed on a light-receiving surface of the image capturing element relative to the image capturing element. The optical shift mechanism has an optical member provided with a parallel plate that is inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to the optical axis of the lens unit and rotated around the optical axis. The optical member is provided in a fluid having a higher refractive index than a refractive index of air.05-05-2011
20110102605IMAGE MATCHING TO AUGMENT REALITY - Technology for augmenting reality using image matching is described. The technology can receive a captured image, determine location information relating to the received image, and transmit the location information to a server computing device. The technology may then receive one or more tags from the server computing device, wherein each tag can include one or more patches and supplementary information corresponding to at least one of the patches and each patch can be associated with the location information. The technology can then determine using an image matching process whether at least one of the received one or more patches appears in the received image, and if a patch appears in the received image, render the supplementary information corresponding to the patch.05-05-2011
20120120258Imaging Recording Apparatus - A body-mountable image capture device comprising a device body and a cover slidably mounted onto the device body, the device body comprising a camera, the cover sliding between a first position and a second position such that in the first position the camera is concealed and in the second position the camera is exposed. The body-mountable image capture device comprises activation means operable to initiate the camera when the cover is in the second position and the camera is exposed. The orientation of the camera is adjustable with respect to that of the device body such that the orientation of the camera can be maintained. The orientation of the camera may be automatically adjusted to keep the field of view generally horizontal. The camera may automatically rotate left and right in a horizontal plane responsive to movement of a head mounted sensor to thereby track a user's head movements.05-17-2012
20120120256PARALLEL IMAGE PROCESSING USING MULTIPLE PROCESSORS - An electronic device for parallel image processing using multiple processors is disclosed. The electronic device includes multiple image sensors for providing image data. The electronic device also includes multiple processors for processing segmented image data to produce processed segmented image data. Each processor is dedicated to one of the image sensors. A multiple processor interface is also included. The multiple processor interface maps the image data to the processors, segments the image data to produce the segmented image data and synchronizes the segmented image data to processor clock rates.05-17-2012
20120120257SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING IMAGES CAPTURED FROM A BOOTH - A system for capturing images in a booth. The system includes a network, a server communicatively coupled to the network, the server comprising a database operable to store images. The system further includes a booth communicatively coupled to the network, the booth comprising an input device operable to receive one or more inputs from a user, a camera operable to capture one or more images of the user, a display operable to present the one or more images, and a booth computer operable to transmit the one or more images to the server.05-17-2012
20100289905HAND-HELD DEVICE HAVING POSITIONING AND PHOTOGRAPHING FUNCTIONS AND GEOGRAPHICAL POSITIONING METHODS THEREOF - A hand-held device having positioning and photographing functions and geographical positioning methods thereof is provided. The hand-held device includes a photographing module, a positioning module, a database and a processor. The photographing module photographs environment of a shooting place to form a digital picture. The positioning module accesses a positioning data of the shooting place. The processor matches the positioning data of the shooting place with a geographical positioning condition when the digital picture is obtained, so as to get a target geographical area data corresponding to the shooting place, from all geographical area data. The target geographical area data is displayed on the digital picture corresponding to the shooting place and the geographical positioning condition is an area center data of every geographical area data or plural boundary pointers which include boundary coordinates of every geographical area data.11-18-2010
20100289904VIDEO CAPTURE DEVICE PROVIDING MULTIPLE RESOLUTION VIDEO FEEDS - Systems are disclosed that provide improved transfer speed of video data from a video capture device to a computing device using multiple video feeds respectively comprising different resolutions. A high-resolution image sensor is used to convert light images into a high-resolution video data stream. A down sampler converts the high-resolution video data stream to a low-resolution video data stream, so that both a low-resolution data stream and a high-resolution data stream are available. While the low resolution-data stream can be sent to the computing device, a digital signal processor (DSP) processes the high-resolution video data stream in accordance with an input control signal that is comprised of desired high-resolution video stream parameters derived from the low-resolution video data stream.11-18-2010
20100289903Portable presentation computer station - A portable presentation computer station apparatus provides for the capture and modification of a presentation for display, storage and transmission to a remote computer. A laptop computer is combined with a video and still camera on a universal support arm and a writing tablet for capturing and combining elements of a presentation.11-18-2010
20120249809LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE LENS APPARATUS - A lens apparatus includes: a switch for switching between single and plural modes for using lens apparatus singularly and plurally, respectively; a communication unit to communicate with external device; a unit to set all elements to first state in single mode and set the respective elements to second or third state in plural mode; a control source output unit to output, for each state of the elements, control source information for determining a control command to drive the element; and a unit to determine a command for controlling drive of the elements based on the control source information determined by the control source output portion, wherein in the second state, control commands for corresponding elements are output to other lens apparatuses through the communication unit, and in the third state, the control source output portion outputs control source information different from that in the first and second states.10-04-2012
20120249807Camera and Sensor Augmented Reality Techniques - Camera and sensor augmented reality techniques are described. In one or more implementations, an optical basis is obtained that was generated from data obtained by a camera of a computing device and a sensor basis is obtained that was generated from data obtained from one or more sensors that are not a camera. The optical basis and the sensor basis describe a likely orientation or position of the camera and the one or more sensors, respectively, in a physical environment. The optical basis and the sensor basis are compared to verify the orientation or the position of the computing device in the physical environment.10-04-2012
20120249805Image capturing system and image capturing method - A front-rear blur amount of a camera, which occurs when a release button is pressed in order to perform image pickup, is detected, and image data obtained by an imaging device on which an image of an object is formed are subjected to image processing on the basis of the front-rear blur amount. As a result, an image on which the effects of front-rear blur are reduced is obtained.10-04-2012
20120300087System and method for receiving and publishing product interest - A system and method for receiving and publishing product interest data using social networking for marketing products to target audiences gathered at live events, theme parks, retail establishments where product sponsors provide kiosks for participants use.11-29-2012
20100245597AUTOMATIC IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM - An automatic image capturing system includes a computer, an image capturing device, a monitor and an automatic image capturing program. The automatic image capturing program is installed in the computer. The image capturing device is used for capturing an image of a target object. The monitor is used for displaying shooting area. If a pre-shot image of the target object is moved to be within the shooting area, the automatic image capturing program will automatically capture the image of the target object.09-30-2010
20120127326IMAGE OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING IMAGES - In a system and method for optimizing images, a digital image of an object is captured by an image capturing device, and a standard image of the object is obtained from a storage system of a computing device. The system calculates an image average energy density (IAED) value of the digital image based on RGB (red, green, blue) channels of the digital image, and calculates an IAED value of the standard image based on RGB channels of the standard image. The system is further calculates a difference between the IAED value of the digital image and the IAED value of the standard image, and applies any difference to optimize every pixel point of the digital image to generate optimized pixel points. The system integrates all the optimized pixel points or original pixel points to generate an optimized image for display.05-24-2012
20120127328CAMERA USER CONTENT SYNCHRONIZATION WITH CENTRAL WEB-BASED RECORDS AND INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEM - A camera and another device synchronization system, apparatus, signaling, processor-readable medium, and method are provided. As part of a system or as an apparatus, the camera may include a user content synchronization module for automatically synchronizing image data stored as camera records by the camera with central records stored for the user by a central node remote from the camera, the camera records and the central records comprising at least one of photo images or video files, such that changed central record and camera records are update using the most recent records from the other source.05-24-2012
20120127327DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF PROVIDING PICTURES THEREOF - Digital photographing apparatus and methods of providing picture at the digital photographing apparatus are disclosed. An example digital photographing apparatus transmits a picture of an object to be captured to a server, acquires at least one pre-captured picture of the object and a captured position of the at least one pre-captured picture from the server, and presents the at least one pre-captured picture and the captured position. The digital photographing apparatus selectively provides the at least one pre-captured picture in consideration of whether the captured position of the object is the same capture position or a different capture position.05-24-2012
20120127325Web Camera Device and Operating Method thereof - A web camera device includes a web camera and a micro processing unit (MCU). The web camera is operable to capture an image of a user. The MCU is electrically connected to the web camera and includes a distance calculating module and a comparing module. The distance calculating module is operable to receive a distance between the user and the web camera based on the calculating of the image. The comparing module is operable to compare the distance with a predetermined distance range, wherein when the distance is beyond the predetermined distance range, the comparing module outputs a warning signal for alarm the user to keep a proper distance from the display. An operating method of the web camera device is disclosed herein.05-24-2012
20110001834FOUR-SIDED PHOTOGRAPHY CAMERA - The present invention relates to a camera device for outdoor photography and a method to capture wildlife photographs. The camera device comprises: a four sided block; a solar panel on the top side of the block, where the solar panel supplies power to the camera device; a camera lens on each side of the block; a sensor on each side of the block, where the sensor detects motion and activates the camera lens associated with said sensor; and a programming panel on each side of the block, where the programming panel may program the functionality of each camera and sensor. The camera device also includes adequate memory and a processor, where the memory stores photographs taken by each camera and the processor executes commands related to the functionality of each camera and sensor of the camera device.01-06-2011
20100208082MEDIA SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING SYNCHRONIZED MULTIPLE STREAMING CAMERA SIGNALS OF AN EVENT - A media system is provided having synchronized multiple camera signals of at least one event or activity for transmission over the internet to end users for selective display and/or manipulation. The media system may provide that end users are able to select and view and manipulate one or more of the multiple streaming video signals at will. The media system may be used in connection with a great variety of events or activities, including without limitation concerts, sports events, political events, sales events, movie premiers, public events, training events and religious events. A method is also provided having synchronized camera signals of at least one event or activity for transmission over the internet to end users for selective display and/or manipulation. The multiple camera signals are provided to end users for selective display and/or manipulation by end users. A media player is also provided for processing synchronized camera signals representing different views of at least one event or activity and providing end users of the media player the options of selectively displaying and/or manipulating at least one of the views at will.08-19-2010
20100208083SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING APPLICATION SERVICE USING IMAGE DATA - There is provided a system and method for providing an application service using image data. One image data processing server collects images (for example, still images and moving images) captured by various kinds of image capturing apparatuses, such as CCTV systems and processes the collected images into data required to provide application services. A plurality of application service servers only provide processed data of the image data processing server without requiring an additional process to a display device of a user. Accordingly, the configuration of each of the application service servers is simplified to thereby reduce manufacturing costs.08-19-2010
20120133781SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING DISCREPANCY OF IMAGE OF OBJECT - In a method for identifying discrepancy of a captured digital image of an object, a standard image of the object is obtained. A first difference value between an IAED value of the digital image and an IAED value of the standard image is calculated. Both the two images are divided into N pixel blocks. A second difference value between an IAED value of each pixel block of the digital image and an IAED value of each pixel block of the standard image is calculated. A coefficient T is generated for comparing the digital image and the standard image, and each block of the digital image is compared with each pixel block of the standard image. The same pixel blocks between the digital image and the standard image are eliminated from the digital image, and a discrepant image is generated according to remaining pixel blocks of the digital image.05-31-2012
20110181736PRESENTATION DEVICE - The presentation device comprises an operation receiving portion adapted to receive an operation for setting a shooting parameter for the purpose of capturing an image, an image capture portion for capturing an image based on the shooting parameter, a transmitting portion for transmitting the captured image wirelessly to an image output device, and a detecting portion for detecting wireless connection status. The operation receiving portion suspends reception of the operations if the detecting portion detects a lost wireless connection.07-28-2011
20120133782Interactive Image Activation And Distribution System And Associated Methods - A method for distributing a digital image of a customer includes receiving a request from a customer to a human representative (i.e., a “roving” photographer) for an image to be taken of the customer at a site. An image of the customer is captured by the “roving” photographer at the site in response to the received request. The image is transmitted to a remote processor. An electronic request is received from the customer to view the transmitted image, and the image is transmitted from the remote processor to the customer's communication device. If the customer decides to purchase the image, a transaction is finalized by receiving payment data from the customer, and the final image is provided to the customer. A commission is then paid to the photographer for the transaction. The cost may be subsidized by advertisement pushed to the customer's communication device.05-31-2012
20120133783IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image display apparatus includes: a receiving portion; a buffer; a buffer control portion; a display portion; and a display control portion.05-31-2012
20120218422METHOD OF TRANSMITTING AUDIO AND VIDEO STREAMS IN REAL TIME - The present invention provides a method of transmitting digital streams of audio data and of video data in real time via a computer type communications network, said transmission taking place directly from a transmitter terminal, like a video camera, to a remote terminal for receiving and playing back said data, wherein the method consists in: transmitting only the video data stream via a first communications port of said network; and under the action of said remote terminal, transmitting the audio stream separately via a second communications port.08-30-2012
20120314091REAL-TIME AUDIO/VIDEO TRANSMISSION DEVICE - A real-time audio/video transmission device is wirelessly linked to a smart handheld device for transmitting an AV signal to the latter for playing, and includes a central processing unit for receiving and converting image and sound signals into an AV signal; an image capture section electrically connected to the CPU for capturing and converting an external image into an image signal for transmitting to the CPU; a sound capture unit electrically connected to the CPU for capturing and converting an external sound into a sound signal for transmitting to the CPU; and a wireless transmission section electrically connected to the CPU for receiving the AV signal and wirelessly transmitting the latter to the smart handheld device. With the smart handheld device, the real-time AV transmission device does not require a display and can have reduced manufacturing cost and be monitored from a remote location while provides diversified functions.12-13-2012
20120162444INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM - An information providing system includes an information providing device and a tablet terminal. The information providing device wirelessly sends first information including a taken image, to the tablet terminal; wirelessly receives second information including information regarding a user's drawing operation on the table terminal, from the table terminal; and displays a drawn image corresponding to the user's drawing operation to be superimposed on the taken image, as a displayed image on a display, based on the second information. The tablet terminal includes an operation unit having an operating surface, on which the user performs the drawing operation. The tablet terminal wirelessly sends the second information to the information providing device, based on the user's drawing operation; wirelessly receives the first information from the information providing device; and displays a composite image including the drawn image superimposed on the taken image, on the operating surface, based on the first information.06-28-2012
20120162445VIRTUAL TUNNEL ROUTER, IP CAMERA MANAGEMENT SERVER AND LOCATION-BASED IP CAMERA SERVICE METHOD - A virtual tunnel router, an IP camera management server, and a location-based Internet protocol (IP) camera service are provided. Without complex equipment, a direct communication between a user terminal and an IP camera is established based on virtual IP, and thus control of the IP camera is very simple and a user is allowed to directly access the IP camera at any time and any place.06-28-2012
20120218424INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, IMAGE ANALYSIS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image management apparatus may include an input image setting information acquiring unit configured to, when image analysis information on an input image is set, acquire setting information as input image setting information, an available setting information acquiring unit configured to acquire setting information as available setting information, an update necessity determining unit configured to determine whether or not an update of the image analysis information is necessary, on the basis of a difference between the input image setting information and the available setting information, and an image analysis information setting unit configured to, when it is determined that an update of the image analysis information is necessary, perform image analysis on the input image using the second image analysis processing unit so as to set new image analysis information.08-30-2012
20120169887Method and system for head tracking and pose estimation - Techniques for performing accurate and automatic head pose estimation are disclosed. According to one aspect of the techniques, head pose estimation is integrated with a scale-invariant head tracking method along with facial features detected from a located head in images. Thus the head pose estimation works efficiently even when there are large translational movements resulting from the head motion. Various computation techniques are used to optimize the process of estimation so that the head pose estimation can be applied to control one or more objects in a virtual environment and virtual character gaze control.07-05-2012
20120169888PORTABLE DOCUMENT CAMERA AND ASSEMBLY FOR ENABLING SAME - A small, lightweight assembly that enables document camera functionality, along with other features and functionalities is disclosed. Examples of additional functionality provided with some embodiments include split-screen viewing, high quality screen shots, and digital zoom.07-05-2012
20120212630CAMERA BASED INTERACTION AND INSTRUCTION - Disclosed are methods and apparatus for instructing persons using computer based programs and/or remote instructors. One or more video cameras obtain images of the student or other participant. In addition images are analyzed by a computer to determine the locations or motions of one or more points on the student. This location data is fed to computer program which compares the motions to known desired movements, or alternatively provides such movement data to an instructor, typically located remotely, who can aid in analyzing student performance. The invention preferably is used with a substantially life-size display, such as a projection display can provide, in order to make the information displayed a realistic partner or instructor for the student. In addition, other applications are disclosed to sports training, dance, and remote dating.08-23-2012
20120212631METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING A COMBINATION OF MEDIA DATA AND METADATA - A method of providing a combination of video data (08-23-2012
20120212629APPARATUS, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD, FOR SELECTING INFORMATION DELIVERY MANNER USING FACIAL RECOGNITION - An apparatus, and an associated method, selects a manner by which to deliver received information at a wireless, or other electronic, device. A facial recognition indication is obtained and analyzed. Responsive to the analysis of the facial recognition indication, selection is made of the manner by which to deliver the information. If the facial recognition indication indicates the recipient to exhibit a serious demeanor, the information is provided in aural form, thereby to permit delivery of the information without requiring the recipient to read, or otherwise view, the information.08-23-2012
20120314092CELL COUNTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An automated system captures multiple digital images of a sample, from different viewing areas of the sample. The images are analyzed and a test result may be reported based on the count of cells in all of the digital images. The system may be especially applicable to the testing of samples having low cell concentrations, as the variability between tests may be reduced as compared with a system that bases its test results on only a single image of the sample. The system may count the cells in a first digital image of the sample, and may capture or analyze one or more additional digital images only when it is recognized that additional measurements are needed to ensure adequate accuracy and repeatability of the test.12-13-2012
20120075485PROGRAM OF MOBILE DEVICE, MOBILE DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE DEVICE - A computer-readable recording device may store a computer program including instructions for causing a computer of a mobile device to operate as: (1) an image specifying module that specifies a plurality of partial images corresponding to a plurality of candidate devices within a taken image that is displayed by a display unit provided in the mobile device, and (2) a communication controlling module that controls a communication unit configured to communicate using a wireless network such that the communication unit communicates with a candidate device corresponding to the partial image, in a case where an operation unit configured to receive an operation on the mobile device by a user receives a selection of the partial image.03-29-2012
20120075484COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM STORED THEREIN, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A real camera image of a real space that is captured by a real camera is obtained. Color information about a plurality of sampling points in the real camera image is obtained. Next, an average color is calculated based on the obtained color information about the plurality of sampling points. Based on the calculated average color, parameters relating to the color and brightness of a light source set in a virtual space are set. A virtual object image is generated by capturing, with a virtual camera, an image of a virtual object existing in the virtual space, which virtual object is illuminated by the light source whose parameters have been set. Then, a superimposed image, in which the virtual object image is superimposed on the real camera image, is generated and displayed on a display device.03-29-2012
20120075483Systems and Methods for Ergonomic Measurement - Systems and methods for ergonomic measurement are disclosed. For example, in one embodiment a method for ergonomic measurement includes: receiving a first signal from an image sensor, the first signal comprising data associated with a user's orientation with respect to the image sensor. A second signal is received from a orientation sensor, the second signal comprising data associated with the image sensor's orientation with respect to gravity. An ergonomic measurement of the user is determined based at least in part on the first and second signals. Another embodiment includes a computer-readable medium comprising processor-executable code for executing such a method.03-29-2012
20120075482IMAGE BLENDING BASED ON IMAGE REFERENCE INFORMATION - A target image is obtained from a cloud database based on reference information associated with a source image that is captured by an image capture device. The target image is blended with the source image to generate a blended image.03-29-2012
20120257066DRIVING SYSTEM FOR VIRTUAL WEB CAMERA - A driving system for virtual web camera enabling several applications to access corresponding virtual web cameras is disclosed. The driving system includes the operations of: linking an upper filter to top of USB Video Class Driver as a driver for the virtual web camera through an upper filter driver mechanism provided by an operating system; executing the upper filter to perform initialization and generate device objects, each corresponding to a real web camera as the virtual web camera and having a specific device name; a file handle for the device object being assigned to the application, which opens the device object and then communicates with the web camera without changing the source code; and releasing the file handle when the file handle is closed at the request of the application such that another application can open and use the device object without interfering with other current applications.10-11-2012
20120257067SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FOCUS TRANSITION - Systems and methods for setting a focal transition for an image capturing device receive data including user selections of focal settings for respective areas of interest in an image, generate a first interface that includes indicators of the focal settings for the respective areas of interest, receive data including user selections of transitional focal settings for respective transitional areas between the areas of interest, and generate a second interface, the second interface including indicators of the transitional focal settings for the respective transitional areas between the areas of interest.10-11-2012
20120314090LOCATION SPECIFIC PERSONALIZED ENTERPRISE SERVICES USING VIDEO SIGNATURE OF AN ELECTRONIC DISPLAY - Readily available mobile computing devices and electronic display signs that are associated with particular locations are used to provide enhanced location specific services to customers in a secure manner. A customer at enterprise premises can access the available services published by the enterprise by capturing information from an electronic display sign using an authentic mobile computing device application. Non-reproducible content is displayed on the electronic display signs to enable authentication of a mobile computing device application, where the mobile computing device application once authenticated acts as a trusted end point to publish the enterprise services. Hardware investment for the enterprise is reduced, and shortcomings of existing network based location specific services are overcome.12-13-2012
20120081555Reflective photography - Reflective Photography produces prints that make the objects photographed completely unrecognizable. A thin sheet of undulating polyester film is photographed. The objects placed in front and indirectly photographed produce an impressionistic print.04-05-2012
20120081554DISPLAY SYSTEM USING METADATA TO ADJUST AREA OF INTEREST AND METHOD - A method of and apparatus for preparing an image signal includes combining with a video signal having a number of objects of interest metadata identifying the objects as Area of Interest (AOI). Exemplary objects includes an object in a group of objects, such as a horse in a horse race, a sports object, such as a hockey puck, and so on. The object may be an objectionable, such as a representation of violence, sex or vulgar language. A user may provide an input to select an object of interest to alter the prominence of the selected object. A display system responsive to the image signal for showing images having AOI with altered prominence based on user input. A non-transitory computer readable medium containing logic code for carrying out the foregoing.04-05-2012
20120081553SPATIAL FILTERING FOR IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING - Systems and methods are disclosed for applying spatial filtering to raw image data. In one embodiment, a spatial filter may identify an n×n block of pixels from the current image frame, the n×n block including a plurality of neighboring pixels being centered about a current input pixel and being of the same color component as the current input pixel. The spatial filter may include a plurality of filter taps, with one filter tap corresponding to each of the pixels within the n×n block. A set of filtering coefficients for each filter tap, which may be based on a Gaussian function, may be determined. A pixel difference value between the current input pixel and each of the plurality of neighboring pixels in the n×n block are determined, and the pixel differences may be used to determine an attenuation factor for each filter tap. In one embodiment, the attenuation factor is based upon the pixel difference value between the raw input pixel and the neighboring pixel at the filter tap and brightness of the current input pixel. An attenuated set of filtering coefficients may be obtained thereafter by applying the attenuation factors to their respective filtering taps. Subsequently, the attenuated filtering coefficients may be applied to obtain a set of filtered pixel values. By normalizing the sum of the filtered pixel values using the sum of the attenuated filtering coefficients, a spatially filtered output value corresponding to the current input pixel (e.g., located at the center of the n×n block) may be determined.04-05-2012
20120262585RECORDING CONTROL DEVICE, INFORMATION DEVICE, INFORMATION RECORDING SYSTEM AND PROGRAM - A recording control device is capable of transmitting and receiving information to and from an external information device. The recording control device includes a first storage medium; and a control section for, when acquiring the information from the external information device, storing the information on the first storage medium, and when connection with the external information device is disconnected, recording the information stored on the first storage medium, or other information based on the information stored on the first storage medium, on a second storage medium.10-18-2012
20120229658METHOD FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN IN A PROPRIETARY AREA - Method for avoiding unauthorized images of a proprietor's information from being transmitted outside the proprietor's control. A photographic image captured with a camera incorporated upon the wireless handheld communication device is wirelessly transmitted to a proprietor's server. The image is stored on the server after capture and transmission, preferably while the device is still in the photography-restricted geographical area that is under the control of the proprietor of the server. Once at the server, the photographic image is analyzed to determine whether or not the image is authorized for dissemination outside the proprietor's control. Local storage of the photographic image can be prevented on the device which assures that the transmission and storage of the photographic image on the proprietor's server is exclusive.09-13-2012
20120229657PROVIDING DATA ASSOCIATED WITH RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS AND IMAGES - In general terms, embodiments of the present invention relate to methods and apparatuses for providing information regarding relationships between individuals, who may be associated with a user of a mobile device, and objects (e.g., products, locations, businesses, etc.) identified in an image. In some embodiments, this image may be captured by a mobile device. For example, in some embodiments, a method is provided that includes: (a) receiving first information associated with an image, where the image was captured by a mobile device operated by a user; (b) receiving second information regarding one or more individuals; (c) determining, based at least partially on the first and second information, one or more relationships between information regarding individuals and information associated with the image; and (d) presenting, via the mobile device of the user, information associated with the one or more relationships.09-13-2012
20120229656DISTRIBUTED IMAGE ACQUISITION, COMMUNICATION, AND STORAGE SYSTEM - A distributed image acquisition and storage system having a communication network. Digital cameras acquire digital images and transmit the digital images through a local communication channel. Storage devices connected to the communication network receive digital images from the digital cameras through the local communication channel, store the received digital images, and transmit and receive digital images over the communication network. The system is arranged so that the storage devices stores digital images received through the separate local communication channel from associated digital cameras, transmits digital images received from non-associated digital cameras through the separate local communication network to the second storage device through the communication network, and receives and stores digital images received from associated digital cameras from the storage device through the remote communication network.09-13-2012
20120229655System and methods for network computing interaction with camera - A multi-functional digital imaging system is described that disaggregates camera functions into network computing interactions with at least one image capture device. The camera captures the image and sends the image file to at least one external computer for filtration and modification of the image file.09-13-2012
20120229654Multi-functional modular digital imaging system - A multi-functional digital imaging system is described that disaggregates camera functions into modular camera functionality. Analytical camera functions of image assessment and control are exported to at least one external computer. The system filters image files in an external computer by using an external DSP and imports the corrected file to the camera for storage and display.09-13-2012
20100214421Skin Color Measurement - A process for measuring skin color parameters from a digital photograph using novel color correction algorithms is described. The process includes measuring color values of a digital color photo, correcting the color deviation of each picture to that of a standard color, and converting the corrected RGB values and generating an output that is useful to L*a*b* values to describe changes in the color properties of the photographed skin.08-26-2010
20110122260CAMERA MODULE - A camera module allowing for its downsizing and reducing power consumption transmits and receives data to and from another apparatus via wireless communication, and includes: a camera unit capturing object images and providing information of the images as image data; a memory in which the data is stored; an antenna unit used for wireless transmission and reception; a wireless IC unit wirelessly transmitting the data; a power supply unit receiving electromagnetic waves used for wireless communication via the antenna unit and generating power by electromagnetic induction through the electromagnetic waves or by a radiated electromagnetic field; a power supply unit supplying the power at least to the camera unit; and a memory power control unit selecting one of the power supply units as a power source of the memory according to a state of the camera module.05-26-2011
20110122259EMBEDDED APPLIANCE FOR MULTIMEDIA CAPTURE - A multimedia device includes input ports dedicated to receiving a real-time media signal and a processor system dedicated to capturing the real-time media signal. The processor system defines an embedded environment. The input ports and the processor system are integrated into the multimedia capture device. The input ports include an audio input port and at least one of a visual-capture input port or a digital-image input port.05-26-2011
20080297607Image file sharing method, and digital camera and center server used in image file sharing system - Group keys and image group names of image groups to which the owner of a digital camera belongs are transmitted from a server to the digital camera. The image group names are displayed in list form and an image group name is selected from the list. The group key of the selected image group is transmitted from the digital camera to the server. The server sends the digital camera access information for accessing the user computer of another user who belongs to the image group identified by the received group key. The digital camera accesses the user computer based upon the access information and receives the image file desired.12-04-2008
20080297606DIGITAL CAMERA - Provided is a hand-held modular camera assembly with a camera module, a printer module, and a dispenser module. The assembly has a central processor which includes a RISC processor core, and a memory operatively storing operating instructions for the processor core and image data for manipulation by said core. The central processor also includes a serial bus interface for communicating with the camera module, the printer module and the dispenser module.12-04-2008
20120320224INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, SERVER SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION STORAGE DEVICE - An information processing device (first processing device) includes a captured image acquisition section that acquires a captured image from an imaging section (imaging device), a trimming range setting section that sets a trimming range to the captured image acquired by the captured image acquisition section, the trimming range corresponding to an image processing target area that is processed by a server system (second processing device), and a communication section that transmits image information to the server system via a network, the image information being information about an area of the captured image that has been set as the trimming range by the trimming range setting section.12-20-2012
20120320225OFFLOADING PROCESSING OF IMAGES FROM A PORTABLE DIGITAL CAMERA - Images are offloaded from a portable camera automatically to a network server at the time the images are taken, transparently to a user of the camera. The server executes processing functions on the images and returns the output of the processing over the network to the camera and/or other user-defined destination device to thereby relieve the camera processor of potentially complex processing chores.12-20-2012
20120320223COMPUTING DEVICE, STORAGE MEDIUM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TWO IMAGES - In a method for identifying differences between two images using a computing device, a digital image of the object is captured using an image capturing device, and a standard image of the object is obtained from a storage system of the computing device. A threshold value is generated according to pixel values of the digital image and the standard image. The method extracts first feature points from the digital image and second feature points from the second gray picture according to the threshold value. The method further determines a first feature area of the first gray picture according to the first feature points, determines a second feature area of the second gray picture according to the second feature points, and compares the first feature area with the second feature area to identify a difference between the digital image and the standard image.12-20-2012
20110019011INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA STORAGE DEVICE, DATA TRANSFER SYSTEM AND DATA TRANSFER METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A personal computer holds data of a plurality of types in a content storage unit and transfers items of data related across the types of data to a digital camera as group data. The digital camera stores the group data, which is received from the personal computer, in a content memory unit.01-27-2011
20120268611ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - A portable terminal forms the same group with one or more portable terminals. The portable terminal receives photographed images that are photographed by the other portable terminals belonging to the same group and displays the received photographed images. The disclosure of this technology is applicable to, for example, an electronic apparatus such as a portable telephone.10-25-2012
20120268612ON-SITE COMPOSITION AND AESTHETICS FEEDBACK THROUGH EXEMPLARS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS - A comprehensive system to enhance the aesthetic quality of the photographs captured by mobile consumers provides on-site composition and aesthetics feedback through retrieved examples. Composition feedback is qualitative in nature and responds by retrieving highly aesthetic exemplar images from the corpus which are similar in content and composition to the snapshot. Color combination feedback provides confidence on the snapshot to contain good color combinations. Overall aesthetics feedback predicts the aesthetic ratings for both color and monochromatic images. An algorithm is used to provide ratings for color images, while new features and a new model are developed to treat monochromatic images. This system was designed keeping the next generation photography needs in mind and is the first of its kind. The feedback rendered is guiding and intuitive in nature. It is computed in situ while requiring minimal input from the user.10-25-2012
20120268610INFORMATION TERMINAL CAPABLE OF TRANSMITTING FILE - An information terminal capable of transmitting a file to another device includes a display unit; a storage unit for storing a relationship between an image and a transmission destination; a designation unit for designating the image as a standby image of the display unit; an operation unit for receiving an operation to instruct transmission of the file; and a processing unit for performing a process of transmitting the file to another device in accordance with the operation. The processing unit performs a process of specifying, as a transmission destination of the file, the transmission destination related to the image set as the standby image in the display unit at a time when the operation unit receives the operation, for transmitting the file.10-25-2012
20100245596SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGE SELECTION AND CAPTURE PARAMETER DETERMINATION - An apparatus and method for identifying image capture opportunities. Expert photo agents (09-30-2010
20100182436VENUE PLATFORM - The present disclosure is configured to perform a method of recording the movement of a user during a sporting event session. The method may include detecting the user's movement during a first portion of the sporting event session, and recording the user's movement via a recording device upon the user's first location being confirmed via a location determination device. Examples of sporting event sessions may include, BMX biking, race tracks, motocross, skate boarding, skiing, snowboarding, etc.07-22-2010
20120086820METHOD OF GENERATING MOVING PICTURE INFORMATION - A moving picture file is generated from moving picture data received from a camera. Control sequence information from the camera corresponding to the generated moving picture file, and information relating to an address of the camera, are incorporated into the moving picture file. The moving picture file is generated by dividing the received moving picture data, based on camera control information.04-12-2012
20120086818DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera is provided that includes a first wireless communication module and image data processor. The first wireless communication module transmits image data to a monitor device via wireless communication. The image data processor processes image data before transmitting it to the monitor device via the wireless communication module. The image data processor has a first mode in which the image data are compressed at a predetermined compression ratio when transmitting a through-the-lens image to the monitor device, and a second mode in which the image data are compressed less than the predetermined compression, including zero compression, while carrying out at least one of reducing a frame rate compared to the first mode or extracting part of an image comprising the image data.04-12-2012
20120086817DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera is provided that includes an imaging module and a first wireless communication module. The first wireless communication module is used to perform radio communication with a monitor device separated from a camera body. A volume of data being transferred per unit time is reduced compared to a volume of moving-image data transferred via wired communication to display the moving image, when moving-image data obtained by the imaging module being transferred to the monitor device uses the first wireless communication module.04-12-2012
20120086816SPEED DOME CAMERA - A camera includes a front portion, a rear portion and a electric brush connecting the front portion and the rear portion. The front portion includes a camera module for capturing image. The front portion further includes a wireless transmission module. The rear portion further includes a wireless receiving module. The front potion sends the image to the wireless receiving module by the wireless transmission module.04-12-2012
20120140085CAMERAS, CAMERA APPARATUSES, AND METHODS OF USING SAME - The present specification provides hands-free, mobile, real-time video cameras that overcome the shortcomings of previous designs. Cameras described in the present specification may be light-weight and small enough to be mounted anywhere, especially on a user's body. Cameras described in the present specification may be also cost-effective and rugged enough for use during very strenuous and/or high contact activities. Yet, even with a very small and durable form-factor, cameras described in the present specification offer full-motion, enhanced, and/or high-definition video capture over an extended period of time. The combination of diminutive size, low-power consumption, and high resolution has been heretofore unavailable in the art. Moreover, cameras described in the present specification may be seamlessly compatible with various software applications and platform independent.06-07-2012
20120327253IMAGE CAPTURING TRANSFER APPARATUS THAT SENDS A FLASH ON/OFF PARAMETER INSTRUCTION FOR A FLASH UNIT CONNECTED TO THE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus that can communicate with an external apparatus includes an instruction unit configured to receive an instruction to change a parameter in the external apparatus, and a sending unit configured to send a control signal for causing the external apparatus to change the parameter in the external apparatus, to the external apparatus according to the instruction received by the instruction unit, in which the sending unit sends, when the instruction received by the instruction unit includes an instruction to change a plurality of types of parameters in the external apparatus, the control signal a plural number of times according to the types of the parameters to be changed, to cause the external apparatus to change the parameters in a predetermined order.12-27-2012
20120327252GUIDANCE FOR IMAGE CAPTURE AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS - A method for providing guidance to a user as to what images should be captured by the user as the user moves from location to location, comprising receiving a first captured digital image having pixel data captured of a scene at a first location, using a processor to analyze the pixel data of the first captured digital image and determining based on such analysis a second possible image capture location for the user, wherein the second possible image capture location is selected from a plurality of different possible locations, and transmitting guidance to the user over a communications network, the guidance including information concerning a next scene to be captured at the second location.12-27-2012
20120092510SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING VIDEO DATA - Described herein are systems and methods for managing video data. In overview, various embodiments provide software, hardware and methodologies associated with the management of video data. In overview, a distributed DVM system includes a plurality of discrete DVM systems, which may be geographically or notionally distributed. Each discrete DVM system includes a respective central DVM database server thereby to provide autonomy to the discrete system. This server supports one or more camera servers, these camera servers in turn each being configured to make available live video data from one or more cameras. Each system additionally includes one or more clients, which provide a user interface for displaying video data (such as video data from one of the cameras). The discrete DVM systems are primarily linked by way of a centralized database server/database server communications interface. However, the clients are configured to connect directly to camera servers belonging to their local DVM system or a remote DVM system in the distributed architecture.04-19-2012
20120092509METHOD OF EXECUTING FAST ASSOCIATION FUNCTION OF CAMERA AND PORTABLE DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME - A portable device and a method of executing the fast association function of a camera are provided. The method includes activating the camera, capturing a gathering image using the camera, activating a user function registered as an associated function of the camera when the gathering image is captured, and performing the registered user function based on the gathering image.04-19-2012
20120092508IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus includes an imaging unit configured to photograph an object to acquire an image, an acquisition unit configured to acquire positional information, an addition unit configured to add the positional information acquired by the acquisition unit to the image acquired by the imaging unit, an operation unit configured to receive an instruction from a user, and a notification unit configured to notify before sending the image, when the operation unit receives an instruction to send the image to the external apparatus after the acquisition unit starts to perform processing for acquiring the positional information and before the addition unit adds the positional information to the image, the user that the positional information has not been added to the image which is instructed to be sent.04-19-2012
20120092507USER EQUIPMENT, AUGMENTED REALITY (AR) MANAGEMENT SERVER, AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AR TAG INFORMATION - A user equipment to generate augmented reality (AR) tag information includes a photographing unit to capture an image of a target object, an information collecting unit to collect contextual information when the photographing unit captures the image of the target object, and a control unit to generate AR tag information of the target object based on the contextual information. A method for generating AR tag information in a user equipment includes capturing an image of a target object, collecting contextual information when capturing the image of the target object, and generating AR tag information of the target object based on the contextual information.04-19-2012
20120092506Image processing device, image processing system, image processing method and program - Disclosed herein is an image processing device including: an acquisition section adapted to acquire coded data and control the output or recording of the coded data; a generation section adapted to generate image data; a coding section adapted to generate the coded data by coding the generated image data in response to an output request from the acquisition section; an output section adapted to output the generated coded data to the acquisition section; and a control section adapted to determine, based on the generated coded data, the sizes of vertical and horizontal synchronizing signals used to output the coded data to the acquisition section, notify the determined sizes to the acquisition section, and control the output section to output the coded data according to the vertical and horizontal synchronizing signals of the determined sizes after the notification.04-19-2012
20120287290System and Method for Pairing Hand-Held Devices Utilizing a Front-Facing Camera - A hand-held wireless communications device includes a camera integrated within a housing of the wireless communications device, a front-facing lens assembly to focus light onto the camera, a display, and a controller connected to the camera and the display. The controller controls the camera to capture an image of another device that is in front of its display. The device can then analyze the image to extract information specific to the other device, and utilize that information to identify and authenticate the other device. Once identified and authenticates, the devices are able to share data and information with each other.11-15-2012
20120287292INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An information processing apparatus includes a first obtaining unit, a second obtaining unit and a display control unit. The first obtaining unit obtains, from an electronic device connected to the information processing apparatus, image data stored in a memory medium connected to the electronic device. The second obtaining unit obtains in advance reduced image data corresponding to the image data before obtainment of the image data by the first obtaining unit. The display control unit updates reduced image data displayed on a display unit, obtained by the second obtaining unit, in accordance with a display condition designated by a user. When the display condition is changed while the first obtaining unit is executing obtainment of image data, the first obtaining unit changes an obtainment order of image data based on the changed display condition.11-15-2012
20120287291SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING ARRAY CAMERA IMAGE DATA - Systems and methods for transmitting and receiving image data captured by an imager array including a plurality of focal planes are described. One embodiment of the invention includes capturing image data using a plurality of active focal planes in a camera module, where an image is formed on each active focal plane by a separate lens stack, generating lines of image data by interleaving the image data captured by the plurality of active focal planes, and transmitting the lines of image data and the additional data.11-15-2012
20120140083BROADCASTING CONTENT - User imaging terminals (such as mobile phones with camera or video functionality) may be used to take images that are used to create an image stream of an event. In one implementation, a device may receive the images and transmit the images to one or more second users. The device may receive indications, from the second users, of whether the images are approved by the second users for incorporation into an image stream; and generate the image stream, based on the images that are approved by the second users. The image stream may be transmitted to one or more display devices.06-07-2012
20130010123PORTABLE HAND-HELD DEVICE HAVING NETWORKED QUAD CORE PROCESSOR - A portable hand-held device is provided having a processor chip. The processor chip has, on-chip, a network interface and four interconnected processing units. The processing units are configured to process information communicated over the network interface.01-10-2013
20130010122HAND HELD IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE WITH MULTI-CORE PROCESSOR AND WIRELESS INTERFACE TO INPUT DEVICE - A hand held electronic device that has a CMOS image sensor for capturing image data, a wireless device port for wireless connection to a user input device and, a central processor. The central processor has multiple processing units, an image sensor interface and a wireless device interface integrated onto a single chip. The image sensor interface receives the image data from the CMOS image sensor, and the wireless device interface being configured to receive user inputs from the wireless device port. The multiple processing units are configured to process the image data in parallel together with the user inputs from the wireless device interface.01-10-2013
20130010121SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCESSING PRODUCT DATABASE - A method for accessing product database includes: storing a number of images of different products and information corresponding to each product; capturing an image of a product; comparing the image captured by the camera with the stored images to determine whether the image is the same as one of the stored images; and reading information of one product corresponding to the image when the image is the same as one of the stored images.01-10-2013
20130016226Techniques for Processing Images - An apparatus, device, methods, computer program product, and system are described that determine a processing to be performed on an image at a remote processing resource, capture an image, and transmit to the remote processing resource, in response to a triggering event, the image to be processed and associated information.01-17-2013
20130016227HAND-HELD QUAD CORE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A hand-held apparatus is provided having a digital camera, a display, a miniature keyboard, a network interface, and four interconnected processing units arranged to jointly run programs for the operation of the digital camera, display, miniature keyboard, and network interface.01-17-2013
20130016225DISTRIBUTED IMAGE ACQUISITION, STORAGE, AND BACKUP METHODAANM Cok; Ronald StevenAACI RochesterAAST NYAACO USAAGP Cok; Ronald Steven Rochester NY US - A method of distributing and storing acquired images includes providing a digital camera and a plurality of functionally identical independent storage devices. Each storage device receives and stores digital images. Each digital image is stored as a working copy on a storage device and is stored as a corresponding backup copy on a storage device different from the storage device storing the working copy. One or more storage devices store both a working copy of a first digital image and a backup copy of a second digital image different from the first digital image. Each storage device automatically sends a working copy or backup copy to another of the plurality of storage devices, automatically receives a working copy or backup copy from another of the plurality of storage devices, and automatically stores a received working copy or backup copy.01-17-2013
20130021479VIDEO-BASED TRANSMISSION OF ITEMS - A method includes, in a server residing in a network of interconnected computers, uploading a video from a user device in the network, attaching an item to the uploaded video, and sending a link to the uploaded video with attached item to a recipient.01-24-2013
20090059014Device and method for embedding and retrieving information in digital images - A digital imaging device and methods thereof that will enable the embedding and retrieving of information in digital images are provided. The digital imaging device includes a capture module for capturing an image and creating a digital image file; an input module for inputting information regarding the captured image; and a processing module for associating the inputted information to the digital image file. The device further includes a scanning module for reading a symbology associated with a printed digital image and wherein the processing module is adapted to use the symbology to retrieve the associated information of the digital image file. The device may be embodied as a digital camera, a mobile phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), etc.03-05-2009
20120242845MEMORY CARD AND METHOD FOR STORAGE AND WIRELESS TRANSCEIVING OF DATA - A memory card is provided that is configured to be used in a digital camera having an inbuilt processor incapable of independently exporting digital data externally of the digital camera or independently importing digital data from externally of the digital camera. The memory card comprises a wireless transceiver module being operably connected to at least one of a central processor, and a storage module; and is configured to wirelessly receive the digital data transmitted to the digital camera and to wirelessly transmit the digital data from the digital. The central processor is configured to be instructed by the inbuilt processor via controls of the digital camera to control at least one of: the reception of the digital data by the digital camera, and the transmission of the digital data selected from the digital camera. The storage module is operably connected to the central processor and is configured to store at least one of the digital data captured by the digital camera, and the digital data received by the digital camera. The memory card is configured to at least one of: wirelessly transmit the selected digital data to at least one external device through the wireless transceiver module, and wirelessly receive the digital data from an external device through the wireless transceiver module. The storage of the digital data is able to take place substantially in real time, and the transmission of the selected digital data is able to take place substantially in real time.09-27-2012
20120242843RECORDER AND PLAYER - A player according to the present disclosure includes: an interface that retrieves an audio file from a storage medium on which the audio file and a still picture file are stored; and a controller that retrieves a still picture file, which is selected by the file name of the audio file, from the storage medium and that reads audio and a still picture from the audio file and the still picture file, respectively.09-27-2012
20100091115INTEGRATED INTERNET CAMERA SYSTEM - An integrated Internet camera system comprises a website archive and review center (WSARC) for storing and managing images and an Internet direct camera (IDC) for capturing an image, automatically transmitting the image to an account associated with said IDC on the WSARC upon image capture and receiving stored image from the WSARC. The IDC comprises a display for displaying the captured image and the received image. The IDC automatically connects to the WSARC over an Internet connection on power-up.04-15-2010
20130176441User interface system employing printed substrate and substrate sensing device - A user interface system includes a substrate having printed thereon user information and coded data, the coded data identifying various spatial regions of the printed substrate, and identifying a position of each coded data on the printed substrate; an optically imaging device configured to interact with the coded data on the substrate, generate interaction data indicating the physical region in which the device is interacting with the substrate; and a first computer system for receiving the interaction data, the first computer system configured to retrieve a digital version of the substrate, identify a digital region in the digital version corresponding to the physical region indicated by the interaction data, generate a query expression comprising of a search term identified from the digital region, and form a request from the query expression.07-11-2013
20130176442DIGITAL MEDIA ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS - Aspects are disclosed for enhancing digital media. In an aspect, a target object in a primary image is identified, and reference images that include the target object are located. The target object is then modified within the primary image according to data derived from analyzing the reference image. In another aspect, a primary file is received, and at least one reference file is referenced to generate enhancement data that facilitates enhancing the primary file from an extrapolation of the reference file. In yet another aspect, media files corresponding to a common event are aggregated, and a desired enhancement of a primary file is identified. Here, the desired enhancement corresponds to a modification of an obstruction included in the primary file. A reference file which includes data associated with the desired enhancement is then referenced, and the obstructed data is modified based on replacement data extrapolated from the reference file.07-11-2013
20130141595METHOD FOR DETECTING DEAD PIXELS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM RODUCT THEREOF - A method for detecting dead pixels obtains a downsampling set formed by a plurality of sample pixels by downsampling a to-be-tested image, and computes a moving average for each sample pixel to determine whether the sample pixel is a dead pixel candidate. If so, all pixels in a neighborhood of the dead pixel candidate are determined as to-be-detected pixels. For each to-be-detected pixel, a compensated value and a weighted average under a mask are estimated. A hypothetic dead pixel value is obtained by comparing an original pixel value of each to-be-detected pixel and the moving average of the dead pixel candidate. Whether the to-be-detected pixel is a dead pixel is determined by using the original pixel value, the compensated value, the weighted average and the hypothetic dead pixel value.06-06-2013
20130141596TRANSMITTER, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The present technique relates to a sending device, a sending method, and a program that can restrain a disturbance or the like of an image, the disturbance or the like being generated when the image, transmitted from a data transmission channel, is displayed with low delay. An RTP communication part obtains an adjustment quantity for adjusting a capture timing to start capturing an image, a capture adjusting part adjusts the capture timing based on the adjustment quantity, a capture part captures the image in synchronization with the adjusted capture timing, and the RTP communication part sends the captured image to a receiving device. The present technique may be applied to, for example, a sending device that captures and sends an image.06-06-2013
20130169827METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAKE-UP SIMULATION ON PORTABLE DEVICES HAVING DIGITAL CAMERAS - A system and method are capable of performing make-up virtual images obtained with portable devices with a digital camera. The method automatically detects points of interest (eyes, mouth, eyebrow, face contour) of the user's face image allowing the user to virtually apply make-up using fingers on a touch screen. Another algorithm was created to avoid “blurring” of make-up in the application from the user's fingers. The system allows the creation of virtual make-up faces with high accuracy. To carry out the virtual make-up, methods were created for automatically detecting points of interest in the facial image and enforcing transparency in the image to simulate the make-up and restrict the make-up application area within the region where the points of interest are found. The system allows testing cosmetics application in facial images to aid choosing colors of cosmetics before actually applying them.07-04-2013
20130169828METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TAGGING LOCATION INFORMATION - A method for using location information is provided. In the method, location information of the mobile terminal is stored every N-basis interval in a motion picture stream. Time information is obtained from the motion picture stream every N-basis interval. Information of a current area of the mobile terminal is obtained every N-basis interval. When a previous area and a current area are different from each other, information of the current area is stored.07-04-2013
20120249808IMAGE SENDING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD - An image sending apparatus capable of sending image data to an image recording apparatus connected to a network, includes a sending unit configured to send image data, a selecting unit configured to select an image to be sent based on a user's operation, and a controller configured to control the sending unit. The controller controls the sending unit to send reduced image data generated by reducing original image data of the image selected by the selecting unit to the image recording apparatus, and to send the original image data corresponding to the reduced image data sent to the image recording apparatus to the image recording apparatus.10-04-2012
20120249806COLLABORATIVE IMAGE CONTROL - Systems and methods of conducting collaborative sessions between mobile devices may provide for determining a time delay associated with a set of participating mobile devices, and determining a command execution time based at least in part on a clock of a managing device and the time delay. One or more control messages may be transmitted to the participating mobile devices, wherein the control messages include the command and the command execution time. Upon receiving a control message, each participating mobile device may determine a local execution time based at least in part on the command execution time and an offset of the clock of the managing device relative to a local clock. Execution of the command can therefore be coordinated across the set of participating mobile devices.10-04-2012
20130113943System and Method for Searching for Text and Displaying Found Text in Augmented Reality - A system and a method for searching for text in one or more images are provided. The method, performed by a computing device, comprises receiving an input. The computing device generates a search parameter from the input, the search parameter comprising the text. Optical character recognition is applied to the one or more images to generate computer readable text. The search parameter is applied to search for the text in the computer readable text and, if the text is found, an action is performed.05-09-2013
20130113948Memory Card and Method for Initiation of Storage and Wireless Transceiving of Data - Disclosed is a memory card having a central processor, a wireless transceiver module operatively connected to the central processor, a storage module operatively connected to the central processor, and a movement sensor operatively connected to the central processor. The movement sensor is configured to provide operational signals to the central processor as a result of a detection of movement of defined characteristics.05-09-2013
20130201352IMAGE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image management apparatus for managing an image, to which position information indicative of an image shooting location is appended, comprises a transmission unit configured to transmit map data corresponding to the position information to an information processing apparatus, and an identification unit configured to identify a user of the information processing apparatus, the transmission unit transmits, to the information processing apparatus, map data with a different scale in accordance with the user identified by the identification unit.08-08-2013
20130100298IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS - In the presence of a switching instruction of operation modes in an image capture apparatus, it is examined whether image data is being transferred or not. When the image data is not being transferred, the operation modes are immediately switched. When the image data is being transferred, the operation modes are switched after the completion of transfer.04-25-2013
20130100296MEDIA CONTENT DISTRIBUTION - A method of distributing media content includes capturing an image of a static media content, detecting at least one feature in the image, seeking a correlation of the image to a reference image using the at least one feature, and identifying at least one region of dynamic media content of the reference image in the image of the static media content.04-25-2013
20130113945HANDLE - A handle for a surgical light includes a housing that is not completely electromagnetically shielded. An HD camera, an image processing device, a compression device, a radio transmission device, and at least one antenna capable of transmitting a compressed HD video signal are disposed within the housing.05-09-2013
20130113944MEMORY CARD WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, METHOD OF OPERATING MEMORY CARD WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE DEVICE, DIGITAL CAMERA, AND METHOD OF OPERATING DIGITAL CAMERA - A memory card with a wireless communication function may include a card interface (I/F) unit, a storage unit configured to store processing content information when the processing content information indicating processing content has been input from the host equipment to the card I/F unit; a wireless communication unit; a processing determination unit configured to determine whether or not the storage unit has stored the processing content information corresponding to processing request information when the wireless communication unit has received the processing request information transmitted from the external apparatus, a processing execution unit, and a processing relay unit configured to output the processing request information to the host equipment via the card I/F unit when the processing determination unit determines that the storage unit has stored the processing content information corresponding to the processing request information.05-09-2013
20130113947IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - An image capture device has a first image transfer method for storing a captured digital image on a storage medium and transferring the digital image to a communication device, and a second image transfer method for storing the digital image on the storage medium, reading the digital image from the storage medium and then transferring the digital image to the communication device. The first image transfer method or the second image transfer method is manually or automatically set.05-09-2013
20130113946System And Method For Accessing And Utilizing Ancillary Data With An Electronic Camera Device - A system and method for accessing and utilizing ancillary data with an electronic camera device includes a data source that stores various selectable ancillary data files such as image template files, text overlay files, image background files, and special program instruction files. The data source may be implemented in any effective manner, including as a service on an distributed computer network like the Internet, as a discrete electronic device such as a personal computer, or as a removable, non-volatile memory device such as a flash memory. The electronic camera device may then utilize an ancillary data module to access, select, and download the ancillary data files from the data source for subsequently combining with other captured image data to thereby produce new composite images.05-09-2013
20130128058VIDEO RESPONSES TO MESSAGES - A device may receive a message from another device. The message may include a request to capture a reaction of a user when the message is displayed. The device may further cause the received message to be displayed, and cause, based on the request, at least one of a video, a picture, or an audio of the user to be captured while the received message is being displayed.05-23-2013
20130128060INTUITIVE COMPUTING METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A smart phone senses audio, imagery, and/or other stimulus from a user's environment, and acts autonomously to fulfill inferred or anticipated user desires. In one aspect, the detailed technology concerns phone-based cognition of a scene viewed by the phone's camera. The image processing tasks applied to the scene can be selected from among various alternatives by reference to resource costs, resource constraints, other stimulus information (e.g., audio), task substitutability, etc. The phone can apply more or less resources to an image processing task depending on how successfully the task is proceeding, or based on the user's apparent interest in the task. In some arrangements, data may be referred to the cloud for analysis, or for gleaning. Cognition, and identification of appropriate device response(s), can be aided by collateral information, such as context. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.05-23-2013
20130128059METHOD FOR SUPPORTING A USER TAKING A PHOTO WITH A MOBILE DEVICE - A method for supporting a user taking a photo with a mobile device and a system comprising a mobile device and a server are described.05-23-2013
20130141594ENHANCING IMAGE DATA - The invention concerns image processing that includes the estimation of the optical depths of points in image data in order to enhance the image data. In particular but not limited to, from the optical depth noise present in the image due to aerosol in the scene, such as fog or haze, can be reduced. The invention concerns determining.a first cost for each point independently based on a determined metric (06-06-2013
20110221910IMAGING DEVICE, AND SYSTEM FOR AUDIO AND IMAGE RECORDING - An imaging device includes an interface, a controller, and a recorder. The interface is connected to an external device. The interface is configured to receive divided audio data obtained by dividing data included in an audio file obtained by the external device in units of time, from the external device. The controller performs correlating an image file with the divided audio data so that the image file and divided audio data are synchronized, based on time data of the image file obtained by image shooting, and time data of the divided audio data. The controller performs sending reduced image data obtained by reducing images included in the image file, to the external device through the interface. The recorder records the image file and divided audio data.09-15-2011
20110228108INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CAPTURE IMAGE TRANSMITTING METHOD - A method of transmitting a capture image for an information processing apparatus comprising a communication module configured to execute close proximity wireless transfer. The method may include establishing connection between the communication module and an external device. The method may also include generating image data for a screen displayed on a display device and transmitting the generated image data to the external device when a “Get default object” command defined in a push protocol class of an object exchange (OBEX) protocol for requesting acquisition of a default object is received from the external device in a state where connection between the communication module and the external device is established, the “Get default object” command comprising a parameter for indicating an attribute of requested data as images.09-22-2011
20110254964EAR-HANGING MINIATURE VIDEO CAMERA - The present invention relates to the field of video camera and provides an ear-hanging miniature video camera. The ear-hanging miniature video camera comprises a video camera head, a control unit for controlling the operation of the video camera head, a storage unit for storing the information obtained by the video camera head and a shell for accommodating the video camera head, the control unit and the storage unit. The video camera whose main body consists of the video camera head, the control unit, the storage unit and the shell also comprises an ear-hook detachably connected with the shell and adapted to the shape of a human ear for fixing the main body of the video camera to a human ear, and a Bluetooth communication unit connected with the control unit and used in conjunction with the mobile terminal, said Bluetooth communication unit comprising a earpiece module and a microphone module so as to receive the audio signals transferred from the outside to the mobile terminal and output the audio signals at the user side through the mobile terminal. The ear-hanging miniature video camera of the invention can achieve the communication with the outside, so it's much more convenient for the users to use this ear-hanging miniature video camera.10-20-2011
20130147970Camera Based Information Exchange Mechanism - Mechanisms, in a portable computing device comprising a camera, for exchanging information between a user and a provider are provided. With these mechanisms, an image is captured using the camera of the portable computing device and an identifier of a physical object associated with the captured image is determined. The portable computing device transmits the identifier of the physical object, and user information describing a user of the portable computing device, to a separate computing device associated with a provider of the physical object. The portable computing device receives information associated with the physical object from the separate computing device associated with the provider of the physical object. A storage device of the portable computing device stores the physical object information in association with at least one of the captured image or the identifier of the physical object.06-13-2013
20130147971In-context Content Capture - A user interface includes a tactile interface on a client device that allows users to interact with social networking system content in a manner that is optimized for touch screens and mobile devices. The tactile interface allows users to efficiently navigate the social networking system data as well as to capture new content for upload to the social networking system. New content may be captured in a way that allows the user to preview the content in-context.06-13-2013
20100283859IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - An apparatus includes an image switching unit configured to switch an image displayed on a display unit such that if an image switching button is operated, the image displayed on the display unit is switched to a next image. The apparatus also includes a jump menu display unit configured such that if the image switching button is operated to continuously switch the displayed image, the jump menu display unit displays an image jump menu for jumping from the image currently displayed on the display unit to a desired image.11-11-2010
20130147973Wireless Camera Data Management - Disclosed herein is a wireless camera data management method in which a hub is used to monitor data on a wireless channel between the hub and a first camera. The first camera is located physically away from the hub. The hub is used to monitor data on the wireless channel between the hub and a second camera. The second camera is located physically away from the hub. When the wireless channel exhibits excessive data traffic, camera data transmitted from the first or second camera is reduced by at least one of the following: (i) reducing a frame rate of the camera data, (ii) reducing the resolution of the camera data, (iii) reducing the bit rate of the camera data by increased compression, (iv) using frame modulation on the camera data, or (v) prioritizing data transmitted by the first camera or the second camera based on a first user input.06-13-2013
20130147972USER DETECTING APPARATUS, USER DETECTING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING A USER DETECTING PROGRAM - A user detecting apparatus includes: a memory that stores a program including a procedure; and a processor that executed the program, the procedure including: obtaining an image captured by a camera, switching between a first mode in which a first user-associated area, which is associated with a user, is detected from the image according to a similarity between a color histogram of the image and a reference color histogram and a second mode in which a second user-associated area, which is associated with the user, is detected from the image according to a feature point extracted from the image, according to luminance of the image, and detecting, from the image, the first user-associated area in the first mode or the second user-associated area in the second mode.06-13-2013
20100045801System For Inputting Word-Image Into Information Device And Method For Inputting Word-Image - Disclosed are a word-image input system and a word-image input method, and more particularly, to a system for inputting an word-image into an information device and a method thereof that can enable the information device to read the word-image formed by placing a printed matter printed with words having a complicated language system at a proper location and pho-tographing the printed matter at optimized illuminance and distance. According to the present invention, it is possible to prevent the recognition rate for the word-image from being lowered due to shaking, spreading phenomenon and unstable illuminance when the word-image is recognized by the information device provided with the word recognition application. In addition, it is possible to easily input words such as Chinese having a complicated language system into the information device02-25-2010
20120274791METHODS FOR PROCESSING NOTIFICATIONS TO HAND HELD COMPUTING DEVICES FOR A CONNECTED HOME - A computer-implemented method for providing notifications to wireless hand held devices concerning status conditions of a remote location is provided. The method associates the remote location to a user account, and the user account is configurable with settings of a user having the user account. The server receives the settings over the Internet from a graphical user interface of an application rendered on the hand held personal computer. The method includes receiving, at the server, information from the controller for a change in status condition in at least one of the devices. The method determines that the change in status condition requires a notification and sends the notification to the application of the of the hand held personal computer. The notification is rendered as an icon displayable on a screen of the application. The icon is indicative of one or more notifications for the devices associated with the user account.11-01-2012
20120274790IMAGE SHARING SYSTEM, IMAGE MANAGING SERVER, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF - An image processing apparatus determines categories for classifying image data based on shooting information of the image data, generates an update information file for each category, and uploads the update information file along with the image data to an image managing server. A client terminal registers, in advance, the address of a desired update information file, and periodically checks the update information file in the image managing server. If the update information file indicates that new image data has been added to the image managing server, the image data is downloaded in accordance with the file path described in the update information file.11-01-2012
20120274789SIGNAL IMAGE EXTRACTION - An apparatus for eliminating background noise from a security marker authenticating system including a first sensor for capturing an image of a background of the security marker; a light source for illuminating the security marker; the first sensor or a second sensor or both captures a plurality images of the optical response of the security marker; a computer which averages the plurality of optical response images; the computer smoothes the background image; and the computer subtracts the smoothed background image from the average of the plurality of optical response images.11-01-2012
20100309320IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - When calculating the amount of color blur suppression based on gradient values at edge portions of image data, the degree of color blur suppression has been different between a non-addition readout method and an addition readout method even with an identical subject. To solve this problem, there is provided an image processing apparatus that calculates a suppression coefficient so as to suppress color blur when a gradient value exceeds a threshold value, and sets up the threshold value so that the gradient value range required for color blur suppression when an image sensor is driven by the addition readout method to generate image data is wider than the gradient value range required when the image sensor is driven by the non-addition readout method.12-09-2010
20100309319IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging element, a transfer unit, a storage unit, a signal processing unit, a write control unit, a read control unit, and a clock generation unit. The imaging element outputs image signals. The transfer unit serially transfers the image signals by using transfer channels. The storage unit stores the image signals transferred. The signal processing unit processes the image signals stored. The write control unit controls the writing of the image signals to the storage unit, in synchronism with a first clock signal synchronous with the image signals. The read control unit controls the reading of the image signals from the storage unit, in synchronism with a second clock signal for driving the signal processing unit. The clock generation unit generates the second clock signal having a frequency that accords with an amount of data constituted by the image signals transferred.12-09-2010
20100309318CAMERA IMAGE TRANSMISSION - A data and image transmission system includes at least one interactive control server system, coupled to a communications network, to which a user may connect for interactive communication to at least one remote image-data acquisition system located behind a communications security firewall. The image-data acquisition system includes a tunnel client, and the interactive control server system includes a active connection to enable the interactive control server system and the image-data acquisition system to transmit and receive communications through the firewall. A set of rules and the operational specifications of the image-data acquisition system, operable on the interactive control server system, determine how the data from the image-data acquisition system is provided to the interactive control server system. Conflicts between the data received from the image-data acquisition system and the data requested by the user are resolved by a set of prioritizing rules to determine the data transmitted to the user.12-09-2010
20130176443METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING IMAGE DATA AT HIGH SPEED - Provided are a method of transmitting and receiving image data with high speed, which includes sequentially transmitting image data output from an image sensor through one or more transmission channels with a speed corresponding to a bandwidth of the transmission channels, and sequentially recording image data received through one or more transmission channels in a frame store with a speed corresponding to a total bandwidth obtained by summing bandwidths of the respective one or more transmission channels, and an apparatus for implementing the method.07-11-2013
20110242335METHOD AND MEMORY CARD FOR WIRELESS DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGEMENT - A memory card configured to be used in a digital camera having an inbuilt processor incapable of independently exporting digital data externally of the digital camera or independently importing digital data from externally of the digital camera, the memory card comprising: a wireless transceiver module being operably connected to at least one of: a central processor, and a storage module; and being configured to receive the digital data transmitted to the digital camera and to export the digital data from the storage module; the central processor being configured to control at least one of: the reception of the digital data by the digital camera, and the transmission of the digital data from the digital camera when the digital data is captured by the digital camera; the storage module being operably connected to the central processor and being configured to store at least one of the digital data captured by the digital camera, and the digital data received by the digital camera; wherein at least one control button of the digital camera is able to be used to control the central processor when the memory card is physically and operably engaged in and with the digital camera and the digital camera is in a predefined mode; and the memory card is configured to at least one of: export the digital data to a wireless network location through the wireless transceiver module in response to an instruction received by the central processor from the inbuilt processor of the digital camera, and receive the digital data from a remote image collection apparatus through the wireless transceiver module in response to an instruction received by the central processor from the inbuilt processor of the digital camera.10-06-2011
20110242334Time Interleaved Exposures And Multiplexed Illumination - Samples of a scene are acquired in synchronization with finely interleaved varying conditions such as lighting, aperture, focal length, and so forth. A time-varying sample at each pixel for each condition is reconstructed. Time multiplexed interleaving allows for real-time, live applications, while handling motion blur naturally. Effects such as real-time video relighting of a scene is possible. Time interleaved exposures also allow segmentation of a scene, and allows for constrained special effects such as triangulation matting using a multi-color interleaved chroma key.10-06-2011
20110234819INTERACTIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEM FOR ALPINE APPLICATIONS - A system for monitoring and recording of recreational activities wherein the system does not require human interaction with the field of activities. The system allows the user the ability to manipulate data retrieved with the field of activities subsequent to storage in an offsite data base and data processing center.09-29-2011
20110234818IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT CONTAINING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processing device includes: an evaluation unit that evaluates a plurality of images by designating predetermined image characteristics as an evaluation index; an image processing unit that executes image processing, which will affect the evaluation index, on at least one image among the plurality of images; and an image selection unit that selects an image with superiority in an evaluation value calculated in correspondence to the evaluation index, among the plurality of images evaluated by the evaluation unit by factoring in application of the image processing by the image processing unit.09-29-2011
20110234817IMAGE CAPTURING TERMINAL, EXTERNAL TERMINAL, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - An image capturing system includes an image capturing terminal and an external terminal communicating with the image capturing terminal. Either the image capturing terminal or the external terminal includes a terminal information acquisition unit having a sensor and acquiring the position of the local terminal and the image capturing direction of the image capturing terminal from the sensor; and a calculation unit calculating a relative positional relationship between a subject and the local terminal. The image capturing system includes an instruction unit instructing a correction of the position of the local terminal or the image capturing direction of the image capturing terminal based on calculation result information indicating a calculation result of the relative positional relationship calculated by the calculation unit.09-29-2011
20110234816METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE USING THE SAME - The present invention discloses a method for image pickup and an image pickup device using the same. The image pickup device includes a lens, an image-processing program, and a user interface. The lens is utilized to obtain a main image by shooting an object. The image-processing program divides the main image into a plurality of sub-image blocks, computes the resolution of every sub-image block, and compares each resolution with a threshold. The user interface displays the compared result of each sub-image block to indicate if the lens and the object are parallel.09-29-2011
20110234815SYNCHRONIZATION OF NAVIGATION AND IMAGE INFORMATION FOR HANDHELD SCANNER - A computer peripheral that operates either as a computer mouse or as a scanner. The peripheral includes navigation sensors that generate information on motion of the device and an image array that captures successive image frames of an object being scanned. In a mouse mode, the peripheral periodically transfers readings from the navigation sensors to a computing device so that the computing device can track a position of the device. In a scanner mode, in addition to obtaining navigation information from the navigation sensors, the peripheral also captures image frames as it is moved across the object. Operation of the navigation sensors and image array may be synchronized such that an association between the image data and the navigation information may be generated and maintained as image frames are transferred to the computing device, even if some of the frames are dropped in transmission between the scanner-mouse and a computer.09-29-2011
20130155259System And Method For Efficiently Transferring Data From An Electronic Camera Device - A system and method for efficiently transferring data from an electronic camera device includes a camera device that is configured to capture image data and temporarily store the image data into an economical limited local buffer memory. A transfer manager from the camera device may then periodically arbitrate for access to a wireless communications network, and may transfer the captured image data from the buffer memory to a designated data destination, such as an image service on a distributed computer network like the Internet. A system user may then efficiently access the transferred image data from a dedicated storage location on the data destination by utilizing any appropriate data-access device, such as a personal computer device or a portable electronic device.06-20-2013
20130155260ETHERNET-BASED IMAGE TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING SYSTEM - An Ethernet-based image transmitting/receiving system including a image transmitting device configured to generate and transmit a packet including at least one multiplexed signal of a luminance signal and a chrominance signal; an image receiving device configured to receive the packet, extract the luminance signal and the chrominance signal from the multiplexed signal of the packet, store the luminance signal and the chrominance signal, and output the luminance signal and the chrominance signal by synchronizing lines with each other based on the synchronization information; and an Ethernet cable configured to connect the image transmitting device to the image receiving device and transmit the packet.06-20-2013
20120281102PORTABLE TERMINAL, ACTIVITY HISTORY DEPICTION METHOD, AND ACTIVITY HISTORY DEPICTION SYSTEM - A terminal information acquisition unit 11-08-2012
20120281101ELECTRONIC DEVICE, IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGE REPRODUCTION METHOD, IMAGE REPRODUCTION PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM WITH IMAGE REPRODUCTION PROGRAM RECORDED THEREUPON, AND IMAGE REPRODUCTION DEVICE - An electronic device includes: a communication unit that performs communication with an external device; and a control unit that issues a command to the external device via the communication unit, on the basis of at least one of capacity of the external device, and capacity of the electronic device.11-08-2012
20120281100CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A COMPUTER USING A PROJECTOR - A computer and method executes an operation when a user places an object between a projector and a projection screen, wherein the computer is connected to the projector. The computer captures an image of the projection screen. Furthermore, the computer obtains coordinates of each pixel of an shape of a shadow of an object and calculates average coordinates of the shape of the shadow of the object, in response to a determination that the shape of the shadow of the object matches the predetermined shape. The computer executes an operation on the average coordinates of the shape of the shadow of the object.11-08-2012
20130182130HIGH DEFINITION CAMERA - A camera includes a high definition (HD) imager with a central processing unit (CPU) or a graphic processing unit (GPU) including a plurality of processors therein; a wide area network (WAN) transceiver coupling the imager, the CPU or the GPU to a computer cloud with a cloud data storage device; and computer code executable by the processors in the GPU to encode and communicate an image or video to a cloud data storage device for sharing on Skype or a social network.07-18-2013
20130182126CAMERA DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND CAMERA SYSTEM - An example camera device includes an image capturing unit configured to capture an image, and a storage unit configured to store first attribute information of a target object used for identifying the target object from the image. The camera device also includes an identification unit, a requesting unit, and a storage control unit. The identification unit is configured to identify the target object in the image captured by the image capturing unit based on the first attribute information. The requesting unit is configured to request an external device to identify the target object when the identification unit is not able to identify the target object. The storage control unit is configured to receive second attribute information of the target object from the external device that is requested to identify the target object, and control the storage unit to store the second received attribute information.07-18-2013
20130182127IMAGING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS CONTROLLING METHOD, LENS APPARATUS CONTROLLING METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND IMAGING SYSTEM - In a camera unit that is capable of attaching and detaching a lens unit, a camera control unit transmits a drive command for shifting a focus lens to a position corresponding to a focal point detected by use of an evaluation value for focus adjustment generated from an imaging signal by a TVAF signal processing unit to a lens control unit. The camera control unit acquires data indicating the amount of change in image magnification from the lens apparatus when performing center shift to thereby control the focus lens so as to suppress an out-of-focus blur of an image according to the image signal in response to the amount of change in image magnification relative to the shift amount of the focus lens in the vicinity of a focal point.07-18-2013
20130182128SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MOBILE IMAGE CAPTURE AND PROCESSING - In various embodiments, methods, systems, and computer program products for processing digital images captured by a mobile device are disclosed. Myriad features enable and/or facilitate processing of such digital images using a mobile device that would otherwise be technically impossible or impractical, and furthermore address unique challenges presented by images captured using a camera rather than a traditional flat-bed scanner, paper-feed scanner or multifunction peripheral.07-18-2013
20130182129IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image display apparatus configured to recognize one or more objects from an image, determine a display priority of a menu to be displayed relating to a recognized object based on a set display mode, and displaying menus corresponding to one or more recognized objects based on the determined display priority.07-18-2013
20130182131IMAGE DATA PROCESSING SERVER - Provided is a server, wherein an image group and a terminal ID are received from an imaging terminal, a first ID specifying a first image among the image group, the terminal ID, and the first image are stored in a first storage, a second ID specifying a second image among the image group, the terminal ID, and the second image are stored in a first storage, a user ID and a terminal ID are received from an data terminal, the user ID and the terminal ID are stored in a second storage, the terminal ID is extracted by conducting a search thereof inside the second memory using the user ID as the key, the first image and the second image are extracted as a result of conducting a search thereof inside the first storage using the terminal ID as the key, a first summary image is stored in association with the terminal ID and the first ID in a third storage, a second summarized image is stored in association with the terminal ID and the second ID in the third storage, and the first summary image and the second summary image are sent to the data terminal.07-18-2013
20110285859COMMUNICATION IMAGE INTEGRATION MODULE - A communication image integration module applied to a portable computer has both communication transmission and image capture functions, and the communication image integration module is connected to the portable computer through the electric connection interface unit, and the integration module includes a substrate, an image capture unit, a communication connection unit and a Bluetooth communication unit, and the image capture unit, the communication connection unit and the Bluetooth communication unit are installed on the substrate, and the image capture unit is electrically coupled to the electric connection interface unit, and the communication connection unit and the Bluetooth communication unit include a communication antenna and a Bluetooth antenna respectively, such that the communication image integration module can achieve primary manufacture, testing and purchase, and lower the manufacturing cost.11-24-2011
20090179990Stand-alone video camera - The present invention discloses a novel combination for low cost, stand alone video cameras with surveillance features. In the embodiments, the camera body can be manufactured utilizing inexpensive materials such as press molded plastic, the view finder can be a simple through-hole without a lens, simple indicator lights and buttons can be utilized for programming and status functions, and a removable memory card can be used as primary storage. The video camera can operate on one or more batteries or external power. The video camera can be embedded with surveillance functions offering a variety of programming modes for operating as a security camera. By providing only essential features and features that can be manufactured at low cost, the overall cost of the resulting camera can be kept very low.07-16-2009
20110310261PRE- AND POST-SHUTTER SIGNAL IMAGE CAPTURE AND SORT FOR DIGITAL CAMERA - A camera system includes an image sensor and a processing apparatus receiving image frames from the sensor before and after receipt of a user picture signal. The processing apparatus discards frames that do not meet a quality criterion such as under-exposed frames. Also, the processing apparatus compresses only a subset of remaining frames, specifically, those that meet a compression amount threshold. The remaining frames are presented to a user, who can select a representative frame as the “picture” that was taken.12-22-2011
20110310260Augmented Reality - Augmented reality may be provided. Providing augmented reality may comprise detecting an emblem located on an object. After the emblem is detected, an augmented reality object may be displayed on a display.12-22-2011
20110310259IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image pickup apparatus capable of preventing a user who uses another device from knowing the current location of a photographer based on shooting information about an image when an external apparatus distributes the image to the other device. A calculation unit calculates a distance from the shooting location of the image file to the current location of the image pickup apparatus. A distance determination unit determines whether the calculated distance is larger than a predetermined lower limit. A transmission control unit controls to transmit the image file to the external apparatus when the distance determination unit determines that the distance is larger than the lower limit, and not to transmit the image file to the external apparatus when the distance determination unit determines that the distance is not larger than the lower limit.12-22-2011
20110310258Digital camera - A digital camera includes a communicator that communicates with other digital camera, a receiver that receives a camera information of another digital camera and an imaging device that forms a digital image of an object. The digital camera further includes a processor that creates a digital image data from the digital image based upon the camera information.12-22-2011
20110310257DIGITAL CAMERA FOR SHARING DIGITAL IMAGES - A digital camera capable of sharing digital images using a plurality of host computers, comprising: memory for storing captured digital images and for storing installation software that can be used to install digital image sharing software on the plurality of host computers; a user interface for designating captured digital images to be shared; and a communication interface for communicating with a host computer. The communication interface can be configured to use a first logical protocol where the digital camera appears to the host computer as a data storage device in order to install the digital image sharing software on the host computer. A second logical protocol, where the digital camera appears to the host computer as an image capture device, is used when the digital image sharing software is running on the host computer that enables the digital image sharing software to automatically share designated digital images.12-22-2011
20130188061Photographer's Guidance Systems - A photographer's guidance system is formed of a computer-based processor made responsive to location, time of day, manual user inputs, among others to provide photo exposure suggestions based upon information stored as photo set-up descriptors. In response to user requests in combination with present conditions such as time, location weather, etc., a database request is executed against stored photo set-up data to produce a result set of photo set-up descriptors. These descriptors are used both manually and automatically to assist a photographer user in setting up a photo exposure in agreement with the prescribed parameters. These systems may be directly coupled with a DSLR type camera and may operate via user controls and interfaces thereof. In alternative versions, these system have independent control and user interfaces with outputs coupled to a DSLR control.07-25-2013
20130188063INTERACTIVE PHOTO BOOTH AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS - The present disclosure is directed to interactive photo booths and associated systems and methods. In one embodiment, for example, an interactive photo booth can include a housing having sidewalls that form an enclosure sized to receive one or more users. The interactive photo booth can also include a backdrop within the enclosure and a camera directed toward the backdrop that takes at least one photo of the users. The interactive photo booth can further include a first user interface in the enclosure and a second user interface on the sidewall of the housing. The first user interface can be configured to receive user selections related to the backdrop, and the second user interface can be configured to edit the photos taken by the camera.07-25-2013
20130188064PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, IMAGE TRANSFER METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Even when image data in which a top-bottom orientation has been recorded is transmitted to equipment that is provided outside a photographing apparatus and does not support an image rotation function, an image can be displayed in an appropriate top-bottom orientation. A photographing apparatus includes a photographing unit; an addition unit which adds data indicating a top-bottom orientation at the time of photography to image data of an image captured using the photographing unit and stores resultant image data, a transmission unit which transmits the image data to external equipment; and an editing unit which rotates the top-bottom orientation of the image corresponding to the image data prior to transmitting the image data to the external equipment.07-25-2013
20120019674COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - The communication device can easily serve as an extended user interface such as a remote controller of a target apparatus without causing any complicated operations to a user. The communication device includes the following units. An apparatus information obtainment unit (01-26-2012
20120019673FLEXIBLE DATA DOWNLOAD MODELS FOR AUGMENTED REALITY - In an AR system, method for operating same, a mobile device, and method for operating same, flexible loxels are used that may be different for different image data providers. This enables AR applications to download smaller loxels which have more information, such as dense areas, like in cities, or larger loxels which have less information, like, for example, desert areas. Data downloads may take into account client orientation and direction of motion to determine incremental data that need to be downloaded as the client moves. The loxels are coded with loxel identifiers mapped to location information, so only the necessary loxels for a particular application need be downloaded, allowing the client to autonomously decide when to acquire new image data and how much data to acquire.01-26-2012
20120019672INTERNET PROTOCOL CAMERA FOR VISUAL MONITORING SYSTEM - An Internet protocol (IP) camera includes an image capturing unit for capturing images, a distant monitoring unit for receiving the captured images as digital signals through a communication network, and a near monitoring unit receiving captured images as analog signals through a coder/encoder (CODEC) unit. The near monitoring unit is positioned near the image capturing unit, and the IP camera is operated according to the images displayed by the near monitoring unit to adjust visual monitoring parameters thereof, thereby adjusting the IP camera to a desired monitor status.01-26-2012
20120019671Advanced Magnification Device and Method for Low-Power Sensor Systems - A system and method is provided for enabling an advanced optical magnification (zooming) function for low-power sensors, such as a remote wireless camera, using electronic methods and enabling that magnification be performed in any part of the imager. An image sensor has a set of imager pixels that have a defined field of view. A display device is also provided, which has a far lower resolution than the imager. A magnification level is selected, which results in macroblocks being defined for the sensor. A display data value is generated for each macroblock, and the set of display data values is used to drive a data display. The area of magnification is flexibly selected on the imager. As the magnification level is increased, the number of imager pixels in each macroblock decrease, enabling the display to present increasingly higher resolution images. Accordingly, an aesthetically pleasing magnification function is provided for a low-power, battery operated mobile environment.01-26-2012
20130194441ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An electronic device includes a first activation signal generator, a second activation signal generator, a third activation signal generator, a first controller including a first input terminal to which the first and second activation signals are input, and a second input terminal to which the first and third activation signals are input, a second controller that is activated by the first controller. The first controller activates the second controller when any activation signal is input. The second controller detects the first and/or second activation signal after completing its activation and executes a specific operation according to the detection result. The length of the first activation signal is set to not less than the time required for the second controller to become able to detect the first activation signal after the first activation signal starts to be output.08-01-2013
20130194440COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A communication apparatus sets one authentication ID for connecting to a network based on user input, changes the set authentication ID to authentication IDs different from each other with respect to each of a plurality of states for communicating with at least any one of an imaging device and a light emission device in a network to execute a predetermined photographing processing, and communicates with at least any one of the imaging device and the light emission device using the changed authentication IDs with respect to each of a plurality of states to execute the predetermined photographing processing.08-01-2013
20130194439INFORMATION RECORDING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - According to an embodiment, there is provided an information recording apparatus, such as a digital camera, arranged to record information on a detachably mountable storage medium, such as for example to record video data on the storage medium. In one version of the apparatus, when a connection of an AC adapter is cancelled, the storage medium is detected by a storage medium detection unit, and in a case where the storage medium is not mounted to the mounting unit, a warning is issued, for example in an audio output unit or a display unit. Accordingly, the user can find out that the storage medium is not mounted before the digital camera has been brought outside for use. Thus, it may be possible to prevent a failure in which the user first realizes that they forgot to mount the storage medium only when they are already away from home.08-01-2013
20130194436METHOD FOR CONDITIONING A NETWORK BASED VIDEO STREAM AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING SAME - A method for conditioning a network based encoded video stream including receiving the video stream over an RF data link, detecting any missing and/or corrupted data within the data stream, and inserting curative data in place of the missing or corrupted data. A system and method for transmitting a real-time video stream to an end-user at least partially over an RF data link including the video conditioner wherein a camera obtains video footage, an encoder to compresses the video stream, an RF transmitter transmits the encoded video stream over an RF data link, and an RF receiver to receives the encoded video stream from the RF transmitter. The video stream is conditioned by the video conditioner and routed to an end user through a computer network wherein a decoder decodes the encoded video stream and the video stream is viewed on a display.08-01-2013
20130194435Rifle Scope, Portable Telescope, and Binocular Display Device Including a Network Transceiver - A rifle scope includes a housing configured to mount to a rifle. The rifle scope further includes a network transceiver within the housing and configured to communicate bi-directionally with at least one of a network and an electronic device configurable to communicate with to the network.08-01-2013
20130194438SMART CAMERA FOR SHARING PICTURES AUTOMATICALLY - Embodiments of the invention disclose methods, apparatuses, systems, and computer-readable media for taking and sharing pictures of objects of interest at an event or an occasion. A device implementing embodiments of the invention may enable a user to select objects of interest from a view displayed by a display unit coupled to the device. The device may also have pre-programmed objects including objects that the device detects. In addition, the device may detect people using the users' social networks by retrieving images from social networks like Facebook® and LinkedIn®.08-01-2013
20130194437OVERLAY NON-VIDEO CONTENT ON A MOBILE DEVICE - Methods, systems, and devices are described for presenting non-video content through a mobile device that uses a video camera to track a video on another screen. In one embodiment, a system includes a video display, such as a TV, that displays video content. A mobile device with an integrated video camera captures video data from the TV and allows a user to select an area in the video in order to hear/feel/smell what is at that location in the video.08-01-2013
20130201355IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus that obtains a plurality of image signals includes an object recognizing unit, an object focus setting unit, an image signal obtaining unit, and a display control unit. The object recognizing unit is configured to recognize an object in an image signal that has been obtained. The object focus setting unit is configured to set a plurality of focal lengths by using a result of object recognition by the object recognizing unit. The image signal obtaining unit is configured to obtain image signals at the plurality of focal lengths set by the object focus setting unit. The display control unit is configured to control the image signals obtained by the image signal obtaining unit so as to display the image signal consecutively.08-08-2013
20130201349DIGITAL CAMERA RAW IMAGE SUPPORT - RAW camera images may be processed by a computer system using either a particular application or a system level service. In either case, at least some parameters needed for the processing are preferably separated from the executable binary of the application or service, and are provided in separate, non-executable, data-only files. Each of these files can correspond to a particular camera or other imaging device. When a user of the system attempts to open a RAW image file from an unsupported device, the local system may contact a server for on-demand download and on-the-fly installation of the required support resource.08-08-2013
20130201353COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - The invention reduces the possibility that a state contrary to user volition will arise in a system that permits multiple masters. To accomplish this, a communication device includes a setting unit configured to set the communication device to be a master or to be a slave, a decision unit configured to decide whether to permit a plurality of masters to exist within the image sensing network, and a notifying unit configured to transmit a notification to change another master within the image sensing network to a slave. The notifying unit transmits the notification, if a plurality of masters have not been permitted to exist within the image sensing network by the decision unit and the communication device has been changed from a slave to a master by the setting unit.08-08-2013
20130201354Image Capture System - A method of taking an image of a scene that includes an item of interest, includes providing a digital imaging device having an imaging lens and a viewing screen and electronically providing an alignment feature on the viewing screen. The alignment feature is configured to allow a viewer to see both the alignment feature and an image of the item of interest on the viewing screen. The method includes adjusting at least one parameter from the group consisting of angular position of the digital imaging device with respect to the item of interest and angular orientation of the digital imaging device to achieve alignment of the image of the item of interest on the viewing screen with the alignment feature wherein the alignment feature has a structure so that the adjusting to achieve alignment restricts to exclusively one angular position of the digital imaging device with respect to the item of interest and exclusively one angular orientation of the digital imaging device. The method also includes capturing the image of the item of interest.08-08-2013
20130201350HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING LIGHT SOURCE SYSTEM - A hyperspectral imaging light source system includes a light box (08-08-2013
20130201351IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING DATA TRANSMISSION - An image processing apparatus includes a control unit configured to control a transmission of an image to an external device, a shifting unit configured to shift a mode between an operation mode and a standby mode, a selection unit configured to select whether to permit shifting to the standby mode based on a user operation, and a determination unit configured to determine a type of the external device, wherein in a case where the determination unit determines that the type of the external device is a first type, the control unit enables transmission of an image to the external device in a mode associated with the first type without selection, and wherein in a case where the determination unit determines that the type of the external device is a second type, the control unit enables transmission of an image to the external device after selection.08-08-2013
20130100297Method of enabling association of object with surface - A method is provided of enabling association of an object with a surface. In the method a server receives an image of the surface captured with an image sensor of a mobile device networked with the server, receives a request to associate a selected object with the captured image, receives specification of a location on the surface with which the selected object is to be associated, and associates the selected object with the specified location of the captured image of the surface.04-25-2013
20120300086INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - There is provided an information processing apparatus including: an image pickup unit photographing a subject; a movement detecting unit detecting changes in movement of a subject photographed by the image pickup unit; a data generating unit generating first timing data relating to change timing at which the movement detecting unit detected a change in the movement; a receiving unit receiving second timing data, which relates to change timing when movement of a subject photographed by another apparatus was detected, from the other apparatus during photographing by the image pickup unit; and a determining unit determining, based on the first timing data generated by the data generating unit and the second timing data received by the receiving unit, whether the subject photographed by the image pickup unit and the subject photographed by the other apparatus are the same or a similar subject.11-29-2012
20120300085ASYMMETRIC LINK FOR STREAMING APPLICATIONS - Systems and methods of supporting video streaming operations may involve transmitting a pulse width modulated (PWM) control signal to an imaging device, wherein the imaging devices identifies control data based on a duty cycle of the control signal. The imaging device can configure a video stream based on the control data and synchronize transmission of the video stream based on a frequency of the control signal.11-29-2012
20120081557METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA FOR USER ACTIVATED POLICY ENHANCEMENT - According to one aspect, the subject matter described herein includes a method for subscriber activated policy enhancement. The method may include receiving a policy enhancement code from a user device at a policy enhancement server (PES). The method may further include obtaining at least one policy enhancement corresponding to the policy enhancement code in response to receiving the policy enhancement code from the user device. The method may further include enhancing at least one policy aspect of a policy for the user device based on the policy enhancement.04-05-2012
20120081556MOBILE TERMINAL AND IMAGE TRANSMITTING METHOD THEREIN - A mobile terminal and image transmitting method therein are disclosed, by which an image photographed via a camera can be transmitted to a counterpart terminal to correspond to a preset image transmission condition. One embodiment of the present invention includes setting an image transmission condition, photographing the image in a camera photograph mode using a camera, if the image is photographed, checking the set image transmission condition, and transmitting the photographed image to each of at least one or more counterpart terminals to correspond to the checked image transmission condition.04-05-2012
20120086819METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE ORIENTATION INDICATION AND CORRECTION - Tilt imparted to video images captured by a handheld electronic communication device is identified and corrected by the disclosed method and apparatus for image orientation. The handheld device includes image capturing capability and an orientation sensor, which provides a signal representative of orientation relative to gravity to calculate an angle of rotation for the captured images suitable to compensate a difference between the orientation of the handheld device and the orientation relative to gravity. The handheld device also includes a receiver wherein the angle of rotation is recovered and used to determine the changes needed substantially eliminate the difference between the orientation of the captured images and the orientation relative to gravity.04-12-2012
20120086815RAPIDLY INITIALIZING AND DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTING MEDIA STREAMS - A device may generate a media stream to be shared with other users by building a media graph, comprising a series of interconnected processing units that perform various processing tasks. However, the time involved in generating the media graph may delay the initialization of the media stream, and adjusting properties of the media stream (such as resolution or codec) may result in an interruption of the media stream while a new media graph is built. Instead, a media graph cache may be provided to cache a set of media graphs, which may be interchangeably selected for rapid initialization and adjusting of media stream properties. The media component (e.g., a video camera) may also be configured to promote rapid adjustments to some media stream properties, while maintaining other properties (e.g., field of view and white balance) for a smooth transition between media stream property sets.04-12-2012
20130208129IMAGE ENHANCEMENT DEVICE FOR REDUCTION OF NOISE IN DIGITAL IMAGES - The invention relates to an image enhancement device comprising an image recording device, configured to register a series of subsequent images of a particular object, whereby each image includes a matrix of pixels, each pixel representing a particular image content, a processing unit configured to execute de-noising operations to reduce noise in said series of subsequent images, and a screen. The noise is reduced by identifying at least one pixel of noise in an image, removing the image content of said pixel from the image and substituting said removed image content with replacement image content derived by overlapping the images of the series of subsequent images. Further, the processing unit is configured to overlap images by integrating replacement image content from a second image into a first image from which the image content has been removed.08-15-2013
20130208130WIRELESS IMAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for distributing at least one digital photographic image is presented, the system and method comprising at least one capturing device and at least one receiving device disposed in a communicative relation with one another via at least one wireless network. In particular, the capturing device is structured to capture the at least one digital photographic image via, for example, a capture assembly, whereas the receiving device is cooperatively structured to receive the digital photographic image via, for example, the at least one wireless network. In addition, the capturing device(s) and receiving device(s) may be disposed in a selectively paired relationship via one or more common pre-defined pairing criteria. Further, the at least one digital photographic image may be filtered via at least one pre-defined transfer criteria disposed on the capturing device and/or receiving device.08-15-2013

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