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358 - Facsimile and static presentation processing

358400000 - FACSIMILE

358471000 - Picture signal generator

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
358498000 Document feed 295
358475000 Facsimile illumination control 199
358494000 Linear scanning pattern 70
358488000 Document position detection 59
358482000 Solid state 48
358486000 Scan rate or document movement variation in accordance with data presence 9
358484000 Fiber optics or optical waveguides 9
358480000 Coherent light 9
358487000 Facsimile transparency image scanning 6
358493000 Curved scanning surface 4
20090231640IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND LIGHT SOURCE - An image reading apparatus for reading an original document including: a light source including a sheet-shaped light-emitting section which comprises an electroluminescence element, the light emitting section being configured to have a folded plane folded inward or a concave curved surface, and a light emitting surface being arranged inside the folded plane or the concave curved surface; and a reading element which receives light from the original document to read images while the light source illuminates a reading position of the original document along a main-scanning direction of the original document.09-17-2009
20090009826Optical scanning apparatus and image forming apparatus including same - An optical scanning apparatus includes a light source configured to emit a light beam which scans an object to be scanned, a light source retainer configured to retain the light source, a holder including an engaging portion and configured to detachably hold the light source retainer in an optical axis direction of the light source, and a first biasing member configured to bias the light source retainer engaging the engaging portion against the engaging portion in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis direction, so that the light source retainer is pressed against the engaging portion. A contact position of the light source retainer and the first biasing member in the optical axis direction is within an engaging area where the engaging portion and the light source retainer engage in the optical axis direction.01-08-2009
20100060955System for scanning and capturing an image on a curved surface - A system for scanning and capturing an image on a curved surface including a housing, a support device including a plurality of rotating shafts for supporting the curved surface, a scanning subsystem including drive system for rotating at least one of the plurality of shafts such that the curved surface is rotated at a predetermined rate and a scanning head proximate the curved surface configured to scan and capture a raw image of the curved surface, and a computer subsystem responsive to the scanning subsystem is configured to extract and store the image from the raw image.03-11-2010
20100195169Arrangement for Reading from and/or Writing to Flexible Sheet Media in a Curved Configration and Method - An assembly for transferring information to and/or from flexible sheet media in a highly advantageous curved configuration is disclosed. The sheet material includes a length and a width defining first and second opposing surfaces. The assembly includes support means for supporting the sheet the curved configuration across its width, having the first surface inwardly oriented with respect to the curved configuration. Thereafter, moving means moves the flexible sheet material so supported in a direction along a read/write path generally parallel to the sheet material length and transverse to the direction of curvature. A read/write arrangement is provided which is configured for reading and/or writing information across the width of the first surface of the sheet as the sheet is moved along the path in the curved configuration. In one feature, means is provided for rotationally moving the read/write arrangement in a predetermined way in the housing such that the read/write arrangement is in a confronting relationship with the first, inwardly oriented surface and cooperates with the movement provided by the sheet material moving means so as to cause the read/write arrangement to sequentially read information from and/or write information to the inwardly oriented, first surface of the sheet as the read/write arrangement traverses the width of the flexible sheet material while the latter is on the read/write path in the curved configuration. In another feature, a read and/or write operation may be performed on the second, outwardly oriented surface of the sheet material.08-05-2010
358479000 Facsimile video 3
20110292472METHOD FOR THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL DIGITISATION OF BOOKS USING TERAHERTZ RADIATION - A process for digitizing closed books without having to open them, of printed documents or manuscripts, bound or in batches, without having to separate them, using an imaging system of a three-dimensional object by Terahertz waves including acquiring by an THz acquisition subsystem a set of three-dimensional low-resolution images representative of this object and obtained by application of shifts orthogonal three-dimensional in translation according to which the object and the THz acquisition subsystem are relatively shifted relative to each other, a process in which, during these three-dimensional shifts, the amplitude of the relative shift in each of these three dimensions is less than the spatial resolution of the THz acquisition subsystem in each of these three dimensions and a three-dimensional super-resolution processing step is provided, capable of generating a super-resolved 3D image from a linear combination of 3D low-resolution images and an image-restoration step capable of generating a restored super-resolved 3D image from deconvolution by the point spread function calculated from the 3D super-resolution image.12-01-2011
20120044546PDA compatible text scanner - An optical text scanning device compatible with a small handheld computer such as a personal digital assistant (PDA). The scanning device allows for a clear view of the text that is scanned simultaneous to the scanning process so that the operator can continuously align the device to the text. The scanned images of the text are converted in real-time to standard byte or word characters for subsequent display on the computer's viewing screen. The operator can quickly verify the accuracy of the conversion by comparing the displayed character with the actual character of text on the surface that is being scanned. Scanned text characters are stored in standard digital text files for ease of manipulation.02-23-2012
20120250112IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT SCANNING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME - Virtual straight lines are parallelly shifted at regular intervals from starting points, which are four vertexes of a rectangular-shaped captured image, toward the center of the captured image, the virtual straight lines being tilted at an angle of a predetermined degree with respect to coordinate axes extending along two mutually orthogonally intersecting edges of the captured image. While doing so, intersection points between the virtual straight lines and outline elements are obtained. Based on the intersection points, angular points of a contour of a document is obtained. Based on the angular points, a mesh model is generated.10-04-2012
358489000 Helical scanning pattern 2
20100225982IMAGING WITH HELICAL AND CIRCULAR SCANS - A method for forming an image includes providing a media support adapted to receive media; providing a recording head comprising a plurality of recording channels, wherein each recording channel is adapted to form an image pixel column while scanning over the media; providing an image data file comprising one or more arrangements of image data columns; assigning first image data from a single image data column to a first recording channel of the recording head; operating the first recording channel to form a first image pixel column solely in accordance with the assigned first image data; assigning second image data from each image data column of a plurality of the image data columns to a second recording channel of the recording head; operating the second recording channel to form a second image pixel column in accordance with the assigned second image data; and operating the recording head to form the image.09-09-2010
20100225981IMAGING WITH HELICAL AND CIRCULAR SCANS - A method for forming an image includes providing a media support comprising a cylindrical surface adapted to receive media; providing a recording head adapted to scan over the media; providing image data representative of the image; operating the recording head to form a first portion of the image in accordance with a first portion of the image data while helically scanning over the media; and operating the recording head to form a second portion of the image in accordance with a second portion of the image data while circularly scanning over the media.09-09-2010
358485000 Cathode-ray tube 1
20090219585IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - Provided is an image reading apparatus including: a document holding section for holding a document; and a carriage which moves with respect to the document holding section, the carriage including: a rod-like light source for irradiating the document with light; a light source mounting base for supporting the light source; a housing provided with a sensor for reading image data of the document and the light source mounting base; and a reflection plate including: a reflection curved surface portion for partially surrounding the light source to collect light emitted from the light source toward the document holding section; and a light reducing portion for reducing an amount of light at a longitudinal center portion of the light source with respect to the document holding section.09-03-2009
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20130044358IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image reading apparatus includes a duplex path to guide a document, which is read by a first reading unit and a second reading unit. The document is subjected to a primary reading operation using the first and the second reading units, and the document is then guided via the duplex path and passes through the first reading unit and the second reading unit. At this time, the document is subjected to a secondary reading operation using the first and the second reading units, and a control unit compares image information obtained by the first reading unit and the second reading unit in the primary reading operation with image information obtained by the first reading unit and the second reading unit in the secondary reading operation. The control unit also determines whether the first reading unit and the second reading unit are normally operated.02-21-2013
20130044356IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A control method of an image forming apparatus is provided that includes: receiving a user command to perform a document analysis operation; generating scan data by scanning an input document, in response to the user command; setting a predefined menu operation language as the operation language for the document analysis operation, if no operation language is preset; and performing the document analysis operation based on the set operation language.02-21-2013
20130044357ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SIZE DETECTION DEVICE - An original document size detection device characterized by comprising a document reading table, a light source which irradiates an original document placed on the document reading table, a cover body which covers the original document, a light detection unit which detects a reflected light that a light from the light source is reflected by the original document, an angle detection unit which detects an opening angle of the cover body and has a first photo sensor, a second photo sensor, a third photo sensor, and a shield plate, and a determination unit which determines the size of the original document in a sub-scanning direction when the opening angle of the cover body is equal to an angle al and the size of the original document in a main scanning direction when the opening angle of the cover body is equal to an angle α02-21-2013
20100067068BOOK SCANNER USING THE DIGITAL CAMERA - The present invention relates to a book scanner using a digital camera, including a main body including a housing opened at a top thereof and having an inner space and a table covering the opened top of the housing, illuminating units disposed in the main body and configured to irradiate light to the table so that left and right images of a book are projected from the table, a digital camera having a lens disposed from the inside bottom of the housing toward the center of the table and configured to capture images of the left and right pages of the book, fixed mirrors disposed on the left and right sides of the digital camera at the bottom of the housing and configured to primarily reflect images of the left and right pages of the book toward the digital camera, and a rotating mirror disposed over the digital camera and configured to secondarily reflect images of the left and right pages of the book toward the digital camera selectively while rotating left and right.03-18-2010
20110176182IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE - An image scanning device includes a housing, a scanning carriage, and a first guide groove and a second guide groove. The housing includes a bottom chassis and a side wall member, and defines a document tray. A scanning carriage is movably arranged in the housing. The first guide groove and the second guide groove are arranged at the side wall members of the housing, and guide the scanning carriage in a scanning direction.07-21-2011
20110199652ILLUMINATING DEVICE, IMAGE-READING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE ILLUMINATING DEVICE, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE IMAGE-READING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an illuminating device including a plurality of light-emitting elements arranged in a line, the illuminating device illuminates an irradiation target by irradiating the irradiation target with light that is emitted from the light-emitting elements via a first and a second optical paths. In the illuminating device, a light diffusing portion for diffusing light is provided in one of the first optical path and the second optical path, and an irradiation light amount of said one of the first optical path and the second optical path in which the light diffusing portion is provided is larger than an irradiation light amount of the other optical path.08-18-2011
20120162724IMAGE SCANNING SYSTEM, SCANNED IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAMS FOR THEIR EXECUTIONS, IMAGE SCANNING METHOD, AND SCANNED IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - The image scanning system according to the present invention comprising: a plurality of blade substrates A, B that execute image processing; an image scanning unit that scans a document as image data; an image process distribution unit that distributes the image data scanned by the image scanning unit to each blade substrate and causes the image data to be processed in parallel simultaneously with scanning of the document by the image scanning unit.06-28-2012
20100091342OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A first main-scanning-position correction unit divides a surface to be scanned into first areas in a main scanning direction into areas, sets a separate clock-pulse timing for first area, and corrects a main-scanning position error. A second main-scanning-position correction unit divides the surface into second areas in the main scanning direction based on first-scanning-position correction data, sets a separate clock-pulse timing for each second area, and corrects the main-scanning position error.04-15-2010
20100020366SHEET PRESENCE DETECTING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DETECTING A SHEET PRESENCE AND METHOD FOR READING AN IMAGE IN A SHEET - A sheet presence detecting apparatus includes a transparent plate for mounting a sheet, a light reflecting plate for reflecting light which passes through the transparent plate, a light source for emitting light to the transparent plate when an angle formed by the light reflecting plate and the transparent plate becomes a predetermined angle, an image sensor for detecting light emitted from the light source, a memory for storing a plurality of detection outputs which are detected by the image sensor and each associated with a speed of closing the light reflecting plate when the sheet is not mounted and a control circuit for calculating a difference between the detection outputs stored in the memory and detection outputs detected at time of detection, and for determining whether a sheet is mounted on the transparent plate or not based on the calculated difference.01-28-2010
20090195842IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE READING METHOD USED THEREIN - An image reading device, which has an image sensor having a plurality of sensor chips therein and being capable of outputting data in parallel through a plurality of output channels, includes an image reading section configured to perform reading of images in either of two outputting modes, one being a parallel outputting mode in which start signals are simultaneously inputted to the plurality of sensor chips so that pieces of data in the plurality of the sensor chips are outputted in parallel through the plurality of output channels, respectively, the other one being an interval outputting mode in which start signals are sequentially inputted to the plurality of sensor chips at intervals of time between any two successive inputs of the start signals, respectively, so that respective pieces of data in the plurality of sensor chips are sequentially outputted through any one of the plurality of output channels, and a mode selection section configured to select either of the two outputting modes in accordance with a set resolution.08-06-2009
20100079824Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus includes: a forming unit configured to form a mark on a carrier; a light emitting unit configured to emit light toward a surface of the carrier; a light receiving unit configured to receive reflected light from the surface of the carrier and from the mark and configured to output a light reception signal corresponding to a amount of the received reflected light; a detecting unit configured to detect a position of the mark on the carrier on a basis of a signal wave contained in the light reception signal; and a modification unit configured to modify the detected position of the mark by a modification amount corresponding to a difference in a waveform of the signal wave corresponding to the mark so as to reduce an error between the detected position and an actual position.04-01-2010
20110194159TRAY FOR IMAGE READING DEVICE - A tray used to place granular materials on a reading surface of an image reading device has provided thereto a transparent bottom plate, a background vertically upstanding relative to the bottom plate, and reflective elements arranged at predetermined intervals parallel to the background. In order to enable an imaging means of the image reading device to receive a side view image of the granular materials in the thickness direction thereof with the granular materials placed on the bottom plate of the tray, the tray is provided with a technical means for bending and guiding, by the reflective elements, light from the granular materials in the thickness direction thereof to the direction of the optical axis of the imaging means.08-11-2011
20110194158MOTION TRACKING METHOD USING SCANNING DEVICE - The motion tracking method disclosed herein suggests a method for precisely tracking the motion of a scanning device by correcting the surrounding information distortedly recognized due to the time differences between pieces of information regarding the surroundings of the device over one scanning cycle. The method, as a motion tracking method of a scanning device collecting the surrounding information corresponding to a plurality of the points of the surroundings, includes collecting the surrounding information, obtaining the displacement data of the scanning device using the surrounding information, updating the velocity of the scanning device using the displacement data of the scanning device, correcting the surrounding information using the updated velocity of the scanning device, and determining location and position information of the scanning device using the corrected surrounding information. According to the method herein, the motion of the scanning device may be more precisely tracked because the surrounding information is corrected based on the velocity of the scanning device.08-11-2011
20110194157User Selectable and User Definable Scanning Protocols In Mammographic Film Scanning System With Stack Film Feeder - A system and method for processing mammographic data are described. The system includes a user input/output system adapted and configured to receive from a user a user-defined scanning protocol that identifies the laterality and view type for each mammographic film in a film case to be scanned. A storage system stores the user-defined scanning protocol for subsequent use in scanning film cases. A scanning system scans film cases and generates digitized versions of each mammographic film. A processor then assigns laterality and view types to the digitized versions of the mammographic film according to the user-defined scanning protocol. The system also receives user alterations to stored scanning protocols. The system can also re-assign a case scanned according to one scanning protocol to another scanning protocol in response to a user's instruction to do so. The system processes the digitized versions according to at least one computer aided detection (CAD) algorithm for detecting anatomical abnormalities therein.08-11-2011
20090122361APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROCESSING IMAGE - A white reference member is used to obtain white reference data. An image sensor scans the white reference member line by line to obtain a plurality of lines of white reference data. A skipping unit skips the white reference data with a predetermined skipping ratio to generate a skipped white reference data. A dust detecting unit detects a dust between the white reference member and the image sensor based on the skipped white reference data.05-14-2009
20090122360READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - The reading apparatus is provided with: an optical image forming unit that forms an optical image on a recording medium by irradiating, with light, the recording medium on which an image is formed and which is transported in a slow scan direction; a reading unit that reads a position in a fast scan direction of the image formed on the recording medium transported in the slow scan direction and a position in a fast scan direction of the optical image, by using a minification optical system; and a registration correction unit that corrects a registration error in the fast scan direction of the image read by the reading unit, by using the position in the fast scan direction of the optical image read by the reading unit.05-14-2009
20090122359Glass Member, Reading Apparatus and Image Formng Apparatus - An object of the invention is to provide an reading glass, an reading apparatus comprising the reading glass and an image forming apparatus comprising the reading apparatus, the reading glass which reduces attenuation of a light, which is of a light source or reflected by a document, passing through the reading glass, reduces attachment of paper powder and the like, and thus can provide high quality images. The present invention is characterized in that a glass member positioned between the document and the light source of the reading apparatus for optically reading the document has an antireflection function.05-14-2009
20100073741DATA CONVERSION/OUTPUT APPARATUS FOR DIGITALIZING SENSOR DATA AND OUTPUTTING THROUGH A SENSOR ARRAY - A data conversion/output device includes a number of sensors, voltage-time conversion circuits that are arranged adjacent to respective sensors and change output levels upon the lapse of times corresponding to output voltage values from the sensors after a conversion operation start point in order to convert voltage outputs of the sensors into times. The device also includes sensed data generation circuits for outputting, as digital data, lapse times until the output levels of the voltage-time conversion circuits change after a conversion start point. The sensed data generation circuits include a counter for counting a clock signal. An operation start of the voltage-time conversion circuits and a start of count operation of the counter are staggered.03-25-2010
20100073740Image Processing System and Image Scanner Therefor - An image processing system includes an information processing device configured to externally receive image data and display thereon an image based on the image data, and an image scanner connected with the image processing device. The image scanner includes a scanning unit configured to scan an image on a document set thereon and to create image data of the scanned image, a detector configured to detect whether the document is removed from the scanning unit, and a controller configured to, in response to the detector detecting that the document is removed from the scanning unit after the image on the document is scanned by the scanning unit, transmit the image data created by the scanning unit to the information processing device.03-25-2010
20100073739IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus that, in a case where the light amount of light illuminated from an image reading lamp has decreased, maintains the quality of a read image without decreasing productivity, and a method for controlling that image reading apparatus, are provided. To accomplish this, this image reading apparatus is provided with RGB line sensors that read a color image, and a monochrome line sensor that reads a monochrome image and has a faster horizontal transfer speed than the RGB line sensors. Further, this image reading apparatus reads a monochrome image using the RGB line sensors even in a monochrome mode in a case where the light amount of the lamp for illuminating an original decreases and so an output level for reading an image with good quality cannot be obtained from the monochrome line sensor.03-25-2010
20100073738IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE COPY METHOD - An image processing apparatus and an image copy method are provided. The image processing apparatus includes a housing, a scanning module and a processing unit. The processing unit is for controlling the scanning module to perform a scanning process. The scanning process includes the steps of scanning module to respectively to scan two pages located in a scanning window of the housing from a start-scanning position to an end-scanning position so as to generate two images. The distance from the start-scanning position to the end-scanning position at most equals a half of a length of the scanning window. The processing unit is further used for combining the two images. The image copy method further includes the steps of respectively scanning the two pages to obtain the two images and combining the two images into a combined image.03-25-2010
20100073737IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CARRIAGE POSITIONING METHOD - An image reading apparatus includes a carriage having mounted thereon a linear light source and an image sensor and a reference pattern member disposed at a reference position located toward the first direction from a home position. The current location of the carriage is judged relatively to first and second areas that are divided by a boundary defined in advance at a location toward the first direction from the reference position. The first area is located toward the first direction and the second area is located toward the second direction. Immediately after the power is turned ON, current location information indicating whether the carriage is currently located in the first area or the second area is read from the nonvolatile memory. The carriage is first moved to the reference position and then moved a predetermined distance in the second direction, so that the carriage is duly positioned at the home position.03-25-2010
20100073736IMAGE READER, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reader includes a platen, a display section and a reading section. The platen holds a document thereon. The display section displays a display image and is located on the platen. The reading section reads a document image of the document placed on the platen and is provided in opposition to the platen.03-25-2010
20100033772Multi-page Scanner/Copier and technique/method to simultaneously scan without separating pages or uncoupling documents or books - A system and method to scan and/or copy virtually simultaneously all of the pages of books, multiple-page documents and/or other printed or illustrated material without requiring the opening of the book, one at a time page separation nor dismantling/uncoupling of documents by scanning multiple pages all at once and using software to interpret the printed or colored areas on each plane or page to copy and create digital images of the individual pages of the original item scanned. In one embodiment or implementation, penetrating scanning beams will deliver a three-dimensional image of a book, stack of printed papers, magazine, etc. to a CPU and individual pages will be detected and distinguished and a image of each page shall be created. After processing the images with optical character recognition then the text of the documents can be indexed and searched and accessed by network users. In a second embodiment, after the three-dimensional image of the entire book is sent to a CPU the user can manually determine the individual page delineations and/or in the case of a damaged or faded book the depth of where the image will be retrieved.02-11-2010
20130038914IMAGE SENSOR UNIT AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image sensor unit has a light emitting module and a light guide that guides light emitted by the light emitting module to a bill, the light guide has an incident surface on which the light emitted by the light emitting module is incident, a reflection surface that reflects the light having entered the light guide through the incident surface, and an emission surface from which the light reflected by the reflection surface is emitted toward the bill, and the reflection surface is formed by a plurality of contiguous flat surfaces.02-14-2013
20130038912IMAGE SENSOR UNIT AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An image sensor unit includes a reflection reading light source that illuminates a bill, a substrate on which the reflection reading light source is mounted, a reflection reading light guide that guides the light emitted by the reflection reading light source to the bill, a rod-lens array that focuses the light from the bill, a light receiving element that receives the light from the rod-lens array, a sensor substrate on which the light receiving element is mounted, and a frame that houses the substrate, the reflection reading light guide, the rod-lens array and the sensor substrate. The sensor substrate has a passage hole and is disposed closer to the bill than the substrate. The frame is disposed with the reflection reading light guide inserted into the passage hole, so that the light from the reflection reading light source reaches the bill through the passage hole.02-14-2013
20130038915ERECTING EQUAL-MAGNIFICATION LENS ARRAY PLATE, OPTICAL SCANNING UNIT, AND IMAGE READING DEVICE - An erecting equal-magnification lens array plate includes: first and second lens array plates; first, second and intermediate light shielding member. The first, second and intermediate light shielding member are halved by a splitting plane parallel with the main scanning direction. One of the first light shielding member pieces, one of the second light shielding member pieces, and one of the intermediate light shielding member pieces produced by halving the members are integrated to form a first holder piece. The other of the first light shielding member pieces, the other of the second light shielding member pieces, and the other of the intermediate light shielding member pieces produced by halving the members are integrated to form a second holder piece. The erecting equal-magnification lens array plate is assembled by sandwiching the first lens array plate and the second lens array plate by the first holder piece and the second holder piece.02-14-2013
20130038913IMAGE SENSOR UNIT AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image sensor unit includes a reflection reading light guide that emits light from a reflection reading light source toward the bill, a transmission reading light guide that emits light from a transmission reading light source toward the bill, an imaging element that focuses light from the bill, and a light receiving element that receives light that is collected by the imaging element. The transmission reading light source and the transmission reading light guide are disposed on the opposite side of a conveyance path through which the bill can pass, for the reflection reading light source and the reflection reading light guide, and a light blocking member that blocks a part of the light from the reflection reading light guide is disposed between the reflection reading light guide and the transmission reading light guide.02-14-2013
20130038911SCANNING DEVICE, SCANNING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An object of the present invention is to provide a scanning device, a scanning method, and a computer-readable medium capable of easily performing display of a scanner on a computer of a user and display for starting scanning operation. A scanning device include a controller for displaying a phantom folder corresponding to a usable scanner on a display unit only when the scanner can be used, and for starting scanning operation by the scanner when the phantom folder is selected, a receiver receiving scan data from the scanner, and a storage storing the scan data received.02-14-2013
20130033730Scanner - A scanner for an electronic device having image display functionality includes lower and upper housings, a scan unit, and an adaptor. The lower housing is formed on opposite sides with a paper inlet and a paper outlet. The upper housing is mounted on the lower housing, and includes a main body provided with a terminal hole, and a support member disposed proximate to the terminal hole and to abut against the electronic device when the electronic device is connected to the scanner. The scan unit includes a scan module disposed between the lower and upper housings, a control module coupled to the scan module, and a connecting terminal coupled to the control module and accessible via the terminal hole. The adaptor is removably mounted to the connecting terminal so as to permit direct electrical connection between the scanner and the electronic device.02-07-2013
20100046044IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing device provides a detection result of additional information added to each of pages which constitute a document. The image processing device includes an input part which inputs image data of each page of a document. A detection part generates a page detection result of additional information added to the image data, the page detection result being generated on a page basis and indicating a result of detection of the additional information for each page. A detection result output part outputs an outline result indicating an outline of the page detection results for the respective pages on a document basis, together with an identifier of the document associated with the outline result.02-25-2010
20130088758IMAGE READING DEVICE AND INFORMATION INPUT METHOD - There is provided an image reading device including: a manuscript table on which a manuscript is placed; an image reading section that optically reads an image from the manuscript placed on the manuscript table; an information acquisition section that acquires information in wireless communication from an IC chip attached to the manuscript placed on the manuscript table; and a control section that controls a timing of image reading by the image reading section in accordance with a timing of information acquisition by the information acquisition section.04-11-2013
20100110502IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND METHODS THEREOF - An image reading device and an image forming apparatus having the same. The image reading device includes an scanning glass, a white bar arranged opposite the scanning glass, and a drive roller provided at the white bar, the drive roller being rotated upon receiving power to allow a document to pass between the scanning glass and the white bar.05-06-2010
20130135692Image Reading Unit and Image Reading Apparatus - An image reading apparatus including a contact image sensor module, a holder, and an urging member is provided. The contact image sensor module may extend in a first direction and include a shaft extending in the first direction and a protrusion protruding from the contact image sensor module in a second direction. The holder may accommodate the contact image sensor module and include an insertion section, in which a leading edge of the shaft is inserted, and a contact section contacting the protrusion from one side in the first direction. The first urging member may urge the contact image sensor module toward the one side in the first direction.05-30-2013
20100328732HEXAGONAL SITE LINE SCANNING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A scanning technique for imaging sites in an array includes illuminating or irradiating sites in lines of the array, and collecting returned radiation from the sites for imaging. The sites are sequentially scanned by means of confocally directed radiation lines from source optics. The orientation of the radiation lines with respect to the lines of sites in the array is such that the distance between nearest edges of sites in adjacent lines is greater than lines through those edges in a direction parallel to the radiation lines used for scanning The resulting system experiences less crosstalk and a greater ability to distinguish between neighboring sites in resulting images.12-30-2010
20130083371IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes: a contact glass setting a manuscript thereon; an image sensor extending in a first direction and having a reading surface which faces the contact glass for reading an image from the manuscript on the contact glass; a rail member extending inside the apparatus main body in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; a carriage having a sensor container to contain the image sensor, a taper end portion formed in an end portion in the first direction to become smaller in height toward the end side, and an opening formed in the bottom of the sensor container on the taper end portion side; a biased portion adjacent to the reading surface of the image sensor in the second direction; and a biasing member biasing the image sensor toward the contact glass via the biased portion.04-04-2013
20130083370VESSEL FOR SCANNING DOCUMENTS - A method of scanning a document uses a document scanning device having a case which defines a cavity and has a docking location on a first side and a document platform on a second opposed side. The method includes steps of inserting an electronic image capturing device into the docking location, inserting a document to be scanned onto the document platform, activating a camera on the electronic image capturing device, and capturing an image of the document. Once the document image has been captured, the method may also include a further step of transmitting the image to another location, using a communications network.04-04-2013
20130083368IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus comprises a reading unit including a document table, a cover portion covering the document table, an opening and closing mechanism having a first and second mounting portions and opening and closing the cover portion to an opened and a closed state, a covering member rotating about a rotating shaft of a member side and covering at least a portion of an exposed portion, and a rotating regulating unit regulating rotation of the covering member due to the weight of the covering member in a state where the center of gravity of the covering member is separated further from the cover portion than the rotating shaft of the member side, and where the covering member covers at least a portion of the exposed portion within a movement range of the opening and the closing of the cover portion.04-04-2013
20130083369LIGHT GUIDE, ILLUMINATION DEVICE, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - Provided is a light guide, in which: at least one of a reflecting part or a light exit part has a light condensing action in a direction intersecting a predetermined direction; the at least one of the reflecting part or the light exit part includes diffusing parts arranged in the predetermined direction; the diffusing parts include: a first curved surface having a first degree of diffusion in the predetermined direction for a sparse region of light sources; and a second curved surface having a second degree of diffusion, which is lower than the first degree of diffusion, in the predetermined direction for a dense region of the light sources; and each of the first curved surface and the second curved surface has a shape corresponding to a part of a cylinder extending in a direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction in which the light sources are arrayed.04-04-2013
20130070315Extraction of a Document in a Series of Recorded Images - The invention relates to a document-processing system, which includes a device suitable for supplying consecutive recorded images as well as a background surface, comprising a step of storing a standard background surface image. The next step consists of detecting the presence of a document moving across a series of recorded images relative to the standard background surface image. The following step consists of monitoring the movement of the document within the series of images. The end of the movement of the document is then detected and the standard background surface image is updated. The movement of the document is monitored by determining document-extraction masks respectively for the recorded images, the extraction mask of a recorded image being obtained according to an entropy card of the recorded image relative to said standard background surface image.03-21-2013
20130070310OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An optical scanning apparatus includes a light source to emit a laser beam; an optical element disposed opposite the light source to split the laser beam into a plurality of laser beams, each of the split laser beams guidable to a corresponding scanning target selected from a plurality of scanning targets when forming a latent image thereon by controlling activation of the light source based on image data while shifting a scanning timing for each of the plurality of scanning targets when forming the latent image thereon; and a control unit, using a processing device, that switches the light source off for a specific scanning target on which an image is not to be written for a given image forming operation based on specific image data so that the specific scanning target is not scanned even when the specific scanning target enters its scanning timing.03-21-2013
20130070312LIGHT GUIDE, ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A light guide has first and second light guide parts (S, T) in front and rear of a constricted part (03-21-2013
20130070314IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image reading apparatus to prevent reading quality from deteriorating when two reading units respectively read a first side and a second side of a document with different capabilities, and a method of controlling the same includes an automatic document feeder to feed a document, a first reading unit to read a first side of the document fed by the automatic document feeder, and a second reading unit to read a second side of the document fed by the automatic document feeder. A control unit to control an operation of the image reading apparatus determines at least one of the first reading unit and the second reading unit as a reference reading unit in a both-side reading mode in which both sides of the document are read and controls a transport speed of the document such that the document is transported at a speed to allow the reference reading unit to read the document.03-21-2013
20130070311IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM - An image reading apparatus includes a reading part reading front and back sides of an original; a storage part storing the thus read images and plural processing parameters to be used for image processing; and an image processing part carrying out the image processing on the read images using the plural processing parameters. The image processing part analyzes an image transfer instruction that is an instruction to transmit the read image from the first storage part to the image processing part, and determines which of the processing parameters is to be used for the read image; and transfers the determined processing parameter by a direct memory access transfer method. The processing parameter concerning the read image is transferred from the first storage part to the image processing part by the direct memory access transfer method prior to the image processing of the read image by the image processing part.03-21-2013
20130070313SCANNING CONTROLLER, SCANNING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING THE SCANNING CONTROLLER - A scanning controller, a scanning apparatus and a method for performing the scanning controller are disclosed herein. The scanning controller includes an image data processing unit, a memory control unit, a dummy line control unit, a buffer condition control unit, a motor condition control unit, a motor controlling unit and a relation control unit. Based on at least one of several predetermined contrastive relationships among each stored data amount with regard to an image buffer and its corresponding motor move timing, the relation control unit controls generation of a motor move timing from the motor controlling unit to drive a motor with variance of a scanned data generation rate and simultaneously enable determination of the dummy line control unit on which part of scanned image data should be skipped by catching of the image data processing unit.03-21-2013
20130070309IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - An image reading apparatus includes a reading unit, an extraction unit and a generation unit. The reading unit outputs reference plate reading information. The extraction unit sets a pixel of the reference plate reading information as a notice pixel and repeatedly extracts one of the notice pixel as a target pixel until the number of the target pixels is more than a predetermined value when a ratio of a pixel value of the notice pixel to an initial value is more than a predetermined range. The generation unit generates correction information by substituting a pixel value of the target pixel with a correction value using the initial value when the extraction unit extracts all pixels of the reference plate reading information, and generates correction information by setting the pixel values of all the pixels as the initial value when the extraction unit does not extract all the pixels.03-21-2013
20130088759INFORMATION INPUT DEVICE - There is provided an information input device including: a chassis made of a non-metallic material; an antenna mounted to an upper portion of the chassis; and a fluctuation easing member which is mounted to a lower portion of the chassis to ease fluctuations in magnetic field intensity caused by a surface on which the information input device is mounted.04-11-2013
20130088760NETWORK SCANNING SYSTEM - A network scanning system has a control apparatus connected to a connection device via a network and includes a scanning application for remotely controlling a scanner, where the scanning application receives a command from the connection device and automatically transmits to a display unit of the connection device via the network without a user operation of the scanning application, a selection screen information, the connection device displays a selection menu and transmits, to the scanning application in the control apparatus, a selection item information specifying an item selected by a user of the display unit, and the scanning application automatically transmits, to the connection device without a user operation of the scanning application in the control apparatus, a control signal based on the selection item, and the scanning application in the control apparatus automatically controls the scanner remotely in accordance with the control signal via the network.04-11-2013
20130088761IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - An image reading device and an image forming apparatus having the same, that can prevent unnecessary wear of components or damage of a document when a simplex scanning operation is carried out. The image reading device includes a first reading unit and a second reading unit. The first reading unit includes a first scan unit to scan a first surface of a document, a first press member mounted while opposing the first scan unit, and a first elastic member to bias the first scan unit or the first press member to closely contact the document with the first scan unit. The second reading unit includes a second scan unit to scan a second surface of the document, a second press member mounted while opposing the second scan unit, and a second elastic member to bias the second scan unit or the second press member to closely contact the document with the second scan unit. The second scan unit and the second press member are separated from each other by a lifting device. The first elastic member to bias the first scan unit or the first press member has an elastic force different from an elastic force of the second elastic member to bias the second scan unit or the second press member.04-11-2013
20090323136Image forming apparatus - An image forming apparatus is provided that is capable of accurately outputting images of both sides of a card type document to the same side of a sheet of paper with a simple operation. On a card size input screen, a first scale for measuring a long-side size of a card type document and a second scale for measuring a short-side size of the card type document are displayed on a same screen such that they intersect at an origin. By operating a long-side size-decreasing instruction portion and a long-side size-increasing instruction portion, the long-side size of the card type document is decreased or increased and inputted. By operating a short-side size-decreasing instruction portion and a short-side size-increasing instruction portion, the short-side size of the card type document is decreased or increased and inputted.12-31-2009
20090316228IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A page image is acquired. Area information that includes information on existence or absence of a text area and a picture area is extracted from the acquired page image. The page image is divided into a plurality of blocks. An image feature amount of each of the divided blocks is calculated. Whether the page image includes a picture area is determined on the basis of the extracted area information and the calculated image feature amounts of the blocks.12-24-2009
20090310192IMAGE READING DEVICE - A compact image reading device is provided in which a plurality of illumination devices are not needed, and by which a hologram image can be accurately identified in a short period. The image reading device includes a first light source, arranged in a main-scanning direction on a face perpendicular to the conveying direction, for emitting light having a plurality of wavelengths, a second light source, arranged, in parallel to the first-light-source arrangement, on the same face on which the first light source is provided, or in the periphery thereof, for emitting light having a plurality of wavelengths, a light guide for guiding light from the first and second light sources in a sub-scanning direction, and the light guide, having total reflection faces whose illumination angles are different from each other, for irradiating a portion, of a hologram region, to be irradiated with light after totally reflected by the reflection faces, a lighting control means for controlling in a time division manner an exposure ratio between light quantities incident on the total reflection faces of the light guide, a lens assembly for focusing reflection light reflected by a reflective portion of a target positioned at the portion to be light-irradiated, and a sensor for receiving, for each divided time, light focused by the lens assembly, whereby the device is configured to enable detection of the hologram region in the target.12-17-2009
20090303552IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image forming system including: an image reading portion which reads an image of an original; an image forming portion which forms the image on a sheet based on image information read by the image reading portion; and a storing device which stores the original before the image is read, the original after the image is read, and the sheet on which the image has been formed based on the image information, wherein the storing device is detachable from the image forming system.12-10-2009
20090303551IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH READING MISTAKE PREVENTING FUNCTION DURING DOCUMENT READING - An image processing apparatus includes: a platen; a document cover mounted to be opened/closed on the platen; a document reader provided in relation to the platen, for reading an image of a document placed on the platen; an opening/closing detector provided in relation to the platen and the document cover, for detecting opening/closing of the document cover; an operation panel designating how the read document is to be arranged at the time of output; a document output device arranging and outputting the document images read by the document reader, in accordance with the arrangement designated by the operation panel; and a reading operation controller inhibiting document reading, when a specific arrangement of document images is designated by the operation panel and opening/closing operation of the document cover is not detected by the opening/closing detector.12-10-2009
20120218611ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - According to one embodiment, illumination apparatus including, first light source module which includes light-emitting module that emits light, light-emitting module having line shape, and first reflection member which includes first reflection surface that reflects light emitted from light-emitting module of first light source module for predetermined range, wherein first reflection surface has cross section that has zigzag line shape including plurality of line segments running along standard oval, which has major axis that forms predetermined angle with direction perpendicular to predetermined range, in direction perpendicular to longitudinal direction of light-emitting module of first light source module.08-30-2012
20090040566SCANNING APPARATUS WITH DIFFERENT RESOLUTIONS - The present invention relates to a scanning apparatus with different resolutions. The scanning apparatus includes a casing, a scanning module, a reflective module, a first lens, a second lens, a first sensing element, a second sensing element and a main reflective mirror. The first lens and the first sensing element have a first resolution and are used for scanning a first-sized document. The second lens and the second sensing element have a second resolution and are used for scanning a second-sized document. The main reflective mirror arranged between the first sensing element and the second sensing element for preventing interference of the first sensing element with the second sensing element.02-12-2009
20090091804Image Reading Method For Sheet Media And A Sheet Media Processing Device - The first reading start point D of a front contact image sensor 04-09-2009
20090091803Portable computer system and operating method thereof - The invention provides a portable computer system for capturing a target image related to an item. The portable computer system comprises a base, a cover, an image capturing module, and a lightness adjusting module. The cover is pivotally connected to the base, and comprises a panel. According to the size of the item, the cover rotates with respect to the base to project the light radiated from the panel onto the base. The image capturing module is used for rotating with respect to the cover to capture a reference image according to the size of the item. The lightness adjusting module is used for adjusting the lightness of the panel according to the reference image. After the lightness of the panel is adjusted, the item is deposed on the base, and the image capturing module captures the target image related to the item.04-09-2009
20130135693IMAGE READER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reader capable of entering a power save mode for saving power consumption during standby includes: a gain amplifier; a reference white plate that is to be scanned when gain control of the gain amplifier is performed to obtain a controlled gain value; a carriage that moves to an stops at an area corresponding to the reference white plate when the image reader enters the power save mode; a gain storage section that stores the controlled gain value as a recovery parameter when the image reader enters the power save mode; and a gain setting section that sets the recovery parameter as the controlled gain value when the image reader exits the power save mode.05-30-2013
20130135691IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A controller converts the original image data into converted image data representing a first converted image, analyzes the original image data and counts a number of first characters recognized in the original image represented by the original image data, and analyzes the converted image data and count a number of second characters recognized in the converted image represented by the first converted image data. The controller compares the number of first characters with the number of second characters and determine which one of the number of first characters and the number of second characters is greater than the other. The controller outputs the original image data when the controller determines that the number of first characters is greater than the number of second characters, and outputs the converted image data when the controller determines that the number of second characters is greater than the number of first characters.05-30-2013
20100123941Method and apparatus for capturing the image of bound documents such as books using digital camera - There is disclosed an image capture apparatus that facilitates fast, easy and convenient image capture of the two apposing pages of hard to scan bound documents such as thick books. The image capture apparatus has special design features that conveniently and properly positions bound documents to enable capturing distortion-free images without damage to the binding. In one preferred embodiment the invention facilitates the use of a digital image capture module such as a digital camera or digital video camera in performing an equivalent function to a flatbed scanner in recording digital images. In another preferred embodiment the invention facilitates the use of a regular camera in recording photographic images of the bound document. In yet another preferred embodiment the invention facilitates the use of a flatbed scanner in recording digital images.05-20-2010
20110058231Image Scanning Device, Image Scanning Method, Image Display Controlling Device, Image Display Controlling Method, Image Processing System, and Computer Program - An image scanning device accepts an instruction to scan a double-sided document and scans a plurality of double-sided documents with respect to each page to produce image data. Image data is eliminated when a page is determined as being solid colored from the image data produced by the scanning section. Image data other than the eliminated image data is transmitted to the outside. When an instruction to scan a double-sided document is received from the outside and accepted, elimination of image data is prohibited.03-10-2011
20110058229DEVICE FOR DETECTING THE PRESENCE OF A TANGIBLE DOCUMENT IN AN IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS - An image acquisition apparatus, including a housing, the housing includes an internal space and a substantially transparent surface for supporting a tangible document during an image acquisition operation, a document sensing device for detecting if at least a portion of the transparent surface is covered by the tangible document, the document sensing device including a transparent support structure for supporting at least one edge of the tangible document, a layer of coating configured to reflect light, wherein the layer of coating covering at least a portion of the external surfaces of the transparent support structure, a first light source and a light intensity sensor disposed inside the internal space.03-10-2011
20130057927MOBILE DEVICE PHOTO SCANNER - A mobile device photo scanner is disclosed. The mobile device photo canner includes a cradle portion configured and arranged to hold a mobile device. The cradle has an opening therethrough configured and arranged to align with a built-in camera of the mobile device. A shroud depends from the cradle portion forming an enclosure beneath the cradle portion and centered beneath the opening, such that a user may use the built-in camera of the mobile device to scan a photograph placed within the shroud portion.03-07-2013
20120307319IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME - The image reading apparatus includes an LED, a light guiding body, and a photoelectric conversion element. The light guiding body has a plurality of prisms for diffusing light. The plurality of prisms includes: at least one first prism that is disposed on an incident surface side in the main scanning direction; and at least one second prism that is disposed on an opposite end side to the incident surface side in the main scanning direction. In the first prism, an angle of a prism incident plane with respect to the main scanning direction is greater than an angle of a prism anti-incident plane with respect to the main scanning direction. In the second prism, an angle of a prism incident plane with respect to the main scanning direction is smaller than an angle of a prism anti-incident plane with respect to the main scanning direction.12-06-2012
20130057928IMAGE READING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image reading apparatus includes a reading unit that, after reading an image of a first side of a first document and an image of a first side of a second document, reads an image of a second side of the first document and an image of a second side of the second document, and an output unit configured to output the image of the first side of the first document read by the reading unit, store the image of the second side of the first document read by the reading unit in a storage unit, and after outputting the image of the first side of the second document read by the reading unit, output the image of the second side of the first document stored in the storage unit, and output the image of the second side of the second document read by the reading unit.03-07-2013
20130057929IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - Provided is an image reading apparatus, including: a placing member on which an original is to be placed; a reading section arranged so as to be opposed to the original across the placing member and reading an image of the original placed on the placing member; a casing which supports an outer peripheral edge portion of the placing member; and a support member supporting a portion other than the outer peripheral edge portion of the placing member, the support member including an abutment portion abutting against the casing, the support member being capable of supporting the placing member under a state in which the abutment portion abuts against the casing.03-07-2013
20110013234IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading device includes: a moving body that is disposed so as to be movable with respect to an image reading device body along a reading portion; a light emitting component that is disposed in the moving body and comprises a plurality of point light sources that are arranged in one row in a substantially orthogonal direction with respect to a moving direction of the moving body; and a light guide body that is disposed adjacent to the light emitting component in the moving body, is placed so as to guide light from the light emitting component to the reading portion, and transmits some light reflected from the reading portion.01-20-2011
20110013233ILLUMINATING DEVICE, IMAGE READING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An aspect of the present invention provides an illuminating device including point-light-sources arranged in a line, that emit light; an optical guide member formed by injection molding and one end face of the optical guide member facing the point-light-sources, that guides light emitted from the point-light-sources to a surface to be illuminated such that the light emitted from the point-light-sources is incident on the one end face and the light incident on the one end face exits from the other end face; and first pin marks formed by projection pins used when removing the optical guide member when injection molding, the first pin marks being formed on one of faces of the optical guide member facing in a thickness direction of the optical guide member at the one end face side, and being formed in positions offset from the point-light-sources in a direction along which the point-light-sources are arranged.01-20-2011
20090268265ULTRASHORT LASER MICRO-TEXTURE PRINTING - Systems and methods for providing laser texturing of solid substrates are disclosed. The texturing may be used to provide grayscale images obtainable from substrates, which may include steel, aluminum, glass, and silicon. In some embodiments, images may be obtainable from the substrate by modifying the reflective, diffractive, and/or absorptive features of the substrate or the substrate surface by forming random, periodic, and/or semi-periodic micro-structure features on the substrate (or substrate surface) by an ultrafast laser pulse train. The ultrafast pulse train may be modulated in order to vary, for example, optical exposure time, pulse train intensity, laser polarization, laser wavelength, or a combination of the aforementioned. The ultrafast pulse train and the substrate may be scanned with respect to each other to provide different optical energies to different regions of the substrate (or substrate surface). In some embodiments, the image is provided by making one or more passes of the ultrafast laser pulse train relative to the substrate.10-29-2009
20090268264IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image scanner apparatus includes an automatic image acquiring unit having a feature point detecting unit, an inclination calculating unit, a feature point rotation calculating unit, and a rectangular area calculating unit. The feature point detecting unit is arranged to detect a plurality of feature points of an original document outline from image data acquired by scanning an original document. The inclination calculating unit is arranged to calculate values regarding an original document inclination. The feature point rotation calculating unit is arranged to calculate positions of rotated feature points acquired by rotating the plurality of feature points detected through the feature point detecting unit around a prescribed center point by an inclination angle in a direction in which the original document inclination is corrected. The rectangular area calculating unit is arranged to calculate a non-inclined rectangular area having an outline that is disposed in the vicinity of the rotated feature points based on the positions of the rotated feature points.10-29-2009
20090268263Image reading apparatus - To provide an image reading apparatus enabling a long light source inside the image reading apparatus to be uniformly cooled in the main scanning direction with a simplified structure without increasing the number of components of the apparatus. An image reading apparatus having an optical reader section that has a long light source along the main scanning direction to read an original, a first holding section that holds the light source, a second holding section adjacent to the first holding section on the side surface side in the sub-scanning direction orthogonal to the main scanning direction of the first holding section, and a partition disposed between the first holding section and the second holding section, where in the partition are formed a first ventilating opening comprised of one or more openings for air inside the first holding section to move to the inside of the second holing section, and second ventilating openings comprised of a plurality of openings provided in the main scanning direction for the air inside the second holding section to move to the inside of the first holding section.10-29-2009
20090268262DOCUMENT PRESENTMENT APPARATUS FOR USE IN LINEAR DOCUMENT READER - A document scanner is disclosed. The document scanner includes a document bed having a surface to position a document. The document bed includes a slot in which a presentment apparatus is positioned. The presentment apparatus includes a first rigid layers a second compressible layer, and a third lower friction layer. A method of use of the document scanner is disclosed as well.10-29-2009
20090268261SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING USE OF CUSTOMER DOCUMENTS IN MAINTAINING IMAGE QUALITY (IQ)/IMAGE QUALITY CONSISTENCY (IQC) OF PRINTING DEVICES - This invention generally relates to systems and methods for implementing use of customer documents in maintaining Image Quality (IQ)/Image Quality Consistency (IQC) of printing devices. The system may include an image analyzer configured to analyze input image data for a document and to identify one or more relevant pages of the document that may provide information regarding the state of the printing system; a scheduler that selects the relevant pages for printing out-of-order; a marking engine constructed to print images; a scanning device for scanning print images of the one or more relevant pages; and a buffer for holding the print images of the one or more relevant pages and inserting the print images of the one or more relevant pages into the media path in proper order. A method for analyzing printed documents is also provided.10-29-2009
20090268260IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes an original-sheet support table and reading an image on an original sheet supported by the original-sheet support table. The original-sheet support table includes: (a) an original-sheet support surface on which the original sheet is supported; (b) a contact surface which stands up from the original-sheet support surface and is contactable with one side of the original sheet supported by the original-sheet support surface; and (c) at least one guide mark which is provided in the contact surface. The original sheet is positioned on the original-sheet support surface in a state in which the one side of the original sheet is held in contact with the contact surface of the original-sheet support table and one end of the one side of the original sheet is aligned with the at least one guide mark.10-29-2009
20090067011IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image scanner might capture an image corresponding to scan region 03-12-2009
20120224235TWO-DIMENSIONAL LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS - A two-dimensional light scanning apparatus includes: a deflector to drive at a resonance frequency in a main scanning direction and a sub-scanning direction different from the main scanning direction; a position sensor to detect a scanning position of the deflector; a resonance frequency predicting part to predict the resonance frequency of the deflector; and a deflector drive control part to: for drawing a Lissajous figure in which scanning trajectories of the deflector do not overlap with each other for one frame, store a plurality of pairs of respective frequency ratios of driving signals in the sub-scanning direction to driving signals in the main scanning direction, and respective phases of the driving signals in the sub-scanning direction with respect to the driving signals in the main scanning direction; select one pair of a frequency ratio and a phase; and control the deflector with a driving signal.09-06-2012
20130063791IMAGING HEAD FOR A FLAT BED SCANNER - A method for imaging using a flatbed imaging system includes providing first imaging data to a first imaging source; providing second imaging data to a second imaging source; imaging a first beam from the first imaging source at a first height on a rotating multi-facet spinner; imaging a second beam from the second imaging source at a second height on the rotating multi-facet spinner; distributing the first beam on a first location on a printing plate; and distributing the second beam on a second location on a the printing plate.03-14-2013
20120194881IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS - The image sensing apparatus includes an intermediate electrode disposed between the electron emission source array and the photoelectric conversion film; an intermediate-electrode current detection portion for detecting an intermediate electrode current flowing in the intermediate electrode when an electron is emitted from the electron emission source array to the photoelectric conversion film; an intermediate current complete integrator for generating an integration signal by performing complete time integration of the intermediate electrode current; and an intermediate-electrode signal generating device for generating an intermediate electrode signal by sampling the integration signal for every pixel period that is a period for supplying electrons to each of the pixel regions.08-02-2012
20130163056Image-Reading Device - An image-reading device is provided that includes a reading component configured to read a document, a document holding portion, a detector detecting a position of the document holding portion, a power supply device that supplies power to the reading component, and a power supply control device that controls power supplied by the power supply device to the reading component. The power supply control device determines whether a change in the position of the document holding portion has occurred based on the position of the document holding portion detected by the detector. When a change in position is detected and the image reading device is not performing document reading, the power supplied to the reading component is reduced. If a change in position is detected while the image reading device is performing document reading, the power supplied to the reading component is maintained.06-27-2013
20130163055PROCESS FOR CREATING FACET-SPECIFIC ELECTRONIC BANDING COMPENSATION PROFILES FOR RASTER OUTPUT SCANNERS - Processes are presented for creating electronic banding compensation profiles for raster output scanner (ROS) devices by printing and scanning a test pattern having a series of strips extending along a process direction and spaced from one another along a cross process (fast scan) direction, analyzing the scanned data to determine facet-specific banding errors corresponding to individual strips, and selectively adjusting banding correction profiles to counteract the banding errors.06-27-2013
20090237749Dynamic Set-Point Servo Control - A method and system for controlling a scanning system for a paper machine is disclosed. The scanning system includes a first scanner having a first sensor head and a second scanner having a second sensor head and positioned downstream of the first scanner. Proportional integral derivative control maintains the first and second scanners on their corresponding trajectory arrays. The second scanner tracks the same location of the sheet as the first scanner and the first trajectory array is recalculated at each execution cycle.09-24-2009
20090237748Document reader - A document reader includes an image sensor. The image sensor is movable in a secondary scanning direction and rotatable about a rotational axis extending in a primary scanning direction, and obtains image information from a region facing a light-receiving surface. Rotation of the image sensor is controlled based on distance information about a distance between a document surface and a platen in such a manner as to make an image distance fall within a depth-of-field range of the image sensor.09-24-2009
20090237747Image reader, light guide used for the same, and method of making light guide - An elongate light guide includes a light incident portion provided at an end in the longitudinal direction of the guide, a light reflecting portion extending in the longitudinal direction, a light emitting portion extending in the longitudinal direction for emitting linear light, and a scatterer for scattering the light entering through the light incident portion. For instance, the scatterer is provided as a grained portion formed at least part of the reflecting portion.09-24-2009
20090237746ROS Deskew Mechanism - In a color marking assembly, a series of ROS units are aligned above a photoconductive surface. These units have inboard and outboard mounts connecting them to this assembly. The inboard mounts are attached to a first side of the ROS, and the outboard mounts are attached to a second side of the ROS unit.09-24-2009
20090034023Image scanning system - An image scanning system comprises: an image-capturing device that captures an image of a scan original and outputs image signals; an image processing circuit that executes image processing on the image signals; an image signal output device that outputs the image signals having undergone the image processing; a calculation device that calculates an estimated length of required time to complete image signal output after a scan instruction with regard to the scan original is issued; and a calculation result output device that outputs calculation results obtained at the calculation device.02-05-2009
20090034021IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a scanning device and a printing device. The scanning device and the printing device are configured to be separately arranged when the image forming apparatus is in use. The printing device includes a control unit that transmits and receives signals to and from a plurality of units included in the scanning device, and a power supplying unit that supplies electric power to the units. The scanning device includes a first relay substrate that receives electric power from the power supplying unit and distributes the electric power to the units, and relays signals between each of the units and the control unit.02-05-2009
20090231638IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reading apparatus having a memory to store therein image data acquired by reading an original is provided. In a regular reading mode, the memory is divided into a first buffer that stores therein first image data of an image of a first side of the original and a second buffer that stores therein second image data of an image of a second side of the original. In a ring buffer mode, only the first image data is stored in the first buffer and the second buffer in a seamless manner, and the first image data stored in the buffers is output from the buffers to an image processing unit through an output path in a parallel manner. When a size of an original to be read is larger than a predetermined size, reading is performed in the ring buffer mode.09-17-2009
20090231637SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SCANNING/ACCUMULATING IMAGE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image scanning/accumulating system including an information issuing unit that acquires image data; and an information managing unit that includes an image-data database for storing therein the image data acquired by the information issuing unit, and manages the image data. The information managing unit includes a task-information database, and manages task information stored in the task-information database. The information issuing unit includes an image pickup unit that scans a paper-based document thereby obtaining image data, and registers the image data in the image-data database; an information display unit that acquires task information from the task-information database to be associated with the image data obtained by the image pickup unit, and displays acquired task information on a task-information setting screen; and a notifying unit that notifies a contact address included in the task information that the image data associated with the task information is registered in the image-data database.09-17-2009
20090231636Image scanning unit - An image scanning unit includes a translucent member, a transport unit, and a scan device. The translucent member has a flat face on which a document is contactingly transported by the transport unit while contacting the document against the translucent member. The scan device scans image information of the document transported by the transport unit at a scan position, and is fixedly disposed on a side of the translucent member opposite a side on which the document contacts the flat face of the translucent member. The translucent member includes a convex portion to lift the document transported by the transport unit from the flat face of the translucent member. The scan device scans the document at the scan position when the document transported by the transport unit passes over the convex portion and is still lifted from the flat face of the translucent member by the convex portion.09-17-2009
20090231635Scanner - A scanner includes: an image data input unit to which an image data from a generating source is inputted; a generating source identification unit configured to identify the generating source of the image data inputted to the image data input unit; a selection unit configured to select an image forming apparatus to which the inputted image data is to be outputted from among a plurality of image forming apparatuses serving as output destinations to which the image data is capable of being outputted on the basis of the generating source identified by the generating source identification unit; and a converted data output unit configured to convert the image data inputted to the image data input unit into data having contents suitable for an output condition for an image of the image forming apparatus selected by the selection unit and to output the converted image data to the image forming apparatus selected by the selection unit.09-17-2009
20090231634IMAGE DRAWING APPARATUS AND METHOD - In an image drawing apparatus which performs N-tuple image drawing, an image drawing head is mounted so that the pixel column direction of two-dimensionally arranged usable pixels and a scan direction of the image drawing head with respect to an image drawing surface form a predetermined set inclination angle. A pixel-to-utilize setting unit sets, based on variance in the inclination angles of pixel columns with respect to the scan direction, pixels-to-utilize, which are utilized in N-tuple image drawing, to operate among a great number of usable pixels. The pixel-to-utilize setting unit includes a pixel-to-utilize designation unit, a setting changing unit or the like. An image is drawn on the image drawing surface by causing the pixels-to-utilize, designated by setting, to operate while the image drawing head is relatively moved with respect to a stage.09-17-2009
20090046330IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus is supplied, which can continuously read plural manuscripts and memorize separatively their image data. The image reading apparatus can read plural manuscripts each is formed from head sheet and document sheet in pairs and read the plural manuscripts as respective image data, and comprises a sheet identifying section which identifies the head sheet; an information obtaining section which obtains sort information of the document sheet from the head sheet after the sheet identifying section identified the head sheet; and a reading section which reads the document sheet following the head sheet on the basis of the sort information obtained by said information obtaining section.02-19-2009
20090046329DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, DATA COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING DATA COMMUNICATION PROGRAM - A data communication apparatus is disclosed. In the data communication apparatus, when plural documents including destination information are transmitted to an external apparatus by using a facsimile function, reference destination information in image data of a reference document is compared with destination information in image data of documents other than the reference document. When the destination information in the image data of the documents other than the reference document is the same as the reference destination information in the image data of the reference document, the image data of the plural documents are transmitted to the external apparatus.02-19-2009
20090027738IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - An image reading device and an image forming apparatus having the same, that can prevent unnecessary wear of components or damage of a document when a simplex scanning operation is carried out. The image reading device includes a first reading unit and a second reading unit. The first reading unit includes a first scan unit to scan a first surface of a document, a first press member mounted while opposing the first scan unit, and a first elastic member to bias the first scan unit or the first press member to closely contact the document with the first scan unit. The second reading unit includes a second scan unit to scan a second surface of the document, a second press member mounted while opposing the second scan unit, and a second elastic member to bias the second scan unit or the second press member to closely contact the document with the second scan unit. The second scan unit and the second press member are separated from each other by a lifting device. The first elastic member to bias the first scan unit or the first press member has an elastic force different from an elastic force of the second elastic member to bias the second scan unit or the second press member.01-29-2009
20090009823IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A present invention is provided with a laser light source having a plurality of laser elements capable of scanning a plurality of lines in parallel in a sub-scanning direction at a second resolution, which is higher than a first resolution of an image to be formed in a main scanning direction, a multiplexer and a laser driver that set a scaling ratio of an image in the sub-scanning direction in response to the first and second resolutions and an image size for image forming, and perform control so as to select and drive any of the plurality of laser elements of the laser light source in response to the scaling ratio that has been set, and an image forming unit that forms on a print medium an image of lines scanned using laser elements driven by the laser driver.01-08-2009
20100085612SCANNER DEVICE FOR A FRANKING SYSTEM - A mailpiece scanner device in a module of a franking system, said mailpiece scanner device comprising: a contact image sensor or “CIS” disposed in a direction perpendicular to the conveying direction in which the mailpieces are conveyed through the module; and a support to which said sensor is fastened and which is mounted firstly to move vertically under the action of at least one drive lever and secondly to pivot about a longitudinal hinge pin; the device further comprising guide means secured to a stationary portion of the module for the purpose of limiting firstly the vertical movement of the image sensor support and secondly pivoting of said support about the longitudinal hinge pin.04-08-2010
20100085614IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a document positioning plate configured to position a document thereon, a document pressing unit which is attached to the document positioning plate to be openable and closable, a reading sensor which is movably arranged in a main body of the apparatus and configured to read an image of the document positioned on the document positioning plate, and a restricting unit configured to engage with the reading sensor to restrict a movement of the reading sensor, wherein the restricting unit has a lever which is provided in the document pressing unit in a rotatable and storable manner and urged in a direction in which the lever is stored and restricts the movement of the reading sensor in a state that the document pressing unit is closed and the lever is inserted into the main body of the apparatus, and when the document pressing unit is opened from the restricting state, the lever is pulled out from the main body of the apparatus to release the restriction and urged to be stored in the document pressing unit.04-08-2010
20090273817Two-Dimensional CMOS Sensor Array to Image Documents and Other Flat Objects - A flatbed scanner includes a housing, a transparent platen atop the housing for receiving an object to be scanned, and a carriage operable to travel along a horizontal direction and a vertical direction. The carriage includes a light source for illuminating the object and a rectangular photodetector array for simultaneously detecting light intensity of multiple scan lines.11-05-2009
20110032583APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS - An apparatus for moving a unit to execute scanning includes a scanning unit including a motor, an encoder for outputting a signal according to movement of the unit, a detection unit for detecting a current supplied to the motor, a speed control unit for executing a speed control of the motor according to the signal output from the encoder and the current detected by the detection unit, a movement control unit for setting a threshold value, moving the unit by driving the motor, by using the speed control unit, and a current control unit for setting a value greater than the predetermined value according to the threshold value and value of the current detected by the detection unit at a predetermined timing during a time period while the unit is moving.02-10-2011
20110299141INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS PROCESS ACCORDING TO PROCESS DEFINITION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR - An information processing apparatus capable of combining images using a ticket in order to lighten user's load concerning operations for setting an image composition process and for selecting a target process definition. The information processing apparatus processes an image read by an image reading unit according to a process definition described by combining one or more information processes. A first addition unit adds a process setting for combining images to the process definition. A combination unit combines the images according to the process definition that is added by the first addition unit.12-08-2011
20110299137OPTICAL SCANNING - Disclosed is a method of adjusting a scanner for scanning of an original, the scanner comprising an image sensor and a light source for emitting light, the method comprising the steps of: a) moving the image sensor in order for it to be located at a predefined scanning position by means of a movable mechanical member; b) determining the difference between the scanning position and the predefined scanning position; where the method further comprises: determining the difference between the scanning position and the predefined scanning position by detecting radiation from at least one fix-point having a fixed position relative to the image sensor.12-08-2011
20100171997SCANNER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - Disclosed are a scanner capable of adjusting the focus distance and an image forming apparatus having the same. The scanner may include a focus adjustment structure that comes into an interfering contact with a scanning unit as the scanning unit moves along a scanning path so as to cause a movement of the scanning unit in the direction perpendicular to the scanning path toward and away from the document to be scanned. With such configuration the focus adjustment can be realized using the scanning movement of the scanning unit along the scanning path.07-08-2010
20100171996DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS - A document reading apparatus includes a housing including a bottom surface formed with a reading opening for reading a document, position detection sections disposed on the bottom surface while interposing the reading opening therebetween to detect a position of the document reading apparatus, and foot sections each having a contact surface being in contact with the document and a detection opening formed in a part of the contact surface, the detection opening facing the position detection section on the bottom surface.07-08-2010
20100171995DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS - A document reading apparatus is provided, which includes a housing having an opening in a reading surface, an imaging portion, arranged within the housing, that reads a document via the opening, and a position detection portion arranged within the opening.07-08-2010
20120188613Image Forming Optical Element, Image Forming Optical Array, And Image Reading Device - An image forming optical element is provided, in which a first lens, a second lens, and a light guiding unit that leads the light input from the first lens, to the second lens, the light guiding unit has a curved shape of a first curve portion and a second curve portion from the first lens to the second lens, a first reflection face that reflects the light input from the first lens, to the second curve portion, is formed on an outer peripheral face of the first curve portion, a second reflection face that reflects the reflected light to the second lens is formed on an outer peripheral face of the second curve portion, the light input to the first lens travels in the transparent medium until reading the second lens, is output from the second lens, and then forms an image at magnification of erection equal-magnification.07-26-2012
20090310191IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS - An image scanning apparatus includes a transport roller transporting an original, a CCD scanning a first side of the original, a CIS scanning unit scanning a second side of the original, and a flap for reversing the original and sending the original to a transport path. A CPU controls the transport roller, the CCD and the CIS scanning unit to scan each side of the original. The CPU determines from the result of scanning whether or not each side of the original includes a predetermined pattern. When the CPU cannot identify from the result of scanning of the second side whether or not the second side includes a predetermined pattern, the CPU controls the flap and a transport unit to reverse the original and cause the CCD to scan the second side.12-17-2009
20100085611IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing method, and an image processing apparatus with which to perform the method, the method including generating a scan image by scanning an object, detecting a non-image area affected by external incident light in the scan image according to a pixel-value distribution pattern varied depending on incident angles of the external incident light, and extracting an image area corresponding to the object by removing the non-image area from the scan Image.04-08-2010
20110299133SCANNING DEVICE - A scanning device including a base, a guiding module and a scanning head is provided. The guiding module includes a guiding rod, a guiding element, a sliding element and an elastic element. The guiding rod is fixed to the base. The guiding element has a notch, wherein the guiding rod is slidingly disposed at the notch along a first axial direction. The sliding element is slidingly disposed at the guiding element along a second axial direction substantially perpendicular to the first axial direction. The elastic element is fixed to the guiding element and contacts with the sliding element, wherein the sliding element pushes the guiding rod to contact an inner wall of the notch along the second axial direction by an elastic force of the elastic element, so as to prevent the guiding rod from swaying during a scanning process.12-08-2011
20090161176SHEET MUSIC CREATION METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A sheet music creation method of creating sheet music whose layout is changed based on image data of sheet music input from an input device includes the steps of dividing the image data of the sheet music input from the input device into grand staffs, designating the grand staffs divided in the dividing in the order of performance, and re-editing, by a processor, image data representing the grand staffs in accordance with the order designated in the designating.06-25-2009
20110299139IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus including a housing body that can displace and rotate to a housing body fully closed angle position, a housing body fully open angle position, and a housing body non-access angle position, an outer wall member disposed between the apparatus main body and the housing body, and connected to the apparatus main body to displace and rotate in response to the displacement and rotation of the housing body, and positioned at an outer wall fully closed angle position, positioned at an outer wall fully open angle position, and positioned at an outer wall non-access angle position that has an angular position enabling exposure of the exchangeable components in the inner portion of the apparatus main body but not enabling exchange by a user.12-08-2011
20110299135OVERHEAD IMAGE READING APPARATUS - The overhead image reading apparatus includes a line sensor 12-08-2011
20120099163Document Reader - A document reader is provided, which includes side covers disposed to face each other to form side faces of a main body housing, each of the side covers including a protruding section formed with an upper portion of the side cover being protruded outward relative to the main body housing, the upper portion being higher than a predetermined position below a reading unit, the protruding section including a first finger-holding portion disposed on a lower surface of the protruding section, the first finger-holding portion being formed with a length in a longitudinal direction thereof as long as a length of a readable range for the reading unit in a main scanning direction, the first finger-holding portion being configured such that one or more operators put their fingers thereon from below, the first finger-holding portion including one or more ribs formed along the longitudinal direction of the first finger-holding portion.04-26-2012
20120099161OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL SCANNING METHOD - An optical scanning device includes a housing, a light source that emits light, a rotatable polygon mirror that receives the light from the light source while rotating and deflects the light by reflecting the light in a direction corresponding to an angle of rotation thereof, a scanning optical system that guides the light from the rotatable polygon mirror to a scanning object in such a manner as to repeatedly scan the scanning object with the light, and an intermediate member that is provided between an optical member included in the scanning optical system and the housing. The intermediate member is connected to the optical member with rubber adhesive and is also connected to the housing with the rubber adhesive.04-26-2012
20110286051IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes: an ADF driven by a motor; an image reading unit transmitting charges accumulated in a photoelectric conversion element as a shift pulse to a shift register; and a shift pulse control unit controlling an output timing of the shift pulse based on rotation of the motor. When the rotation of the motor stops, the shift pulse control unit outputs the shift pulse to transmit the charges accumulated in lighting of a light source immediately before the stoppage of the motor.11-24-2011
20110286049IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a sensor and a control unit. The sensor includes including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate a charge, a first transfer unit configured to transfer the generated charge from the to an output unit, and the output unit transfers the charge to an outside of the sensor, and a second transfer unit configured to transfer the charge from the first transfer unit to a drain unit to drain the charge. The control unit configured to execute control for transferring the charge to the drain unit after transferring the charge outside the sensor, based on a size of document to be read.11-24-2011
20110286050IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - There is provided an image forming apparatus that is configured so as to continuously display a plurality of images in a drawing area by scanning light for the drawing area formed on a display surface. The image forming apparatus includes a light emitting unit that emits the light, an optical scanning unit that two-dimensionally scans the light emitted from the light emitting unit for the drawing area, and a driving control unit that controls driving of the optical scanning unit such that the number of the images displayed in the drawing area in a unit of time is changed by changing a range in which the light is scanned on the drawing area at the time of displaying the images based on a shape and a size of each of the images, which are displayed in the drawing area, on the drawing area.11-24-2011
20110292469IMAGE READER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING SAME USING MULTIPLE IMAGE SENSORS AND WHICH CORRECTS MISALIGNMENT - An image reader includes an original transport device to transport an original, and an image reading device including multiple image sensor arrays having image reading areas staggered relative to the transport direction of the original in such a manner that the multiple image sensor arrays are offset at least partially, in the main scanning direction of the original with a predetermined gap therebetween in the transport direction. There is at least one original transport speed detector to detect the transport speed of the original transported by the original transport device, a storing device to store a reference delay time period which is between when the image sensor arrays on the upstream side read a predetermined position relative to the transport direction and when the image sensor arrays on the downstream side read the predetermined position. Further, there is a misalignment amount calculator, and an image synthesizer to synthesize an image read by the image sensor arrays.12-01-2011
20110299140LIGHTING DEVICE, IMAGE READING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a lighting device includes: a light source configured to generate light used for reading of an image; and a light guide configured to extend in a predetermined direction and lead light, which is irradiated from the light source, town image reading region, the light guide having, at an end in the predetermined direction, an incident region where the light irradiated from the light source is made incident and a cutting trace.12-08-2011
20110299138LINEAR LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A linear light source device illuminates a document properly, and an image reading device includes such a light source device. The light source device includes a light source and a light-guiding member. The light-guiding member introduces the light emitted from the light source from one end portion in x-direction, cause the light to travel in x-direction, and emits the light from a light exit portion at one end in z-direction, which is orthogonal to x-direction. The light-guiding member includes, at the other end in z-direction, a light-reflecting portion that reflects light to the light exit portion. One end face of the light-guiding member in y-direction, which is orthogonal to x- and z-directions, is inclined so as to become closer to the other end face in y-direction with decreasing distance from the light exit portion in z-direction. This allows light to easily travel to the light-reflecting portion.12-08-2011
20110299136OVERHEAD SCANNER DEVICE, IMAGE ACQUIRING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An overhead scanner device includes an area sensor, a linear sensor, and a control unit, wherein the control unit includes an area-image acquiring unit that controls the area sensor to successively acquire a plurality of images, a feature-point extracting unit that extracts feature points from the images acquired by the area-image acquiring unit, a velocity-vector computing unit that computes a velocity vector of each of the feature points by comparing the feature points extracted by the feature-point extracting unit between the images, and a read-start determining unit that determines a read start by the linear sensor, based on the velocity vector computed by the velocity-vector computing unit.12-08-2011
20110299134OPERATION DEVICE AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - On a bottom surface of a light guide element, a reflection portion is formed in a first region thereof, which is close to a light source, and a first diffusion surface is formed in a second region of the bottom surface of the light guide element, which is a region distant from the light source. A light-incident side of the light guide element is a non-diffusion surface. Sides other than the light-incident side are second diffusion surfaces. Light that has been emitted from the light source and incident to the light guide element via the light-incident side is totally reflected and is then guided to the first and the second diffusion surfaces and a part of diffusion-reflected light illuminates the light-transmissive portion of the panel.12-08-2011
20090201559Rotatable scanner and image forming apparatus - A rotatable scanner includes a scanner body and a document holder. The scanner body includes an exposure surface on which a document is placed. The document holder is provided above the scanner body to cover a document placed on the exposure surface of the scanner body, and includes a hinged side and a free side opposite the hinged side. A front upper edge of the scanner body is chamfered.08-13-2009
20090185238OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE - An optical scanning device with a dustproof function includes a shell defining a first receiving room and a second receiving room communicating with the first receiving room through an open window defined on the shell for scanning light beams passing therethrough. An optical scanning module is mounted in the first receiving room. A glass platform is located on the second receiving room at a position facing the open window for insulating the first receiving room from the outside of the shell. A correcting plate is stuck on the bottom of the glass platform. Such structure of the optical scanning device enables the glass platform to be firstly assembled with the shell in a dustless chamber, which prevents the suspending dust from falling in the first receiving room and attaching to the optical scanning module during the subsequent assembly process and ensures the scanning quality of the optical scanning device.07-23-2009
20110292465IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes image reader reading an image of a manuscript which is placed on a manuscript platen, and size detector detecting a size of the manuscript, wherein the image reader slides inside a chassis, which is arranged below the manuscript platen, in parallel to the manuscript platen and reads the image of the manuscript, wherein the size detector includes two light sensors each of which is composed of a pair of light emitter emitting light toward the manuscript platen from a position under the manuscript platen, and light receiver receiving reflection light which is reflected by the manuscript, wherein the light emitter and the light receiver are mounted on one substrate so that each line connecting the light emitter with the light receiver of the light sensor may be on one straight line, and wherein the size detector is arranged at one internal side area of the chassis, which does not overlap with an area through which the image reader slides, so that the line connecting the light emitter with the light receiver may be parallel to a sliding direction of the image reader.12-01-2011
20110141534IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF COPYING TWO-SIDED CARD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus to copy a two-sided card is disclosed. The image forming apparatus includes a user interface unit to adjust a layout for copying both sides of the two-sided card, an image reading unit to read the both sides of the two-sided card and generates scanned images, a controlling unit to generate image data where the scanned images are laid out on at least one page according to the adjusted layout, and an output unit to output the image data generated by the controlling unit. Accordingly, the both sides of the two-sided card may be laid out and output in various types.06-16-2011
20110292468OPTICAL SCANNER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An optical scanner contains in a casing made of thermoplastic material a light source that emits an image light based on image data, and at least one optical element that is disposed in an optical path for the image light. The optical element is held through a holding member by the casing. The holding member is uprightly held at one edge portion thereof on an inside surface of the casing, and secures the optical element at the other edge portion thereof. The holding member has a shape that causes a thermal deformation in which a leaning direction of the other edge portion is opposite to a leaning direction of the one edge portion due to a thermal deformation of the inside surface of the casing when a temperature of the casing rises.12-01-2011
20110292466IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus includes a storage unit, a request reception unit configured to receive a scanning request requesting to scan an image, a scanning execution unit configured to execute a scanning process to scan the image based on the scanning request and thereby to obtain image data, and a transmitting unit. The transmitting unit is configured to determine whether to transmit the obtained image data to an information processing apparatus corresponding to first identification information specified in the scanning request based on a charging scheme of a communication service specified in the scanning request, to transmit the obtained image data to the information processing apparatus if it is determined to transmit the image data, and to store the image data in the storage unit if it is determined not to transmit the image data.12-01-2011
20110292464METHOD FOR REPRODUCING DOCUMENTS AND IMAGE-PROCESSING APPARATUS - A method for reproducing a document is provided. The method includes the following steps: scanning a front side and a back side of an original and accordingly producing a front side image and a back side image; determining a size of the original; comparing the size of the original with a page size; and if the size of the original is determined smaller than one half of the page size, producing one-page image data representing the front side image and the back side image on one single page. An apparatus for reproducing the document is also disclosed.12-01-2011
20130215479IMAGE-READING METHOD AND APPARATUS - An image-reading apparatus and method for controlling the image-reading apparatus including a document plate where an original document is placed, a line image sensor that reads an image on the document plate by scanning to obtain image data, a reference-setting image that is placed outside a region of the document plate at a position where the line image sensor is able to read the reference-setting image, and a control unit configured to set a reference position when the image sensor reads the image, wherein the control unit detects the reference-setting image from the image data and, depending on a power-on state of the image-reading apparatus, selects the manner in which the reference position is set based on the reference-setting image.08-22-2013
20090103144IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO SET WALLPAPER AND METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus to set a wallpaper includes providing a user interface (UI) for wallpaper editing of each program, and changing and displaying a wallpaper of a respective program according to items selected from the UI. Accordingly, a user-desired wallpaper is applied to each widget program used according to a user's purpose.04-23-2009
20090002776IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - An image scanning apparatus includes a light source unit having a plurality of lamps. A converter supplies power to the plurality of lamps and adjusts the power according to a desired light intensity of each the plurality of lamps. A controller controls the converter such that at least one of the lamps is overdriven for a predetermined amount of time when lamp warm-up is initiated. Thus, the length of time required to wait until an operational light intensity is reduced.01-01-2009
20090002775Interferometric measurement of non-homogeneous multi-material surfaces - Correction factors for the ALR and PTR parameters of magnetic-head sliders are determined by calculating an effective reflectivity and a corresponding PCOR at each pixel of the air-bearing surface. The absolute value of reflectivity at each pixel of the AlTiC air-bearing surface is obtained from an empirical equation relating it to modulation. The ratio of Al01-01-2009
20090002774Phased Illumination Method for Image Capture System - Imaging devices and methods that permit the capture of digital images of an original document sequentially illuminated by a plurality of light sources. In one aspect, a first digital image is captured using illumination from a first illumination angle, a second digital image is captured using illumination from a second illumination angle, and the first and second digital images are combined to obtain a composite digital image of the document. The obtained composite digital image is free of reflection artifacts corresponding to the first and second illumination angles.01-01-2009
20100265551ILLUMINATING DEVICE AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An illuminating device includes a light source to generate an illumination light used for reading of an image, a light guide body that extends in a specified direction and includes an incident surface which is formed at one end in the specified direction and on which the illumination light from the light source is incident, a reflecting surface to reflect the illumination light incident from the incident surface, a first exit surface through which a first light component reflected by the reflecting surface and directly directed to an image reading area passes, and a second exit surface which faces a direction different from the first exit surface and through which a second light component reflected by the reflecting surface and directed to a direction different from the first light component passes, and a reflecting member to reflect the second light component exiting from the second exit surface to the image reading area.10-21-2010
20100033768DETECTION DEVICE, IMAGE READING CONTROL DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM IN WHICH IS RECORDED AN ERROR CORRECTION PROGRAM OF A DETECTION DEVICE - A detection device that includes a setting component, a measuring component, an accumulating component, a determining component, and an increasing/decreasing component is provided. The joint quantity measuring component measures joint quantities between the photoelectric conversion elements that are dependent on precision when arraying the plural photoelectric conversion elements. The joint error quantity accumulating component accumulates error quantities of the joints that are obtained from the joint quantities that have been measured and a reference quantity. The determining component determines whether or not the accumulated error quantity has exceeded an allowable range. The interpolation pixel increasing/decreasing component increases/decreases, on the basis of direction of error, interpolation pixels between specific photoelectric conversion elements when it has been determined that the accumulated error quantity has exceeded the allowable range.02-11-2010
20100007929IMAGE READ-OUT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - The image read-out device comprises an integrally formed scanning optical unit in which a light source which emits light toward a document, a plurality of reflective mirrors reflecting the light which is emitted from the light source to the document and then reflected, an image forming lens converging the light reflected by a final reflective mirror which finally reflects the light, among the plurality of mirrors, and a light receiving sensor for receiving the light converged by the image forming lens are integrally mounted on a housing, the integrally formed scanning optical unit moving in a scanning direction and reading out an image of the document, wherein an opening is provided on each of top and bottom surfaces of the housing, and wherein the area of the opening provided on the bottom surface is equal or more than that of the opening provided on the top surface.01-14-2010
20100033771IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus capable of preventing image processing from being performed on data for which an appropriate image processing cannot be carried out and improving the reliability of equipment signature. An MFP as the image processing apparatus reads an original, creates and stores electronic data, and stores electronic data created by an external unit. The electronic data created by the MFP is stored in association with MFP identification information. Electronic data created by the MFP among the stored electronic data is determined based on the MFP identification information. Execution of a function of the MFP on electronic data created by the external unit is restricted.02-11-2010
20100033770IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image reading apparatus executes stop processing to stop scanning of the carriage during the scan operation, acquires information on the stop processing executed by the control unit, corrects a restart position of the carriage for a document image reading after the stop processing based on the information acquired.02-11-2010
20100033769Image scanning device and copier - A disclosed image scanning device includes a pressing unit for pressing a document; an operation detection unit for detecting an opening operation and a closing operation of the pressing unit; a movable scanning unit for scanning the document; and a control unit for moving the movable scanning unit from a standby position to a document-size detection start position when the opening operation is detected and moving the movable scanning unit from the document-size detection start position to the standby position to determine a size of the document when the closing operation is detected. The control unit is configured to continue moving the movable scanning unit from the standby position to the document-size detection start position until the arrival of the movable scanning unit at the document-size detection start position is detected even if the pressing unit is operated.02-11-2010
20100033767LIGHT SCANNING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A light scanning unit of an image forming apparatus to scan a light beam in forward and reverse directions, the light scanning unit including: a beam deflector to deflect the light beam, and to form forward direction and reverse direction scanning lines in an image section and first and second non-image sections respectively provided on opposite sides of the image section; a reflecting member to reflect a light beam inputted from the beam deflector; and a light detecting unit to receive a first light beam directly inputted from the beam deflector, and a second light beam inputted via the reflecting member, wherein the reflecting member includes a reflecting unit to reflect the inputted light beam to the light detecting unit, and a distinguishing unit to distinguish the reflected second light beam from the first light beam.02-11-2010
20100091345Paper-sheet recognition apparatus - A paper-sheet recognition apparatus includes a base plate; and one or a plurality of line sensors engaged in the base plate. An engaging portion between the line sensor and the base plate has a concave-convex engaging structure in which a concave-convex portion provided in the line sensor and a concave-convex portion provided in the base plate are engaged with each other, a convex portion of the concave-convex portion provided in the line sensor has the same size as a convex portion of the concave-convex portion provided in the base plate in the direction perpendicular to the paper-sheet transport direction, each of the concave-convex portions is formed having an inclined surface that extends downwardly from a horizontal plane, and edges of end faces of the concave-convex portions and boundaries between a horizontal plane of the base plate and the inclined surfaces of the concave-convex portions are round chamfered.04-15-2010
20090195841Image Reading Device, Image Reading Method and Reading Control Program - An image reading device is provided. The image reading device includes: a reading unit which reads an original while the reading unit and the original are relatively moved, to produce a plurality of image data based on a plurality of producing conditions, respectively, in response to a reading command input one time, the plurality of producing conditions being different mutually; and a storing unit which stores the plurality of image data produced by the reading unit in a same storing destination.08-06-2009
20110216378Systems And Methods For Edge Detection During An Imaging Operation - Systems and methods systems and methods for edge detection during an imaging operation are disclosed. In an exemplary implementation, a method may include subdividing an imaging area into a plurality of border detection zones. The method may also include scanning the imaging area including media to be scanned to obtain optical data for each of the plurality of border detection zones. The method may also include identifying at least one edge of the media based on change in the optical data between directly adjacent border detection zones, where the change indicates detection of a moiré pattern.09-08-2011
20110216377SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING POLYGON INDUCED BANDING - Systems and methods for reducing the degradation of image quality due to banding in an image processing system by detection of both integrated intensity and peak intensity of a laser beam reflected from the polygon mirror facet(s) of a motor polygon assembly. A banding detector is adapted to enable measurement of peak intensity and integrated intensity of the laser beam(s) reflected from the polygon mirror facet(s). Polygon facet induced banding can be determined from the measurements and can be used for sorting/manufacturing raster output scanners and/or compensating for the induced banding.09-08-2011
20110170150Optical Reading Device, Control Method for an Optical Reading Device, and Computer-Readable Recording Medium Storing a Control Program for an Optical Reading Device - Unintended image inversion is prevented when an optical reading device processes images captured by an optical reading device that uses a linear image sensor having the photodetectors arrayed in a line. An optical reading unit has a linear image sensor with photodetectors arrayed perpendicularly to the transportation direction of the recording medium S to be scanned, optically reads the conveyed recording medium by means of the linear image sensor, and sequentially outputs the detection values of the photodetectors from an end of the linear image sensor. A gate array and CPU generate scanned image data based on the detection values read by the optical reading unit, add thereto information describing the relationship between the scanning sequence of the photodetectors of the linear image sensor and the pixel order of the scanned image data, and output to another device.07-14-2011
20090168116Method and System For Calibrating A Scanner Having A Scan Bar Including Sensor Elements - A scanner includes a scan bar and a calibration strip. The scan bar has perpendicular fast-scan and slow-scan axes. The scan bar has an image sensor plane and includes a substantially linear array of sensor elements substantially aligned along the fast-scan axis. A first method for calibrating the scan bar includes imaging the calibration strip to the image sensor plane of the scan bar wherein the imaging is out of focus substantially-along the slow-scan axis. The first method also includes obtaining a calibration reading of the sensor elements from the imaging of the calibration strip. A second method includes imaging the calibration strip to the image sensor plane of the scan bar wherein the imaging is optically widened substantially-along the slow-scan axis. In a third method, the imaging is optically widened substantially-along the slow-scan axis using a cylindrical lens having an imaging-widening axis.07-02-2009
20090168117DUAL FOCUS IMAGING SYSTEM - A dual focus imaging scanner system and method for reading symbologies such as barcodes. The scanner system includes a light source producing two discrete wavelengths of light for illuminating a symbology target, a lens assembly for collecting a reflected image of the illuminated symbology target, which image preferably comprises the first and second wavelengths of light, and a color separation filter positioned to receive the combined reflected symbology target image from the lens assembly. The filter produces a first symbology image comprised of the first wavelength of light and a separate second symbology image comprised of the second wavelength of light. A first image sensor is positioned for receiving the first image and a second image sensor is positioned for receiving the second image. Preferably, the first and second sensors each have a different local point and focal range to scan near and far symbologies.07-02-2009
20090316224Lighting device, and optical scanning unit, image reader, and image forming apparatus including the lighting device - In a lighting device, a light source emits light. A second sandwiching member includes a second opposed surface opposing a first opposed surface of a first sandwiching member. The first sandwiching member and the second sandwiching member sandwich the light source in such a manner that the light source is detachably attached to the first sandwiching member and the second sandwiching member. A reflection member is provided on the first opposed surface of the first sandwiching member and the second opposed surface of the second sandwiching member to reflect the light emitted by the light source toward an irradiation region on an original document sheet. A positioning member is provided in the first opposed surface of the first sandwiching member and the second opposed surface of the second sandwiching member to position the light source with respect to the reflection member.12-24-2009
20100110504Device, Computer Readable Medium and Method for Image Reading - An image reading device, comprising a reading unit to read images from a set of documents by carry the documents one by one; a storing unit to store read data; an error detection unit to detect an error of an operation in the reading unit; a stopping unit configured such that when the error is detected, the stopping unit stops reading of the documents by the reading unit; a restart instruction unit to instruct the reading unit to restart reading of the documents, a data processing unit to store the read data obtained after restart of reading of the document in the storing unit such that the read data obtained after restart of reading continues from the read data obtained before detection of the error; and a conversion unit to convert the entire read data of the documents into a single file having a predetermined format.05-06-2010
20090153916MEDIA OUTPUT OPTION LIGHTING SYSTEM - An electrophotographic device includes a scanning unit, at least one media output option for receiving a media sheet, and at least one light source for emitting a light beam to at least partially illuminate a media sheet receiving portion of the at least one media output tray. The media output tray is vertically stacked below the scanning unit. Still further, a user alert display is provided to alert a user to the presence of a media sheet in the output tray. A sensor detects a media sheet received in the output tray, and activates the light source and optionally the user alert display. The media output option may include a plurality of output trays, each output tray having a dedicated light source, user alert display, and sensor.06-18-2009
20090153917Image reader - An image reader has a transport passage for transporting an original, a CIS for reading an image on the original transported on the transport passage, and a control member for pressing the transported original against an abutment member disposed at an opposed side of the transport passage at a read position of the CIS. The original does not slide on glass at the read position of the CIS and is moved with the original abutted against the abutment member of a chute on the opposed side, and image data is read in sequence.06-18-2009
20090153915HERMETIC SEAL FOR A SCANNER ASSEMBLY OF A PROBE STORAGE DEVICE - A scanner assembly includes a first sealing ring that extends around one of first and second actuating mechanisms of the scanner assembly. A first sealant ring is positioned upon the first sealing ring and is formed from one of a solder seal, glass frit seal and a glue seal. The first sealant ring provides a hermetic seal that maintains a desired operating environment for the one of the first and second actuating mechanisms and a mechanical support for a top plate. A second sealing ring extends around a media table of the scanner assembly. A second sealant ring is positioned upon the second sealing ring and is formed from one of a solder seal, glass frit seal and a glue seal. The second sealing ring provides a hermetic seal that maintains a desired operating environment for the media table and a mechanical support for an array chip.06-18-2009
20090153918INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - A scan job for scanning in an evidenced document is transmitted from a client terminal to a scanner. The scanner executes the scan job that has been received. If the scan job to be executed designates overlay printing, form data to be overlaid with the data scanned in by the scan job is selected (S06-18-2009
20090086281IMAGE WRITING DEVICE - An image writing device is provided and includes: a case including an accommodating part that accommodates a plurality of display media stacked, a entrance and exit port which is communicated with the accommodating part and through which the display media enter and exit the case, and a window through which an image on a display surface of a display medium can be externally browsed, the image being written in the display medium by applying external stimulation; a conveying part that conveys the display medium into and out of the case through the entrance and exit port; and a writing part arranged near the entrance and exit port of the case, the writing part applying the external stimulation to the display medium to write the image in the display medium when the display medium is conveyed into or out of the case by way of the conveying part.04-02-2009
20100128328IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SUCH AN IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus is provided with a carriage accommodating an optical unit for image reading, a driving member for moving the carriage, a guide rail, a guide-rail engaging portion engaged with the guide rail, a holding portion for holding the driving member, a guide plate and a claw portion. The claw portion presses the guide-rail engaging portion against the guide rail by partially deforming the driving member to produce a tensile force in the driving member and causing the tensile force to act on the first end portion of the carriage, and produces such a rotation moment for biasing the first end portion of the carriage in a first direction parallel with a sub scanning direction and, on the other hand, biasing the second end portion of the carriage in a second direction opposite to the first direction and parallel with the sub scanning direction.05-27-2010
20080259411Scanner Arrangement - A scanner arrangement which is designed to scan only one part at a time in order to permit scanning results of a model or die-shaped unit consisting of two or more parts which can be joined together or taken apart and which can have different longitudinal inclination axes and/or configurations. The scanner has, for each respective part, a support member adjustable with different inclinations in order to adapt the respective part's longitudinal inclination axis to a longitudinal displacement movement effected by the scanner's contour-sensing member relative to the supported part at the same time as the contour-sensing member is set at an angle with respect to a rotation axis for the part. The support member is designed to movably support the respective part and a unit with a grid surface and to be adjustably arranged with the same inclination as the part in question and a selected height position. After contour sensing and removal of the respective part, the scanner is designed to rescan a portion which is located on the grid surface and which is continuous with the respective part's position in space. The grid pattern is designed to indicate unique positions • for the data thus scanned. The scanner or a computer unit connected to it transforms, by means of an algorithm, the positions corresponding to the positions which are present in the model or. the die-shaped unit and which, in subsequent signal or data generation, form the basis for the dental bridge structure. By means of the invention, it is readily possible to use one-part scanners to scan dental objects with several parts, without the scanner functions having to be reconfigured. The handling principles for model and tool production can be retained, likewise the handling in the computer environment in the manufacture of the dental product. Costs can be kept low, and precision requirements and speed of production can be maintained.10-23-2008
20080291510OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An optical scanning device which forms a plurality of scanning lines in parallel in a main scanning direction on a photosensitive member by a plurality of laser beams detects the curvature values in the sub-scanning direction of the scanning lines, and corrects a curvature value in the sub-scanning direction corresponding to each of the scanning lines. When detecting the curvature value, the optical scanning device detects the curvature values in the sub-scanning direction of two scanning lines, and calculates the curvature value in the sub-scanning direction of a scanning line between the two scanning lines based on the detected curvature values in the sub-scanning direction of the two scanning lines. With this arrangement, the curvatures in the sub-scanning direction of scanning lines are corrected effectively with high accuracy for all laser beams in a multi-beam optical scanning device using a VCSEL or the like.11-27-2008
20110205599IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A memory storage section in which a memory attachment section is provided is provided in a place of a platen which place is to be covered with a platen cover. This makes it possible to prevent a young child from accidentally detaching a portable recording medium detachably attached to an image reading device.08-25-2011
20090310193IMAGE READING DEVICE - An image reading device having a compact plane-shaped illumination portion is provided, by which a portion of a target to be light-irradiated can be irradiated with light whose oblique angles are different from each other, and a transmission part of the target can be read. The image reading device includes a conveying means for conveying in a conveying direction a target to be light-irradiated including a transparent portion, a lens assembly, arranged on one side of the target, for focusing transmission light having passed through the transparent portion of the target, a sensor for receiving the transmission light focused by the lens assembly, a light source, positioned on the other side of the target, arranged in a main-scanning direction, and a light guide for guiding light from the light source in a sub-scanning direction, and the light guide having a reflective portion for reflecting the guided light and then irradiating a portion to be irradiated with the reflected light.12-17-2009
20100118353Image reading apparaus, image reading method and computer-readable information recording medium - An original is read by an original reading unit configured to read image data, at least one of the original reading unit and the original is driven by a driving motor in a sub-scan direction, and, when an amount of the image data stored by the image data storing unit becomes equal to or more than a predetermined amount, the rotational speed of the driving motor is reduced according to driving control data provided for each of current rotation angles of the driving motor for finally stopping the driving motor at a predetermined rotation angle, and a speed in a sub-scan direction at which the original reading unit reads the original is reduced. Then, main scan line data are thinned out from the image data according to thin-out data provided for each driving control data, and image data of the original are restored.05-13-2010
20100014125Image Display Device with Scanning Function - An image display device includes a main body, a display screen, a scanning module, and an object displacement unit. The main body has a first surface and a second surface. The display screen is arranged on the first surface of the main body for displaying an image of an object. The scanning module is disposed within the main body and disposed in the vicinity of the bottom of the main body, thereby obtaining an image data. The object displacement unit is disposed within the main body and includes an object inlet and an object outlet. The object inlet and the object outlet are formed in the first and second surfaces of the main body, respectively. The cross-section area of the object inlet is greater than that of the object outlet. The object is transported from the object inlet to the object outlet when the object is scanned by the scanning module.01-21-2010
20100128329IMAGE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SAME - An object is to provide an imaging optical system having a very simple structure that can read image while maintaining excellent image quality without suffering from significant asymmetrical aberrations. An imaging optical system for image reading is adapted to form an image of image information on a surface of an original onto a line sensor while changing a relative position of the original surface and the line sensor to allow the line sensor to read the image information. The imaging optical system includes two off-axial reflecting surfaces, and the two off-axial surfaces are a plus deflecting surface and a minus deflecting surface, or a minus deflecting surface and a plus deflecting surface disposed in the mentioned order from the original surface side, where an off-axial reflecting surface that deflects a reference axis beam clockwise is defined as a minus deflecting surfaces and an off axial reflecting surface that deflects the reference axis beam anticlockwise is defined as a plus deflecting surface.05-27-2010
20090310190ROD-SHAPED LIGHT GUIDE AND IMAGE READING DEVICE - A rod-shaped light guide reflects light incident on an end face thereof in the interior of the rod-shaped light guide and emits the light outside from a light emitting surface provided to extend in the longitudinal direction. The rod-shaped light guide includes: a scattering pattern surface provided to be opposite to the light emitting surface and operative to scatter the light incident on the end face; first and second lateral surfaces provided between the light emitting surface and the scattering pattern surface; and first and second projections provided to project from the first and second lateral surfaces, respectively, capture the light reflected by the light emitting surface, reflects the light toward the light emitting surface, and causes the light to be emitted outside from the light emitting surface.12-17-2009
20090310189DETERMINING THE ORIENTATION OF SCANNED HARDCOPY MEDIUM - A method of determining the orientation of a scanned digital image having an image side and a non-image side, includes scanning a hardcopy medium to produce a scanned digital image; scanning the non-image side of the hardcopy medium; detecting handwritten annotations in either the scanned digital image or the scan of the non-image side of the hardcopy medium; determining handwritten annotation features related to the handwritten annotations; using the annotation orientation features to determine the orientation of the scanned digital image; and storing the determined orientation of the scanned digital image12-17-2009
20100118354Sensing Device - A sensing device is disclosed. The sensing device interacts with a surface having coded data thereon. The coded data is made up from tags. Each tag encodes a unique identity of the surface, and the location of that tag on the surface. The sensing device has an optical sensor for capturing images of the coded data on the surface when the sensing device is placed in an operative position relative to the surface. The sensing device also has a processor for processing the captured images to determine the unique identity of the surface and the operative position of the sensing device on the surface. A movement sensor for generating movement data is also included in the sensing device. A transmitter of the sensing device transmits indicating data to a computer system. The indicating data includes data regarding the identity of the surface, data regarding the operative position of the sensing device and said movement data.05-13-2010
20110149355IMAGING APPARATUS FOR IMAGING INTEGRATED CIRCUITS ON AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT CARRIER - The invention provides for an imaging apparatus for imaging an integrated circuit carrier and respective integrated circuits mounted on the integrated circuit carrier. The imaging apparatus has a support structure and a bed mounted on the support structure. The bed is displaceable along a horizontal axis. A nest assembly is supported by the bed, and retains the integrated circuit carrier and respective integrated circuits. An image recordal device is provided for recording an image representing the integrated circuit carrier and integrated circuits. A support assembly is attached to the support structure. The support assembly supports the image recordal device, and is adjustable to enable adjustment of a position of the image recordal device relative to the bed.06-23-2011
20120033266DRIVING MECHANISM, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A driving mechanism includes: a first contacting member that comes into contact with a contacted member; a supporting member that supports the first contacting member and is reciprocatably provided, the supporting member moving the first contacting member into contact with or retracts from the contacted member; a cam that reciprocates the supporting member; and a driving force transmission member that is provided to transmit a driving force to the cam, the driving force transmission member is engaged with the cam by transmit a first driving force, and is disengaged from the cam by a second driving force. In the driving mechanism, the second driving force is applied to the driving force transmission member after the cam is stopped in a state where the cam comes into contact with the supporting member on a small radius end of the cam.02-09-2012
20100085613DATA COMPRESSION DEVICE AND IMAGE READING DEVICE - A data compression device includes an encoding unit that generates encoded data by compressing image data in units of a band. Encoded data storage units have addresses for storing encoded data for each band and a settings receipt unit receives start address settings in the storage units. A control unit stores the data in the storage units every time encoded data for each band is generated. A start address acquisition unit acquires the start address of an empty area where encoded data is not stored. The control unit sets the start address of an empty area in a storage unit different from the storage unit where the encoded data that is being generated is to be stored. The encoding unit then starts to generate encoded data for a next band, and stores the generated data in the storage unit indicated by the start address set in the setting receipt unit.04-08-2010
20100079825IMAGING APPARATUS FOR READING INFORMATION - A position Z of an image sensor is moved to an initial position A (image forming position) in a Z axis direction. An exposing operation is performed at a position A, and it is determined whether or not an exposing time counted by a timer has reached ta. If the exposing time has reached ta, an image sensor 04-01-2010
20130215477IMAGE READING DEVICE FOR READING DOCUMENT IMAGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME - An image reading device includes a case, a reading section, an engaging section, a guide section, a first deformation characteristic section, and a second deformation characteristic section. The case includes a bottom plate. The reading section moves in a sub-scanning direction. The guide section guides movement of the reading section. When the bottom plate is divided into a first region and a second region with the guide section as a boundary, the first deformation characteristic section is arranged in the first region, and has a deformation characteristic such that the first deformation characteristic section deforms with respect to heat in a first direction that is perpendicular to the bottom plate. The second deformation characteristic section is arranged in the second region, and has a deformation characteristic such that the second deformation characteristic section deforms with respect to heat in a second direction which is opposite to the first direction.08-22-2013
20090046331Contactless Biodetector - A biodetector permits formation of an image of the inner face of the hand or of a finger of a user when the hand or the finger (02-19-2009
20090201560IMAGE READING DEVICE, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND IMAGE READING PROGRAM - There is provided an image reading device including a tag information reading unit for reading information recorded in an IC tag by performing radio communication with the IC tag attached or embedded at a predetermined position of a medium that becomes a target of image reading and an image reading unit for creating image data of an image recorded on the medium by scanning the medium. The image reading unit determines an area for the scanning based on area information related to the medium among information read by the tag information reading unit and, and scans the determined area.08-13-2009
20110170151OPTICAL READING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR AN OPTICAL READING DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - When optically scanning a medium, scanning can proceed immediately even if the size of the medium is unknown. Before or when an optical reading device starts scanning to read all of a recording medium, the CPU 07-14-2011
20110170149IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING SYSTEM - A conveying device, comprising: a linear conveyance route on which a sheet-like medium is linearly conveyable; a bent conveyance route that is branched from the linear conveyance route and on which the medium is conveyable in a bent manner; a switching member provided at the branched portion and movable into a bent conveyance position for guiding the medium to the bent conveyance route and into a linear conveyance position for guiding the medium to the linear conveyance route, according to a force acting from the medium at a time of coming in contact with the medium; and a variable pressurizing unit configured to make a force acting on the medium from the switching member in the linear conveyance position smaller than a force acting on the medium from the switching member in the bent conveyance position.07-14-2011
20090284809Method Of Initiating Requested Action Via Substrate Printed With Naphthalocyanine Dye - A method of initiating a requested action in a computer system via a printed substrate. The substrate has human-readable information and machine-readable coded data printed thereon. The coded data is indicative of a substrate identity and of a plurality of locations on the substrate. The method comprises the steps of: (a) interacting with the substrate using an optically imaging sensing device; (b) imaging the coded data; (c) generating indicating data in the sensing device using the imaged coded data, the indicating data identifying the substrate identity and a position of the sensing device relative to the substrate; and communicating the indicating data to the computer system so that the computer system can initiate the requested action. The coded data is printed with an ink comprising an IR-absorbing naphthalocyanine dye.11-19-2009
20090147318Scanning device having positioning element for adjusting scanning area - A scanning device includes a housing, an optical module and a positioning element. The optical module is movably disposed in the housing. The positioning element disposed on the housing is movable in a direction substantially parallel to a moving path of the optical module so as to adjust the range of a scanning area. When a to-be-scanned document is scanned, the optical module moves inside the scanning area for performing scanning.06-11-2009
20090147317OPERATOR INTERACTIVE DOCUMENT IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - Methods and systems for operator intervention in a document processing system are disclosed. One possible method includes capturing images of documents within a document processing system. The method further includes executing computerized analysis of the images to establish an acceptability determination regarding the images. The method further includes manually reviewing the computer analysis of the images to confirm or override the acceptability determination.06-11-2009
20090109498ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT READING DEVICES - We describe a method of displaying one or more pages of a document on an electronic document reading device using a second, computerised electronic device, the method comprising: running a document display management program on said second electronic device; using said management program to invoke an application running on said second electronic device to open said document on said second electronic device, such that said opening of said document is hidden from said user; using an intermediary code module, in particular a printer driver for said application, coupled to said application to generate image data representing an image of a said page of said document to be displayed on said electronic document reading device; sending said image of said page to said electronic document reading device; and displaying said image of said page on said electronic document reading device.04-30-2009
20090262401SCANNING MEMBER WITH FLEXIBLE PRESSING MEMBER - A scanning device includes a transparent platen, a scanning module, a document transporting mechanism and a flexible pressing member. The scanning module is located in a scan zone and acquires through the transparent platen an image of a document. The document transporting mechanism transports the document along a passageway and across the scan zone. The flexible pressing member is disposed in the passageway, upstream of the scan zone or within the scan zone and located apart from the transparent platen by a gap. The flexible pressing member is deformed in a direction away from the transparent platen due to a force applied by the document transported across the scan zone.10-22-2009
20090279147SCANNER WITH REMOVABLE DATA STORAGE MEDIA - A stand alone flat bed scanner including a CPU, a removable storage medium, a control system displaying digital image and controls for controlling the mode of operation, degree of resolution, related parameters associated with generating, storing and displaying digital data. Ports for printers, accessories and other peripherals, an internal hard drive, and software adapted to display images directly on a television screen, including battery, and a pivotal handle for portable use in environments not having an external power supply.11-12-2009
20090284808Document reading apparatus - Provided is a document reading apparatus in which an original document fed by feeding means to contact glass having a predetermined reading position is read by reading means. Then, the document reading apparatus is provided with a guide unit having a guide member for guiding the original document to be fed to the contact glass, and a backup unit to back up the original document to be read, and the guide unit is configured to be able to travel between a close position to near the contact glass and an open position to distance from the contact glass. In the guide unit is formed a concave portion for removably accommodating the backup unit, and the backup unit is configured so that an original document guide face of the guide member and an original document guide face in the backup unit form a continuous guide face when the guide unit travels to the close position.11-19-2009
20090296167IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE - In an image scanning device, the receiving unit receives a light reflected on a document putted on the surface of the board. The presuming unit presumes a dimension of a horizontal edge of the document based on the reflected light. The determining unit determines, based on the presumed dimension, whether or not the document has one of the plurality of standard sizes. The assuming unit assumes that the document has a virtual size defined by a virtual horizontal edge and a virtual longitudinal edge if the determining unit determines that the document has neither the plurality of standard sizes. The virtual horizontal dimension of the virtual horizontal edge is equal to or larger than the presumed dimension. The scanning unit scans the document over a range corresponding to the virtual size to generate image data.12-03-2009
20120293846IN TRAY MEDIA SENSING - A method and apparatus align an adjuster with an edge of media supported by a tray. The adjuster is operably coupled to a gauge that moves in response to movement of the adjuster. A sensor senses the gauge to detect a dimension of the media while the media is supported by the tray.11-22-2012
20120293845DIGITAL MICROFORM IMAGING APPARATUS - A microform imaging apparatus comprising a chassis including a microform media support structure configured to support a microform media within a plane substantially orthogonal to a first optical axis, a fold mirror supported along the first optical axis to reflect light along a second optical axis that is angled with respect to the first optical axis, a lens supported along one of the first and second optical axis, an area sensor supported along the second optical axis, a first adjuster for moving the area sensor along at least a portion of the second optical axis and a second adjuster for moving the lens along at least a portion of the one of the first and second optical axis.11-22-2012
20110205600OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS, DRIVE CONTROL CIRCUIT, AND WRITING CONTROL METHOD - An optical scanning apparatus for projecting an image by scanning a light beam from a light source includes a mirror for scanning the light beam from the light source by being oscillated at resonance frequency and a drive control part controlling a timing for activating the light source. The drive control part includes a mirror drive voltage generation part for generating a mirror drive voltage for oscillating the mirror, a sinusoidal wave value storage part for storing a sinusoidal wave value used for generating the mirror drive voltage, an address counter for counting an address of the sinusoidal wave storage part, and a timing signal generation part for outputting a timing signal to control the timing for activating the light source to the drive control part. The timing signal generation part is for outputting the timing signal when the address of the sinusoidal wave storage part matches a predetermined address.08-25-2011
20080212147IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CAPTURING AN IMAGE - An image capturing device includes: at least two field limiting parts which limit a field of view to a dot-like section to define a passage of light; a light sensor which detects light passing through the field limiting parts; a scanning device which moves a scanning spot defined by the dot-like section in two-dimensional directions within a scanning area of an image to be captured; and a control device which controls movements of the scanning spot by the scanning device while receiving detection signals from the light sensor.09-04-2008
20100277773Penta-mirror multi-reflection scanning module - The present invention discloses a penta-mirror multi-reflection image scanning module including at least one light source, five reflecting mirrors, a pickup lens, an image sensor, and a frame. The reflecting mirrors reflect a light beam from a document and a plurality of reflecting mirrors reflect a light beam of the document twice or more to change the light beam direction along light path, and satisfy specific optical conditions. The total tracking length (TTL) may be adjusted through an arrangement of the distance of the five reflecting mirrors, but may not be adjusted through the angle of the five reflecting mirrors. Therefore, the present invention not only increases the field of depth by increasing the length of optical path in a limited space, but also facilitates the assembling to adapt to different tracking lengths.11-04-2010
20120293844METHOD FOR ADDING SCAN DATA TO COMPUTER WORK AREA - A method for adding scan data to a computer work area is provided. The method includes the following steps. Location information corresponding to a registered location of a pointer is received. According to the location information, an image file format is determined. A document is scanned. Next, a scan image file corresponding to the document and the image file format is produced. The scan image file is added to a work area where the pointer is located.11-22-2012
20100103479DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING DOCUMENT SIZE - A device for, and a method of, detecting a document size are disclosed. The disclosed device and method can detect the speed at which the document plate cover is being closed, and can adjusting the timing of the document size detection based in part on the detected speed of the cover closure. When the cover is being closed at a relatively low speed, the document size detection can be delayed. When the cover is being closed at a relatively high speed, the document size detection can be performed sooner. The document size detection can thus be performed with the cover being in a suitable position.04-29-2010
20100103480SCANNER CAPABLE OF DETECTING THE ORIENTATION OF ARRANGED DOCUMENT AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - Disclosed are a scanner and an image reading apparatus including the same. The scanner can include a transparent plate, a scanning unit configured to scan a document on the transparent plate, a first sensor and a second sensor. The first sensor is positioned in a first document zone that is associated with an area in which a first document type is to be positioned based on a first alignment reference point provided on the transparent plate. The second sensor is positioned in a second document zone that is associated with an area in which a second document type of a different size is positioned based on a second alignment reference point provided on the transparent plate. The first document zone and the second document zone are non-overlapping zones. The document type and/or orientation can be determined based on the detection signals from the first and second sensors.04-29-2010
20100103478IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a sheet conveyance path on which a sheet of a document from which an image is to be read is conveyable; a light source that emits light to be irradiated on the sheet; a conductive unit through which heat generated at the light source is transferable; and a heat radiating unit that forms a part of the sheet conveyance path, through which the heat transferred from the light source to the conductive unit is propagable, and that radiates the heat propagated from the conductive unit to air flowing in the sheet conveyance path when the sheet is being conveyed.04-29-2010
20100103477IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image scanning apparatus and method accurately sense a leading edge and a tail edge of a scanned document and determine the leading margin and the tail margin of the document. The image scanning method includes feeding the document to a scanning position through a feeding path according to a command to scan the document; operating a sensor unit disposed on the feeding path according to a location of the document; scanning the document in response to operation of the sensor unit; sensing a leading edge of each document using a document sensing pattern disposed oppositely to the scanning unit; and scanning the document when the leading edge of the document is sensed.04-29-2010
20100060954Image Scanner and Image Scanning Method - An image scanner includes a transparent plate, a scanning device, a driving device, a positioning member, a light absorbing portion and a white reference portion. The transparent plate has an original placing surface. The scanning device irradiates an original with light by means of a light source and scans reflected light from the original. The driving device reciprocates the scanning device along the transparent plate. The positioning member positions the original placed on the original placing surface of the transparent plate. The light absorbing portion, which is disposed on the original placing surface side of the positioning member and at substantially a central portion of the positioning member in moving directions of the scanning device, absorbs ambient light entering to the original placing surface side of the positioning member through the transparent plate. The white reference portion is provided to the original placing surface side of the positioning member.03-11-2010
20100060953Image processing apparatus and method and computer program product for controlling the same - A scanner-characteristic correcting unit converts read image data into normalized image data. A first image processing unit applies a first image processing on the normalized image data. A color determining unit performs a color determination of the normalized image data. A controller image processing unit that applies a second image processing on the normalized image data is provided in a removable manner. When a B&W plotter unit is connected to an image processing apparatus without the controller image processing unit, the first image processing unit generates binary image data of the image data before a result of the color determination is output.03-11-2010
20100060952IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image-data acquiring unit acquires image data of an image. An image processing unit performs a predetermined image processing on the image data. A signal generating unit generates a scanning signal for determining a section of the image data for performing the image processing. A signal control unit stores waveform information of a scanning signal in a normal operation as a control signal, compares the control signal with the scanning signal generated by the signal generating unit, and detects an abnormality of the scanning signal. A scan control unit determines whether the image processing is to be continued based on a result of detection by the signal control unit.03-11-2010
20100060951IMAGE-READING APPARATUS - An image-reading apparatus that reads an image of an original includes an array sensor including photoelectric-conversion elements linearly arranged; an optical system configured to form the image of the original onto the array sensor; a signal-processing circuit configured to convert outputs of the array sensor into digital signals and sequentially output pixel values of pixels that constitute a line; a sample-rate converter configured to sequentially receive the pixel values of the pixels that constitute the line output from the signal-processing circuit, convert spatial sample intervals of the line, and output the resultant pixel values; a data table created by reflecting aberration characteristics of the optical system therein; and a controller configured to control the sample-rate converter using data in the data table.03-11-2010
20100060950DOCUMENT READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A document reading device includes: a document image acquisition unit that scans a document and obtains a document image; a document image storage unit that stores the document image obtained by the document image acquisition unit; a compression unit that compresses the document image stored in the document image storage unit; a determination unit that determines whether or not a document image file compressed by the compression unit has been normally produced; and a setting change unit that, in the case where it is determined that the document image file compressed has not been produced normally, changes a setting so as to recompress the document image stored in the document image storage unit with another setting.03-11-2010
20100060947DATA CAPTURE FROM MULTI-PAGE DOCUMENTS - A method for processing a batch of scanned images is provided. The method comprises processing the scanned images into documents; for documents comprising multiple pages maintaining a page-based coordinate system to specify a location of structures within a page and joining the pages to form a multi-page sheet having a sheet-based coordinate system to specify a location of structures within the multi-page sheet; performing a data extraction operation to extract data from each document, said data extraction operation comprising a page mode wherein structures are detected on individual pages using the page-based coordinate system and a document mode wherein structures are detected within the entire document using the sheet-based coordinate system.03-11-2010
20100060949Pixel Interpolation Apparatus, Pixel Interpolation Method and Image Reading Apparatus - A pixel interpolation apparatus including an interpolation section for calculating an estimation density value of a missing pixel from densities of peripheral pixels of the missing pixel; and a correction section for calculating a first average value which being an average density value of pixels in a first two-dimensional area containing the missing pixel whose density value is assumed to be the estimation density value calculated by the interpolation section and a second average value which being an average density value of a second two-dimensional area, located in a peripheral of the missing pixel, not containing the missing pixel, and for correcting the estimation density value of the missing pixel in the first two-dimensional area so that a difference between the first average value and the second average value becomes zero or small.03-11-2010
20100134853IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING HEAD - An image reading apparatus having light emitting unit for irradiating light onto a original, reflected light detector light reflected by the original after the original is irradiated by the light emitting unit, outside light detector disposed in an area outside the area in which light reflected by the original enters the reflected light detector and reflected light correcting unit for correcting detection result data detected the reflected light detector based on outside light detected by the outside light detector. An image reading head having light emitting unit, which irradiates, a original with light, and a plurality of light receiving elements arranged in a row having a length longer than a length of the light emitting unit.06-03-2010
20110267661BOOK SCANNING DEVICE - An apparatus for scanning pages of bound materials is disclosed. The apparatus includes a base with a platform configured to support bound materials laid open. A depressor with a complimentary surface is provided to depress pages of the bound material flat against the platform of the base. The depressor has a transparent portion allowing the pages of the bound material to be viewed therethrough. The depressor is removable from the base. A camera assembly is connected to and supported over the depressor. At least one camera attached to the camera assembly and aimed towards the transparent portion of the depressor. The camera is configured to capture a digital image of at least one page of the bound material through the transparent portion of the depressor when the depressor is placed over a bound material that is laid open in the platform of the base.11-03-2011
20110267659LIGHT GUIDE BODY, AND LIGHTING APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT SCANNING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - Top surfaces and inclined surfaces of prisms on a side opposite to a light source are formed such that, in a region on a light source side, light traveling in a light guide body toward the side opposite to the light source is sequentially reflected by the top surfaces and the inclined surfaces of the side opposite to the light surface of the prisms and approaches a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the light guide body. The height of the prisms can be the lowest in the longitudinally central portion of the light guide body, and gradually increases toward the light source side and the side opposite to the light source, from the central portion.11-03-2011
20080239411IMAGE SCANNER HAVING MULTIPLE SCANNING WINDOWS - Systems and methods associated with image scanner are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an image scanner comprises a first image-receiving end configured to move in a scanning direction and to receive image data of a first portion of the scanned object, a second image-receiving end disposed downstream of the first image-receiving end in the scanning direction and configured to move along the scanning direction and to receive image data of a second portion of the scanned object. The scanner can further comprise a first photoelectric conversion device configured to synchronously move with the first image-receiving end for converting the image data of the first portion of the scanned object to a first digital data, and a second photoelectric conversion device configured to synchronously move with the second image-receiving end for converting the image data of the second portion of the scanned object to a second digital data.10-02-2008
20090002777RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording apparatus, performing recording by time-division driving of multiple recording elements on a recording head in increments of blocks, includes: a storing unit storing recording data; an obtaining unit obtaining information relating to inclination of the recording elements in the main scanning direction; a changing unit changing, in increments of recording elements, the main scanning direction storage position of recording data stored in the storing unit to be provided to recording elements of a group, configured of consecutive recording elements in each block of the recording elements, based on the obtained information; and a determining unit determining the driving order of the recording elements subjected to time-division driving in increments of the blocks, for each of the scans; wherein recording is performed based on recording data with the main scanning direction storage position having been changed by the changing unit, and the driving order determined by the determining unit.01-01-2009
20080309990IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SHADING METHOD THEREOF - Embodiments of image processing apparatuses and methods according to the present general inventive concept may generate and/or store shading profile information based on an image characteristic relative to a prescribed condition of that characteristic such as according to brightness equal to or above a prescribed (e.g., minimum or lower) brightness level or the like. An embodiment of an image processing apparatus according to the present general inventive concept may include a scanning unit to scan an inputted image and an image processor to process the inputted image based on shading profile information determined according to brightness equal to or above a minimum brightness level.12-18-2008
20080252942ACTUATOR, OPTICAL SCANNER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An actuator includes a mass section; a support section; a coupling section for coupling the mass section rotatably to the support section so as to support the mass section with cantilever structure; and a pair of driving sources including a piezoelectric element for rotating the mass section, wherein the pair of driving sources are provided separately from each other with respect to a central axis of rotation of the mass section, each of the driving sources is provided slidably with respect to the coupling section or the support section, and the actuator is structured such that it causes the pair of piezoelectric elements to expand and contract in phases opposite to each other, so as to rotate at least a part of the coupling section while torsionally deforming the mass section.10-16-2008
20100128327IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus comprising: an automatic document feeding apparatus which conveying a document that has a part written by pigment that becomes colorless when heated and is loaded in a document tray to a sheet discharge location via a conveying path that passes through a prescribed reading out position; a reading section for obtaining an image information by reading out optically from the document which is conveyed by the automatic document feeding apparatus at the reading out position; a storage section for storing the image information obtained by reading the document in the reading section; and a heating unit for heating the document in a temperature of the pigment becomes colorless on a downstream side of the reading out position while the document passing through the conveying path.05-27-2010
20100128326IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - When a maintenance agreement has been made based on a contract printing rate and the contract number of printed sheets, an image forming apparatus can determine before an image is actually formed, whether or not terms and conditions will be exceeded. When a user instructs to copy, after all images of original documents are scanned, it can be determined whether or not the number of remaining printable sheets exceeds a certain number, e.g., 100. When the number of remaining printable sheets is not more than 100, after calculating an average per/page printing rate of the scanned image data, the converted number of sheets, which is converted using the contract printing rate, is calculated from the average printing rate, the contract printing rate, and the number of printed sheets for one copy job, and a screen used in inquiring whether or not to print is displayed.05-27-2010
20090168120IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image processing application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is capable of receiving a plurality of image data signals having different formats. The image processing ASIC includes a data-format selecting unit that determines a format of each of the image data signals and selects, based on the signal format, one image data signal from among the image data signals.07-02-2009
20120140294CONTACT IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE READER - An image reader includes a casing, a contact glass plate, a contact image sensor, and a sliding mechanism; wherein the contact image sensor has a housing, a light source attached to the housing so as to face the contact glass plate, a plurality of light receiving elements attached to the housing so as to face the contact glass plate and aligned in parallel in a longitudinal direction of the housing, and a bearing formed integral to the housing at a position below a lower surface of the housing; and the sliding mechanism includes a guide shaft provided on the casing and extending in a short direction of the housing and inserted through the bearing, and an urging member elastically which urges the guide shaft toward the contact glass plate so that the housing is pressed against the contact glass plate.06-07-2012
20080309993EXECUTING OPERATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH ONE OR MORE IMAGES WITH A PRINTER - Methods and systems are provided to facilitate a printer to execute one or more operations in connection with one or more images are described herein. The methods may include methods that may, at least in part, be implemented at a printer including tracking one or more locations of a scan device with respect to a sheet having a first one or more pictures associated with one or more corresponding images, wherein the tracking is based, at least in part, on electronic data provided by the scan device. The printer may then based at least in part on the tracking, execute at least one operation in connection with all or a selected subset of the one or more corresponding images.12-18-2008
20080309992IMAGE TRANSFER SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image transfer system has an extracting section that extracts image areas from a document image read by a reading section. A digital signature providing section provides sender's digital signatures to the image areas according to degrees of secrecy. An image file creating section creates an image file including image areas with the sender's digital signatures provided by the digital signature providing section and a sending section sends the image file to a receiving section. A digital signature acquiring section acquires receiver's digital signatures for restricting image areas to be presented to a user. An image area selecting section selects image areas to be presented to the user in accordance with the sender's digital signatures in the image file received by the receiving section and the receiver's digital signatures acquired by the digital signature acquiring section. An output section outputs image areas selected by the image area selecting section.12-18-2008
20080309991Image Processing Device, Image Processing Method, and Computer Program Product for Image Processing - An image processing device includes an input filter configured to control an input process of data to be input as a subject of an image process, an output filter configured to control an output process of data to be output to an outside of the image processing device, a processing filter configured to process the data between the input filter and the output filter, and a pipe configured to transmit the data among the input filter, the processing filter, and the output filter.12-18-2008
20080266614DOCUMENT TRANSPORT - Various embodiments and methods relating to a motor configured to selectively drive a carriage and a document transport.10-30-2008
20080309989Image reading apparatus - An image reading apparatus that includes: a document delivery path that couples, through a reading position, a document mounting portion and a document discharging portion; a switchback delivery path coupled to a predetermined position of the document delivery path and inverting a leading and a trailing end in the document from a downstream side of the reading position, thereby returning the document to an upstream side of the reading position; an image reading unit that reads the image of the document delivered in the reading position of the document delivery path; a skew detecting unit that detects a skew of the document passing through the reading position; and a control unit that delivers the document to the switchback delivery path to read both sides of the document again when the skew detecting unit detects the skew of the document.12-18-2008
20080291508Scan flow alignment - Among various embodiments of the present disclosure, systems and methods for scan flow alignment are shown. A scan carriage can be aligned and used in a scan flow by selecting a scan starting location, determining a reference mark location, using the reference mark location as a coordinate system origin, moving the scan carriage from the coordinate system origin to the scan starting location, and performing a scan from the scan starting location to capture an image.11-27-2008
20080285093SCANNING DEVICE HAVING A DOCUMENT PRESSING UNIT - A scanning device includes a transparent platen, a scanning module, a sheet-feeding mechanism, a section and a pressing unit. The scanning module is disposed at a scan position and acquires an image of a document through the transparent platen. The sheet-feeding mechanism transports the document in a transporting direction across the scan position. The section is located downstream of the scan position, and has a low point at a level lower than that of an upper surface of the transparent platen. The pressing unit is disposed opposite the section and limits a distance between the document and the transparent platen.11-20-2008
20080285092Image Quality Monitoring And Tagging At Scan Time - A method of processing a plurality of source documents into scanned images of the source documents includes evaluating the plurality of source documents to thereby assign one or more source document quality metrics indicative of source document image quality. The plurality of source documents are comprised by a project and the source documents of the project are from a common source document type. The source document types include, for example, book pages, paper documents, microfilm documents, machine-printed documents, handwritten documents, print media documents, public records, microfiche documents, and/or the like. The method also includes scanning each of the plurality of source documents to thereby create one or more electronic image files comprising the scanned images and coupling the source document quality metrics to the electronic image files such that the source document quality metrics are thereafter accessible for post-production activities.11-20-2008
20090190189INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM - To authenticate an authentication reference apparatus, authentication information generation reference data is transmitted to the authentication reference apparatus. First authentication reference data generated by the authentication reference apparatus using the authentication information generation reference data is acquired from the authentication reference apparatus. Second authentication reference data is generated using key information complying with a method of generating the first authentication reference data and the authentication information generation reference data. The first authentication reference data is compared with the second authentication reference data. The authentication reference apparatus is authenticated based on the comparison result.07-30-2009
20090009824Image reading apparatus - An image reading apparatus includes a reading unit, a control unit and a reference color region. The control unit includes a preliminary read processing unit, a first image acquisition unit, a second image acquisition unit and a reprocessing instruction unit. The reprocessing instruction unit specifies a schematic position of a reference region in the sub-scanning direction and instructs the preliminary read processing unit to perform preliminary reading again at the schematic position of the reference region.01-08-2009
20100271668IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - This invention provides an image processing apparatus which includes a plurality of circuit configuration units each of which can be reconfigured into one of a plurality of types of circuit configurations, and reduces an overhead incurred in the switching time period by fixing a circuit configuration of an optimal type in accordance with the frequency of appearance of pixel data having a certain attribute in a plurality of pixel data and the number of times of switching of the attribute of the pixel data from one to another.10-28-2010
20090190190IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus for reading a document placed on a document positioning plate using a reading sensor unit mounted on a carriage includes a rack member provided in an apparatus body and having rack teeth provided along the moving direction of the carriage, a pinion gear rotatably disposed on the carriage and meshed with the rack teeth, a motor mounted on the carriage and driving the pinion gear, an urging member disposed between the carriage and the reading sensor unit and urging the reading sensor unit toward the document positioning plate, a guide rail provided in the apparatus body and guiding movement of the carriage, and a guide portion provided on the carriage and engaged with the guide rail, wherein the guide portion is pressed toward the guide rail by receiving a reaction force of the urging member at the carriage.07-30-2009
20090190188Process and Device for Digitising a Document - The invention relates to a process for digitising document in which the document (07-30-2009
20090190187PRINT SYSTEM WITH DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A print system with scanner with diagnostic system including one or more image capture modules mounted in a body, such that the imaging modules scan a diagnostic area around the print mechanisms to capture a representative image of said diagnostic area. The one or more image capture modules mounted in the body in fixed relation to the diagnostic area being operative to capture a stream of the representative images of the diagnostic area in order to generate output leading to recommended corrective actions.07-30-2009
20100149605SCANNER - A scanner with a first driving motor and a second driving motor has an improved driving structure as transmission of a driving force from one of the first and the second driving motors to the other driving motor is inhibited, thereby preventing loss of power and increased noise and vibration. The scanner may include a first driving motor, a second driving motor, an operating unit operable to move the scanning unit and configured to operate by a driving force generated from one of the first and the second driving motors and a power transmitting unit configured to transmit the driving force generated from one of the first and the second driving motors to the operating unit while disallowing transmission of the driving force between the first and the second driving motors.06-17-2010
20090180158ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS - One embodiment of an original reading apparatus is provided with an original scanning portion, an intermediate scanning portion, and an original size sensor arranged on the intermediate scanning portion so as to face a platen, and in a standby state before reading an original, a state is achieved in which the original scanning portion is positioned near an upstream side of an effective original reading region in a sub-scanning reading direction and the intermediate scanning portion is positioned near the center of the effective original reading region in the sub-scanning direction and, in this state, detection of the size of the original is carried out by the original size sensor before reading the original.07-16-2009
20090180156Image reading apparatus and image forming apparatus - An image reading apparatus is disclosed that includes a contact glass on which a document is placed; an imaging device configured to image a document image based on light reflected from the document through the contact glass; plural line image sensors arranged along a main scanning direction at positions where the document image is imaged and configured so that end portions of the line image sensors adjacent to each other similarly read same image data imaged at an overlapping area; a transmitted light quantity reduction unit disposed in the overlapping area on the contact glass and configured to reduce transmitted light quantity of a light transmitted through the contact glass; and a signal correction device configured to correct the signal intensity of the image data similarly read by the line image sensors adjacent to each other.07-16-2009
20090180159COMPOUND CURVED CONCENTRATOR BASED ILLUMINATOR - A document illuminator comprising a light-transmissive element having nonlinear walls. The walls are shaped in the form of a compound parabolic concentrator with an optically inverted configuration. A diffusive optical source receives light from a side emitting LED embedded therein and redirects it to an aperture along with other light rays that go through total internal reflection from the nonlinear walls. The reflected light rays that are collected at the aperture are in turn transmitted at high power and uniform luminescence to illuminate a document for scanning.07-16-2009
20090180157IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE - An image scanning device includes a white reference board 07-16-2009
20110267660IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME - An image reading apparatus includes: 11-03-2011
20110026084IMAGE-READING DEVICE - In an image-reading device, when the reading unit generates the set of image data, the top side is generated at first and the bottom side is generated subsequently to the top side. The scanned image includes a document image corresponding to the document. The specifying unit, when the reading unit scans and reads a part of the document and generates a part of the set of image data including a part of the document image, specifies a target vertex that is positioned at topmost among at least one vertex of the part of document image. The estimating unit defines a reference position in the scanned image corresponding to a center of the conveying path in the width direction, and estimates a size of the document based on a length in the second direction between the target vertex and the reference position.02-03-2011
20090161177DEVICE ADAPTED FOR ADJUSTMENT OF SCAN POSITION OF LIGHT BEAM - An optical scanning device 06-25-2009
20090161175Image reading apparatus and image reading method - A method for controlling an image reading apparatus that scans an image from a document, includes (a) acquiring read position data indicating a reference position where the image reading apparatus performs scanning operations, and (b) setting a reading region that defines, based on the acquired read position data, a range that is used when the image reading apparatus scans an image.06-25-2009
20090161173Frame Data Producing Apparatus, Method and Plotting Apparatus - A micro-mirror unit of data from a plot point formation element unit data to a plot unit of frame data. A micro-mirror unit of data to be sequentially supplied to a plurality of micro-mirrors is produced from an image data corresponding to an image to be formed in a plot screen by use of DMDs each having the plurality of micro-mirrors. An intermediate data is then produced by extracting data change points of the produced micro-mirror unit of data. The data is inverted for each of the data change points in the produced intermediate data, thereby performing the transportation from the micro-mirror unit of data to the DMD unit of frame data.06-25-2009
20090027736PORTABLE SCANNER DEVICE FOR METALLURGICAL, NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING - A portable, self-contained scanner device for metallurgical, nondestructive testing is provided. The portable, self-contained scanner device includes a chassis having wheels extending beneath a lower surface thereof, a nondestructive testing probe detachably fixed to the chassis, and a computer processor device coupled to the chassis. The computer processor device includes applications executable by the computer processor device for performing the metallurgical, nondestructive testing on a test subject. The scanner device also includes a display device that displays images in response to the metallurgical, nondestructive testing. The chassis, computer processor device, and display device move along the test subject as a single unit.01-29-2009
20090128865Simplified Operation Of Scan Based Devices - A document scanner comprises a scan bed, and a processor means which is adapted to: analyse a scanned image to detect one or more defined markings on the scanned document in addition to and adjacent the document content desired to be scanned by the user; and in response to detection of one or more defined markings, to control the document scanner in response to the defined markings.05-21-2009
20090168118Imaging apparatus having an LCD document glass - An imaging apparatus includes an image capturing system, and a controller communicatively coupled to the image capturing system. A scanner body has a scanner opening. The image capturing system is located adjacent the scanner opening. An LCD document glass is adjacent to the scanner opening. The LCD document glass is communicatively coupled to the controller. The LCD document glass is controlled to be in a transparent state wherein the LCD document glass is clear and a translucent state wherein the LCD document glass is darkened.07-02-2009
20120069408DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A document management system including a two dimensional code region detection portion that detects a two dimensional code region included in image data, obtained by scanning a document to be managed; a two dimensional code decoding portion that decodes document management information included in the two dimensional code; a layout analysis portion that analyzes a layout of the document; a low resolution portion that obtains data in which a background image becomes low resolution; a two dimensional code character and background processing portion that changes the content of the document; a two dimensional code character encoding portion that encodes the two dimensional code; a background encoding portion that encodes data of the background image; a document filing portion that generates a document file; and a file management portion that adds document management information, decoded by the two dimensional decoding portion, to the document file formed by the document filing portion.03-22-2012
20120069409IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus for reading a document placed on a document positioning plate using a reading sensor unit mounted on a carriage includes a rack member provided in an apparatus body and having rack teeth provided along the moving direction of the carriage, a pinion gear rotatably disposed on the carriage and meshed with the rack teeth, a motor mounted on the carriage and driving the pinion gear, an urging member disposed between the carriage and the reading sensor unit and urging the reading sensor unit toward the document positioning plate, a guide rail provided in the apparatus body and guiding movement of the carriage, and a guide portion provided on the carriage and engaged with the guide rail, wherein the guide portion is pressed toward the guide rail by receiving a reaction force of the urging member at the carriage.03-22-2012
20090174914METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING ARTICLES - Method and apparatus for applying unique composite indicia or markings to a succession of articles, in which each unique composite indicium comprises two or more indicia. At least part of each of the indicia may be co-located at a predetermined location on the article with such co-location being unique or distinct for each composite indicium for each article. The indicium may be overprinted with one or more images, logos or color-schemes. A code (e.g. an alphanumeric string) that is stored in a database may be derived from the composite indicium from one or more mathematical properties. The code may be later accessed for identifying or verifying the article with the indicium.07-09-2009
20090185241SYSTEMS FOR MOBILE IMAGE CAPTURE AND PROCESSING OF DOCUMENTS - The present invention relates to automated document processing and more particularly, to methods and systems for document image capture and processing using mobile devices. In accordance with various embodiments, methods and systems for document image capture on a mobile communication device are provided such that the image is optimized and enhanced for data extraction from the document as depicted. These methods and systems may comprise capturing an image of a document using a mobile communication device; transmitting the image to a server; and processing the image to create a bi-tonal image of the document for data extraction. Additionally, these methods and systems may comprise capturing a first image of a document using the mobile communication device; automatically detecting the document within the image; geometrically correcting the image; binarizing the image; correcting the orientation of the image; correcting the size of the image; and outputting the resulting image of the document.07-23-2009
20090185239Optical unit, image reading device, and image forming apparatus - An optical unit including a lens unit including a lens and an optical element configured to receive a light beam focused by the lens, and a support member configured to support the lens unit. Cutouts are provided on joint surfaces of the lens unit and the support member, respectively, such that the cutouts on the joint surface of the lens unit match the cutouts on the joint surface of the support member. The cutouts are configured to accommodate a jig inserted thereinto and rotated to move the lens unit relative to the support member and adjust a position of the lens unit in a direction parallel to an optical axis of the lens.07-23-2009
20090185242OPTICAL BEAM SCANNING APPARATUS AND DIGITAL WRITING APPARATUS - An optical beam scanning apparatus is disclosed, including: a laser source that emits an optical beam, a deflection part that deflects the optical beam, a light receiving part that receives a returning light of the optical beam which is deflected toward the laser source by the deflection part, a signal generation part that generates a synchronization detection signal, and an optical source drive part that conducts a lighting control of the laser source. The light receiving part is arranged in vicinity to the laser source. The signal generation part detects a timing at which the light receiving part receives the returning light, by an output signal from the light receiving part to generate the synchronization detection signal. The optical source drive part conducts the lighting control of the laser source in response to the synchronization detection signal as a reference.07-23-2009
20090185240IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a document table, a read unit that reads a document so as to generate image data representing a read image of the document, a partial prescanning unit, which conveys the read unit in a partial area of a readable area of the document table, and which controls the read unit to execute read operation in the partial area, a corner estimation unit, which converts the image data of the read result of the read unit into edge image data representing an edge image, and which estimates position coordinates on the document table corresponding to two of four corners of the document on the assumption that the placed document is quadrangular based on the edge image data, and a document estimation unit that estimates the state of the placed document based on the estimation result of the corner estimation unit.07-23-2009
20080316546IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus which includes a plurality of operating modes, the apparatus including a main body, a scanning unit to move along the main body and obtains an image data from an object to be scanned, an operation state display unit to display a position of the scanning unit, and a controller to set a display mode corresponding to an operating state that includes at least one operating mode of the plurality of operating modes and controls the operation state display unit to display the display mode set corresponding to the operating state.12-25-2008
20080316547SCAN UNIT HAVING EMI NOISE BLOCKING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SCAN UNIT - A scan unit having an electromagnetic interference (EMI) noise blocking unit and usable with an image forming apparatus includes a document plate supporting a document, a reading module which is disposed under the document plate, performs a reciprocating motion, and includes an image sensor that reads an image of the document and generates an image signal in response to the read image, a flexible flat cable (FFC) which is connected to the reading module and functions as a transfer path of power and the image signal, and an EMI noise blocking unit which blocks noise that occurs when the image signal of the reading module is transmitted.12-25-2008
20110222133Image reader and image reading method - An image reader includes a first line sensor that reads first image lines of an original document; a second line sensor that reads second image lines of the original document, the second image lines being located apart from the first image lines in a sub-scanning direction, respectively; and a control unit configured to, in the case where an abnormality occurs during reading of a first image line by the first line sensor, alternately switch reading of the first image lines by the first line sensor and reading of the second image lines by the second line sensor at a time point when a reading position of the second line sensor reaches a reading stop position of the first line sensor at which the abnormality has occurred.09-15-2011
20120127540DOCUMENT SEPARATION BY DOCUMENT SEQUENCE RECONSTRUCTION BASED ON INFORMATION CAPTURE - A system and method for generating separations between jobs in a batch of scanned pages are provided. The method includes, for each of a set of jobs, capturing an image of a representative page of the job. Thereafter, the method includes scanning the set of jobs as a batch to generate a set of scanned pages. The captured images are compared with scanned pages in the set of scanned pages to identify, for at least one captured image, a respective scanned page which matches the captured image. At least one separator is generated for separating the set of scanned pages based on a location of the matching scanned page(s).05-24-2012
20110141533SCANNER HAVING BACKGROUND ASSEMBLY - A scanner includes a reference backing member, a scan assembly and a light-obstruction member. The scan assembly, disposed opposite the reference backing member, scans a reference block of the reference backing member and an original block of an original in a scan region. The scan assembly includes a light source for emitting a first light beam in a direction toward the reference block, and emitting a second light beam in a direction toward the original block. The light-obstruction member, disposed between the reference backing member and the scan assembly, includes a light-obstruction part, disposed in a first optical path of the first light beam and outside a second optical path of the second light beam, for blocking a portion of the first light beam from reaching the reference block.06-16-2011
20090051981Image Input and Output Using Scan-All-First Input Mode - In processing documents, a scan-all-first mode is available, in which a set of documents is input part by part until all documents have been input, and, after completion of the input process, an output process is performed as a single job for the set of documents. In an intermediate state during the input process in which the set of documents is input part by part in the scan-all-first mode, a user is allowed to make settings of processing conditions associated with, for example, insertion of a sheet or insertion of a form image. In the job processed in the scan-all-first mode, insertion of the sheet or insertion of a composite image including the form image is performed according to the settings made in the intermediate state.02-26-2009
20090168121IMAGE READING APPARATUS - In order to provide an image reading apparatus of which a contact glass sheet can be replaced and recycled with ease without damaging the contact glass sheet when removing the same, and further intrusion of particles of dust into the apparatus when operating the apparatus can be prevented, an image reading apparatus having an image reading unit mounted to be able to be reciprocated in a frame body of the apparatus and a contact glass sheet is composed such that; the frame body comprises an upward-open lower frame in which the image reading unit is accommodated to be able to be reciprocated and an upper frame having an opening on the upper face thereof to be covered with the contact glass sheet, the upper and lower frames are assembled detachably by means of fitting portions provided to both frames, the contact glass sheet is attached to said upper frame by means of a strip-shaped adhesive member glued onto the undersurface of the upper frame along the brim part of the opening to be covered with the contact glass sheet, the strip-shaped adhesive member is glued onto the undersurface of the upper frame so that the strip is not continuous but partially interrupted to provide interrupted parts, and the glass sheet supports protruding from the lower frame are positioned to support the contact glass sheet at the position corresponding to the interrupted parts of the strip-shaped adhesive member.07-02-2009
20090021799Automatically adjusting multi-media scanner - The invention claimed is a scanner which allows for any type of media, including embossed credit cards, with a thickness in the range of 0.1 mm to 1.5 mm to be inserted into the media path and remain in constant contact with the CIS as a result of a spring loaded roller, gear, and cantilever system. The input process, called a “kick start” method, allows for momentary lowering of the roller, and return, as it spins to grasp the media and continue pulling said media through the scan path. This apparatus stores energy provided by the motor within its spring and gear system, thus requiring less energy from the motor, and reduces manufacturing costs.01-22-2009
20090021800DISPLAY SYSTEM - The display system includes the display apparatus and the scanner apparatus disposed so as to be drawable forward below the display apparatus. In addition, the upper unit is attached so as to be openable and closeable to the lower unit. Moreover, in the scanner apparatus, a sheet-like original, an image of which is read by the image reading device, can be fed from a front side of the upper unit. In addition, when the image of the sheet-like original is read by the scanner apparatus, the original is fed from the front face side of the scanner apparatus to read the original image, and when an image of a book original is read, the scanner apparatus is pulled out forward so that an image of the book original is read in a state where the upper unit is opened.01-22-2009
20090021798High Speed Flatbed Scanner Comprising Digital Image-Capture Module with Two-Dimensional Optical Image Photo-Sensor or Digital Camera - The present invention is a flatbed scanner operating with a digital image capture module comprising two-dimensional (2D) optical image photo-sensor and in particular with a digital camera or digital video camera. The present invention further relates to flatbed scanners and means and methods of supporting cameras, and particularly, although not exclusively, to a flatbed scanner housing for holding a digital camera to allow the digital camera to act as a document capture device in obtaining digital images suitable for downloading to a personal computer or other computer peripherals such as a printer. The scanner incorporates an image capturing module comprising 2D image photosensor and assembly such as flash light, electronic circuit, and software inside the flatbed scanner box to function like an image capturing module where said scanner box functions like the camera body with an internal lens internal.01-22-2009
20090086284Device, Method and Computer Readable Medium for Data Writing - There is provided a data writing device, comprising: a plurality of connection slots to which a plurality of external storage devices are detachably attachable; an acceptance unit configured to accept a writing command inputted to the data writing device through a user operation; and a write control unit configured to write data to a plurality of external storage devices attached to the plurality of connection slots in response to acceptance of the writing command by the acceptance unit.04-02-2009
20090086283Image reading apparatus and image reading system - An image reading apparatus includes a housing; image reading device for reading an image from a document being conveyed, the image reading device being located in the housing; a platen located in the housing and including a transparent member for reading the image of the document; and a scoop-up device situated at a downstream of the platen in parallel therewith to scoop up the document. The scoop-up device includes a dust collecting space for collecting dust entering the apparatus through a gap between the platen and the scoop-up member, the dust collecting space having a plate member dividing the dust collecting space into an upper dust collecting space and a lower dust collecting space; and a platen joint portion forming a part of the dust collecting space and positioned below the platen. A top surface of the platen joint portion detachably contacts a bottom surface of the platen.04-02-2009
20090086282IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REDUCING NOISE - An image forming apparatus including: a user interface unit to display a user interface to select one or more low noise modes to reduce noise produced during a print standby state and a printing state of the image forming apparatus; and a controller to control the driving of a laser scanning unit and to control a print speed, according to one or more of the selected low noise modes selected through the user interface. Therefore, noise generated in the print standby state, and/or the printing state, are reduced, according to a low noise mode selected by a user.04-02-2009
20090097078IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reading apparatus having a color line sensor and a monochromatic line sensor starts to read on the basis of the color reading start position when reading the image of a document in color and starts to read on the basis of the monochromatic reading start position when reading the image of a document in monochrome.04-16-2009
20090097077MULTI-FUNCTION MACHINE HAVING A SERVICE LOG SYSTEM - A multi-function machine is provided. The multi-function machine includes a scanning module for scanning in a document and generating a corresponding image. The multi-function machine also includes one or more processors operatively connected to a user interface module executable by a user and a service log module having a set of programmable instructions configured for execution by the at least one processor for receiving an image corresponding to a scanned in service log form having service log information. Additionally, a service log record with service log information from the scanned in image is included.04-16-2009
20090103146IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reading apparatus includes a sensor section which includes a color line sensor which reads a color image and a monochrome line sensor which reads a monochrome image provided in parallel with and a specific distance away from the color line sensor, an input section which inputs a document image to the color line sensor and the monochrome line sensor, and a control section which, when reading an image from a document by use of the input section, starts the reading of an image by the color line sensor and the reading of an image by the monochrome line sensor with the same timing.04-23-2009
20090103145RECORDING MEDIUM AND RECORDING APPARATUS - A recording medium includes lenticules and a guided portion guided by a guide portion which is provided in a supporter for supporting the recording medium provided on a recording apparatus carrying out a recording on the recording medium, so that the recording medium is guided in a predetermined conveying direction.04-23-2009
20090080036SCANNER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SCANNING - A scanner system and corresponding method, the system comprising: a scanner device (03-26-2009
20090002778Image processing apparatus, image reading apparatus, and image processing system - An image reading apparatus scans an original and generates image data of the original, sequentially transmits the image data while scanning the original, detects a predetermined particular image from the image data, and transmits a detection result of detecting the particular image. An image processing apparatus receives the image data and the detection result from the image reading apparatus, stores the image data in a storage unit, determines whether the detection result is received, and when it is determined that the detection result is received, restricts usage of the image data stored in the storage unit.01-01-2009
20110222132MOUNTING STRUCTURE OF A MOUNTED COMPONENT, LIGHT SCANNING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - There is provided a mounting structure of a mounted component, including: a holding member that holds a mounted component including a light source and of which position is adjusted within a plane substantially orthogonal to an optical axis of the light source; a shaft portion that projects from a side surface of a case body in which the light source is provided, in a direction along the optical axis of the light source; and a fixing member in which a contact portion coming into contact with the shaft portion is provided, wherein in a state in which the contact portion contacts the shaft portion, rotation of the fixing member is limited in an allowable range, and the fixing member is made to adhere to a surface of the holding member facing toward the fixing member in the direction along the optical axis, and is fixed to the shaft portion.09-15-2011
20090244656VOUCHER DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VOUCHER DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A voucher data management system is provided. An image data generating section reads an original of a voucher to be copied and supplied to a user and generates voucher image data. A database stores the voucher image data. An access code generating section generates an access code for accessing the voucher image data stored in the database. An access code outputting section outputs the access code to the user. An image data outputting section reads out the voucher image data corresponding to the access code from the database in a case where the image data outputting section is accessed from the external terminal based on the access code, determines an attribute of the user who operates the external terminal, determines a range of the voucher image data to be output to the external terminal based on the determined attribute, and outputs the determined range of the voucher image data.10-01-2009
20090213441LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND ORIGINAL DOCUMENT READING DEVICE - Provided is a light source device including: a casing including an irradiation opening which supplies irradiation light to an irradiated object and an outlet which outputs the light reflected from the irradiated object to the outside thereof; a pair of reflection plates of which at least sides facing each other with the outlet interposed therebetween are arranged in the casing; and a light-emitting unit including point light-emitting sources arranged in the vicinity of at least one of the pair of reflection plates in the casing.08-27-2009
20090213440IMAGE READER AND IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - An image reader feeds a document to read document information at a still position from below a glass platen. The image reader is configured to include a document feeder unit feeding a document in a predetermined direction, a glass platen provided below the document feeder unit, an illumination unit provided on or above the glass platen and including a surface light source which is long in a direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction and illuminates the document, and a document reader unit reading document information at a still position from below the glass platen. Such an image reader can illuminate documents efficiently with less electric power and achieve thinning of the illumination unit.08-27-2009
20090251739Imaging apparatus having a document planar member that displays scan operation related indicia - An imaging apparatus includes an image capturing system. A controller is communicatively coupled to the image capturing system. A scanner body has a scanner opening. The image capturing system is located adjacent the scanner opening. A document planar member is positioned across the scanner opening. The document planar member is communicatively coupled to the controller. The document planar member has a transparent state wherein the document planar member is clear and having a translucent state wherein the document planar member is translucent. The controller executes program instructions to control the document planar member to display scan operation related indicia formed by controlling a first portion of the document planar member to be in the transparent state and controlling a second portion of the document planar member to be in the translucent state.10-08-2009
20090244652IMAGE READING DEVICES - An image reading device includes a document mounting plate having a mounting surface and a rear surface, and an image reading unit. The image reading unit includes a photoelectric converter facing the rear surface, a case to hold the photoelectric converter, and at least one first rotating member and at least one second rotating member that rotate and receive a pressing force from the rear surface of the document mounting plate as the image reading unit moves. The image reading unit also includes a holder configured to support the case and at least one urging device positioned between the holder and the case. The at least one urging device urges the case toward the rear surface, and exerts an urging force opposite to the pressing force, and balances against the pressing force.10-01-2009
20090219583IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING SYSTEM - An image forming apparatus and an image forming system are supplied capable of performing read process based on different read conditions with respect to read ranges without repeating to scan manuscript. In the image reading apparatus for reading an image from medium, an inputting section inputs respective range information for designating plural read ranges with respect to the medium, and inputs designation condition information for designating read conditions corresponding to read ranges; a storing section stores the range information and the input designation condition information; a reading section that reads image of the read range from the medium on the basis of the range information and the designation condition information, while physically moving position of itself with respect to the medium; and a controlling section controls the reading section to execute operation, the range information and the designation condition information, and executes a read of image of the read range.09-03-2009
20090219582OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS, IMAGE-READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS - An optical scanning apparatus has: a deflection unit that scans beams emitted from a plurality of laser light sources; an imaging unit having one or more optical elements for imaging beams scanned by the deflection unit; and a supporting unit having a higher rigidity than a rigidity of the imaging unit. The supporting unit has a pair of receiving members that support the imaging unit, in a sub-scanning direction, near both ends, as seen in a main scanning direction, of the imaging unit. The optical scanning apparatus also has; a bend-adjustment unit that corrects bend. The bend-adjustment unit is disposed on the supporting unit at a plurality of positions along the main scanning direction. The optical scanning apparatus further has a free-sliding unit for securing free expansion of the imaging unit due to temperature changes thereof.09-03-2009
20090219581IMAGE READING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reading device includes a light source part in which plural point light sources are arrayed in parallel to a main scanning direction, a line sensor part in which plural light quantity sensors are arrayed in parallel to the main scanning direction, a reduction optical system containing a lens and focusing a reflected light beam indicating image information of a document irradiated by a light beam from the light source part, on the line sensor part to read the image information, and a control part configured to control a quantity of irradiating light of each point light source of the light source part in accordance with an optical characteristic of the lens of the reduction optical system.09-03-2009
20090213439Image processing device, system and method - An image processing device includes a displaying unit that reads and displays an image; a base color region designator that designates a base color region of the image displayed on the displaying unit; a non-base color region designator that designates a non-base color region of the image displayed on the displaying unit; and a base eliminator that executes a base elimination of the image based on the base color region designated by the base color region designator and the non-base color region designated by the non-base color region designator.08-27-2009
20090251740IMAGING SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING A MEDIA - An imaging system for processing a media includes a media transport path, an imaging station, a displacement device that controllably displaces the media along the media transport path relative to the imaging station, and a controller assembly. The controller assembly includes a feedback filter, a feedforward filter, a low-pass filter and a memory that stores and time delayed releases control data. During operation, the displacement device is actuated in response to an actuation command generated by the controller assembly. The actuation command has a feedback component based on a filtering by the feedback filter of an error signal including information about the position error between a desired and an actual position of the media and a feedforward component based on a time delayed, low-pass filtered, frequency dependent filtering of the error signal by the feedforward filter. The feedforward filter is configured such that the closed-loop controlled characteristics of the displacement device are compensated.10-08-2009
20090244651IMAGE COMBINING DEVICE AND IMAGE COMBINING METHOD - Disclosed is an image combining device includes a read unit and a control unit. The read unit includes a transparent holder and an image read section of flatbed type. The transparent holder holds a flat medium, and plural matching reference points are marked in an edge region. The image read section reads the medium placed on a reading window. A size of the medium is larger than the reading window. Each of the partial images, generated by the image read section, includes an image of a part of the medium and a part of the matching reference points. The matching reference points are arranged along a part of an edge of the image of the medium. The control unit combines the plural partial images based on the matching reference points included in the plural partial images, and generates a combined image including an image of the medium.10-01-2009
20090244653IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - To provide an image processing device and an image processing method capable of analyzing a code image on a document regardless whether it is a black-and-white document or a color one even when a mode is set in which “scanning is performed in a black-and-white scan mode and black-and-white image information acquired by the scanning is transmitted to a printing device”. Based on an instruction from a controller part, the scanner part acquires black-and-white image data and color image data for the detection of a color code image and transmits them to the controller part. The black-and-white image data is transmitted using bits 10-01-2009
20090244654IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image reading device is provided. The image reading device suppresses uneven intensity of light emitted on a subject, by disposing a diffusion plate between the subject and a plurality of luminescence portions, and an image forming device that includes this image reading device. The image reading device includes an illumination portion that irradiates light onto a subject. The illumination portion includes: a plurality of LED's disposed at predetermined intervals in a main scanning direction; and an elliptical diffuser plate that is disposed between the subject and the plurality of LED's and diffuses light emitted by the plurality of LED's in a higher diffusion rate in the main scanning direction than in a sub-scanning direction.10-01-2009
20090244649Image scanning device and image forming apparatus - An image scanning device includes a document table; a document pressing unit configured to press a document placed on the document table; a scanning unit including a light source for illuminating the document and configured to optically scan the document; an open/close detection unit configured to detect opening and closing of the document pressing unit; and a control unit configured to cause the scanning unit to move parallel to the document and thereby to detect a size of the document when the closing of the document pressing unit is detected by the open/close detection unit or when a scanning start signal is detected. The control unit detects the size of the document within a document size detection period that is changeable according to a speed of closing the document pressing unit, and turns on and off the light source based on the document size detection period.10-01-2009
20120105922DRIVING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A driving unit (05-03-2012
20120105920RECORDING MEDIA PATH IN A MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER - A multifunction printer includes a) a printing apparatus having: i) a printer chassis having a media input region, a printing region, and a media support element; ii) a carriage configured to move a printhead in a carriage scan direction along the printing region; and iii) a plurality of rollers configured to transport a recording medium from the media input region, across the media support element and to the printing region; and b) a scanning apparatus to convert an image into digitized data, the scanning apparatus including a base that is affixed to the printer chassis, wherein the base of the scanning apparatus comprises a guide for the recording medium.05-03-2012
20090316223IMAGE READING APPARATUS, CONTROLLER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ANGULAR POSITION CONTROLLING METHOD - The image reading apparatus includes: an original placing unit on which an original is to be placed, and the original placing unit transmitting light applied onto an original surface of the original and light reflected by the original surface; a lighting unit having plural light-emitting elements arrayed in a line and lighting the original surface of the original placed on the original placing unit; an image signal generating unit receiving the light reflected by the original surface lit by the lighting unit and generating an image signal; a detecting unit detecting a position of the original surface; and a lighting-unit setting unit setting, by using a result of the detection by the detecting unit, the lighting unit at an angular position so that the image signal generating unit does not receive light emitted from an optical axis of the light-emitting elements and then reflected by the original surface.12-24-2009
20090316221DEVICE FOR CONVERSION OF A HARD-COPY DOCUMENT CONTAINING TEXT OR IMAGE DATA INTO THE ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT. - A device for obtaining graphical information from a single- or multi-page document printed on a hard media where reading out of the position of the document elements is performed by using a method of volumetric scanning of a document (even closed) is described. Processing of scanning results, comprises joining up the separate scanning layers scanning results, removing noise, correction of document image orientation, dividing information into portions relating to separate pages, is performed after reading the information. Then text information recognition contained in the graphical file is performed. Information may be read out by using methods of magnetic resonance scanning, supersonic scanning, X-ray scanning etc. The results of scanning in electronic form may be stored for further transmission thereof on a medium or via communication channels to a distant location for recognition.12-24-2009
20090257098Simplified Operation Of Scan And Print Devices - An apparatus comprising a document scanner and printer is controlled to scan a document and generate and print an annotation version of the document. A user-completed annotation version of the document is scanned and analyzed to detect one or more defined markings on the scanned document in addition to the document content desired to be scanned by the user. The apparatus is controlled in response to the defined markings.10-15-2009
20100149604IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM AND COMPUTER DATA SIGNAL - An image processing apparatus includes a document image acquiring unit, a first specifying unit and a second specifying unit. The document image acquiring unit acquires a document image representing a document. The first specifying unit specifies positions, in the document image, of a plurality of areas in interest which are arranged in a specific direction and which correspond to each other. The second specifying unit specifies a start position of an item in the document, based on the positions of the areas in interest.06-17-2010
20100149606SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AND LABELING FIELDS OF TEXT ASSOCIATED WITH SCANNED BUSINESS DOCUMENTS - A system for electronically distilling information from a business document uses a network scanner to electronically scan a platen area, having a business document thereon, to create a bitmap. A network server carries out a segmentation process to segment the scan generated bitmap into a bitmap object, the bitmap object corresponding to the scanned business document; a bitmap to text conversion process to convert the bitmap object into a block of text; a semantic recognition process to generate a structured representation of semantic entities corresponding to the scanned business document; and a document generation process to convert the structured representation into a structure text file. The semantic recognition process includes the processes of generating, for each line of text having a keyword therein, a terminal symbol corresponding to the keyword therein; generating, for each line of text not having a keyword therein and absent of numeric characters, an alphabetic terminal symbol; generating, for each line of text not having a keyword therein and having a numeric character therein, an alphanumeric terminal symbol; generating a string of terminal symbols from the generated terminal symbols; determining a probable parsing of the generated string of terminal symbols; labeling each text line, according to a determined function, with non-terminal symbols; and parsing the business document information text into fields of business document information text based upon the non-terminal symbol of each text line and the determined probable parsing of the generated string of terminal symbols.06-17-2010
20120194879System And Method For Integrated Pair-Wise Registration Of Images Using Image Based Information And Sensor Coordinate And Error Information - Two images are stitched together through minimization of a cost function that consists of registration errors from image data of the two images, as well as the estimated errors from a set of sensors. The weight function in the cost function is derived from the confidence value of sensor estimation that considers the sensor errors including lift and off page as well as a measure of accuracy of the sensor readings. Weights are used to adjust image registration accuracy against sensor accuracy to produce a set of registration parameters that would best stitch the two images together. In order to handle large errors for initial registration parameters and to avoid local minima in the minimization process, the image pair may be registered in a lower resolution and then refined in a higher resolution.08-02-2012
20120194880IMAGE READING SYSTEM AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading system and an image reading apparatus is provided. The system or apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read an original, a determining unit configured to determine whether there exists a folded portion at a corner of the original, and a generating unit configured to generate a file including an image area which stores image data of the original read by the reading unit and a non-image area which stores data other than the image data, and configured to write fold information in the non-image area if the determining unit determines that there exists a folded portion, the fold information indicating that the folded portion exists in the read original.08-02-2012
20100177362ILLUMINATOR, AND IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - Disclosed are an illuminator and an image forming apparatus employing an illuminator. The illuminator includes a light guide to guide light generated from a light source to an object to be illuminated. The light guide includes at least one incidence face facing the light source and an emission face configured to emit the light to the target object. A diffusion pattern may be formed on the emission face to extend from one longitudinal end to the other longitudinal end of the emission face. The emission face may have a constant cross section or a varying cross section along a longitudinal direction thereof. The illuminator may be part of an image reading device to uniformly or near uniformly irradiate light to a document. The illuminator may also be incorporated in an image forming apparatus to irradiate light to a photosensitive body for elimination or reduction of electric potential from the photosensitive body.07-15-2010
20080259412Manuscript conveyer guide used for a manuscript reader unit - A manuscript conveyer guide which has a curved surface and a flat surface in a facing portion to an upper surface of the contact glass plate, the curved surface being positioned on the upstream in the manuscript conveying direction, the flat surface being positioned on the downstream in the manuscript conveying direction, and the distance d10-23-2008
20110141532OPTICAL READING DOCUMENT BOARD, IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An optical reading document board, an image reading apparatus, and an image forming apparatus, the optical reading document board including a platen formed of transparent glass and having a top surface on which a document is placed, and a reflectance reduction layer coated on a bottom surface of the platen and having a refractive index different from a refractive index of the platen.06-16-2011
20100014126System and method for identifying a genuine printed document - A system and method for verifying that a document is included in a document management system is disclosed. This system and method includes radio frequency scanning at least a portion of the document, generating document data dependently upon the radio frequency scanning, comparing the generated document data to stored document data, the stored document data generated dependently upon a prior radio frequency scanning of at least a portion of the document, and outputting an indication of the document being included in the document management system as determined by the comparing.01-21-2010
20090316229IMAGE READER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - There are provided an image reader with high resolution capability for images in a high density range and an image forming apparatus. An image reader 12-24-2009
20090316227IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - Service information provided by a user is notified to a central processing unit (CPU), and the CPU executes a computer program for an operation process of the service, to determine a path (channel) through which image data should pass and a process content of image processes according to the service. Depending on the service information, image process is performed only by a first image data processor, image processes are performed by a combination of both the first image data processor and a second image data processor, or image process is performed only by the second image data processor.12-24-2009
20090316225Image reader and image forming apparatus including the image reader - In an image reader, an optical scanning unit reads an original image on an original document sheet. In the optical scanning unit, a lighting device is detachably attached to a housing to emit light toward the original document sheet. The housing houses a reading device to read the light reflected by the original document sheet. A shield member is detachably attached to the housing to shield the reading device from the lighting device to form a space for the reading device inside the housing. A slit is provided in the shield member to guide the light reflected by the original document sheet to the space for the reading device. A second positioner is provided on the shield member to engage a first positioner provided in the housing to position the reading device with respect to the lighting device.12-24-2009
20090316222IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus is provided that can prevent image streaks due to dirt, stain or the like from being produced in an image of an original that is read while being conveyed. The image reading apparatus (A) includes an ADF (12-24-2009
20090122362Image scanner and control method thereof - An image scanner operates in a normal mode in which an image scanning process is executable; and a power saving mode in which less electric power is consumed than in the normal mode. The image scanner includes: a CPU for switching the image scanner between the normal mode and the power saving mode; an original size sensor circuit; and an FPGA connected to the CPU and the original size sensor circuit. In the normal mode, the CPU configures, in the FPGA, a normal-mode circuit needed for the image scanning process. When the image scanner transfers from the normal mode to the power saving mode, the CPU configures, in the FPGA, a power-saving-mode circuit for communicating with the original size sensor circuit, and stops the original size sensor circuit from operating. The power-saving-mode circuit is smaller in circuit size than the normal-mode circuit.05-14-2009
20100177363PRIORITIZED VIRTUAL SCAN LINE PROCESSING - Systems and methods are provided for prioritizing an order in which to process a plurality of sub-regions of an acquired image of an optical code. A method of processing an optical code in a data reader comprises the steps of receiving data corresponding to a plurality of sub-regions of an acquired image of an optical code, processing according to a processing order the plurality of sub-regions for decodable data corresponding to the optical code, determining based on the step of processing the plurality of sub-regions whether one or more of the plurality of sub-regions contains decodable data, and if it is determined that a sub-region contains decodable data, increasing the processing priority associated with said sub-region. If one or more of the sub-regions having the highest processing priority contains decodable data, the remaining sub-regions do not need to be processed, which may save processing resources and increase the read throughput.07-15-2010
20100157385Image reader and method of reading image - An image reader reads an image on a document while transporting it along a transport path. The image reader includes an image-reading unit, a document guide member and a size detector. The image-reading unit reads the image in a predetermined line width and generates image data based on the image. The document guide member is disposed along the document path and has a first mark thereon. The first mark extends in a main scanning direction of the image-reading unit and has a width greater than or equal to the predetermined line width. The size detector detects the size of the document based on image data read by the image-reading unit at a size detection position where the document overlaps with the first mark.06-24-2010
20100182655IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing device includes a storage unit which stores both image data input from a reading unit and relevant information of the image data, a first image-data-processing unit which processes both the image data input from the reading unit and image data output to a writing unit, and a second image-data-processing unit which is detachably attached to the first image-data-processing unit, has an image recognition function, and processes the image data input from the reading unit. The first image-data-processing unit includes a recognition unit recognizing the input image data, an image processing unit performing image processing based on a result of the recognition by the recognition unit, and a determining unit determining whether operation of the second image-data-processing unit is normal.07-22-2010
20110228352Determining Maintenance Conditions in a Document Scanner - A system and method for processing mail and other documents. A method includes scanning a document to produce a document image and analyzing the document image. The method includes determining that there is a condition of the data processing system that requires maintenance based on the analysis. The method includes notifying at least one user of the condition that requires maintenance based on the determination.09-22-2011
20100165418IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A rear side surface of a frame of an image-forming apparatus has throttle portions protruding toward the inside of the frame. By aligning the screw holes in the throttle portions and the through-holes in a guide rail and then screwing screws into these holes, the guide rail is fixed to the rear side surface with a predetermined distance therebetween. This restricts deformation of the guide rail due to a load applied by opening and closing the document holding plate.07-01-2010
20100188713SCAN IMAGE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM THEREOF - A scan image management apparatus configured to manage scan image data acquired by scanning an original document, the scan image management apparatus includes: an ID-information acquiring unit configured to acquire, with a CPU, ID information of a portable recording medium recorded in the portable recording medium; and a use-information recording unit configured to record, with the CPU, the ID information acquired by the ID-information acquiring unit and information for specifying an original document, which is a reading source of scan image data that should be recorded in the portable recording medium, which is an acquisition source of the ID information, in association with each other.07-29-2010
20100182653ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT UPDATE BASED ON HANDWRITTEN EDITS - An automated system and method for recognizing handwritten edits contained on a hard-copy document, the hand-written edits being made in one of two colors, and creating an electronic version of the hard-copy document with the edits applied, the edits being applied according to the highlighted color of the edit.07-22-2010
20100182654IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An image forming device including: a scanning device configured to acquire an image data of a manuscript; a processing device configured to form an image on a recording medium based on the image data; a main body of the image forming device having a first operation section configured to input an instruction to the image forming device; and a second operation section arranged at the main body of the image forming device. The image forming device acquires the image data of the manuscript and forms the image on the recording medium in accordance with an operation of at least one of the first and the second operation sections, the second operation section being operable at a low position compared to a position of the first operation section.07-22-2010
20090046328IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CORRECTING IMAGE USING THE SAME - An image reading apparatus to correct an error in a correction mode desired by a user so as to satisfy a user's desire includes a control unit to correct an error generated in a scanned image of a bound document due to a shape of the bound document, and a display unit to display the image of the document of which the error is corrected. The control unit corrects the error in a correction mode input by the user.02-19-2009
20130215478COLLIMATOR LENS, OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING SAME - In a collimator lens, in a case where divergent light emitted from a position P08-22-2013
20100225977Sheet feeding unit, image reading device including same, and image forming apparatus including the image reading device - A sheet feeding unit has a main body, a sheet stack portion attached to the main body to accommodate a stack of sheets, a sheet feeding device disposed substantially above the sheet stack portion to feed the sheet onward, movable between a sheet feeding position at which the sheet feeding device contacts the sheet and feeds the sheet onward and a separating position at which the sheet feeding device separates from the sheet and does not feed the sheet onward, a separation unit to separate the sheets, a restriction member disposed between the sheet feeding device and the separation unit and switchable between a sheet feeding state when the sheet feeding device is at the sheet feeding position and a sheet restriction state when the sheet feeding device is at the separation position, and a cover openably closable relative to the main body and constituted as an independent member.09-09-2010
20100277774IMAGE QUALITY INDICATOR RESPONSIVE TO IMAGE PROCESSING - A method for processing scanned image data, executed at least in part by a computer system, obtains scanned image data, obtains a predetermined image quality profile that has one or more image quality requirement values, and generates processed image data by applying one or more image processing operations to the image data in accordance with a processing script. The method calculates image quality metrics from the processed image data and compares the calculated image quality metrics to the one or more image quality requirement values from the predetermined quality profile. Results of the image quality comparison are displayed.11-04-2010
20100214630DOCUMENT ILLUMINATING SYSTEM AND IMAGE READER INCLUDING THE SAME - A document illuminating system includes a plurality of light emitting elements arranged in an array, a reflective element which guides light emitted from the light emitting elements to a document read area of a certain width and length. The reflective element includes first to third reflective portions. The second reflective portion includes one or more planar reflective faces and is disposed so that the reflective faces reflect light from the light emitting elements to one or both of the first and third reflective portions without other reflective elements. The first and third reflective portions each include one or more planar reflective faces and are disposed so that their reflective faces oppositely illuminate the document read area together by reflecting light from one or both of the light emitting elements and the second reflective portion to the document read area without other reflective elements.08-26-2010
20100225979ROTOR IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH VARIABLE-RATE PIXEL CLOCK - The technology disclosed relates to handling varying pixel overlaps long a first axis as a scanning head sweeps a curved path that is not parallel to the first axis. In particular, we teach use of a variable frequency pixel clock to produce equally spaced pixels along the first axis as a rotor arm scans a curved path that is not parallel to the first axis. The pixel clock has a varying frequency that varies approximately sinusoidally with the position of the scanning head relative to the first axis.09-09-2010
20100225978IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus holds a job to be executed, scan processing performed by an operator in job execution, sheet registration, work content of sheet supply, working hours, information about a worker and the like, in association with a database. Further, the image forming apparatus transmits information about man-hours concerning registration work of sheet information held in the database, to a server.09-09-2010
20100225976ORTHOGONALITY CORRECTIONS FOR DIFFERENT SCANNING DIRECTIONS - The present invention provides methods for forming an image with orthogonality corrected image data. A recording head includes a plurality of recording channels which form an image on media. Each recording channel forms an image pixel column. An image data file includes a plurality of image data columns. Different portions of each of a first image data column and a second image data column are assigned to different recording channels. First image data from a portion of the first image data column is substituted with zero image data and is assigned along with image data from another portion of the second image data column to a first recording channel which forms a first image pixel column. The first image data can also be assigned to a second recording channel which forms a second image pixel column. The second image data column is formed while scanning along a direction different than the scanning direction employed to form the first image pixel column.09-09-2010
20120127541IMAGE READING SYSTEM, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS AND PROGRAMS THEREOF - The present invention provides an image reading system and an image reading apparatus with which an environment for performing a specific scan mode can be constructed with ease according to the functions of connected information processing apparatuses and the scan environment can be changed with ease, and control methods and programs thereof. To accomplish this, the image reading apparatus selects an information processing apparatus to which image data read from an original is to be transmitted, transmits identification information for identifying the image reading apparatus stored in advance in a memory and an instruction to construct an environment for performing the specific scan mode to the selected information processing apparatus, receives a response to the transmitted instruction, and, when the response is received, displays a setting screen in which settings regarding the environment for performing the specific scan mode can be changed on a display.05-24-2012
20100238519SCANNING SPEED CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD - A control device and a method for controlling scanning speed of a scanner. The control device includes a decision device and a driving device. The decision device further includes an image buffer, an up-down counter and a comparator. The decision device receives the input image data and utilizes the up-down counter to compute data access volume inside the image buffer. The comparator decides whether to increase or decrease the scanning speed according to the data access volume and also outputs decision data to the driving device.09-23-2010
20100231988RECEIVING DEVICE, DRIVING UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Disclosed is a receiving device that includes a differential input circuit having an inverting input terminal and a non-inverting input terminal to which the differential signal is input; an abnormality detection circuit that detects an abnormality in a wiring connected to the inverting input terminal and the non-inverting input terminal; and a control circuit that sets an output signal of the receiving device in a predetermined status when the abnormality is detected. The abnormality detection circuit detects the abnormality if a status, in which a potential difference between a voltage of the inverting input terminal and a voltage of the non-inverting input terminal is less than a minimum potential difference in a predetermined range of the potential difference between the voltage of the inverting input terminal and the voltage of the non-inverting input terminal, continues for a predetermined time or more.09-16-2010
20110058232Image processing apparatus and method - An apparatus includes: a scanner to scan an image; a first determiner to determine an attribute of a feature of the image; a processor to perform a first processing on data representing the image; a storer to store the data subjected to the first processing; a receiver to instruct to output the image represented by the data stored and to receive an input for deciding an output image to be output of the image; a decider to decide, according to the input received, the output image; a second determiner to determine an attribute of a feature of the output image; a reliability determiner to determine, in accordance with the input, whether the attribute determined by the first and/or second determiner is reliable; and a processor to output, by performing a second processing on the data, output data representing the output image, in accordance with a result of the reliability determination.03-10-2011
20110058230OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An oscillating mirror module as a deflecting unit is disposed so that a movable mirror faces a plane where image carriers are arranged. A plurality of light source units are disposed within a plane parallel to the plane where the image carriers are arranged so that main light fluxes of light beams emitted from the light sources form predetermined angles with each other. The oscillating mirror module includes an incidence mirror that bends a plurality of light beams emitted from the light source units to direct the light beams to the movable mirror, and a separation mirror that separates the light beams scanned by the movable mirror into two opposite directions with respect to a cross-section including a surface normal of the movable mirror and perpendicular to the rotation axis of the movable mirror. A light collecting unit collects light beams so that output optical axes of the light beams corresponding to the light source units intersect on a surface of the movable mirror of the deflecting unit.03-10-2011
20110176183ERECTING EQUAL-MAGNIFICATION LENS ARRAY PLATE AND IMAGE READING DEVICE - An image reading device includes: a document table on which a document G is placed; a line light source configured to illuminate the document G; an erecting equal-magnification lens array plate configured to receive light reflected from the document G and form an erect equal-magnification image on a predetermined image plane; and a line image sensor configured to receive the erect equal-magnification image formed by the erecting equal-magnification lens array plate. The erecting equal-magnification lens array plate includes: first and second lens array plates formed with a plurality of lenses on both sides thereof; a first shielding member provided on the first outer side surface of the first lens array plate; and a light-shielding wall provided upright on the top surface of the first light-shielding member and configured to shield light reflected by the document table.07-21-2011
20080231915SCANNING DEVICE WITH MULTIFOCUS AND MULTIRESOLUTION - A scanning device with multifocus and multiresolution is provided. The scanning device is formed by the combination of the glass plate, the circuit boards, the rod lenses and the light-sensitive sensor arrays. Furthermore, since the relative positions of the circuit boards, the relative positions of the light-sensitive sensor arrays, the thicknesses of the light-sensitive sensors, the vertical distance between the glass plate and the light-sensitive sensor array, the thickness of the glass plate and the length of the glass plate are adjustable, the scanning device has the multifocus and multiresolution functions.09-25-2008
20090284807Scanner Parameter Techniques - Scanner parameter techniques are described. In an implementation, one or more computer-readable media comprise instructions that are executable by a computer to detect a mode in which one or more scan parameters are set by a user at a scanner and when a scan is performed in conjunction with the detected mode, keep the one or more scan parameters as set at the scanner for the scan.11-19-2009
20090116079IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH IMPROVED IMAGE PROCESSING EFFICIENCY - A multifunctional printer comprises a CCD for reading an image on one side of a document, a CIS for reading an image on the other side of the document, an image processing unit for processing the image of the side read by the CCD or the CIS, and a determining unit (S05-07-2009
20090323139LIGHTING UNIT, IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A lighting unit, includes: a light source section wherein a plurality of light-emitting sources are arranged in a direction perpendicular to a direction of each light-emitting optical axis of each light-emitting source and linearly at predetermined intervals; and a reflecting section which reflects light emitted toward a direction along a document mounting surface from the light source section arranged along the document mounting surface toward an irradiated region of the document mounting surface, the reflecting section having: a first reflecting surface disposed closer to the light source section than to the irradiated region; and a second reflecting surface disposed more distant from the light source section than from the irradiated region.12-31-2009
20090073509IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE READING DEVICE - An image processing device includes a histogram generation unit configured to generate a density histogram on the basis of image data of an original document, a white-reference value detection unit configured to acquire as a white reference value a density value at a density distribution peak in a predetermined white side range of the density histogram, a background-removal level determination unit configured to determine a background-removal level value having the maximum density to remove a background component by using a reference table on the basis of the white reference value, and a background removal unit configured to remove the background component from the image data by using the white reference value and the background-removal level value.03-19-2009
20090073507DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT READING SYSTEM - It is intended to perform area specification to carry out arbitrary image processing by an easy operation without spoiling a document. An document reading apparatus includes a heater for heating the document in a document transport path in the upstream side of a document reading portion. By comparing image data read by the image reading portion without performing heating by the heater and image data read by the image reading portion after performing the heating by the heater, drawn image data drawn by a coloring material which gets denatured and decolorizes when heated is extracted. Then, a specified area surrounded by the extracted drawn image data is determined and specific image processing based on an operation input by a user is applied to image data in the specified area.03-19-2009
20090073506METHOD OF SETTING SCANNER-CONTROLLING INPUT SIGNAL AND DISPLAY APPARATUS APPLIED WITH THE SAME - A scanner having a linear driving property and a scanning display apparatus using the scanner are disclosed. More particularly, a method of setting an input signal controlling a scanner can include measuring a driving property of the scanner; computing a driving property function according to the driving property; computing an inverse function of the driving property function; determining an index of an input signal corresponding to a node within a display picture based on the inverse function, the input signal being the signal controlling an angle of the scanner, and the node partitioning the display picture by a same distance in a scanning direction; and generating and storing an input signal reference table related to the relationship between the node and the index.03-19-2009
20090073505IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD - The array pitch between image recording element dots, the swath tilt angle, the image recording pitch between image recording dots in a direction y, or the phase difference between image recording positions in the direction y of adjacent image recording dots that are formed in a direction substantially perpendicular to the direction y is adjusted according to an image pattern, so that a jaggy pitch or a jaggy amplitude of jaggies may be of a predetermined value or less to produce a good image.03-19-2009
20090323138SCANNER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - Disclosed are a scanner and an image forming apparatus including the same. The scanner may include a scanning unit; a support unit configured to support the scanning unit; a first pinion rotatably disposed on the support unit and configured to move along a first rack of a first surface of a guide member; and a second pinion rotatably disposed on the support unit and configured to move along a second rack of a second surface of the guide member such that the direction of rotation of the second pinion is opposite to the direction of rotation of the first pinion, the second surface of the guide member being different from the first surface of the guide member.12-31-2009
20090323135Image scanning device and image formimg apparatus including the same - A disclosed image scanning device includes a document table; a document pressing unit configured to press a document placed on the document table; a scanning unit including a light source for illuminating the document and configured to optically scan the document; a photoelectric conversion element; an open/close detection unit configured to detect opening and closing of the document pressing unit; and a control unit configured to turn on the light source of the scanning unit and thereby to cause the photoelectric conversion element to detect a size of the document if the closing of the document pressing unit is detected by the open/close detection unit or if a scanning start signal is detected. The control unit is configured to turn on the light source after a lighting delay period from a time when the closing of the document pressing unit is detected. The lighting delay period is changeable.12-31-2009
20090168119IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS HAVING SCAN BACKGROUND AND IMAGE SCANNING METHOD THEREOF - An image scanning apparatus having scan background includes an analog front end (AFE) processor, a logic circuit module, and a control module. The AFE processor is utilized for outputting an actual gray level value corresponding to a gray level value of a scan image of a scan target and the scan background. The logic circuit module is coupled to the AFE processor and utilized for comparing the actual gray level value with a reference gray level value and outputting a corresponding control signal. The control module is coupled to the logic circuit module and utilized for determining whether to stop a scanning operation according to the control signal.07-02-2009
20090161174Image processing device, image processing method, and computer program product - An image processing device includes a unit for reducing original image data of an image scanned by a scanning unit to generate a preview image; a unit for saving/reading a preview image data item of the preview image data in/from a memory; a unit for transferring the preview image data item saved in the memory to a display unit; a unit for inputting information indicating a relationship between a main scanning direction in which the image is scanned and an upper side of the image; and a unit for changing an arrangement order of pixels in the preview image data item such that the main scanning direction extends from a left side to a right side and the sub scanning direction extends from the upper side to a lower side of the preview image, as viewed with the upper side of the preview image at the top.06-25-2009
20100220368IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes: a light source; a light-source driving unit; a photosensitive member including an image forming region; a determining unit determining a level of a rotation speed of the photosensitive member; a scanner unit exposing the photosensitive member by deflecting the light beam from the light source by a deflecting unit; a sensor receiving the light beam and outputs a detection signal; and a control unit controlling the image forming apparatus based on the detection signal output from the sensor. When the determining unit determines that the rotation speed is low, the light-source driving unit is configured to drive the light source to emit the light beam when a deflecting direction of the light beam is oriented toward the sensor and not to drive the light source to emit the light beam when the deflecting direction of the light beam is oriented toward the image forming region.09-02-2010
20090316226Image reading apparatus - It is an object to provide an image reading apparatus for facilitating an optical adjustment of a mirror in supporting a carriage installed with the mirror on right and left rail faces to enable the carriage to move along a platen.12-24-2009
20090109500IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AS WELL AS STORAGE MEDIUM - An image reading apparatus capable of increasing the detection accuracy of the size of an original and eliminating the need for an image sensor dedicated to detection of the size of an original. A first reading unit has a first light source disposed on one side of a conveyance path of an original for emitting light to one surface of the original. A second reading unit has a second light source disposed on the other side of the conveyance path for emitting light to be received by the first reading unit, an optical opening for causing the light emitted from the second light source and subsequently received by the first reading unit to pass therethrough toward the first reading unit. The original is detected on the basis of the resultant output of the first reading unit upon receipt of the light emitted from the second light source.04-30-2009
20080266616IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus is provided that, is capable of physically preventing taking-out of the set document, even when a thick copy-prohibited document is set on a document reading device. The image forming apparatus is configured to place a document on a document table, and at least the document is read by closing a pivotally supported document cover portion to cover the document and the image forming apparatus comprises a read-out document determining portion and when the document is determined to be a copy-prohibited document, and prevents the document from being taken out from the document table by locking the rotation of the pivotally supported portion of the document cover.10-30-2008
20080291509Image Signal Processor And Deferred Vertical Synchronous Signal Outputting Method - A method of transferring a deferred vertical synchronous signal and an image signal processor executing the method thereof are disclosed. Once the vertical synchronous signal for a k11-27-2008
20090109499Scanner Having Driven Member Tension - An apparatus in an example comprises a guide, a driven member, and a carriage. Tension in the driven member generates a moment that biases the carriage against the guide.04-30-2009
20110235134CONTROL DEVICE, LASER PROJECTION DEVICE, RECORDING METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A control device includes a shape information storage storing shape information to be plotted, a stroke generation unit generating first and second stroke data having transmission start and end coordinates of first and second strokes, a scanning start time computation unit determining scanning start time of the second stroke by adjusting, when selecting first and second points having a shortest distance, a waiting time to scan the second stroke, a traveling rate from the transmission end coordinates of the first stroke to the transmission start coordinates of the second stroke, and scanning rates of scanning the first and second strokes to have a desired time interval between the selected points, a plotting instruction generation unit generating plotting instructions including the scanning start time of the second stroke and the transmission start and end coordinates of the first and second strokes, a plotting instruction storage storing the plotting instructions, and a plotting instruction execution unit executing the plotting instructions.09-29-2011
20110128591SCAN APPARATUS AND CARRIER SHEET HAVING BACKGROUND PATTERN FOR BOUNDARY DETECTION - A scan apparatus having a background pattern for boundary detection includes a scan region, a scan assembly and a background member. The background member is disposed within the scan region and has the background pattern, which includes two sets of lines intersecting each other. The scan assembly scans an original and the background pattern of the background member within the scan region, and generates a corresponding image signal.06-02-2011
20100302605Image Reading Apparatus - An image reading apparatus includes: a reading unit outputting an output value based on reflection light from a sheet or a reference member; a white reference value generating unit generating a group of white reference values based on the output value under one of the plurality of reading conditions while the light source unit is turned on; a white reference value storing unit; a white reference value converting unit converting the group of white reference values into a group of white reference values of a different reading condition based on a correlation between the reading condition and the different reading condition; a sheet reading control unit controlling the reading unit to read the sheet while turning the light source unit on with the luminosity and lighting time stored in the white reference value storing unit; and a shading correcting unit performing a shading correction for the output value.12-02-2010
20090073508IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A scanner scans an image of an original document as first image data. A first image processor processes the first image data scanned by the scanner. The first image processor stores the processed first image data to a memory in a state of compressed code data. A second image processor reads the first image data stored in the memory as the code data. The second image processor process the first image data read from the memory for printing. An image synthesizer synthesizes pixel data of the second image data with respective pixel data of the first image data after the image processing for printing by the calculation processing. A printer prints the synthesized image data.03-19-2009
20090021797All-In-One Device With Integrated Monitor - An all-in-one device including a printer comprises a housing, a scanner including a scanner lid hingeably connected to the housing, and, a video display formed in the scanner lid.01-22-2009
20110007367CALIBRATING DEVICE, MAPPING METHOD AND COMPENSATION METHOD USING THE SAME - A calibrating device including a pixel unit array and a pattern is provided. The pixel unit array comprises parallel warp lines and parallel weft lines. Each warp line crosses each weft line to define pixel units all over the pixel unit array. The pattern comprises some pixel units having a gray level different from a gray level of remainder pixel units in the pixel unit array. The pattern comprises spaced bars parallel to one another and not parallel to the warp lines and the weft lines. A characteristic of the pattern is utilized to define target pixel units and comparison pixel units, and the comparison procedure is implemented with the characteristic of the pattern. Positions and gap sizes of gaps between image sensors are mapped out by comparing the target pixel units with the comparison pixel units. The quality of a scanned image is improved with compensation for the gaps.01-13-2011
20120133995Document scanning apparatus and image forming apparatus having the same - A document scanning apparatus for scanning a document is provided. The document scanning apparatus includes an image sensor unit which irradiates an incident light towards the document and generates image data by sensing a reflected light reflected from the document, a supporting unit which supports the image sensor unit, a movement unit which moves the image sensor unit between a scanning position and a calibration position, a housing which houses the image sensor unit, the supporting unit, and the movement unit, a transparent plate which transmits the incident light and the reflected light, a calibration sheet which is attached to a surface of the transparent plate, which is exposed to outside and is positioned in an area including the calibration position, and a housing cover which is coupled to the housing and seals inside of the housing.05-31-2012
20110128592ERECTING EQUAL-MAGNIFICATION LENS ARRAY PLATE, OPTICAL SCANNING UNIT, AND IMAGE READING DEVICE - An erecting equal-magnification lens array plate includes: a first lens array plate and a second lens array plate each provided with a plurality of convex lenses on both surfaces; a first light-shielding member provided with a plurality of first openings; and a second light-shielding member provided with a plurality of second openings. The first lens array plate and the second lens array plate form a stack such that a combination of the lenses associated with each other form a coaxial lens system. The first light-shielding member is provided on the first lens array plate such that the first opening is located opposite to the corresponding convex lens. The second light-shielding member is provided on the second lens array plate such that the second opening is located opposite to the corresponding fourth lens. An open end of each of the first opening and the second opening facing the lens is formed to become progressively larger in diameter toward the end.06-02-2011
20090067010Beam Scanning Device of Image Forming Apparatus - In an embodiment of the invention, a detection pattern in the form of a right-angled isosceles triangle is used, and the detection pattern is scanned with a laser beam before occurrence of change with time and a laser beam after occurrence of change with time. The quantity of color shift in a sub scanning direction due to change with time is measured on the basis of the difference in scanning length between when the detection pattern is scanned with the laser beam before occurrence of change with time and when the detection pattern is scanned with the laser beam after occurrence of change with time. In accordance with the measured quantity of color shift, the writing start line of a laser beam from a laser oscillator is shifted.03-12-2009
20110109946VIBRATION CONTROL IN SCANNERS - A scanning apparatus (05-12-2011
20110128593IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING LIMITING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes: an image scanning unit which scans an image of a document; a storage control unit which causes image data acquired by the image scanning unit scanning the image to be stored in a predetermined storage area; a limitation information associating unit which associates limitation information prescribing a limitation content for a processing content to be performed to the image data with the image data that is stored in the predetermined storage area, based on at least one of an image scanning condition in the image scanning unit and a content of the image data acquired by the image scanning unit; and a processing limiting unit which limits the content of processing performed to the image data stored in the predetermined storage area, based on the limitation information associated by the limitation information associating unit.06-02-2011
20110043868DUPLEX SCANNING APPARATUS - A duplex scanning apparatus includes an automatic document feeder and a flatbed image scanner. The automatic document feeder includes a document feeder case, a scanning glass plate and a first light source. The flatbed image scanner includes a scanner case, a glass platform, a second light source and a scanning module. The scanning glass plate and the first light source are included in the automatic document feeder of the duplex scanning apparatus, so that the scanning operation is performed in the automatic document feeder.02-24-2011
20090273816IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - A method for processing an image obtained by reading an original plate on which at least one original is placed includes a determining step of determining whether the image is corresponding to one original or a plurality of originals placed on the original plate, an extracting step of extracting, from the image, one original image component corresponding to the one original or a plurality of original image components corresponding to the plurality of originals, and a processing step of performing image processing on the one or the plurality of extracted original image components, the image processing being different in accordance with the result of the determining step.11-05-2009
20110043869INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, ITS METHOD AND PROGRAM - It is an object to provide an information processing system characterized in comprising an object classification means that classifies a document-composing object extracted from an electronic document or a document image into a text region-composing object and a chart region-composing object by using at least an area histogram of the object including a text.02-24-2011
20110043872ERECTING EQUAL-MAGNIFICATION LENS ARRAY PLATE, OPTICAL SCANNING UNIT, AND IMAGE READING DEVICE - An erecting equal-magnification lens array plate includes a stack of a first lens array plate provided with a plurality of first lenses arranged on a first surface and a plurality of second lenses arranged on a second surface, and a second lens array plate provided with a plurality of third lenses arranged on a third surface and a plurality of fourth lenses arranged on a fourth surface. The erecting equal-magnification lens array plate is provided with a first light shielding wall provided upright to surround the first lens, and a second light shielding wall provided upright to surround the fourth lens. An area on the first surface of the first lens array plate outside the effective region of the first lenses is roughened.02-24-2011
20090034020ADJUSTING SCAN RATE WITHIN SCANNING DEVICE - A scanning device includes a scanning mechanism, a memory, a processing mechanism, and a scan rate adjustment mechanism. The scanning mechanism scans a media sheet having an image thereon at a variable scan rate, to yield raw data. The memory temporarily stores the raw data. The processing mechanism converts the raw data within the memory into processed data. The raw data is removed from the memory as the raw data is converted. The scan rate adjustment mechanism adjusts the variable scan rate, based on one or more of an amount of free space within the memory, a fill rate at which the raw data is filling the memory, and a removal rate at which the raw data is being removed from the memory, so that the memory does not become completely full.02-05-2009
20090034019SCANNER - An apparatus and method relating to a least one wheel rotatable about a first axis while movably supporting a reflected light gathering unit extending along a second axis are disclosed.02-05-2009
20090034022IMAGE READING APPARATUS - Provided is an image reading apparatus including: an image reading sensor which reads an image from an original; and a mounting portion which mounts the image reading sensor, wherein the image reading sensor includes a positioning portion which is brought into contact with the mounting portion and adjusts the relative position of the image reading sensor with respect to the mounting portion; and a pressing portion which presses the positioning portion so as to bring the positioning portion into contact with the mounting portion.02-05-2009
20100079823Image Scanning System, Image Scanner, and Computer Readable Medium for Image Processing Device - An image scanning system comprises an image scanner and an information processing device. The image scanner comprises an output unit to output image data generated based on scanned image to the information processing device; and an instructing unit to transmit a prohibition command for prohibiting displaying of an image based on the image data, to the information processing device. The information processing device comprises a data reception unit to receive the image data outputted by the image scanner; a display unit; a control unit configured to control the display unit to display the image based on the image data; and a command reception unit configured to receive the prohibition command. In this configuration, the control unit operates to prohibit displaying of the image based on the received image data in response to reception of the prohibition command through the command reception unit.04-01-2010
20110085211HANDHELD DEVICE FOR CAPTURING TEXT FROM BOTH A DOCUMENT PRINTED ON PAPER AND A DOCUMENT DISPLAYED ON A DYNAMIC DISPLAY DEVICE - A device for capturing rendered text is described. The device incorporates one or more visual sensors that receive visual information as a part of capturing rendered text. The visual sensors are collectively capable of capturing both text that is permanently printed on a page, and text that is displayed transitorily on a dynamic device. The device further incorporates a visual information disposition subsystem for disposing of visual information received by the visual sensors. The device further incorporates a package that bears the visual sensors and the visual information disposition subsystem, and is suitable to be held in a human hand.04-14-2011
20100165422Document Reading Apparatus - A document reading apparatus includes a housing, a module board including an imaging section disposed in the housing to read a document, and a module holder disposed in the housing to support the module board in a state in which a distance between the imaging section and the document is maintained at a predetermined value.07-01-2010
20100142007IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a reader unit configured to read an image of a conveyed document at a reading position, a transparent member arranged at the reading position and including a conductive layer, which is earthed, on a surface of the transparent member, a conveyance unit configured to convey the document to the reading position, and a guide member that is earthed, provided along the surface of the transparent member, and positioned so as to intersect with a conveyance direction of the document conveyed by the conveyance unit.06-10-2010
20110063692METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY IDENTIFYING SCAN REGION BOUNDARY - A method of automatically identifying a scan region boundary, used for scanning a document under a non-unified background, includes: reading a reference linear scan data by a scanning device, the scanning device analyzing brightness values in each row of the reference linear scan data and determining a reference range value according to the brightness values in each row; and during scanning a document, the scanning device comparing brightness values of a linear scan data with the reference range value so as to determine the scan region boundary. The method confirms the scan boundary of a document and is not subjected to a backlight element or a document carrier. The method identifies the boundary of a document under a non-unified background, is applicable to scanning transparent and reflective documents and has strong resistance against environmental interference, not only simplifying the scanning device but also enhancing the automatic performance.03-17-2011
20110128590READING APPARATUS - A reading apparatus includes an image reading unit that reads an image line-by-line and generates an image signal, a signal processing unit that performs signal processing on the image signal, a reference clock generation unit that generates a reference clock signal, and a PLL unit that generates a driving clock signal from the reference clock signal to be supplied to one of the image reading unit, the signal processing unit, and the reference clock generation unit. Skew in the synchronization between the reference clock signal and a driving clock signal is detected, and in the case where skew in the synchronization has been detected during image reading operations performed by the image reading unit, the image reading unit is controlled to read the image having returned to a position that is a predetermined number of lines previous to the current reading position.06-02-2011
20110211233IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image processing device includes a scanning unit configured to scan a search window on an image to be detected, and a discrimination unit configured to apply one or more rectangle filters for detecting a desired object to an image of the search window at each scan position so as to calculate one or more rectangle features and to discriminate whether or not the object is detected based on the obtained one or more rectangle features. The scanning unit generates integral images corresponding to a size of the search window at every scan position and holds the integral images in a predetermined memory buffer, and the discrimination unit calculates the rectangle features with respect to the image of the search window at each scan position using the integral images held in the memory buffer.09-01-2011
20110085210LIGHTING STRUCTURE AND SCANNING DEVICE - The invention relates to a lighting structure and a scanning device. The lighting structure comprises a light source and a light guide. The light source comprises a plurality of light emitters spaced within a first plane along a first direction. The light guide comprises a plurality of light guiding bodies arranged in parallel. The light guiding bodies form a one-to-one correspondence with the light emitters and have a light entering surface and a light leaving surface which are both a curved surface. The curve of the intersection between each light leaving surface and a first cross-section has a first curvature radius, and the curve of the intersection between each light entering surface and a second cross-section has a second curvature radius, wherein the first cross-section is perpendicular to the second cross-section, and the first cross-section and the second cross-section are both perpendicular to the first plane.04-14-2011
20110085212DOCUMENT SCANNING DEVICE - A document scanning device includes a pair of light guides that extend in a main scanning direction of a document and illuminate the document, and a reference plate that is positioned closer to the light guides than the document. Each of the light guides has a first area that illuminates the document and a second area that illuminates the reference plate. Each light guide illuminates the reference plate over a wider area between the light guides in the second area than each light guide illuminates the document in the first area. Therefore, the center of the reference plate is illuminated and a sufficient amount of light is reflected on the reference plate.04-14-2011
20110242618Image Reading Apparatus - An image reading apparatus to read an image formed on a document sheet is provided. The image reading apparatus includes a sheet conveyer and an image reader, which is controlled by a controller and reads the image formed on the document sheet. The sheet conveyer includes movable parts, which are movably supported by a first supporting member. The image reader is supported by a second supporting member, which is detachably attached to the first supporting member. A cable with a connector connects the controller and the image reader with each other via the connector. The second supporting member is tied to the first supporting member by the cable when the cable connects the controller and the image reader via the connector. The second supporting member is releasable from the first supporting member when the connector is decoupled.10-06-2011
20110242617PORTABLE SCANNING DEVICE - A handheld optical scanner for capturing images of text from a rendered document is described. The scanner includes a package suitable to be held in a user's hand. The package contains an optical sensor that captures images of text from a rendered document. The package also contains a proximity sensor that determines when the optical sensor is within a predetermined distance and orientation of a rendered document. The package further contains a triggering mechanism that causes the optical sensor to capture an image of text from a rendered document when the proximity sensor determines that the optical sensor is within a predetermined distance and orientation of a rendered document.10-06-2011
20090219580SCANNING SYSTEM WITH REAL-TIME DISPLAY UNIT - A scanning system with display system including a scanning module mounted in a body, such that the scanning module scans in a capture zone to capture an archival image of said capture zone. One or more image capture modules mounted in the body in fixed relation to the capture zone being operative to capture one or more real time images in the capture zone for display09-03-2009
20090257099IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a region detection unit configured to detect from an image a region which is sandwiched between a pair of opposite lines and in which image formation is performed at a density lower than a predetermined density, a rendering unit configured to render a border of an inner portion inside the region sandwiched between the pair of opposite lines with a line having a density higher than the predetermined density, and an outputting unit configured to output an image in which the inner portion inside the region sandwiched between the pair of opposite lines is bordered by the border rendered by the rendering unit.10-15-2009
20090323134APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING SEGMENTATION DATA OF A SCANNED IMAGE - An apparatus and method for processing image data generates image data from a scan of an original image, and creates segmentation data from the generated image data. The segmentation data includes information regarding image types present in the image data corresponding to the scanned original image. Each of the image data and the segmentation data is stored in a storage medium along with a link between the image data and the segmentation data.12-31-2009
20100039682Systems And Arrangements For Object Identification - An object identifying system includes an optical scanning device configured to record a series of linear images of successive portions of a support surface as the support surface is moved between first and second positions. A processor in electrical communication with the optical scanning device is configured to compile data corresponding to the series of linear images of the successive portions of the support surface to construct a digital image of the support surface. The processor is configured to compare the digital image of the support surface to at least one stored digital image of a known object to identify an object when the object is disposed on the support surface.02-18-2010
20100039681SHEET-FED SCANNING DEVICE WITH CLEANING MECHANISM - A sheet-fed scanning device with cleaning mechanism is provided. The sheet-fed scanning device includes a housing, a scanning module for scanning a fed-in document, and a cleaning curtain whose one end is fixed on the sheet-fed scanning device. The cleaning curtain is disposed in a sheet-fed direction at the front end of the scanning module, and the edge of the other end of the cleaning curtain is elastically in contact with the fed-in document for cleaning a to-be-scanned surface of the fed-in document. The invention is simple in structure and effective in cleaning the fed-in document. The cleaning mechanism does not cost much, but avoids the scanning quality being affected due to the large friction of the cleaning element. The cleaning mechanism ensures long-term cleanness of the to-be-scanned surface of the fed-in document as well as the cleanness of the glass window of the scanning module and the scanning quality.02-18-2010
20100053699Method, System and Test Sheet Image Bitmap for Carrying out a Scanner-and-Processor Based Image-to-Paper Registration Setup - A method and system for carrying out an image-to-paper printer registration setup includes: using a printer undergoing registration setup, printing a test pattern on a sheet having reference targets within a printable region of the sheet; using a scanner, scanning the printed sheet to generate an image bitmap of the test pattern-bearing sheet larger than the sheet itself so that the image bitmap contains the sheet edges and measuring in numbers of pixels the distances between the reference targets and/or sheet edges using multiple swaths of the image bitmap itself as the measuring tool; and, using a processor and based on the measured distances, calculating error-associated adjustment values in millimeters to use to correct errors in the registration setup of the image-to-paper in the printer and transferring the error-associated adjustment values to the printer to perform adjustment of its setup actuators.03-04-2010
20100039680LASER PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A laser processing apparatus includes a stage unit moving a substrate having a plurality of work sections along longitudinal and lateral axes and rotating the substrate at a predetermined angle about a rotational axis, a laser beam oscillating unit oscillating laser beams to process holes in the substrate, a camera unit taking and providing an image of each of the work sections, and a controller correcting a processing location data using the image taken by the camera unit to allow the laser oscillating unit and the scanner unit to accurately process the holes in the substrate.02-18-2010
20100046045IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus of the present invention includes a first light source, a first light guide, a second light source, a second light guide, light receiving elements and a lens unit. The first light source emits first light. The first light guide directs the first light from the first light source toward an image-carrying object as first linear light extending in a primary scanning direction. The second light source emits second light of a wavelength different from that of the first light. The second light guide directs the second light from the second light source toward the image-carrying object as second linear light extending in the primary scanning direction. The light receiving elements are arranged in the primary scanning direction. The first and second linear lights are reflected by the image-carrying object, and the reflected lights are guided by the lens unit toward the light receiving elements.02-25-2010
20100046043IMAGE READING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SEPARATING PAGES OF IMAGES - In an image reading apparatus capable of separating pages of images, an automatic sheet feeder transports first and second documents along a document passageway and past an opening. A separation reference sheet is disposed in the opening and includes a specific portion. A scanning module scans the first and second documents, transported past the opening, to generate a continuous image. An image processing unit coupled to the scanning module receives the continuous image and processes the continuous image into a first document image corresponding to the first document and a second document image corresponding to the second document according to a specific image including the specific portion.02-25-2010
20100046041SCANNING APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING DEFOCUS ABERRATION - A scanning apparatus for preventing defocus aberration is provided. The scanning apparatus includes a flatbed scanning portion and a scanning module. The flatbed scanning portion includes a glass platform. The scanning module includes a scanning module case, a light source, multiple reflective mirrors, a lens, an optical sensing element, a printed circuit board and a metallic post. The metallic post is interconnected between the scanning module case and the printed circuit board. The printed circuit board is not in direct contact with the scanning module case so as to prevent defocus aberration resulting from thermal expansion.02-25-2010
20100046042IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a scanning unit which scans a light beam on a photosensitive member in accordance with image data, and a smoothing unit which performs a smoothing for a jaggy of a scan line of a light beam scanned on the photosensitive member by the scanning unit. The smoothing unit does not perform the smoothing when the scanning unit scans a light beam in accordance with image data representing a halftone image.02-25-2010
20100060948SCANNER DEVICE WITH EXTERNAL COVER - A scanner device includes a scanner body enclosed by a housing and an external cover covering an outer side of the housing. The external cover is comprised of a plurality of external members. By spacing the adjacent external members apart from each other at the side edge parts of the housing, recesses are formed between the adjacent external members so as to constitute parts of the external design of the scanner body. Preferably, the side edge parts of the housing are exposed between the adjacent external members at the side edge parts of the housing, and information providing devices providing information on the scanner device are provided at the side edge parts of the housing exposed between the adjacent external members.03-11-2010
20120243059IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus having: a transparent plate having a first principal surface and a second principal surface; a carriage unit that carries a document such that the document passes through over the first principal surface; a reading unit that is opposed to the second principal surface and reads the document passing through a reading position on the first principal surface; a bump member that forms a bump on the first principal surface at a position more upstream than the reading position in a document carrying direction; and an adjustment unit for adjusting a distance in the carrying direction between the bump and the reading position for image reading of the document.09-27-2012
20100053700Shared image scanning method and picture scanner thereof - The present invention discloses a shared image scanning method and picture scanner thereof The method includes the steps of: sharing a desired scanning document into image areas; constructing images captured from each image area into a whole document sensing image to be used by the scanner. The scanner includes reflecting mirrors, light source modules and image sensing modules in a frame. The reflecting mirrors are installed in the frame with an interval apart from each other and corresponding to the image areas. The light source modules project lights onto the image areas to produce document images which are captured by the corresponding image sensing module and converted into image signals, and processed by an image processing unit to produce a whole document sensing image signal. Thus, the scanner applying the shared image method of the present invention can complete a document scanning quickly.03-04-2010
20100053701SCANNER DEVICE - A scanner device includes a scanner body formed with a document insertion opening and a document ejection opening and is configured so that an document taken in from the document insertion opening is read and then ejected from the document ejection opening. The scanner device further includes an upper surface cover covering the upper surface of the scanner body and a front surface cover covering the front surface of the scanner body. The front cover is connected at a lower end side thereof to the lower front part of the scanner body and connected at an upper end side thereof to pivotably connected to the front end side of the upper surface cover. By opening the front surface cover from the front surface of the scanner body, the upper surface cover and front surface cover form a document ejection tray.03-04-2010
20100067069IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus includes a VCSEL that includes a plurality of light sources emitting light beams, an image processing unit, and write control units that send a sub-scanning start reference signal indicating a reference for starting image formation in a sub-scanning direction and start a control of driving the light sources for each of a plurality of colors when receiving image data from the image processing unit. The write control units perform a control of outputting the sub-scanning start reference signal at timing of any of a plurality of areas divided by the number of lines scanned simultaneously in a scan cycle in a main-scanning direction.03-18-2010
20110176181Multi-Item Scanning on a Vertically Oriented Scanner - An imaging device for imaging an original allows a user to position an original on a lid of the imaging device. The document is positioned on the lid with images of the document facing the user. The imaging device including an imaging unit disposed within a housing, an imaging surface disposed in an imaging relationship with the imaging unit within the housing, the imaging unit captures an image of the original when positioned adjacent to the imaging surface. The lid is pivotably coupled to the housing for moving between a closed position and an open position. The lid includes an inner surface for supporting the original disposed on the lid, and an original retaining member attached to the lid for selectively retaining the original on the inner surface between the open position and the closed position. The inner surface of the lid positions the original adjacent to the imaging surface in the closed position and moves the original away from the imaging surface in the open position.07-21-2011
20090015882LASER OSCILLATING MIRROR SUPPORT FOR COLOR PRINTER - Systems, apparatuses, and methods for pre-rendering image data for a plurality of scanning paths are described here. The method includes receiving image data including a plurality of scan lines for a top portion of an image page, pre-rendering the data for a first scanning path to generate a first data set, pre-rendering the data for a second scanning path to generate a second data set, determining an initial scanning direction, and selecting the first data set or the second data set responsive to said determining. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.01-15-2009
20090015881IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - An image forming apparatus has a scanning unit capable of forming a plurality of lines of an image simultaneously by scanning, in a main scanning direction, laser beam that has been emitted from a plurality of laser emitting devices. The apparatus has a memory for storing an error characteristic, in a sub-scanning direction with respect to an ideal scanning line in the main scanning direction, of a scanning line scanned by the scanning unit. A line on which image data is read out is changed over in accordance with a line changeover position in the main scanning direction based upon the error characteristic and a revised pixel position in the main scanning direction in the image data.01-15-2009
20090015880Method of optimal focusing for document scanner - A method of optimal focusing for a document scanner is disclosed. The scanner includes an optic module movable in a given scanning direction to perform scanning operation over an area of a document in a scan line by scan line manner by being driven by an optic module moving mechanism under control of a control unit. The control unit includes a best focus value memory for storage of the best focus value for each scan line. The method includes the steps of moving the optic module to one of scan lines of the document and retrieving the best focus value corresponding to the selected scan line. An focus adjusting mechanism is controlled by the control unit to move the optic module in a second direction to adjust the focus position of the optic module in accordance with the best focus value of the scan line. Once the optic module reaches the scan line, the operation of the optic module is temporarily suspended in order to have the vibration of the optic module damped out. Thereafter, a scanning operation is performed over the scan line.01-15-2009
20100134852IMAGE READER AND MEDIUM PROCESSOR - Provided is a medium treating device comprising hairbrush rollers (06-03-2010
20100134851IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PERFORMING IMAGE PROCESSING AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes an image reception unit, a determination unit, a display unit, a correction accepting unit and a criterion modifying unit. The image reception unit receives a plurality of images. The determination unit determines whether each image received by the image reception unit corresponds to a delimiter image that represents a delimiter of a document based on a criterion and outputs a detection result. The display unit displays the detection result output by the determination unit. The correction accepting unit accepts correction of the displayed detection result in accordance with an operation performed by a user. The criterion modifying unit modifies the criterion based on the accepted correction. The determination unit re-determines whether each image received by the image reception unit corresponds to the delimiter image based on the criterion after the criterion is modified by the criterion modifying unit.06-03-2010
20100134854OPTICAL SCANNER AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE USING THE OPTICAL SCANNER - An optical scanner includes an optical housing, which houses a light source, an aperture stop, a condensing lens and a rotary deflector, light from the light source entering into the rotary deflector via the aperture stop and the condensing lens, and the light deflected by the rotary deflector scanning a target to be irradiated, a fastener, which fastens the condensing lens to the optical housing, and a fastener attachment portion to which the fastener is attached, the fastener attachment portion being disposed in a downstream side of the condensing lens in a traveling direction of the light in the housing.06-03-2010
20090027735Shutter structure for light scanning unit and image forming apparatus using the same - A shutter structure for a light scanning unit, which is used in the light scanning unit that scans a photosensitive medium of a developing unit with a beam deflected by a beam deflector accommodated in a housing having an emission window, and selectively blocks the beam directed at the emission window, and an image forming apparatus using the same. The shutter structure includes a shutter that is rotatably provided outside the housing and selectively blocks the beam directed at the emission window, a joining unit that is formed at corresponding positions of the shutter and the housing so that the shutter is rotatably joined with the housing, and a push member that pushes the shutter so that the shutter is rotated in a direction in which the emission window is opened.01-29-2009
20120120460IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus, including: a placement portion on which an original is to be placed; an openable and closable pressure portion which presses, the original, which is placed on the placement portion, against the placement portion; a reading unit which moves in a sub-scanning direction orthogonal to a main scanning direction to read image information of the original, which is pressed against the placement portion by the openable and closable pressure portion, and a step portion, which is provided in a pressure surface of the openable and closable pressure portion which presses the original against the placement stand, and in a state in which the openable and closable pressure portion is closed, forms a space portion extending in the sub-scanning direction so as to communicate to at least one end in the sub-scanning direction.05-17-2012
20120120458ACTUATOR, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ACTUATOR, LIGHT SCANNER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An actuator includes a light reflection part having light reflectivity, a movable part having the light reflection part and being rotatable around a rotation center axis, a pair of connection parts connected to the movable part, and a support part that supports the pair of connection parts, and each of the connection parts includes a pair of beam members, a distance between the pair of beam members gradually increases from a first surface side toward a second surface side of the movable part when seen from a direction in parallel to the rotation center axis of the movable part, and given that a distance between ends at the first surface side of the pair of beam members is W05-17-2012
20110075226Image Processing Apparatus - An image processing apparatus is provided. The image processing apparatus includes a lower unit, an upper unit, a joint piece to connect the upper unit with the lower unit, a flat cable, and a holder piece, which is movable with respect to one of the upper unit and the lower unit when the upper unit is moved with respect to the lower unit. The holder piece includes a first opening, a second opening, and a path connecting the first opening and the second opening to hold the flat cable therein in a curved posture. When the upper unit is vertically moved, the holder member is vertically moved with respect to the one of the upper unit and the lower unit by shifting a range of curvature in the flat cable as the flat cable is pulled out of and withdrawn in the holder member.03-31-2011
20120147442IMAGE SENSOR UNIT AND IMAGE READING APPARARTUS - A configuration is adopted in which an image sensor unit includes: a sensor substrate on which a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements are mounted; a light source that includes light-emitting elements and is for illuminating a document; a light guide that guides light from the light source from one end face in a longitudinal direction and linearly illuminates the document; a rod lens array imaging reflected light from the document on the sensor substrate; and a frame attaching each of these, and in which the frame detachably includes a spacer provided in proximity to the light source, and the spacer includes a light shielding roof elongated so as to cover the light source and the end of the light guide.06-14-2012
20110149352METHODS AND APPARATUS TO PROVIDE AVAILABILITY FOR NETWORKED SCANNING - Methods and apparatus for scanning documents when a network is not available are provided. The document scans at least an entire page of a document for a user. If the document scanner identifies that the network is not available, the document scanner stores the scanned document in a repository at the document scanner. The document scanner also identifies when the network is available again. In response, the document scanner retrieves the stored scan document and sends the retrieved scan document to a destination computer over the network.06-23-2011
20100321742High speed deterministic, non-contact, 3-axis free trajectory measurement device and free trajectory imaging device - A data providing device associated with a trajectory sensing system has at least a frame. The frame supports at least two sensing receivers and at least one emitter for the sensing receivers. The sensors sense movement and/or position with respect to a surface. The frame supports a third sensor that senses information (e.g., image data) from the surface at least in addition to movement. There is also a communication link from the two sensing receivers to a data storage device; a communication link from the third sensor to a data storage device or to a processor and then a data storage device; and a processor that determines position of the system with respect to the surface based at least in part on data from the two sensing receivers.12-23-2010
20110043871DOCUMENT PHOTOSENSOR OF SURFACE-MOUNTED ELEMENTS - A document photosensor is provided which comprises upper and lower sensor assemblies 02-24-2011
20110043870INFORMATION READING SYSTEM FOR READING INFORMATION ON DOCUMENT - An information reading system comprising an information processing apparatus, a first information reading apparatus which is connected to the information processing apparatus and reads information on a sheet and a second information reading apparatus which is connectable to one of the information processing apparatus and the first information reading apparatus, and reads information on a sheet. The information processing apparatus comprises a control program including a first driver required to control the first information reading apparatus, and a second driver required to control the second information reading apparatus. Control information from the information processing apparatus to the second information reading apparatus is transmitted via the first driver and the second driver.02-24-2011
20110249305IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes: an area separation processor that classifies image data into halftone dot areas, on-screen text areas, text areas and the other areas and outputs an area separation signal that indicates the area type of the area; and a spatial filtering processor that performs a spatial filtering process on the image data with reference to the area separation signal. The spatial filtering processor performs a different filtering process in accordance with the color space of the input image data when the area separation signal indicates that the area is an on-screen text area.10-13-2011
20110249303IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes an image reading unit that includes light receiving units arranged in two-dimensional array and reads an image on an original in two-dimensional directions, a cover portion that forms a reader chamber with the image reading unit, and a read-start instruction unit that instructs the image reading unit to start reading the image on the original when the original is inserted into the reader chamber. The reader chamber has a space for containing the original therein, and forms an original insertion/ejection port with the cover portion for inserting or ejecting the original therethrough.10-13-2011
20110038018PIXEL INTERPOLATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PIXEL INTERPOLATION, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An embodiment has: weighting interpolation section for obtaining a pixel value for a missing pixel by a one-dimensional weighting interpolating method, using pixels in the vicinity of the missing pixel as reference pixels, and for generating a primarily interpolated image signal including the interpolated pixel value in place; frequency decomposition section for decomposing the primarily interpolated image signal into frequency components; halftone dot extraction sections for obtaining a halftone dot degree indicating a degree for the vicinity of the missing pixel to be in the halftone dot region, by using higher ones of these frequency components; correction value calculation section for calculating a correction value for the missing pixel, by using lower ones of these frequency components; and correction section for correcting the pixel value of the missing pixel in the primarily interpolated image signal using the correction value depending on the halftone dot degree.02-17-2011
20110038017System and Method for Demarcating Media Sheets During a Scan Operation - Disclosed are a scanner for demarcating each media sheet of one or more media sheets and a method thereof. The scanner includes a platen, a scanlid, an illuminating mechanism and a scanhead. The platen accommodates one or more media sheets. The scanlid is pivotally coupled to the platen and provides a background for scanning the one or more media sheets. The illuminating mechanism is coupled to the scanlid and capable of being activated for illuminating the background. The scanhead is configured to scan the one or more media sheets. A background image of the one or more media sheets is captured by activating the illuminating mechanism during scanning. A foreground image of the one or more media sheets is captured by deactivating the illuminating mechanism during scanning. Edges of each media sheet are detected based on the background image, and the detected edges demarcate each media sheet.02-17-2011
20080252941Image forming apparatus and image forming method - An image forming apparatus to generate image data from an original document and to form an image includes a photoelectric conversion unit to sequentially convert an image of the original document scanned in a sub-scanning direction into image signals made of a plurality of pixels constituting one line in a main scanning direction, a white reference plate which is white reference for the image signals, a white reference signal generation unit to generate a white reference signal from image signals obtained by photoelectric converting an image for a given number of lines from a given read start position of the white reference plate in the sub-scanning direction by the photoelectric conversion unit, a shading correction unit to correct the image signals of the original document image photoelectric converted by the photoelectric conversion unit based on the white reference signal, and a read start position acquisition unit to calculate and acquire the read start position on the white reference plate, and the read start position acquisition unit includes a start position calculation unit to detect a portion of the white reference plate where brightness is within a given range and to calculate the read start position.10-16-2008
20100302607IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reading apparatus that optically reads a document includes: multiple line sensors provided approximately parallel to each other and each having light-receiving elements arranged in line form, each line sensor capturing respective line-shaped regions spanning in the main scanning direction of the document in respective color components; a movement unit that causes the positional relationship between the document and the multiple line sensors to move relative to the sub scanning direction that is orthogonal to the main scanning direction; a color skew adjustment unit that adjusts positional skew in the sub scanning direction in scan data of each of the color components captured by the multiple line sensors in synchronization with the movement caused by the movement unit, in accordance with an offset amount based on the distance between each of the multiple line sensors.12-02-2010
20100296134SCANNING APPARATUS HAVING DUAL POWER MODE - A scanning apparatus having dual power mode is described. The scanning apparatus includes a detection module, a switch unit, and a power controller. The detection module detects a first voltage signal and a second voltage signal for generating a detecting signal. The switch unit receives the commands from the power controller for outputting the first voltage signal and/or the second voltage signal to the image acquiring device of the scanning apparatus. The power controller determines whether the first voltage signal is detected according to the detecting signal. While the first voltage signal is detected, the power controller controls the switch unit to output the first voltage signal and/or the second voltage signal to the image acquiring device. While the first voltage signal is not exist, the power controller controls the switch unit to output the second voltage signal to the image acquiring device.11-25-2010
20110249304Image reading apparatus and optical module using the same - An image reading apparatus includes: alight irradiating means for irradiating light to a subject having images to be read; an image forming means for making the light from the subject incident on an image plane so as to form images as erected images; and a photoelectric conversion means for converting the incident light of the erected images into image signals, wherein the image forming means is constituted of a plurality of lens arrays that have a mutually identical shape and property and are sequentially disposed, sharing common light axes, between the subject and the photoelectric conversion means, and the respective lens arrays are formed by integral molding of a plurality of lenses, and an aperture provided with light passing holes with the light axes as the center is interposed at least between the plurality of lens arrays, and areas other than the light passing holes in the aperture form light shielding areas.10-13-2011
20100097663Scanning device with versatile media feed configuration - An optical scanning device is useful for scanning business cards. The optical scanning device includes an image scanner, a roller and a support base. The image scanner scans a surface of a card. The roller moves the card across a surface of the image scanner. The support base is arranged to support the image scanner on a horizontal surface so that an axis of rotation of the roller is not parallel to the horizontal surface. This results in the image scanner scanning cards in a non-horizontal orientation.04-22-2010
20100097664OPTICAL SCANNING UNIT AND COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A color image forming apparatus obtaining a high quality color image with little write start misregistration among optical scanning devices, includes a plurality of optical scanning devices respectively including an incident optical unit guiding a light beam from a light source unit to a deflection unit, an imaging optical system allowing the light beam deflectively scanned by the deflection unit to be focused on a scanned surface, and an optical system for synchronous detection for adjusting image start timing on the scanned surface by using a part of the light beam deflectively scanned by the deflection unit. A ratio of a focal length of the optical system for synchronous detection to a focal length of the imaging optical system is set appropriately in a main scanning section of the plurality of optical scanning devices for obtaining a black color image and color images other than the black color image.04-22-2010
20090323137Image writing unit, image forming apparatus, image writing method and computer-readable information recording medium - A plurality of the light emitting device array units are arranged along a main scan direction in a staggered manner. In a density transformation mode, a transformation pattern is used to transform image data for each matrix of n by n pixels. A rate of writing an image in a sub-scan direction is multiplied by m, and a pixel density of image data written on a photosensitive body is multiplied by (2B+1)/2 in the main scan direction, and multiplied by m(2B+1)/2 in the sub-scan direction. A transformation pattern which is selected according to a position along the main scan direction at which an image is written with respect to a position of each of the plurality of light emitting device array units is used to transform image data.12-31-2009
20090323133System and Method for Configuring a Scanner - A system and method configures a scanner. The method comprises generating an object using an output arrangement of a host device. The object includes configuration data which corresponds to a peripheral device. The method comprises scanning the object using a scanner of the peripheral device to obtain the configuration data. The method comprises configuring the peripheral device as a function of the configuration data. The method comprises coupling the peripheral device to the host device.12-31-2009
20090244655IMAGE READING DEVICES - The invention describes an image reading device having a housing, a transparent panel, an image sensor, a carriage, and an electric cable. The housing has a first, second, and third surface. The transparent panel defines a portion of the first surface. The image sensor extends in a first direction, and is mounted to the carriage and optically reads a document through the transparent panel while the carriage reciprocates in a second direction. The electric cable is electrically connected to the image sensor, and includes a band surface portion having a band surface and extending in a third direction intersecting the first and second direction. The electric cable also has a first end portion attached to the carriage; and a second end portion attached to the second surface. At least a portion of the electric cable is twisted such that the band surface and the third surface are not parallel.10-01-2009
20120033267IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH CORRECTS MAIN SCANNING MISREGISTRATION - An image forming apparatus includes a light source which illuminates in response to image data, and a deflector to deflect an optical beam output from the light source into a scanning beam running along a main scanning line across an image forming area in a main scanning direction. There are plurality of beam detectors to detect the scanning beam at a plurality of different positions along the main scanning line, the plurality of beam detectors including first and second beam detectors detecting the scanning beam at positions in front-end and rear-end sides, respectively, in the main scanning direction.02-09-2012
20080291507Exportation of scanner's internal image auto-segmentation - A method and system are disclosed for exporting metadata from an image capture device, for example a scanner, preferably using a standard application programming interface. The metadata may be associated with a pixel, a page, or a region/object of the image, and could be used by an application, for example, to improve the quality of the image when printed or to facilitate the conversion from a single layer of image information to multi-mask mixed raster content (MRC).11-27-2008
20080266615IMAGE COPYING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CORRECTING IMAGE DATA - An image copying apparatus includes a target data acquiring unit, a target data saving unit, an adding unit, a sampling data saving unit, a specifying unit, a sampling data saving unit, and a correcting unit. The target data acquiring unit acquires target data from a test chart document. The adding unit adds data displaying a specification image specifying the scanning unit having scanned a test chart recorded side to the recorded side image data. The sampling data acquiring unit acquires sampling data from a copy of the test chart document. The specifying unit specifies the scanning unit having scanned the test chart recorded side from the specification image. The sampling data saving unit saves the sampling data when the scanning unit having scanned the test chart copied side matches the specified scanning unit. The correcting unit corrects the image data based on a correcting feature generated from the saved data.10-30-2008
20080266617Image reading device - An image reading device includes a light source, a reading unit to convert received light to image data, a correction unit to correct the image data based on correction data, a storing unit storing the correction data, an illumination target switch unit to switch an illumination target between a read position and a reference position, a reflector reflecting light, a judgment unit to judge whether the image data outputted by the reading unit at the read position satisfies a predetermined condition, a correction data determination unit to determine the correction data in response to a fact that the illumination target of the light source is switched to the reference position, and a correction data update unit to store the correction data in the correction data storing unit. The illumination target switch unit switches the illumination target to the reference position if the image data satisfies the predetermined condition.10-30-2008
20120229875READING DEVICE WITH SHORTCUT READ FUNCTION - In some embodiments, a reading device is provided with a shortcut read mode in which a user can instruct the reading device of the type of document (e.g., invoice, package label, newspaper, etc.) that is to be read so that the device can more efficiently find and read back to the user desired (target) information from the document.09-13-2012
20110211234Cable Arrangement Structure and Image Scanner Employing the Same - A cable arrangement structure is provided with a movable body configured to reciprocally move relative to a base member, and a flexible cable transmitting electrical signals. One end of the flexible cable is fixedly connected to the base member, and another end is connected to the movable body. The flexible cable has a curved portion, and both ends of the flexible cable being located on a same side with respect to the curved portion. A tension applying unit configured to contact the curved portion of the flexible cable from an inner side of a curvature of the curved portion to apply tension to the flexible cable when the curved portion is located on a front direction of the movable body as moved. Application of the tension to the flexible cable is controlled in mechanical association with movement of the movable body.09-01-2011
20100284046IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reading device that optically reads an original sheet includes: an original sheet holder having a flat surface on which the original sheet is placed; an imaging unit that images a rectangular region that is included in the flat surface and is smaller than the flat surface; a moving unit that moves the imaging unit substantially along the flat surface in first and second directions that cross each other and places the imaging unit at a plurality of facing positions at which the imaging unit faces the flat surface; a route selector that selects, on the basis of the original sheet placed on the flat surface, a movement route along which the imaging unit is moved by the moving unit.11-11-2010
20100321743CODING METHOD, RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS - A method for coding mask data containing information indicating, for each pixel, presence of thinning of image data in order to perform multipass recoding for a predetermined area of a recording medium by N (N: integer of 2 or more) times, includes acquiring a plurality of mask data, assigning a code represented by a number of bits smaller than N based on information contained in the same address of the acquired mask data and use-order of the mask data, and generating coded data containing the assigned code corresponding to an arrangement of the address that the mask data retains information thereof.12-23-2010
20100302604SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SETTING DATA EXTRACTION FIELDS FOR SCANNER INPUT - The subject application is directed to a system and method setting data extraction fields for scanner input. Electronic document image data is generated from a tangible document that has an associated predefined layout, and a corresponding image is generated on an associated display. A zone area is generated as a sub-portion disposed with the displayed image and positioning data is received that corresponds to a user-selected location of a zone area relative to the electronic document image. User-selected tag data associated with each zone area is received and stored associatively with positioning data in accordance with a document identifier corresponding to the tangible document in a data storage. Image data of tangible documents is generated, with each tangible document having the predefined layout. Character data is extracted from image data of each document according to positioning data and stored associatively with tag data in an associated database.12-02-2010
20080252943SCANNER DEVICE AND IMAGE READING AND DISPLAY METHOD - A scanner device includes a keyboard, a display, a control unit, and a storage unit, wherein the keyboard and the display are disposed so as to cover the top of the body of the scanner device, and the control unit includes an image reading unit that controls to read image data from original documents, an image storing unit that stores the image data read by the image reading unit in the storage unit, and a display control unit that controls to display the image data of any of the original documents on the display based on the image data stored by the image storing unit.10-16-2008
20080252940IMAGE SCANNER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image scanner according to the invention is an image scanner that can save scanned image data in a removable portable memory, the image scanner including a storing unit, a key-file creating unit that creates a key file corresponding to the portable memory, a memory control unit that registers the key file created in the storing unit and saves the key file in the portable memory, a determining unit that performs, before the image data is saved in the portable memory, matching of the key file registered in the storing unit and the key file saved in the portable memory, and an image-data-saving control unit that saves the image data in the portable memory when match is determined by the determining unit.10-16-2008
20110051202Traveling unit driving apparatus and image reading apparatus provided with the driving apparatus - Provided is a traveling unit driving apparatus where a driving belt of the traveling unit is manufactured with ease, and concurrently therewith, can be coupled reliably to the unit in a state with high durability.03-03-2011
20080204821Document reading apparatus and method of determining position of carriage - A document reading apparatus includes: a carriage, including an image reading sensor for reading an image from a document, and reciprocating in a predetermined range; contact portions, disposed at both ends of the predetermined range; a judgment section, judging whether the carriage comes in contact with the contact portions; a positional information temporary determining section, temporarily determining positional information when the judgment section judges that the carriage comes in contact with one of the contact portions; and a positional information check section, checking whether the positional information is correct based on a moving distance between positions where the judgment section judges that the carriage comes in contact with the contact portions, and determining the positional information when it is confirmed that the positional information is correct. The carriage moves to a position where the carriage starts to move at a speed greater than a speed at which the carriage moves before the positional information is temporarily determined.08-28-2008
20110051201PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, SENSOR CONTROL CIRCUIT, IMAGE READING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The photoelectric conversion device includes a photoelectric conversion element configured to convert light reflected from an original image to electrical signals and a clock generator configured to generate driving signals for driving the photoelectric conversion element from a reference clock. Each of the driving signals is generated using the same logic gate or substantially the same logic gate.03-03-2011
20110051200Image scanning device and image forming apparatus - An image scanning device includes a base part; and multiple image sensors each including a substrate, a line sensor including scanning elements arranged on the substrate, and a holder for holding the substrate. The base part holds the image sensors such that the scanning elements of an image sensor partly overlap the scanning elements of an adjacent image sensor in the main-scanning direction. The coefficients of linear expansion of the substrate and the base part are substantially the same; the holder and the base part are fixed together at a first fixing point; the holder and the substrate are fixed together at a second fixing point; and the distance in the main-scanning direction between the first fixing point and the second fixing point and the direction of the second fixing point with respect to the first fixing point are the same for all the image sensors.03-03-2011
20100157384SCAN TEMPLATES EXTENSION TO A WS-ENABLED SCANNER - Techniques are provided for extending a WS-enabled scanner. A client device sends a request for multiple scan ticket templates that the WS-enabled scanner maintains. A WS scan module, executing on the scanner, receives the request and forwards the request to a scan templates handler (STH). The STH invokes a routine of a scan templates manager (STM). The STM retrieves, in response to the invocation of the routine, a plurality of scan ticket templates. The STM sends the plurality of scan ticket templates to the STH, which forwards the plurality to the WS scan module. The WS scan module composes a response message that includes the plurality of scan ticket templates and sends the response message to the client device.06-24-2010
20100284045IMAGE-SCANNING DEVICE - An image-scanning device having a large depth of field and being small in size. The image-scanning device includes a plurality of cells and an image pickup device that is located so as to correspond to the cells and that picks-up the formed images. Each cell includes a first lens having a first focal length; an aperture member located at the first focal length from the first lens; and a second lens located at a second focal length shorter than the first focal length, with respect to the image pickup device.11-11-2010
20100284044Apparatus and Method for Retaining a Document During Imaging - Disclosed are apparatuses and methods for holding a document sheet in place against a scanning surface of an image capture system. One such apparatus is a document cover comprising: a body that is oriented parallel to the scanning surface when the document cover is in the closed position; a compliant and elastic document backing that is partially attached to the body and configured to reflect light originating from the image capture system; and a backing constraint configured to secure a central region of the document backing to the body and further configured to constrain movement of the central region in a first direction that is normal to the scanning surface while allowing movement in the same direction of outer regions that are lateral to the central region. The document backing generates a downward spring force which biases the outer regions toward the platen.11-11-2010
20110075225METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE PROXY SCAN SERVICES TO LEGACY DEVICES - Systems and methods are disclosed for enabling legacy devices to consistently and reliably operate within a distributed scan environment using proxy scan services. A proxy scan service is communicatively coupled between a scan management service and a scanner. Information transmitted between the scan management service and the scanner is intercepted at the proxy scan service, where the scan management service recognizes a first format message for the information and the scanner recognizes a second format message for the information. The information is converted at the proxy scan service between the first format message and the second format message. The transmission between the scan management service and the scanner is completed using the converted information.03-31-2011
20120274993LENS PLATE, LENS UNIT, EXPOSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A lens plate includes at least one lens row including a plurality of lenses aligned in a first direction, each lens including a lens surface that includes perimeter portions extending in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction such that two adjacent lenses are contiguous with each other at the perimeter portions.11-01-2012
20110134493IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image forming apparatus for forming an image by performing exposure scanning of an image carrier is provided. The apparatus includes a unit for storing image data having a height in a sub-scanning direction equivalent to a certain number of amounts of the image data obtained by a single main scan; a unit for, in a case where a block in which a scan line of image data that is the scanning target is located has moved in a sub-scanning direction, storing a block position and a moving direction; a unit for, based on the skew information, converting image data of the main scan line and outputting an amount of image data that is obtained by a single main scan; and a unit for, when a block unit has been processed, replacing the processed block unit with another block unit.06-09-2011
20110134494IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A control method for controlling an image reading apparatus includes reading a document having a plurality of pages which is conveyed by a document conveyance device, by a reading unit, checking image data of each page of the document having the plurality of pages read by the reading unit, and controlling, when the document having the plurality of pages set on the document conveyance device is conveyed after the document having the plurality of pages is read by the reading unit, conveyance of the document to stop at timing according to a result of the checking, and is useful in efficiently determining whether scanning of the document failed, such that a user can easily remove a failed page.06-09-2011
20120147441DUPLEX SCANNING APPARATUS WITH ELASTIC PRESSING MEMBER DISPOSED BETWEEN TWO SCAN POSITIONS - A duplex scanning apparatus includes a passageway, a first optical module, a second optical module, a transporting mechanism and an elastic pressing member. The first optical module is disposed on one side of the passageway. The second optical module is disposed on the other side of the passageway. The transporting mechanism transports an original sheet through the passageway and past a first scan position of the first optical module and a second scan position of the second optical module, and images of front and reverse sides of the original sheet are obtained, respectively. The elastic pressing member, disposed between the first scan position and the second scan position, pushes the original sheet towards an original supporting plane.06-14-2012
20120147440APPARATUS AND METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING CONTROL PROGRAM - As described above, the image processing apparatus scans an original document into scanned image data, and converts the scanned image data into converted image data having a data format that is suitable for a first process requested by a first processing request. In prior to receiving a subsequent processing request that follows the first processing request, the image processing apparatus generates converted image data from the scanned image data, which has a data format other than the data format of the converted image data generated for the first process, and stores the converted image data in a storage device. After the first process is executed, the image processing apparatus obtains the converted image data having a data format that is suitable for a subsequent process requested by a subsequent processing request, from the storage device, to perform the subsequent process.06-14-2012
20110134495ERECTING EQUAL-MAGNIFICATION LENS ARRAY PLATE, OPTICAL SCANNING UNIT, AND IMAGE READING DEVICE - An erecting equal-magnification lens array plate includes: a first lens array plate provided with a plurality of first lenses and a plurality of second lenses; a second lens array plate provided with a plurality of third lenses and a plurality of fourth lenses; a first light-shielding wall having a plurality of first through holes; and a second light-shielding wall having a plurality of second through holes. The first through hole and the second through hole each includes: a lateral wall portion; an annular inner projection portion provided to project from an end of the lateral wall portion; and an annular outer projection portion provided to project from an end of the lateral wall portion facing the lens. The inner projection portion and the outer projection portion are not formed with a surface parallel to an optical axis.06-09-2011
20110096373IMAGE READER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reader includes a cabinet and an optical system. The cabinet has four plate members fixed to each other by laser welding from a side direction of the image reader and has a bottom wall fixed to the four plate members by laser welding from a side direction or a lower direction of the image reader. The cabinet has a first opening for a document read window opening toward an upper direction of the image reader. Each of the plate members is bended in letter L shape to form an upper end part and a side wall. The optical system is housed in the cabinet for reading an image of a document through the opening.04-28-2011
20110096372HEND-HELD DEVICE FOR SCANNING AND TRANSFERRING INTO A COMPUTER APPLICATION - A hand-held device for scanning and subsequent transferring. The hand-held device has an optical scanning head integrated at a proximal end portion of a housing of the device, and a data transfer interface component integrated within the housing of the device. Displayed, printed, or written information may be read from a scannable medium by manually moving (or fixedly positioning) a proximal end of the hand-held device across (or on) the scannable medium over the information. The read information is electronically stored within the hand-held device, and the stored information may be transferred into a data field, selected by a user of the hand-held device, of a software application running on a separate processor-based apparatus.04-28-2011
20110080623IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM - The image display system includes an image reading apparatus having an image reading portion for reading a document to output as first image data, and a data output portion for outputting the first image data accompanied with a plurality of specific image data or locations of the plurality of specific image data and display information data including a display time and display order of each specific image data, and a display apparatus having an image display portion for displaying the specific image data based on display information data of the specific image data in displaying the first image data.04-07-2011
20110080622LIGHTING DEVICE AND DOCUMENT SCANNING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - A lighting device includes a light source, a housing, a heat radiator, and a connector. A part of heat generated by the light source is transmitted to the housing, and the housing radiates the part of the heat. Another part of the heat generated by the light source is transmitted to the heat radiator, and the heat radiator radiates the another part of the heat. The connector transmits heat from the housing to the heat radiator when a temperature of a portion of the housing around the connector is higher than a temperature of a portion of the heat radiator around the connector. The connector transmits heat from the heat radiator to the housing when the temperature of the portion of the heat radiator around the connector is higher than the temperature of the portion of the housing around the connector.04-07-2011
20100110503SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING LIGHT SOURCES IN MEASUREMENT OF A SURFACE IMAGE - A computer-implemented method for adjusting light intensity of light sources of an image measuring machine in measurement of a surface image of an object includes obtaining the surface image of the object, setting one light source to be adjusted and adjusting a light intensity of the light source according to an adjusting mode. The method further includes computing an optimum light intensity level, adjusting a light intensity to the optimum light intensity level to obtain an optimum surface image of the object, and storing the optimum surface image and the optimum light intensity level into a storage system.05-06-2010
20100110501METHOD OF CORRECTING SCAN DATA AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE TO PERFORM THE METHOD - A method of correcting scan data obtained by an image forming device including a scan glass having a specific damaged area, the method including generating first scan data by scanning a file placed on the scan glass, generating second scan data by rotating the file by a first angle and scanning the file, correcting the first data values of the first scan data scanned in the specific damaged area by using the second scan data, and storing the corrected first scan data.05-06-2010
20100214631METHOD OF SEQUENCING IMAGE DATA INSIDE MEMORY OF OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE - An image data sequencing method for a memory unit inside an optical scanning device. The image data sequencing method is particularly suitable for scanning a line of pixels with each pixel comprising a plurality of primary colors. The image data sequencing method involves scanning a line of pixels to obtain the data for a primary or secondary color. The pixels within the scan line are subdivided into groups. A storage space is reserved both before and after the address space inside the memory unit for holding the scanned primary or secondary color data so that all the primary or secondary color data constituting a pixel are in a fixed sequence next to each other inside the memory unit. When all the primary or secondary color data of pixels within a group are secured, the group of data is released from the memory unit.08-26-2010
20100214628SCANNING CONTROLLER, SCANNING APPARSTUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING THE SCANNING CONTROLLER - A scanning controller, a scanning apparatus and a method for performing the scanning controller are disclosed herein. The scanning controller includes an image data processing unit, a memory control unit, a dummy line control unit, a buffer condition control unit, a motor condition control unit, a motor controlling unit and a relation control unit. Based on at least one of several predetermined contrastive relationships among each stored data amount with regard to an image buffer and its corresponding motor move timing, the relation control unit controls generation of a motor move timing from the motor controlling unit to drive a motor with variance of a scanned data generation rate and simultaneously enable determination of the dummy line control unit on which part of scanned image data should be skipped by catching of the image data processing unit.08-26-2010
20080218812Metadata image processing - Embodiments including using metadata for image processing are disclosed.09-11-2008
20100165419IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An image reading device 07-01-2010
20100165421IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus obtains an image of an original area on the basis of a platen image obtained by reading an entire surface of a platen including an original placed on the platen. The image processing apparatus extracts a plurality of image areas included in the platen image, and determines whether each of the extracted image areas has a specific characteristic. The image processing apparatus judges that a rectangular area including all of the plurality of image areas is an original image in a case where at least one of the plurality of image areas has the specific characteristic, and judges that each of the plurality of image areas is an original image in a case where none of the plurality of image areas has the specific characteristic.07-01-2010
20100165420IMAGE PROCESSING APPRATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - Conventionally, in the case where multiple readings of a document are carried out in order to generate an output image, image processing to the super-resolution image has been started after waiting for completion of the multiple readings necessary for giving target resolution to the image after super-resolution processing. Therefore, a lot of times have been required for processing. In an image processing apparatus including: a document reading component configured to read a plurality of image data each having a different phase from a document by single scanning; a super-resolution processing component configured to generate super-resolution image data by using the plurality sheets of image data each having a different phase, so as to have resolution higher than those of the plurality of image data; and an image processing component configured to carry out multiple image processing to the super-resolution image data.07-01-2010
20100195165METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING SHOW-THROUGH FROM SCANNED IMAGE - Provided are a method and apparatus for removing show-through from a scanned image. The method includes scanning at least one line in a medium at a first intensity in a first scanning operation; scanning the at least one line in the scanning medium at a second intensity different from the first intensity, in a second scanning operation; and removing show-through from an image obtained during the first scanning operation based on a difference in a show-through effect between images obtained during the first and second scanning operations.08-05-2010
20090244650IMAGE SCANNER AND COPIER - An image scanner of the present invention includes a document feeder, a first scanning section, a start reception section, and a single mode execution section. The document feeder is configured to feed a sheet of document. The first scanning section is configured to scan an image on the document during movement of the document. The start reception section is configured to receive an instruction to start scanning the image on the document from a user. The single mode execution section is configured to execute a single mode to cause the document feeder and the first scanning section to perform scanning of an image on the document every time the start reception section receives the start instruction.10-01-2009
20110261419IMAGE-READING METHOD AND APPARATUS - An image-reading apparatus and method for controlling the image-reading apparatus including a document plate where an original document is placed, a line image sensor that reads an image on the document plate by scanning to obtain image data, a reference-setting image that is placed outside a region of the document plate at a position where the line image sensor is able to read the reference-setting image, and a control unit configured to set a reference position when the image sensor reads the image, wherein the control unit detects the reference-setting image from the image data and, depending on a power-on state of the image-reading apparatus, selects the manner in which the reference position is set based on the reference-setting image.10-27-2011
20110261418IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE - An image scanning device includes: a light source; a light guide for converting light from the light source into a linear light beam and applying the linear light beam onto a reading position; an image reading element for receiving the light beam reflected from the reading position; and a light intensity sensor for detecting an intensity of the light emitted from the light source.10-27-2011
20100142006ORIGINAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An original scanning apparatus is described that scans an original placed on an original placing plane line by line by moving a scanning unit including a plurality of light-receiving elements that are arranged in a prescribed direction in a direction perpendicular to the prescribed direction. The original scanning apparatus includes: a pattern unit that is provided in a vicinity of a side of the rectangular original placing plane extending along a moving direction of the scanning unit; a control unit configured to calculate drive information in the moving direction per line-scanning cycle of the scanning unit based on a result of scanning the pattern unit; and a driving circuit configured to feed back the calculated drive information so as to control the scanning unit to thereby drive the scanning unit in the moving direction.06-10-2010
20110149354IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image forming apparatus includes a cover member which is openable and closable with respect to main assembly of the image forming apparatus; and an image reading portion, movable to a first position and a second position which is retracted from an image forming portion more than the first position, for reading an image of an original. The cover member is movable to a first open position in which the cover member is open with respect to the main assembly and to a second open position in which the cover member is further open with respect to the main assembly. The image reading portion is movable from the first position to the second position in interrelation with movement of the cover member from a closed position, in which the cover member is closed with respect to the main assembly, toward the second open position, and is movable from the second position to the first position in interrelation with movement of the cover member from the second open position toward the closed position. The image reading portion is located at the first position during movement of the cover member from the closed position to the first open position and is moved from the first position to the second position in interrelation with the cover member during movement of the cover member from the first open position to the second open position.06-23-2011
20110149353CALIBRATION SURFACE AND PLATEN FOR AN IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - In one embodiment, a calibration surface for an image capture device includes a surface comprising glossy areas and matte areas. In another embodiment, a platen for supporting a document or other object to be imaged in an image capture device includes a flat surface having glossy areas and matte areas thereon. The surface may include, for example, a checkerboard or other pattern of alternating glossy white areas and matte white areas in which each glossy white area is surrounded by matte white areas and each matte white area is surrounded by glossy white areas.06-23-2011
20110188095IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image reading apparatus that improves reading productivity during simultaneous double-sided reading without leading to increases in the size and cost of the apparatus and a method for controlling the image reading apparatus are provided. To accomplish this, the image reading apparatus, in the case of a single-sided reading mode, controls the scanning speed of a first image reading unit to a first scanning speed and controls the distance between original document sheets to a first distance between original document sheets. On the other hand, in the case of a double-sided reading mode, the image reading apparatus controls the scanning speed of the first image reading unit to a second scanning speed that is the scanning speed of a second image reading unit and that is slower than the first scanning speed, and controls the distance to a second distance that is shorter than the first distance.08-04-2011
20110188094INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes: a document acceptance unit that accepts a plurality of documents; a reduction and display unit that reduces and displays the documents accepted by the document acceptance unit; a region designation unit that designates a region for one of the documents displayed by the reduction and display unit; a region image creation unit that creates an image corresponding to the region designated by the region designation unit for each of the documents accepted by the document acceptance unit based on a size of each of the documents displayed by the reduction and display unit; and a region image display unit that displays the images created by the region image creation unit in respective document positions corresponding to the documents displayed by the reduction and display unit.08-04-2011
20110188093Methods and Systems for No-Touch Scanning - Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for scanning a document wherein a scan function is invoked implicitly by a user positioning a document object, or document objects, to be scanned near an active surface of the scanner. According to one aspect of the present invention, the user's intent to scan a document object may be determined by an active-sensing pipeline.08-04-2011
20090174913IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - The invention aims to provide an image forming apparatus digitally correcting curve and inclination of a laser beam. To this end, provided is an image forming apparatus that corrects a position shift of a scan line in a sub-scanning direction.07-09-2009
20090174912METHOD OF EMBEDDING DATA IN ORIGINAL IMAGE WITH REDUCED EFFECT ON VISIBILITY OF ORIGINAL IMAGE - A PC generating image data divides data to be embedded into a predetermined size and arranges it in a predetermined area of a watermarking image. In the predetermined area are defined positions a-h assumed by an information dot configuring an information pattern based on the data to be embedded, and, of positions a-h, a position defined for the information pattern is assumed by a point dot. Of positions a-h, a position that is not defined for the information pattern is assumed by a linear dot. Furthermore in the predetermined area there is a position assumed by a positioning dot defining the predetermined area, and this position is assumed by a point dot. The linear dot has a geometry extending in one of the main scanning direction and vertical scanning direction of an image formation apparatus that allows higher performance in reproducibility for a line.07-09-2009
20090174911INFORMATION PROCESSOR, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An information processor includes: a first acquiring unit that acquires image information of a plurality of pages formed by reading copies of a plurality of pages with an image reading unit; a second acquiring unit that acquires image information composed of at least one page formed by reading the copy of at least one page selected from the copies of the plurality of pages by the image reading unit; and an outputting unit that outputs the image information composed of the plurality of pages divided in accordance with the page specified on the basis of the image information of at least one page of the image information of the plurality of pages.07-09-2009
20100027080DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS - A document reading apparatus includes a housing that has conductive characteristics, a platen that is provided with the housing and that has translucency, and an image reading unit that is arranged so as to be movable in the housing and that reads a document placed on the platen. In particular, at least one opening is provided in a region of the housing that overlaps with the image reading unit as viewed in a direction orthogonal to the platen.02-04-2010
20100027079OPTICAL READER, IMAGE READER AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An optical reader which reads image information on an original document by moving to the original document includes an illumination unit having at least one light source arranged on a substrate and illuminating the original document, a plurality of mirrors reflecting reflection light from the original document, a focusing lens focusing the reflection light from the original document reflected by the mirrors, and a photoelectric conversion element arranged in a focusing position of the focusing lens, a normal direction of an emission surface of the light source and a normal direction of a light-receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion element are the same direction, an original document reading position is set near an end portion of the optical reader in the normal direction.02-04-2010
20100020365METHOD OF PRESSURE DETECTION FOR SELECTIVE SCANNING OF A DOCUMENT - A method of scanning comprises detecting a document on a scanning device scanning surface, and detecting pressure on the scanning device scanning surface to scan a region of the document.01-28-2010
20100020368Image Scanning Apparatus, Computer Readable Medium, Image Management System, and Image Management Methods - An image scanning apparatus includes a scanning unit that scans an image from an image display medium optically and creates image data; a data comparison unit that compares the image data scanned by the scanning unit and image data recorded in a predetermined recording region; and a notification unit that notifies an operator depending on a result of comparison by the data comparison unit.01-28-2010
20100020364SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRINTING SYSTEM PROCESS MAGNIFICATION ADJUSTMENT - Document processing systems and duplex printing methods are presented in which side 01-28-2010
20100020367IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image reading device configured to read information of an object, including an imaging optical system configured to image an image of an object and an image-capturing device configured to image-capture at least a portion of the image imaged by the imaging optical system, wherein the imaging optical system includes a first optical system configured to image an intermediate image of the object and a second optical system configured to image the imaged image of the intermediate image.01-28-2010
20100302606PHASE ESTIMATION DISTORTION ANALYSIS - Disclosed is a method (12-02-2010
20120307320IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Image forming apparatus that forms an electrostatic latent image on a surface of a photosensitive member with a laser beam, including a generation unit configured to generate a high-speed clock and a low-speed clock mutually different in frequency, a scanning unit configured to perform scanning of the laser beam in a main scanning direction based on the low-speed clock, a detection unit configured to detect the laser beam during a scanning operation performed by the scanning unit, a first shift register unit configured to receive a detection signal from the detection unit according to the high-speed clock, and an output unit configured to receive a parallel output of the first shift register unit in synchronization with the low-speed clock and to output detection timing of the laser beam as a detection signal synchronized with the low-speed clock and a value corresponding to a shift number defined by the high-speed clock.12-06-2012
20120307318DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS - A document reading apparatus includes a document positioning plate on which a document is placed, an image-forming unit configured to cause a light from the document to form an image, a reading unit configured to receive the light from the document which has passed through the image-forming unit, a supporting member for supporting the image-forming unit, a fixing member for fixing a reading element, and a frame member for holding the image-forming unit, the supporting member, the reading element and the fixing member.12-06-2012
20110304892Image Reading Apparatus - Disclosed is an image reading apparatus which reads a document placed on a reading unit including a display input unit including a first display unit which displays information and an input unit to accept an input operation with respect to the first display unit; a document holder which sandwiches the document with the reading unit, a support which supports the document holder so as to rotate so that a facing state of the document holder with respect to the reading unit is switchable and a second display unit which includes a surface of the document holder which faces the reading unit and the second display unit carries out a display in the surface.12-15-2011
20120099162CASE FOR PORTABLE IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A carry case includes a body, a cover, and a lock unit. The body houses an image scanner. The cover is supported with respect to the body such that the cover can rotate around a longitudinal direction of the body. The lock unit locks the cover to the body in a closing state in which the cover covers the body after being rotated with respect to the body in an approaching direction along which the cover approaches the body. The cover is rotated with respect to the body in a withdrawing direction opposite to the approaching direction while the lock held by the lock unit is being released, so that the cover is developed to form a discharge path of a read medium.04-26-2012
20090059313SHEET FEEDING MECHANISM WITH DUPLEX PRINT FUNCTION AND RELATED PRINTER - A sheet feeding mechanism having a pickup roller, a switch device, and a gear set is disclosed. The pickup roller drives a recording material to a first path, and the recording material proceeds from the first path to a second path or from a third path to a fourth path when the switch device is switched to a first position, and proceeds from the first path to the third path when the switch device is switched to a second position. The gear set drives the recording material from the first path to the third path when the switch device is switched to the second position and drives the recording material from the first path to the second path, from the third path to the fourth path, and from the fourth path to the first path when the switch device is switched to the first position.03-05-2009
20120099160DOCUMENT READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A document reading device includes: a document reading device main body; and an opening/closing body with one end supported rotatably with respect to the document reading device main body while another end openably/closably provided, the other end of the opening/closing body being provided with a handgrip having a depression sloped toward inside of the opening/closing body in accordance with approach of the opening/closing body to the document reading device main body in a closed status with respect to the document reading device main body.04-26-2012
20120038955Image processing apparatus, method for controlling image processing apparatus, control program, and recording medium - An image processing apparatus is disclosed that includes an image processing unit section and an information processing unit section. The image processing unit section includes an image scanner that performs an image processing function and a SDK application that expands and controls the function of the image processing apparatus. The information processing unit section includes an operations panel that selectively performs operations between a basic application and the SDK application and a MFP service that transmits an instruction signal to the SDK application so as to control the image scanner in accordance with the operation on the operations panel. The information processing unit section confirms the corresponding relationship between the MFP service and the SDK application when the image processing apparatus performs a starting process and makes the SDK application correspond to the MFP service in accordance with the confirmation results.02-16-2012
20110069357PRINTING SYSTEM WITH IMPROVED SCANNING FUNCTIONALITY - A method and system including a scanning subsystem for scanning a plurality of documents with a plurality of corresponding images is presented. The system further includes an image generation subsystem for automatically generating (1) a plurality of thumbnail images corresponding to the plurality of documents scanned with the scanner, and (2) a mark sense area corresponding to each one of the plurality of thumbnail images. A printing subsystem is included for producing at least one print including the plurality of thumbnail images and a plurality of mark sense areas. A thumbnail selection module is also included that causes at least one of the plurality of corresponding images to be replaced when both the at least one print with one or more marked mark sense areas and at least one of the plurality of documents are scanned with the scanning subsystem.03-24-2011
20110075227IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE - An image scanning device includes a first image scanning unit, a second image scanning unit, a first storing unit, a second storing unit, a number of line determining unit, a determining unit, and a processing unit. The first image scanning unit is configured to scan an image on one of surfaces of an original document conveyed along a conveying path at a predetermined first scanning position to sequentially output image data on a line-by-line basis. The second image scanning unit is configured to scan an image on a remaining one of the surfaces of the original document conveyed along the conveying path at a predetermined second scanning position downstream along the conveying path from the first scanning position to sequentially output image data on a line-by-line basis. The first storing unit is configured to store the image data generated by the first image scanning unit. The second storing unit is configured to store the image data generated by the second image scanning unit. The number of line determining unit determines the number of lines of the image data that is stored in each of the first storing unit and the second storing unit. The determining unit executes a first determination to determine whether or not the number of lines of the image data stored in the first storing unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined number to obtain a first determination result, and executes a second determination to determine whether or not the number of lines of the image data stored in the second storing unit is greater than or equal to the predetermined number to obtain a second determination result. The determining unit executes the first determination and the second determination in alternation with each other. The processing unit is configured to be capable of reading out the image data on a line-by-line basis from each of the first storing unit and the second storing unit to image-process the readout data. The processing unit reads out the image data for the predetermined number of lines from the first storing unit and image-processes the readout data if the first determination result indicates that the number of lines of the image data stored in the first storing unit is greater than or equal to the predetermined number. The processing unit reads out the image data for the predetermined number of lines from the second storing unit and image-processes the readout data if the second determination result indicates that the number of lines of the image data stored in the second storing unit is greater than or equal to the predetermined number.03-31-2011
20100103481IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The present invention provides an image processing apparatus which processes a scanned image in which a document image is shown, and includes a reliability determining section and a display control section. The reliability determining section determines reliability of coincidences of respective first through fourth directions with a first reference direction, the first through fourth directions being perpendicular to or reverse to each other, the first reference direction being an upward direction of the document image. The display control section creates markers indicating the respective first through fourth directions, and causes a display device to display a preview image in which the markers and the scanned image overlap each other. Further, the display control section causes the markers to be displayed in respective different ways by changing respective densities in accordance with the reliability.04-29-2010
20110063693IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes: a driving unit that drives a photoelectric conversion element by a clock; a signal generating unit that generates an analog signal; an amplification inversion unit that amplifies an alternating current component of the analog signal with an amplification factor by a setting value that is set from outside, and that switches the alternating current component between inversion and non-inversion; a signal superimposing unit that superimposes the analog image signal on an analog signal that is output from the amplification inversion unit; and a controlling unit that converts analog image signal that is superimposed by the signal superimposing unit into a digital image signal by using the analog-digital converter, and that controls the amplification factor and the inversion and non-inversion of the amplification inversion unit based on a feature amount that appears on the digital image signal.03-17-2011
20110063691OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A light scanning apparatus comprises a light source unit, a deflection unit, an incident optical system, and an imaging optical system including a transmission type imaging optical element and a reflection optical element are provided. A light beam deflected for scanning by the deflection unit passes through the imaging optical element in order of a first and a second transmission surfaces, and then passes through the imaging optical element again a third and fourth transmission surfaces. The first and fourth transmission surfaces of the imaging optical element are different in shape from another in the sub-scanning direction. Respective components are set so that, in a sub-scanning section, the light beam deflected for scanning is turned back by the reflection optical element and refracted/diffracted at the first transmission surface in a direction in which a reflected light beam passes through the third transmission surface, and that predetermined Conditional Expression is satisfied.03-17-2011
20110317227IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a scanner, a setting unit, and a control unit. The scanner is configured to read a document. The setting unit is configured to receive an instruction to append a display image to a signature field of a PDF. The control unit is configured to generate the PDF by appending the display image to the signature field, for the document.12-29-2011
20110317226SCAN ASSISTING FIXING DEVICE AND SCANNER USING THE SAME - A scan assisting fixing device and a scanner using the same are provided. The fixing device is for fixing an object to be scanned, which includes a scanning portion and a holding portion. The fixing device includes an accommodation region, a scan window and a protrusion portion. When the holding portion is loaded in the accommodation region, the scanning portion correspondingly disposed in the scan window is retained and fixed by the protrusion portion, and the position of the holding portion in the fixing device is constant, so that the scanning portion is always within the range of the field depth of the scanner regardless of the specification of the positive film holder, and the clarity of the scanned image is assured.12-29-2011
20110317225Image Forming Device with an Adjustable Scan Unit - An image forming device including a print unit having a housing and a scan unit disposed on the top surface of the housing. The scan unit is coupled to the housing such that the scan unit is operable to scan an image in an upright position and in a horizontal position. The coupling includes the scan unit slidingly engaging with the print unit along a first edge of the scan unit. A linkage member is pivotably coupled to the scan unit and the print unit for supporting the scan unit in the upright position.12-29-2011
20120044545METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY IDENTIFYING SCAN AREA - In accordance with the present invention, a method for automatically identifying a scan area by a scanner is disclosed. The method comprises steps of scanning an original comprising an object, identifying the original to establish a location and a profile of the object in the original, displaying a preview window corresponding to the original, wherein a location and a profile of a confined area is exactly the location and the profile of the object, receiving a framed area selected from the preview window by user, wherein a portion of the framed area beyond the confined area is automatically removed to generate a scan area, and scanning the scan area. The present invention can also extend to a method for selecting a scan area by a user and a scanner with a feature of automatically identifying a scan area.02-23-2012
20120044544IMAGE SCANNER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION GENERATING METHOD FOR ADJUSTING IMAGE SCANNER - An image scanner includes: a light source that irradiates, with light, a recording medium on which an image is formed; a light receiving portion that receives light reflected by the recording medium; a reflecting portion that has plural reflecting surfaces respectively disposed at positions having different distances in an optical axis direction from the light receiving portion; and a processing portion that generates information on the image formed on the recording medium and information for measuring illumination depth of the light source, by use of the light received by the light receiving portion.02-23-2012
20120062963LASER SCANNER ASSEMBLY - A laser scanner assembly for obtaining data to generate one or more three-dimensional clouds of data describing one or more submerged surfaces. The laser scanner assembly includes a housing subassembly with one or more body elements defining one or more cavities therein and comprising at least one window element therein at least partially defining the cavity, a light-generating subassembly positioned in the cavity having a laser source for generating laser light and a means for configuring the laser light into a fan configuration, and one or more optical sensors positioned in the cavity. The laser scanner assembly also includes means for moving the light-generating subassembly relative to the submerged surface, for illuminating illuminated points respectively, and means for determining the data for locating each illuminated point respectively utilizable for generating the three-dimensional cloud of data by using a baseline distance and first and second angles for each illuminated point respectively.03-15-2012
20120008175Calibration Mechanism And Scanner Has The Calibration Mechanism - A calibration mechanism is positioned in a scanning device having a scanning module for scanning a document. The scanning module defines a scanning line perpendicular to a scanned area of the document. The calibration mechanism includes a calibration unit, a supporting unit supporting the calibration unit, and a driving unit. The calibration unit is positioned to face the scanning module and aligned with the scanning line. The driving unit drives the calibration unit to move to close to the scanning module and away from the scanning module along the scanning line. The scanning module obtains great brightness value by scanning the calibration unit, if the calibration unit is close to the scanning module. The scanning module obtains small brightness value by scanning the calibration unit, if the calibration unit is far from the scanning module. Since, the calibration unit can represented as different colors and gray scales.01-12-2012
20120008176IMAGE READING METHOD, IMAGE READING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - The purpose of this invention is to facilitate visually grasping the progress of reading during reading of a plurality of images. To accomplish this, when placing a plurality of images on an original table and scanning and reading them, display is made to allow a user to grasp which image on a preview screen corresponds to the image under scan. In addition, after the start of main scan, the user can designate an image on the preview screen and cancel scan of the image and change the scan sequence.01-12-2012
20120113482IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes an apparatus body; a transport device that is openable and closable; an image reading unit disposed in one of the apparatus body and the transport device and reading an image of the document transported by the transport device; a member to be read that is disposed in the other of the apparatus body and the transport device at a position opposite the image reading unit when the transport device is closed, the member to be read being read by the image reading unit; and a control unit that causes the image reading unit to read the member to be read at a predetermined time, and if the transport device is open at the predetermined time, causes the image reading unit to read the member to be read when the document is transported by the transport device.05-10-2012
20120113481IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading device includes a light guiding unit, a pair of light sources, and a light receiving unit. The light guiding unit has incident surfaces, on which light is incident, at both ends, extends in a main scanning direction, and causes light incident on one of the incident surfaces to be reflected, to propagate toward the other of the incident surfaces, and to be applied from a peripheral surface of the light guiding unit onto a document table. The pair of light sources cause light to be incident on the incident surfaces at both the ends of the light guiding unit. The light receiving unit receives, via an optical system, light emitted from the peripheral surface of the light guiding unit and reflected by a document on the document table.05-10-2012
20120206778IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND A DOCUMENT SCANNING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME - An image processing apparatus according to the present invention has an effect which enables to obtain a cutout image by directly specifying an area with a pointer such as a finger or the like on a paper surface of a document such as a book or the like. The present invention is useful as an image processing apparatus and a document scanning system having the same, the image processing apparatus processing an image obtained by scanning a paper surface of a document such as a book or the like.08-16-2012
20120206777IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND MALTIFUNCTION APPARATUS - An image capture apparatus includes a platen, an image capturing device movable with respect to the platen along a movement direction and configured to capture an image of a medium placed on the platen, and an attached member provided adjacent to the platen. The attached member or the image capturing device includes an inclined edge inclined with respect to a movement direction of the image capturing device.08-16-2012
20100214627SCANNING APPARATUS FOR BOUND DOCUMENT - A scanning apparatus for scanning a bound document includes a scanning flatbed, a lighting device, and a scanning head assembly. The scanning flatbed includes a platen and an inclined plane, wherein the platen is adjoined with the inclined plane, and the platen supports a document to be scanned. The lighting device, facing the scanning flatbed, projects light onto the document, wherein the lighting device includes a first portion and a second portion, and the first portion and the second portion respectively comprise a plurality of LEDs arranged in an array. The scanning head assembly, coupled to the lighting device, scans the document. The first portion is located closer to the inclined plane than the second portion, and intervals between the LEDs of the first portion are smaller than intervals between the LEDs of the second portion.08-26-2010
20120154877IMAGE SENSOR UNIT AND IMAGE READING APPARARTUS USING THE SAME - An image sensor unit includes: a light source including a light emitting element on a light emitting surface; a light guide that causes light from the light source to be incident on a light incident surface facing to the light emitting surface, ejects the light from a light ejecting surface and illuminates a document; a rod lens array that images reflected light from the document; a sensor substrate on which a photoelectric conversion element is mounted, the photoelectric conversion element converting the reflected light imaged by the rod lens array into an electric signal; and a frame that supports the light source, the light guide, the rod lens array and the sensor substrate, wherein positioning sections are provided on an opposite side of the light emitting surface of the light source and at a part of the frame which is disposed at the opposite side of the light emitting surface.06-21-2012
20120026557CALIBRATING AND POSITIONING STRUCTURE OF SCANNING APPARATUS - A calibrating and positioning structure of a scanning apparatus is provided. The scanning apparatus includes a scanning platform and a scanning window. The scanning window has a wide edge. The calibrating and positioning structure includes a calibrating part and at least one positioning part. The calibrating part is disposed on the scanning platform, and aligned with the wide edge of the scanning window. The at least one positioning part is partially overlapped with the calibrating part, wherein the positioning part is not aligned with the wide edge of the scanning window.02-02-2012
20120026558Image Reading Apparatus and Image Forming Apparatus - An image forming apparatus is provided with a document receiving portion that receives a document, and an image reader that moves between a first end position of the document receiving portion and a second end position opposite to the first end position. The image reader reads the image of the document on the document receiving portion while moving in a predetermined direction. A cable is provided having an end connected to the image reader. A cable protrusion and a regulation protrusion are configured such that, along with movement of the image reader in the predetermined direction from the first position to the second position, the cable protrusion moves a predetermined distance in the predetermined direction and contacts the regulation protrusion, and the regulation protrusion regulates a further movement of the cable in the predetermined direction.02-02-2012
20090135454Digital Tracing Device for Digitizing and Displaying a Document - A digital tracing method and device, comprising a flat acquisition element (05-28-2009
20090135453IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE READING DEVICE - There is provided an image sensor in which an enlargement of a substrate width is not caused even in a case that a rod-shaped light source is provided on both sides of a resin lens plate, respectively, and in which a positional accuracy of component is superior. The image sensor comprises a rod-shaped light source for irradiating light to an original placed on an original glass plate, an imaging optics for focusing light reflected on the original, and a light-receiving element for receiving light passing through the imaging optics, the light-receiving element being positioned at a predetermined location on a substrate which is provided with through holes for terminals of lead frames of the rod-shaped light source. The terminals of lead frames of the rod-shaped light source are bent toward the center of the substrate to be connected with the through holes.05-28-2009
20120105921IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a storage unit, a conveyance unit configured to convey a document, a reading unit configured to read an image of the document line by line in a main scanning direction, a check unit configured to check a free space of the storage unit, a detection unit configured to generate detection processing data for determining a position of a portion of the image in the main scanning direction of the reading unit where the image cannot be read correctly and to detect the position using the detection processing data, both in response to the free space of the storage unit being sufficient to store the detection processing data, and a correction unit configured to correct a pixel value of the portion corresponding to the position detected by the detection unit in the image read by the reading unit.05-03-2012
20110090543IMAGE READING SYSTEM, IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE READING METHOD - An imaging reading device that is connected to a network, reads an original sheet and transmits image data of the read original sheet to a terminal device that is connected to the network includes: a pull scanning section that reads the original sheet on the basis of preset reading settings and transmits the image data of the read original sheet to the terminal device when the pull scanning section receives a read command from the terminal device; a storage section that stores the reading settings; a push scanning section that reads the original sheet on the basis of reading settings selected from among the reading settings stored in the storage section and transmits the image data of the read original sheet to the terminal device when the terminal device is specified as a destination device and the push scanning section is instructed to read the original sheet.04-21-2011
20110090542IMAGE-DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image-data processing apparatus includes a writer which writes image data into a memory according to a non-interlaced-scanning or an interlaced-scanning of each N line. An updater updates a cumulative zoom coefficient by accumulating, for each line, a decimal portion of the cumulative zoom coefficient to a first numerical value corresponding to the zoom coefficient. An accumulator accumulates, for each line, a second numerical value corresponding to an integer portion of the cumulative zoom coefficient. A reader reads out image data in a line corresponding to an accumulated value of the accumulator. A first setter sets N-times the zoom coefficient to the first numerical value in the non-interlaced-scanning, and sets the zoom coefficient to the first numerical value in the interlaced-scanning. A second setter sets an integer portion to the second numerical value in the non-interlaced-scanning, and sets N-times the integer portion to the second numerical value in the interlaced-scanning.04-21-2011
20110090541FINGERPRINT SCANNING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Embodiments relate to methods and systems for gathering, archiving, transmitting, and processing forensic and latent fingerprints. An integrated forensic fingerprint scanning system is provided that includes a number of features for use with forensic-quality fingerprinting. One set of features of embodiments of the portable forensic fingerprint scanning system provides real-time feedback for accurate fingerprinting and training, including visual and/or audio feedback. Another set of features provides cadence-based functionality for improving fingerprinting results. Another set of features provides cryptographic-based approaches to secure highly sensitive collected fingerprint information against loss, theft, or surreptitious modification or tampering. Yet another set of features provides latent fingerprint collections and processing. Still another set of features provides various databasing functions, including centralized storage, data sharing, secure networking, etc. And another set of features provides compatibility with a large variety of jurisdiction-specific inputs and/or outputs, including linguistic interactivity, alerts, print cards, etc.04-21-2011
20120300268INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus, including a reading apparatus which reads an electronic recording card, is disclosed. The apparatus includes a reading unit which reads the electronic recording card via the reading apparatus and obtains read information; a generating unit which generates user management information of a user who owns the electronic recording card based on the read information obtained by the reading unit; and a holding unit which holds the user management information generated by the generating unit in a predetermined storage area.11-29-2012
20110102862Illuminating device - A illuminating device used for an document reading apparatus that has two rod shape light guides and light emitting elements where each of the light guides has a light emitting face and two flat light reflection faces, which may have a group of minute prisms that are formed along the longitudinal direction of the faces, and where light from each light emitting element is guided in the longitudinal direction by the light guide and reflected by that faces, such that the light is emitted from the light emitting face of each light guide and a virtual plane that is vertical to a longitudinal direction of each of the two light guides has two light intensity peaks.05-05-2011
20110102861Mobile optical scanning system - A self-contained mobile optical scanning system having an image scanner contained within a hollow inside space defined by mated engagement of an upper housing and a lower housing having corresponding upper and lower transparent windows having reduced margins and a scanning control interface rotatable through the enclosed space which allows scanning through the upper transparent window in either the upright or inverted condition by alignment of viewable indicator marks and overlap indicators in relation to an article which allows stitched alignment of a plurality of scanning cycles to generate images embeddable with metadata or data files.05-05-2011
20110032582SCANNING DEVICE - The invention is directed to a scanning device including an image sensing module, a first carrier, a second carrier and a holder. The image sensing module includes an image sensor for reading the image of an original document. The first carrier is for carrying the original document in a dynamic scanning mode. The second carrier is for carrying the original document in a static scanning mode. The holder, used for fixing the first carrier and the second carrier, includes a transitional portion disposed between the first carrier and the second carrier. There are a first distance between the image sensor and the bottom surface of the first carrier and a second distance between the image sensor and the bottom surface of the second carrier, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance. The dual-mode design facilitates the assembly of carriers and avoids the dust entering the scanning device.02-10-2011
20120120459IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A cover member holds an optical scanning device and is supported on A main body in such a manner as to be pivotable between an open position and a closed position. The optical scanning device has a shutter member, a housing, and a dustproof member. The main body has a contact member which is capable of coming into contact with the shutter member through an opening. The contact member causes the shutter member to be displaced between an optical path closing position and an optical path opening position. The shutter member includes a closing portion which closes the opening when the shutter member assumes the optical path closing position. The dustproof member is disposed to extend around the opening on the outside and is configured to press against an entire periphery of the contact member when the cover member assumes the closed position.05-17-2012
20120120461COMPLEX APPARATUS - A complex apparatus includes a recording device including a recording unit that executes recording on a medium; an image reading device, provided so as to be freely openable/closable with respect to the upper portion of the recording device via a hinge portion, including an image reading unit that reads an image; a first contact portion, provided in the image reading device, that makes contact with a housing of the recording device when the image reading device is in a closed state; a second contact portion, provided in the housing of the recording device, that makes contact with the first contact portion when the image reading device is in a closed state; and a third contact portion, provided in an apparatus frame that holds the recording unit, that makes contact with the housing of the recording device at the lower area of the second contact portion.05-17-2012
20120314263PRESSING PLATE - A pressing plate is used for an overhead scanner. The overhead scanner includes an imaging unit that images a medium to be read that is placed on a placement surface located under the imaging unit in the vertical direction and a light source that irradiates the medium to be read with light. The pressing plate includes a pressing plate main body for pressing the medium to be read from an upper side in the vertical direction and a plurality of anti-glare units arranged inside the pressing plate main body. The pressing plate main body is light transmissive. The anti-glare units block light reflected toward a side opposite to an incident light side from the light source, with respect to a vertical axis, among light reflected from the medium.12-13-2012
20100091344APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR DETECTING ARTICLE MULTIFEED - A document processing device that processes a plurality of articles and is capable of detecting a multifeed or a condition that may represent a multifeed may be configured to determine criteria of the multifeed or condition. This is particularly useful for configuring the document processing device to ignore multifeeds or conditions that are considered acceptable. For instance, a user may set predefined overlap criteria. If a detected multifeed criteria or condition criteria meets the predefined overlap criteria, a detection of the multifeed or condition may be ignored. However, if it does not meet the predefined overlap criteria, the detection of the multifeed or condition may cause the document processing device to take predetermined post-processing actions, for example to set an alarm message or halt operation entirely. Alternatively, if a condition is expected, predetermined post-processing actions can be taken if the condition is not detected or does not meet the specified criteria.04-15-2010
20120250107IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a header acquiring part, a table connection determining part, and a table connecting part. The header acquiring part acquires a header from a table, having rows and columns, included in each of plural pieces of image data arranged in a predetermined order. The table connection determining part determines whether the headers acquired from the tables match one another and determines, as a set of tables to be connected, adjacent tables having the matching headers. The table connecting part deletes the header from each of one or more second tables and connects a first table and the one or more second tables to each other in accordance with the predetermined order. The first table is included in a first piece of pieces of image data of the determined set of tables in the predetermined order.10-04-2012
20100245940U-SHAPE OPTICAL PATH IMAGE SCANNING METHOD AND SCANNING MODULE THEREOF - The present invention discloses a U-shape optical path image scanning method and a scanning module thereof, in which an image of a document is reflected by a plurality of reflection mirrors to form image beams, and the image beams which enter the scanning module and the image beams which enter the pickup lens form a U-shape optical path. Optical axis of the pickup lens and the scanning module are parallel to the image of the document so as to prevent scattered beams from entering the pickup lens or forming a ghost image. Accordingly, the depth of field not only can be increased by increasing the length of the optical path in a limited space, but the pickup lens and the image sensor also can be easily adjusted in manufacture or assembly to reduce the assembly complexity and improve the mass production rate.09-30-2010
20100245937Method and System for Improving Output Quality of Image Forming Devices - The invention includes a method and system for improving the output quality of an image forming device. The method includes comparing an amount of speckle present in the images with a predefined amount of speckle. Thereafter, it is evaluated whether an adjustment of an angle of inclination of an image capture assembly in the image forming device is required for improving the output quality of the images. Accordingly, the height of one or more spacers of a spacer assembly may be altered for inclining the image capture assembly with respect to a transparent surface on which an object to be scanned by the image forming device is placed. The height of the spacer assembly may be adjustable by a user or pre-set to an optimum level for reducing the speckle to a value less than or equal to the predefined amount of speckle.09-30-2010
20100245939STRUCTURE FOR HOLDING OPTICAL COMPONENT, AND OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A structure for holding an optical component, includes: first and second flat plate portions provided in a state where the portions stand on a base plate, opposed to each other in a state where the flat plate portions are coupled to each other, and constituting first and second hierarchies, respectively; first and second positioning portions that are provided at the first flat plate portion, and that determine positions of directions of first and second coordinate axes of first, second, and third coordinate axes that intersect with each other; a third positioning portion that is provided at the second flat plate portion, and that determines a position of a direction of the third coordinate axis of the first, second, and third coordinate axes that intersect with each other; and a holding portion coupled to the first flat plate portion or the second flat plate portion, and holding the optical component.09-30-2010
20100245941METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING DEFECTIVE LIQUID EJECTION - A method for detecting defective liquid ejection includes: reading an image with a sensor, the image being formed on a medium on the basis of image data by ejecting liquid from a nozzle while relatively moving the nozzle in a direction of relative movement with respect to the medium; specifying a maximum pixel among pixels of read data continuously arrayed in rows in a direction intersecting the direction of the relative movement in the data read with the sensor, the maximum pixel having the maximum pixel value among pixels of the read data; selecting a selected pixel in the data read with the sensor, the selected pixel being included in a line constituted by a plurality of pixels including the maximum pixel arrayed in line in the direction of the relative movement; and detecting defective liquid ejection in the nozzle by comparing the selected pixel with the pixel of the image data corresponding to the selected pixel in the image data.09-30-2010
20100245938SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STORING ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS - Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for storing electronic documents. In particular, various embodiments provide systems and methods that use profiles defining one or more attributes to generate file names and folders for storing the electronic documents. Further embodiments provide systems and methods for storing one or more records related to the electronic documents in one or more tables based on the profiles. In various embodiments, these records are used to manage the storage of the documents in the system and to help in locating and retrieving the documents from the system.09-30-2010
20120127542IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING CIRCUIT - Provided is an image capturing apparatus for capturing an image of a target object by optically scanning the target object by moving in a predetermined scanning direction. The apparatus includes a light-receiving device that is disposed on a light-receiving surface of the image capturing apparatus and accumulates an electric charge according to an amount of light received from a light detection window, a length of which in the scanning direction is shorter than a length in the scanning direction of an area defined as one pixel of the target object; and an output device that outputs the electric charge accumulated by the light-receiving device when the light-receiving device has completed the optical scanning of the area defined as one pixel.05-24-2012
20100214629DOCUMENT IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A document imaging system is configured to allow scanning and transmission of document images. A scanner system images a document and wirelessly transmits the image to a personal digital assistant (PDA). The PDA transmits the image to a document server located on a network. An authenticated user may then retrieve a scanned document image from the document server via the network. Because the scanner system and/or PDA may be located in a remote location, remote documents may be quickly presented for viewing by a user.08-26-2010
20120162723OPTICAL DEVICE, OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An optical device is disclosed, including a surface emitting laser element having a surface emitting laser which emits a light in a direction which is perpendicular to a substrate face; a light receiving element which monitors the light of the surface emitting laser; a package provided with a region on which the surface emitting laser element and the light receiving element are provided; and a lid which has a window through which passes the light of the surface emitting laser, the window being formed with a transparent member, and which covers the surface emitting laser element and the light receiving element.06-28-2012
20120162722Mounting Bracket for Image Sensing Unit of a Scanner - A mounting bracket for an image sensing unit of a scanner according to one example embodiment includes a first portion and a second portion extending from the first portion. The first portion has a plurality of elongated holes therein each for receiving a fastener to mount the mounting bracket to a scan head frame. The second portion includes a cutout section therein for allowing an image sensor of the image sensing unit to receive an image from an optical unit of the scanner. A pivot hole in the first portion is centered about a width of the cutout section. When the mounting bracket is mounted on the scan head frame, the elongated holes in the first portion permit linear adjustment of the mounting bracket relative to the scan head frame and the pivot hole permits angular adjustment of the mounting bracket relative to the scan head frame.06-28-2012
20100208310IMAGE READING APPARATUS - The image reading apparatus is provided with: a manuscript table on which a manuscript is placed; a reflection mirror that moves relative to the manuscript table, and that reflects light which is emitted to and then reflected by the manuscript placed on the manuscript table; an image data generating unit that includes plural light receiving pixels receiving the light reflected by the reflection mirror, and that generates image data on the basis of the light received by the plural light receiving pixels; and a positional information acquiring unit that acquires the image data generated by the image data generating unit with movement of the reflection mirror, and that acquires, on the basis of a density value of each pixel in the image data, information on a position of a pixel affected by an adhesion substance adhering to the reflection mirror.08-19-2010
20110181922IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus 07-28-2011
20110181921IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCUDING THE SAME - An image reading apparatus of the present invention includes a photoelectric transducer that performs reading scanning along a main scanning line and reads an original, the image reading apparatus obtaining a white shading level of pixels based on an output level of the photoelectric transducer obtained when a reference white is read, obtaining a black shading level of the pixels based on an output level of the photoelectric transducer obtained when a black reference is read or obtained in a dark condition, and correcting the output level of the photoelectric transducer obtained when an original image is read with the use of the white shading level and the black shading level, and the image reading apparatus further comprising a correction unit that obtains a variation amount of the white shading level between a pixel and other pixels in the vicinity of that pixel for each of pixels on the main scanning line, determines whether the variation amount exceeds a pre-set threshold value, and when the correction unit determines that the variation amount exceeds the threshold value, corrects the black shading level of the pixel subject to that determination to increase the black shading level.07-28-2011
20110181920IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image reading apparatus and a control method thereof, which enable accurate determination of a document size. The image reading apparatus includes a cover provided with a mark pattern having a preset length to sense a width of a document, a light source to irradiate light to a region where the mark pattern is formed, an image sensor to produce an image upon receiving the light reflected from the region where the mark pattern is formed, and a controller to determine the width of the document based on a length of a region of the produced image where a constant pixel value is sensed.07-28-2011
20120212788CONTROL DEVICE CONTROLLING SCAN OPERATION - In a control device, the scan control unit controls a scanning operation in which data is to be generated by reading a document. The data format selecting unit selects one of a first format or a second format different from the first format as a data format in which the data is to be generated. The resolution setting unit sets a reading resolution based on the data format. The resolution setting unit sets a first resolution as the reading resolution when the data format selecting unit selects the first format whereas the resolution setting unit sets a second resolution different from the first resolution as the reading resolution when the data format selecting unit selects the second format. The scan control unit controls the scanning operation to read the document in the reading resolution set by the resolution setting unit.08-23-2012
20120133997IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a light guide arranged between a light source and a document. The light guide has a light incident surface at a side of the light source, light from the light source, is incident, a first light emitting surface at a side of the document, a second light emitting surface different from the first light emitting surface, a first reflecting surface between the first and second light emitting surfaces, a second reflecting surface between the light incident surface and the second light emitting surface, and a third reflecting surface facing the second reflecting surface. The first reflecting surface reflects light toward the first light emitting surface. The second reflecting surface reflects light toward one of the second light emitting surface and the first and third reflecting surfaces. The third reflecting surface reflects light toward the second light emitting surface or the first reflecting surface.05-31-2012
20090059314Scanning method for scanning device communicating with computer - A scanning method for a scanning device communicating with a computer is provided. The scanning method comprises the following steps: executing a scanning program of a computer to connect a scanning device to the computer; initiating a scanning operation by the scanning device; performing the scanning operation by the scanning device to produce a scan image corresponding to an original; and transmitting the scan image to the computer by the scanning device.03-05-2009
20090059317Image Reading Apparatus - An image reading apparatus is configured to read an image of a document. The image reading apparatus includes a main body, a document receiving surface configured to receive a document to be read, an operation panel disposed on the main body and a document cover configured to move between a first position covering the document receiving surface and a second position exposing the document receiving surface. The operation panel has a first inclined surface inclined relative to the document receiving surface and operation keys arranged on the first inclined surface. The document cover has a second inclined surface inclined relative to the document receiving surface. When the document cover is in the first position, the second inclined surface may generally align with the first inclined surface, may be immediately adjacent to the first inclined surface, and may be inclined less than the first inclined surface relative to the document receiving surface.03-05-2009
20090059316Enhanced Scanner Design - Improved scanner designs are provided to improve imaging and reduce errors during the scanning process. Embodiments disclosed include, for example, the use of dual cameras to improve imagery and reduce the scanner enclosure size, synchronized lighting techniques during the scanning sequence, shielded lens for the camera scanner, a scanner enclosed on at least three sides, adjustments to scanner lighting based on the levels of ambient lighting, a combined branding and scanner apparatus, a gimbaled scanner mount, and a tilted platen with stop for document alignment.03-05-2009
20090059315IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A control unit inputs a control signal depending on whether reading at a high resolution is selected or reading at a low resolution is selected in an image reading unit. A first delay circuit and a second delay circuit output image data that is captured by a first CCD line sensor and a second CCD line sensor to an adder after retaining the image data for a time in accordance with the input control signal. The adder generates color image data by adding the image data that is captured by the first CCD line sensor to the image data that is captured by the second CCD line sensor.03-05-2009
20120250106METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR UPDATING AN APPLICATION ON A MOBILE DEVICE - The instant disclosure is related to updating an application on a mobile device without using mobile network bandwidth. The mobile device initiates the application to be updated on the mobile device to scan an encoded image of a predetermined pattern from a source. It is followed by decoding of the scanned image to extract information required to update the application. And then, updating the application on the mobile device based on the extracted information.10-04-2012
20120170082METHOD FOR DETECTING BLANK PAGES, AND CORRESPONDING MULTIFUNCTIONAL MACHINE - The invention relates to a method for detecting blank pages among sheets of a document scanned on a multifunctional machine comprising a scanner, wherein said scanner: scans (S07-05-2012
20120314264IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a main body, a rotation unit supported on the main body so as to be rotatable around a rotation axis, an imaging unit that is mounted on the rotation unit at an outward position in a radial direction of the rotation axis and images a medium to be read that is placed on a placement surface located under the rotation unit in the vertical direction, and a light source that irradiates the medium to be read with light. The light source and the imaging unit can be arranged with a relative positional relationship capable of suppressing specular reflected light of light that is emitted from the light source and reflected by the medium to be read from being incident on the imaging unit.12-13-2012
20120075679IMAGE CAPTURE OF SUBJECT REGION AND CONTROL REGION - A device includes a processing system having a processor and a memory and an image capture component coupled to the processing system. The image capture component is configured to receive an image of a subject region within a field of view and an image of a control region within the field of view. The processing system is configured to process the image of the control region as a user input for processing the image of the subject region.03-29-2012
20120236370Records Management System and Method with Excerpts - A records management system and method that permits paper records to be tagged, stored and retrieved according to user criteria. The system includes a scanning module, a central server, one or more user workstations and an optical character recognition server. After scanning, the records may then be serialized and categorized by project, and then supplemented automatically by the system with a hypertext data file. The system provides for the manual input of additional hypertext data and merger of the hypertext data file with other records in the project. The end user may then search and/or filter records according to information contained in the hypertext data file. Output from the system may include summary excerpts whereby summaries for data contained in select pages of each document in a project are associated with at least dates, page numbers, and providers for the data.09-20-2012
20120236369COLOR IMAGING ARCHIVAL SYSTEM - A system for the long-term storage and high-speed retrieval of color images stored on semiconductor substrates. The images are stored on semiconductor substrates by utilizing semiconductor fabrication techniques to produce a plurality of images. A transparent thin-film dielectric varies in thickness to product a color palette.09-20-2012
20100271670Method and Device for Optically Scanning an Object and Device - A method and device for optically scanning an object is provided. A detection device optically scans a scanning region of the object by displacing the detection device and the object relative to one another into successive scanning positions spaced apart by a scanning step size along a scanning direction in an object plane. An optical imaging device generates a plurality of scanned images by imaging a partial scanning region from the object plane onto a detection surface in an image plane in the scanning positions. The plurality of scanned images are broken down into scanned part images and are combined to generate combined result images. At least one object measurement image is selected from the combined result images in accordance with one or more predetermined selection criteria.10-28-2010
20100271669IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION REGISTRATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image forming apparatus includes an operating and display unit that displays information and receives inputs entered by a user; a display control unit that displays, on the operating and display unit, a detailed display, on which setting contents of setting items are specifiable, and a simplified display that contains function-selection information that represents setting contents of a predetermined setting item among the setting items displayed on the detailed display in a manner that setting contents of the predetermined setting item are specifiable; an input control unit that receives selection of a desired setting item made on the detailed display displayed on the operating and display unit; and a registration unit that registers the function-selection information of the setting item, the selection of which has been received, on the simplified display.10-28-2010
20110096371DUPLEX SCANNING - In one embodiment, a method for duplex scanning includes: illuminating a first side of an object with light of a first color from a group of colors; sensing the first color light reflected from the first side; illuminating a second side of the object opposite the first side with light of a second color from the group of colors simultaneously with the act of illuminating the first side with the first color light; and sensing the second color light reflected from the second side. In another embodiment, a duplex scanning method includes simultaneously illuminating each side of a document sequentially with each of multiple colors of light but in different color sequences for each side of the document so that the same color light does not illuminate both sides of the document at the same time.04-28-2011
20100007928INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE INPUT APPARATUS, DOCUMENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - Upon a user selecting and associating document data and a digital multifunction peripheral on a computer screen, the document data associated with the selected digital multifunction peripheral 01-14-2010
20090296166Point of scan/copy redaction - A method including scanning a document by a scanner to form a scanned document; determining a form of the document; and redacting a cell of the scanned document based upon the determined form of the document to thereby form a scanned redacted document.12-03-2009
20120314265COMPONENT IMAGING METHOD, COMPONENT IMAGING DEVICE, AND COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE HAVING COMPONENT IMAGING DEVICE - A component imaging method includes: an imaging preparation step of obtaining, for each of the plurality of components, an optimum lighting intensity; a component imaging step of using a line sensor and a lighting device, to integrally move the components relative to this line sensor, with the components being aligned in a main scanning direction of the line sensor, and to acquire images of the components while switching a lighting intensity of the lighting device sequentially to the optimum lighting intensity of each of the components for each imaging line; and an image processing step of compensating a line image, which is imaged at a lighting intensity other than the optimum lighting intensities, on the basis of a ratio of the lighting intensity at which the line image is obtained and the optimum lighting intensity of each of the components of the obtained component images, for the component image.12-13-2012
20120257260IMAGE READING APPARATUS, MOVING BODY FIXING STRUCTURE, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - An image reading apparatus includes: a moving body on which a catch receiving portion is formed and which is movable in a predetermined direction; a fixing body on which a catching portion is formed to catch the catch receiving portion, and which is movable in a direction substantially orthogonal to the predetermined direction; a first position retaining portion for engaging a projected portion, formed on either one of a housing and the fixing body, with a first recessed portion formed on the other so that the fixing body can be retained in a position in which the catching portion catches the catch receiving portion; and a second position retaining portion for engaging the projected portion with a second recessed portion, formed on either the housing or the fixing body on which the first recessed portion is formed.10-11-2012
20120188614 LASER SCANNING SYSTEMS - The invention provides a method of reducing jitter error in a laser scanning system (07-26-2012
20090027737METHOD FOR CORRECTING AN OVERLAP REGION AND SCANNING DEVICE - The present scanning device and related method relate to reversibly positioning markers in respective overlapping areas, where the markers are arranged in the scanning device. A control device makes x-y-position correction of a camera on the basis of a known position and a known outline of the markers. The markers are deviated and displaced from a neutral position outside scanning areas of the camera into the overlapping areas.01-29-2009
20090190186VARIABLE LENGTH ADJUSTABLE FLAME SCANNER - An apparatus for varying a length of a flame scanner assembly for monitoring a flame includes a mounting shaft which connects to a fiber optic cable assembly; and a spool assembly having a first end and a second opposite end. The first end connects to a detector head assembly and the second end is configured to connect to a guide pipe. The second end of the spool assembly receives one end of the mounting shaft and a length of the flame scanner assembly is adjusted via telescopic interconnection between the second end of the spool assembly and the one end of the mounting shaft such that longitudinal displacement therebetween may be varied by slidable displacement of the mounting shaft relative to the spool assembly.07-30-2009
20120081762IMAGE READING DEVICE - A reading device comprising a connection unit configured to be connected with a storage medium, a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the storage medium is connected to the connection unit, a judging unit configured to judge if there is a document to be read by a reading unit and an execution unit configured to execute the advising process when the judgment unit judges that there is the document to be read and the determination unit determines that the storage medium is connected to the connection unit.04-05-2012
20120081761IMAGE READER CAPABLE OF DETECTING BLANK DOCUMENT SHEET - An image reader includes a reading unit that is configured to read an image on a document sheet to generate read data, a counting unit that is configured to count a number of pixels of the read data having more than a predetermined gray level, a determining unit that determines that the document sheet is blank when the number of pixels counted by the counting unit is not exceeding a threshold value, a display unit that is configured to display the number of pixels counted by the counting unit and the threshold value when the document sheet has been determined to be blank, in a manner that the number of pixels can be compared with the threshold value, and a changing unit that changes the threshold value.04-05-2012
20120229874AUTOMATIC ADDRESS FIELD IDENTIFICATION - A method for automatically determining a position of an address field on a document comprising: 09-13-2012
20120229876SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING MULTI-DIMENSIONAL SIGNALS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A signal processing apparatus and method for processing N-dimensional signals where N is an integer not smaller than 4 are disclosed. The signal processing apparatus includes a memory unit that stores reference values corresponding to combinations of each component of the N-dimensional signals; the memory unit has (M+1)×209-13-2012
20110122461IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS - An image-forming apparatus includes: a memory that stores a plurality of image forming modes; a contact controller that controls a status of contact between a plurality of image-forming units and an intermediate transfer member on the basis of an image forming mode selected from among the plurality of image forming modes, so that an image-forming unit used for image forming represented in the selected image forming mode is contacted with the intermediate transfer member, and another image-forming unit is moved away from the intermediate transfer member; and an image-quality adjusting unit that adjusts, if the status of contact is changed by the contact controller, an image quality of an image that is to be transferred onto the intermediate transfer member from the image-forming unit that is in contact with the intermediate transfer member.05-26-2011
20110122460SYSTEM FOR NON-UNIFORMLY ILLUMINATING AN ORIGINAL AND CAPTURING AN IMAGE THEROF - An imaging device having an imaging unit for illuminating and capturing an original positioned on the imaging surface. The imaging surface is illuminated by an illumination system including a plurality of light sources that non-uniformly illuminates the imaging surface such that the corner areas of imaging surface is illuminated more than the non-corner areas of the imaging surface. In one embodiment the light sources are arranged around the perimeter of the imaging surface. In an alternate embodiment the light sources are located outside the field of view of a lens of the image capturing unit.05-26-2011
20110122459Scanning and Capturing digital Images Using Document Characteristics Detection - A mechanism for scanning and capturing digital images using document characteristics detection. Upon detecting a document placed on a scanning surface of a scanning device, the illustrative embodiments identify characteristics of the document. The illustrative embodiments detect that a characteristic of the document indicates the document comprises a defect. A portion of the document to be scanned is determined based on a location of the detected defect. The illustrative embodiments then scan the portion of the document.05-26-2011
20110122458Scanning and Capturing Digital Images Using Residue Detection - A mechanism for scanning and capturing digital images using residue detection. Upon detecting a document placed on a scanning surface of a scanning device, the illustrative embodiments detect a residue deposited on the document. The illustrative embodiments determine a portion of the document to be scanned based on a location of the residue on the document. The illustrative embodiments then scan the portion of the document.05-26-2011
20100328731OPTICAL BEAM SCANNING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an optical beam scanning apparatus and an image forming apparatus equipped with the optical beam scanning apparatus of the present invention, plural optical members that irradiate scanning lines by laser beams (beams) emitted from plural light sources individually onto corresponding photoconductive drums are disposed within an optical unit housing and a housing cover, a fixing mechanism configured to fix part of a parallel plate provided within the optical unit housing and the housing cover is provided, and a twist angle adjusting mechanism configured to adjust an angle of twist of the parallel plate by rotating, in a specific direction, the parallel plate having the part thereof being fixed with the fixing mechanism is provided. According to the optical beam scanning apparatus and the image forming apparatus equipped with the optical beam scanning apparatus of the present invention, it is possible to adjust the curve and the inclination of the scanning line with ease and at high accuracy.12-30-2010
20120320432OVERHEAD SCANNER - An overhead scanner includes a main body, a rotation unit supported by the main body and being rotatable around a rotation axis, an imaging unit mounted on the rotation unit and is configured to read a medium placed on a placement surface below the rotation unit, a light source that irradiates the medium with light, a driving unit that moves the rotation unit around the rotation axis toward a placement side, where the medium is placed, and a posture change detecting unit that detects posture change of the main body. When it is determined that the main body falls down based on the posture change detected, while the rotation unit is located at a readable position for reading the medium, the driving unit moves the rotation unit toward the standby position where the rotation unit is located when the imaging unit does not read the medium.12-20-2012
20120320433IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND SCANNER - The image processing method includes: determining an edge map of a foreground object in an image; obtaining candidates for a boundary line from the edge map and determining the boundary line among the candidates for the boundary line, the boundary line defining the boundary of a specific object in the foreground object; and removing the foreground object beyond the boundary line other than the specific object. This method can be applied to removing an image of another object, e.g., hands, etc., in a captured image beyond the boundary of a specific object. With the image processing method according to the embodiments, the boundary of the specific object in the image can be determined accurately to thereby remove another object beyond the boundary and facilitate subsequent other image processing.12-20-2012
20120320431IMAGE-READING SYSTEM - An image-reading system that includes a plurality of image-reading apparatuses each including a document reading start instructing unit, and an information processing terminal connected to the image-reading apparatuses, wherein each of the image-reading apparatuses includes a detecting unit that detects that a user operates the document reading start instructing unit, a reading unit that reads a document when the detecting unit detects the operation of the user, and an image file transmitting unit that transmits an image file of the document read by the reading unit to the information processing terminal.12-20-2012
20120320429USER FEEDBACK VIA SEE THROUGH PLATEN OVERLAY - A printing system and apparatus assembly that incorporates a transparent platen for supporting and scanning a first image therethrough. The transparent platen includes a translucent display layer having an array of light devices that comprise organic light emitting diodes. A user interface of the system is coupled to the transparent platen with a processor. Based on input and/or data provided at the user interface, an image is displayed through the platen with the display layer.12-20-2012
20120320430OVERHEAD IMAGE-READING APPARATUS IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An overhead image-reading apparatus includes a one-dimensional image sensor having imaging elements arranged in parallel to each other and is configured to change an angle between an optical axis of a light source and a medium to be read during reading of the medium, and the apparatus includes a correcting unit that corrects distortion in a main-scanning direction in read image data of the medium read by the apparatus.12-20-2012
20110235135IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image forming apparatus stores image data generated from a document scanned by a scanner on a removable medium. When storage on the removable medium is not completed, part of the image data that has been stored by that time is deleted from the removable medium.09-29-2011
20110235133IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A power saving mode includes a plurality of levels that are different in recovery time to a normal mode and in power consumption of a main body system. The plurality of levels are set to correspond to remaining heat temperature of a fixing device so that the recovery time to the normal mode becomes shorter as the remaining heat temperature is higher, and the power consumption of the main body system becomes lower as the remaining heat temperature is lower. Depending on a change in the remaining heat temperature, a power control section switches to a level corresponding to the remaining heat temperature, of the plurality of levels of the power saving mode of the main body system.09-29-2011
20110235132OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - An optical scanning device includes a light source that emits first and second light beams, and an optical splitter to which the first and second light beams deflected by an optical deflector are incident. Principal rays of the first and second light beams incident to the optical splitter are nonparallel to each other in a plane orthogonal to a main-scanning direction. Transmitted light from the optical splitter out of the first light beam and reflected light from the optical splitter out of the second light beam are guided to corresponding scanning target surfaces, and transmitted light from the optical splitter out of the second light beam and reflected light from the optical splitter out of the first light beam reach none of the scanning target surfaces.09-29-2011
20110235131IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A position adjustment mechanism (09-29-2011
20100231989IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE SCANNING METHOD - An image scanning apparatus, including a contact glass having an original to be scanned on; a light source including plural dotted light-emitting elements linearly arrayed in a main scanning direction and emitting scanning light to the original; a photoelectric converter photoelectrically converting reflected scanning light from the original to produce line-image data in the main scanning direction; a halation detector receiving the line-image data from the photoelectric converter and detecting whether the line-image data has halation; and a corrector receiving information whether the line-image data has halation and correcting pixel values of all pixels of the line-image data having halation into a predetermined pixel value.09-16-2010
20100231987IMAGE READING APPARATUS - There is provided an image reading apparatus including: a light source with arrayed light emitting elements; a light guide unit that scatters light emitted from the light source such that the light intensity is greater at end portions than at the central portion in the array direction of the light emitting elements, and guides the light to a reading position of a medium to be read; and an optical system that guides the light reflected at the reading position to a light detection unit that detects the light intensity.09-16-2010
20100231986INFRARED HEAT SOURCE TIED TO IMAGE SCANNER FOR TRANSITIONAL DOCUMENT ERASING - A device which can be used to handle documents which can be written to and erased can include a scan head which can output a first light source for scanning a document and a second light source for erasing an image from a printed document. In one embodiment, the device can further include a third light source for writing or imaging a pattern onto a page.09-16-2010
20100231985PLOTTING STATE ADJUSTING METHOD AND DEVICE - It is possible to set an optical magnification capable of making a recording position shift amount with respect to Y direction of the plotting point formed by a micro mirror within an allowance range from the relationship between a Y-direction distance between mirror images obtained by projecting micro mirrors constituting a DMD onto a substrate, an inclination angle of the DMD, an image pattern recording pitch, and an optical magnification.09-16-2010
20110292467OPTICAL SCANNING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An optical scanning unit includes a light source including a plurality of light-emitting elements; a light detector to detect a light beam emitted from the light source; a light-flux splitter, angled to the optical axis of the light beam emitted from the light source, having an aperture, a portion of reduced thickness susceptible to warping, a concave face of the warped light-flux splitter as a reflecting face, and a convex face of the warped light-flux splitter opposite the concave face as a non-reflecting face; and a light-flux splitter pressing unit to press the light-flux splitter onto a light-flux splitter holding member without blocking the aperture. Light beam passed the aperture is used as a write-use light flux. The reflecting face reflects a light flux other than the write-use light flux as a monitor-use light flux. The light-flux splitter pressing unit presses a portion of maximum convexity of the non-reflecting face.12-01-2011
20120092732SIGNAL BUFFER CIRCUIT, SENSOR CONTROL BOARD, IMAGE SCANNER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A signal buffer circuit includes a buffer to conduct a buffering operation for transmitting a signal to a subsequent unit; a resistor connected between an input side and an output side of the buffer; and a variable impedance device connected in series to the output side of the buffer. The variable impedance device is at low impedance when the buffer is conducting the buffering operation and at high impedance when the buffer is not conducting the buffering operation.04-19-2012
20120092731IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet, a reading unit configured to read an image on the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit, a calibration member including a white reference region for acquiring correction data for correcting image information acquired by reading the image on the sheet with the reading unit, and a driving unit configured to move the calibration member so as to locate the white reference region in a position where the reading unit can read the white reference region if the correction data is acquired, and to locate a region other than the white reference region in a position that faces the sheet to be conveyed and is not brought into contact with the sheet if the sheet is conveyed.04-19-2012
20120287482IMAGE READING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - There is provided an image reading device comprising: a image capturing unit that captures a manuscript; a predetermined image pattern displayed in a region that is captured by the image capturing unit and provides a background of the manuscript; and a region determination unit that determines an image region corresponding to the manuscript, based on an image element corresponding to the image pattern and another image element corresponding to a shadow of the manuscript in an image captured by the image capturing unit.11-15-2012
20120287481LIGHT SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE - A light scanning device includes a movable section having a light reflecting section adapted to reflect light, oscillating around an oscillation axis, and having a variable magnitude of a maximum deflection angle of the oscillating, and a detection section adapted to detect the maximum deflection angle of the movable section, and the detection section includes a light source adapted to emit light to the light reflecting section, a light receiving section adapted to receive reflected light, which is the light emitted from the light source and then reflected by the light reflecting section, and a displacement driving section adapted to change a position of the light source in accordance with the maximum deflection angle of the movable section.11-15-2012
20130021653UNIFORM ILLUMINATION FOR CAMERA BASED IMAGING DEVICES - A camera system for imaging a document including an enclosed imaging-optical-chamber, at least one camera mounted inside the imaging-optical-chamber and having a lens defining the primary FOV of the camera, at least one light source for illuminating the document; at least one light-occluding structures, wherein each light sources are operatively coupled with a light-occluding structures, a glass-window, wherein the document is operatively disposed on the glass-window, and wherein the glass-window extends the FOV of the camera thereby forming an extended FOV of the camera. The system further includes at least one mirror operatively coupled with at least one of the light sources. Preferably, the light sources are disposed inside the primary FOV of the camera, such that the imaginary light-source of the light source is disposed outside the extended FOV of the camera.01-24-2013
20120287480SCANNER - A scanner includes a base and a scanning module. The base includes a bottom panel and a sliding portion extending from the bottom panel. A sliding slot is defined in the sliding portion. The sliding slot defines a longer side surface and a first shorter side surface extending from the longer side surface. A plurality of first teeth slots is defined in the longer side surface and a plurality of second teeth slots defined in the shorter side surface. The scanning module includes a loading panel and a driving module. The driving module includes a worm gear assembly engaging the first teeth slots and is capable of moving along the longer side surface. The worm gear assembly engage the plurality of second teeth slots to prevent the scanning module from moving when the scanning module moves to the first shorter side surface along the longer side surface.11-15-2012
20120133996IMAGE READING APPARATUS FOR READING ADJUSTMENT DOCUMENT USED FOR IMAGE ADJUSTMENT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND ADJUSTMENT DOCUMENT USED IN IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus includes an image reader, an image adjuster and an execution controller that causes the image reader to read an adjustment document and causes the image adjuster to adjust image data generated by the image reader. The adjustment document includes line images and parameter images at positions spaced apart in a main scanning direction in a margin area where the line images are not provided. The parameter images indicate parameters used in image adjustment processing. The execution controller judges whether the image data corresponding to predetermined positions in the main scanning direction coincide, selects one of the image data judged to coincide, and causes the image adjuster to perform the image adjustment using the selected image data and the parameter indicated by the image data generated by reading the parameter image at the position in the main scanning direction of the selected image data.05-31-2012
20120140293DRIVING APPARATUS - To rotate a transport motor and to stop a carriage motor at an ADF reading angle, a control unit outputs a first and a second signal to a first and a second D/A converter, and a power on/off signal to an A-phase driver circuit for the carriage motor. The D/A converters convert the signal to a first and a second voltage. A transport motor driver supplies power to the transport motor on the basis of the first voltage, and a carriage motor driver turns on and off power supply to the A-phase on the basis of the first voltage and the power on/off signal, and supplies power to a B-phase on the basis of the second voltage.06-07-2012
20110157660IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS - A light guide device 06-30-2011
20110157659INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus configured to extract information about a processing target field from a processing instruction sheet, read a ticket to which an image that has been encoded into a format that enables the extracted information and a content of processing to be executed for the processing target field is added, and execute processing for extracting the information added to the ticket, includes a recognition unit configured to recognize a processing target field and a content of processing to be executed for the field from the ticket read and a determination unit configured to determine a content of processing to be executed for the processing target field according to a combination of a plurality of processing contents recognized for the processing target field recognized. The information processing apparatus executes processing having the content determined by the determination unit on the processing target document.06-30-2011
20110157658IMAGING PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM - An apparatus extracts information from a instruction sheet serving as a document in which an instruction for a area in a target document and a processing content for the area, reads a first ticket to which an image coded into a format recognizable by the apparatus and a thumbnail image of the document are added, and performs processing extracted from information added to the first ticket. The apparatus includes a comparison unit configured to compare a second ticket, obtained by adding new information to the first ticket, with the first ticket, and a generation unit configured to regenerate, if pieces of information included in the tickets differ in the comparison unit, the second ticket.06-30-2011
20130021654IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT SCANNING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME - The present invention enables a user to record a captured image at a desired timing without performing any special operation while pushing down a document with a hand and properly maintaining a paper surface during scanning.01-24-2013
20120243058IMAGE READING DEVICE - An image reading device having: a light source unit for irradiating a document on a reading point; an image pick-up element for receiving light reflected from the document on the reading point; and a light absorber; wherein the light source unit comprises: a light source for emitting light; and an optical guide for guiding the light emitted from the light source and irradiating the document on the reading point with the light; wherein a prism is provided on a surface of the optical guide so as to reflect the light traveling in the optical guide to the reading point; and wherein the light absorber for absorbing light that was reflected from the document on a point different from the reading point, so that the light can be prevented from being reflected thereby and from traveling to the reading point.09-27-2012
20080252944Image forming device creating a preview image - An image forming device may be provided with a setting data storage device, a preview image creation device, and an output device. The setting data storage device may be capable of storing a plurality of patterns of setting data. The preview image creation device may create, for each pattern of setting data stored in the setting data storage device, a preview image to which the pattern of setting data is reflected. The output device may output the plurality of preview images created by the preview image creation device.10-16-2008
20100091343IMAGING SYSTEM - An imaging station for processing a media includes a media output for outputting a processed media, a first media delivery station having a first media entrance, a second media delivery station having a second media entrance, and a passive urging device. The second media entrance has a width smaller than a width of the first media entrance. The second media entrance is positioned downstream from the media output and upstream from the first media entrance. The passive urging device is positioned downstream from the media output such that the media is urged towards the second media entrance.04-15-2010
20100091340SCAN BAR FOR SCANNING MEDIA SHEET IN IMAGE SCANNING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF - A scan bar for scanning a media sheet in an image scanning device and a method for scanning the media sheet in the image scanning device are disclosed. The scan bar comprises a sensor arrangement and a lens arrangement. The sensor arrangement comprises a first sensor region and a second sensor region. Light reflected from the media sheet is focused by the lens arrangement onto the sensor arrangement. Each of the first sensor region and the second sensor region is capable of generating image data corresponding to the media sheet from the focused light received from the lens arrangement for scanning the media sheet. The image data generated by the first sensor region is of relatively higher resolution than image data generated by the second sensor region.04-15-2010
20100091341DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PORTABLE DATA SCANNING AND TRANSMISSION - A device, system and method for portable data scanning and transmission are provided. The device is a portable appliance including resources for interoperating with a scanner to scan images of paper based documents, and a memory for storing the images without the need for a personal computer. The portable appliance is also interoperable with a mobile communication means to transfer the images to a remote computer. The portable appliance may include a computer program operable to enable processing of the images, including control routines for enabling data collection, storage and transfer to the remote computer. The invention can be implemented as an in-cab scanning system operable with existing in-cab communication systems.04-15-2010
20080231914Document Scanning Apparatus - Scanned images are tiled in a list display area of a display of a touch panel. A model icon and other icons for editing are displayed in an edit icon display area. A scanned image is accepted as an object to be processed by a touch operation to the scanned image. By moving the touched position to the model icon and releasing the touch, an editing process by the model icon is accepted. The model icon is displayed with the scanned image overlapped thereon as the result of the editing process.09-25-2008
20080231913OPTICAL UNIT ASSEMBLY, IMAGE READER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An optical unit assembly is provided with an optical system including an optical component for irradiating a target object with light and receiving the reflected light, a casing for accommodating the optical system, a supporting frame for supporting a part of the casing, and a height adjusting member having a supporting surface for supporting another part of the casing and placed between the supporting frame and the casing. The height adjusting mechanism is slidable between the supporting frame and the casing with a supported state of the casing by the supporting frame substantially maintained, and the supporting surface includes at least a first supporting surface set at a specified first height position and a second supporting surface set at a second height position different from the first height position.09-25-2008
20080231912IMAGE PROCESSOR, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - In an image processor, an image transfer control unit segments a unit of a process for each image process request, and causes an image processing unit to carry out an image process on image data from reading units.09-25-2008
20080231911Document illuminator with LED-driven phosphor - A scanning apparatus includes an illuminator for illuminating a portion of a document to be scanned. The illuminator includes at least one light source and an optical element positioned to redirect light emitted by the light source. A phosphor material is disposed to intercept at least a portion of the light redirected by the optical element. A photosensitive device is positioned to receive light reflected from the document for recording an image of the document.09-25-2008
20080225348SCANNING DEVICE, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING - A scanning device includes a first scanning unit, a second scanning unit, and a light source corresponding to each of the first scanning unit and the second scanning unit. The light sources are arranged on the same side of the first and second scanning units with respect to the main scanning direction.09-18-2008
20080225347Scanner Lighting - In one embodiment, a scanning device that includes: a lamp; a light sensitive detector near the lamp, the detector configured to detect images on a scan target illuminated by the lamp; and a window for admitting light from the lamp to illuminate a specific part of the device that is not necessarily illuminated during a scanning operation.09-18-2008
20130176602LIGHT BEAM SCANNING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND SCANNING LINE ADJUSTING METHOD - A light beam scanning device scans a luminous flux irradiated from a light source and deflected by a deflector to a scanned surface through an optical system having a set of mirrors. A apparatus, such as the light beam scanning device, further includes a scanning line curve adjusting device to bend a first mirror of the set of mirrors so as to correct a curve in a scanning line on the scanned surface, and a scanning line tilt adjusting device to change orientation of a second mirror of the set of mirrors so as to correct a tilt in the scanning line on the scanned surface. The light beam scanning device may be provided in an image forming apparatus.07-11-2013
20130135690DEVICE FOR REPRODUCING IMAGES THAT CAN BE FOUND ON ORIGINALS - The invention relates to a device for reproducing images that can be found on originals, comprising at least one image capturing element that lies in a housing (05-30-2013
20130114116Image Reading Apparatus - An image reading device includes: an original table having a stationary original reading area and a moving original reading area on its top surface; an image reading unit provided inside the original table and moving the reading line in the direction of the width of the stationary original reading area and to the moving original reading area with the direction of the length of the stationary original reading area as the reading line; an original cover openably and closably provided on the original table so as to cover at least the stationary original reading area; and an ADF having an original conveyance path leading from an original tray by way of the moving original reading area to an original output tray. The image reading device reads originals of sizes larger than the readable stationary original size without any size increase of the device.05-09-2013
20130094067DOCUMENT SCANNER - A document scanner (04-18-2013
20130100504IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DETERMINATION METHOD - A signal value representing at least one of a plurality of types of optical characteristics are calculated for each pixel from the read signal obtained and output by reading light reflected by a document placed on a document table and a document table cover while the document is covered with the cover. It is determined, based on the signal value calculated, whether or not a target pixel is a pixel in a document region. A document region is detected from the determination result.04-25-2013
20130100503Scanner Belt Load and Stretch Compensation Control System - Upper to lower assembly analog position sensors in a dual scanning system measure alignment offsets. A controller uses error signals from the position sensors to calculate actuator error profiles that are used in the next scan in the same direction, with different error profiles being used for forward and reverse scans. Since the alignment error profiles are repeatable for a given set of scanner conditions, the actuator controller anticipates what the error signal will be before each scanning assembly reaches a given position. An optimized error correction can be calculated based on the error profiles and actuator bandwidth without concerns regarding feedback loop speed, overshoot, and unstable control oscillations. An actuation system driven from error profiles can correct for alignment offsets by actively changing belt tensions at the offsetting drive pulleys and/or changing the position of sensor assemblies relative to the drive belt systems.04-25-2013
20130100505DOCUMENT SCANNER FOR A HANDHELD COMPUTING DEVICE - A scanner for a handheld computing device is disclosed. The scanner includes a housing. A USB port is on the housing. The scanner also includes a memory. A scanning microprocessor is configured and arranged to scan and store images on the memory. An USB controller is configured and arranged to mount the memory as a USB mass storage class device to a handheld computing device connected to the USB port.04-25-2013
20130120804COMPACT CONFIGURATION FOR A SCAN BAR ASSEMBLY - A scan bar assembly includes an illuminating unit including a first length; a photosensor array including a second length; and a first spacer member and a second spacer member, each of the first and second spacer members including: an inner side that is proximate the photosensor array; and an outer side that is distal to the photosensor array, wherein a distance between the inner side of the first spacer member and the inner side of the second spacer member is greater than the second length and less than the first length.05-16-2013
20130128321RECEIPTS SCANNER AND FINANCIAL ORGANIZER - A portable device is configured to obtain an image of a document, the document being of no predefined format and containing numerical data. The numerical data is extracted and automatically organized into a report in a predefined or customized format and stored into a database. The database is accessible and searchable by a user to obtain either the numerical data of the image or the report.05-23-2013
20130135694LENS ARRAY, LENS UNIT, LED HEAD, EXPOSURE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A lens array includes a first lens row including first lenses arranged in a first direction, a second lens row including second lenses arranged in a direction substantially parallel with the first direction, a first boundary being a boundary between the first lenses adjacent to each other, a second boundary being a boundary between each of the first lenses and the second lens adjacent to the first lens, and a first join portion where the first boundary and the second boundary join each other. At the first joint portion, the first boundary and the second boundary contact each other with no step as seen in a plane that is substantially orthogonal to the first direction.05-30-2013
20110273749SCANNING MECHANISM - A scanning mechanism including a scanning unit, a rail and a transmission element is disclosed. The scanning unit has a connecting portion and a supporting portion, the scanning unit is slidely disposed on the rail through the supporting portion. The transmission element is connected to the connecting portion of the scanning unit to drive the scanning unit sliding along the rail, and the orthogonal projection of the connecting portion on the rail and the orthogonal projection of the supporting portion on the rail are overlapped with each other.11-10-2011
20110211232IMAGE READER - An image reader is provided, which includes a first image reading unit configured to read an image on a first side of a first document sheet being conveyed on a feeding path, and output an analog signal corresponding to the read image of the first side, a second image reading unit configured to read an image on a second side opposite to the first side of the first document sheet being conveyed on the feeding path, and output a digital signal corresponding to the read image of the second side in a differential transmission method, and a processor configured to process the analog signal output from the first reading unit and the digital signal output from the second image reading unit.09-01-2011
20080198424IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A light-collective member (08-21-2008
20130201535SCANNER MODULE AND IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME - A scanner module and an image scanning apparatus employing the same. The scanner module comprises an illuminator for illuminating light on an object to be scanned. The illuminator includes a light emitting diode, a light guide extending in a main scanning direction to change a direction of the light received from the light emitting diode, and at least one elastic member to elastically support at least one longitudinal end of the light guide. As the light guide is elastically supported by the elastic member, convex deformation or bowing of an emission face of the light guide due to thermal expansion can be reduced.08-08-2013
20110228351IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes a scanner, a display, an accept unit, an edit unit, and a storage. The scanner is configured to scan a plurality of originals and read images thereof. The display is configured to display a preview image each time an image of one original is read by the scanner. The accept unit is configured to accept an edit process designated by an operator with respect to the preview image displayed by the display. The edit unit is configured to execute the edit process, which is accepted by the accept unit, on the image read by the scanner. The storage is configured to store the image edited by the edit unit.09-22-2011
20110228350ANGLE DETECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An angle detection device includes a rotator including a shaft supported by and inside a case in a direction parallel to a horizontal plane of the case, a center of gravity positioned differently from the shaft, and a diagonal line formed on a surface along a circumferential direction around a rotation axis of the rotator, the line intersecting with a width direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction if the surface is spread into a plane along the circumferential direction; and a sensor including a group of imaging elements arrayed in a line parallel to the shaft direction. The sensor is fixed to and inside the case opposite to the surface. The group intersects with the diagonal line if the surface is viewed from the sensor toward the shaft, and a position of the intersection changes according to rotation of the case around the axis when viewed from the shaft.09-22-2011
20110228349IMAGE READING APPARATUS - An apparatus includes imaging units, each including: a light source to emit light; and an image sensor to pick up an image of a medium to be moved relatively between the imaging units. The light source of one of the imaging units is provided at a position where a direct light is guided to the image sensor of the other imaging unit, and the image sensor of the other imaging unit is configured to pick up an image for image formation when a reflected light emitted from the light source of the other imaging unit and reflected by the medium is guided to the image sensor of the other imaging unit, and to pick up an image for edge detection when the direct light is guided to the image sensor of the other imaging unit, and an edge of the medium is detected based on the image for edge detection.09-22-2011
20130148172PRINTING SYSTEM, RASTER OUPUT SCANNER, AND METHOD WITH ELECTRONIC BANDING COMPENSATION USING FACET-DEPENDENT SMILE CORRECTION - Raster Output Scanners and printing systems are presented along with methods for mitigating banding in printing systems, in which electronic banding compensation is employed using cross-process direction light source intensity banding correction profiles tailored to corresponding reflective facets of a rotating polygon.06-13-2013
20130148173DOCUMENT PHOTOSENSOR OF SURFACE-MOUNTED ELEMENTS - A document photosensor is provided which comprises upper and lower sensor assemblies 06-13-2013
20100290094SYSTEM AND METHOD OF BILLING FOR SCANNING SERVICE COSTS - A system and method of billing for scanning service costs is provided to examine content of a page and apply a cost function to approximate the cost of scanning the page. Examining the page includes detecting an object in the page, determining a type of the detected object, determining an approximate file size of the page, and determining an approximate area of coverage of the detected object within the page. A usage profile of each type of detected object is calculated and stored. The cost function uses the detected object, the approximate file size, the approximate area of coverage, and a weight value associated with the type of detected object to approximate the cost of the page. When costs are calculated over a period of time, the weight value of each type of detected object may be adjusted based on the usage profile for each type of detected object.11-18-2010
20120274992INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes a first storage unit that stores first information regarding a first unit, a second storage unit that stores second information regarding a second unit, and a reading unit disposed so as to face the first unit and the second unit. The reading unit reads the first information stored in the first storage unit and the second information stored in the second storage unit.11-01-2012
20100309531SCANNER CARRIER APPARATUS - Apparatus for supporting a scanner head, the apparatus comprising: a carrier assembly; a bogey assembly; and a scanner head assembly, comprising a mounting for holding a scanner head; wherein the scanner head assembly and the bogey assembly are both mounted on spring bearings on the carrier assembly such that they can both move in a vertical direction, and the scanner head assembly comprises at least two collinear vertical bearings which restrict movement of the scanner head assembly to vertical movement substantially perpendicular to a document path, and the bogey assembly comprises two laterally spaced bearings which allow rotational movement of the bogey assembly about the scanner head mounting.12-09-2010
20100309530IMAGE READING APPARATUS - When an original conveying unit that rotates about a rotation center 12-09-2010
20100315689IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM RECORDED RECORDING MEDIUM - It is an object to provide an image processing apparatus which can properly obtain an original area even when there is one original or when there are a plurality of originals, an image processing method, and a recording medium in which an image processing program has been recorded. An image processing apparatus for deciding an image data area of an original from read image data obtained by being read by an image reading apparatus has: an extracting unit for extracting a plurality of image areas from the read image data; and a discriminating unit for discriminating whether or not tilt angles of the image areas extracted by the extracting unit are equal. If one or more tile angles of the image areas are not equal as a result of the discrimination by the discriminating unit, it is determined that each of the image areas is an image data area of the original on the assumption that there are a plurality of originals.12-16-2010
20100315688METHOD OF SCANNING - A computer-implemented method of scanning a document (e.g. a newspaper or a book) is provided where the text may be legally protected from unauthorized copying, comprising the steps of: acquiring to a memory at least one recording confined to a field that covers a delimited area of a document; processing the at least one recording to perform character recognition; when a character is recognized, registering it in a memory, and performing the above steps repeatedly while recording at shifted positions so as to progressively obtain a string of characters; and evaluating the string against a predefined condition. If the condition is not satisfied, at least a portion of the string and at least a portion of the at least one recording are cleared from the memory. If the condition is satisfied, it is determined whether to provide an output.12-16-2010
20120281260Image Scanner and Image Scanning Method - An image scanner includes a transparent plate, a scanning device, a driving device, a positioning member, a light absorbing portion and a white reference portion. The transparent plate has an original placing surface. The scanning device irradiates an original with light by means of a light source and scans reflected light from the original. The driving device reciprocates the scanning device along the transparent plate. The positioning member positions the original placed on the original placing surface of the transparent plate. The light absorbing portion, which is disposed on the original placing surface side of the positioning member and at substantially a central portion of the positioning member in moving directions of the scanning device, absorbs ambient light entering to the original placing surface side of the positioning member through the transparent plate. The white reference portion is provided to the original placing surface side of the positioning member.11-08-2012
20120281259CONTACT IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE READER - An image reader includes a casing, a contact glass plate, a contact image sensor, and a sliding mechanism; wherein the contact image sensor has a housing, a light source attached to the housing so as to face the contact glass plate, a plurality of light receiving elements attached to the housing so as to face the contact glass plate and aligned in parallel in a longitudinal direction of the housing, and a bearing formed integral to the housing at a position below a lower surface of the housing; and the sliding mechanism includes a guide shaft provided on the casing and extending in a short direction of the housing and inserted through the bearing, and an urging member elastically which urges the guide shaft toward the contact glass plate so that the housing is pressed against the contact glass plate.11-08-2012
20120281258Spatial resolution enhancements in multibeam confocal scanning systems - The invention relates to improving the spatial resolution of images captured using multi-beam scanning confocal imaging systems by developing the mechanisms required in a variety of multibeam confocal scanner formats that enable the data capture requirements of the prior art calculations to be met.11-08-2012
20130182295SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING PRESCRIPTION INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FROM A LABEL - Systems and methods for extraction of prescription information from a medicine bottle are provided. Relevant prescription information and instructions are extracted by imaging or scanning the surface of the medicine bottle, along with spoken instructions based on the extracted information/instructions, are stored in a medicine bottle with an attachment or a storage device. A database of prescription labels used by various pharmacies is used to detect and parse text from the assembled image made of the several scans or images of the bottle.07-18-2013
20130120807IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Banding can be prevented and image-quality degradation can be reduced. An image processing apparatus includes first creation means configured to distribute density of image data to a pixel on another scanning line on the basis of a difference between an actual print position of the image data and a reference position and to create position-corrected image data, second creation means configured to correct the image data using a correction value corresponding to a position of the image data and to create density-corrected image data, and generation means configured to generate output image data using the position-corrected image data created by the first creation means and the density-corrected image data created by the second creation means.05-16-2013
20130120806IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, LINE DETECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE, NON-TRANSITORY MEDIUM - There are provided an image processing apparatus, line detection method and a computer-readable, non-transitory medium that can precisely detect boundaries of a document from a read image. The image processing apparatus includes an edge pixel extractor for extracting edge pixels from an input image which includes a document, a grouping unit for forming mutually adjoining edge pixels in the extracted edge pixels into a group, and an approximated line detector for detecting a line which connects edge pixels which are positioned at the two ends in a horizontal direction and vertical direction among edge pixels which are included in the group as a line which approximates an end of the document.05-16-2013
20130120805IMAGE SYSTEMS AND SCAN METHODS - An imaging system is provided, including a detection unit and a scan unit. The detection unit senses radiation of a target area. The scan unit directs the radiation to the detection unit, in which the scanning unit scans the target area N times at a constant speed within a scan period, such that each of the pixels of the target area is scanned N times by the scan unit, thereby the detection unit generates N sub-detection values for each of the pixels and adds the N sub-detection values up to generate a detection value for each of the pixels.05-16-2013
20120019878Optical Reading Device, Control Method for an Optical Reading Device, and Storage Medium - An optical reading device, a control method for an optical reading device, and a program for directing execution of the method each enables efficient and quick transmission of digital image data obtained from reading a document to a host computer or other control device. A dot impact printer having an optical reading device that optically reads documents and stores the resulting digitized image data, sets target reading areas, and transmits digital image data stored in a scan buffer rendered in a RAM to the host computer. When multiple target areas are set, the transmission order of the target areas is determined according to specific conditions, and the target areas are transmitted according to this transmission sequence.01-26-2012
20120019877LIGHT GUIDE AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS - A light guide includes: a body which is a light-transmitting member and has light incidence surfaces as two end surfaces in a longitudinal direction and a light output surface which is one of side surfaces extending in the longitudinal direction; and light absorbing members which are provided on the light output surface or at least one, adjacent to the light output surface, of the side surfaces of the body and have a function of absorbing light that shines on the body from outside the body.01-26-2012
20120019876COMPACT HOUSING FOR A SCAN BAR ASSEMBLY - A scan bar assembly having a scan element including a length direction; a drive gear; a follower gear; and a housing having a mounting region for mounting the scan element onto the housing; a first mounting member for the drive gear; and a second mounting member for the follower gear, wherein the first and second mounting members and the housing are integrally formed as a single part.01-26-2012
20120019875MEDIA HANDLING AND UNIFORMITY CALIBRATION FOR AN IMAGE SCANNER - A system for media handling and uniformity calibration for an image scanner includes an optical window, an assist roller, an adjustment mechanism, and a calibration strip. The assist roller receives and guides media through a gap between the assist roller and the optical window. The adjustment mechanism is integrated with the assist roller for controlling the distance between the assist roller and the optical window for smooth passage of media. The controlled reflectivity calibration strip connected to the adjustment mechanism facilitates sensor calibration, such as flat field correction. The adjustment mechanism moves to position the calibration strip in alignment with the optical window whenever sensor calibration is desired.01-26-2012
20120019874METHOD FOR DOCUMENT SCANNING - A method of determining document characteristics prior to processing the document in a document scanner (01-26-2012
20120300269PORTABLE SCANNER - A portable document scanner that records both image and voice information, comprises a digital camera module configured to capture document images, and a laser frame generator configured to project a visible beam of light forming a laser frame to indicate the corresponding field of view of the optical lens for framing a document to be captured. A light source generated by a laser diode is shaped by passing through a collimating optical element and a diffractive optical element which is configured to produce a visible laser frame for framing a document to be captured. The captured data is then stored in an internal memory of the scanner. A data connector is permanently attached to the scanner body, which is used to connect the scanner directly into a receptacle on an external device for accessing data.11-29-2012
20130208325SCANNER MODULE AND IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME - An illuminator, a scanner module and an image scanning apparatus are provided. The scanner module includes an illuminator that includes a light source, a light guide extending in a main scanning direction to change a direction of the light from the light source, a guide holder recessed with a light guide mounting portion in which the light guide is mounted, and at least one supporting protrusion protruding from an entrance of the light guide mounting portion into the light guide mounting portion to support the light guide received in the light guide mounting portion. As the light guide is supported by the supporting protrusion formed at the entrance of the light guide mounting portion, it is possible to reduce deformation of the light guide and/or to prevent the light guide from being falling out of the light guide mounting portion when subjected to, e.g., a shock.08-15-2013