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382276000 - IMAGE TRANSFORMATION OR PREPROCESSING

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20080279476METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN IMAGE AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING AN IMAGE - According to an exemplary embodiment a method for producing an image of a physical object comprises receiving a plurality of raw images, dividing the plurality of raw images into a first subset of primary images and a second subset of secondary images according to a predetermined criterion. From the first subset of primary images an intermediate image is determined while from the second subset of secondary images a mask image is determined. Afterwards a registration of the intermediate image and the mask image is performed by using direct registration of predetermined features present in the intermediate image and the mask image and fused image of the physical object is generated out of the mask image and the intermediate image.11-13-2008
20100150474Generation of high-resolution images based on multiple low-resolution images - The procedure of the present invention estimates a correction rate for elimination of a positional shift between the multiple first images, executes correction with the estimated correction rate to eliminate the positional shift between the multiple first images, and combines the multiple corrected first images to generate the second image. The procedure selects a target pixel among pixels included in the second image, and detects multiple adjacent pixels respectively in the multiple first images, which adjoin to the selected target pixel. The procedure then selects an image as a composition object or a composition object image with regard to the target pixel among the multiple first images according to the multiple adjacent pixels, and calculates a pixel value of the target pixel based on the composition object image. The procedure excludes the first image that includes a certain adjacent pixel out of the multiple adjacent pixels, which is detected to have a motion relative to one base image selected among the multiple first images, from the composition object image with regard to the target pixel. This arrangement of the invention enables generation of a high-resolution still image by taking into account motions of image parts.06-17-2010
20080260287METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ADDING SIGNATURE INFORMATION TO ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS - In one embodiment, the present invention is a method and apparatus for adding signature information to electronic documents. One embodiment of the inventive method involves adding the signature information into a signature data field template corresponding to the electronic document, converting the signature data field template, including the added signature information, to an image file, and superimposing the image file over the electronic document to produce a signed electronic document. The inventive method substantially eliminates the potential for human error and security breaches in the signing of electronic documents.10-23-2008
20110194788System and Method for Fusing Images - A system and method for generating a fused image is provided. The system comprises processing circuitry configured to receive a plurality of images, filter each received image using an edge preserving filter, compute a weight for each received image based on the corresponding filtered image and the received image and generate a fused image based on the weights of each received image. The system further comprises a memory device configured to store the fused image.08-11-2011
20120177304SYSTEM FOR IMAGE INTELLIGENCE EXPLOITATION AND CREATION - In certain embodiments, an apparatus is provided that includes at least one computer-readable medium comprising code, that, when executed by at least one processor, is operable to: receive an image query, translate the image query to a server, receive an image based on the query from the server, receive image overlay data, and fuse the image overlay data with the image to create an image product.07-12-2012
20100074555METHOD FOR PROCESSING A SATELLITE IMAGE AND/OR AN AERIAL IMAGE - In a method for processing a satellite image and/or aerial image, unwanted objects are able to be removed from the satellite image and/or aerial image. Geographical positions of objects pictured in the satellite and/or aerial image are determined, at least one photo is taken at ground level at each and/or in the respective immediate vicinity of the geographical positions determined, and these photos taken at ground level are superimposed on the satellite image and/or aerial image.03-25-2010
20130034312APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COMPOSING IMAGES IN AN IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE - An apparatus and method for composing images in an image processing device are provided. The method includes identifying an object in an overlap region of a plurality of images; generating a Gaussian curve for the object; determining an alpha mask for the overlap region using the Gaussian curve; and blending the plurality of images based on the alpha mask.02-07-2013
20100046855Methods and Apparatuses For Image Processing - Methods and apparatuses for generating a low dynamic range image for a high dynamic range scene. In one aspect, a method to generate a low dynamic range image from a high dynamic range image, includes: determining one or more regions of the high dynamic range image containing pixels having values that are outside a first range and inside a second range; computing a weight distribution from the one or more regions; and generating the low dynamic range image from the high dynamic range image using the weight distribution. In another aspect, a method of image processing, includes: detecting one or more regions in a first image of a high dynamic range scene according to a threshold to generate a mask; and blending the first image and a second image of the scene to generate a third image using the mask.02-25-2010
20130039600IMAGE DATA PROCESSING TECHNIQUES FOR HIGHLY UNDERSAMPLED IMAGES - An exemplary method for processing undersampled image data includes: aligning an undersampled frame comprising image data to a reference frame; accumulating pixel values for pixel locations in the aligned undersampled frame; repeating the aligning and the accumulating for a plurality of undersampled frames; assigning the pixel values accumulated for the pixel locations in the aligned undersampled frames to closest corresponding pixel locations in an upsampled reference frame; and populating the upsampled frame with a combination of the assigned pixel values to produce a resulting frame of image data.02-14-2013
20100104216COMBINING FEATURE BOUNDARIES - A method of forming a combined feature boundary based on boundaries of first and second overlapping features includes dividing the boundaries of the first and second overlapping features into line segments of known shape, identifying crossing points formed by the line segments, calculating parametric coordinates of the crossing points, and determining a sequence of crossing point evaluation based on the parametric coordinates. The method also includes calculating a first cross product based on the line segments forming a first crossing point in the determined sequence, and choosing a first path of the combined feature boundary according to a mathematical sign of the first cross product, the first path extending from the first crossing point to the second crossing point in the determined sequence. The method further includes calculating a second cross product based on the line segments forming a second crossing point in the sequence, and choosing a second path of the combined feature boundary extending from the second crossing point according to a mathematical sign of the second cross product, wherein the combined feature boundary includes the first and second crossing points and portions of at least one of the first and second feature boundaries defining the first and second paths.04-29-2010
20100104217IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes: a front-most image information storage unit configured to store information relating to a front-most image that is one image of a plurality of compositing target images serving as compositing targets of an imaged image making up an imaged moving picture; a transformation information storage unit configured to store transformation information used for transforming another compositing target image of the plurality of compositing target images with the front-most image as a reference; an image transforming unit configured to transform the plurality of compositing target images sequentially toward the front-most image from the compositing target image positioned at the forefront or last of the temporal axis based on the transformation information; an image compositing unit configured to overwrite-composite the transformed compositing target images sequentially to generate a composited image; and a display control unit configured to display the composited image sequentially.04-29-2010
20100104218Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program - An image processing apparatus includes a multiplying unit configured to multiply an original image by a coefficient α used for α blending, thereby generating an α-fold original image, a quantizing unit configured to quantize the α-fold original image and output a quantized α-fold original image obtained through the quantization, a gradation converting unit configured to perform gradation conversion on the α-fold original image by performing a dithering process, thereby generating a gradation-converted α-fold original image, and a difference calculating unit configured to calculate a difference between the gradation-converted α-fold original image and the quantized α-fold original image, thereby obtaining a high-frequency component in the gradation-converted α-fold original image, the high-frequency component being added to a quantized composite image, which is generated by quantizing a composite image obtained through α blending with a quantized image generated by quantizing the original image.04-29-2010
20100040306IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - There is provided an image processing method for acquiring a partial image a target and constructing one whole image of the target. The acquired partial image is stored in a first storage section. A movement amount of an image is calculated using a previous partial image and a latest partial image. A partial image having a minimum difference from the latest partial image in an overlapping portion therebetween is stored in a second storage section. The partial image having the minimum difference as the latest partial image in the first storage section is stored when it is determined that the calculated movement amount is more than the predetermined value.02-18-2010
20100329586CREATING EMISSION IMAGES OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS - A method, system and computer program product are disclosed for creating an image from a device. In one embodiment, the method comprises acquiring first and second images from the device, said first and second images having overlapping portions, and estimating said overlapping portions to obtain an approximate shift amount to align approximately said first and second images. This method further comprises analyzing the overlapping portions, using a defined cross-correlation algorithm, to calculate a precise shift amount to align the first and second images; and using said precise shift amount to join the first and second images together. In one embodiment, an optical system is used to acquire the images, a stage is used to move either the device or the optical system to acquire the first and second images, and the estimating includes using movement of the stage to estimate the overlapping areas.12-30-2010
20090304303Hybrid Image Format - Hybrid image format techniques are described in which multiple resolution images are concatenated to a standard bitmap image to create a hybrid image file. The hybrid image file is created through combining a relatively low resolution image with the additional images in a multi-frame format having higher resolution. The hybrid image file may contain data detectable to signal that higher resolution images are available in the hybrid image file. A hybrid aware application may be configured to detect and output a higher resolution image from the hybrid image file based on detection of the data. A legacy application that is not configured to detect the data may be unaware of higher resolution images contained in the hybrid image file, and accordingly outputs the relatively low resolution image.12-10-2009
20130163897HOLOGRAPHIC MATRIX, SYSTEM OF HOLOGRAPHIC PERSONALIZATION OF ID CARDS AND SYNTHESIS OF HOLOGRAMS OF DESIRED VISUAL PROPERTIES AND METHOD OF PRODUCTION THEREOF - The invention provides for both a composite image field for verification and/or security applications and including a plurality of sets of image elements, wherein members of each set are from the same one of a respective plurality of images and are spaced and located within the composite image in a manner seeking to avoid those of another set, the composite image being formed by the adjacent location of the spaced elements and wherein the spacing and location is in a defined manner serving to create a security key; and also a related composite optical element for verification and/or security applications and including a plurality of sets of optical elements, the members of each set sharing die same optical properties and spaced and located within the composite element in a manner seeking to avoid those of another set, the composite optical element being formed by the adjacent location of the spaced elements and wherein the spacing and location is in a manner defined for providing a security key.06-27-2013
20090232415PLATFORM FOR THE PRODUCTION OF SEAMLESS ORTHOGRAPHIC IMAGERY - Systems and methods are provided for the production of seamless, geo-referenced orthographic images that can comprise a composite of two or more underlying images. Illustratively, an exemplary image processing environment comprises an image processing engine and an instruction set comprising at least one instruction to instruct the image processing engine to process data representative of two or more images. Illustratively, the two or more images can comprise data representative of correspondence points between the two or more images and the underlying area (e.g., ground control points). Illustratively, the exemplary image processing engine can identify features that the overlapping photos have in common (e.g., feature match points) and place and re-project (e.g., distort) each of the two or more images to achieve a selected balance of correct position (e.g., based on ground control points) and seamless overlap (e.g., based on feature match points) which can be composited into a single image.09-17-2009
20090046948Image processing circuit, display device, and printing device - An image processing circuit includes: a storage unit that stores positions of respective pixels, and pixel values of the pixels, the pixels forming a plurality of shape-images which are to be laid out in an array; a first multiplication unit that multiplies a pixel value from among the pixel values stored in the storage unit, by a pixel value from among pixel values included in input image data, for each of the respectively corresponding positions to both the positions stored and positions of pixels included in the input image data, the input image data expressing the pixel values; a subtraction value output unit that outputs a pixel value which is obtained by subtracting a pixel value at each of the positions in the input image data, from a maximum pixel value in the input image data; a second multiplication unit that multiplies a pixel value from among the pixel values included in the input image data or a pixel value included in background image data, by the pixel value inverted by the subtraction value output unit, for each of the respectively corresponding positions, the background image data being a background of an image based on the input image data; and an adder unit that adds up a multiplication result of the first multiplication unit and a multiplication result of the second multiplication unit, for each of the respectively corresponding positions, and outputs addition results as output image data.02-19-2009
20080298718Image Stitching - Disclosed are embodiments of systems and methods to stitch two or more images together into a composite image. By finding matching point pairs for a pair of images, a homography transform may be obtained for the pair of images. The homography transform may be used to generate a composite image of the image pair. In an embodiment, the process of identifying a homography transform may be iterated. In an embodiment, when forming the composite image, the transformed foreground regions may be selected such that there is no intersection of foreground pixel regions. In an embodiment, foreground pixel regions on the border of an image may be removed. The resulting composite image is a larger image generated from the selected regions from the input images. In embodiments, the process may be repeated for sets of images with more than two images.12-04-2008
20120237137Optimal Multi-resolution Blending of Confocal Microscope Images - The disclosure concerns a method for optimizing multiresolution blending of confocal microscope images including the steps of: the multi-band blender proceeding pyramidal correlations; the multi-band blender collecting numerical information from each row of a Laplacian image; the multi-band blender integrating the numerical information from a Laplacian domain of pyramid representation; the multi-band blender measuring the discrepancy between adjacent rows; and the multi-band blender optimizing the overlapped region by estimating the best blending coefficients.09-20-2012
20080292212Image Display Apparatus, Image Display Method, and Computer Program - There is provided an image display apparatus for displaying existing image data formed of a still image and a moving image, including a data group specifier 11-27-2008
20080253686Method and Device for Examining or Imaging an Interior Surface of a Cavity - A method for examining an interior surface of a cavity includes the steps of capturing partial images of an interior surface of a cavity; joining the captured partial images to form a complete image of said interior surface of the cavity; and providing an warning if the joined partial images does not form a complete image of said interior surface of the cavity.10-16-2008
20120163732IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a blending layout information generating unit that generates blending layout information indicative of overlay information in a blended image of plural source images, a source necessity information generating unit that generates source necessity information indicative of unnecessary areas on the source image overwritten by the blending process, a source necessity information storing memory, and a source read masking unit that conducts a read masking control. A process of generating the blending layout information and the source necessity information, and a process of conducting the read masking control are executed in different frame processing periods, separately, to reduce a throughput necessary for generation of the source necessity information.06-28-2012
20110142369System and Method for Constructing a Motion-Compensated Composite Image - A method for constructing a motion-compensated composite image of a scene includes acquiring a plurality of images of a scene over time, the plurality of images including an earlier-acquired image of the scene and a later-acquired image scene. The relative motion between the earlier and later acquired images are estimated, and an exposure parameter is computed based upon the estimated relative motion occurring between the earlier and later acquired images. A new image of the scene is acquired using the computed exposure parameter, and the earlier, later, and newly acquired images are combined to produce a motion-compensated composite image of the scene.06-16-2011
20110299794BACKGROUND PATTERN IMAGE COMBINING APPARATUS, BACKGROUND PATTERN IMAGE COMBINING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM - A background pattern image combining apparatus for combining a background pattern image with an input image is provided. The background pattern image includes a plurality of first isolated points having a size that can be read by an image reader and a plurality of second isolated points having a size that cannot be read by the image reader. The background pattern image combining apparatus includes a detector that detects, in the input image, a specific area which is an area having a specific state, and a combining portion that combines the background pattern image with the input image by placing not the plurality of first isolated points but the plurality of second isolated points in the specific area, and, by placing the plurality of first isolated points and the plurality of second isolated points in an area other than the specific area.12-08-2011
20090003727PICTURE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM - A picture processing device is capable of performing a process of superposing a sub picture image on a moving picture image which forms a base. The device includes a detection unit for detecting a region in which a movement amount is small, out of a plurality of regions in which the sub picture image may be superposed on the moving picture image which forms a base, and a picture image superposing unit for superposing the sub picture image on the region in which the movement amount is small, the region being detected by the detection unit.01-01-2009
20110286684Selecting A Reference Image For Images To Be Joined - The present disclosure includes systems and techniques relating to selecting a reference image for images to be joined in accordance with projective transformations. In general, one aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in a computer-implemented method that includes obtaining projective transformations corresponding to two dimensional images to be joined together in accordance with the projective transformations; selecting one of the two dimensional images to be a reference image for remaining ones of the two dimensional images, the selecting being based on a measure of overall distortion for the two dimensional images; setting a projective transformation of the one of the images according to a group transform; correcting remaining projective transformations of the remaining images in accordance with the setting the projective transformation of the one of the images; and making the two dimensional images and the projective transformations available for further processing and output.11-24-2011
20090116764METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING PANORAMIC ELECTRONIC MAP SERVICE - A method of constructing panoramic electronic map service, comprising the steps of: 1) collecting panoramic image sequence, namely, collecting panoramic image sequence containing geographic position information and having information continuity between adjacent images; 2) establishing panoramic image database, namely, establishing database containing a panoramic image sequence on a server; 3) establishing position association link, namely, associating the panoramic image sequence in the database with the electronic map via position information; and 4) searching and positioning the panoramic image, namely, when searching, a user can position the geographic information at a searched point on the electronic map by searching for a keyword, and find the corresponding position information in the panoramic image sequence so as to retrieve the panoramic image. The method of the invention can be applied to a conventional electronic map service so as to provide more detailed, specific, and omnidirectional position information.05-07-2009
20090154834RENDERING SYSTEM AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE SAME - The rendering system for rendering input image data to composite an image includes an image input unit, an image rendering unit, an image compositing unit. The image input unit subdivides input image data into data segments of a size corresponding to the memory capacity of the rendering system to load the data segments one at a time. The image rendering unit renders the data segments in sequence, and sequentially stores rendering pixel information associated with the rendered results in a buffer. The image compositing unit compares two pieces of stored rendering pixel information to each other as previous rendering pixel information and current rendering pixel information, updates rendering pixel information according to the comparison result, and composites a final image according to the updated rendering pixel information.06-18-2009
20090148064COLLAGE DISPLAY OF IMAGE PROJECTS - Techniques are described for displaying projects of images as “collages”. Collages differ from conventional thumbnail displays of projects in that collages display an entire project as if the project were a single image. Consequently, collages better convey the characteristics of projects as a whole, while de-emphasizing the distinctiveness of individual images within the projects. When displayed as collages, side-by-side comparisons may be readily performed between projects as a whole. For example, a single display may include collages for multiple projects, thereby allowing viewers to quickly tell how the projects differ in a variety of ways, including but not limited to size of shoot or density of shoot, dominant color, mood, time of day, bracketed shots or bursts, location and subject matter. The content of the collage for a project is based on the individual images that belong to the project. However, details of the individual images on which the project image is based may not be readily discernible from the collage. In addition, not all individual images that belong to a project may be used in a collage. Techniques for selecting which individual images of a project to include in the project are also described.06-11-2009
20080267530GENERATING COMPOUND IMAGES HAVING INCREASED SHARPNESS AND REDUCED NOISE - Systems and method of generating compound images having increased sharpness and reduced noise are described. In one aspect, a comparison image signal is determined. The comparison image signal includes pixels with values respectively indexing values of pixels of a first image signal in relation to values of spatially corresponding pixels of a second image signal. The comparison image signal is filtered with a spatial filter. A compound image signal is generated. The compound image signal has pixels with values composed of contributions from the pixel values of the first image signal and the pixel values of the second image signal. The contributions are functions of respective values of spatially corresponding pixels in the filtered comparison image signal in relation to values of noise variation in the filtered comparison image signal.10-30-2008
20090022424SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CREATING PHOTOBOOKS - A method for producing a photo album includes providing a library of page layouts, selecting a first group of one or more images to be placed in the first page of the photo album, selecting a second group of one or more images to be placed in the second page of the photo album, graphically displaying the first group of one or more images within a first border that represents a first page, graphically displaying the second group of one or more images within a second border that represents a second page, automatically selecting a first page layout from the library of page layouts, and automatically placing the first group of one or more images into the one or more image receiving areas in the first page layout to produce the first page in the photo album.01-22-2009
20090022422Method for constructing a composite image - A method for constructing a composite image comprises determining in an alignment between at least a first and a second image based on the content of the first and second image frames, and combining in a transform domain at least the first and second images with the determined alignment to form a composite image.01-22-2009
20090087123IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus, comprising: 04-02-2009
20110194787Constructing Three Dimensional Images Using Panoramic Images - A computer implemented method and system for constructing a three dimensional (3D) tomographic image from an object's two dimensional (2D) panoramic image are provided. A first geometrical attribute set in a first coordinate system is assigned to one or more focal troughs. A second geometrical attribute set in a second coordinate system is assigned to the 2D panoramic image. Second geometrical attributes are correlated with first geometrical attributes for reconstructing the 2D panoramic image in multiple dimensions. Multiple defocused elements of the object are determined along the 2D panoramic image's horizontal dimension. A transverse dimension is determined for the reconstructed panoramic image by mapping the defocused elements to a translation along the transverse dimension in the first coordinate system on either side of the center of the focal troughs. The multiple dimensions of the reconstructed panoramic image are transformed into an orthogonal coordinate system to generate the 3D tomographic image.08-11-2011
20090046946IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a partial image memory unit for reading partial image data from an image pickup device and sequentially storing the partial image data. The image processing apparatus also includes an image composition unit for generating the composite image data by synthesizing the partial image data obtained from the partial image memory unit. Only when a composition incomplete signal does not exists the partial image memory unit stores the partial image data and generates a storage completion signal upon completing the storage of the partial image data. The image composition unit generates the composition incomplete signal when the composite image data is being generated, on the condition that the storage completion signal is present. The image composition unit reads at least one of the partial image data from the partial image memory unit and starts the generation of the composite image data using the partial image data when the composite image data is not being generated.02-19-2009
20120106869IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is disclosed an image processing apparatus including an image input unit that inputs frame image data; and a composition processing unit that generates motion transition image data expressing a motion transition of a moving subject in such a manner that a plurality of moving subject images are sequentially arranged side by side in a predetermined direction by performing a composition process using moving subject images included in a plurality of frame image data that is input by the image input unit, generates moving object image data expressing a moving object that moves according to the motion transition of the moving subject images, and performs a composition process that generates a moving object image-attached motion transition image data including the moving object images by composing the moving object image data and the motion transition image data.05-03-2012
20090263045IMAGE BLENDING USING MULTI-SPLINES - Multi-spline image blending technique embodiments are presented which generally employ a separate low-resolution offset field for every image region being blended, rather than a single (piecewise smooth) offset field for all the regions to produce a visually consistent blended image. Each of the individual offset fields is smoothly varying, and so is represented using a low-dimensional spline. A resulting linear system can be rapidly solved because it involves many fewer variables than the number of pixels being blended.10-22-2009
20090285505IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - When a predetermined processing is performed on image data, a target area to be subjected to the predetermined processing in an image based on the image data is received, the predetermined processing is performed only on the target area, a position of a processed image in the target area where the predetermined processing is performed is changed, and the processed image and a non-target image in a non-target area except for the target area are synthesized with each other. When the synthesis is performed, an overlapped area where the non-target image and the processed image overlap with each other is extracted, and processing for reflecting image density data of the processed image and that of the non-target image at a predetermined ratio is performed, with respect to the extracted overlapped area.11-19-2009
20110200273METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPOSING IMAGE - Provided are a method and apparatus for combining and composing a plurality of images into one image. An image processing unit calculates importance levels of the plurality of input images, respectively, according to selection criteria, selects at least two important images from among the plurality of input images according to the calculated importance levels, determines Regions Of Interest (ROIs) of the important images, selects the ROIs in one canvas, arranges corresponding important images at positions corresponding to the selected ROIs, and composes the arranged important images into one image.08-18-2011
20100278450Method, Apparatus And System For Alternate Image/Video Insertion - The present invention provides a method, apparatus and system of content creation, content post processing, new image capture and image composition whereby alternate images or video content may be selectively integrated into an original video in real time. In the present invention, sufficient metadata is created at the time of the creation of the original video content to both describe objects/areas in the original video that are available for integration of alternate images/video and to provide a means of controlling the alternate video capture and processing to fit the alternate image/video into the areas in the original video defined as available for integration of alternate image/video. The result is a mechanism whereby personal/alternate video/images may be integrated with existing video content, such as in one embodiment, music videos (e.g., video Karaoke), games, broadcast video, DVD videos, and the like, in real time.11-04-2010
20080240613Digital Microscope Slide Scanning System and Methods - Provided herein are systems methods including a design of a microscope slide scanner for digital pathology applications which provides high quality images and automated batch-mode operation at low cost. The instrument architecture is advantageously based on a convergence of high performance, yet low cost, computing technologies, interfaces and software standards to enable high quality digital microscopy at very low cost. Also provided is a method based in part on a stitching method that allows for dividing an image into a number of overlapping tiles and reconstituting the image with a magnification without substantial loss of accuracy. A scanner is employed in capturing snapshot images. The method allows for overlapping images captured in consecutive snapshots.10-02-2008
20080240612NON-OVERLAP REGION BASED AUTOMATIC GLOBAL ALIGNMENT FOR RING CAMERA IMAGE MOSAIC - Various embodiments are directed to non-overlap region based automatic global alignment for ring camera image mosaic. The non-overlap region based homography calculation may be based on feature points of a planar target appearing in a non-overlap region among images captured by a multi-camera based video capture device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.10-02-2008
20080273813METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE COMBINING OF ORIGINAL IMAGE DATA AND CODED IMAGE DATA - An information processing device is provided that combines original image data and coded image data in a mutually non-overlapping manner. The information processing device generates coded image data to be combined with original image data. Next, the information process device determines whether or not the object region within the original image data and the generated coded image data region are overlapping. If it is determined that an overlap occurs, the information processing device modifies the shape of the coded image data region in accordance with instructions from a user. Next, the information processing device combines and prints the changed coded image data and the original image data.11-06-2008
20090046947IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus that generates a combined image by combining plural image data acquired as a result of digitizing plural images acquired by shooting with different quantities of exposure, includes a weighting unit that adds weight to adjust proportion of combination of the image data, to at least one of the plural image data. The weighting unit includes a luminance data generating unit that combines data related to luminance of the plural image data and thus generates combined luminance data, and a weight deciding unit that decides the weight added to the image data in accordance with the combined luminance data generated by the luminance data generating unit.02-19-2009
20080285887IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A CG image having a transparency parameter is superimposed on a shot image, which is an image picked up by an image-pickup device, to obtain a combined image. The combined image is displayed in a combined-image-display region. In the combined image, a mask region of the CG image is set based on parameter information used to extract a region of a hand. The transparency parameter of the CG image is set based on a ratio of the size of the region of the CG image excluding the mask region to the size of the shot image. By checking the combined image, which is displayed in the combined-image-display region, the user can set the parameter information by a simple operation.11-20-2008
20080292211Vehicle exterior examination and search system - A low-cost, portable and highly-mobile “speed bump” which incorporates a plurality of electronic cameras, illumination devices, and range finders, coupled with one or more similar imaging systems configured to cooperate with the speed bump device to provide imaging of the undercarriage, sides or top of a vehicle. The system can be rapidly and temporarily deployed to achieve increased security at facilities and events likely to be terrorist targets, and at checkpoints to achieve an element of surprise to terrorists and smugglers. As a vehicle drives over the imaging speed bump and between or under the cooperating units, various images are captured. Image frames are “stitched” together to form a complete image of the undercarriage for display to a guard, officer or soldier.11-27-2008
20100054627METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CREATING AN ALIGNED BANK OF IMAGES WITH AN ITERATIVE SELF-CORRECTION TECHNIQUE FOR COORDINATE ACQUISITION AND OBJECT DETECTION - Methods and systems for providing an aligned bank of images (e.g. for a panoramic display obtained by a scanning or moving camera) are disclosed that allow updating of the bank of images as new images are obtained; display of the original images stored in the bank as a mosaic according to any desired zoom; determination and display of the best mosaic view for a desired zoom; recall of the original images from the bank; and production of a mosaic that is free of accumulated stitching errors without imposing limitations on the way the camera scans. The methods and systems herein disclosed further have the ability to anchor the bank of images to the actual ground coordinates. The key to the method is inclusion of an iterative self-correcting procedure that reduces the accumulated errors as new images are added to the bank.03-04-2010
20080232715IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - When different images are combined, the corresponding parts are to be aligned accurately. To thus combine images, the feature point of each pixel is calculated from each original image using an operator (filter). The pixels are divided into blocks that the resolution matches that of the reduced image of each original image, and an expectation value map for registering the expectation value of the feature point of each block is drawn. Feature points are expected from the expectation values which the expectation value map holds, and reduced images are superposed one on the other. The feature points of the original images corresponding to the feature points between which the correspondence is derived from the reduced images are extracted, and the original images are superposed one on the other using the extracted feature points.09-25-2008
20080285885Geospatial Modeling System Providing Non-Linear Inpainting for Voids in Geospatial Model Cultural Feature Data and Related Methods - A geospatial modeling system may include a geospatial model database and a processor. More particularly, the processor may cooperate with the geospatial model database for inpainting data into at least one void in geospatial model cultural feature data based upon propagating contour data from outside the at least one void into the at least one void.11-20-2008
20110268369GENERATING A COMBINED IMAGE FROM MULTIPLE IMAGES - A determination is made for each of multiple regions in multiple images of how good that region is perceived as being. A base image is identified, and a combined image is generated from the multiple images by automatically replacing each region of the base image with a corresponding region of another image if the corresponding region has been determined as being better than the region of the base image. The generating of the combined image can include automatically selecting from one of the multiple images a region in which an object that is present in one or more corresponding regions of other images is absent. Additionally, for a particular region of the base image, corresponding regions of the other images can be displayed, and the particular region replaced with a user-selected one of the corresponding regions of the other images.11-03-2011
20090022423METHOD FOR COMBINING SEVERAL IMAGES TO A FULL IMAGE IN THE BIRD'S EYE VIEW - During the combination of several adjacent images to a full image in the bird's eye view, points of discontinuity in addition to distortions can form in the overlapping regions of individual image portions, in which detected objects cannot be detected due to perspective differences. The aim of the invention is therefore to provide a method for combining several images to a full image in the bird's eye view, wherein at least two images of overlapping or adjacent surrounding regions are captured from different image recording positions (01-22-2009
20090129701Digital photographing apparatus, method of controlling the same, and recording medium having recorded thereon program for executing the method - A digital photographing apparatus, a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus, and a recording medium having recorded thereon a program for executing the method are provided. The digital photographing apparatus includes: a data obtainer that obtains long exposure first data about a first image of a subject and short exposure second data about a second image of the subject; a third data generator that generates third data about a third image by warping the first data so that the subject of the first image and the subject of the second image match each other; and a second data amender which, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, amends the second data so that the second data value S(x, y) at the pixel (x, y) of the second image has the third data value W(x, y) at the pixel (x, y) of the third image.05-21-2009
20090136157System and/or Method for Combining Images - The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a method and/or system for generating a dynamic image based, at least in part, on attributes associated with one or more individuals.05-28-2009
20090136156INFERRED DISCOVERY AND CONSTRUCTION OF MULTI-RESOLUTION IMAGES - A method and a processing device may be provided for discovering and constructing multi-resolution images. Content, including an image, may be obtained from a specified address via a network and rendered to a display monitor of the processing device. The processing device may attempt to discover a second image, corresponding to the image included in the obtained content, but with a different resolution than a resolution of the image included in the obtained content. If the second image is discovered, the second image and the image included in the obtained content may be linked to create a multi-resolution image. If the image included in the content rendered to the display monitor is enlarged beyond a threshold, the rendered image may become pixelated. A high resolution image corresponding to and linked to the rendered image may be blended into the enlarged rendered image to eliminate pixelation.05-28-2009
20090136155Assessment of a View through the Overlay of Maps - A system for evaluating a view, including a first mapper for encoding an image of a view according to a first parameter to create a first map having multiple defined areas, a second mapper for encoding the image according to a second parameter to create a second map having multiple defined areas, an overlap mapper for combining the maps to create an overlap map, a tabulator for measuring areas in the overlap map corresponding to overlapping defined areas, creating a set of measurements of the image, and an analyzer for analyzing the set of measurements of the image and a learning set of measurement groups with associated values to compute an estimated value associated with the image where the estimated value relates to the set of measurements of the image in the same manner that each value in the learning set relates to its associated measurement group.05-28-2009
20090268983Digital imaging system and method using multiple digital image sensors to produce large high-resolution gapless mosaic images - A digital imaging system and method using multiple cameras arranged and aligned to create a much larger virtual image sensor array. Each camera has a lens with an optical axis aligned parallel to the optical axes of the other camera lenses, and a digital image sensor array with one or more non-contiguous pixelated sensors. The non-contiguous sensor arrays are spatially arranged relative to their respective optical axes so that each sensor images a portion of a target region that is substantially different from other portions of the target region imaged by other sensors, and preferably overlaps adjacent portions imaged by the other sensors. In this manner, the portions imaged by one set of sensors completely fill the image gaps found between other portions imaged by other sets of sensors, so that a seamless mosaic image of the target region may be produced.10-29-2009
20090185758METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A MULTIPLE FOCUS STACK IMAGE - A method of producing a multiple focus stack image of a target, the stack image comprising a plurality of images of the target, each image having a corresponding focal range or position, wherein the method comprises causing relative scanning movement between the target and an array of light detectors, the array being used to repeatedly receive image information from the target during the scan in the form of scan lines; and causing the relative focus between the target and the array to be modified between the said focal ranges or positions of the respective images during the scan so as to obtain scan lines corresponding to each focal range or position during the scan, thereby obtaining the images in the stack, wherein each image is formed from the image information obtained as scan lines at the respective focal range or position during the scan. The method is then further characterised in that the relative focus is cycled between two extreme focal ranges or positions during the relative scanning movement and at least one scan line is obtained at a focal range or position located between subsequent extreme focal ranges or positions during the scan, each scan line being used to form one of the images of the target07-23-2009
20090185759METHOD FOR SYNTHESIZING IMAGE WITH MULTI-VIEW IMAGES - A method for synthesizing an image with multi-view images includes inputting multiple images, wherein each of the reference images is corresponding to a reference viewing-angle for photographing; synthesizing an image corresponding to a viewpoint and an intended viewing-angle; segmenting the intended synthesized image to obtain a plurality of meshes and a plurality of vertices of the meshes. Each of the vertices and the viewpoint respectively establish a viewing-angle, and the method further includes searching a plurality of neighbouring images among the reference images referring to the viewing-angle. If at least one of the neighbouring images falls within an adjacent region of the vertex, a first mode is adopted without interpolation to synthesize the intended synthesized image; when none of the neighbouring images falls within the adjacent region of the vertex, a second mode is adopted, where a weighting-based interpolation mechanism is used for synthesizing the intended synthesized image.07-23-2009
20090142001IMAGE COMPOSING APPARATUS - An image composing apparatus includes a flash memory and an I/F for accessing a recording medium. A plurality of template images are contained in the flash memory, and a photographed image is contained in the recording medium via the I/F. An attribute (attribute: center coordinates and a size) of a transparent area frame provided in each of the plurality of template images is detected by a CPU. An attribute of a face frame provided in the photographed image is also detected by the CPU. The CPU calculates each of composition matching levels of the plurality of template images based on the detected attributes of the transparent area frame and the face frame, and designates each of the plurality of template images in order of decreasing calculated composition matching level. Further, the CPU composes the designated template image and photographed image in such a manner tot the composition matching level increases.06-04-2009
20090245689METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR VISUAL SUB-BAND DECOMPOSITION OF SIGNALS - Methods and apparatus for image processing include performing visual sub-band decomposition of an image using human visual system characteristics to generate a plurality of sub-band decomposed images, independently processing the plurality of sub-band decomposed images with at least one application, and fusing the independently processed sub-band decomposed images to reconstruct an output image.10-01-2009
20090245688Adaptive image acquisition for multiframe reconstruction - Multiframe reconstruction combines a set of acquired images into a reconstructed image. Here, which images to acquire are selected based at least in part on the content of previously acquired images. In one approach, a set of at least three images of an object are acquired at different acquisition settings. For at least one of the images in the set, the acquisition setting for the image is determined based at least in part on the content of previously acquired images. Multiframe image reconstruction is applied to the set of acquired images to synthesize a reconstructed image of the object.10-01-2009
20090028461IMAGING OF BURIED STRUCTURES - A method of obtaining an image of buried structures in an object, comprising partially irradiating said object by light of a wavelength that images said buried structure; and obtaining a complementary partial image of said buried structure by light diffused from a non-irradiated image area.01-29-2009
20090080802INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING COMPOSITE IMAGE - An information processing apparatus includes: a first decoder that decodes first image data into a first image; a second decoder that decodes second image data into a second image; a third decoder that decodes third image data into a third image; a compose unit that composes, into a first area in the first image, an image of a second area of the second image, the second area having the same coordinate position as the first area; and a blend processing unit that generates a display screen no by overlapping the second image, the third image and the first image being superimposed with the second image, in order from bottom to top.03-26-2009
20080304767Image Processing Method, Image Processor, Drawing System, and Program - An image processing method and image processor obtain image data of piece images and layout information of each piece image, convert the image data into piece drawing data, and then, preferably after performing compression processing on the piece drawing data, arrange the piece drawing data in accordance with the layout information, to thereby create drawing data of an image composed of plural piece images arranged. A drawing system has the image processor described above, and a drawing device, which draws an image on a work based on drawing data that is created by the image processor. A program enables a computer to execute the image processing method described above.12-11-2008
20090214134SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGE DATA EXTRACTION AND ASSEMBLY IN DIGITAL CAMERAS - A system and method for data extraction and assembly in digital cameras is provided. The system and method provides the ability to extract symbol data, including textual and other character data from multiple camera images, and assemble the extracted symbol data into a composite document. The system and method can perform this data extraction using limited resources, and thus it can be implemented in digital cameras that have limited memory and processing capacity08-27-2009
20090148065Real-time summation of images from a plurality of sources - A method of producing an image depicting an object from a plurality of images. In an exemplary method, images of an object gathered by a plurality of image acquisition devices are combined to produce a final image. Low quality image rejection, enhancement, co-registration, and other functions may be performed. An exemplary system includes a plurality of cameras coupled to respective telescopes. The cameras are connected to a computing device via one or more networks, and the computing device combines images acquired by the cameras to produce a final image.06-11-2009
20130121616METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING ROTATION, FOCAL LENGTHS AND RADIAL DISTORTION IN PANORAMIC IMAGE STITCHING - Method and apparatus for estimating relative three-dimensional (3D) camera rotations, focal lengths, and radial (lens) distortions from point-correspondences in pairwise (two image) image alignment. A core estimator takes a minimal (three) number of point-correspondences and returns a rotation, lens (radial) distortion and two focal lengths. The core estimator solves relative 3D camera rotations, and lens distortions from 3-point-correspondences in two images in the presence of noise in point-correspondences. A robust estimator may be based on or may be “wrapped around” the core estimator to handle noise and errors in point-correspondences. The robust estimator may determine an alignment model for a pair of images from the rotation, distortion, and focal lengths.05-16-2013
20130121617APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR POLARIZATION DIVERSITY IMAGING AND ALIGNMENT - A method of obtaining two orthogonally polarized super-resolution images is provided. A first diffraction-limited image is obtained using horizontally polarized light; a second diffraction-limited image is obtained using vertically polarized light; and, the first and second images are processed so as to yield a convoluted image having super diffraction-limited performance in both dimensions. Enhanced alignment of CAD image to acquired image is facilitated using the horizontally and vertically polarized images.05-16-2013
20090208135IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A composite image is generated by a method including: detecting at least one in a captured image; judging arrangement of the at least one subject by an arithmetic operation; selecting at least one composition-purpose image at random in accordance with the arrangement of the at least one subject; determining arrangement of the selected at least one composition-purpose image at random so that the at least one composition-purpose image does not overlap with one another and does not overlap with the detected at least one subject; and generating a composite image by combining the captured image with the at least one composition-purpose image.08-20-2009
20090220173IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND SYSTEM - In an image processing method a sequence of at least two image frames is provided and a motion vector representing relative movement of at least a part of said image frames is calculated. At least said part in the image frames is repositioned in accordance with the calculated motion vector, and the image frames are combined to form a combined image frame. The image frames are divided into blocks and a block motion vector representing relative movement of each block is calculated. Each block is repositioned in accordance with the calculated block motion vector and the blocks are combined to form combined blocks in order to obtain the combined image frame.09-03-2009
20090257681Image processing system, image processing method, and storage medium - An image processing system includes a plurality of clients, a plurality of servers, and a computer. The computer includes a user application and a multi-target controller. The user application interactively operates with a user. The multi-target controller causes the plurality of clients to synchronously access the plurality of servers in response to a request from the user application, acquire from the plurality of servers a plurality of pieces of target data corresponding to a plurality of sub-regions in a draw region of the user application, and expand the plurality of pieces of target data into a plurality of pieces of draw data. The multi-target controller further combines the plurality of pieces of draw data returned from the plurality of clients into single draw data and passes the single draw data to the user application.10-15-2009
20090257680Method and Device for Video Stitching - A method and device for video stitching is presented. The invention determines one or more motion vectors indicative of changes in two consecutive images of a (video) sequence of images. It further determines a spatial correlation function by examining two images from two different videos obtained from adjacently placed cameras having an overlapping field of view and that are to be combined. The invention achieves a faster stitching of images by applying the correlation function for combining subsequent set/s of images, subject to a match value being in a predetermined range. The match-value is a value indicative of a change in the correlation function for the subsequent set of images that are to be combined. Said match value is determined according to sets of coordinate values which are indicative of an overlapping portion in the subsequent set of images that are to be combined and the correlation function. The sets of coordinate values are determined according to the motion vectors.10-15-2009
20100002956METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONVERTING AT LEAST ONE FIRST-SPECTRUM IMAGE INTO A SECOND-SPECTRUM IMAGE - Method for converting at least one image of a first spectrum into an image of a second spectrum, comprising: —recording at least one first-spectrum reference image (NRI) of at least one reference scene (RS) with a first-spectrum recording apparatus (01-07-2010
20100150473APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BLENDING MULTIPLE IMAGES - Disclosed is an apparatus to blend a high dynamic range (HDR) image or a plurality of images captured with different exposure settings to multiple images, and a method thereof. A multiple image blender receives a high dynamic range (HDR) image or a plurality of images captured with different exposure settings, and controls setting of one or more areas of interest or setting of one or more gradation levels, and combines and blends the HDR image or the plurality of images captured with different exposure settings corresponding to each area of interest or at each gradation level, and generates at least one multi-exposure image.06-17-2010
20080232714Image deformation using multiple image regions - Disclosed are systems for and methods of registering (i.e., aligning) a deformable image with a reference image subject to a plurality of regions within the deformable and reference images. Different members of the plurality of regions may be used in different phases of a deformation algorithm and the identity of these regions may change between different iterations of the deformation algorithm. In some embodiments, most of an image is used for calculation of the internal force of the demons algorithm while a smaller subset of the image is used for calculating the opposing external force.09-25-2008
20100260438Image processing apparatus and medium storing image processing program - There are provided an image processing apparatus and a storage medium storing an image processing program capable of easily refurbishing a photographed image by performing retouching on the image regardless of a type or a size of a retouch target included in the photographed image, by being provided with an object database storing a plurality of objects which are capable of being overlapped as to cover a part of the photographed image and include an image and a three-dimensional object model of material body forming a spontaneous boundary with the photographed image, a retrieving unit retrieving at least one of the objects from the object database based on a characteristic of the scene of the photographed image, and a composition unit performing a composition by overlapping an image representing at least one of the objects being selected with the photographed image as to cover a part of the photographed image.10-14-2010
20100014780IMAGE STITCHING AND RELATED METHOD THEREFOR - A method to stitch images includes the steps of: determining a template window in the first digital image and a target window in the second digital image and extracting selected features from the selected windows and a template in the template window; extracting selected features from within the template at a first resolution; matching the selected features in the target window; extracting selected features from within the template and target window at a second resolution higher than the first resolution; matching the selected features in the target window; performing a first evaluation of the second estimate of the stitching location; blending the second estimate of the stitching location; performing an evaluation of the stitching location; stitching the first digital image and a second digital image using the stitching location to create a stitched image; and saving the stitched image to memory. A system to perform the method is also described.01-21-2010
20130216155METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CREATING, RECEIVING AND PLAYING MULTIVIEW IMAGES, AND RELATED MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A method and a system for creating, receiving and playing multi-view images are provided, and a related mobile communication device is also provided. A service server in the system receives images collected by the devices and encodes the received images based at least partly on redundancy of the images. The service server converts the received images into the multi-view images and sends them to a client terminal.08-22-2013
20110058753RENDERING IMAGES UNDER CYLINDRICAL PROJECTIONS - Systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer program products, are provided for forming composite images. In some implementations, a method is provided. The method includes receiving a set of component images for forming a composite image, defining a projection for the set of images transforming each component image into a projected component image, and rendering the projected component images to form the composite image. The rendering of each component image includes decomposing a rotation of the projection into separate rotations for each axis, rotating the component image along a first axis, separately identifying pixel values for each row and each column of the projected component image, and rotating the image along a third axis to form a rendered component image.03-10-2011
20100239184PARAMETER CONTROL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an image processing apparatus that is capable of effectively generating a high-resolution image with high image quality from multiple low-resolution images having displacements by an iterative reconstruction processing based on a reconstruction-based super-resolution processing method.09-23-2010
20100034483Cut-line steering methods for forming a mosaic image of a geographical area - A method for automatically steering mosaic cut lines along preferred routes to form an output mosaic image includes the step of creating an assignment map corresponding to the output mosaic image where each pixel has an initial designation of unassigned. Then, each pixel of the assignment map that intersects the preferred routes is marked as being a Preferred Cut Line pixel to divide the Assignment Map into one or more regions. For each region, a search is conducted to locate one or more source images that completely cover that region. If multiple source images completely covering the region are located, the method uses a Selection Heuristic to determine quality of coverage, and then designates each pixel in that region as being assigned to the source image determined to be best by the Selection Heuristic. For any remaining unassigned regions, the method searches for two or more source images whose combined footprint completely covers the region, and for each set of two or more combined images, a Pairing Heuristic is used for determining quality of coverage. Each pixel in the region is designated as being assigned to the two or more combined images determined best by the Pairing Heuristic. Then, the Preferred Cut Line pixels are redesignated to match the image assignments of their bounded regions, and the output mosaic image is formed by contributing pixel values from the source images based upon the designations set forth in the assignment map.02-11-2010
20090324135IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes: an imaging information calculation unit acquiring a first image and higher-resolution second images, and calculating coordinate positions of the second images to the first image and differences in imaging direction between second cameras and a first camera; an eyepoint conversion unit generating eyepoint conversion images obtained by converting the second images based on the differences in imaging direction so that eyepoints of the second cameras coincide with an eyepoint of the first camera and matching the first image with the eyepoint conversion images to calculate phase deviations of the eyepoint conversion images from the first image; and an image synthesizing unit extracting high-frequency images, having frequency components higher than or equal to a predetermined frequency band, from the second images, and pasting the high-frequency images at the coordinate positions in correspondence with the first image to eliminate the phase deviations to generate a synthesized image.12-31-2009
20090324134SPLITTING FILE TYPES WITHIN PARTITIONED IMAGES - The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates optimally and efficiently utilizing an image file format. A server can host an image that is partitioned into two or more tiles, wherein the two or more tiles collectively represent the image in entirety and are defined in at least one image file format. A tile generator can evaluate at least one tile to identify a suitable image file format based upon at least one of a characteristic of such file format or a context of a use for the tile. A browser can utilize the tile in the identified file format in order to render a portion of the image.12-31-2009
20090129700Image Blending - Previously, Poisson blending has been used for image blending including cloning an object onto a target background and blending pairs of source images together. Such Poisson blending works well in many situations. However, whilst this method is always workable, we have found that discolorations sometimes occur. We realized that these discolorations occur when the gradient of the source image is preserved too insistently, at the expense of preserving object and background color. In some situations object outlines become smeared or blurred. We develop a color preservation term and a fragility measure to address these problems. This gives a user additional control to obtain smooth compositions and reduce discoloration artifacts.05-21-2009
20110110605METHOD FOR GENERATING AND REFERENCING PANORAMIC IMAGE AND MOBILE TERMINAL USING THE SAME - A method for generating a panoramic image is provided. The method includes photographing a plurality of images, obtaining contextual information with respect to each of the plurality of photographed images, and generating the plurality of photographed images as one panoramic image based on the obtained contextual information.05-12-2011
20120243803Laying Out Multiple Images - Systems, methods, and apparatuses, including computer program products, are provided for re-layout of composite images. In some implementations, a method includes identifying geometric transformations corresponding to multiple images from a collection of images, where a geometric transformation reorients a corresponding image in relation to a common reference frame when applied and identifying a reference image for the multiple images in the collection of images. The method also includes determining overlapping image regions for the multiple images starting from the reference image, the determining based on the identified geometric transformations, determining additional transformations of a specified type for the multiple images based on the overlapping image regions, where an additional transformation lays out a corresponding image in relation to the reference image when applied, and making the additional transformations available for further processing and output with respect to the collection of images.09-27-2012
20100239183METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A COMPOSITE IMAGE OR A COMPOSITE SEQUENCE OF IMAGES INDUCING ENHANCED PERCEPTION OF THE RELIEF OF AT LEAST ONE SUBJECT - The method and the device of the invention enables still or animated composite images to be produce that induce an enhanced perception of the relief of at least one subject by using a tiling to merge, for each composite image, a first initial or secondary image and a second initial or secondary image in such a manner that at least in the zone of the subject one tile in every two tiles in the composite image comes from the first initial or secondary image and one tile in every two tiles comes from the second initial or secondary image, the tiles coming from the first and second secondary images being arranged in a checkerboard pattern in the composite image.09-23-2010
20090252435CARTOON PERSONALIZATION - Embodiments that provide cartoon personalization are disclosed. In accordance with one embodiment, cartoon personalization includes selecting a face image having a pose orientation that substantially matches an original pose orientation of a character in a cartoon image. The method also includes replacing a face of the character in the cartoon image with the face image. The method further includes blending the face image with a remainder of the character in the cartoon image.10-08-2009
20110075945GRAPHIC ARRANGEMENT DECIDING METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A graphic arrangement deciding method includes the steps of: acquiring, by an information processing apparatus, photographed region information corresponding to information which identifies a photographed region and unphotographed region information corresponding to information which identifies an unphotographed region, from a wide-angle image; setting, by the information processing apparatus, order of priority of a partial region which is located at a desired position and has a desired size within the photographed region identified by the photographed region information, on the basis of an attribute of the partial region; and deciding, by the information processing apparatus, arrangement of one or a plurality of graphics associated with the wide-angle image, on the basis of the unphotographed region information and the order of priority of the partial region. Thus, a more attractive photo book is created with the use of an unphotographed part of an image having an uneven boundary region.03-31-2011
20110081099Personnel Security Screening System with Enhanced Privacy - The present invention is directed towards processing security images of people subjected to X-ray radiation. The present invention processes a generated image by dividing the generated image into at least two regions or mask images, separately processing the at least two regions of the image, and viewing the resultant processed region images either alone or as a combined image.04-07-2011
20110069906METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BLENDING IMAGES - A method and apparatus may include aligning a reference image and an input image through ROI-based image alignment; detecting an ROI associated with an incompletely aligned region in the aligned image; and blending the aligned reference image and input image by using a plurality of weights which are attenuated according to a spatial distance from a boundary of the detected ROI. In addition, the method and apparatus may include aligning a reference image and an input image through image alignment based on an n03-24-2011
20120201478Mosaic oblique images and methods of making and using same - A system, including a computer system running image processing software, receives an identification of a desired area to be imaged and collected into an oblique-mosaic image, creates a mathematical model of a virtual camera having a sensor higher in elevation from which the source oblique images were captured and looking down at an oblique angle, the mathematical model having an oblique-mosaic pixel map for the sensor of the desired area encompassing multiple source images, determines geographic coordinates for pixels, and selects source oblique images of the geographic coordinates captured at an oblique angle and compass direction similar to the oblique angle and compass direction of the virtual camera. The computer system reprojects at least one source oblique image pixel of the area to be imaged for each pixel included in the oblique-mosaic pixel map to create the oblique-mosaic image.08-09-2012
20110150361 Hidden Image Method and Hidden Image Apparatus - A hidden image method comprising forming a set of carrier devices which when overlayed upon one another and aligned will reveal N images within a common area, the set of carrier devices being formed by: forming N latent images from respective ones of the N images and respective ones of N line decoders to hide the N images, each latent image being decodeable by the decoder from which the latent image is formed to reveal the image the latent image hides, the N latent images further formed such that the lines of the decoders cross one another within the common area at line angles displaced relative to one another so as to define a single axis of alignment; and forming each carrier device of the set of carrier devices by combining at least two items selected from the set of latent images and decoders so as not to decode any of the hidden images and such that the set of carrier devices includes all the latent images and all the decoders, whereby the set of carrier devices will reveal the N hidden images within the common area when overlayed upon one another and aligned. Also disclosed are a line decoder comprising a plurality of lines which diverge from one another, a line decoder comprising a plurality of lines at least some of which have an increasing average width from one end to another, a line decoder comprising at least some lines having non-integer line widths.06-23-2011
20120201479Arranging Secondary Images Adjacent to a Primary Image - A method includes determining a target layout in which secondary images (08-09-2012
20080285886System For Displaying Images - The invention relates to an electronic image storage and display system. The system comprises a storage means for storing a plurality of images. The plurality of images are taken, at a location between two sides of a road, on a pavement or the like at a side of a road, or between buildings at two sides of a road, at adjacent locations along the sides of the roads, so that they cover the total extent of a plurality of roads. The system comprises a location selection interface, e.g. a map interface 11-20-2008
20080253685Image and video stitching and viewing method and system - Multiple images taken from different locations or angles and viewpoints are joined and stitched. After the stitching and joining a much larger video or image scenery may be produced than any one image or video form which the final scenery was produced or an image of a different perspective than any of the input images may be produced.10-16-2008
20080205790ITERATIVE REGION-BASED AUTOMATED CONTROL POINT GENERATION - The present invention presents a technique for use in registering two images. In a first aspect, the invention includes a computer-implemented method for use in registering a first image to a second image, comprising: generating a base transform between the first and second image; generating a plurality of candidate control points from the first and second images; generating a plurality of meshed regions from the base control points and the actual control points from which the first image may be mapped to the second image. In other aspects, the includes a program storage medium encoded with instructions that, when executed by a computing device, will perform the method; a computing apparatus programmed to perform the method; a data product produced by the method; a program storage medium encoded with a data product produced by the method; and a computing apparatus on which resides a data product produced by the above method.08-28-2008
20100329587SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MERGING SEPARATED PIXEL BLOCKS INTO AN INTEGRAL IMAGE OF AN OBJECT - A method for merging separated pixel blocks into an integral image of an object is provided. The method performs binary image processing on an obtained image to obtain a binary image, finds pixel blocks in the binary image whose area is greater than a first preset value, and stores a position and a size of each found pixel block in a data structure. The method further merges two pixel blocks in the data structure if a distance between the two pixel blocks is less than a second preset value, so as to generate the integral image of the object.12-30-2010
20110052093METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A COMPOSITE IMAGE - Disclosed is an apparatus for forming a composite image of a scene from a plurality of overlapping elemental images, the apparatus comprising: 03-03-2011
20110097014SELF-POSITIONING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF - A self-localization device and a method thereof are provided. The self-localization device has a movable carrier, a first laser image-taking device and a processor. The movable carrier can be moved and rotated on a plan. During the motion of the movable carrier, the first laser image-taking device disposed on the movable carrier acquires an i-th lot point data in the space at a time point t04-28-2011
20100166337IMAGE MERGE DEVICE AND METHOD - The image merge device includes a common area determination unit configured to determine a common area between a first image and a second image; a correlation calculation unit configured to calculate a correlation level indicating a degree of a gap between the first image near a boundary of the first image and the second image and the second image near the boundary when the first image and the second image are aligned using the common area; and a superimposed area determination unit configured to determine a superimposed area in which the first and second images are superimposed near the boundary based on the correlation level calculated by the correlation calculation unit.07-01-2010
20100158410IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus creates an image file. The image processing apparatus generates a reduced image by reducing an input image and generates a plurality of divided images by dividing the input image. Then, an image file is created containing the reduced image and the plurality of divided images and containing, in one index area, position information indicating the position to which each of the plurality of divided images corresponds in the input image. As a result, it is possible to access a high-resolution image at a high speed and to create an image file that can be easily handled by a user.06-24-2010
20100067828Apparatus and Method for Combining Several Sub-Images for any Imaging Surface Areas - An apparatus provides an image on the basis of a plurality of input images. The apparatus includes a first stage having at least a first and a second combiner, each of the combiners including a first storer for storing image data of the input images, a first processor for processing the image data of the input images into an intermediate image, and a second storer for storing image data of the intermediate image. The apparatus further includes a second stage having at least one further combiner, the further combiner including a third storer for storing image data of those intermediate images which are stored in the second storer of the first stage, a second processor for processing the image data from the third storer, so as to combine the image data of the intermediate images into the image, and a fourth storer for storing image data of the image.03-18-2010
20110188778IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, APPARATUS AND UNIT - The invention relates to a method for selecting a seam between two overlapping images of an area of interest. It includes generating a difference value associated with each portion of the overlapping region, wherein the difference value associated with a portion is derived from the difference between at least one property of the portion in the two images It also includes selecting, through the overlapping region, a path between two points located at the edge of the overlapping region based on the sum of the difference values of the portions along the path. The path is set as the seam. The seam may be used for combining the overlapping images into one image. The invention also relates to a unit, an apparatus, a computer program and an image.08-04-2011
20100021081SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A BLENDED PICTURE - A method, a system and a computer program product for generating a blended picture, the system includes: a storage unit, adapted to store pixels of a first picture, pixels of a second picture and alpha data; and a device, coupled to the storage unit via at least one data channel; wherein the device includes: a relevancy determination module, that is adapted to determine a relevancy of pixels of at least one of the first picture and the second picture based upon values of alpha data associated with the pixels of the first picture; wherein the alpha data represents a degree of transparency of the pixels of the first picture to be overlaid over the second picture; an access controller, coupled to the relevancy determination module, adapted to prevent a transfer of irrelevant pixels from the storage unit; and a blending unit that is coupled to the access controller, adapted to provide a blended picture in response to values of the alpha data, by blending relevant pixels of the first and second picture.01-28-2010
20100054628ROBUST FAST PANORAMA STITCHING IN MOBILE PHONES OR CAMERAS - A camera that provides for a panorama mode of operation that employs internal software and internal acceleration hardware to stitch together two or more captured images to create a single panorama image with a wide format. Captured images are projected from rectilinear coordinates into cylindrical coordinates with the aid of image interpolation acceleration hardware. Matches are quickly determined between each pair of images with a block based search that employs motion estimation acceleration hardware. Transformation are found, utilizing regression and robust statistics techniques, to align the captured images with each other, which are applied to the images using the interpolation acceleration hardware. A determination is made for an optimal seam to stitch images together in the overlap region by finding a path which cuts through relatively non-noticeable regions so that the images can be stitched together into a single image with a wide panoramic effect.03-04-2010
20120308156IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided an image processing apparatus comprising: a combining processing unit carrying out an image effect process and a combining process for image data of a plurality of images; and a control unit determining whether the image data of the plurality of images is image data produced by image pickup of a backlit scene and operable, if the image data was produced by image pickup of a backlit scene, to cause the combining processing unit to carry out the image effect process that converts the image data relating to the combining process to a non-photorealistic image content.12-06-2012
20090220172METHOD OF FORMING A COMBINED IMAGE BASED ON A PLURALITY OF IMAGE FRAMES - A method of forming a combined image based on a plurality of image frames includes obtaining a sequence (09-03-2009
20120045148IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus has an image analyzer including a feature detector, a feature combiner, and a resolution discrimination signal generator. For each pixel in a prescribed area of an input image, the feature detector outputs a representative difference value obtained from the pixel values of pixels positioned, with reference to that pixel, at prescribed intervals. The feature combiner outputs a combined feature value obtained from the representative difference values obtained for each pixel in the described area. The resolution discrimination signal generator outputs a resolution discrimination signal obtained from the combined feature value. The resolution discrimination signal has a monotonic non-decreasing relationship to the combined feature value. The resolution discrimination signal indicates an extent to which the input image includes signal components with frequencies equal to or greater than a particular frequency determined by the prescribed intervals.02-23-2012
20120002900IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A processing apparatus, method, and medium storing a computer program that combine two or more designated images (S01-05-2012
20090028462Apparatus and program for producing a panoramic image - a panoramic image producing apparatus provides an intensity image production unit which produces intensity images from input source image captured by an imaging device, a reference image data storage unit for storing a reference image which is used to compute the motion data of the intensity image and its absolute motion data, an absolute motion data calculation unit which uses the intensity image of the target image by first computing its relative motion data against the reference image and using its result to compute the absolute motion data against the target image, an image stitching unit to produce a panoramic image by using the absolute motion data computed above to stitch together input source images, and a reference image setting unit which sets target image as the new reference image under certain conditions.01-29-2009
20120008873ALBUM GENERATING APPARATUS, ALBUM GENERATING METHOD AND PROGRAM - There is provided an album generating apparatus for generating an album whose pages are adequately allocated in accordance to image capturing position and time. The album generating apparatus has an image storing section for storing images by correlating with the image capturing time and position of the images, a importance judging section for judging importance of the image capturing time and image capturing position in the plurality of images stored in the image storing section, an image capturing time sorting section for sorting the plurality of images stored in the image storing section per page in the album based on the image capturing time stored in the image storing section when the importance judging section judges that the importance of the image capturing time is greater than that of the image capturing position, an image capturing position sorting section for sorting the plurality of images stored in the image storing section per page of the album based on the image capturing position stored in the image storing section when the importance judging section judges that the importance of the image capturing position is greater than that of the image capturing time and a layout determining section for laying out the images sorted per page by the image capturing time sorting section or the image capturing position sorting section to each page of the album.01-12-2012
20120057805IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR GENERATING A COMPOSITE IMAGE - In an image pickup apparatus 03-08-2012
20120301052IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing device and image processing method that are capable of generating a stereoscopic image with limited system resources. Mask information defines a display region so that substantially the same number of pixels in first image data and second image data are displayed while the pixels are dispersed substantially uniformly. A mixer unit references the mask information and mixes the first image data with the second image data to generate output image data, which is a stereoscopic image.11-29-2012
20090022421GENERATING GIGAPIXEL IMAGES - A gigapixel image is generated from a set of images in raw format depicting different portions of a panoramic scene that has up to a full spherical field of view. Radiometric alignment of the images creates a set of images in radiance format. Geometric alignment of the radiance format images creates a set of true poses for the images in radiance format. A gigapixel image depicting the entire scene is assembled from the set of radiance format images and radiance format true poses for the images. The set of images in raw format is captured using a conventional digital camera, equipped with a telephoto lens, attached to a motorized head. The head is programmed to pan and tilt the camera in prescribed increments to individually capture the images at a plurality of exposures and with a prescribed overlap between images depicting adjacent portions of the scene.01-22-2009
20120155786SEAMLESS LEFT/RIGHT VIEWS FOR 360-DEGREE STEREOSCOPIC VIDEO - A method is disclosed for stitching together first and second sets of images from three or more image sensors. The first set of images are combined into a composite left view of the panorama, and the second set of images are combined into a composite right view of the panorama. When properly stitched together, the left and right views may be presented as a stereoscopic view of the panorama. A stitching algorithm is applied which removes any disparity due to the parallax in the combined left images and in the combined right images.06-21-2012
20100209016IMAGE GENERATION METHOD AND APPARATUS, PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM WHICH STORES THE PROGRAM - An image generation method for generating image information of an image C by using an image A and an image B having a resolution higher than that of image A. Image C having the same resolution as image B is generated by enlarging image A; presence or absence of a point in image B corresponding to each pixel position of image C and the position of the relevant corresponding point are estimated; and to each pixel position in image C for which it is estimated that there is a corresponding point, image information of the corresponding position in image B is assigned. It is possible to generate image information at each pixel position in image C for which it is estimated in the corresponding point estimation that there is no corresponding point, by using the image information assigned according to an estimation result that there is a corresponding point.08-19-2010
20120230606IMAGE SYNTHESIZING APPARATUS, IMAGE SYNTHESIZING METHOD, AND IMAGE SYNTHESIZING PROGRAM - An image synthesizing apparatus includes a subject region determination unit that determines a region of a nearby subject for each of taken images based on subject distance information of a plurality of points generated by distance measurement made during imaging and an image synthesizing unit that creates a synthetic image by cutting out an image from each of the taken images based on a position of the region of the nearby subject and combining the cut images of the taken images.09-13-2012
20120170867SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CREATING PHOTOBOOKS - A method for producing a photo album includes providing a library of page layouts, selecting a first group of one or more images to be placed in the first page of the photo album, selecting a second group of one or more images to be placed in the second page of the photo album, graphically displaying the first group of one or more images within a first border that represents a first page, graphically displaying the second group of one or more images within a second border that represents a second page, automatically selecting a first page layout from the library of page layouts, and automatically placing the first group of one or more images into the one or more image receiving areas in the first page layout to produce the first page in the photo album.07-05-2012
20120076436DIGITAL MICROSCOPE SLIDE SCANNING SYSTEM AND METHODS - Provided herein are systems methods including a design of a microscope slide scanner for digital pathology applications which provides high quality images and automated batch-mode operation at low cost. The instrument architecture is advantageously based on a convergence of high performance, yet low cost, computing technologies, interfaces and software standards to enable high quality digital microscopy at very low cost. Also provided is a method based in part on a stitching method that allows for dividing an image into a number of overlapping tiles and reconstituting the image with a magnification without substantial loss of accuracy. A scanner is employed in capturing snapshot images. The method allows for overlapping images captured in consecutive snapshots.03-29-2012
20120219237IMAGE DATA COMBINING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image data combining apparatus combines m lines of image data that have been output from a reading unit. The reading unit outputs m lines of image data based upon the pixel data that has been output upon being divided into the plurality of lines, and stored then in a memory. An upper address for accessing the memory is decided based upon first data indicating position, along the sub-scan direction, of an image that has been read by the reading unit, and a lower address for accessing the memory is decided based upon second data indicating position of the image along the main-scan direction. For the lower address utilizes values in which the sequence of a plurality of bits constituting the first data is interchanged, so that p items of pixel data at a time are extracted successively from each of the m lines of image data.08-30-2012
20090060385COMPOSITE IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, COMPOSITE IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A plurality of items of shot image data (Gn) obtained by temporally continuous shooting are analyzed. Marking data (03-05-2009
20090046949Image processing circuit, display device, and printing device - An image processing circuit includes: a memory that stores the location and pixel values that compose graphical images; a calculation unit that calculates the difference between a target location to which the graphical images is aligned in binary image data and an initial location designated in the graphical images; an output unit that outputs pixel values at locations distanced from the locations of the pixel values by an amount equivalent to the calculated difference; a first multiplier that multiplies the output pixel value with the pixel value included in the binary image data; an inverter that inverts the pixel value in the binary image data; a second multiplier that multiplies the pixel values in the binary image data or the pixel values included in background image data with the inverted pixel values; and an adder that adds the result of the multiplications performed by the first and second multipliers.02-19-2009
20120263397IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided an image processing device including a subject information detecting section for detecting subject information on frame image data in an input process of a series of n frame image data used to generate a panoramic image; and a seam determination processing section for sequentially carrying out, in the input process, a process of obtaining a position of each of m joints to become a joint between adjacent frame image data through an optimum position determination process using the subject information detected by the subject information detecting section for every (m+1) (m10-18-2012
20100195932Binary Image Stitching Based On Grayscale Approximation - Binary image stitching based on grayscale approximation. In a first example embodiment, a method for automatic binary image stitching of first and second binary images includes several acts. First, the first and second binary images are converted into first and second thumbnail grayscale images. Each thumbnail grayscale image is a lower resolution than its corresponding binary image by a scaling factor. Next, a thumbnail transform is calculated between the first thumbnail grayscale image and the second thumbnail grayscale image. Then, a full-size transform is calculated as a function of the thumbnail transform and the scaling factor. Next, the stitched binary image is created by projecting the first binary image onto the second binary image using the full-size transform and combining overlapping portions of the first and second binary images.08-05-2010
20120328211SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SPLICING IMAGES OF WORKPIECE - A computer is connected to a measurement machine. The computer receives an area selected by a user of a three-dimensional model of a workpiece which is put on the measurement machine. A first size of the selected area is calculated corresponding to resolution values of various images of the workpiece captured by a charge-coupled device (CCD). The computer calculates a number of the images which are necessary to create a complete bitmap, of a certain second size, by splicing together the various images. Coordinate values of the pixel points of the various images are calculated according to a splicing type desired and set by the user. The computer puts the pixel points into a mapping relationship according to the coordinate values of the pixel points, to create the complete bitmap.12-27-2012
20120093437IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND SYSTEM - In an image processing method a sequence of at least two image frames is provided and a motion vector representing relative movement of at least a part of said image frames is calculated. At least said part in the image frames is repositioned in accordance with the calculated motion vector, and the image frames are combined to form a combined image frame. The image frames are divided into blocks and a block motion vector representing relative movement of each block is calculated. Each block is repositioned in accordance with the calculated block motion vector and the blocks are combined to form combined blocks in order to obtain the combined image frame.04-19-2012
20120093436IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processing device that accumulatively generates a synthetic image by joining a first image, which is a single image or is constituted by a plurality of the images joined together, and a second image that is input, every time when the second image is input, the device comprising: a center-position obtainment portion (04-19-2012
20120269456METHOD FOR CREATING A MOSAIC IMAGE USING MASKS - Photographic images recorded with mobile mapping vehicles (10-25-2012
20120087597METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A CONTINUUM OF IMAGE DATA - The present invention provides methods and apparatus for generating a continuum of image data. The continuum can include image data representing a street level view of a geographic area. The image data can be captured at multiple disparate points along another continuum. Each continuum of image data can include a ribbon of data representing the geographic area. In some examples, image data can be simultaneously captured which represents multiple continuums of image data.04-12-2012
20120321217METHOD FOR MAKING MULTI-ELEMENT IMAGE TEMPLATES - A method of making an image product includes receiving a template selection from a user, the template including a template graphic and a plurality of openings in the template graphic, receiving an image selection from a user, and compositing the image into two or more of the plurality of openings, so that two different portions of the image are located in two different openings and the two different portions have the same relative locations in the composition as in the image.12-20-2012
20130011079ARCHITECTURES AND METHODS FOR CREATING AND REPRESENTING TIME-DEPENDENT IMAGERY - The present invention pertains to geographical image processing of time-dependent imagery. Various assets acquired at different times are stored and processing according to acquisition date in order to generate one or more image tiles for a geographical region of interest. The different image tiles are sorted based on asset acquisition date. Multiple image tiles for the same region of interest may be available. In response to a user request for imagery as of a certain date, one or more image tiles associated with assets from prior to that date are used to generate a time-based geographical image for the user.01-10-2013
20130016919INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAMAANM Watanabe; HirofumiAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP Watanabe; Hirofumi Kanagawa JPAANM Kajimoto; MasatoAACI ChibaAACO JPAAGP Kajimoto; Masato Chiba JPAANM Kimoto; MasashiAACI TokyoAACO JPAAGP Kimoto; Masashi Tokyo JPAANM Takahashi; MasahiroAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP Takahashi; Masahiro Kanagawa JPAANM Miyama; SeijiAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP Miyama; Seiji Kanagawa JP - An information processing apparatus includes an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of partial images obtained by taking images with respect to a subject so that a plurality of image-taking areas are overlapped with each other, a calculation unit configured to determine an area to be used to generate an image of the subject for each of the plurality of partial images obtained and calculate the areas as a plurality of image areas, a generation unit configured to couple the plurality of image areas calculated with each other to generate the subject image, and a synthesis unit configured to synthesize an image that indicates a coupling position of the plurality of image areas in the subject image generated with respect to the subject image.01-17-2013
20130022291IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus specifies, based on a reference image out of a plurality of images and a plurality of comparative images out of the plurality of images, a difference region, in each of the plurality of comparative images, including an object subjected to combination corresponding to a difference from a reference image, determines, based on a plurality of difference regions specified in the plurality of comparative images, an object region corresponding to an object included in the reference image, and combines, based on the determined object region in the reference image and the plurality of difference regions in the plurality of comparative images, with the reference image, the objects subjected to combination included in the plurality of difference regions so that an object corresponding to the object region is included in the reference image with which the plurality of difference regions are combined.01-24-2013
20120243802COMPOSITE IMAGE FORMED FROM AN IMAGE SEQUENCE - A method for forming a composite image from a sequence of digital images, comprising: receiving a sequence of digital images of a scene, each digital image being captured at a different time, wherein the scene includes a moving object; using a data processor to automatically analyze two or more of the digital images in the sequence of digital images to determine a rate of motion for the moving object; determining a frame rate responsive to the rate of motion for the moving object; selecting a subset of the digital images from the sequence of digital images corresponding to the determined frame rate; and forming the composite image by combining the selected subset of digital images from the sequence of digital images.09-27-2012
20080253687IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus displays and records any area in a synthesized image according to user's taste. The synthesized image is displayed based on the set display area and the record area is set to display the synthesized image, so that the display area is compared with the record area to enable easily confirming whether the actually acquired synthesized image satisfies the area desired by the user and assisting recording in an area where a better composition is provided even if the user is unfamiliar with the composition.10-16-2008
20080247667Laying Out Multiple Images - Systems, methods, and apparatuses, including computer program products, are provided for re-layout of composite images. In some implementations, a method includes identifying geometric transformations corresponding to multiple images from a collection of images, where a geometric transformation reorients a corresponding image in relation to a common reference frame when applied and identifying a reference image for the multiple images in the collection of images. The method also includes determining overlapping image regions for the multiple images starting from the reference image, the determining based on the identified geometric transformations, determining additional transformations of a specified type for the multiple images based on the overlapping image regions, where an additional transformation lays out a corresponding image in relation to the reference image when applied, and making the additional transformations available for further processing and output with respect to the collection of images.10-09-2008
20110274370IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is an image processing apparatus including an up-sampling section configured to carry out up-sampling processing in order to generate an up-sampled image, a motion-compensated image generation section configured to generate a motion-compensated image as a result of correction processing to adjust a referenced image having the second resolution to a photographing-object position on the up-sampled image by making use of information on a difference between the up-sampled image and the referenced image, a blending processing section configured to generate a blended image as a result of blending processing to blend the up-sampled image with the referenced image, and an output-image generation section configured to receive and process the blended image as well as the up-sampled image in order to generate an output blended image obtained by blending a super-resolution processing-result image with a noise-reduction processing-result image.11-10-2011
20130142452IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - There is provided an image processing device including a depth acquisition unit configured to acquire depth information of an object included in a captured image, an image combining unit configured to combine the object with an image object having depth information according to each piece of the depth information, and an effect processing unit configured to execute effect processing according to the depth information of the object.06-06-2013
20080219591Recording medium storing image processing program and image processing method - An image processing program causes a computer to execute the following steps. A first step reads data of a first image and data of a second image which are generated by imaging a common object under natural light and have different contents of specular reflection components. A second step generates an output image which gives a different visual impression of the object than the first image and the second image, based on difference data of the specular reflection components extracted from the first image and the second image.09-11-2008
20130094780Replacement of a Person or Object in an Image - Disclosed herein are a system and a method that use a background model to determine and to segment target content from an image and replace them with different content to provide a composite image. The background model can be generated based on image data representing images of a predetermined area that does not include traversing content. The background model is compared to image data representing a set of captured images of the predetermined area. Based on the comparison, portions of an image that differs from the background model are determined as the traversing content. A target content model is used to determine the target content in the traversing content. The target content determined in the images is replaced with different content to provide a composite image.04-18-2013
20130129254APPARATUS FOR PROJECTING SECONDARY INFORMATION INTO AN OPTICAL SYSTEM - An apparatus is operable to project secondary information into an optical system so as to form a secondary image that can overlay a primary image of a night scene. The apparatus includes a generating means operable to generate secondary information, a projecting means operable to project the secondary information into an optical system (not shown) so as to form a secondary image, and a monitoring means operable to monitor the position and/or orientation of the optical system. The apparatus further includes a receiving means for receiving one or more first external signals indicating the location(s) of: other nearby friendly persons, rendezvous points etc. The secondary information may then include a graphic identifying each friendly person in the field of view.05-23-2013
20130142451METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING QUALITY ESTIMATORS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, distorting a seed image to generate first and second images where the distortions cause the first and second images to have a potential false tie according to a target quality estimator and generating a third image from the first and second images where the third image is generated based on a proxy quality estimator so that the third image has a potential false ordering according to the target quality estimator. Other embodiments are disclosed.06-06-2013
20080205789Dynamic Photo Collage - The invention proposes a photo display system that allows photo collages from any photo collection (2), in which the collage is changing over time in such a way that the refresh time and presentation form is dependent on user choices for selection and non-selection on photo per photo basis. The display dynamics of each photo are also dependent on the characteristics of the photo relative to that of the other photos in the collection (08-28-2008
20080199103Image processing method, image processing apparatus, and electronic camera - An image processing method of the present invention includes a detection step detecting a characteristic area from each of three or more shot images having a common graphic pattern in part thereof, the characteristic area having an image significantly different from the other shot images, and a combining step extracting a partial image located in the characteristic area from each of the three or more shot images and combining these partial images into one image.08-21-2008
20110222793IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes: a conversion section converting a moving object image being an image in a region corresponding to a moving object included in a reference image and other images constituting images generated under different exposure conditions so that the moving object image in the reference image corresponding to the moving object has the exposure levels of the other images so as to generate an exposure level converted moving object image for each of the other images; a substitution section substituting the generated exposure level converted moving object image with a region corresponding to an exposure level converted moving object image of each of the other images corresponding to an exposure level as a reference exposure level at the time of generating the exposure level converted moving object image to generate a substitute image for each of the other images; and a combination section combining the substitute image and the reference image to generate a combined image.09-15-2011
20090092334BIRDS EYE VIEW VIRTUAL IMAGING FOR REAL TIME COMPOSITED WIDE FIELD OF VIEW - A live image and a previously acquired or generated image are superimposed or composited to represented a virtual vantage point for flying, driving or navigating a plane, vehicle or vessel.04-09-2009
20130148911Method and Apparatus for Layer-based Panorama Adjustment and Editing - Method and apparatus for layer-based panoramic image blending, adjustment and editing. A panoramic image mechanism may provide the automated generation of a panoramic image from a set of input images. The panoramic image may be generated, organized and persisted as a set or stack of component layers, which enables manual modification of the component layers to optimize the panoramic image. The panoramic image mechanism may include scripts and associated user interface mechanisms that automate the generation of a panoramic image and that may provide users access to the adjustment and edit mechanisms, and that thus enable users to retouch the automatically-generated panoramic images.06-13-2013
20130208996MOSAIC OBLIQUE IMAGES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME - A computer system running image processing software receives an identification of a desired geographical area to be imaged and collected into an oblique-mosaic image; creates a mathematical model of a virtual camera looking down at an oblique angle, the mathematical model having an oblique-mosaic pixel map of the desired area encompassing multiple source images; assigns surface locations to pixels included in the oblique-mosaic pixel map; creates a ground elevation model of the ground and vertical structures within the oblique-mosaic pixel map using overlapping source images of the desired geographical area, wherein the source oblique images were captured at an oblique angle and compass direction similar to that of the virtual camera; and reprojects, with the mathematical model, source oblique image pixels of the overlapping source images for pixels included in the oblique-mosaic pixel map using the ground elevation model to thereby create an oblique-mosaic image of the desired area.08-15-2013
20130208997Method and Apparatus for Combining Panoramic Image - The disclosure discloses a method and an apparatus for combining panoramic image. The method includes: obtaining multiple original images of the same scene, performing folding change and coordinates transformation to the multiple original images, and determining an overlapping area of the multiple original images; establishing a mathematical model of the multiple original images, aligning the overlapping area of the multiple original images, and transforming the multiple original images to a coordinate system of a reference image; obtaining the space transformation relationship among/between the multiple original images according to the coordinate system of the reference image, selecting an appropriate image combining strategy, and completing the combining of the images. The solution can realize obtaining scene picture with large field of view without reducing image resolution.08-15-2013

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