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Saund; Eric
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San Carlos, CA
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8285074 Finding low variance regions in document images for generating image anchor templates for conten October 9, 2012
Methods of generating image anchor templates from low variance regions of document images of a first class are provided. The methods select a document image from the document images of the first class and align the other document images of the first class to the selected document image.
8233722 Method and system for finding a document image in a document collection using localized two-dime July 31, 2012
An image management method and system provides for storing, indexing, searching, and/or retrieving image data. Keypoints are identified in images, including keypoints in a query image of a query document, and keypoints in potential target document images of a collection of potential
8165705 Methods and systems for continuously estimating persistent and intermittent failure probabilitie April 24, 2012
Production control systems and methods are presented for estimation of production resource failure probabilities in which a set of four count values are maintained and updated for each resource including a first count value m.sub.11 indicating a number of plans where the resource m w
8054512 System and method for maintaining paper and electronic calendars November 8, 2011
The presently described embodiments solve the problem of getting electronic calendar entries back onto the paper calendar. To do so, in one form, according to the presently described embodiments, an inkjet label printer is mounted next to the paper calendar. Each time a daily entry g
8014607 Method and apparatus for creating and editing node-link diagrams in pen computing systems September 6, 2011
A method and system provides intelligent node-link diagram creation and editing, including an electronic display device having a surface on which a writing and/or drawing canvas is provided. An input device permits writing and/or drawing of electronic ink strokes, and a computing device
7913920 Document processing devices, systems and methods thereof March 29, 2011
A document processing system and method thereof are disclosed. The system comprises machine-readable data such as DataGlyphs and human-readable data such as rendering text of the DataGlyphs that are applied on the document. Processing devices of the system can decode document-processing
7907141 Methods and processes for recognition of electronic ink strokes March 15, 2011
A method and process provides structure recognition to a node-link diagram formed by a plurality of digital ink strokes drawn on a canvas of an electronic device by an input device. The method and process include grouping related strokes into multiple hypotheses reflecting structure
7725493 Optimization method and process using tree searching operation and non-overlapping support const May 25, 2010
A method and process provides a selection process designed to select optimized results from a plurality of possible results represented in a search tree. A tree search is employed, wherein bounds are used to prune at least one node or branch of the search tree. A non-overlapping support
7657117 Method and apparatus for calibrating a camera-based whiteboard scanner February 2, 2010
In accordance with one aspect of the present exemplary embodiments, a calibration arrangement is configured to assist in calibration of a surface scanning system where the calibration arrangement includes a preconfigured physical object which may embody dimensional information wherei
7576753 Method and apparatus to convert bitmapped images for use in a structured text/graphics editor August 18, 2009
An image analysis and conversion method and system. Bitmapped ink images are converted to structured object representations of the bitmapped images, which may be read and edited by a structured text/graphics editor. The structured object representations correlate to perceptually sali
7246958 Hand-propelled wand printer July 24, 2007
In accordance with one aspect of the present exemplary embodiment, provided is a hand-held printer system and method for printing on a target. The system includes a hand-held printer, a target position sensing system which senses a position of the target, and a hand-held printer posi
7177483 System and method for enhancement of document images February 13, 2007
A method for enhancing electronic images of a document, in which the electronic images contain a background with foreground markings, includes receiving an electronic image containing pixels and assigning an initial provisional foreground/background status to the pixels. The initial
7139004 Method and apparatus to convert bitmapped images for use in a structured text/graphics editor November 21, 2006
In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, disclosed is an image analysis and conversion method and system, where bitmapped ink images are converted to structured object representations of the bitmapped images, which may be read and edited by a structured text/graphics e
7136082 Method and apparatus to convert digital ink images for use in a structured text/graphics editor November 14, 2006
In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, disclosed is an image analysis and conversion method and system, where digital ink images are converted to structured object representations of the digital ink images, capable of being edited by a structured text/graphics editor.
7093202 Method and system for interpreting imprecise object selection paths August 15, 2006
A graphical input and display system having a user interface for selecting and creating image object elements includes input devices permitting a user to manipulate elements of electronic images. A processor, connected to the system, receives requests for various image object selection
7086013 Method and system for overloading loop selection commands in a system for selecting and arrangin August 1, 2006
A graphical input and display system having a user interface for selecting object(s) to be operated on by the system includes input devices permitting a user to select and establish image object(s) received from various image input sources. A processor, connected to the system, recei
7036077 Method for gestural interpretation in a system for selecting and arranging visible material in d April 25, 2006
A graphical input and display system for creating and manipulating image object(s) includes input devices permitting a user to select elements of image object(s) received from various image input sources. A processor, connected to the system, receives requests for various image editing
6903751 System and method for editing electronic images June 7, 2005
A graphical input and display system for creating and manipulating electronic images includes input devices permitting a user to manipulate elements of electronic images received from various image input sources. A processor, connected to the system, receives requests for various image
6570612 System and method for color normalization of board images May 27, 2003
A system and method are provided to normalize colors in an image of a board surface so as to eliminate effects of variable illumination, and in the case of mosaic images, to eliminate visible seams between tiles. Each pixel is classified as foreground or background, where foreground pixe
6517266 Systems and methods for hand-held printing on a surface or medium February 11, 2003
A hand-held printer system is designed for printing a stored image onto a surface or other media. In particular, various embodiments are adapted for hand-held printing onto the surface of a whiteboard. In embodiments, the printer system comprises a marking mechanism including at least on
6457792 Method for effecting actions over vertical surfaces October 1, 2002
The Pendulum Whiteboard Printer is a fully-automatic robotic device for marking or otherwise effecting whiteboards, pinboards, or other vertical surfaces. The physical device consists of an effector platform suspended by two suspension wires whose lengths are adjusted by motorized spindl
6411733 Method and apparatus for separating document image object types June 25, 2002
A method and apparatus is provided for segmenting a binary document image so as to assign image objects to one of three types: CHARACTER-type objects, STROKE-type objects, and LARGE-BITMAP-type objects. The method makes use of a contour tracing technique, statistical analysis of contour
6411732 Method for interpreting hand drawn diagrammatic user interface commands June 25, 2002
This invention discloses image analysis techniques supporting the interpretation of marks on a large drawing board for purposes of controlling a Board transcription device. In order for users to control such a transcription device by writing on the Board itself, the system recognizes
6377710 Method and apparatus for extracting the skeleton of a binary figure by contour-based erosion April 23, 2002
A method and apparatus for performing thinning, or skeletonization, of binary images or figures are provided. More particularly, a method is implemented in a system for encoding a figure using a mid-crack boundary representation to identify the boundary contour of the figure. Then, the
6368002 Parking mechanism for storing and exchanging end effectors used in a system for performing actio April 9, 2002
The Pendulum Whiteboard Printer is a fully-automatic robotic device for marking or otherwise effecting whiteboards, pinboards, or other vertical surfaces. The physical device consists of an effector platform suspended by two suspension wires whose lengths are adjusted by motorized spindl
6367902 Effector platform for performing actions over vertical surfaces April 9, 2002
The Pendulum Whiteboard Printer is an effector platform for a fully-automatic robotic device for marking or otherwise effecting whiteboards, pinboards, or other vertical surfaces The effector platform is designed to be suspended by two suspension wires whose lengths are adjusted by m
6367901 System for effecting actions over vertical surfaces April 9, 2002
The Pendulum Whiteboard Printer is a fully-automatic robotic device for marking or otherwise effecting whiteboards, pinboards, or other vertical surfaces. The physical device consists of an effector platform suspended by two suspension wires whose lengths are adjusted by motorized spindl
6326946 Operator icons for information collages December 4, 2001
An enhanced information collage that combines a computational system with a physical information collage to preserve the advantages of conventional information collages while alleviating many problems associated with such collages. A physical information collage (e.g. a pin board with sp
6005482 Surface mounted information collage December 21, 1999
An enhanced information collage having a surface for detachable support of a plurality of collage components. The enhanced information collage comprises an identification unit, a location unit, and an information processing system. The identification unit is for determining informati
5835241 Method for determining the profile of a bound document with structured light November 10, 1998
An overhead scanning system records pages from bound documents in an upright and open condition. A light stripe is projected onto each page of the bound document to measure the non-planar deformations of each page. The scanning system records a first image with the light stripe and a
5764383 Platenless book scanner with line buffering to compensate for image skew June 9, 1998
A platenless book scanner with line buffering performs electronic perspective correction to account for rotation of the spine of a non-planar bound document relative to a reference line in a support plane of the platenless book scanner. A pre-scan of the non-planar bound document is
5760925 Platenless book scanning system with a general imaging geometry June 2, 1998
An overhead scanning system records pages from bound documents in an upright and open condition. The scanning system is defined with a general imaging geometry that makes the scanning system readily portable, and provides the scanning system with a variable imaging area. Once an oper
5751855 Method and apparatus for detecting whether an electronic image has been faxed May 12, 1998
A method of recognizing the effects of coarse pixel quantization on text represented via raster signals to enable automatic selection between fax and normal modes of optical character recognition. A processor executes instructions stored in a memory to trace the contours of connected
5687364 Method for learning to infer the topical content of documents based upon their lexical content November 11, 1997
An unsupervised method of learning the relationships between words and unspecified topics in documents using a computer is described. The computer represents the relationships between words and unspecified topics via word clusters and association strength values, which can be used later
5659766 Method and apparatus for inferring the topical content of a document based upon its lexical cont August 19, 1997
An iterative method of determining the topical content of a document using a computer. The processing unit of the computer determines the topical content of documents presented to it in machine readable form using information stored in computer memory. That information includes word-
5581637 System for registering component image tiles in a camera-based scanner device transcribing scene December 3, 1996
A device for registering component image tiles in a scanning system for transcribing, into electronic form, markings on a two-dimensional surface such as a whiteboard. A registration light pattern is projected onto the surface to be imaged. The pattern projected can be chosen to best sui
5553224 Method for dynamically maintaining multiple structural interpretations in graphics system September 3, 1996
A graphical input and display system for creating and manipulating an abstract graphical image by decomposing it into abstract elemental objects and organizing the elemental objects into a set of perceptually coherent composite objects. The system includes an input device for entering th
5528290 Device for transcribing images on a board using a camera based board scanner June 18, 1996
A device for transcribing, into electronic form, markings drawn on a whiteboard or blackboard. An electronic camera such as an ordinary video camera is mounted on a computer-controlled pan/tilt head in the ceiling or to the side of the board. Images are captured by directing the camera
5485565 Gestural indicators for selecting graphic objects January 16, 1996
A graphical imaging system, wherein the rough location, size and shape of objects in the image is summarized by a first characteristic descriptor, representing a parametric "pose" computed for each object. A second characteristic descriptor, i.e. a "gesture matching" function, is provide










 
 
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