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Patent Issued for Image Reproduction System and Image Reproduction Processing Program

May 13, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent by the inventor Watanabe, Tsuyoshi (Ebina, JP), filed on April 6, 2009, was published online on April 29, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8712211 is assigned to Nikon Corporation (Tokyo, JP).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "In the past, in an image reproduction system reproducing and displaying images, when reproducing and displaying images by a slide show format continuously displaying a plurality of images while successively switching them, the display time for each individual image was the same. Further, an image reproduction and display system judging if reference images are continuously captured images based on a difference (time interval) between a time of capturing a reference image and a time of capturing images captured around it and reproducing and displaying the continuously captured images by the same speed as the continuous capture speed (in the case of T frames/sec, 1/T sec) has been proposed (for example, see Japanese Patent Laid-open Publication (A) No. 2006-41586).

"In a conventional image reproduction system, when reproducing and displaying images in the slide show format, the display time of the images is set in advance, so there is the problem that even if the viewer desires to view a displayed image longer during the reproduction and display, the next image is shifted to when the set display time elapses."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "Technical Problem

"An object of the present invention is to provide an image reproduction system and image reproduction processing program able to control the display times of individual images in accordance with a response of a viewer when continuously displaying a plurality of images while successively switching them.

"Solution to Problem

"The invention provides an image reproduction system comprising: an image data storage unit that stores a plurality of image data, an image display unit that successively displays a plurality of images based on the plurality of image data, an audio input unit that receives as input sound of a surrounding environment, an audio determination unit that determines whether the sound received as input by the audio input unit is in a predetermined state, and a control unit that controls a display time of the image displayed on the image display unit at the time of determination by the audio determination unit based on the results of determination by the audio determination unit when continuously displaying the plurality of images on the image display unit while successively switching them.

"Further, the invention provides an image reproduction processing program embodied in a computer-readable medium, when executed on a computer, performing a process for an image reproduction system that continuously reproduces and displays a plurality of images on an image display unit while successively switching them based on a plurality of image data stored in an image data storage unit, the program comprising: a determination step determining whether a sound of the surrounding environment of the image reproduction system is in a predetermined state while continuously reproducing and displaying the plurality of images on the image display unit while successively switching the images and a control step controlling a display time of an image reproduced and displayed at the time of that determination based on the results of the determination.

"Advantages Effects of Invention

"According to the image reproduction system and the image reproduction processing program of the present invention, when continuously displaying a plurality of images while successively switching them, if a viewer makes an appreciative sound in response to a reproduced and displayed image etc., it is possible to change or extend the display time of the image currently being reproduced and displayed in accordance with the response of the viewer."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Watanabe, Tsuyoshi. Image Reproduction System and Image Reproduction Processing Program. U.S. Patent Number 8712211, filed April 6, 2009, and published online on April 29, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=41&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=2019&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20140429.PD.&OS=ISD/20140429&RS=ISD/20140429

Keywords for this news article include: Nikon Corporation, Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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