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Patent Issued for Print Instruction Device and Print Instruction System

August 21, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- A patent by the inventor Yamada, Jun (Tajimi, JP), filed on February 27, 2012, was published online on August 5, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8797588 is assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, JP).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The following description relates to one or more techniques for enabling a user to select images to be printed easily from among a plurality of images.

"Conventionally, images, such as pictures taken by a digital camera, are stored in a memory of a mobile information terminal device or a memory card, and a user selects a desired image from among the stored images for printing. Recently, as a capacity of the memory is getting large, the number of images storable in the memory is increased. This requires, however, the user to perform a troublesome work of selecting images for printing from among the large number of images stored in the memory.

"In order to reduce such burden to the user in performing such a troublesome work, there is proposed a technique of recognizing persons appearing in each of plurality of images with use of a facial recognition process, and selecting images in which a person, who appears most frequently through all the images, as images to be printed."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "However, the images in which the most frequently appearing person is included are not always the images the user desires to print. Therefore, it is desired an alternative method to lighten the troublesome work of selecting images for printing.

"Aspects of the invention provide an improved technique of lightening the troublesome work of selecting images to be printed.

"According to aspects of the present invention, there is provided a print instruction device configured to instruct a print unit to print an image stored in an image storing unit storing a plurality of images. The print instruction device comprises a display unit configured to display information, an operation unit configured to be operated by a user, and a controller configured to judge whether each of the plurality of images stored in the image storing unit includes a person who is included in a past image which had been printed in the past, control the display unit to display information regarding the image which is judged to include the person included in the past image in a different form than information regarding the image which is judged not to include the person included in the past image, receive a selection of an image for printing through the operation unit, and instruct the print unit to print the selected image.

"According to further aspects of the invention, there is also provided a print instruction device configured to instruct a print unit to print an image stored in an image storing unit storing a plurality of images. The print instruction device comprises a display unit configured to display information, an operation unit configured to be operated by a user, and a controller configured to judge whether each of the plurality of images stored in the image storing unit includes a person who is included in a past image which had been printed in the past, control the display unit to display information regarding the image which is judged to include the person included in the past image while not to display information regarding the image which is judged not to include the person included in the past image, receive a selection of an image for printing through the operation unit, and instruct the print unit to print the selected image.

"According to further aspects of the invention, there is also provided a print instruction system comprising a server and a terminal device connected to the server, configured to instruct a print unit to print an image stored in an image storing unit storing a plurality of images. The server comprises a controller configured to judge whether each of the plurality of images stored in the image storing unit includes a person who is included in a past image which had been printed in the past, and transmit a judgment result to the terminal device. The terminal device comprises a display unit configured to display information, an operation unit configured to be operated by a user, and a controller configured to receive the judgment result from the server, control the display unit to display information regarding the image which is judged to include the person included in the past image in a different form than information regarding the image which is judged not to include the person included in the past image based on the judgment result, receive a selection of an image for printing through the operation unit, and transmit a selection result to the server. Additionally, the controller of the server is further configured to receive the selection result from the terminal device, and instruct the print unit to print the selected image based on the selection result.

"According to further aspects of the invention, there is also provided a print instruction system comprising a server and a terminal device connected to the server, configured to instruct a print unit to print an image stored in an image storing unit storing a plurality of images. The server comprises a controller configured to judge whether each of the plurality of images stored in the image storing unit includes a person who is included in a past image which had been printed in the past, and transmit a judgment result to the terminal device. The terminal device comprises a display unit configured to display information, an operation unit configured to be operated by a user, and a controller configured to receive the judgment result from the server, control the display unit to display information regarding the image which is judged to include the person included in the past image while not to display information regarding the image which is judged not to include the person included in the past image based on the judgment result, receive a selection of an image for printing through the operation unit, and transmit a selection result to the server. Additionally, the controller of the server is further configured to receive the selection result from the terminal device, and instruct the print unit to print the selected image based on the selection result.

"According to further aspects of the invention, there is also provided a non-transitory computer readable medium having computer readable instructions stored thereon, the instructions, when executed by a computer, causing the computer to instruct a print unit to print an image stored in an image storing unit storing a plurality of images, configured to judge whether each of the plurality of images stored in the image storing unit includes a person who is included in a past image which had been printed in the past, display information regarding the image which is judged to include the person included in the past image in a different form than information regarding the image which is judged not to include the person included in the past image, receive a user selection of an image for printing, and instruct the print unit to print the selected image.

"According to further aspects of the invention, there is also provided a non-transitory computer readable medium having computer readable instructions stored thereon, the instructions, when executed by a computer, causing the computer to instruct a print unit to print an image stored in an image storing unit storing a plurality of images, configured to judge whether each of the plurality of images stored in the image storing unit includes a person who is included in a past image which had been printed in the past, display information regarding the image which is judged to include the person included in the past image without displaying information regarding the image which is judged not to include the person included in the past image is not displayed, receive a user selection of an image for printing, and instruct the print unit to print the selected image."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Yamada, Jun. Print Instruction Device and Print Instruction System. U.S. Patent Number 8797588, filed February 27, 2012, and published online on August 5, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8797588.PN.&OS=PN/8797588RS=PN/8797588

Keywords for this news article include: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha.

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