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Scanning apparatus having image correction funciton

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Scanning apparatus having image correction funciton


A scanning apparatus includes a scanning head that scans an image of a document positioned on a stage glass, but varying in its distance therefrom. A boundary line is detected to determine an amount of skew therein. A skew line is compared with an established reference line, and a correction factor is calculated based on the result of the comparison. The original image processed to map the boundary line to the reference line and image data inside of the boundary line is similarly mapped based on the calculated correction factor. Beneficially, skews of an image produced when a thick book is scanned can be corrected simply.

Inventor: Hyeon-seok SEO
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120300265 - Class: 358448 (USPTO) - 11/29/12 - Class 358 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120300265, Scanning apparatus having image correction funciton.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation application of prior application Ser. No. 11/766,961, filed on Jun. 22, 2007 in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which claims priority under 35 U.S.C. §119(a) from Korean Patent Application No. 2006-104700, filed in the Korean Intellectual Property on Oct. 26, 2006, the entire contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present general inventive concept relates to an apparatus and method, and more particularly, to a scanning apparatus and method, to correct skewing distortion in an image.

2. Description of the Related Art

In general, a scanning apparatus is a device that scans a document to produce image data with predetermined resolution. Referring to FIGS. 1A and 1B, a general scanning apparatus 10 includes a stage glass 20 on which a document is placed and a scanning head 30 that scans the document while translating below the stage glass 20 from one end of the stage glass 20 to the other. The scanning head 30 includes a light source module 31 that irradiates the document with light and a photoelectric converting device 33 that detects light reflected by the document and converts the detected light into an image signal.

In the conventional scanning apparatus 10, when the scanning head 31 scans a thick book, a region near a folding line A of the book is positioned above the stage glass 20 by a gap d1 while a page region B of the book contacts the stage glass 20, as illustrated FIG. 1B. Accordingly, a focus distance between the light source module 31 and the photoelectric converting device 33 varies as the scanning head 30 moves from the page region B to the folding line A (I1≠I2). Due to such a focus distance difference occurring when the scanning head 30 moves, there arises a problem in that an image of the region near the folding line A has spatial distortion (or skew) or appears to be darker than the image in the page region B, as illustrated in FIG. 1C.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

The present general inventive concept provides a scanning apparatus which corrects distortion (or skew) included in an image.

Additional aspects and utilities of the present general inventive concept will be set forth in part in the description which follows and, in part, will be obvious from the description, or may be learned by practice of the present general inventive concept.

The foregoing and/or other aspects and utilities of the present general inventive concept can be achieved by providing a scanning apparatus comprising a stage glass on which a document is positioned, a scanning head that scans an image of the document while translating below the stage glass, an image processing part that processes image data produced by the scanning head, a boundary line detecting part that detects a boundary line of the image, and a controller that, if a skew line exists in the boundary line detected by the boundary line detecting part, compares the skew line with a predetermined reference line, calculates a correction factor based on a result of the comparison, and controls the image processing part to correct the skew line and image data inside of the boundary line based on the calculated correction factor.

The reference line may be determined based on a a straight line segment on the boundary line.

The controller may calculate a distance between the document image and the stage glass image and may control the image processing part to map a coordinate of the skew line onto a coordinate of the reference line based on the correction factor.

The correction factor may have a plurality of values to specify respective distances between a first boundary line including the skew line and a corresponding second boundary line.

The scanning apparatus may further comprise an image forming part that outputs the image, wherein the controller controls the image forming part to output the image processed by the image processing part.

The foregoing and/or other aspects and utilities of the present general inventive concept can be also achieved by providing an image processing method of a scanning apparatus comprising a stage glass on which a document is loaded and a scanning head that scans an image of the document while translating below the stage glass, comprising detecting a boundary line of the image, calculating a coordinate value of the boundary line and detecting a skew line whose coordinate value is not calculated, comparing the skew line with a reference line indicated by a straight line in the boundary line and calculating a correction factor to map the skew line onto the reference line based on a result of the comparison, and correcting the image and the skew line based on the calculated correction factor.

The foregoing and/or other aspects and utilities of the present general inventive concept are also achieved by providing an image forming method, comprising providing image data including a completely resolvable region thereof and a varyingly resolvable region thereof, extrapolating a linear relationship in the image data of the completely resolvable region across the varyingly resolvable region, and mapping the image data in the varyingly resolvable region to be aligned in a corrected image by the linear relationship.

The foregoing and/or other aspects and utilities of the present general inventive concept are also achieved by providing a computer-readable medium having encoded thereon computer instructions that, when decoded and executed by a processor, performs receiving image data including a completely resolvable region thereof and a varyingly resolvable region thereof, extrapolating a linear relationship in the image data of the completely resolvable region across the varyingly resolvable region, and mapping the image data in the varyingly resolvable region to be aligned in a corrected image by the linear relationship.

The foregoing and/or other aspects and utilities of the present general inventive concept are also achieved by providing an image forming apparatus, comprising a scanning head having a predefined optical depth of field with respect to a scanning plane to obtain image data of a document at least partially coplanar with the scanning plane, a controller to control the scanning head to translate across the scanning plane to acquire an original image of the document, and an image processing part to relocate skewed image data in the original image acquired from a portion of the document at least partially removed from the scanning plane while within the depth of field to a new location in a corrected image, the new location aligning the skewed image data with corresponding focused data of the original image data acquired from the portion of the document coplanar with the scanning plane.

The foregoing and/or other aspects and utilities of the present general inventive concept are also achieved by providing an image processor comprising a storage part to store an original image of a document at least partially coplanar with a plane defining an optical depth of field, an image processing part to relocate skewed image data in the original image acquired from a portion of the document at least partially removed from the plane while within the depth of field to a new location in a corrected image, the new location aligning the skewed image data with corresponding focused data of the original image data acquired from the portion of the document coplanar with the scanning plane as determined by a location of a boundary of the focused data relative to a location of a boundary of the skewed data.

The foregoing and/or other aspects and utilities of the present general inventive concept are also achieved by providing an image forming apparatus, comprising a controller to receive a scanned document image, and a unit to determine a boundary and a folding line from the scanned document image, to determine a correction region of the scanned document image with respect to a center line and the folding line, and to correct a boundary line of the correction region of the scanned document image according to a distance of skew from a reference line and the folding line.

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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120300265 A1
Publish Date
11/29/2012
Document #
13563834
File Date
08/01/2012
USPTO Class
358448
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
04N1/40
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