Patent Number: 6,252,985

Title: Image detecting apparatus

Abstract: An image area extracting method for extracting the desired areas from the image accurately and efficiently. The rough boundary area, in which the boundary area is roughly assigned between the desired area and areas other than the desired area, is divided into a plurality of small areas. The area extracting procedure is executed on each small area and the desired area and areas other than the desired area are detected from each small area. The boundary area mask image is formed based on the detection result and the desired area is extracted based on the boundary area mask image. Thus, the desired area can be extracted from the image accurately and efficiently.

Inventors: Mitsunaga; Tomoo (Kanagawa, JP), Totsuka; Takashi (Chiba, JP)

Assignee: Sony Corporation

International Classification: G06T 5/00 (20060101); G06K 009/48 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018