Patent Number: 6,298,172

Title: Method for performing image-acquisition with preview of image to be transferred

Abstract: Summarily described, the invention embraces an improved image-acquisition apparatus of the type having a transparent platen with an inner surface and outer surface, where a workpiece having graphic matter is positioned on the outer surface of the platen and an image-acquisition device disposed adjacent the inner surface of the platen transfers an image of the graphic matter to another medium. The inventive improvement comprises a preview display feature comprising a preview display screen visible to the user and an image-processing system disposed proximal the inner surface of the platen coupled to the preview display screen. The image-processing system images a region of the platen defining a platen-image and forms the platen-image upon the display screen. The image-processing system may also form upon the display screen a frame-image for indicating the portion of the platen bounding the image to be transferred so a user may determine whether a workpiece is placed in a desired orientation before operating the apparatus. The improved image-acquisition apparatus may comprise a photocopy machine, a scanner, or a facsimile machine, and preferably the platen-image is formed in real-time characteristics.

Inventors: Arney; Susanne (Highland Park, NJ), Kleiman; Rafael N. (New York, NY), Moskowitz; Jacqueline J. (Short Hills, NJ)

Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.

International Classification: G03G 15/00 (20060101); H04N 1/00 (20060101); H04N 1/10 (20060101); G06K 009/32 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018