Patent Number: 6,298,197

Title: Automatic photobooth with electronic imaging camera

Abstract: An automatic picture taking system has a housing which may be in the form of a booth. The housing contains a video camera and is arranged to produce a video picture of a subject in a picture taking zone. The video picture can be converted to a print e.g. using a digital thermal color printer. The video picture is stored in memory and can be processed to give a desired composition prior to printing. The picture may consist of the image of the subject which is separated from the background using chroma keying and which is then combined with a selected electronically prestored background or foreground.

Inventors: Wain; John Laurence (Cheadle Hulme, GB), Marchini; Barry Allen (Hale, GB), Fry; Richard Layton (Harston, GB)

Assignee: Photostar Limited

International Classification: G03B 17/48 (20060101); G03B 17/53 (20060101); G07F 17/26 (20060101); G07F 17/00 (20060101); H04N 1/00 (20060101); G03B 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018