Patent Number: 6,305,770

Title: Digital photograph storage using ink jet printing

Abstract: A method is disclosed of creating a permanent copy of an image captured on an image sensor of a handheld camera device having an interconnected integral computer device and an integral printer means for printing out on print media stored with the camera device, the method comprising the steps of sensing an image on the image sensor; converting the image to an encoded form of the image, the encoded form having fault tolerant encoding properties; printing out the encoded form of the image as a permanent record of the image utilizing the integral printer means. Preferably, the integral printer means includes means for printing on a first and second surface of the print media and the sensed image or a visual manipulation thereof is printed on the first surface thereof and the encoded form is printed on the second surface thereof. A thumbnail of the sensed image can be printed alongside the encoded form of the image and the fault tolerant encoding can include forming a Reed-Solomon encoded version of the image in addition to applying a high frequency modulation signal such as a checkerboard pattern to the encoded form such that the permanent record includes repeatable high frequency spectral components. The print media can be supplied in a print roll means which is detachable from the camera device.

Inventors: Silverbrook; Kia (Sydney, AU)

Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd

International Classification: G06F 21/00 (20060101); H04N 5/262 (20060101); H04N 1/21 (20060101); H04N 5/225 (20060101); B41J 002/01 (); B41J 003/36 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018