Patent Number: 7,355,633

Title: Video-image control apparatus and method with image generating mechanism, and storage medium containing the video-image control program

Abstract: A video-image control apparatus enables a client to obtain the details of an object in a displayed video image. For this purpose, when the angle of a camera 1003 is changed in accordance with an instruction from an external device, it is determined whether or not the object (e.g., a copier) is within an image sensing view. If it is determined that the object is within the image sensing view, the current status of the object is obtained by request. Then, an image of a character string indicative of the status information is generated, and combined with the video image. The combined image is transferred via a communication interface unit to the external device.

Inventors: Kurosawa; Takahiro (Kunitachi, JP), Tanaka; Kenichiro (Kawasaki, JP)

Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: H04N 5/232 (20060101); H04N 5/225 (20060101); H04N 7/173 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-04-08 0:00:00