Patent Number: 7,708,205

Title: Digital image capture and processing system employing multi-layer software-based system architecture permitting modification and/or extension of system features and functions by way of third party code plug-ins

Abstract: A digital image capture and processing system, and software development environment, that supports manufacturer-constrained system behavior modification and/or extension by end-users and third-parties through the development and installation/deployment of plug-in modules within the application layer of the system by persons other than the original system designers. By virtue of the present invention, the standard features and functionalities of such systems can now be flexibly modified and/or extended by end-users and third-parties (e.g. VARs, OEMs etc), and thus satisfy customized end-user application requirements, without possessing or acquiring detailed knowledge about the hard-ware platform of the system, its communication interfaces with the outside environment, and user-related interfaces.

Inventors: Kotlarsky; Anatoly (Holland, PA), Zhu; Xiaoxun (Marlton, NJ)

Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.

International Classification: G03B 7/08 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018