(19)
(11)EP 2 306 270 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
17.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/25

(21)Application number: 10757552.4

(22)Date of filing:  03.06.2010
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06F 3/0488(2013.01)
G06K 9/20(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/CN2010/073494
(87)International publication number:
WO 2011/009343 (27.01.2011 Gazette  2011/04)

(54)

CHARACTER INPUT METHOD AND SYSTEM

ZEICHENEINGABEVERFAHREN UND -SYSTEM

PROCÉDÉ ET SYSTÈME D'ENTRÉE DE CARACTÈRES


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 21.07.2009 CN 200910055150

(43)Date of publication of application:
06.04.2011 Bulletin 2011/14

(73)Proprietor: Intsig Information Co., Ltd.
Shanghai 200433 (CN)

(72)Inventors:
  • ZHU, Lin
    Shanghai 200433 (CN)
  • DING, Kai
    Shanghai 200433 (CN)
  • ZHANG, Bin
    Shanghai 200433 (CN)
  • GUO, Fengjun
    Shanghai 200433 (CN)
  • LONG, Teng
    Shanghai 200433 (CN)
  • CHEN, Qingshan
    Shanghai 200433 (CN)

(74)Representative: Glawe, Delfs, Moll 
Partnerschaft mbB von Patent- und Rechtsanwälten Postfach 13 03 91
20103 Hamburg
20103 Hamburg (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
CN-A- 1 484 165
CN-A- 101 241 395
JP-A- 2005 346 628
US-A1- 2004 141 644
US-A1- 2005 052 558
CN-A- 1 641 681
CN-A- 101 609 365
JP-B2- 3 761 923
US-A1- 2004 252 887
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Background of the Present Invention


    Field of Invention



    [0001] The present invention is generally related to the technical field of character input in image processing , more specifically to a character input method based on the optical character recognition technology; the invention also relates to a character input system.

    Description of Related Arts



    [0002] In recent years, along with the increasing popularization of electronic devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, handheld game consoles, navigators, etc., character input methods have become the most basic and common means for performing human-computer interaction.

    [0003] Currently, there are two common character input methods. One is the keyboard input method in which a user utilizes a keyboard of an intelligent device to input a character through one or more keystrokes. For example, the blackberry mobile phone of the RIM Company adopts a keyboard for inputting characters (shown in figure 1). The method has the advantage that a user can use a thumb to carry out input operation by one hand and gets a specific feedback after each keystroke, and various language inputs can be realized through defining the combination of keys. Its disadvantage is that one character input needs many keystrokes, and a user needs to learn corresponding key

    [0004] The other common input method is the touch screen input method, by which a user can input a character by clicking a virtual keyboard on the touch screen of an intelligent device, or directly writing a character on the touch screen with a touch-pen. As a result the handwriting is recognized and then converted into characters. The virtual keyboard input method has advantages and disadvantages similar to the keyboard input method. The advantage of the handwriting input is that a user just writes a character on the touch screen to realize character input without learning the key combination rules of characters. The disadvantages are, first the input speed is relatively low; second, the operation requires two hands, one hand holding the device, and the other hand holding a touch pen to write; third, recognition errors on scrawl handwriting further reduces the input speed; and fourth, inputting different types of characters requires switching input mode.

    [0005] People often need to input text contents of books, magazines, advertisements and the like into an intelligent device in daily life, such as famous saying and epigrams, phone numbers, websites, email addresses, etc. Figure 2 shows an example of a text image containing a text content. According to the prior art. It takes time to type text into an intelligent device character by character having to concentrate on the input and the text content back and forth. Therefore, there is a need for a fast character input technique on the intelligent devices.

    [0006] Document US 2004/141644 A1 presents a portable communication apparatus comprising a camera section for capturing an image depending on an operation of a shutter key and a character recognition section for recognizing characters from a captured image. Document JP 3 761923 B2 presents a processor and method for image processing, wherein character recognition is performed and the recognition result is displayed..

    Summary of the Present Invention



    [0007] Consistent with embodiments of the present invention, a character input method according to claim 1, a character input system according to claim 3, and a character input method according to claim 5 are disclosed.

    [0008] Preferred embodiments of the present invention are defined in the dependent claims.

    [0009] The invention has the advantages that: with the character input method and system provided by the invention, a user can utilizes a built-in camera of an intelligent device to capture a text image containing characters to be input, obtains a character text corresponding to the text image through recognition and conversion and inputs the character text into a text currently processed by the intelligent device without inputting the characters in the text image one by one with a keyboard or a touch screen, thereby saving labor and time. The more characters to be input contained in the text image, the more time and labor saved.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0010] 

    Figure 1 is a picture of a handheld device with a keyboard for inputting characters.

    Figure 2 is a text image of characters captured by a built-in camera of an intelligent machine.

    Figure 3 is the operation flow chart of the character input method consistent with the first embodiment of the current invention.

    Figure 4 shows the schematic diagram of the character input system consistent with the first embodiment of the current invention.

    Figure 5 shows the operation flow chart of the character input method consistent with the second embodiment of the current invention.

    Figure 6 shows the operation flow chart of the character input method consistent with a third illustrative example of the current invention.

    Figure 7 shows a display on a handheld device: the top part is a text image containing characters captured by a built-in camera and the lower gray part shows the recognized characters by the optical character recognition technology.

    Figure 8 shows the display screen letting a user to select "camera input" in a pop-up menu to activate the method.

    Figure 9 shows the display screen letting a user to click a camera icon to activate other input method.

    Figure 10 is a default rectangular preview box / selecting box when a user needs to capture/select a text image of characters.

    Figure 11 shows an example of an adjusted preview box/selecting box.

    Figure 12 shows the capability of capturing a text image of vertically situated characters, consistent with the current invention.


    Detailed Description of the Preferred Embodiments



    [0011] The present invention is further explained in detail according to the accompanying drawings. It should be noted that figures are schematic representations of devices, and may not be drawn to scale.

    The first embodiment



    [0012] Referring to Figure 3, the character input method disclosed i utilizes a built-in imaging device of an intelligent device to take a text image of characters as an input, the characters in the text image is recognized by the optical character recognition technology, then the text image is converted into a character text, and high-efficiency character input is completed. The character input method comprises the following steps:

    Step A, carrying out character input through an electronic device such as a mobile phone, a computer, a PDA, etc. In this embodiment, the device is required to be connected with or provided with an imaging device and an optical character recognition module.

    Step B, selecting imaging input procedure to start the imaging device during text input.



    [0013] To start the built-in imaging device, select "camera input" in a pop-up input menu in the intelligent device (shown in figure 8); or press a camera key of the intelligent device; or click a camera input key on the keyboard (shown in figure 9).

    Step C, taking a text image with the imaging device.

    Step D, recognizing the pointed text information in the text image and converting it into a character text with the optical character recognition module (shown in figure 7). If no pointed information exists, a user needs to perform default recognition of all text information in the full text image.

    Step E, inputting the recognized character text into a current text in process; or inputting modified character text into the current text in process after some modifications.



    [0014] During text input, a user can select an image input procedure once or more times at any moment to start a process of inputting characters through the steps B to E, and the characters from this process and other input methods form a single text for this user.

    [0015] In step C, a image preview box of the imaging device is displayed on the display unit of the electronic device, in which characters to be input are contained, the text image in the preview box is marked as recognized, and then the text image is photographed. The default preview box can be a rectangular box (shown in figure 10), with adjustable length and width. However, the preview box's shape is not limited to rectangular only, it can have other shapes. In step D, the pointed text image in the preview box is recognized by the optical character module. The number of the preview boxes can be one or more.

    [0016] Preview box settings enable selected text information to be recognized more accurately, thus improving the recognition efficiency in step D. The preview box setting is just an effective implemention scheme; it maybe neglected (or the preview box is the display scope of the whole display unit), in this case, in step D, all characters in the text image are recognized generally; then a user needs to modify recognized characters.

    [0017] Preferably, a step to adjust the preview box's shape through a preview box adjusting module is included before the text image is imaged; a user adjusts the preview box's shape through the preview box adjusting module according to the scope of the input text. For example, a preview box shown in figure 11 is adjusted in various ways; the preview box can be in another shape such as a circle, an ellipse, a rhomb, a triangle, etc.

    [0018] If the display unit is a touch display, a user performs a touch action on the touch display unit choose the preview box's shape according to the scope of the input; the preview box adjusting module obtains the touch action to set the preview box's shape according to the touch action.

    [0019] If the display unit is a non-touch display, a user can draw a preview box through a keyboard by, for example, adding a line through a menu, and then adjusting the length of the line, moving the line through directional keys and finally completing a preview box.

    [0020] The above preview box settings can improve the efficiency of recognition and information modification if a text image has an irregular overall shape.

    [0021] In addition, this technique can recognize a text image in a vertical layout (show in figure 12). In this case, many errors might occur in recognizing characters with the default recognition mode (default recognition mode is based on horizontal layout). So recognizing vertical texts is a challenge..

    [0022] Accordingly, in step C of the embodiment, a character direction mark is included in the preview box when a text image is photographed; for instance, the default character direction is horizontal, from left to right, and from top to bottom.

    [0023] There are two direction mark sets in the embodiment. One is the primary mark for a character either in horizontal layout or in vertical layout; the other is a secondary mark which marks the direction of multi-row characters, i.e., from top to bottom or from bottom to top, or marks the direction of multi-column characters, i.e. from left to right or from right to left. A user can first set the primary marks, and then set the secondary marks.

    [0024] For more character directions, a user can change the direction of the marks through a mark modification unit (as shown in Figure 12). In Figure 12, for example, the default character direction is horizontal, from left to right and from top to bottom; the changed character direction is vertical, from top to bottom and from right to left.

    [0025] In step D, the optical character recognition module recognizes the characters sequence according to the character direction marks. The marks can be directly displayed in the image as being recognized by the optical character recognition module, or forms an encoded file package which is sent to the optical character recognition module. The optical character recognition module can decode the character directions from the file.

    [0026] Referring to the Figure 4, the invention discloses a character input system 10, which is installed in an electronic device for inputting characters. The electronic device includes a photographing device 20 and a display unit 30. The photographing device 20 is used for obtaining image information; and the display unit 30 is used for displaying various options.

    [0027] The character input system also includes an optical character recognition module 11 and a preview box adjusting module 12. The optical character recognition module 11 is used for recognizing the pointed text information in the image information obtained by the photographing device into a character text; the preview box adjusting module 12 is used for adjusting the shape of the preview box of the photographing device on the display unit 30 according to the scope of the input text.

    [0028] Preferably, the display unit 30 is a touch display unit. A user performs a touch action on the touch display unit 30 to input the preview box' shape according to the scope of the input text; the preview box adjusting module 12 obtains the touch action to set the preview box's shape according to the touch action.

    [0029] The electronic device can be a mobile phone, a computer, a PDA, a handhold game console, a navigator, etc.

    [0030] The photographing device can be a camera, a diode, or another types of imaging device.

    [0031] A keyboard matched with the character input method of the invention comprises a key for activating imaging input. The keyboard can be a real keyboard or an electronic keyboard on a touch screen.

    [0032] In summary, the character input method and the system provided by the invention enable a user to obtain a character text corresponding to the input text image through an imaging and optical recognition technique without having to input the characters one by one on a keyboard or a touch screen, thereby saving labor and time.

    [0033] In the course of short message editing, a user can introduce the camera and the optical character recognition module at any time during the editing to photograph and recognize a large or small section of the characters. For example, during short message editing, a user can input a few characters by handwriting or pinyin, then input a few characters with photography and OCR (optical character recognition), input character by handwriting or pinyin again, and input characters with photography and OCR at another location again.

    The second embodiment



    [0034] Figure 5 discloses another embodiment of the current invention. This character input method includes the following steps;

    A', inputting a text through an electronic device;

    B', selecting a text recognition input procedure during text input and selecting a text image containing characters to be input;

    C', recognizing the pointed text information into a character text through an optical character recognition module;

    D', inputting the recognized character text into a current text in process; or inputting the modified character text into the current text in process after some modifications;



    [0035] In step B', a user selects and marks the characters to be input on the display unit of the electronic device; in step D', the marked text image is recognized by the optical character recognition module. In step C', the input characters are marked by drawing a line, or drawing a box (such as a preview box), or using symbols to mark the beginning and the ending positions. The implementing scheme is described by means of setting a preview box as follows, and other marking modes can refer to the embodiment.

    [0036] In step C', the display unit of the electronic device displays a selected box, and the selected box is adjusted to contain the characters to be input, so text information is thus defined; in step D', the defined text image in the selecting box is recognized by the optical character recognition module.

    [0037] Selecting box setting enables the selected text information to be recognized more accurately to improve the recognition efficiency in step D'. Box setting selection is just an effective implemention scheme; it can also be neglected (or the selecting box is the display scope of the full display unit), in this case, in step D' all characters in the text image are recognized preliminarily; then a user needs to modify the recognized characters.

    [0038] Preferably, step C' also includes a step of adjusting the shape of the selecting box through a selecting box adjusting module before the text image is photographed; a user adjusts the selecting box's shape through the selecting box adjusting module according to the scope of the input text. For example, a selecting box shown in figure 11 demonstrates one selecting box being adjusted into many selecting boxes; the selecting box can be in another shape such as a circle, an ellipse, a rhomb, etc.

    [0039] If the display unit is a touch display, a user performs a touch action on the touch display unit to choose the selecting box's shape according to the scope of the input text; the selecting box adjusting module obtains the touch action to set the selecting box's shape according to the touch action.

    [0040] If the display unit is a non-touch display unit, a user can draw a selecting box through a keyboard by, for example, adding a line through a menu, then adjusting the length of the line, moving the line through direction keys and finally completing a selecting box.

    [0041] The above selecting box settings can improve the efficiency of recognition and information modification if a text image has an irregular shape.

    [0042] Moreover, in step C', the optical character recognition module can automatically remove character rows/ columns which are not completely photographed in the text image (such as character rows/columns nearby four edges of the rectangular selecting box, which are not completely photographed in the image), thereby reducing a user's work load of modification and further improving the editing efficiency.

    [0043] In addition, the second character input method described in the second embodiment can also apply the same character directional marks as disclosed in the first embodiment. In the second embodiment, when a selecting box is set, a character direction mark is simultaneously set. The setting mode is similar to that disclosed in the first embodiment, so it is not repeated here.

    The third illustrative example



    [0044] This method disclosed in the third illustrative example requires an intelligent device provided with a built-in image device and a sortward of optical character recognition installed in the device; the memory of the device stores a program which controls and commands a computer processor to execute the following operations: starting the built-in camera or another imaging device, arranging characters to be input in a photography preview window, carrying out photography operation with the built-in camera or other imaging device, obtaining a text image containing the characters to be input, recognizing the characters in the text image with the optical character recognition technology, converting the recognized characters into a character string, and inputting the character string into a text processed by the device currently.

    [0045] As shown in Figure 6, the character recognition method in this illustrative example comprises the following operation steps:

    step 405, starting;

    step 410, activating input method in the intelligent device;

    step 420, , starting the built-in camera, entering a photography preview interface, and displaying a camera photography preview box on a display;

    step 430, taking a text image;

    arranging characters to be input in the camera photography preview box, and taking the text image of the characters with the built-in camera;

    step 440, recognizing the text image into a character text with the optical character recognition technology;

    recognizing the text image processed in step 430 with the optical character recognition technology to obtain a corresponding character text;

    step 450, inputting the character text into a current text in process directly or not;

    a user decides whether or not to directly input the character text processed in step 440 into a current text in process, then goes to step 460 if yes, and goes to step 470 if not;

    step 460, inputting the character text into the current text in process;

    inputting the character text processed in step 440 into the current text in process, and then turning to step 490;

    step 470, modifying the character text;

    a user modifies the character text processed in step 440;

    step 480

    a user decides whether or not to input the character text processed in step 470 into the current text in process, then inputs the character text processed in step 470 into the current text in process if yes, and goes to step 490 if not;

    step 490, ending.



    [0046] Preferably, in step 420, select "camera input" in a pop-up input menu to start the built-in camera of the intelligent device (shown in figure 8); or in step 420, press a camera key of the intelligent device to start the built-in camera of the intelligent device; or in the step 420, click a camera icon to start the built-in camera of the intelligent device (shown in figure 9).

    The fourth illustrative example



    [0047] The illustrative example discloses a character input system, which can be performed in a touch-screen mobile phone based system; the mobile phone has a processor with sufficient memory capacity, and a camera having high resolution, anda high resolution display. For example, the camera has higher than 2 megapixel resolution, the display has at least 320x240 pixels.

    [0048] In step 420, a user selects the "camera input" through turning on an input method switching menu to activate the method, prepares to input characters for the current text in process (as shown in figure 8), displays a photographed text image of characters in a camera input window on the touch-screen mobile phone, and then continues to perform all following steps. The camera captures the text image (step 430). The text image is recognized by the optical character recognition technology and converted into a character text (step 440). If the user selects to directly input the character text into the current text in process (step 450), the recognized character text is input into the text processed by the mobile phone currently (step 460). Till then, the character input operation is completed (490).

    The fifth illustrative example



    [0049] This illustrative example needs to be performed in a touch-screen mobile phone; the mobile phone has a processor with high working efficiency , for example, 200MHz, high memory capacity, and a camera having high resolution, for example, 2 megapixel, and a high resolution display a.

    [0050] In step 420, a user selects the "camera input" through turning on an input method switching menu to activate the method, prepares to input characters for the current text in process (as shown in figure 8), displays the photographed text image of characters in a camera input window on the touch-screen mobile phone, and then continues to perform all following steps. The camera captures the text image (step 430). The text image is recognized by the optical character recognition technology and converted into a character text (step 440). If the user selects not to directly input the character text into the current text in process (450), the mobile phone displays the character text on the touch screen to allow the user to modify the characters in the character text (470). The user determines whether to confirm the modified character text (480) or not, then inputs the confirmed character text into the text processed by the mobile phone currently if yes (step 460), and abandons the recognition result if not. Till then, the character input operation is completed (step 490).

    The sixth illustrative example



    [0051] This illustrative example differs from the first embodiment in that the illustrative example also includes the step in the second embodiment. This illustrative example includes marking input characters after step C when the photographing device takes a text image.

    [0052] In this case, when the text image is photographed in step C, a user can set a preview box in the display unit, and the characters to be input are marked in this way; and then the user can further modify a selected text by the marking method in the second embodiment.

    [0053] Or when the text is photographed in step C, the user selects the characters to be input by the selecting methods described in the second embodiment instead of setting a preview box in the display unit.

    [0054] Therefore, the user can select characters and indicates character directions in the preview box, and the user can also use a selecting box in the photographed image or by other means; if both are used, the means of using a selecting box to select characters and indicate character direction in the photographed image is taken as final.

    [0055] The forgoing description and application are merely illustrative of the invention, and above-mentioned embodiments are not to be construed in a limiting sense.


    Claims

    1. A character input method for an electronic device, the method comprising the following steps:

    step A, inputting an input text through the electronic device;

    step B, selecting a photography input procedure and starting a photographing device during text input;

    step C, taking a text image with the photographic device, wherein the display unit (30) of the electronic device displays at least one preview box of the photographing device, and characters to be input are contained in the preview box;

    step D, recognizing text in the text image in the preview box and converting the text into a character text through an optical character recognition module (11); and

    step E, inputting the converted character text into the input text;

    wherein during text input, a user can select the photography input procedure once or more times to start a process of inputting characters through the steps B to E, and the characters from this process and other input methods form a single text for this user;

    the method being characterized in that

    in step C, a shape of the preview box is adjusted through a preview box adjusting module (12);

    wherein the preview box contains a character direction mark defining a character direction,

    wherein step C also includes a step of changing the character direction mark by the user through a mark modification unit;

    wherein in step D, the optical character recognition module (11) recognizes the arrangement sequence of characters according to the character direction;

    wherein the display unit (30) is a touch display unit (30), and wherein the preview box adjusting module (12) sets the shape of the preview box according to a touch action.


     
    2. The character input method as in claim 1, wherein in step B, a built-in imaging device is started by one of the actions: selecting camera input in a pop-up input menu, pressing a camera key, and clicking a camera input key on a keyboard.
     
    3. A character input system (10) installed in an electronic device for inputting characters, wherein:
    the electronic device comprises:

    a photographing device (20) adapted for obtaining character images; and

    a display unit (30) adapted for displaying the character images and comprising at least one image preview box of the photographing device to show an input text image;

    and the character input system (10) comprises:

    an optical character recognition module (11) adapted for recognizing information from the character images in the preview box obtained by the photographing device into a character text; and a preview box adjusting module (12) adapted for adjusting the shape of the preview box of the imaging device in the display unit (30);

    wherein the character input system (10) is furthermore adapted for selecting a photography input procedure and starting a photographing device during input of an input text, imaging the text image with the photographing device, and

    inputting the recognized converted character text into the input text;

    and wherein during text input, a user can select an image input procedure once or more times to start a process of inputting characters through the steps B to E, and the characters from this process and other input methods form a single text for this user;

    the character input system being characterized in that

    the preview box contains a character direction mark defining a direction of characters;

    and in that the character input system (10) contains a mark modification unit adapted for changing the character direction mark by the user, wherein the optical character recognition module (11) recognizes the arrangement sequence of characters according to the character direction;

    wherein the display unit (30) is a touch display unit; and

    further comprising: a preview box adjusting module (12) setting the shape of the preview box according to the touch action.


     
    4. The character input system as in claim 3, further comprising a keyboard for activating imaging actions.
     
    5. A character input method for an electronic device, comprising the following steps:

    step A', inputting an input text through the electronic device;

    step B', selecting a text recognition input procedure during text input and selecting a text image containing characters to be input;

    step C', recognizing the text information in the text image into a character text through an optical character recognition module (11); and

    step D', inputting the recognized character text into the input text;

    wherein a user can select a text recognition input procedure once or many times at any time to input characters through step B' to step D';

    and wherein the display unit (30) of the electronic device displays a preview box, and characters to be input are contained in the preview box;

    characterized in that

    the preview box contains a character direction mark defining a direction of characters, wherein the optical character recognition module recognizes the arrangement sequence of characters according to the character direction, and wherein the optical character recognition module (11) contains a mark modification unit adapted for changing the character direction mark by the user;

    step C' further comprises the optical character recognition module (11) automatically removing character rows/columns of the text image which are not completely photographed in the text image;

    and the user may adjust the preview box.


     
    6. The character input method as in claim 5, wherein: in step C', adjusting the preview box comprises adjusting the shape of the preview box through a preview box adjusting module (12).
     
    7. The character input method as claimed in claim 6, wherein: the display unit is a touch display unit (30) adapted for input of the preview box's shape, and wherein the selecting box adjusting module (12) obtains a touch action to set the shape of the preview box according to the touch action.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Zeicheneingabeverfahren für eine elektronische Vorrichtung, wobei das Verfahren die folgenden Schritte umfasst:

    Schritt A, das Eingeben eines Eingabetextes durch die elektronische Vorrichtung;

    Schritt B, das Auswählen einer Fotografieeingabeprozedur und das Starten einer Fotografiervorrichtung während der Texteingabe;

    Schritt C, das Aufnehmen eines Textbildes mit der Fotografiervorrichtung, wobei die Anzeigeeinheit (30) der elektronischen Vorrichtung mindestens ein Vorschaufeld der Fotografiervorrichtung anzeigt und Zeichen, die einzugeben sind, in dem Vorschaufeld enthalten sind;

    Schritt D, das Erkennen von Text in dem Textbild in dem Vorschaufeld und das Umwandeln des Textes in einen Zeichentext durch ein optisches Zeichenerkennungsmodul (11); und

    Schritt E, das Einsetzen des umgewandelten Zeichentextes in den Eingabetext;

    wobei ein Benutzer während der Texteingabe die Fotografieeingabeprozedur einmal oder mehrmals auswählen kann, um einen Vorgang des Eingebens von Zeichen durch die Schritte B bis E zu starten, und die Zeichen aus diesem Vorgang und anderen Eingabeverfahren einen einzelnen Text für diesen Benutzer bilden;

    wobei das Verfahren dadurch gekennzeichnet ist, dass in Schritt C eine Gestalt des Vorschaufeldes durch ein Vorschaufeldeinstellmodul (12) eingestellt wird;

    wobei das Vorschaufeld eine Zeichenrichtungskennzeichnung enthält, die eine Zeichenrichtung definiert,

    wobei Schritt C auch einen Schritt des Änderns der Zeichenrichtungskennzeichnung durch den Benutzer über eine Kennzeichnungsmodifizierungseinheit umfasst;

    wobei in Schritt D das optische Zeichenerkennungsmodul (11) die Anordnungsreihenfolge von Zeichen gemäß der Zeichenrichtung erkennt;

    wobei die Anzeigeeinheit (30) eine Berührungsanzeigeeinheit (30) ist und wobei das Vorschaufeldeinstellmodul (12) die Gestalt des Vorschaufeldes gemäß einer Berührungsaktion einstellt.


     
    2. Zeicheneingabeverfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei in Schritt B eine eingebaute Bilderfassungsvorrichtung durch eine der folgenden Aktionen gestartet wird: das Auswählen einer Kameraeingabe in einem Pop-up-Eingabemenü, das Drücken einer Kamerataste und das Tippen einer Kameraeingabetaste auf einer Tastatur.
     
    3. Zeicheneingabesystem (10), das in einer elektronischen Vorrichtung zum Eingeben von Zeichen installiert ist, wobei:
    die elektronische Vorrichtung aufweist:

    eine Fotografiervorrichtung (20), die zum Erlangen von Zeichenbildern ausgebildet ist; und

    eine Anzeigeeinheit (30), die zum Anzeigen der Zeichenbilder ausgebildet ist und mindestens ein Bildvorschaufeld der Fotografiervorrichtung aufweist, um ein Eingabetextbild darzustellen;

    und das Zeicheneingabesystem (10) aufweist:

    ein optisches Zeichenerkennungsmodul (11), das zum Erkennen von Informationen aus den Zeichenbildern in dem Vorschaufeld, die von der Fotografiervorrichtung erlangt werden, für einen Zeichentext ausgebildet ist; und

    ein Vorschaufeldeinstellmodul (12), das zum Einstellen der Gestalt des Vorschaufeldes der Bilderfassungsvorrichtung in der Anzeigeeinheit (30) ausgebildet ist;

    wobei das Zeicheneingabesystem (10) ferner ausgebildet ist zum Auswählen einer Fotografieeingabeprozedur und zum Starten einer Fotografiervorrichtung während der Eingabe eines Eingabetextes,

    zum Aufnehmen des Textbildes mit der Fotografiervorrichtung und

    zum Einsetzen des erkannten umgewandelten Zeichentextes in den Eingabetext;

    und wobei ein Benutzer während der Texteingabe eine Bildeingabeprozedur einmal oder mehrmals auswählen kann, um einen Vorgang des Eingebens von Zeichen durch die Schritte B bis E zu starten, und die Zeichen aus diesem Vorgang und anderen Eingabeverfahren einen einzelnen Text für diesen Benutzer bilden;

    wobei das Zeicheneingabesystem dadurch gekennzeichnet ist, dass

    das Vorschaufeld eine Zeichenrichtungskennzeichnung enthält, die eine Richtung von Zeichen definiert;

    und dadurch, dass das Zeicheneingabesystem (10) eine Kennzeichnungsmodifizierungseinheit enthält, die zum Ändern der Zeichenrichtungskennzeichnung durch den Benutzer ausgebildet ist,

    wobei das optische Zeichenerkennungsmodul (11) die Anordnungsreihenfolge von Zeichen gemäß der Zeichenrichtung erkennt;

    wobei die Anzeigeeinheit (30) eine Berührungsanzeigeeinheit ist; und

    es ferner aufweist: ein Vorschaufeldeinstellmodul (12), das die Gestalt des Vorschaufeldes gemäß der Berührungsaktion einstellt.


     
    4. Zeicheneingabesystem nach Anspruch 3, das ferner eine Tastatur zum Aktivieren von Bilderfassungsaktionen aufweist.
     
    5. Zeicheneingabeverfahren für eine elektronische Vorrichtung, das die folgenden Schritte umfasst:

    Schritt A', das Eingeben eines Eingabetextes durch die elektronische Vorrichtung;

    Schritt B', das Auswählen einer Texterkennungseingabeprozedur während der Texteingabe und das Auswählen eines Textbildes, das Zeichen enthält, die einzugeben sind;

    Schritt C', das Erkennen der Textinformationen in dem Textbild für einen Zeichentext durch ein optisches Zeichenerkennungsmodul (11); und

    Schritt D', das Einsetzen des erkannten Zeichentextes in den Eingabetext;

    wobei ein Benutzer eine Texterkennungseingabeprozedur einmal oder mehrmals zu jeder Zeit auswählen kann, um Zeichen durch Schritt B' bis Schritt D' einzugeben;

    und wobei die Anzeigeeinheit (30) der elektronischen Vorrichtung ein Vorschaufeld anzeigt und Zeichen, die einzugeben sind, in dem Vorschaufeld enthalten sind;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

    das Vorschaufeld eine Zeichenrichtungskennzeichnung enthält, die eine Richtung von Zeichen definiert, wobei das optische Zeichenerkennungsmodul die Anordnungsreihenfolge von Zeichen gemäß der Zeichenrichtung erkennt und wobei das optische Zeichenerkennungsmodul (11) eine Kennzeichnungsmodifizierungseinheit enthält, die zum Ändern der Zeichenrichtungskennzeichnung durch den Benutzer ausgebildet ist;

    Schritt C' ferner umfasst, dass das optische Zeichenerkennungsmodul (11) automatisch Zeichenzeilen/-spalten des Textbildes entfernt, die in dem Textbild nicht vollständig fotografiert sind;

    und der Benutzer das Vorschaufeld einstellen kann.


     
    6. Zeicheneingabeverfahren nach Anspruch 5, wobei:
    in Schritt C' das Einstellen des Vorschaufeldes das Einstellen der Gestalt des Vorschaufeldes über ein Vorschaufeldeinstellmodul (12) umfasst.
     
    7. Zeicheneingabeverfahren nach Anspruch 6, wobei:

    die Anzeigeeinheit eine Berührungsanzeigeeinheit (30) ist, die für eine Eingabe der Gestalt des Vorschaufeldes ausgebildet ist, und

    wobei das Auswahlfeldeinstellmodul (12) eine Berührungsaktion erlangt, um die Gestalt des Vorschaufeldes gemäß der Berührungsaktion einzustellen.


     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé d'entrée de caractères pour un dispositif électronique, le procédé comprenant les étapes suivantes :

    étape A, entrée d'un texte d'entrée au moyen du dispositif électronique ;

    étape B, sélection d'une procédure d'entrée de photographie et démarrage d'un dispositif de photographie pendant l'entrée de texte ;

    étape C, prise d'une image de texte avec le dispositif de photographie, l'unité d'affichage (30) du dispositif électronique affichant au moins une zone de prévisualisation du dispositif de photographie, et des caractères à entrer étant contenus dans la zone de prévisualisation ;

    étape D, reconnaissance du texte dans l'image de texte dans la zone de prévisualisation et conversion du texte dans un texte de caractères au moyen d'un module de reconnaissance optique de caractères (11) ; et

    étape E, entrée du texte de caractères converti dans le texte d'entrée ;

    pendant l'entrée de texte, un utilisateur pouvant sélectionner la procédure d'entrée de photographie une ou plusieurs fois pour démarrer un processus d'entrée de caractères au moyen des étapes B à E, et les caractères provenant de ce processus et d'autres procédés d'entrée formant un texte unique pour cet utilisateur ;

    le procédé étant caractérisé en ce que dans l'étape C, une forme de la zone de prévisualisation est ajustée au moyen d'un module d'ajustement de zone de prévisualisation (12) ;

    la zone de prévisualisation contenant une marque de direction de caractère définissant une direction de caractère,

    l'étape C comprenant également une étape de changement de marque de caractères par l'utilisateur au moyen d'une unité de modification de marque ;

    à l'étape D, le module de reconnaissance optique de caractères (11) reconnaissant la séquence d'agencement des caractères en fonction de la direction des caractères ;

    l'unité d'affichage (30) étant une unité d'affichage tactile (30), et le module d'ajustement de la zone de prévisualisation (12) définissant la forme de la zone de prévisualisation en fonction d'une action tactile.


     
    2. Procédé d'entrée de caractères selon la revendication 1, à l'étape B, un dispositif d'imagerie intégré étant démarré par l'une des actions :
    la sélection d'une entrée de caméra dans un menu contextuel d'entrée, la pression d'une touche caméra, et le fait de cliquer sur une touche d'entrée de caméra sur un clavier.
     
    3. Système d'entrée de caractères (10) installé dans un dispositif électronique pour entrer des caractères,
    le dispositif électronique comprenant :

    un dispositif de photographie (20) adapté pour obtenir des images de caractères ; et

    une unité d'affichage (30) adaptée pour afficher les images de caractères et comprenant au moins une zone de prévisualisation d'image du dispositif de photographie pour montrer une image de texte d'entrée ; et

    le système d'entrée de caractères (10) comprenant :

    un module de reconnaissance optique de caractères (11) adapté pour reconnaître des informations provenant des images de caractères dans la zone de prévisualisation obtenues par le dispositif de photographie dans un texte de caractères ; et un module d'ajustement de la zone de prévisualisation (12) adapté pour ajuster la forme de la zone de prévisualisation du dispositif d'imagerie dans l'unité d'affichage (30) ;

    le système d'entrée de caractères (10) étant en outre adapté pour la sélection d'une procédure d'entrée de photographie et démarrer un dispositif de photographie pendant l'entrée d'un texte d'entrée,

    l'imagerie de l'image de texte avec le dispositif de photographie, et

    l'entrée du texte de caractères converti reconnu dans le texte d'entrée ;

    et pendant l'entrée de texte, un utilisateur pouvant sélectionner une procédure d'entrée d'image une ou plusieurs fois pour démarrer un processus d'entrée de caractères au moyen des étapes B à E, et les caractères provenant de ce processus et d'autres procédés d'entrée formant un texte unique pour cet utilisateur ;

    le système d'entrée de caractères étant caractérisé en ce que la zone de prévisualisation contient une marque de direction de caractère définissant une direction des caractères ;

    et en ce que le système d'entrée de caractères (10) contient une unité de modification de marque adaptée pour changer la marque de direction de caractère par l'utilisateur,

    le module de reconnaissance optique de caractères (11) reconnaissant la séquence d'agencement des caractères en fonction de la direction des caractères ;

    l'unité d'affichage (30) étant une unité d'affichage tactile ; et

    comprenant en outre : un module d'ajustement de zone de prévisualisation (12) qui définit la forme de la zone de prévisualisation en fonction de l'action tactile.


     
    4. Système d'entrée de caractères selon la revendication 3, comprenant en outre un clavier pour l'activation d'actions d'imagerie.
     
    5. Procédé d'entrée de caractères pour un dispositif électronique, comprenant les étapes suivantes :

    étape A', entrée d'un texte d'entrée au moyen du dispositif électronique ;

    étape B', sélection d'une procédure d'entrée de reconnaissance de texte pendant l'entrée de texte et sélection d'une image de texte contenant les caractères à entrer ;

    étape C', reconnaissance des informations de texte dans l'image de texte dans un texte de caractères au moyen d'un module de reconnaissance optique de caractères (11) ; et

    étape D', entrée du texte de caractères reconnu dans le texte d'entrée ;

    un utilisateur pouvant sélectionner une procédure d'entrée de reconnaissance de texte une ou plusieurs fois à tout moment pour entrer des caractères au moyen de l'étape B' à l'étape D' ;

    et l'unité d'affichage (30) du dispositif électronique affichant une zone de prévisualisation, et des caractères à entrer étant contenus dans la zone de prévisualisation ;

    caractérisé en ce que la zone de prévisualisation contient une marque de direction de caractère définissant une direction de caractère, le module de reconnaissance optique de caractères reconnaissant la séquence d'agencement des caractères en fonction de la direction de caractère, et le module de reconnaissance optique de caractères (11) contenant une unité de modification de marque adaptée pour changer la marque de direction de caractère par l'utilisateur ;

    l'étape C' comprenant en outre le module de reconnaissance optique de caractères (11) qui supprime automatiquement les lignes/colonnes de caractères de l'image de texte qui ne sont pas complètement photographiées dans l'image de texte ;

    et l'utilisateur pouvant ajuster la zone de prévisualisation.


     
    6. Procédé d'entrée de caractères selon la revendication 5,
    à l'étape C', l'ajustement de la zone de prévisualisation comprenant l'ajustement de la forme de la zone de prévisualisation au moyen d'un module d'ajustement de zone de prévisualisation (12).
     
    7. Procédé d'entrée de caractères selon la revendication 6,
    l'unité d'affichage étant une unité d'affichage tactile (30) adaptée pour l'entrée de la forme de la zone de prévisualisation ; et
    le module d'ajustement de la zone de sélection (12) obtenant une action tactile pour définir la forme de la zone de prévisualisation en fonction de l'action tactile.
     




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