(19)
(11)EP 3 200 065 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
20.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/21

(21)Application number: 17152244.4

(22)Date of filing:  19.01.2017
(51)Int. Cl.: 
G06F 3/12  (2006.01)
H04N 1/32  (2006.01)
H04N 1/00  (2006.01)
H04N 1/36  (2006.01)

(54)

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DOCUMENT RENDERING

SYSTEM UND VERFAHREN ZUR DOKUMENTWIEDERGABE

SYSTÈME ET PROCÉDÉ POUR LE RENDU DE DOCUMENTS


(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 RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 29.01.2016 US 201615010575

(43)Date of publication of application:
02.08.2017 Bulletin 2017/31

(73)Proprietors:
  • Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8001 (JP)
  • Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Tokyo 141-0032 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • Zhao, Dehua
    Irvine, CA California 92618 (US)
  • Chen, Jia
    Irvine, CA California 92618 (US)

(74)Representative: Bandpay & Greuter 
30, rue Notre-Dame des Victoires
75002 Paris
75002 Paris (FR)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2010/094965
  
      
    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

    TECHNICAL FIELD



    [0001] This application relates generally to rendering of rendering of images. The application relates more specifically to rendering of images captured by portable or wearable devices.

    BACKGROUND



    [0002] Portable data devices, including wearable devices, are becoming increasingly common. Increased usage follows from advancements affording more features, easier use and lower cost. Devices include smartphones, tablet computers, smart watches and digital eyewear such as Google Glass or Toshiba Glass.

    [0003] Portable data devices typically include processors and associated memory, and other systems that facilitate motion or still image capture, wireless or wired data transmission, tactile input, haptic feedback, audio input or position tracking. Multiple devices may be enabled to communicate with one another by a wired tether or wireless interface.

    [0004] Users of portable data devices continuously find new ways to integrate the devices into their lifestyle. People may take a photo and immediately share it with friends or colleagues, either directly or via social media. Some also use their devices to memorialize events, images or documents for use by themselves. For example, users may take a photograph of a canned item to remind them to purchase more, or a copy of a wine bottle from a restaurant for a wine that they particularly enjoyed. By way of example, WO 2010/094965 A1 discloses a method and apparatus for mobile printing.

    SUMMARY



    [0005] In accordance with an example embodiment of the subject application, a system device and method for expedited image capture and rendering includes a processor and associated memory. An input receives receive printer selection data corresponding to a default printer. The memory stores received printer selection data and an input receives sync data corresponding to at least one portable imaging device. Data relative to device pairing is generated by the processor and stored in the memory, along with data identifying the default printer. An input receives image data corresponding to at least one captured image which is stored in the memory. The processor generates prompt data corresponding to a selectable rendering of the image data on the default printer. Prompt data is generated and an output communicates the image data to the default printer in accordance with received response data relative to the prompt.

    [0006] To the above end, there is provided a portable user device according to claim 1, a system according to claim 10 and a method according to claim 11. Additional aspects of the invention are provided in the dependent claims.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0007] Various embodiments will become better understood with regard to the following description, appended claims and accompanying drawings wherein:

    FIGURE 1 is an example embodiment of an image capture and rendering system;

    FIGURE 2 is an example embodiment of a document rendering system;

    FIGURE 3 is an example embodiment of a digital device comprising a portable or wearable data devices;

    FIGURE 4 is a block diagram of an example embodiment of an image rendering system;

    FIGURE 5 is a flow diagram of example software modules;

    FIGURE 6 is a flowchart of an example embodiment of a system setup; and

    FIGURE 7 is a flowchart of an example embodiment of a system operation.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0008] The systems and methods disclosed herein are described in detail by way of examples and with reference to the figures. It will be appreciated that modifications to disclosed and described examples, arrangements, configurations, components, elements, apparatuses, devices methods, systems, etc. can suitably be made and may be desired for a specific application. In this disclosure, any identification of specific techniques, arrangements, etc. are either related to a specific example presented or are merely a general description of such a technique, arrangement, etc. Identifications of specific details or examples are not intended to be, and should not be, construed as mandatory or limiting unless specifically designated as such.

    [0009] When users of electronic devices, such as the portable data devices noted above, capture pictures, which pictures may include stills from a captured video stream, the pictures exist in electronic form and are typically stored in a non-volatile memory. Common storage areas include cloud storage or local storage, such as flash memory, hard disk, optical disk, and the like. Common digital image formats include raster formats such as JPEG, TIFF, GIF, RAW, BMP, and the like, as well as vector formats, such as CGM or Gerber.

    [0010] While images are frequently kept in electronic form, doing so requires a user to have access to an electronic device to view them. There are times when a hard copy, such as a rendered photograph, is desired. Hard copies can be viewed immediately and without any device, and they can be shared easily. Printouts of images can be substantially larger than would be possible with a relatively small video display, particularly with the type found on smartphones or tablet computers. Printouts can also be easily marked or annotated with ubiquitous tools such as pens, pencils or markers.

    [0011] Securing a printed copy of an image, particularly one captured with a portable data device, can be problematic or time consuming. Most portable devices do not include print capabilities, so the image data must be communicated to an appropriate rendering device. This may be done by plugging a cable into the device to connect directly to the printer via an interface such as USB or Firewire. This may also be done wirelessly, such as via Bluetooth, near-field communication or optically. Communication of image data can also be accomplished via a network interface, wired or wireless, that connects the portable device with one or more networked devices.

    [0012] In accordance with the subject application, image rendering devices include document processing devices such as printers.Printing capability may exist in devices that include other functions such as copying, scanning and e-mail and emailing. These devices are referred to as multifunction peripherals (MFPs) or multifunction devices (MFDs). MFPs are used in connection with example embodiments disclosed in detail below, but it is to be appreciated that any suitable document processing device can be used.

    [0013] Given the expense in obtaining and maintain MFPs, devices are frequently shared among users via a data network. Users may send document processing jobs, such as a print request, to one or more networked devices. In a typical shared device setting, one or more workstations are connected via a network. When a user wants to print a document, an electronic copy of that document is sent to a document processing device via the network. The user may select a particular device when several are available. The user then walks to the selected device and waits for the printed document to be output. If multiple users send their requests to the same device, the jobs are queued and outputted sequentially.

    [0014] By way of example, a student in a lecture may want take a picture of a visual presentation, such as notes or diagrams created by a teacher or professor. These may appear on a screen or board at the front of the classroom. A student may also want to take a picture of notes from another student. The image may be somewhat easily captured by using the camera function on a smartphone, but securing the actual printout can be difficult and time consuming. The student would first need to identify one or more compatible printers. Then, the student would have to take their portable device to the printer and transfer the digital image data such as via a means noted above. The student can then select printout options, such as color or black-and-white, paper size, resolution, orientation, and the like. Once required options have been selected and the image transferred to the device, the printing can commence.

    [0015] In accordance with example embodiments taught herein, capturing and rendering of an image can be accomplished quickly and easily. For example, a user can pre-configure a default printer and default printer settings on a mobile device, such as a tablet or smartphone that is synced to a wearable image capture device such as Google Glass or Toshiba Glass. The user need only look at something they wish to photograph, and initiate image capture and rendering. The user may commence the operation by tapping on the glasses frame, which suitably initiates a confirmation prompt for capturing and printing. Once confirmed, the image is sent to the default printing device with the default print settings. In the example noted above, the student may choose to memorialize a slide image projected at the front of the classroom. The user has preconfigured his own printer which is a networked printer in his dorm room. The user looks at the slide, taps his Google Glasses, and response affirmatively to a prompt to confirm printing. The printout of the slide will be awaiting him when he returns to his dorm room.

    [0016] Details of a system and method suitable to accomplish the forgoing will be understood in descriptions of example embodiments, which example embodiments are detailed in the accompanying drawings. Referring first to FIGURE 1, illustrated is an example embodiment of an image capture and rendering system 100. A user is suitably associated with portable or wearable data devices such as a cellphone or smartphone, along with image capturing hardware. In the illustrated example, the cellphone 110 is associated by digital glasses 120, suitably comprised of Google Glass or Toshiba Glass, or any other portable data device including image capture functionality. In the illustrated example, cellphone 110 and digital glasses 120 are synced or paired to be in data communication via a short range data communication interface, such as a BLUETOOTH interface, NFC interface or the like. A user suitably initiates an image capture, such as directing capture an image of any object, objects or scene, such as object 130, illustrated as a tree. The user's wearable device or devices are suitably preconfigured with a default image rendering device, such as via MFP 140, suitably including default rendering parameters. An image capture operation allows for an image to be captured and communicated with the printer of MFP 140 for rendering. In the illustrated example embodiment of FIGURE 1, image data is communicated from cellphone 110 to MFP 140 via a network link, at least a portion of which is wireless, such as Wi-Fi or cellular.

    [0017] Turning now to FIGURE 2, illustrated is an example of a document rendering system 200 suitably comprised within an MFP, such as MFP 140. Included are one or more processors, such as that illustrated by processor 202. Each processor is suitably associated with non-volatile memory, such as ROM 204, and random access memory (RAM) 206, via a data bus 212.

    [0018] Processor 202 is also in data communication with a storage interface 208 for reading or writing to a storage 216, suitably comprised of a hard disk, optical disk, solid-state disk, cloud-based storage, or any other suitable data storage as will be appreciated by one of ordinary skill in the art.

    [0019] Processor 202 is also in data communication with a network interface 210 which provides an interface to a network interface controller (NIC) 214, which in turn provides a data path to any suitable wired or physical network connection, or to a wireless data connection via wireless network interface 218. Example wireless connections include cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, wireless universal serial bus (wireless USB), satellite, and the like. Example wired interfaces include Ethernet, USB, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), telephone line, or the like. NIC 214 and wireless network interface 218 suitably provide for connection to an associated network 220.

    [0020] Processor 202 can also be in data communication with any suitable user input/output (I/O) interface which provides data communication with user peripherals, such as displays, keyboards, mice, track balls, touch screens, or the like. Also in data communication with data bus 212 is a document processor interface suitable for data communication with MFP functional units. In the illustrate example, these units include copy hardware 224, scan hardware 226, print hardware 228 and fax hardware 230 which together comprise MFP functional hardware 232. It will be understood that functional units are suitably comprised of intelligent units, including any suitable hardware or software platform.

    [0021] Turning now to FIGURE 3, illustrated is an example of a digital device system 300 suitably comprising portable or wearable data devices. Included are one or more processors, such as that illustrated by processor 304. Each processor is suitably associated with non-volatile memory, such as ROM 310, and random access memory (RAM) 312, via a data bus 314.

    [0022] Processor 304 is also in data communication with a storage interface 306 for reading or writing to a data storage system 308, suitably comprised of a hard disk, optical disk, solid-state disk, or any other suitable data storage as will be appreciated by one of ordinary skill in the art.

    [0023] Processor 304 is also in data communication with a network interface controller (NIC) 330, which provides a data path to any suitable wired or physical network connection via physical network interface 334, or to any suitable wireless data connection via wireless network interface 338. Example wireless connections include cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, wireless universal serial bus (wireless USB), satellite, and the like. Example wired interfaces include Ethernet, USB, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), telephone line, or the like.

    [0024] Processor 304 is also in data communication with a user input/output (I/O) interface 340 which provides data communication with user peripherals, such as display 344, as well as keyboards, mice, track balls, touch screens, or the like. It will be understood that functional units are suitably comprised of intelligent units, including any suitable hardware or software platform.

    [0025] Referring now to FIGURE 4, illustrated is a block diagram of an example embodiment of an image rendering system 400. Included is a mobile device 410, suitably comprised of a smartphone, tablet computer, wearable device, or any other suitable digital data device that can be readily transported and associated with a user. Mobile device 410 includes a digital imaging system, illustrated as camera 420. Camera 420 is comprised of any suitably image capture system, such as a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. Mobile device 410 is in data communication with a suitable image rendering device, such as MFP 430

    [0026] Turning now to FIGURE 5, illustrated is a flow diagram 500 of an image rendering system such as illustrated above. In the example, printer configuration, suitably specifying a default rendering device and a default configuration, is set by a user at block 510. This configuration is suitably verified at block 520. A user may optionally be afforded an opportunity to correct or adjust prior settings in accordance with such verification. Next, the user is prompted at block 430 to show a simplified image rendering selection, such as a prompt for a "one click" print operation. This option is suitably provided on a wearable device, such as Google Glass or Toshiba Glass as detailed above, as well as on any suitably display on a user's portable or wearable data device. A user need only direct a camera to a desired object or scene, commence an image capture and confirm a rendering. After this, the image is communicated from the user's device to a rendering device at block 540 for immediate rendering, or for deferred or delayed rendering in accordance with a preset or specified timing.

    [0027] Referring particularly to FIGURE 6, illustrated is a flowchart 600 of an example system setup. A setup suitably commences at block 610 wherein a determination is made as to whether a rendering feature such as that detailed above is available. If not, the system suitably terminates at block 620. If so, progress is made to block 630 where a default printer and associated settings are obtained. Validity of these selections is suitably made at block 640. If the settings are invalid, the process suitably terminates at block 620. Alternatively, the process can also proceed back to block 630 and afford a user an opportunity to reconfigure settings or select another printer. Valid settings may also include a determination whether a selected device is available or unavailable, such as being off-line or broken. Once valid settings are achieved, progress is suitably made to block 650 wherein a prompt for image rendering is made available to the user during device operation or for a selected duration. Once the prompt is generated, setup suitably terminates at block 620.

    [0028] Turning now to FIGURE 7, illustrated is a flowchart 700 for an example system operation. The system operation suitably commences at block 710 when a user captures an image, such as by taking a picture with their portable device. A prompt having been generated for image rendering, such as detailed above, allows the user to select the same at block 720. A determination is made at block 730 if a network or other suitable data path to the default image rendering device or devices is available. If so, the resultant digital image is communicated to that device for rendering at block 740. If not, the image is suitably placed in a temporary queue at block 750. When the network or other data path becomes available at block 760, the image is communicated at block 740.


    Claims

    1. A portable user device (110) comprising:

    an input operable to receive printer selection data corresponding to a default printer (140);

    an input operable to receive sync data corresponding to at least one portable imaging device (120);

    an input operable to receive image data corresponding to at least one image captured by the at least one portable imaging device;

    a processor and associated memory, wherein

    the memory is operable to store received printer selection data,

    the processor is operable to generate pairing data in accordance with received sync data,

    the memory is operable to store the pairing data identifying the at least one portable imaging device,

    the memory is operable to store received image data,

    the processor is operable to generate prompt data corresponding to a rendering of the image data on the default printer, and

    the processor is operable to pair the portable imaging device in accordance with the pairing data;

    an output operable to communicate the prompt data to the at least one portable imaging device;

    an input operable to receive response data corresponding to the prompt data; and

    an output operable to communicate the image data to the default printer in accordance with received response data.


     
    2. The user device according to claim 1, further comprising:

    an input operable to receive configuration data corresponding to a configuration of the at least one printer; and

    wherein the processor is operable to verify the received configuration data.


     
    3. The user device according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the input operable to receive image data is comprised of a wireless link.
     
    4. The user device according to any one of claims 1 to 3, further comprising:

    an input operable to receive confirmation data from the at least one portable imaging device corresponding to a successful rendering of an image defined by the image data; and

    an output operable to communicate notification data to the at least one portable imaging device in accordance with the received confirmation data.


     
    5. The user device according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein:

    the processor is operable to test integrity of a data path with the default printer; and

    the processor is operable to communicate the image data to the default printer in accordance with the tested integrity of the data path.


     
    6. The user device according to any one of claims 1 to 5, further comprising a data interface configured to establish a data channel with the default printer.
     
    7. The user device according to claim 6, wherein the data interface is comprised of a cellular network interface or a Wi-Fi interface.
     
    8. The user device according to claim 6 or 7, wherein the processor is further configured to test operability of the data channel, and to selectively store the image data in the memory in accordance with operability of the data channel.
     
    9. The user device according to any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein the at least one portable imaging device is a wearable device including a camera.
     
    10. A system comprising:

    the user device according to any one of claims 1 to 9;

    the at least one portable imaging device; and

    the a least one printer.


     
    11. A method comprising:

    receiving, into a user device including a processor and associated memory, printer selection data identifying a default printer;

    storing the received printer selection data in the memory;

    receiving sync data corresponding to at least one portable imaging device;

    generating, via the processor, pairing data in accordance with the received sync data;

    storing the pairing data identifying the at least one portable imaging device in the memory;

    pairing the user device and the portable imaging device in accordance with the pairing data;

    receiving image data corresponding to at least one image captured by the at least one portable imaging device;

    storing received image data in the memory;

    generating, via the processor, prompt data corresponding to a rendering of the image data on the default printer;

    communicating the prompt data to the at least one portable imaging device; and

    receiving response data corresponding to the prompt data; and

    communicating the image data to the default printer in accordance with the received response data.


     
    12. The method according to claim 11, further comprising:

    receiving configuration data corresponding to a configuration of the at least one printer; and

    verifying the received configuration data.


     
    13. The method according to claim 11 or 12, further comprising receiving image data via wireless link.
     
    14. The method according to any one of claims 11 to 13, further comprising:

    receiving confirmation data from the at least one portable imaging device corresponding to a successful rendering of an image defined by the image data; and

    communicating notification data to the at least one imaging device in accordance with received confirmation data.


     
    15. The method according to any one of claims 11 to 14, further comprising:

    testing integrity of a data path with the default printer; and

    communicating the image data to the default printer in accordance with tested integrity of the data path.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Tragbares Benutzergerät (110), umfassend:

    einen Eingang, der einem Standarddrucker (140) entsprechende Druckerauswahldaten empfangen kann,

    einen Eingang, der mindestens einem tragbaren Bildgebungsgerät (120) entsprechende Synchronisationsdaten empfangen kann,

    einen Eingang, der mindestens einem vom mindestens einen tragbaren Bildgebungsgerät aufgenommenen Bild entsprechende Bilddaten empfangen kann,

    einen Prozessor und einen diesem zugeordneten Speicher, wobei

    der Speicher empfangene Druckerauswahldaten speichern kann,

    der Prozessor Kopplungsdaten gemäß empfangenen Synchronisationsdaten erzeugen kann,

    der Speicher die Kopplungsdaten, die das mindestens eine tragbare Bildgebungsgerät identifizieren, speichern kann,

    der Speicher empfangene Bilddaten speichern kann,

    der Prozessor Eingabeaufforderungsdaten erzeugen kann, die einem Rendering der Bilddaten auf dem Standarddrucker entsprechen, und

    der Prozessor das tragbare Bildgebungsgerät gemäß den Kopplungsdaten koppeln kann;

    einen Ausgang, der die Aufforderungsdaten dem mindestens einen tragbaren Bildgebungsgerät mitteilen kann,

    einen Eingang, der Antwortdaten, die den Aufforderungsdaten entsprechen, empfangen kann, und

    einen Ausgang, der die Bilddaten gemäß empfangenen Antwortdaten dem Standarddrucker mitteilten kann.


     
    2. Benutzergerät nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend:

    einen Eingang, der Konfigurationsdaten, die einer Konfiguration des mindestens einen Druckers entsprechen, empfangen kann, und

    wobei der Prozessor die empfangenen Konfigurationsdaten verifizieren kann.


     
    3. Benutzergerät nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei der Eingang, der Bilddaten empfangen kann, aus einer drahtlosen Verbindung besteht.
     
    4. Benutzergerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 - 3, ferner umfassend:

    einen Eingang, der dem erfolgreichen Rendern eines von den Bilddaten definierten Bildes entsprechende Bestätigungsdaten vom mindestens einen tragbaren Bildgebungsgerät empfangen kann, und

    einen Ausgang, der dem mindestens einen tragbaren Bildgebungsgerät gemäß den empfangenen Bestätigungsdaten Mitteilungsdaten mitteilt.


     
    5. Benutzergerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 - 4, wobei:

    der Prozessor die Integrität eines Datenpfads mit dem Standarddrucker prüfen kann und

    der Prozessor gemäß der geprüften Integrität des Datenpfads Bilddaten dem Standarddrucker mitteilten kann.


     
    6. Benutzergerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 - 5, ferner umfassend:
    eine Datenschnittstelle, die zur Einrichtung eines Datenkanals mit dem Standarddrucker konfiguriert ist.
     
    7. Benutzergerät nach Anspruch 6, wobei
    die Datenschnittstelle aus einer Mobilfunknetz- oder WiFi-Schnittstelle besteht.
     
    8. Benutzergerät nach Anspruch 6 oder 7, wobei
    der Prozessor ferner derart konfiguriert ist, dass er die Funktionsfähigkeit des Datenkanals prüft und die Bilddaten gemäß der Funktionsfähigkeit des Datenkanals selektiv im Speicher speichert.
     
    9. Benutzergerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 - 8, wobei das mindestens eine tragbare Bildgebungsgerät ein tragbares Gerät mit Kamera ist.
     
    10. System, umfassend:

    das Benutzergerät nach einem der Ansprüche 1 - 9,

    das mindestens eine tragbare Bildgebungsgerät und

    den mindestens einen Drucker.


     
    11. Verfahren, umfassend:

    Empfangen von Druckerauswahldaten, die einen Standarddrucker identifizieren, in einem Benutzergerät, das einen Prozessor und einen diesem zugeordneten Speicher umfasst;

    Speichern der empfangenen Druckerauswahldaten im Speicher;

    Empfangen von Synchronisationsdaten, die dem mindestens einen tragbaren Bildgebungsgerät entsprechen,

    Erzeugen von Kopplungsdaten durch den Prozessor gemäß den empfangenen Synchronisationsdaten;

    Speichern der Kopplungsdaten, die das mindestens eine tragbare Bildgebungsgerät identifizieren, im Speicher;

    Koppeln des Benutzergeräts und des tragbaren Bildgebungsgeräts gemäß den Kopplungsdaten;

    Empfangen von Bilddaten, die mindestens einem vom mindestens einen tragbaren Bildgebungsgerät aufgenommenen Bild entsprechen;

    Speichern empfangener Bilddaten im Speicher;

    Erzeugen von Aufforderungsdaten, die einem Rendering der Bilddaten auf dem Standarddrucker entsprechen, durch den Prozessor;

    Mitteilen der Aufforderungsdaten an das mindestens eine tragbare Bildgebungsgerät und

    Empfangen von Antwortdaten, die den Aufforderungsdaten entsprechen, und

    Mitteilen der Bilddaten an den Standarddrucker gemäß den empfangenen Antwortdaten.


     
    12. Verfahren nach Anspruch 11, ferner umfassend:

    Empfangen von Konfigurationsdaten, die einer Konfiguration des mindestens einen Druckers entsprechen, und

    Verifizieren der empfangenen Konfigurationsdaten.


     
    13. Verfahren nach Anspruch 11 oder 12, ferner umfassend Empfangen von Bilddaten über eine Mobilfunkverbindung.
     
    14. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 11 - 13, ferner umfassend:

    Empfangen von Bestätigungsdaten, die dem erfolgreichen Rendern eines von den Bilddaten definierten Bildes entsprechend, vom mindestens einen tragbaren Bildgebungsgerät und

    Mitteilen von Mitteilungsdaten an das mindestens eine Bildgebungsgerät gemäß empfangenen Bestätigungsdaten.


     
    15. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 11 - 14, ferner umfassend:

    Prüfen der Integrität eines Datenpfads mit dem Standarddrucker und

    Mitteilen der Bilddaten an den Standarddrucker gemäß der geprüften Integrität des Datenpfads.


     


    Revendications

    1. Dispositif utilisateur portatif (110) comprenant :

    une entrée exploitable de manière à recevoir des données de sélection d'imprimante correspondant à une imprimante par défaut (140) ;

    une entrée exploitable de manière à recevoir des données de synchronisation correspondant à au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif (120) ;

    une entrée exploitable de manière à recevoir des données d'image correspondant à au moins une image capturée par ledit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif ;

    un processeur et une mémoire associée, dans lequel :

    la mémoire est exploitable de manière à stocker des données de sélection d'imprimante reçues ;

    le processeur est exploitable de manière à générer des données d'appariement conformément aux données de synchronisation reçues ;

    la mémoire est exploitable de manière à stocker les données d'appariement identifiant ledit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif ;

    la mémoire est exploitable de manière à stocker des données d'image reçues ;

    le processeur est exploitable de manière à générer des données de sollicitation correspondant à un rendu des données d'image sur l'imprimante par défaut ; et

    le processeur est exploitable de manière à apparier le dispositif d'imagerie portatif conformément aux données d'appariement ;

    une sortie exploitable de manière à communiquer les données de sollicitation audit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif ;

    une entrée exploitable de manière à recevoir des données de réponse correspondant aux données de sollicitation ; et

    une sortie exploitable de manière à communiquer les données d'image à l'imprimante par défaut conformément aux données de réponse reçues.


     
    2. Dispositif utilisateur selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

    une entrée exploitable de manière à recevoir des données de configuration correspondant à une configuration de ladite au moins une imprimante ; et

    dans lequel le processeur est exploitable de manière à vérifier les données de configuration reçues.


     
    3. Dispositif utilisateur selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel l'entrée exploitable de manière à recevoir des données d'image est constituée d'une liaison sans fil.
     
    4. Dispositif utilisateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, comprenant en outre :

    une entrée exploitable de manière à recevoir des données de confirmation, en provenance dudit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif, correspondant à un rendu réussi d'une image définie par les données d'image ; et

    une sortie exploitable de manière à communiquer des données de notification audit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif conformément aux données de confirmation reçues.


     
    5. Dispositif utilisateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, dans lequel :

    le processeur est exploitable de manière à tester l'intégrité d'un chemin de données avec l'imprimante par défaut ; et

    le processeur est exploitable de manière à communiquer les données d'image à l'imprimante par défaut conformément à l'intégrité testée du chemin de données.


     
    6. Dispositif utilisateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, comprenant en outre une interface de données configurée de manière à établir un canal de données avec l'imprimante par défaut.
     
    7. Dispositif utilisateur selon la revendication 6, dans lequel l'interface de données est constituée d'une interface de réseau cellulaire ou d'une interface Wi-Fi.
     
    8. Dispositif utilisateur selon la revendication 6 ou 7, dans lequel le processeur est en outre configuré de manière à tester l'opérabilité du canal de données, et à stocker sélectivement les données d'image dans la mémoire conformément à l'opérabilité du canal de données.
     
    9. Dispositif utilisateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8, dans lequel ledit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif est un dispositif vestimentaire incluant une caméra.
     
    10. Système comprenant :

    le dispositif utilisateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 9 ;

    ledit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif ; et

    ladite au moins une imprimante.


     
    11. Procédé comprenant les étapes ci-dessous consistant à :

    recevoir, dans un dispositif utilisateur incluant un processeur et une mémoire associée, des données de sélection d'imprimante identifiant une imprimante par défaut ;

    stocker les données de sélection d'imprimante reçues dans la mémoire ;

    recevoir des données de synchronisation correspondant à au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif ;

    générer, par l'intermédiaire du processeur, des données d'appariement conformément aux données de synchronisation reçues ;

    stocker les données d'appariement identifiant ledit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif, dans la mémoire ;

    apparier le dispositif utilisateur et le dispositif d'imagerie portatif conformément aux données d'appariement ;

    recevoir des données d'image correspondant à au moins une image capturée par ledit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif ;

    stocker des données d'image reçues dans la mémoire ;

    générer, par l'intermédiaire du processeur, des données de sollicitation, correspondant à un rendu des données d'image, sur l'imprimante par défaut ;

    communiquer les données de sollicitation audit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif ; et

    recevoir des données de réponse correspondant aux données de sollicitation ; et

    communiquer les données d'image à l'imprimante par défaut conformément aux données de réponse reçues.


     
    12. Procédé selon la revendication 11, comprenant en outre les étapes ci-dessous consistant à :

    recevoir des données de configuration correspondant à une configuration de ladite au moins une imprimante ; et

    vérifier les données de configuration reçues.


     
    13. Procédé selon la revendication 11 ou 12, comprenant en outre l'étape consistant à recevoir des données d'image par l'intermédiaire d'une liaison sans fil.
     
    14. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 11 à 13, comprenant en outre les étapes ci-dessous consistant à :

    recevoir des données de confirmation, en provenance dudit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie portatif, correspondant à un rendu réussi d'une image définie par les données d'image ; et

    communiquer des données de notification audit au moins un dispositif d'imagerie conformément aux données de confirmation reçues.


     
    15. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 11 à 14, comprenant en outre les étapes ci-dessous consistant à :

    tester l'intégrité d'un chemin de données avec l'imprimante par défaut ; et

    communiquer les données d'image à l'imprimante par défaut conformément à l'intégrité testée du chemin de données.


     




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