Great research starts with great data.

Learn More
More >
Patent Analysis of

Electronic device and image adjustment method

Updated Time 12 June 2019

Patent Registration Data

Publication Number

US10152950

Application Number

US14/076367

Application Date

11 November 2013

Publication Date

11 December 2018

Current Assignee

WISTRON CORPORATION

Original Assignee (Applicant)

WISTRON CORPORATION

International Classification

G09G5/373,G09G5/00

Cooperative Classification

G09G5/373,G09G5/00,G09G2354/00,G09G2340/0492,G09G2340/0407

Inventor

HOU, CHIA-CHANG

Patent Images

This patent contains figures and images illustrating the invention and its embodiment.

US10152950 Electronic image adjustment 1 US10152950 Electronic image adjustment 2 US10152950 Electronic image adjustment 3
See all images <>

Abstract

An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes an image capturing device, a storage unit, a processing unit and a display device. The image capturing device captures a user image. The storage unit stores display contents. The processing unit identifies facial feature locations of the user image, and determines a vertical skew angle according to the facial feature locations. The processing unit further adjusts the display contents to a deformed image according to the vertical skew angle. The display device displays the deformed image.

Read more

Claims

1. An image adjustment method, comprising:

providing an electronic device having a front-facing image capturing device and a front-facing display device; displaying a display content by the display device, wherein the display content is not an original image captured by the image capturing device; capturing, with the image capturing device, a user image of a user while using the electronic device; identifying a facial feature location of the user according to the user image; determining a vertical skew angle of the electronic device relative to the user according to the facial feature location; elongating the display content into a deformed image according to the vertical skew angle, wherein the deformed image is an elongated image; and displaying the deformed image by the display device.

2. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, wherein the vertical skew angle is formed by a line connecting the image capturing device and a user face, and a vertical direction of the display device.

3. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, further comprising:

determining a horizontal skew angle according to the facial feature location; and rotating an original image to the display contents according to the horizontal skew angle.

4. The image adjustment method according to claim 3, wherein the facial feature location comprises a left-eye location and a right-eye location; the horizontal skew angle is formed by a line connecting the left-eye location and the right-eye location, and a horizontal direction of the user image.

5. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, wherein the elongating step elongates the display contents into the deformed image according to a cosecant function and the vertical skew angle.

6. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, wherein a length of the deformed image is not greater than a length of a screen resolution of the display device.

7. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, further comprising:

reducing an original image to the display content; wherein, a resolution of the display content is a predetermined resolution.

8. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, wherein a length of the user image corresponds to a viewable angle range of the image capturing device, and the vertical skew angle is determined from the viewable angle range according to a vertical height of the facial feature location in the user image.

9. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, wherein the vertical skew angle is determined according to the facial feature location and a mapping table, and the facial feature location is a left-eye location or a right-eye location.

10. An electronic device, comprising:

a front-facing image capturing device, for capturing a user image of a user while using the electronic device; a storage unit, for storing a display content, wherein the display content is not an original image captured by the image capturing device; a processing unit, for identifying a facial feature location of the user according to the user image, determining a vertical skew angle of the electronic device relative to the user according to the facial feature location, and elongating the display content into a deformed image according to the vertical skew angle, wherein the deformed image is an elongated image; and a front-facing display device, for displaying the display content and the deformed image.

11. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein the vertical skew angle is formed by a line connecting the image capturing device and a user face, and a vertical direction of the display device.

12. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein the processing unit identifies a horizontal skew angle according to the facial feature location, and rotates an original image to the display contents according to the horizontal skew angle.

13. The electronic device according to claim 12, wherein the facial feature location comprises a left-eye location and a right-eye location; the horizontal skew angle is formed by a line connecting the left-eye location and the right-eye location, and a horizontal direction of the user image.

14. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein the processing unit elongates the display content to the deformed image according to a cosecant function and the vertical skew angle.

15. The electronic device according to claim 10, a length of the deformed image is not greater than a length of a screen resolution of the display device.

16. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein the processing unit reduces an original image to the display contents, and a resolution of the display content is a predetermined resolution.

17. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein a length of the user image corresponds to a viewable angle range of the image capturing device, and the vertical skew angle is determined from the viewable angle range according to a vertical height of the facial feature location in the user image.

18. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein the processing unit determines the vertical skew angle according to the facial feature location and a mapping table, and the facial feature location is a left-eye location or a right-eye location.

Read more

Claim Tree

  • 1
    1. An image adjustment method, comprising:
    • providing an electronic device having a front-facing image capturing device and a front-facing display device
    • displaying a display content by the display device, wherein the display content is not an original image captured by the image capturing device
    • capturing, with the image capturing device, a user image of a user while using the electronic device
    • identifying a facial feature location of the user according to the user image
    • determining a vertical skew angle of the electronic device relative to the user according to the facial feature location
    • elongating the display content into a deformed image according to the vertical skew angle, wherein the deformed image is an elongated image
    • and displaying the deformed image by the display device.
    • 2. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, wherein
      • the vertical skew angle is formed by a line connecting the image capturing device and a user face, and a vertical direction of the display device.
    • 3. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, further comprising:
      • determining a horizontal skew angle according to the facial feature location
      • and rotating an original image to the display contents according to the horizontal skew angle.
    • 5. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, wherein
      • the elongating step elongates the display contents into the deformed image according to a cosecant function and the vertical skew angle.
    • 6. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, wherein
      • a length of the deformed image is not greater than a length of a screen resolution of the display device.
    • 7. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, further comprising:
      • reducing an original image to the display content
      • wherein, a resolution of the display content is a predetermined resolution.
    • 8. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, wherein
      • a length of the user image corresponds to a viewable angle range of the image capturing device, and the vertical skew angle is determined from the viewable angle range according to a vertical height of the facial feature location in the user image.
    • 9. The image adjustment method according to claim 1, wherein
      • the vertical skew angle is determined according to the facial feature location and a mapping table, and the facial feature location is a left-eye location or a right-eye location.
  • 10
    10. An electronic device, comprising:
    • a front-facing image capturing device, for capturing a user image of a user while using the electronic device
    • a storage unit, for storing a display content, wherein the display content is not an original image captured by the image capturing device
    • a processing unit, for identifying a facial feature location of the user according to the user image, determining a vertical skew angle of the electronic device relative to the user according to the facial feature location, and elongating the display content into a deformed image according to the vertical skew angle, wherein the deformed image is an elongated image
    • and a front-facing display device, for displaying the display content and the deformed image.
    • 11. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein
      • the vertical skew angle is formed by a line connecting the image capturing device and a user face, and a vertical direction of the display device.
    • 12. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein
      • the processing unit identifies a horizontal skew angle according to the facial feature location, and rotates an original image to the display contents according to the horizontal skew angle.
    • 14. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein
      • the processing unit elongates the display content to the deformed image according to a cosecant function and the vertical skew angle.
    • 15. The electronic device according to claim 10, a length of the deformed image is not greater than a length of a screen resolution of the display device.
    • 16. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein
      • the processing unit reduces an original image to the display contents, and a resolution of the display content is a predetermined resolution.
    • 17. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein
      • a length of the user image corresponds to a viewable angle range of the image capturing device, and the vertical skew angle is determined from the viewable angle range according to a vertical height of the facial feature location in the user image.
    • 18. The electronic device according to claim 10, wherein
      • the processing unit determines the vertical skew angle according to the facial feature location and a mapping table, and the facial feature location is a left-eye location or a right-eye location.
See all independent claims <>

Description

This application claims the benefit of Taiwan application Serial No. 102107037, filed Feb. 27, 2013, the subject matter of which is incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Field of the Invention

The invention relates to an electronic device and an image adjustment method.

Description of the Related Art

FIG. 1 shows a schematic diagram of a user operating a tablet computer. With the emergence of the multimedia era, the application scope of display devices is ever-increasing. Meanwhile, electronic devices equipped with display devices are also become more versatile and diversified, and have gradually become more familiar to people and extensively utilized. In addition to reading texts or view images, videos may also be viewed through electronic devices. An electronic device is exemplified by a tablet computer 1 in FIG. 1.

In general, a user face 5 needs to be right in front of the tablet computer 1 in order to correctly observe display contents. In practice, however, an angle of a user viewing the tablet computer 1 often changes. When the user face 5 views a display plane of the tablet computer 1 at a skew angle, the user may not be able to perceive a display image having an original normal scale.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The invention is directed to an electronic device and an image adjustment method.

According to the disclosure, an image adjustment method is provided. The image adjustment method includes capturing a user image by an image capturing device, identifying a facial feature location of the user image, determining a vertical skew angle according to the facial feature location, adjusting display contents into a deformed image according to the vertical skew angle, and displaying the deformed image by a display device.

According to the disclosure, an electronic device is further provided. The electronic device includes an image capturing device, a storage unit, a processing unit and a display device. The image capturing device captures a user image. The storage unit stores image contents. The processing unit identifies a facial feature location of the user image, and determines a vertical skew angle according to the facial feature location. The processing nit further adjusts the display contents into a deformed image according to the vertical skew angle. The display device displays the deformed image.

The above and other aspects of the invention will become better understood with regard to the following detailed description of the preferred but non-limiting embodiments. The following description is made with reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of a user operating a tablet computer;

FIG. 2 is a block diagram of an electronic device according to a first embodiment;

FIG. 3 is a top view of an electronic device according to the first embodiment;

FIG. 4 is a flowchart of an image adjustment method according to the first embodiment;

FIG. 5 is a schematic diagram of a vertical skew angle between a user and an electronic device;

FIG. 6 is a schematic diagram of a user image according to the first embodiment;

FIG. 7 is a schematic diagram of a user viewing display contents;

FIG. 8 is a schematic diagram of a user viewing a deformed image;

FIG. 9 is a flowchart of an image adjustment method according to a second embodiment; and

FIG. 10 is a schematic diagram of a user image according to the second embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

First Embodiment

FIG. 2 shows a block diagram of an electronic device according to a first embodiment; FIG. 3 shows a top view of an electronic device according to the first embodiment. Referring to FIGS. 2 and 3, an electronic device 2 includes an image capturing device 21, a storage unit 22, a processing unit 23 and a display device 24. For example, the electronic device 2 is a tablet computer, a portable handset, or an all-in-one (AIO) computer. The processing unit 23 is coupled to the image capturing device 21, the storage unit 22 and the display device 24. For example, the image capturing device 21 is a camera lens, and the storage unit 22 stores display contents S2. For example, the display contents S2 are texts or a picture. The horizontal direction of the display device 24 is represented by the x-axis, and the vertical direction of the display device 24 is represented by the y-axis. The z-axis is perpendicular to a display plane of the display device 24.

FIG. 4 shows a flowchart of an image adjustment method according to the first embodiment; FIG. 5 shows a schematic diagram of a vertical skew angle between a user and an electronic device; FIG. 6 shows a schematic diagram of a user image according to the first embodiment. Referring to FIG. 4 as well as FIGS. 2, 3, 5 and 6, the image adjustment method is applicable to the foregoing electronic device 2, and includes the following steps.

In step 41, the image capturing device 21 captures a user image S1. In step 42, the processing unit 23 identifies a facial feature location of the user image S1. For example, the facial feature location is a location of the left eye, a location of the right eye, locations of eyebrows, a location of the mouth, or a location of the nose of a user face 5. In step 43, the processing unit 23 determines a vertical skew angle θ1 according to the facial feature location. The vertical skew angle θ1 is formed by a line connecting the image capturing device 21 and the user face 5, and the vertical direction of the display device 24 (i.e., the y-axis). In step 44, the processing unit 23 adjusts the display contents S2 into a deformed image S3 according to the vertical skew angle θ1. For example, the deformed image S3 is an elongated image, and the processing unit 23 elongates the display contents S2 into the deformed image S3 according to the vertical skew angle θ1. In step 45, the display device 24 displays the deformed image S3.

Further, a length L of the user image S1 corresponds to a viewable angle range θ2 of the image capturing device 21, and the processing unit 23 determines the vertical skew angle θ1 from the viewable angle range θ2 according to a vertical height H of the facial feature location in the user image S1. For example, when the viewable angle range θ2 of the image capturing device 21 is 120 degrees, the processing unit 23 divides the user image S1 into 120 predetermined vertical heights, with the 120 predetermined vertical heights corresponding to 120 predetermined skew angles, respectively. The processing unit 23 identifies the corresponding predetermined vertical height according to the facial feature location, and determines the vertical skew angle θ1 from the 120 predetermined skew angles according to the vertical height.

The correspondence between the predetermined skew angles and the predetermined vertical heights may also be recorded as a mapping table. According to the facial feature location and the mapping table, the processing unit 23 is allowed to quickly determine the vertical skew angle θ1 to eliminate the step of calculating the vertical skew angle θ1 and to thus increase a processing speed.

FIG. 7 shows a schematic diagram of a user viewing display contents; FIG. 8 shows a schematic diagram of a user viewing a deformed image. Referring to FIGS. 2, 7 and 8, the processing unit 23 adjusts the display contents S2 into the deformed image S3 according to a cosecant function and the vertical skew angle θ1. A height X2 of the deformed image S3 is greater than a height X1 of the display contents S2. For example, height X2=csc (θ1)×height X1. As the deformed image S3 displayed by the display device 24 is adjusted, the user located at the vertical skew angle θ1 is allowed to perceive a normal image as the display contents S2. The processing unit 23 may further control a length of the deformed image S3 to be not greater than a length of screen resolution of the display device 24.

Second Embodiment

FIG. 9 shows a flowchart of an image adjustment according to a second embodiment; FIG. 10 shows a schematic diagram of a user image according to the second embodiment. Referring to FIGS. 2, 9 and 10, for illustrative purposes, facial feature locations in the second embodiments are exemplified by a location of the right eye and a location of the left eye, and a line L1 connecting the locations of the right eye and the left eye together with a horizontal direction L2 (i.e., the x-axis) of a user image form a horizontal skew angle θ3. A main difference of the second embodiment from the first embodiment is that, the second embodiment further includes steps 46 and 47. As shown in step 46, the processing unit 23 determines the horizontal skew angle θ3 according to the facial feature locations. In step 47, the processing unit 23 rotates an original image into the display contents S2 according to the horizontal skew angle θ3. Steps 43 and 45 are subsequently performed.

Therefore, in the second embodiment, the processing unit 23 first rotates the original image to the display contents S2 satisfying a viewing angle of the user, and then adjusts the display contents S2 into the deformed image S3. As such, it is ensured that the deformed image S3 displayed by the display device 24 satisfies the viewing angle of the user.

Third Embodiment

Referring to FIG. 2, when an original image is a picture, the processing unit 23 first reduces the original image to the display contents S2. At this point, a resolution of the display contents S2 is equal to a predetermined resolution, e.g., VGA or QVGA. The display contents S2 are then adjusted into the deformed image S3. Thus, the deformed image S3 is prevented from exceeding a displayable range of the display device 24.

While the invention has been described by way of example and in terms of the preferred embodiments, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited thereto. On the contrary, it is intended to cover various modifications and similar arrangements and procedures, and the scope of the appended claims therefore should be accorded the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and similar arrangements and procedures.

Read more
PatSnap Solutions

Great research starts with great data.

Use the most comprehensive innovation intelligence platform to maximise ROI on research.

Learn More

Citation

Patents Cited in This Cited by
Title Current Assignee Application Date Publication Date
System and method for adjusting perceived eye rotation in image of face HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. 11 May 2007 13 November 2008
視訊畫面之調整方法 英華達股份有限公司 30 August 2007 01 March 2009
視訊畫面之調整方法 英華達股份有限公司 30 August 2007 01 December 2010
Display device and method for adjusting image on display screen of the same HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.,HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD. 14 December 2009 28 April 2011
Method for remote computer operation via a wireless optical device BLUE IRIS TECHNOLOGIES 15 November 2001 11 July 2002
See full citation <>

More Patents & Intellectual Property

PatSnap Solutions

PatSnap solutions are used by R&D teams, legal and IP professionals, those in business intelligence and strategic planning roles and by research staff at academic institutions globally.

PatSnap Solutions
Search & Analyze
The widest range of IP search tools makes getting the right answers and asking the right questions easier than ever. One click analysis extracts meaningful information on competitors and technology trends from IP data.
Business Intelligence
Gain powerful insights into future technology changes, market shifts and competitor strategies.
Workflow
Manage IP-related processes across multiple teams and departments with integrated collaboration and workflow tools.
Contact Sales
Clsoe
US10152950 Electronic image adjustment 1 US10152950 Electronic image adjustment 2 US10152950 Electronic image adjustment 3