Image mosaicing system and method adapted to mass-market hand-held digital cameras

  • US 6,834,128 B1
  • Filed: 06/16/2000
  • Issued: 12/21/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/16/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An imaging system comprising:

  • a camera that includes a lens and detector array for capturing image frames;

    means for pre-screening said image frames that are captured by said camera and for outputting pre-screened image frames;

    means for storing said pre-screened image frames that arm output from said pre-screening means; and

    means for generating a refined mosaic from said pre-screened image frames that are stored in said storage means;

    wherein said pre-screening means and said storing means are located within said camera wherein said pre-screening means includes;

    means for coarse motion tracking of said image frames that are captured by said camera, said coarse motion tacking means generating coarse motion vectors for said image frames; and

    means for rejecting a first image frame if said coarse motion vector for said first image frame does not exceed a motion threshold and for providing said first image frame to said storing means if said coarse motion vector does exceed said motion thresholds.

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