Method and apparatus for the automatic real-time detection and correction of red-eye defects in batches of digital images or in handheld appliances

  • US 6,873,743 B2
  • Filed: 03/29/2002
  • Issued: 03/29/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/29/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An automated method for detecting red-eye defects in a digital image comprising:

  • (a) identifying and labeling an image segment that includes a potential red-eye defect in the image based on a red chrominance component and a luminance component of a color map;

    (b) eliminating a segment as a candidate for having a red-eye defect, said eliminating including testing said segment and a boundary region of said image surrounding said segment for a plurality of attributes to determine if each said attribute exceeds a pre-determined threshold value; and

    (c) recording a location, size and member pixels of a segment that survives said eliminating and is confirmed to have a red-eye defect of said image.

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