JP2003276283A - Printer, printing system and electronic camera - Google Patents

Printer, printing system and electronic camera

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JP2003276283A
JP2003276283A JP2002084845A JP2002084845A JP2003276283A JP 2003276283 A JP2003276283 A JP 2003276283A JP 2002084845 A JP2002084845 A JP 2002084845A JP 2002084845 A JP2002084845 A JP 2002084845A JP 2003276283 A JP2003276283 A JP 2003276283A
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Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Kyosei Miyata
Tetsushi Takaba
京静 宮田
宏至 木林
哲史 鷹羽
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Konica Corp
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(57) [Summary] [Problem] A printer which can easily print an image taken by an electronic camera even without a personal computer,
A print system and an electronic camera are provided. SOLUTION: This printer 12 is a digital camera 1.
1, a detecting device for detecting that the digital camera is mounted on the port, and image information recorded in the electronic camera based on a detection signal of the detecting device. A transfer unit; and a printer device for printing the transferred image information. The digital camera 11 can be printed simply by placing it on the port section 15 and pressing the print button 18.

Description

Detailed Description of the Invention

[0001]

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to a printer, a printing system, and an electronic camera which allow an electronic camera to easily print an image.

[0002]

2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, in order to print an image taken by an electronic camera such as a digital camera at home, in most cases, a personal computer (personal computer) and a printer are prepared, and the digital camera is connected to the personal computer. , I am using a computer to capture image information from a digital camera and print it on a printer. Further, there are rare cases where a printer that can directly print an image from a digital camera is prepared and the digital camera is connected to print.

However, when a person who does not have a personal computer wants to print a digital image at home, it cannot be printed easily. Further, even if the user has a personal computer, there is a problem that the operation is complicated and no one can easily print. In addition, even a printer that can print directly from a digital camera must be connected with a cable or the like.

[0004]

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In view of the above-mentioned problems of the prior art, the present invention provides a printer, a printing system and an electronic camera capable of easily printing an image taken by an electronic camera without a personal computer. The purpose is to do.

[0005]

In order to achieve the above object, a printer according to the present invention detects a mounting portion on which an electronic camera is mounted and that the electronic camera is mounted on the mounting portion. Detecting means, a transfer means for transferring the image information recorded in the electronic camera from the electronic camera based on a detection signal of the detecting means, and a means for printing the transferred image information. Is characterized by.

According to this printer, since the image information can be transferred from the electronic camera and the image can be printed only by mounting the electronic camera on the mounting portion, it is possible to take an image with the electronic camera without a personal computer. The printed image can be printed easily without complicated operations. Also, there is no need to cable the electronic camera to the printer.

In the above printer, the charging unit of the electronic camera is wirelessly charged based on the detection signal, so that the charging unit of the electronic camera can be easily charged without connecting with a cable. And can be charged during printing.

Further, it is preferable that the transfer means comprises a wireless communication means using infrared rays or radio waves. The wireless communication means can exchange information wirelessly between the electronic camera and the printer, and there is no need to prepare and connect cables, etc., so printing can be easily done and images from the electronic camera can be easily read. Can be printed on.

Further, it is preferable that an image processing means for performing image processing on the transferred image information is provided.
Further, it is preferable to include a storage unit that stores the image information.

Further, it is preferable to provide a video output unit for displaying the image information on a monitor. Further, it is preferable to include a determining unit that determines whether or not the printing by the printing unit is executed. For example, whether or not to print an image can be determined while monitoring the image using a television at home as a monitor unit, and only the necessary image can be easily selected and printed.

Further, the printing system according to the present invention is
An electronic camera and a printer that mounts the electronic camera to transfer the image information recorded in the electronic camera from the electronic camera to enable printing are provided.

According to this printing system, the image information can be transferred from the electronic camera and the image can be printed just by mounting the electronic camera on the mounting portion, so that the electronic camera can be used without a personal computer. You can easily print the captured image without performing complicated operations. Also,
There is no need to cable the electronic camera and printer.

Another printing system according to the present invention is characterized by comprising an electronic camera and the printer described above. According to this print system, similarly to the above, an image taken by an electronic camera can be easily printed without performing a complicated operation even without a personal computer. Further, it is not necessary to connect the electronic camera and the printer with a cable.

It is preferable that each of the printing systems further includes a monitor section for displaying the image information transferred from the electronic camera on a monitor. Further, by deciding whether or not to print the image information transferred from the electronic camera for each image information, only necessary images can be easily selected and printed. Further, by displaying the next image information on the monitor after the determination, it is possible to determine whether to print while monitoring the images one by one.

The electronic camera according to the present invention is characterized by including a transfer unit corresponding to the transfer means of the printer. According to this electronic camera, the image information can be transferred from the transfer unit of the electronic camera and the image can be printed by the printer. Therefore, it is possible to perform complicated operations on the image taken by the electronic camera without a personal computer. Easy to print

Further, another electronic camera according to the present invention is characterized by including a charging section charged by the charging device of the printer. According to this electronic camera, the charging unit can be easily charged from the printer side without connecting with a cable, and charging can be performed during printing in the printer.

[0017]

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION Embodiments of the present invention will be described below with reference to the drawings. 1 is a perspective view schematically showing a printing system according to an embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 2 is a block diagram of the printing system of FIG. 1, and FIG. 3 shows a specific configuration of the detection device 22 of FIG. FIG. 4 is a side view of the port section shown in FIG. 4, and FIG. 4 is a block circuit diagram showing a specific configuration of the charging section 11b and the charging device 23 in FIG.

As shown in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, the print system is a digital system in which an electric signal obtained by photographing a subject and photoelectrically converting it by an image pickup device such as CCD (charge coupled device) is digitally recorded as image information on a recording medium. The camera 11
A printer 12 having a port portion 15 protruding from the side so that the digital camera 11 can be placed, and receiving image information from the digital camera 11 on the port portion 15 and printing it by the printer portion 16; A television monitor 13 for displaying an image of a video signal from the printer 12 based on the image information from the.

As shown in FIG. 2, the digital camera 11 includes a transfer section 11a for wirelessly communicating information with the printer 12 side.
And a charging unit 11b that charges a battery that is a power source of the digital camera 11.

As shown in FIG. 1, the printer 12 includes a print button 18 for printing an image displayed on the television monitor 13, and a cancel button 19 for canceling the printing of the image.

As shown in FIG. 2, the port unit 1 of the printer 12
Reference numeral 5 denotes a signal interface (signal I / F) for wirelessly communicating information with the transfer unit 11a of the digital camera 11.
21, a detection device 22 for detecting that the digital camera 11 is mounted on the port unit 15 of FIG.
The charging device 23 that wirelessly charges the first charging unit 11b. The signal interface 21 and the charging device 23 include a circuit board 55 arranged in the port section 15.
(FIG. 3).

Further, the printer section 16 includes an image processing section 31 for performing image processing on the image information transferred from the transfer section 11a of the digital camera 11 and received by the signal interface 21 for print execution, and an image processing section 31. An image storage device 32 including a RAM, a hard disk, or the like for storing image information that has undergone image processing, and a video signal conversion unit that converts the image information that has been image processed by the image processing unit 31 into a video signal that can be displayed on the television monitor 13. 33 and an input detection unit 3 for detecting an input signal input by pressing the print button 18 or the cancel button 19 of FIG.
4 and a printer device 35 that prints image information from the image storage device 32 on the recording medium S to form an image.

The printer section 16 further includes a control section (CPU) 36 for controlling the entire printer 12. That is, C
The PU 36 controls each operation of the signal interface 21, the detection device 22, and the charging device 23 of the port unit 15, as indicated by a thick arrow in FIG.
The image processing unit 31, the image storage device 32, the video signal conversion unit 33, the input detection unit 34, and the printer device 35 of FIG.

The wireless communication between the transfer unit 11a of the digital camera 11 and the signal interface 21 of the printer 12 is configured to be performed based on Bluetooth. When the digital camera 11 is mounted on the port unit 15 as shown in FIG. 3, the digital camera 11 and the printer 12 automatically exchange information wirelessly. Note that Bluetooth is a short-range wireless transmission method using the 2.4 GHz band, and is standardized as an interface that realizes data exchange regardless of devices such as personal computers, peripheral devices, home appliances, and mobile phones. . The wireless communication between the two may be performed by, for example, an infrared signal.

The printer device 35 of the printer 12 is a YM
It is a known device of an inkjet system capable of forming a color image by ejecting a plurality of inks such as CK from an ink head onto a recording medium S. The ink head may be an on-demand type or a continuous type. Also,
As the ejection method in the ink head, an electro-mechanical conversion method (for example, a single cavity type, a double cavity type, a bender type, a piston type, a shear mode type, a shared wall type, etc.), an electric-heat conversion method (for example, Thermal inkjet type, bubble jet (registered trademark) type, etc., electrostatic suction type (for example, electric field control type,
A slit jet type or the like) and a discharge method (for example, a spark jet type or the like) can be used, but any discharge method may be used.

As shown in FIGS. 1 and 3, when the digital camera 11 is placed above the port portion 15 while being supported by the coil spring 52, the detection device 22 of the port portion 15 is loaded by its own weight. When the digital camera 11 is removed and the detection member 51 is removed by removing the digital camera 11, the detection member 51 which moves vertically downward against the restoration force of the detection member 51 makes electrical contact with the detection member 51 by downward displacement. Electrical contacts 53, 54 for releasing contact,
It can be detected that the digital camera 11 is mounted on the port unit 15 and that the digital camera 11 is not mounted.

Further, as shown in FIG. 4, the charging device 23 of the port section 15 uses AC / AC for converting AC 100V into DC.
The DC converter 41 and the AC magnetic field generator 42 that switches the DC supplied from the AC / DC converter 41 and generates an AC magnetic field according to the number of switchings.

Also, the charging section 11b of the digital camera 11
Is a coil 43 in which an AC voltage is generated by electromagnetic induction by the magnetic flux radiated from the AC magnetic field generation unit 42 on the printer 12 side.
And AC / DC that converts AC voltage from the coil to DC
The conversion unit 44 includes a control circuit 45 that controls the direct current from the AC / DC conversion unit 44 to a predetermined current value, and a secondary battery (battery) 46 that is charged by the current from the control circuit 45. Further, the control unit 45 checks the battery capacity of the secondary battery 46, and when the battery capacity falls below a predetermined capacity, a signal is transmitted from the transfer unit 11a to the printer 12 side.

When the digital camera 11 is mounted on the port section 15 as indicated by the broken line in FIG. 3, the charging section 1 of the digital camera 11
1b and the circuit board 55 on which the charging device 23 on the port section 15 side is mounted approach each other, and an AC voltage is generated in the coil 43 by electromagnetic induction by the magnetic flux radiated from the AC magnetic field generation unit 42 of the charging device 23. It can be charged wirelessly.

Next, the operation of the printing system shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 will be described with reference to FIG. FIG. 5 is a flow chart showing the operation of the printing system of FIGS.

As shown in FIGS. 1 to 4, first, when the user sets the digital camera 11 in the port section 15 of the printer 12 (S01), the detection member 51 is set to the digital camera 11.
When the electric contacts 53 and 54 come into contact with each other and the detection device 22 generates a detection signal, the digital camera 11 and the printer 12 wirelessly exchange information.
In the digital camera 11, the control circuit 4 of the charging unit 11b
When it is determined that the battery needs to be charged because the battery capacity is insufficient in step 5 (S02), a signal is transmitted to the printer 12 side, and the printer 12 that receives this signal drives the charging device 23 to generate the AC magnetic field as shown in FIG. Charging is started in the charging unit 11b of the digital camera 11 by electromagnetic induction by the magnetic flux from the generation unit 42 (S03).

Next, when the image information recorded by the digital camera 11 is transferred from the one image transfer section 11a (S04), the image information for one image is transferred to the printer 1.
2 is received through the signal interface 21, and the image is displayed on the television monitor 13 via the image processing unit 31 and the video signal conversion unit 33 (S05).

Next, the user looks at the image on the television monitor 13 and determines whether or not printing is necessary (S06), and if necessary, presses the print button 18 in FIG. 1 (S0).
7) Press the cancel button 19 if unnecessary (S
08). When the input detection unit 34 detects an input signal due to the press of the print button 18, the image is stored in the image storage device 32 (S09), and the printer device 35 prints it on the recording medium S (S10).

Next, it is judged whether or not the transfer of the image information recorded in the digital camera 11 is completed (S1).
1) If the untransferred image remains, the process returns to step S04 to transfer the image information again. When the input detection unit 34 detects the input signal due to the pressing of the cancel button 19 in step S08,
11 judgments are made.

Next, when the transfer of the image information from the digital camera 11 is completed, whether the charging is completed or not is shown in FIG.
The control circuit 45 determines (S12), and if not completed, continues charging.

As described above, the images taken by the digital camera 11 can be printed by the printing system shown in FIGS. 1 to 4, but the image of the digital camera 11 can be obtained by simply mounting the digital camera 11 on the port section 15 of the printer 12. It is displayed on the TV monitor 13, and while deciding whether to print while observing the image and pressing the print button 18, the image can be printed by the digital camera 11 without a personal computer. No cable connection between the and digital camera is required. As described above, the user step that is an operation performed by the user is only two steps: placing the digital camera 11 on the port unit 15 (S01) and pressing the print button 18 or the cancel button 19 (S07, S08). Therefore, a complicated operation on the personal computer is not required, and even a person who is unfamiliar with the operation of the apparatus can print very easily.

In addition, the digital camera 11 is replaced by the printer 12
When the battery of the digital camera 11 is insufficient, the battery is automatically charged wirelessly when placed on the port section 15 of the digital camera 11, so that the digital camera 11 can be easily charged without the troublesome operation of connecting with a cable. As described above, the battery can be charged using the printing time.

Next, the operation of the print system for performing printing more easily will be described with reference to FIG. FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing another operation of the printing system of FIGS.

As shown in FIG. 6, the user selects the digital camera 1
1 is set in the port section 15 of the printer 12 (S2
1), the charging unit 1 of the digital camera 11 as in FIG.
When it is determined that the battery needs to be charged in 1b (S2
2) Then, charging is started by the charging unit 11b (S23). Next, the image information recorded in the digital camera 11 is transferred from the transfer unit 11a (S24), and the received image information is stored in the image storage device 32 via the image processing unit 31 (S2).
5) The printer device 35 prints (S26).
Printing by the printer device 35 is continuously performed when there are a plurality of images. Next, similarly to FIG. 5, it is determined whether or not the charging of the digital camera 11 is completed (S27), and if not completed, the charging is continued.

By operating as shown in FIG. 6 described above, the user sets the digital camera 11 to the port unit 1 of the printer 12.
Since the image taken by the digital camera 11 can be printed just by placing it on the device 5, no cable connection is required and printing can be performed very easily. Further, during the printing, the digital camera 11 can be automatically and easily charged wirelessly.

Although the present invention has been described above with reference to the embodiments, the present invention is not limited thereto.
Various modifications are possible within the scope of the technical idea of the present invention. For example, the transfer means between the digital camera and the printer may be a wire communication means, in which case the transfer means, for example, on the detection member 51 of FIG. The contact can be provided.

Further, the digital camera 11 is connected to the port unit 15
It goes without saying that the detection device 22 for detecting that the digital camera 11 is mounted on the camera may have another configuration. For example, the detection device 22 may be configured as a load cell type, and the weight of the digital camera 11 may be detected electrically. Alternatively, as shown in FIG. 7, an infrared sensor may be used for detection.

That is, as shown in FIG. 7, a light emitting element 56 for emitting infrared rays and a light receiving element 57 for receiving infrared rays are arranged in a detection member 58 provided in the port portion 15 of the printer 12 so as to extend in the vertical direction. The port 15 as shown by the broken line in the figure.
Infrared rays from the light emitting element 56 are reflected by the back surface 11c of the digital camera 11 mounted on and are incident on the light receiving element 57. According to the detection device 22 of FIG. 7, when the digital camera 11 is mounted on the port unit 15, infrared rays from the light emitting element 56 are emitted from the rear surface 11 c of the digital camera 11.
It is possible to detect that the digital camera 11 is mounted on the port portion 15 by reflecting the light on the light receiving element 57 and generating a detection signal. Further, even if infrared rays are emitted from the light emitting element 56, the light receiving element 57 does not receive the light, so that it is possible to detect that the digital camera 11 is not mounted.

The configurations of the charging device 23 and the charging section 11b may be other configurations, for example, the charging device 23.
Alternatively, the AC structure may be wirelessly transmitted by a transformer structure including a primary winding on the side and a secondary winding on the charging unit 11b side to charge the battery.

The printer device 35 is not limited to the ink jet type, and it goes without saying that it may be of the thermal transfer sheet type or the electrophotographic type. Also,
The electronic camera may be a video camera that obtains a moving image or a camera that can obtain both a still image and a moving image, other than a still camera that obtains a still image.

If a monitor section made of liquid crystal or the like is provided on the back surface of the digital camera 11, an image corresponding to the image information transferred by the digital camera 11 is displayed on the monitor section each time, so that The television monitor in 1 can be omitted. In this case, the monitor unit of the digital camera 11 determines whether or not to print while viewing the image and prints.

[0047]

According to the present invention, it is possible to provide a printer, a printing system and an electronic camera which can easily print an image taken by the electronic camera without a complicated operation even without a personal computer.

[Brief description of drawings]

FIG. 1 is a perspective view schematically showing a printing system according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a block diagram of the entire printing system of FIG.

FIG. 3 is a side view of a port section showing a specific configuration of the detection device 22 of FIG.

FIG. 4 is a block circuit diagram showing a specific configuration of a charging unit 11b and a charging device 23 of FIG.

FIG. 5 is a flowchart showing an operation of the printing system of FIGS.

FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing another operation of the printing system of FIGS. 1 and 2.

7 is a side view of a port section showing another configuration of the detection device 22 of FIG.

[Explanation of symbols]

11 digital camera 11a transfer unit 11b Charging section 12 Printer 13 TV monitor (monitor section) 15 port section (mounting section) 18 Print button 19 Cancel button 21 Signal interface 22 Detector 23 Charger 31 Image processing unit 32 image storage device 33 Video signal conversion unit (video output unit) 35 Printer device

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Claims (14)

[Claims]
1. A mounting unit for mounting an electronic camera, a detection unit for detecting that the electronic camera is mounted on the mounting unit, and an electronic camera for the electronic camera based on a detection signal of the detection unit. A printer comprising: a transfer unit that transfers the recorded image information from the electronic camera; and a unit that prints the transferred image information.
2. The printer according to claim 1, further comprising a charging device that wirelessly charges the charging unit of the electronic camera based on the detection signal.
3. The printer according to claim 1, wherein the transfer unit includes a wireless communication unit that uses infrared rays or radio waves.
4. An image processing means for performing image processing on the transferred image information is provided.
The printer described in.
5. The printer according to claim 1, further comprising a storage unit that stores the image information.
6. The printer according to claim 1, further comprising a video output unit for displaying the image information on a monitor.
7. The printer according to claim 1, further comprising a determining unit that determines whether or not the printing by the printing unit is executed.
8. A print comprising: an electronic camera; and a printer, which mounts the electronic camera to transfer image information recorded in the electronic camera from the electronic camera to enable printing. system.
9. A printing system comprising: an electronic camera; and the printer according to claim 1.
10. The print system according to claim 8, further comprising a monitor unit for displaying the image information transferred from the electronic camera on a monitor.
11. The printing system according to claim 10, wherein it is determined whether or not to print the image information transferred from the electronic camera for each image information.
12. The print system according to claim 11, wherein the next image information is displayed on the monitor unit after the determination.
13. An electronic camera, comprising: a transfer unit corresponding to the transfer unit of the printer according to claim 1.
14. An electronic camera comprising a charging unit charged by the charging device of the printer according to claim 2.
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