WO2001024050A1 - Image recognition system and database system for image recognition - Google Patents

Image recognition system and database system for image recognition Download PDF

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WO2001024050A1
WO2001024050A1 PCT/JP2000/003637 JP0003637W WO0124050A1 WO 2001024050 A1 WO2001024050 A1 WO 2001024050A1 JP 0003637 W JP0003637 W JP 0003637W WO 0124050 A1 WO0124050 A1 WO 0124050A1
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Toshiaki Nagai
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Abstract

Images of works of art are recognized to identify their attribute information such as the name of the artists who produced the works. A digital camera (10) takes pictures of a painting (12) and generates the digital images of the painting. Feature extraction means (14) extracts the features of the digital images of the painting. Retrieve means (16) compares the determined features with the features stored in a database (18) to find the image information corresponding to the features of the picture. The retrieval means (16) reads the attribute information about the image, such as the title and the painter, from the database (18), and sends it to output means (20), which in turn supplies it to display means (22) to present the title, the painter, and so on. Users can thus find the titles of paintings and the names of painters.

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Database system art for use in light fine check image identification apparatus and the image identification

The present invention relates to an image identification apparatus. In particular, to get an image of the painting and the like, an image identification apparatus can know the author or the like of the painting. The recording medium of the image identification apparatus has a data structure for utilization, and a data-based OS that the image identification apparatus is utilized.

BACKGROUND

In recent years, the so-called Digitally lure force Eve business to try to save the art of painting, such as the digital information has been widely. By save digital information artworks Thus, unlike the real, it is possible to semi-permanent storage. In addition, by creating a database of this good UNA art, for example, it becomes possible to display the beauty surgery goods instantly from work name, it is believed to contribute to the education and research on works of art. Disclosure of the Invention

According to such a digital archive works of art of the data base one scan by business, work name, but from the author's name or the like can be to search for works of art in an instant, on the contrary, Ya the author's name from the image information of the painting, etc. knowing the work name, ie reverse of the database has been difficult.

Further, even in a plant picture book, etc., be present in the index to find a picture from varieties name of the plant a plant, knowing the breed name of the plant from the plant of the image (picture) is been made difficult.

For example, if you want to know the variety name of the plant that exists in the field, etc., from a plant of the image, if there is a system you know the variety name of the plant, it can be easily expected to greatly contribute this to education and research. Also in relation to art, based on the image of the painting, etc., to contribute significantly to the education and research if is divided it is the Name of work and the author's name is hard to imagine.

However, conventionally, based on the image information, the object (plant, beauty surgery product) of the image information represented system can know the attribute (variety name, author name), not turn data base is known.

The present invention has been made in view of these problems, and an object based on the images and information on art Hinto provides a system in which the Ru can know the attribute information of the author or the like of the object to the image information represented it is.

The first of the present invention, in order to solve the above problems, a feature amount calculating means for calculating a feature quantity of the input image information provided, the image information having a feature quantity matching said calculated features, database retrieved from the attribute information of the object represented by the image information found by the search, characterized in that it comprises a search means for reading from the database, the attribute information output means for outputting the read-out attribute information, the it is an image identification apparatus.

According to such a configuration, since the search by using the feature amount, it is possible to obtain attribute information of an object to image information expressed efficiently.

Wherein the second of the present invention, which calculates the image information, said image information indicating attribute information of the object, the feature amount of the picture image information, a database for storing the feature quantity of a given input image information and amount calculating means, the image information having a feature quantity matching said calculated features, retrieved from said database, the attribute information of the object represented by the image information found by the search, a search means for reading from the database a images identification device which comprises a an attribute information output means for outputting the read attribute information.

Because it contains such Ichisu data base according to the configuration, there is no need to access an external database.

The third of the present invention includes a digital camera unit, for generating image information of an object, the digital camera unit, a picture image identification apparatus and generating said input image information.

Due to the provision of a digital camera means to generate an image of the object, in front of the eyes

Based on 7 an object, can be quickly generates image information, it is possible to obtain attribute information of the object quickly.

The fourth of the present invention, said object is art, the attribute information, the image identification apparatus characterized in that it includes at least the author name and Title of the art

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According to such a configuration, it is possible to know quickly the author's name, such as works of art.

The fifth of the present invention, said object is painting, the attribute information, the image identification apparatus characterized in that it includes at least before Symbol author name and Title paintings.

According to such a configuration, it is possible to know quickly the work name, and the like paintings.

The present invention of a 6, said object is clothing, the attribute information is an image identification apparatus characterized in that it contains the brand least before Symbol clothing.

According to such a configuration, it is possible to know quickly the clothes of the brand name, and the like. The present invention of the seventh, the object is tie, the image information is an image identification apparatus which is a picture information representing a pattern of the connector I.

According to such a configuration, based on the tie of the handle, you can quickly know the brand name or the like of the tie.

The present invention of the eighth, the object is a plant, the attribute information is an image identification apparatus characterized in that it contains the name and classification of at least pre-Symbol plants. According to such a configuration, it is possible to know quickly the name, etc. of a plant.

The present invention of a 9, the object is an animal, the attribute information is an image identification apparatus characterized in that it contains the name and classification before Symbol animals and small. According to such a configuration, it is possible to know quickly the animal such as the name.

The present invention of the first 0 is the object is fish, the attribute information is an image identification apparatus characterized in that it contains the name and classification of at least the fish. According to such a configuration, it is possible to know quickly the name of fish and the like.

First 1 of the present invention, the feature amount is included at least freshness feature amount had place the emphasis on the color of the eyes of the fish, to the database in respect certain of the fish, the freshness features image identification apparatus characterized by quantity contains multiple entries one different. According to such a configuration, it is possible to identify the freshness of the fish.

The first 2 of the present invention, said object is food, the attribute information is an image identification apparatus characterized in that it contains at least the name of the food.

According to such a configuration, it is possible to identify food freshness.

The present invention of the first 3, a feature amount calculating means to calculate the characteristic amount of the input image information provided, the image information having a feature quantity matching said calculated features, retrieves from the database, the search the attribute information of the state represented by the image information found by the search means for reading from the database, an image identification apparatus characterized by comprising an attribute information output means for outputting the read attribute information.

According to such a configuration, since the search by using the feature amount, it is possible to obtain attribute information of the state where the image information is expressed efficiently.

The present invention of the first 4 calculates the image information, said image information indicating attribute information of the state, the feature amount of the image information, a database for storing the feature amount of a given input image information a feature quantity calculating means, the image information that have a feature amount that matches the calculated features, retrieved from said database, the attribute information of the state represented by the images information found by the search, from the database an attribute information output means for outputting a search means for reading out, front Symbol read attribute information is an image identification apparatus which comprises a.

Because it contains a database According to such a configuration, it requires a L,. To access external databases

The present invention of the first 5 includes a digital camera hands stage for generating image information representing a predetermined state, the digital camera unit, an image identification apparatus and generating said input image information.

Due to the provision of a digital force camera means for generating an image representing the state, based on the state in the anterior, it is possible to quickly generate an image information, it is possible to obtain attribute information of the state quickly .

The present invention of the first 6, the state is a state of the ground surface, the road surface or floor surface that represents the footprint of the shoe, and wherein at least the manufacturer name of the shoe is included in the attribute information an image identification apparatus. According to such a configuration relates footprints of shoes, it is possible to know the production company name of the shoes quickly.

The present invention of the first 7, the state is a medical test results, an image identification apparatus characterized in that it contains least diagnosis results in the attribute information.

According to such a configuration, based on medical test results, it is to indicate that an diagnosis quickly.

The present invention of the first 8, wherein the image information is an image identification apparatus characterized that it is an image information representing an alkylene Togen photos.

According to such a configuration, based on Ren Togen photograph may indicate that an diagnosis quickly.

The present invention of the first 9, and the image information representing the object, and the object attribute information of the image information represented, a storage unit for storing a feature quantity of the image information, and key the feature quantity wherein According to the data base one sushi such a database system which comprises a retrieval means for retrieving the image information, and by matching have query including the input image information from an external, the attribute of the object to which the image information represented it is possible to know the information. The present invention of the second 0, and the image information representing the state, the image information attribute information of state represented paper, a storage unit for storing a feature quantity of the image information, and key the feature quantity wherein is a database system which comprises a retrieval means for retrieving the image information, the

According to such a database system, the alignment had query including the input image information from the outside, it is possible to know the attribute information of the state where the image information is represented. The second of the present invention is a recording medium, wherein the image information representing the object, and attribute information of the object to the image information represented, the feature value of the image information, the storage of, the it is Konbiyu data readable recording medium characterized capable of retrieving the image information feature amount as a key.

According to the storage medium having such a data structure, based on the feature amount of the image information, and searches the image information, further, leaving in it to obtain attribute information of the object to which the image information is represented. The second 2 of the present invention, shall apply in the recording medium, wherein the image information representing the state, and the state of the attribute information that the image information is represented, the feature value of the image information, the storage of, the it is Konbiyu data readable recording medium characterized capable of retrieving the image information feature amount as a key.

According to the storage medium having such a data structure, based on the feature amount of the image information, and searches the image information, further, leaving in it to obtain attribute information in a state in which the image information is represented.

The present invention of the second 3 is provided with a recording medium reading means for reading said input image data from a predetermined recording medium, the feature amount calculating means calculates a feature quantity of the entering force image information read from said recording medium an image identification apparatus characterized by.

According to such a configuration, based on the recording medium on which an image has been stored, the image identification capable image identification apparatus is obtained.

The present invention of the second 4, the recording medium, Ru der image identification apparatus characterized by the digital camera unit is a recording medium that can be written image information.

According to the two-described configuration, first, taking pictures with a digital camera, stored in a recording medium, then, based on the recording medium on which the image has been stored, it is possible and child image identification .

The present invention of the second 5 includes an image receiving unit, for receiving the manpower image information from the predetermined communication line, the feature amount calculating means, a feature amount of the input picture image information by the image receiving means receives an image identification apparatus and calculates.

According to the two, such as configuration, have input image information Nitsu transmitted via the communication line, it is possible to image identification.

The present invention of the second 6, the attribute information the attribute information output means outputs the attribute information transmitting means for transmitting through the communication times line, Ru 3 in image identification apparatus, which comprises a.

According to this structure, the attribute information is the result of image identification can be transmitted through a communication line, it is possible to use the image identification apparatus from a remote location.

The present invention of the second 7, wherein the image receiving means, image, characterized in that it comprises an electronic mail receiving means, for extracting the input image information to receive e-mail, included in the e-mail from the communication line it is an identification device.

According to such a configuration, the input image information included in the e-mail, it is possible to image identification.

The present invention of the second 8, wherein the image transmitting means, the electronic mail including the attribute information the attribute information output means outputs, to include, email Ichiru transmitting means for transmitting through said communication line an image identification apparatus according to claim.

According to this structure, the attribute information is the result of image identification can be sent by e-mail, it is possible to use the image identification apparatus from a remote location.

The present invention of the second 9, wherein the communication line is images identification device, characterized in that the Internet.

Since using the Internet as a communication line, from a location accessible to the interface one net, it is possible to use the image identification apparatus.

The present invention of the third zero, the communication line is a mobile communication network, wherein the image receiving means, through the mobile communication network, the mobile terminal receiving means for receiving the input image data from the digital camera means an image identification apparatus which comprises a. According to such a configuration, Hazuki group in the input image information received via the mobile communication network, an image can be identified.

The third of the present invention, the communication line is a mobile communication network for performing communication by the mobile communication terminal, the image transmission means, the attribute information the attribute information output means outputs, said mobile communication an image identification apparatus which comprises said mobile moving body terminal transmitting means for transmitting to the communication terminal, of the other party through the line.

According to this structure, the attribute information is the result of image identification can be received by the mobile communication terminal, it is possible to know the attribute information image identification apparatus is generated from a remote location.

Third 2 of the present invention, the mobile communication network is an image identification apparatus according to feature is a mobile telephone communication line.

Because sending and receiving an input image information and the attribute information by using a cellular phone communication line, from the available locations mobile phone, is available an image identification apparatus. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Figure 1 is a configuration Proc diagram of an image identification apparatus according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

Figure 2 is a configuration block diagram of a database system to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

Figure 3 is an explanatory diagram showing the data structure of the database.

Figure 4 is a configuration Proc diagram of an image identification apparatus according to another embodiment. BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

It will be described below with reference to preferred embodiments of the present invention with reference to the drawings.

Embodiment 1

FIG. 1 shows a configuration block diagram of the image identification apparatus 8 according to the first preferred embodiment of the invention are shown.

As shown in this figure, the image identification apparatus 8 and the characteristic amount calculating unit 1 4, a retrieval unit 1 6, and an output unit 2 0 Prefecture.

First, the digital camera 1 0 photographed painting 1 2, to produce a digital image of the painting. Digital images generated is sent to the characteristic amount calculating unit 1 4. The characteristic amount calculating unit 1 4 calculates a feature value of the digital image of the painting.

Next, the search unit 1 6, finds the calculated features, compared with the feature amount stored in the database 1 8, the image information corresponding to the feature quantity matching. This image information is the image information of the painting.

Further, the search means 1 6 reads author is attribute information of the image information finds names, the name and the like of the painting from the database 1 8, and sends the output unit 2 0. Output hand stage 2 0, author's name, which has been supplied, to display a picture of the name and the like on the display unit 2 2. Thus, according to the first embodiment, by shooting the painting digital camera 1 0, name and the like of the painting authors and painting is shown in the display unit 2 2. Therefore, the user can easily know the name and the author's name of the painting.

Now, characteristic feature of the first embodiment is that by using the feature amount when searching for image information from the database 1 8. The feature amount of the image, it is possible to use various feature amounts conventionally known.

Such various feature amount feature calculating unit 1 4 is the is calculated. Those of the feature its because those conventionally known, description of the calculation method that is omitted.

In addition, the database 1 8 is a database about the painting. This data base - to scan 1 8, the image information of the painting, and the attribute information of the painting, the feature amount of the image information is stored. The attribute information, a name such as author name and painting of the painting. The database 1 8, in order to facilitate searching for painting image information of the feature amount as a key, the index table is provided for Special 徵量. That this shall be a data structure capable of quickly searching for information of an image is realized in the data base Ichisu 1 8 a feature amount as a key.

In the first embodiment, the search means 1 6 relates images information searched feature amount as a key, reads the attribute information from the database 1 8. The search hand stage 1 6 reads attribute information, i.e., supply the author's name or the like on the display unit 2 2. Display means 2 2 performs the display of the author name, and the like.

Database 1 8 may take a variety of forms. For example Konbyu Ichita Ha - it may be configured on the disk. In addition, for example, the data base over the scan of this kind of painting is considered to be in many cases to be installed in museums and the like. In such a case, images identification device 8, it is also often present in far from Dedabesu 1 8. In this case, to adopt a mode of connection to the database 1-8 via a communication line image identification apparatus 8 is preferably c of database system suitable for connecting the image identification apparatus 8 via such communication channel you more detail in the third embodiment after the structure

It should be noted that, as the attribute information, in addition to the author's name and paintings of the name, production year of the painting, Yu Tokoro, size, it is also preferable to use the commentators' descriptions and the like by experts. Be displayed on the display unit 2 2 the critic and explanation, etc. According to experts as the attribute information, the user can contribute to the painting of the explanation can be seen, the purpose of learning and education.

In the description above, painting of a digital image has been generated by the digital camera 1 0, it is also preferable to obtain a digital image image paintings by scanning painting pictures of the scanner. Further, it may be configured to capture paintings still image from a video signal. Anyway, it is also possible to employ a technique such as etc. as long obtained digital image of a painting.

In the description above it has been constructed separately from the image identification apparatus 8 database 1 8, may be included within the image identification apparatus 8. The type of painting to be identified without small, if the database 1 8 is small is the image identification apparatus interior of Haiti de de Isku like, mode of forming the database 1 8 is preferred.

The display device 2 2 is available various display devices. Various display devices such as a CRT or a liquid crystal display device which has been conventionally used can be used. Furthermore, in the above description, although a display device 2 2 and separately image identification apparatus 8, may be included in the inner portion of the image identification apparatus 8. In this case, if the Bei give a small liquid crystal display device of the image identification apparatus 8, an image identification apparatus which is convenient miniaturized portable also there is a possibility of realizing. Incidentally, amount calculating means 1 4, wherein, it is also preferable to use a computation dedicated hardware bur, it is also preferable to implement in software les. The search means 1 6, Shi desirable to configure by software for accessing the data base 1 8 les. In addition, the output means, Shi depends on the type of external display unit 2 2, desired to constitute for example, software Touea driving video force one de and its video power one de Re.

Embodiment 2 (applications)

In the above description, an example has been described in the painting, is not limited to painting, if an object that can be photographed by a digital camera or the like, may other arts and, animals and plants, even in clothes.

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The works of art, sculpture and the like can be considered in addition to the paintings. In this case, the database 1 8, the image information of the sculpture, the feature amount of the image information of the sculpture, the attribute information (sculpture work's name sculpture) carving a database containing.

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If the object is a plant based on the plant image, it is possible to use as a plant picture book can know the name and type of the plant. In this case, the data base Ichisu 1 8, the image information of the plant, the feature amount of the image information of the plant, which is de one database including attribute information of the plant. The attribute information of the plant, the name and of the plant, scientific name, family, ecology, breeding area, or 1 year grass or two years grass, and the like.

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Even if the object is an animal, is substantially similar to the plant, based on the animal of the image information, it is possible to know the animal's name and ecology.

Further, when the animal is a fish food, it is preferable to employ a particular focused on the color of corn as a feature quantity. This is based on the color of corn as an index representing the fish freshness is widely used. In such a case, the database 1 8 becomes that for one type of fish, which have a plurality of entries one of freshness is different. For example, with respect to certain fish freshness high image information, the fish image information of freshness is higher, the feature amount of the image information of freshness is higher fish, attribute information of a fish containing the information of high freshness, it is entry one that contains the database stored in 1 8.

The ene bets Lee regard is fish freshness is low image information including fish image information of freshness is low, the characteristic amount of the image information of the fish freshness is low, the attribute information of a certain fish freshness includes information of low, the There has been stored in the data base Ichisu 1 8.

Thus, for a single type of object, a plurality of entries one of different freshness de - are contained in database 1 8. By constructing in this manner the database 1 8, simply on the basis of the image information of the fish, not only it is possible to know the name of the fish, there is an effect that it is possible to know also freshness of the fish

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In the 2.3, but describes the image identification apparatus can know the fish freshness, using the same principle, it is also preferable to configure the image identification apparatus freshness of general foods may be known

In this case, the database 1 8, as in the case of fish, comes to have for one type of food, a plurality of entries one of freshness is different. For example, entry is respect to freshness high image information of the food, including food image information of freshness is higher, the feature amount of the image information of the food freshness is high, the attribute information for a food containing information of high freshness, the one is being = similarly that stored in the data base Ichisu 1 8, is in the database 1 8 is E Suntory also store about freshness is low image information of a certain food.

By using such a database 1 8, food image identification apparatus freshness can be known of is configurable.

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Even if the object is a garment, it is similar to the art Hinto, based on the clothing of the image information, it is possible to know the type of the brand name and weave of the garment. In this case, the data base 1 8, clothing image information, the feature amount of clothing of the image information, the attribute information of the garment which is including the database. The clothes of the attribute information, brand names and their clothes, the type of fiber, weave, washing methods include the price, and the like.

In particular, when the garment is tie or scarf, than its shape, rather if symbols do we can identify many - Therefore, in case of tie etc. It is preferable to employ a part of the next-tie as image information. Then, based on the image information of the symbol, the image feature amount and the attribute information of the tie or the like having the pattern, but it is what is stored in the database 1 8.

2.6

In the example described above, using the image information representing one of objects independent with, to obtain attribute information of the object. And then the force, if it is possible to generate image information, rather than the object itself, may be a "state" of a state, such as the "mark" and the object of the object, using image information representing such a state, their state it is also good preferable to obtain attribute information.

For example, by also traces of objects footprints such as using a digital camera 1 0, and generate image information of the footprint. Then, based on the footprint, it is also preferable to configure the image identification apparatus 8 footprint can display attribute information of the work ivy shoes. It should be noted that, here, the footprints, marks and of the surface of the shoe, which is a mark of shoes on the streets and floors.

It should be noted that, as the attribute information of the shoes, the shoes of and manufacturing company name, it is preferable to use the material of the shoes.

Furthermore, the "state of the object", for example test results of the radiographic image or the like can be mentioned up. Relates to an image information of Ren Togen photographs, images matching based on the feature point data base - by searching from the scan i 8, it is possible to display the attribute information of the radiograph.

The attribute information, diagnostic results for the Ren Togen photos are preferred. By diagnosis result is displayed as the attribute information, it is possible and constituting child automatic diagnostic apparatus, so to speak.

Here it has been described radiograph endoscope photographs, may even whatever the outcome of the test if the image those that can be represented.

Embodiment 3 (database system)

Or more at the mentioned description, the image identification apparatus 8, de having a specific data structure - have utilized database 1 8. The database 1 8, as already mentioned, one in each entry, which the object image information, the feature amount of the image information of the object, the attribute information of the object body, comprising a it is. Moreover, as already mentioned, the data base Ichisu 1 8, one in each entry, a status image information, the feature amount of the image information of the condition, the attribute information of the state, to include it is also intended to be characterized. Well, generally to data base Ichisu of art the product for, in many cases to be managed it is placed in museums. Thus, the image identification apparatus 8 and the database 1 8 as described above is considered to be often connected through a communication line.

In this case, rather than the database 8 as a mere storage device, preferably constructed as a database system 3 0 having also search function e This is due to the reduction of Torafui poke amount of communication times line. Such a configuration block diagram of a database system 3 0 is shown in Figure 2.

Instead of the database 1 8, in the case of using the database system 3 0, the search means 1 6 of Figure 1 emits a query (query I) for the database system 3 0, data base Ichisu management means 3 2 this query It returns the results by searching the database 1 8 in response to a search unit 1 6 (query). By such a configuration lever, since only the search results to flow like a communication line can be reduced the amount of traffic mitigation. The data base Ichisu management means 3 2 is preferably implemented in computer software:,

Also, if the database system 3 0 is installed in museums, without using images identification device 8 described above, it is also possible to know the name of the painting, such as the user manual.

That is, the user first obtains the image information by photographing works of art using a digital camera 1 0 like. Next, the user calculates the feature amount of the image information, to request through the communication line to the database system 3 0 to find the features and if matches the image information from the database 1 8. Based on this request, the database management unit 3 second database system 3 0 retrieves the corresponding image information is to transmit the name and Title is attribute information of the image information to the user. The user by receiving the Name of work and the author's name of art and through the communication line, it is possible to know the attributes of the art.

Data base one scan system 3 0 of the above configuration, not only the art database, can also be used for medical diagnosis as described above. The data based OS 3 0 in this case would be disposed, for example, a hospital or the like. As a result, a so-called remote diagnosis becomes possible for the subject at a remote location.

Embodiment 4 (recording medium)

Above in the embodiment described, based on the premise that use of the database 1 8 with special data structure. Figure 3 is a data structure of the database 1 8 is shown. As already mentioned, this data base Ichisu 1 8, the image information of an object, and includes a feature amount of the image information, the attribute information of the object, a: Note, not shown in FIG. 3 no but the database 1 8, the image information of a certain state, the feature amount of the image information, in that it may be configured to include the attribute information of that state, a is as above mentioned:

By storing such a special data structure to the recording medium, the data base one scan is built. Therefore, it is possible to search for image information by using the feature quantity Incidentally, in order to search faster, it is also preferable to construct an index table for the characteristic amount (see FIG. 3).

The recording medium, may be mentioned any Konbyuta readable recording medium. For example, may be a floppy disk, it is also preferable to use a c Sukuya CDR OM like. If ask thus configured database 1 8 in a computer-readable recording medium can be easily configured the image identification apparatus using a computer. Further, the computer of the user by connexion to access the database 1 8 in the recording medium, based on image information, it is possible to obtain the attribute information of the object and a state in which the image information is represented.

Embodiment 5 (obtaining the form of the input image information)

Above in the embodiment described, the input image information has been supplied directly from the outside of the digital camera 1 0 etc. as shown in FIG.

However, even without connecting the digital camera 1 0 and the image identification apparatus 8 directly, it is also preferable to supply the image information via a communication line. Also, stored once recording medium image information, it is also good preferable to adopt a form for supplying the recording medium to the image identification apparatus.

Hereinafter, the fifth embodiment will be described embodiments of supplying species s input image information to the image identification apparatus.

Image identification apparatus 3 8 according to the fifth embodiment in FIG. 4, similarly to FIG. 1, it includes a feature calculating unit 1 4, a search unit 1 6, the output unit 2 0. The display unit 2 2 is connected to the output unit 2 0, the database 1 8 is connected to the search means. These configurations are carried out the same operation as the first embodiment.

5.1

Press the fifth embodiment, characteristic that Te is that the recording medium reading means 4 0 is connected to the feature calculating unit 1 4. The recording medium reading means 4 0 up to read the input image information from a recording medium such as a compact flash Ya smart one preparative media, and supplies the feature amount calculating unit 1 4. Feature calculating unit 1 4 is to calculate the characteristic amount based on the supplied input image information.

According to this structure, even without being connected to the digital camera 1 0 direct image identification apparatus 3 8, it is possible to supply the input image data to the image identification apparatus 3 8. That is, the user first captures an image using a digital camera 1 0 or the like to obtain the input image information. The input image information is stored in a recording medium such as a compact flash described above:. Typically a digital camera 1 0 like has a function of storing an image on a recording medium such as such compact Tofura Mesh and SmartMedia there. The user is thus a recording medium storing an image in the so read record medium reading means 4 0 of the image identification apparatus 3 8. Recording medium reading means 4 0, reading ivy supplied to the feature quantity calculator 1 4 image as the input image information. The following operation is the same as Embodiment 1 above Symbol embodiment, the user can view the attribute information or the like which is the result of the identification of the image on the display means 2 2 screen.

Such operation, the user can shoot the image at a location distant from the image identification apparatus 3 8.

The recording medium may and child adopted various ones as long as a portable. Another compact flash described above, or a memory one Stick furo Tsubi first disk, preferably even CD- R, or the like. Further, it may be a recording medium such as a removable hard disk.

However, in the fifth embodiment, the use of the recording medium for storage of the image, it is most desirable image acquisition means such as a digital camera 1 0 is the recording medium can be written image information.

The recording medium reading unit 4 0, compact flash Ya Suma one Tomedi §, drive to read and write memory one Stick etc., and it is preferably made of a Doraibafu port grams for driving the drive device.

5.2

Further, the characteristic that in the fifth embodiment is that the e-mail communication section 4 2 is connected to a feature calculating unit 1 4. The electronic mail communication means 4 2 receives the e-mail through a communication line such as Internet. Then, extract the input image information included in this e-mail, it supplied to the feature quantity calculator 1 4. Amount calculating means 1 4, wherein, according to such a configuration of calculating the feature quantity on the basis of the supplied input image information, without connecting to a digital camera 1 0 direct image identification apparatus 3 8, an input image It may provide information to the image identification apparatus 3 8.

That is, the user first captures an image using a digital camera 1 0 etc., the input image information shooting, and stores the location you the photographed laptop or the like. Next, the user uses a communication function such as a notebook personal computer, and transmits the attached email input image information obtained in the addressed image identification apparatus.

E-mail communication section 4 2 receives the e-mail sent via a communication line such as inter one net. Then, to extract the input image information attached to the e-mail, and supplies the feature amount calculating unit 1 4. The following operation is the same as the shape condition 1 described above, image identification apparatus 3 8 obtains attribute information such as the result of the identification image.

Furthermore, e-mail communication means 4 2 according to the fifth embodiment is provided with a function to reply using an electronic mail obtained attribute information. That is, the electronic mail communication means 4 2, the electronic mail containing the attribute information and the like retrieval means 1 6 was obtained, is to return to the destination which sent the input image information. The user, by Rukoto look at the e-mail that has been sent back, it is possible to know the attribute information, and the like.

As a result, the user it is possible to use the functions of the image identification apparatus 3 8 from a distance away from the image identification apparatus 3 8, c image identification apparatus 3 8 highly convenient is realizable affirmative ϋ

Note that the image receiving means and the attribute information transmission unit of the present invention corresponds to the email communication means 4 2 according to the fifth embodiment. Furthermore, e-mail transmission means or email one Le receiving means of the present invention also may correspond to e-mail communication section 4 2 of the fifth embodiment refers also e-mail communication section 4 2, specifically, a modem or a terminal adapter or the like, it is preferably made of the e-mail software.

5.3

By e-mail over the Internet in the aforementioned example, an example of transmitting and receiving input image information and attribute information. However, if you can send and receive input image information and attribute information, it may be not necessarily using the e-mail.

In particular, the digital camera 1 0 recently been advanced functions, also often has the ability to communicate with Basokon of remote locations using the mobile phone. When using such a digital camera 1 0, it is also preferable to receive an input image information and attribute information through the General public line such as a mobile communication line without passing through the Internet. To realize the above, in the fifth embodiment, the mobile communication means 4 4 is connected to a feature calculating unit 1 4. The mobile communication means 4 4, Ru means der for receiving an input image information and the attribute information by using a mobile communication network such as a cellular phone. Then, the mobile communication means 4 4 extracts an input image information received via the mobile communication network, and supplies the feature amount calculating unit 1 4. Feature calculating unit 1 4 is to calculate the characteristic amount based on the supplied input image information.

According to this structure, even without being connected to the digital camera 1 0 direct image identification apparatus 3 8, it is possible to supply the input image data to the image identification apparatus 3 8. That is, first the user captures an image using a digital camera 1 0 etc., the input image information shooting, using the communication by the mobile phone, the images identified device 3 8 input image information obtained Send.

Mobile communication means 4 4 image identification apparatus 3 8 receives an input image information transmitted via a mobile communication network. Then, it supplies the input image information, the feature amount calculating unit 1 4. The following operation is the same as in the first embodiment, the image identification apparatus 3 8 obtains attribute information such as the result of the identification image.

Further, the mobile communication means 4 4 according to the fifth embodiment is provided with a function to reply to the mobile phone via the mobile communication network attribute information and the like obtained. That is, moving body communication means 4 4, attribute information such as the search means 1 6 is obtained, it is to return to the destination which sent the input image information: user, mobile phone attribute information sent back, etc. by looking at the above, it is possible to know the attribute information, and the like. Incidentally, recent mobile phones are highly functional, not just telephone function, a function of displaying various kinds of information.

As a result, the user it is possible to use the functions of the image identification apparatus 3 8 from a distance away from the image identification apparatus 3 8, the image identification apparatus 3 8 high convenience realizable Incidentally, the present invention image receiving means and the attribute information transmitting means corresponds to a mobile communication means 4 4 according to the fifth embodiment. Further, the mobile terminal receiving means and the mobile terminal transmit means of the present invention also goes without saying that equivalent to a mobile terminal communication section 4 4 according to the fifth embodiment. Further, the mobile communication means 4 4, mobile phone and the adapter or the like for performing data communication using a cellular phone, it is preferably made of.

As described above, according to the present invention, by using the feature amount of the image searching image information, it is possible to know the attribute information of the object and a state in which the image information is represented. As a result, on the basis of the art image information, such as paintings, image identification apparatus can be realized which can know the Title and the author's name of art of the paintings.

Also, Sasere comprises a database in the image identification apparatus, it is possible to know the attribute information based on the image information without § access to an external database.

Further, by using a digital camera means as means for obtaining the image information can be generated quickly image information based in front near Ru objects and conditions, it is possible to know the attribute information of the object and the state quickly.

The object, in addition to the art, garments and neckties, animal, vegetable, fish, can be applied foods, according to the present invention, based on these image data, to know the attribute information of the object it can.

Particularly, in the present invention, since as possible out to include the freshness of the fish and food as attribute information, it becomes possible to know these freshness.

As a state, it is possible to be able to adopt the Kutsuato and medical test results or the like to obtain a diagnosis result based on the manufacturer's name and test results based on the summer was shoes of Kutsuato. Further, since the Len Togen photographic image information, based on radiographs according to the present invention, it is possible to obtain a diagnostic result.

Further, since the let includes a database management unit in the database, it is possible to reduce the traffic amount in the communication line even when accessing the database system via a communication line.

Database system of the present invention is thus, due to the provision of a database management unit Ru bovine search image information by the feature amount, the user attribute information of the object and the state represented by the image information using the database system it is possible to obtain.

Furthermore, the present invention is the computer-readable recording medium which stores a database with these special data structure, it is possible to search for image information by using the feature amount of the image information from the computer, the attribute c that can be obtained information

Further, the present invention reads the input image information by the recording medium reading means from a predetermined recording medium body. Therefore, it is possible to know the attribute information of the image even if the location and the location where the image identification apparatus leaves to shoot an image.

Further, according to the present invention, using the Internet and mobile telephone communication line or the like, due to the provision of a means for transmitting and receiving the input image information and the attribute information, it is available an image identification apparatus from a remote location.

Claims

The scope of the claims
1. A feature amount calculating means for calculating a feature quantity of the input image information provided,
And search means for reading out from the database, - an image information having a feature quantity matching said calculated features, and retrieved from the database, the attribute information of the object represented by the image information found by the search, the de
And attribute information output means for outputting the read attribute information,
Image identification apparatus which comprises a.
2. And image information, and attribute information of the object representing the image information, a database for storing the feature value of the image information,
A characteristic amount calculating means for calculating a feature quantity of the given input image information,
Image information with a feature quantity matching said calculated features, retrieved from the de one database, the attribute information of the object represented by the image information found by the search, a search means for reading from the database,
And attribute information output means for outputting the read attribute information,
Image identification apparatus which comprises a.
3. The image identification apparatus in the range 1 or 2, wherein the billing,
Digital camera means for generating image information of the object,
Comprising a image identification apparatus the digital camera unit, a feature that generates the input image information
4. In the image identification apparatus in the range 1 or 2, wherein the billing,
The object is art, the attribute information, the image identification apparatus characterized in that it includes at least the author name and Title of the art.
5. The image identification apparatus in the range 4 described claims,
It said object is a pictorial, the attribute information, the image identification apparatus characterized in that it includes at least the author name 及 beauty Title of the painting.
6. In the image identification apparatus in the range 1 or 2, wherein the billing,
The object is clothing, the attribute information, the image identification apparatus characterized in that it contains the brand at least the garment.
7. In the image identification apparatus according to claim 6, wherein,
It said object is a tie, the image information, the image identification apparatus which is a picture information representing a pattern of the tie.
8. In the image identification apparatus in the range 1 or 2, wherein the billing,
The object is a plant, the attribute information, the image identification apparatus characterized in that it contains the name and classification of at least the plant.
9. The image identification apparatus in the range 1 or 2, wherein the billing,
The object is an animal, the attribute information, the image identification apparatus characterized in that it contains the name and classification of at least said animal.
In 1 0. Image identification apparatus in the range 9 wherein claims,
The object is fish, the attribute information, the image identification apparatus characterized in that it contains the name and classification of at least the fish.
In 1 1. Image identification apparatus in the range 1 0 described claims,
The feature quantity, freshness characteristic quantity with emphasis on eye color of at least the fish cage including Marete,
Image identification apparatus, characterized in that the said de one database for certain of the fish, the freshness feature amount is included Entori different multiple.
In 1 2. Image identification apparatus in the range 1 or 2, wherein the billing,
It said object is food, the attribute information, the image identification apparatus, wherein the names of at least the food is included.
1 3. A feature amount calculating means for calculating a feature quantity of the given input image information,
Image information with a feature quantity matching said calculated features, and retrieved from the database, the attribute information of the state represented by the image information found by the search, a search means for reading from the database, the read attribute information and attribute information output means for outputting,
Image identification apparatus which comprises a.
1 4. And image information, and attribute information in a state in which the image information is represented, a database for storing the feature value of the image information,
A characteristic amount calculating means for calculating a feature quantity of the given input image information, an image information having a feature quantity matching said calculated features, retrieved from said database, representing image information found by the search the attribute information of the state, and search means for reading from the database,
And attribute information output means for outputting the read attribute information,
Image identification apparatus which comprises a.
In 1 5. Image identification apparatus in the range 1 3 or 1 4, wherein the billing,
Digital camera means for generating image information representing a predetermined state,
The provided image identification apparatus the digital camera unit, a feature that generates the input image information.
In 1 6. Image identification apparatus in the range 1 3 or 1 4, wherein the billing,
The state is a state of the ground surface, the road surface or floor surface that represents the footprint of the shoe, image identification, characterized in that said attribute information is included at least the manufacturer name of the shoe
In 1 7. Image identification apparatus in the range 1 3 or 1 4, wherein the billing,
The state is a medical test results, the image identification apparatus, wherein at least the diagnosis result is included in the attribute information.
In 1 8. Image identification apparatus in the range 1 7, wherein the billing,
Wherein the image information, the image identification apparatus which is a picture information representing a radiograph.
And image information representing a 9. Object, the attribute information of an object to the image information represented, a storage unit for storing a feature quantity of the image information,
And retrieval means for retrieving the image information the feature amount as a key,
Data base one scan system, which comprises a.
And image information representing a 2 0. State, and attribute information in a state in which the image information is represented, a storage unit for storing a feature quantity of the image information,
And retrieval means for retrieving the image information the feature amount as a key,
Database system which comprises a.
2 1. And image information representing an object, a recording medium and attribute information of an object to the image information represented, the feature value of the image information, characterized by storing, said the feature amount as a key computer a readable recording medium characterized by capable of searching image information.
2 2. And image information representing the state, a recording medium and attribute information of a state in which the image information is represented, the feature value of the image information, characterized by storing, said the feature amount as a key computer a readable recording medium characterized by capable of searching image information.
In 2 3. Image identification apparatus in the range 1, 2, 1 3 or 1 4, wherein the billing,
Includes a recording medium reading means for reading said input image data from a predetermined recording medium, the feature amount calculating means, the image identification and calculates the feature quantity of the input image information read out from said recording medium apparatus.
In 2 4. Image identification apparatus in the range 2 3 according claims,
The recording medium, image identification apparatus which is a recording medium that can be written image information by a digital camera unit.
In 2 5. Image identification apparatus in the range 1, 2, 1 3 or 1 4, wherein the billing,
Image receiving means for receiving the input image information from the predetermined communication line,
Wherein the feature quantity calculating means, the image identification apparatus and calculates the feature quantity of the input image information to said image receiving means receives.
In 2 6. Image identification apparatus in the range 2 5 according claims,
Attribute information transmitting means for said attribute information output means the attribute information output, transmitted via the communication line,
Image identification apparatus which comprises a.
In 2 7. Image identification apparatus in the range 2 5 according claims,
Wherein the image receiving means,
Receiving the communication line force et e-mail, e-mail receiving means for extracting the input image picture information included in the electronic mail,
Image identification apparatus which comprises a.
In 2 8. Image identification apparatus in the range 2 6 according claims,
Wherein the image transmitting means,
The e-mail containing the attribute information the attribute information output means outputs the electronic mail transmission means for transmitting through said communication line,
Image identification apparatus which comprises a.
In 2 9. Image identification apparatus in the range 2 5, 2 6, 2 7 or 2 8 according claims, the image identification apparatus, wherein the communication line is Intane' bets.
In 3 0. Image identification apparatus in the range 2 5 according claims,
The communication line is a mobile communication network,
Wherein the image receiving means,
Through the mobile communication network, the mobile terminal receiving means for receiving the input image data from the digital camera unit,
Image identification apparatus which comprises a.
In 3 1. Image identification apparatus in the range 2 6 according claims,
The communication line is a mobile communication network for performing communication by the mobile communication terminal, wherein the image transmission means,
Mobile terminal transmitting means for transmitting the attribute information the attribute information output means has outputted to the mobile communication terminal of opposite party via the mobile communication network,
Image identification apparatus which comprises a.
In 3 2. Image identification apparatus in the range 3 0 or 3 1, wherein the billing,
The mobile communication line, an image identification instrumentation, characterized in that a mobile telephone communication line
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