WO2001073603A1 - Information retrieval method, information retrieval server and personal digital assistant - Google Patents

Information retrieval method, information retrieval server and personal digital assistant Download PDF

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WO2001073603A1
WO2001073603A1 PCT/JP2001/002582 JP0102582W WO0173603A1 WO 2001073603 A1 WO2001073603 A1 WO 2001073603A1 JP 0102582 W JP0102582 W JP 0102582W WO 0173603 A1 WO0173603 A1 WO 0173603A1
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Tomonori Fujisawa
Susumu Hibi
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Kabushiki Kaisha Eighting
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04LTRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N1/00Scanning, transmission or reproduction of documents or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission; Details thereof
    • H04N1/00127Connection or combination of a still picture apparatus with another apparatus, e.g. for storage, processing or transmission of still picture signals or of information associated with a still picture
    • H04N1/00204Connection or combination of a still picture apparatus with another apparatus, e.g. for storage, processing or transmission of still picture signals or of information associated with a still picture with a digital computer or a digital computer system, e.g. an internet server
    • H04N1/00209Transmitting or receiving image data, e.g. facsimile data, via a computer, e.g. using e-mail, a computer network, the internet, I-fax
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N1/00Scanning, transmission or reproduction of documents or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission; Details thereof
    • H04N1/00127Connection or combination of a still picture apparatus with another apparatus, e.g. for storage, processing or transmission of still picture signals or of information associated with a still picture
    • H04N1/00204Connection or combination of a still picture apparatus with another apparatus, e.g. for storage, processing or transmission of still picture signals or of information associated with a still picture with a digital computer or a digital computer system, e.g. an internet server
    • H04N1/00209Transmitting or receiving image data, e.g. facsimile data, via a computer, e.g. using e-mail, a computer network, the internet, I-fax
    • H04N1/00212Attaching image data to computer messages, e.g. to e-mails
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
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Abstract

An information retrieval method using image recognition is provided that is suitable for personal or home use. When a user transmits image data produced using a camera (31) to a mail server (12) through a personal digital assistant (30), a reception folder (13a) of the mail server (12) stores electronic mail with an appended search image. A search server (10) separates the image data from the electronic mail to form an image key. The image key is compared with the standard pattern stored in a recording medium (11b) of the search server (10), and database registration information stored in a recording medium (11a) associated with the standard pattern is extracted and send to the personal digital assistant (30).

Description

Akira fine manual information retrieval methods, information search server and a mobile terminal technology field

The present invention relates to an information retrieval method using a portable terminal, in particular, to perform an information search by image recognition have you to search server, an information retrieval method that can be acquired by the portable terminal the search result from the network it is intended. BACKGROUND

Conventionally, a search of the electronic database, characters, but the symbol or the like is used as a search key has been summer as is also done to the search key image In recent years. Such an image image database by the recognition is, various industrial, is raising fraud and mitigating risk great achievements in the field of logistics and medical care. In addition, personal authentication and security, is becoming popular in areas such as map.

However, these information retrieval or a large-scale system, are mostly those made by expensive systems, personal or household, as the easy access to the available system is not configured.

For example, sake, in obtaining or identifying taste products such as wine, if any kind, or use character information as a search key, or than search using the search code, directly from the image information obtained by photographing the actual is possible to obtain information about the wine, it is very convenient.

In particular, wine is produced all over the world, etiquette, which is affixed to the bottle (label) is, not only there are described in each native language, serial 载方 method is adopted by each country or each district laws and regulations, it also there are many things with different contents in the same name, different it is a well-known fact of evaluation by age. Therefore, it requires knowledge not profundity to differentiate wines, also simply as a search key displayed character to etiquette, it is difficult to obtain accurate information. Disclosure of the Invention

The present invention, by functions use mobile devices such as mobile phones and significant Internet Bok penetration, which the problem to be solved to obtain the database information that requires simple and easy, personal or suitable for homely use, there is provided an information search method by the image recognition.

Information retrieval method of the present invention, is transmitted from the portable terminal the image data as a search key to search mono- bar, the search server standard flap by image recognition from the image data - Identifies down, in advance in the standard pattern it is characterized in that 応信 database registration information associated with the mobile terminal.

Information search server of the present invention, the image data obtained from the mobile terminal as an input pattern, the image recognition compared to a standard pattern stored in the internal data base Ichisu registration information are previously associated with the standard patterns extracts, and is characterized in that 応信 the registration information to the mobile terminal.

The information retrieval server preferably has a recording medium that the standard butter one ting the database registration information store. Further, it is preferable to obtain images data transmitted from the mobile terminal via a mail server.

Mobile terminal of the present invention, a characterized in that it has means for receiving comprises an electronic camera, an electronic mail from the means and the information search server for transmitting the image data evening taken by electronic camera information retrieval server it is intended to. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Figure 1 is a Ru general schematic der information retrieval system using a mobile terminal according to the present invention.

Figure 2 is an explanatory diagram showing a method of creating an image key as an input pattern.

Figure 3 is a Proc diagram showing a configuration of a search server 1 0.

Figure 4 shows an example of a wine information shown on the display screen of the portable terminal 3 0. BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

Preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

Figure 1 is a Ru general schematic der information retrieval system using a mobile terminal according to the present invention. In the figure the upper part and the search server 1 0 performing information 挨索 by image recognition, mail server one 1 2 responsible for e-mail transmission and reception function between the search server 1 0 and the outside is illustrated. The right side of the search server 1 0, a search server 1 0 managed control object as a feature of the present information retrieval system, and record medium 1 1 a database registration information is stored, "standard pattern" in the image recognition There is shown taken out and a recording medium 1 1 b stored.

In addition, the recording medium 1 3 shown removed on the left side of the mail server 1 2, and the reception folder 1 3 a for receiving the retrieved image accompanying mail transmitted from the external network, the standard pattern attached mail a reception folder 1 3 b for receiving is provided. In addition, the mail server 1 2 may be provided as a search server 1 0 as one body.

Code 3 0, 3 0, 'is a mobile terminal provided with the camera 3 1, via radio waves 4 2, the portable terminal 3 0, 3 0, Connection Server 4 for converting ■ ■ the signal to the Internet signal It is connected to one. Of course, the camera 3 1 is no problem even if the mobile terminal 3 0 and without being configured as a unit.

Fixed terminal 5 0 is a personal computer that is used for the purpose of registering reference patterns from the network to the recording medium 1 1 b of the search server 1 0, and a camera 5 1 such as an image input device. Then, the search server one 1 0, mail server 1 2, connected servers 4 1, fixed terminal 5 0 is connected by a network network 6 0 Intane' Bok like.

In the present invention, the portable terminal 3 0 of the user (hereinafter, referred to as the inquirer.) Is one that the search server 1 database registration information stored in the 0 through connection server 4 1 can and child available.

Figure 2 is an explanatory view showing a method of creating an image key as an input pattern, in the figure, the object 2 0 an identification label 2 1 that are attached to it in the survey, Kino camera phone 3 1 terminal 3 0, Ime di 2 3 of data to be transmitted as an image key (input pattern) is depicted.

First, comprised inquirer camera 3 1 by photographing the dotted 2 2 in the range of the object 2 0, and front view 2 0 a of the object 2 0 and front view 2 1 a of the identification label 2 1 obtain I main one didecyl Isseki 2 3. The image data 2 3 is transmitted to the portable terminal 3 0 of the transmission functions thus as an attachment to the mail server 1 2 is stored in the reception folder 1 3 a for retrieval image attachment mail. The image data is separated from the e-mail by the function of the search server one 1 0 to be described later, the image key. This image key, after being checked against a standard pattern stored in the recording medium 1 in 1 b, database registration information stored in the recording medium 1 1 a associated with the standard pattern is extracted, the extracted information There is sent back to the portable terminal 3 0.

Also, image data as a standard pattern in the image recognition, usually, the search server - 1 0 is created accumulated within, the auxiliary, accumulated from the outside via the network 6 0 Search server one 1 0 it may be. In this case, standard patterns accompanying mail created by the fixed terminal 5 0 to obtain Bei camera 5 1, etc., via the network 6 0 stored in the reception folder 1 3 b of the mail server 1 2, the image de Isseki is , separated from the e-mail by the function of the search server 1 0 to be described later, it is stored in the recording medium 1 in 1 b of standard pattern storage. Accumulation working standard pattern from the outside, only the storage operations in the search server one 1 0 if there are limits to collect the standard pattern, is particularly beneficial.

Figure 3 is a block diagram showing the configuration of the search server one 1 0. Search server 1 0, the process for various data, input and output, as a normal component to be provided for transmitting and receiving, a control unit 3 2 0 for controlling the search server 1 0 overall operation processing unit 3 for performing data processing 3 0, an input and output Intafuwe Ichisu 3 1 0 that is connected to various input and output devices and network 6 0, etc., an input unit 3 5 0 to receive data from said input output interface 3 1 0, the Isseki de an output unit 3 6 0 outputs, a storage unit 3 4 0 for storing data temporarily during the data processing, a receiving section 3 7 0 that receives various data, transmission unit 3 8 0 for transmitting various data It is equipped with a door. Search server 1 0, in addition to the components to be provided the normal, constant monitoring and mailer unit 3 0 0 0 with send and receive email forwarding function, a call to the mail server 1 second receiving full Orda 1 3 a 1 3 a file monitoring unit 3 0 0 1 for an input data separation unit 3 0 0 2 for separating the mail with image added to the image de Isseki and the other data relating to unique identification ID and mail § address of the mobile terminal an ID storage section 3 0 0 3 accumulated registration data, the ID determination unit 3 0 0 4 to determine the response whether the retrieval server one 1 0 itself based on the registration data, image data input as a search key reference pattern and the input pattern correcting unit 3 0 0 5, wherein the extraction unit 3 0 0 6 for extracting a characteristic parameter Isseki or features base vector from the corrected image data, for image recognition that performs correction processing with respect to standard putter to keep accumulating A storage unit 3 0 0 7, after comparison with the standard pattern feature amounts the extracted, the identification unit 3 0 for extracting from the database the information storage unit 3 0 1 2, the selected database information associated with the standard patterns 0 8 a, a response information generator 3 0 0 9 for generating response information in response to a query, a mail generating unit 3 0 1 1 that generates an e-mail to notify the creation of the response information, Merusa one bar 1 second receiving and 1 3 b file monitoring unit 3 0 1 3 to constantly monitor the incoming call to the folder 1 3 b, and a link information generation unit 3 0 1 5.

Next, a description will be given of the operation of the search server one 1 0.

Originated images attached mail from the mobile terminal 3 0 is received by the mail server 1 second receiving full Orda 1 3 a, the reception you constantly monitor incoming to the receiving folder 1 3 a 1 3 a file monitoring unit 3 by the 0 0 1 is re detected and reported to the control unit 3 2 0. Controller 3 2 0 which has received the report, instructs the processing unit 3 3 0, the image accompanying mail mailer - using Part 3 0 0 0, output from the receiving Fuoruda 1 3 a of main one Rusaba 1 2 inter monounsaturated: I: via the over scan 3 1 0 is input to the input unit 3 5 0, is further transferred to the storage unit 3 4 0 by an instruction processing unit 3 3 0.

Transferred image attached email, input data content 雜部 3 0 0 2 by the mail addresses, unique identification ID with the mobile terminal, is the image data and other data and binary 雜. Then, in each data separated on the basis of the unique identification ID with the mobile terminal, the search server 1 0 determines whether may respond. That is, the unique identification ID, whether it matches the stored registration data in advance in ID storage unit 3 0 0 3 is collated by the ID determining unit 3 0 0 4, in the result processing unit 3 3 0 It is reported.

When reporting response permission to the processing unit 3 3 0 is performed, the separation image data is c subjected to correction processing by the input pattern correction unit 3 0 0 5 receives the instruction of the processing unit 3 3 0 This before matching the input pattern and the standard patterns, among the information included in the image picture data of the input pattern, an operation of removing as much as possible unnecessary information to identify, improve the recognition accuracy and the processing speed in the image recognition a step to. Image data corrected by the input pattern correcting unit 3 0 0 5 is obtained the characteristic parameters Isseki or features base vector by a feature extractor 3 0 0 6 having received the instructions of the processing unit 3 3 0. The features parameters Isseki and feature vectors, as the nature of the effective pattern to perform the identification is data retrieved from the input pattern.

Feature quantity extracted in this way, then (corresponding to the recording medium 1 1 b of the preceding search server 1 0.) Standard pattern storage section 3 0 0 7 by the identification portion 3 0 0 8-standard based on the pattern (image data), which standard pattern or matches, or, most are identified or close, the associated standard pattern database information storage unit 3 0 1 2 (recording supra search server 1 0 corresponds to the medium 1 1 a. data) is reported to the processing unit 3 3 0.

The report processing unit 3 3 0 that received instructs the response information generation unit 3 0 0 9, while to generate data for response, create an email conductive to know the inquirer that the response data has been created to order, instructs the mail-generating part 3 0 1 1, to create a prepared message and de-synthesized email a URL that describes the location of Isseki file for the generated response, the transmission unit 3 and transfers it to the 8 0. Forwarded e-mail data, are sent to the mail server 1 2 via the output interface 3 1 0 as e-mail, the mail server 1 2 that sends the electronic mail to the mobile terminal 3 0 was queried.

Query who received the mail, the portable terminal 3 0, by going to read the data for the response to the specified in the received mail URL, for example, the portable terminal 3 0 are shown in the left half of FIG. 4 on the display screen 4 0 1, it is possible to obtain wine information 4 0 2 as shown in the right half of FIG. 4.

In the above description, the mail server 1 2 is transmitted the URL relating to response data as e-mail, it is also possible to directly reply addressed to the inquirer an email with a response data in the database.

As described above, the image data is composed of a standard pattern, in accordance with conventional methods, but is created accumulated in the retrieved one bar 1 in 0, described accumulation working standard pattern from the outside of the auxiliary work.

Search server 1 0 Those in you'll register a standard pattern (hereinafter, c referred registrant) from fixed terminal 5 0 on the screen, enter the URL screen the information retrieval system is specified, the specified password Chi I through the click, the instruction screen by the link information-generating portion 3 0 1 5, after entering the standard pattern information to be transmitted, subjected to issuance of Huai filename of standard patterns.

Next, registrant transmits the image data marked with the issued file name previously specified email address. The image attachment electronic mail is stored in a reception folder 1 3 b for the standard pattern accompanying mail mail server 1 2. Reception of the image attached email is detected by the 1 3 b Fai Le monitoring unit 3 0 1 3 to constantly monitor the incoming call to the reception folder 1 3 b, are reported to the control unit 3 2 0. The control unit 3 2 0 which has received the report, instructs the processing unit 3 3 0, the image attached mail using the mailer section 3 0 0 0, enter the electronic mail from the receiving folder 1 3 b of the mail server 1 2 output interferon I-scan 3 1 0 is input to the input unit 3 5 0 via by further instruction processing unit 3 3 0, to transfer it in the storage unit 3 4 0.

Transferred image attached email, input data separation unit 3 0 0 2 by the mail addresses, is separated into image data and other data. Then, in each data separated, for the e-mail address, the search server 1 0 it is determined whether or not it may be accepted. That is, the mail § dresses, whether it matches the stored registration data in advance in ID storage unit 3 0 0 3 is collated by the ID determining unit 3 0 0 4, is reported to the processing unit 3 3 0. If reporting acceptance to the processing unit 3 3 0 is made only images data the separation receives an instruction processing unit 3 3 0, Ru stored in the standard pattern storage section 3 0 0 7.

According to the present invention, by using a portable terminal such as a cellular phone, it is possible to obtain the database information that requires simple and easy. Therefore, sake, in addition to taste products such as wine, flora and fauna, minerals, electrical machinery parts, daily necessities of parts, civil engineering structures, buildings, constellation, other, in search of a variety of information about some of the approximately form it can be widely applied. In addition, according to the present invention, what kind of time zone der connexion may, also, be any such place, by § access to the search server from the hand of a mobile terminal, that you obtain the information you want immediately It has an excellent effect that it is.

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1. Transmitted from the mobile terminal the image data as a search key to search server, 該検 search server identifies the standard pattern by image recognition from the image data, the database registration information that has been previously associated with the standard patterns information retrieval method consists of 応信 to the mobile terminal.
2. An input pattern image data obtained from the portable terminal, the image recognition to compare accumulated standard pattern therein, extracts the data base Ichisu registration information that is associated in advance in the standard Bataan, the registration information information search server that 応信 to the mobile terminal.
3. Information search server according to claim 2, wherein that having a recording medium for storing the standard pattern and the database registration information.
4. The image data transmitted from the mobile terminal you get through the mail server according to claim 2 or claim 3, wherein the information retrieval server.
5. A mobile terminal provided with an electronic camera, a portable terminal having means for receiving the electronic mail from the means and the information search server for transmitting the image de Isseki taken by electronic camera information retrieval server .
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