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Colorado Inventors Develop Photography System

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 14 -- Mark J. Bianchi, Wilfred Francis Brake and Kurt E. Spears, all from Fort Collins, Colo., Charles E. Schinner and Donald J. Stavely, both of Windsor, Colo., and Daniel M. Bloom of Loveland, Colo., have developed a photography system with a digital camera and a remote control.

According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A photography system includes a digital camera and a remote control. The remote control emits a light that the photographer can use to designate a subject to be photographed by pointing the remote control at the subject, casting a light spot on the subject."

An abstract of the invention, released by the Patent Office, said: " In a preferred embodiment, the light is generated by a laser pointer included in the remote control. The camera selects a region to photograph from its field of view, based on the location or motion of the light spot. The camera may optionally select a region that is centered on the light spot. The photographer may optionally specify the size of the region to be selected. The camera may optionally adjust the size of the selected region to assist in photographic composition. The camera may optionally be capable of making video recordings."

The inventors were issued U.S. Patent No. 7,268,802 on Sept. 11.

The patent has been assigned to Hewlett-Packard Development Co. LP, Houston.

The original application was filed on Aug. 20, 2003, and is available at:,268,802.PN.&OS=PN/7,268,802&RS=PN/7,268,802.

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