Information-processing apparatus, and storage medium storing a

Information-processing apparatus, and storage medium storing a
US008130275B2
(12) United States Patent
(10) Patent N0.:
(45) Date of Patent:
Matsushima et a1.
(54) INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS,
(56)
AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A
PHOTOGRAPHING APPLICATION LAUNCH
PROGRAM EXECUTED BY
INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS
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8/1989 Watanabe et al.
(Continued)
(75) Inventors: Yoshihiro Matsushima, Kyoto (JP);
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
Yuki OnozaWa, Kyoto (JP)
EP
1 785 854
5/2007
(Continued)
(73) Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyoto (JP)
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Notice:
Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this
patent is extended or adjusted under 35
U.S.C. 154(b) by 703 days.
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(21) Appl. N0.: 12/219,317
(22)
Filed:
(65)
Jun. 13, 2008
Jun. 30, 2008
Dec. 17, 2009
photographing application program. Further, the informa
tion-processing apparatus comprises photographing process
ing means Which has a function different from that of the
(JP) ............................... .. 2008-155446
(JP) ............................... .. 2008-171276
Int. Cl.
H04N 5/225
ABSTRACT
An information-processing apparatus stores in advance a
Foreign Application Priority Data
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(52)
(58)
(57)
Prior Publication Data
US 2009/0310957 A1
(51)
Primary Examiner * Gevell Selby
(74) Attorney, A gent, or Firm * Nixon & Vanderhye PC.
Jul. 18, 2008
photographing application program. In a launch acceptance
state, the information-processing apparatus accepts a ?rst
launch operation for selectively launching a plurality of appli
cation programs, and a photographing enabling operation for
setting a state of the information-processing apparatus to a
(2006.01)
photographing enabled state. The photographing enabling
US. Cl. .............. .. 348/2071; 348/222.1; 348/231.6
operation is different from the ?rst launch operation, and is
Field of Classi?cation Search ............. .. 348/207.1,
the same as a photographing operation.
348/222.1, 231.99, 231.6
See application ?le for complete search history.
19 Claims, 17 Drawing Sheets
PROGRAM STORAGE REGION
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SETTING DATA
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STORAGE DESTINATION DATA
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INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS,
(2) Problem 2
In the information-processing apparatus described in the
Non-Patent Document 1, the ?rst and second application
AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORINGA
PHOTOGRAPHING APPLICATION LAUNCH
PROGRAM EXECUTED BY
INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS
programs each are not terminated unless the user performs a
predetermined termination operation. Thus, there is a fear
that a user Who does not fully understand a manner of opera
tion, such as a user Who uses the information-processing
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATION
apparatus for the ?rst time, and the like, Will not knoW hoW to
terminate an application and Will not be able to terminate a
photographing function. Especially, in the case of setting in
Which another application program cannot be launched dur
ing execution of the ?rst or second application program, even
The disclosure of Japanese Patent Application No. 2008
171276, ?led on Jun. 30, 2008, is incorporated herein by
reference.
though the information-processing apparatus has various
functions in addition to the photographing function, since the
photographing function cannot be terminated, an opportunity
BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY
of launching another application program is deprived.
1. Field of the Technology
The present technology relates to an information-process
ing apparatus and a launch program executed by the informa
tion-processing apparatus, and more particularly, to an infor
SUMMARY
20
mation-processing apparatus Which is capable of selectively
executing a plurality of application programs and a launch
program executed by the information-processing apparatus.
2. Description of the Background Art
Conventionally, there is an information-processing appa
ratus Which is capable of executing various application pro
by a simple operation.
25
capable of functioning as an imaging apparatus by mounting
a camera thereto (refer to Non-Patent Document 1 (“Chotto
puter Entertainment Inc. on Nov. 2, 2006)). An information
processing apparatus described in the Non-Patent Document
1 is capable of executing an application program stored in a
detachable storage medium. By mounting thereto a storage
medium storing an application program (referred to as a ?rst
30
Which is capable of storing a plurality of application pro
35
40
programs each are launched by performing an operation in a
menu screen a plurality of times. Then, a photographing
operation acceptance means (the CPU 31 executing steps S6
and S11; hereinafter, steps are indicated by step numbers);
?rst launch means (S12); photographing processing means
45
launching the plurality of application programs. The ?rst
50
grams. The photographing processing means is means for, in
55
a predetermined photographing enabled state, executing pho
tographing processing of storing a taken image by the imag
ing means in storage means of the information-processing
apparatus in accordance With a predetermined photographing
operation photographing enabling operation acceptance
means is means for, in a launch acceptance state of accepting
60
the ?rst launch operation, accepting an photographing
enabling operation Which is the same as the photographing
operation. The state setting means is means for, When the
user has to perform another photographing operation. There
fore, the user cannot perform photographing directly from the
photographing enabling operation is detected, setting a state
of the information-processing apparatus to the photographing
initial state of the menu screen, and cannot easily use a pho
photographing to perform photographing).
launch means is means for, When the ?rst launch operation is
performed, launching an application program selected by the
?rst launch operation among the plurality of application pro
image displayed on the menu screen a plurality of times, a
tographing function Which the information-processing appa
ratus has (cannot easily launch an application program for
(S10); photographing enabling operation acceptance means
(S6, S9); and state setting means (S10 is executed in the case
ofYes at S9). The ?rst launch operation acceptance means is
means for accepting a ?rst launch operation for selectively
operation for performing photographing is performed by an
operation Which is different from an operation for launch.
Thus, for performing photographing from an initial state of
the menu screen, after performing an operation for launching
the ?rst or second application program by selecting an icon
tographing by the imaging means as one of the plurality of
application programs. The launch program is a program for
selectively launching an application program desired by a
user among the plurality of application programs. The launch
program causes the computer to function as: ?rst launch
executing photographing program Which is stored in a detach
folloWing problem 1 or 2.
(1) Problem 1
In the information-processing apparatus described in the
Non-Patent Document 1, the ?rst and second application
grams (53-56), and Which stores in advance a predetermined
photographing application program (53) for performing pho
for the information-processing apparatus to perform photo
graphing by executing a second application program for
able storage medium (memory card) Which is different from
the storage medium (optical disc) storing the ?rst program.
Thus, in the information-processing apparatus, it is possible
to perform photographing by the tWo different application
programs for photographing.
The present technology is for solving at least either the
this section are merely provided to facilitate the understand
ing of the present embodiment in relation to the later-de
scribed embodiment, rather than limiting the scope of the
present embodiment in any Way.
A ?rst aspect is a launch program (61) executed by a
computer (a CPU 31) of an information-processing apparatus
(10), Which comprises imaging means (cameras 23 and 24),
application program) described in the Non-Patent Document
1, it is possible to perform photographing using a camera
mounted to the information-processing apparatus, and to
vieW and edit a photographed image. In addition, it is possible
The present embodiment has the folloWing features to
attain the object mentioned above. It is noted that reference
characters and supplementary explanations in parentheses in
grams such as a game application, and the like and Which is
Shot Camera Instruction Manual” published by Sony Com
Therefore, a feature of an example embodiment presented
herein is to provide a user-friendly information-processing
apparatus Which is capable of using a photographing function
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enabled state.
According to the above aspect, since the photographing
enabling operation and the photographing operation are the
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