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No. 348, September 1998

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Japanese Companies in the US


PHOTO EQUIPMENT AND COPIERS

APPLIED SCIENCE FICTION INC. has opened an office in Tokyo to complement its headquarters in Austin, Texas. The start-up has commercialized a preprocessing surface defect correction system that automatically cleans up film and negatives without changing the original. A scanner equipped with ASF's Digital ICE (image correction enhancement) technology captures unique data about the location and the character of defects, isolates them and then removes them. With current scanner technology, the only way to get rid of image defects or damage is by hand or with postprocessing software — time-consuming, expensive methods that yield marginal results. The new office is working with manufacturers of scanners to adapt the Digital ICE technology to their hardware and firmware.

An exchange rate of ¥145=$1.00 was used in this report.
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