Patents by Inventor David Michael McMahan

David Michael McMahan has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20090285443
    Abstract: A remote control device uses image recognition to recognize features or objects in an on-screen menu displayed on an external display associated with a controlled device. The on-screen menu may contain one or more control objects for controlling the associated appliance. A camera in the remote control device captures at least a portion of the menu displayed on the external display. A controller including an image processor generates control signal based on recognition of one or more control objects in the displayed image. A transmitter connected to the controller transmits the control signal to the controlled appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: William O. Camp, JR., Leland Scott Bloebaum, David Michael McMahan
  • Publication number: 20090278949
    Abstract: An improved camera system for manipulating multiple images of similar subject matter is described. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for the analysis of subject matter depicted in the viewfinder of the camera. Subjects previously photographed may be recognized automatically. Before or after a picture is taken, for each recognized subject, a user may be presented with existing images of the subject already stored in a memory or database. The user may then invoke one or more manipulation operations as to the various images of the common subject. For example, a user may retain the new image in addition to previously stored images, discard the new and/or previously stored images, transfer the new and/or previously stored images to third parties, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: David Michael McMahan, L. Scott Bloebaum
  • Publication number: 20090257468
    Abstract: A communication device includes communication circuitry, a coherent light source, and a housing that at least partially surrounds the communication circuitry and the coherent light source. The housing includes a translucent portion and the coherent light source is configured so as to project light through the translucent portion of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: David Michael McMahan
  • Publication number: 20090232417
    Abstract: A device is configured to capture a digital image, and to analyze the image to identify objects in the image. Metadata used to identify the objects may be generated when the digital image is captured and to annotate the digital image. The device may also save the metadata with the image or display the metadata with the image to a user. Such metadata may be used as an index to permit users to search for and locate archived images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: David Michael McMahan