Patents by Inventor Thomas McGee

Thomas McGee 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).

  • Patent number: 7170566
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for detecting commercials or other particular types of video content in a video signal. In an illustrative embodiment, color histograms are extracted from frames of the video signal. For each of at least a subset of the extracted color histograms, the extracted color histogram is compared to a family histogram. If the extracted color histogram falls within a specified range of the family histogram, the family histogram is updated to include the extracted color histogram as a new member. If the extracted color histogram does not fall within the specified range of the family histogram, the family histogram is considered complete and the extracted color histogram is utilized to generate a new family histogram for use in processing subsequent extracted color histograms. The resulting family histograms are utilized to detect commercials or other particular type of video content in the video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Lalitha Agnihotri, Nevenka Dimitrova, Radu Serban Jasinschi
  • Publication number: 20060289669
    Abstract: A device adapted to provide volatile liquid material to an atmosphere comprising a reservoir (1) containing volatile liquid material, a rod-like transfer member (3, 4) extending therefrom and adapted to transfer liquid from the reservoir, and at least one diffusion surface (7) adapted to receive the liquid from the transfer member and facilitate its evaporation into the atmosphere, the diffusion surface extending essentially laterally from the transfer member and comprising at least one non-integral, non-porous sheet bearing a surface capillarity (9), which sheet has an extent and a capillarity sufficient to allow an appropriate evaporation. The device is cheap and easy to construct, versatile and diffuses odour without major changes of the odour over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Publication date: December 28, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Richard Sgaramella, Colin Brown, Guy Naish, Kishen Gohil
  • Publication number: 20060291974
    Abstract: A nut insert which is installed within an aperture in a workpiece, the nut insert of the type in which a portion of the insert plastically deforms on the one side of the workpiece upon application of a linear force provided by a tool, thereby preventing withdrawal of the insert from the aperture. The nut insert comprises a sleeve member and an integral flange, where the flange has a larger diameter than the aperture, and the flange further comprises a contact surface for abutting the workpiece. The insert comprises fusible contact members which are adapted to fuse to the workpiece upon activation of the installation system, which includes current generation means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Publication date: December 28, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Frank Neri
  • Patent number: 7143353
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and systems for bookmarking an area of interest of stored video content is provided. As a viewer is watching a video and finds an area of interest, they can bookmark the particular segment of the video and then return to that segment with relative simplicity. This can be accomplished by pressing a button, clicking with a mouse or otherwise sending a signal to a device for marking a particular location of the video that is of interest. Frame identifiers can also be used to select a desired video from an index and to then retrieve the video from a medium containing multiple videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics, N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Lalitha Agnihotri, Nevenka Dimitrova, Radu Jasinschi
  • Patent number: 7110047
    Abstract: A video indexing system analyzes contents of source video and develops a visual table of contents using selected images. A system for detecting significant scenes detects video cuts from one scene to another, and static scenes based on DCT coefficients and macroblocks. A keyframe filtering process filters out less desired frames including, for example, unicolor frames, or those frames having a same object as a primary focus or one primary focuses. Commercials may also be detected and frames of commercials eliminated. The significant scenes and static scenes are detected based on a threshold which is set based on the category of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Nevenka Dimitrova, Jan Herman Elenbaas
  • Publication number: 20060175425
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a volatile liquid as a vapor to an ambient environment, i.e., a room or vehicle interior, which device comprises a reservoir of the volatile liquid, and a porous element which permits the passage of vapor therethrough but does not permit the passage of the volatile liquid therethrough, characterized in that the device greatly decreases the likelihood of undesired spillage of the volatile liquid from the device when the device held in any orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Applicant: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Guy Naish, Colin Brown
  • Publication number: 20060036139
    Abstract: Abstract of the Disclosure The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for measuring an analyte in a host. More particularly, the present invention relates to systems and methods for transcutaneous measurement of glucose in a host.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Applicant: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Brister, Paul Neale, Sean Saint, James Thrower, Thomas McGee, Daniel Codd, David Petersen, Daniel Kline
  • Publication number: 20060034789
    Abstract: A composition is provided for MOC that contains compounds with the structure: wherein R1 is a hydrogen, an alkyl, an alkoxy, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group; R2 is an alkyl having greater than 6 carbons, a substituted aryl, or unsubstituted aryl. Preferably these compounds have a low odor intensity. These compounds may be used with other MOC ingredients that act synergistically or additively with them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Applicant: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Kenneth Purzycki, Venkateswara Vedantam, Tee Tan, John Callf
  • Publication number: 20060020191
    Abstract: Abstract of the Disclosure The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for measuring an analyte in a host. More particularly, the present invention relates to systems and methods for transcutaneous measurement of glucose in a host.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Publication date: January 26, 2006
    Applicant: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Brister, Paul Neale, Sean Saint, James Petisce, James Thrower, Apurv Kamath, Daniel Kline, John Guerre, Daniel Codd, Thomas McGee, David Petersen
  • Publication number: 20060020189
    Abstract: Abstract of the Disclosure The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for measuring an analyte in a host. More particularly, the present invention relates to systems and methods for transcutaneous measurement of glucose in a host.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Publication date: January 26, 2006
    Applicant: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Brister, Paul Neale, Sean Saint, James Petisce, Thomas McGee, Daniel Codd, David Petersen, Daniel Kline
  • Publication number: 20060010933
    Abstract: A textile treatment delivery system adapted to impart textile conditioning composition and fragrance to a fabric while it is being dried in a heated drier, the delivery system comprising at least one textile conditioning composition and at least one fragrance in a sublimable carrier substance. The treatment is efficient and leaves virtually no residue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Applicant: GIVAUDAN SA
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Richard Sgaramella
  • Publication number: 20050250667
    Abstract: A cleansing product with an outstanding in-use performance comprising an excellent distribution of a detergent as well as an intensive fresh odour is provided by a product comprising a granulated composition consisting of a core material consisting of particles of a mixture of effervescent material and acid substance, said particles being dispersed within a matrix of non-aqueous binder material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Publication date: November 10, 2005
    Applicant: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Christian Quellet, Thomas McGee, Gerald Hart, Susan Hart, Guy Naish, Marc Taschi
  • Publication number: 20050227892
    Abstract: The present invention provides fragranced bleaching compositions which feature improved fragrance stability, which compositions comprise an aqueous phase, and a hydrophobic phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Publication date: October 13, 2005
    Applicant: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Anjum Shaukat, Colin Brown, Thomas McGee, Charles Steward, Philippe Blondeau
  • Publication number: 20050214337
    Abstract: A composition for the controlled release of an essential oil having pesticidal or fungicidal activity comprises a carrier material for said essential oil and a component that controls the release of said essential oil from the carrier material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Richard Sgaramella, Garry Johnson
  • Publication number: 20050028194
    Abstract: A video retrieval system is presented that allows a user to quickly and easily select and receive stories of interest from a video stream. The video retrieval system classifies stories and delivers samples of selected stories that match each user's current preference. The user's preferences may include particular broadcast networks, persons, story topics, keywords, and the like. Key frames of each selected story are sequentially displayed; when the user views a frame of interest, the user selects the story that is associated with the key frame for more detailed viewing. This invention is particularly well suited for targeted news retrieval. In a preferred embodiment, news stories are stored, and the selection of a news story for detailed viewing based on the associated key frames effects a playback of the selected news story. The principles of this invention also allows a user to effect a directed search of other types of broadcasts as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Publication date: February 3, 2005
    Inventors: Jan Elenbaas, Nevenka Dimitrova, Thomas McGee, Mark Simpson, Jacquelyn Martino, Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb, Marjorie Garrett, Carolyn Ramsey, Hsiang-Lung Wu, Ranjit Desai
  • Publication number: 20040248762
    Abstract: A composition is provided for MOC that contains compounds with the structure: 1
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Kenneth Leo Purzycki, Venkateswara Kumar Vedantam, Tee Yong Tan, John Callf
  • Publication number: 20040220064
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fragrance delivery vehicle including a water-insoluble oil, a conditioner containing a cationic active at a level above about 0.5% (wt), and at least about 0.1% (wt) of a fragrance composition comprising a first aroma chemical with a clogP of 3.0 or less and a second aroma chemical having a clogP of at least 4.0. Processes for conditioning and fragrancing a substrate, for enhancing the fragrance of a consumer product, and for designing a fragrance delivery vehicle are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2004
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Richard P Sgaramella, Wirral Little Neston
  • Patent number: 6803033
    Abstract: A process is provided for absorbing moisture and/or malodor and providing a fragrance to the surrounding ambience that includes providing a delivery vehicle containing an enrobement material, a fragrance, and a fixative, combining the delivery vehicle with an absorbent material, and contacting the mixture of delivery vehicle and absorbent material with moisture and/or a malodor source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Kenneth Leo Purzycki, Richard P. Sgaramella
  • Publication number: 20040185574
    Abstract: Aroma chemicals emitted from an aroma-emitting source are obtained by an apparatus and process for obtaining the chemicals. The apparatus includes the use of one or more capillary tubes which have on their interior surfaces an absorbent material, a suction device for drawing the aroma chemicals through the capillary tubes, and a connecting tube which connects the capillary tubes and the suction device. A system for collecting and analyzing the aroma chemicals emitted from an aroma-emitting source is disclosed which has one or more capillary tubes, a suction device, a connecting tube, a thermal desorber which desorbs the aroma chemicals directly from the capillary tubes, a cryogenic focusing device, and a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometry instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Kenneth Leo Purzycki
  • Patent number: 6771885
    Abstract: A video signal is processed to generate one or more signatures associated with a broadcast program to be recorded by a recording device. The signatures are then processed to determine an actual start time and end time of the desired broadcast program, such that the program can be properly recorded despite delays or other changes in a pre-scheduled broadcast time of the program. One or more of the extracted signatures may be based at least in part on, e.g., a keyframe similarity measure, a histogram, one or more detected commercials, a transcript, a program logo or other detected object, detected text, and a sign-on or sign-off of the desired program. Other types of signatures can also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Lalitha Agnihotri, Nevenka Dimitrova, Thomas McGee, Nicholas J. Mankovich