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: 6766098
    Abstract: A video indexing method and device for selecting keyframes from each detected scene in the video. The method and device detects fast motion scenes by counting the number of consecutive scene changes detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philip Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Nevenka Dimitrova
  • Publication number: 20040086258
    Abstract: A method for selecting a chapter boundary for a digital video recording is provided that includes examining cut-rates for the recording. A determination is made regarding whether a default chapter length has passed. A determination is made regarding whether the cut-rate for the recording at the default chapter length is low. The chapter boundary is selected at the default chapter length when the cut-rate for the recording at the default chapter length is low.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Mauro Barbieri
  • Patent number: 6714594
    Abstract: The process of compressing video requires the calculation of a variety data that are used in the process of compression. The invention exploits some or all of these data for purposes of content detection. For example, these data may be leveraged for purposes of commercial detection. The luminance, motion vector field, residual values, quantizer, bit rate, etc. may all be used either directly or in combination, as signatures of content. A process for content detection may employ one or more features as indicators of the start and/or end of a sequence containing a particular type of content and other features as verifiers of the type of content bounded by these start/end indicators. The features may be combined and/or refined to produce higher-level feature data with good computational economy and content-classification utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Nevenka Dimitrova, Thomas McGee, Gerhardus Engbertus Mekenkamp, Edwin Salomons
  • Patent number: 6708550
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Givaudan Roure (International) SA
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Kenneth Leo Purzycki
  • Patent number: 6689740
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for reducing fragrance loss in a substrate. This process includes preparing a protected fragrance matrix that contains a perfume, an optional fixative and a solid absorbent. The process further includes combining a substrate conditioner with the fragrance matrix and a substrate. Products, especially fabric softener sheets, made from these processes are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Kenneth Leo Purzycki, Richard P. Sgaramella
  • Publication number: 20040010480
    Abstract: A method for operating a neural network, and a program and apparatus that operate in accordance with the method. The method comprises the steps of applying data indicative of predetermined content, derived from an electronic signal including a representation of the predetermined content, to an input of at least one neural network, to cause the at least one network to generate at least one output indicative of either a detection or a non-detection of the predetermined content. Each neural network has an architecture specified by at least one corresponding parameter. The method also comprises a step of evolving the at least one parameter to modify the architecture of the at least one neural network, based on the at least one output, to increase an accuracy at which that at least one neural network detects the predetermined content indicated by the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventors: Lalitha Agnihotri, James David Schaffer, Nevenka Dimitrova, Thomas McGee, Sylvie Jeannin
  • Publication number: 20030219708
    Abstract: Customizable multimedia content is transmitted in a form where some content is described by content descriptors. The content descriptors are used in the receiving device to synthesize a final version of the content. Content descriptors may include information relating to content length, expecting user mood, expected user location, content type, expected time of day of receipt, expected display device, and/or language in which the content is described. Local information may be used to inform the synthesis process. Local information may include user preferences generated from a user profile, context information detected automatically, or user preferences entered manually by a user. Alternatively, some synthesis instructions may be part of the content descriptors. Synthesizing creates a presentation of the content which may include a synthesized person, a cartoon character, an animal, a talking object, text, and/or audio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Angel Janevski, Thomas McGee
  • Patent number: 6610648
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Kenneth Leo Purzycki, Venkateswara Kumar Vedantam, Tee Yong Tan, John Callf
  • Patent number: 6592637
    Abstract: The present invention is a candle. The candle includes a container having a bottom and a side wall defining a cavity and a top rim delimited by the side wall, a first region containing a material that is opaque at room temperature, which material is disposed within the cavity of the container, a second region containing a polymer-oil blend that is substantially transparent at room temperature, which is disposed within the cavity of the container and adjacent to the first region; and a wick disposed within the container, which passes through both the first and second regions. A process for making such a candle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Richard P. Sgaramella
  • Publication number: 20030126598
    Abstract: A method for optimizing the performance of an algorithm for detecting predetermined content in a media information stream, and a program and apparatus that operate in accordance with the method. The algorithm is a function of a set of parameters. The method comprises the steps of performing the algorithm at least once to detect the predetermined content in the media information stream, while employing a respective set of parameters in the algorithm for each performance thereof, and automatically evolving at least one respective set of parameters employed in the algorithm to maximize the degree of accuracy at which the algorithm detects the predetermined content in the media information stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Applicant: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Lalitha Agnihotri, J. David Schaffer, Nevenka Dimitrova, Thomas McGee, Sylvie Jeannin
  • Publication number: 20030117530
    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: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Applicant: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Lalitha Agnihotri, Nevenka Dimitrova, Radu Serban Jasinschi
  • Publication number: 20030115932
    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: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Applicant: Givaudan-Roure (International) SA
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Kenneth Leo Purzycki
  • Publication number: 20030090505
    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: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Nevenka Dimitrova, Jan Herman Elenbaas
  • Publication number: 20030072733
    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: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Kenneth Leo Purzycki, Richard P. Sgaramella
  • Patent number: 6524494
    Abstract: A fabric refreshing composition is disclosed, which provides long-lasting fragrance retention, malodor reduction, and wrinkle abatement. This composition includes a water soluble silicone of the formula I: wherein M is 40 to 200, N is 0 to 20, and R1 is a polyethylene or a polypropylene ether; a fragrance composition; and an aqueous carrier comprising an emulsifier. Processes for refreshing fabrics using such compositions are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Gerald Leslie Hart, Thomas McGee, Guy Edward Naish
  • Publication number: 20030008787
    Abstract: A composition is provided for MOC that contains compounds with the structure: 1
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Applicant: GIVAUDAN SA
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Kenneth Leo Purzycki, Venkateswara Kumar Vedantam, Tee Yong Tan, John Callf
  • Patent number: 6496228
    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 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Nevenka Dimitrova, Jan Herman Elenbaas
  • Publication number: 20020186768
    Abstract: The process of compressing video requires the calculation of a variety data that are used in the process of compression. The invention exploits some or all of these data for purposes of content detection. For example, these data may be leveraged for purposes of commercial detection. The luminance, motion vector field, residual values, quantizer, bit rate, etc. may all be used either directly or in combination, as signatures of content. A process for content detection may employ one or more features as indicators of the start and/or end of a sequence containing a particular type of content and other features as verifiers of the type of content bounded by these start/end indicators. The features may be combined and/or refined to produce higher-level feature data with good computational economy and content-classification utility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Applicant: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Nevenka Dimitrova, Thomas McGee, Gerhardus Mekenkamp, Edwin Salomons
  • Publication number: 20020168600
    Abstract: The present invention is a candle. The candle includes a container having a bottom and a side wall defining a cavity and a top rim delimited by the side wall, a first region containing a material that is opaque at room temperature, which material is disposed within the cavity of the container, a second region containing a polymer-oil blend that is substantially transparent at room temperature, which is disposed within the cavity of the container and adjacent to the first region; and a wick disposed within the container, which passes through both the first and second regions. A process for making such a candle is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Applicant: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Thomas McGee, Richard P. Sgaramella
  • Patent number: 6469749
    Abstract: A video signal is processed to identify segments that are likely to be associated with a commercial or other particular type of video content. A signature is extracted from each of the segments so identified, and the extracted signatures are used, possibly in conjunction with additional temporal and contextual information, to determine which of the identified segments are in fact associated with the particular video content. One or more of the extracted signatures may be, e.g., a visual frame signature based at least in part on a visual characteristic of a frame of the video segment, as determined using information based on DC and motion coefficients of the frame, or DC and AC coefficients of the frame. A given extracted signature may alternatively be an audio signature based at least in part on a characteristic of an audio signal associated with a portion of the video segment. Other types of signatures can also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Nevenka Dimitrova, Thomas McGee, Lalitha Agnihotri