Patents by Inventor Mark A. Della Bona

Mark A. Della Bona 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: 7568289
    Abstract: A handheld measurement device of an embodiment of the invention includes a distance measurement engine and an angular position measurement engine. A controller controls the distance measurement engine and associates an elevation, azimuth position, or relative angular position from the angular position measurement engine with distance measurements taken from the elevation engine. In preferred operations, each point measured from a target under the control of a user is automatically associated with an elevation and/or azimuth position obtained from the angular position engine. Preferably, the controller determines a set of relative coordinates in space for a plurality of related target points. The controller may then calculate a variety of useful distances, areas, volumes, etc., regarding the plurality of target points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Company Limited
    Inventors: Aragon Burlingham, Andrew Butler, Calvin Chan, Mark Della Bona, Jeffery Fincher, Daniel Hill, Bob Lewis, Chris Tacklind
  • Patent number: 6029214
    Abstract: A computer system includes an input pointer, a tablet having a two-dimensional tablet surface, and a data processor coupled to the tablet and operative to receive coordinate data from the tablet. The coordinate data is preferably in absolute-mode, and the data processor processes the coordinate data such that coordinate data influenced by a first segment of the tablet surface is processed in a relative-mode fashion, and coordinate data influenced by a second segment of the tablet surface is processed in an absolute-mode fashion. In consequence, the tablet is segmented for simultaneous relative-mode and absolute-mode operation. The segments can take on a number of configurations depending upon the configuration of the computer screen, the application program running, and user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan H. Dorfman, Mark A. Della Bona
  • Patent number: 5764218
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for contacting a touch-sensitive cursor-controlling input device to generate button values simulating the button state of a mechanical button switch. This method and apparatus enable an operator to utilize the touch-sensitive cursor-controlling input device to change the value of a ButtonState variable (which simulates the ButtonState of a mechanical button switch) by (1) detecting contact intervals when the user contacts the touch-sensitive input device, (2) detecting gap intervals between subsequent contact intervals, and (3) moving the cursor on the display screen and changing the value of the ButtonState variable based on the duration of the contact and gap intervals. In turn, this button generation capability enables an operator to perform with a single touch-sensitive input device numerous control operations, such as cursor manipulation, click, multi-click, drag, click-and-drag, and multi-click-and-drag operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Della Bona, Jonathan Dorfman, Jay F. Hamlin