Patents by Inventor Mark S. Knighton

Mark S. Knighton 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: 9728353
    Abstract: A key for user input having superior tactile qualities. The key is suspended by a magnetic field force to improve the smoothness of motion. Two compact interleaved members link a keycap to a key base to provide highly precise parallel travel with reduced tilt and flexion, and improved durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Mydul R. Islam, Tzyy-Woei R. Sung, Kevin H. Vuong
  • Publication number: 20170160818
    Abstract: A system having a keyboard capable of supporting multiple hosts and changing character sets. A first host processor communicates with a display. A keyboard has a plurality of independently moveable physical keys with each letter of an entire alphabet accessible by a single strike actuation of one of the plurality of keys. The keyboard uses twelve or fewer keys provide single strike access to the entire alphabet. A map defining functions of the keys appears on the display responsive to a prompting action of a user's hand without requiring any finger to leave the keys that provide access to the alphabet. The map defines the spatial relationship of each function relative to a home position of a finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Peter J. DeLaurentis
  • Patent number: 9619932
    Abstract: Embodiments include a system for integrating capture software functionality into other software applications including computer aided design (CAD) application, search application, database management application, email applications, network publishing applications, collaboration applications, copying and facsimile applications, manufacturing applications and similar programs. A user may utilize any of these applications to initiate a capture of an image or model. The applications may include an integrated capture functionality or message system to communicate with a capture application to initiate a capture. A separate or integrated conversion application may automatically be invoked to convert and return the image or model to the requesting application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NEXTPAT LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley
  • Patent number: 9549168
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may include a scanning device to scan three dimensional objects. The scanning device may generate a three dimensional model. The scanning device may also generate a texture map for the three dimensional model. Techniques utilized to generate the model or texture map may include tracking scanner position, generating depth maps of the object and generation composite image of the surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: NextPat Limited
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley, David S. Agabra
  • Publication number: 20160357271
    Abstract: A collapsible compact touch-type keyboard for mobile devices. The keyboard includes a plurality of separate parts that together form a keyboard with keys large enough to allow efficient touch-typing. The plurality of parts includes at least a first and a second base each retaining a plurality of keys. A wireless transmitter exists within at least one of the parts to send keyboard events to a computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Mydul R. Islam, Tzyy-Woei R. Sung, Kevin V. Vuong
  • Publication number: 20160267711
    Abstract: Embodiments include a system for integrating capture software functionality into other software applications including computer aided design (CAD) application, search application, database management application, email applications, network publishing applications, collaboration applications, copying and facsimile applications, manufacturing applications and similar programs. A user may utilize any of these applications to initiate a capture of an image or model. The applications may include an integrated capture functionality or message system to communicate with a capture application to initiate a capture. A separate or integrated conversion application may automatically be invoked to convert and return the image or model to the requesting application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Mark S. KNIGHTON, David S. Agabra, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley
  • Patent number: 9405380
    Abstract: An ultra-compact wireless keyboard in separable components, with an associated stand to support mobile devices. The invention uses separate key arrays which can be attached or dissociated, to deploy in a layout suitable for touch typing, or to collapse into a compact form for convenient transport. The stand provides for inclined operation of a mobile device with only a small additional volume. The keyboard may also provide for password characters to be stored internally, and transmitted automatically to a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Mydul R. Islam, Tzyy-Woei R. Sung, Kevin H. Vuong
  • Publication number: 20160117097
    Abstract: A touch-type keyboard having shifted functions accessed by a concurrent combination of multiple home row keys. Cursor control keys embedded in the home row of a touch-type keyboard. Cursor key functions are mapped to a location on a home row and an immediately adjacent location. Access to the cursor control functions is provided by concurrently actuating at least one other home row key. One embodiment includes key configurations to reduce hand motion, and labeling configurations to reduce visual clutter. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Peter J. DeLaurentis, Mydul R. Islam
  • Publication number: 20160031161
    Abstract: A system and method to fabricate three dimensional objects. A set of fabrication tools include at least a coarse deposition head and a fine additive head, a fine subtractive head or both employed concurrently within a single housing. A scanner may also be used within the housing to perform interleaved scanning of the partial fabrication during the fabrication. The process may be adjusted based on the scan results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventor: Mark S. Knighton
  • Patent number: 9235270
    Abstract: A touch type keyboard with an array of mechanical keys. Each key has a plurality of capacitive sensors to detect a finger's location on the surface of the key. The array provides single strike access to an entire alphabet, while reducing hand motion. The invention overcomes previous conflicts, to combine wide finger-spacing with closer reach to each character. One embodiment also includes cursor control functions embedded within the home row, and layered labeling to improve visual simplicity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Peter J. DeLaurentis, Mydul R. Islam
  • Publication number: 20150309588
    Abstract: An ultra compact mobile keyboard. The keyboard has a plurality of mechanical keys suitable for touch typing. Each such key has a travel distance sufficient to provide a touch type feel and a rigid cap for crisp actuation by a user. The keyboard has a deployed configuration for touch-typing use and a collapsed configuration for transport and storage. In the collapsed configuration, the keyboard fits within bounding volume of less than 180 cubic centimeters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Mydul R. Islam, Tzyy-Woei R. Sung, J. Douglas Logan, Kevin H. Vuong
  • Patent number: 9156204
    Abstract: A system and method to fabricate three dimensional objects. A set of fabrication tools include at least a coarse deposition head and a fine additive head, a fine subtractive head or both employed concurrently within a single housing. A scanner may also be used within the housing to perform interleaved scanning of the partial fabrication during the fabrication. The process may be adjusted based on the scan results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventor: Mark S. Knighton
  • Publication number: 20150277578
    Abstract: A keyboard having fewer than twelve keys that collectively provide single stroke access to every letter of an alphabet. At least some of the keys provide access to more than one letter with the different letters being accessible at different physical locations on the key. The keyboard provides access to additional function not available through any individual key when two or more keys are concurrently pressed. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Peter J. DeLaurentis, Mydul R. Islam
  • Publication number: 20150229720
    Abstract: An on-line support system providing a persistent chat system and a database of knowledge articles organized in a tree-based hierarchy. The on-line support system merges the utility of a communication system with a knowledge navigation system. Knowledge can be accumulated through text, voice and image communications by a user in a common environment, and these communications are preserved and organized for future reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Shane R. Arney, Peter J. DeLaurentis, Todd C. Moyer
  • Patent number: 9021041
    Abstract: An on-line support system providing a persistent chat system and a database of knowledge articles organized in a tree-based hierarchy. The on-line support system merges the utility of a communication system with a knowledge navigation system. Knowledge can be accumulated through text, voice and image communications by a user in a common environment, and these communications are preserved and organized for future reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Nextpat Limited
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Shane R. Arney, Peter J. DeLaurentis, Todd C. Moyer
  • Publication number: 20150079215
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object fabrication apparatus. A housing encloses a work area. An interface is provided in the housing permit a processor within the housing to receive digital data defining geometry for a three-dimensional object to be fabricated. A fabrication mechanism forms a portion of the object by addition of material substantially consistent with the digital data for a corresponding portion of the geometry received by the processor. A camera to images a portion of the fabrication process, e.g., molding or assembly. The images are transmitted via an interface over a wide area network to permit a user to monitor the process imaged. A user interface is provided to permit the user to send commands to the fabrication apparatus from various devices that access the wide area network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Mark S. Knighton
  • Patent number: 8905742
    Abstract: A three-dimensional printer to fabricate three dimensional objects using a rotary build surface platen. This architecture achieves high space efficiency, and rigidity for precision. The apparatus size can be very small relative to the objects it can build. The 3D printer can also actively shape the side profile of a layer for greater fidelity with the ideal input geometry. The profile can be shaped through subtraction of material, or by constraining the material while it is deposited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventor: Mark S. Knighton
  • Patent number: 8896539
    Abstract: A touch-type keyboard with multiple functions associated with each key which functions are uniquely selected based on finger position. Each of a plurality of mechanical keys are associated with at least three functions. Each key has a surface area for actuation by a user's finger. The surface area is mapped to zones associated with each function. Function actuation is determined by detection of the finger position when the key is actuated. In the event of a finger overlapping multiple zones during actuation, unique function selection is determined at least in part from the pattern of finger overlap with the plural zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Mydul R. Islam, Tzyy-Woei R. Sung, Kevin H. Vuong
  • Patent number: D757008
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: SYNERDYNE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Peter J. DeLaurentis, Mydul R. Islam, William D. McKinley, Tzyy-Woei R. Sung
  • Patent number: D797103
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Peter J. DeLaurentis, Mydul R. Islam, William D. McKinley, Tzyy-Woei R. Sung