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).

  • Publication number: 20120067510
    Abstract: A three-dimensional object fabrication apparatus is disclosed. A housing encloses a work area having at least two distinct zones including a fabrication zone and an assembly zone. Digital data defining geometry for a three-dimensional object to be fabricated is passed via an interface to a processor within the housing. A fabrication mechanism in the fabrication zone to fabricates sub-elements where each sub-element corresponds to a portion of the object substantially consistent with the digital data. An assembly mechanism in the assembly zone joins the sub-elements in relative alignment to form the object defined by the geometry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: SYNERDYNE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark S. Knighton
  • Patent number: 8126907
    Abstract: Embodiments including a system for searching through a database using two or three dimensional data or data derived from the two three dimensional data. The database may be populated by searching a network environment to compile two dimensional image or three dimensional model data. A search for two or three dimensional data may be utilized to determine related advertisements that may be shown on a results page in connection with the search results. A database being searched may contain pricing data related to products that are associated with two or three dimensional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley, Todd C. Moyer
  • Patent number: 8116559
    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: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley, David S. Agabra
  • Publication number: 20120032956
    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: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: NextPat Limited
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley
  • Publication number: 20110320092
    Abstract: A vehicle for use on surface streets providing a viable working environment that allows at least 6 passengers to conduct work during commuting time. The configuration of each individual workspace is sufficiently large and separate from other passengers to serve as an effective alternative workplace until the passenger has arrived at their destination. Each workstation may also be equipped with computing and communications equipment to enhance productivity. The vehicle also may incorporate on one or more of its internal or external surfaces a dynamic display screen that displays advertising selected based, at least in part, on the then-current location of the vehicle as determined by a geographic location system such as GPS satellite navigation. The vehicle may also be electrically powered to further reduce its environmental impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Eric L. Olofson, II, Thomas M. Coester
  • Publication number: 20110282482
    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: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Mark S. Knighton
  • Patent number: 8049751
    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: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley
  • Patent number: 7995834
    Abstract: A method and system to capture geometry of a three dimensional target while disambiguating multiple projected target elements. The system projects at least three light pattern elements toward a target at a diverse spacing relative to each other. The system captures at least one image of the target while illuminated by at least one of the pattern elements. The pattern elements are moved relative to the target. The system disambiguates one pattern element from any other contained within an image of the target, at least in part based on the diverse spacing. The system measures triangulation locations of points on a three-dimensional surface of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, Vlad Constantin Cardei, Jeremy A. Millers, Mark A. Feeney, William D. McKinley
  • Publication number: 20100259058
    Abstract: A vehicle for use on surface streets providing a viable working environment that allows at least 6 passengers to conduct work during commuting time. The configuration of each individual workspace is sufficiently large and separate from other passengers to serve as an effective alternative workplace until the passenger has arrived at their destination. Each workstation may also be equipped with computing and communications equipment to enhance productivity. The vehicle also may incorporate on one or more of its internal or external surfaces a dynamic display screen that displays advertising selected based, at least in part, on the then-current location of the vehicle as determined by a geographic location system such as GPS satellite navigation. The vehicle may also be electrically powered to further reduce its environmental impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Eric L. Olofson, II, Thomas M. Coester
  • Publication number: 20100215252
    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: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: NextPat Limited
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley, David S. Agabra
  • Publication number: 20100205537
    Abstract: A teleconference system providing high quality image sharing superior to conventional videoconferencing. Images can be inserted into communications content automatically from a connected imaging device. The resolution of the capture device may exceed the local display resolution, and the higher resolution images are transmitted to the communications destination. The system may automatically add the images to content upon capture, and infer the insertion point or destination based on context.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: NextPat Limited
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Shane R. Arney, Peter J. DeLaurentis, Todd C. Moyer
  • Publication number: 20100141960
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to digitize three-dimensional objects. A projection assembly is retained in fixed relation to an imaging assembly. The projection assembly projects a fixed gradient light pattern into a focal zone of the imaging assembly. The imaging assembly integrates the illumination over time such that the fixed gradient reveals the features of the three dimensional object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: NextPat, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, William D. McKinley, John Z. Zheng, David D. Drobnis, J. Douglas Logan, Basel F. Bahhour, Jill E. Haynie, Kevin H. Vuong, Amit Tandon, Kent E. Sidney, Peter L. Diaconescu
  • Patent number: 7711179
    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 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley, David S. Agabra
  • Publication number: 20100069117
    Abstract: A mobile phone handset or handheld device with a connector that enables a direct connection with another device without the need for a separate cable. The connector can be a universal serial bus (USB) connector or similar connector. The connector can move between a stowed position within the housing of the mobile phone handset and a deployed positions where it protrudes from the mobile phone handset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Mark S. Knighton
  • Patent number: 7659995
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to digitize three-dimensional objects. A projection assembly is retained in fixed relation to an imaging assembly. The projection assembly projects a fixed gradient light pattern into a focal zone of the imaging assembly. The imaging assembly integrates the illumination over time such that the fixed gradient reveals the features of the three dimensional object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: NextPat, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, William D. McKinley, John Z. Zheng, David D. Drobnis, J. Douglas Logan, Basel F. Bahhour, Jill E. Haynie, Kevin H. Vuong, Amit Tandon, Kent E. Sidney, Peter L. Diaconescu
  • Publication number: 20090228373
    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 14, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley
  • Patent number: 7545373
    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: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: NextPat Limited
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, Peter J. DeLaurentis, William D. McKinley
  • Publication number: 20080129697
    Abstract: A floating button that may be used to replace a plurality of distinct buttons and/or a graphical pointing device. The floating button translates in a region defined by a housing. A sensor detects the location of the button in the region. The locations within the region may be mapped to a plurality of virtual buttons. This permits a button of a size appropriate for comfortable operation by a finger, while allowing the selection of a large number of functions in a space that is only somewhat larger than a single button. The location of the button within its translation region also provides an immediate tactile and visual reference as to the function to be selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventor: Mark S. Knighton
  • Patent number: 7358986
    Abstract: The three-dimensional imaging system providing distribution over a distributed network. A low-cost convenient three-dimensional imaging system having a digitizer and orientation fixture which automatically acquires and calibrates to each other. Automatic acquisition and calibration provide vastly improved ease of use. The system interfaces with a distributed network, such that authorization for operation and/or access to data captured may be controlled at a remote node on the distributed network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, William D. McKinley
  • Patent number: 7359003
    Abstract: A compact appliance providing high resolution display capability in an ergonomically designed package. Subassemblies of the device are mechanically coupled to avoid interference between a user's hands and face while the device is used, while concurrently providing ergonomically located control for substantially all functions of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Marc Goldman, David S. Agabra, David D. Drobnis, Jill E. Haynie