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: 20080005269
    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: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Shane R. Arney, Peter J. DeLaurentis, Todd C. Moyer
  • Publication number: 20080005240
    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: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Shane R. Arney, Peter J. DeLaurentis, Todd C. Moyer
  • Patent number: 7233351
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to capture a high resolution photograph of a target. A focal zone of a linear image sensing array is displaced across an area containing a target to be photographed. The displacement may be angular or linear with appropriate scaling to yield the end photograph. By changing the focal depth, relief of the target may be fully focused in one or more passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, William D. McKinley
  • Patent number: 7050585
    Abstract: A three-dimensional imaging system providing certification over a distributed network. By monitoring or controlling image capture from a trusted environment, the fidelity of the record of the image captured is certified by the operator of the trusted environment. An image record may be archived and an audit trail maintained for any image of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, William D. McKinley
  • Patent number: 6985145
    Abstract: A method comprising analyzing a data file representing a three dimensional object to automatically identify a plurality of views of interest based on at least one observable characteristic of the three dimensional object; and defining an access mechanism to permit the plurality of views to be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Todd C. Moyer, Kent E. Sidney, William D. McKinley
  • Patent number: 6980302
    Abstract: A method and apparatus capable of using two or more capture methods to create three-dimensional representations of a target captured. Elements of the three-dimensional digital representation generated from the plural capture method are combined to yield a single digital three-dimensional representation having improved quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    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: 6923558
    Abstract: A system for aligning a light source to a reflector on a frame for efficiently illuminating a target along a first axis of the reflector. The light source is coupled to an arm that is linearly translatable by a driver assembly coupled to the frame. The travel of the driver assembly is aligned to a plane defined by two axes of the reflector with an alignment pin coupled to the driver assembly and adjusted to the frame. The light source may then be aligned for travel in the first axis by mechanically isolating the drive mechanism from a malleable arm connected to the light source and by bending the malleable arm in at least one dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Kevin H. Vuong, John Z. Zheng, David D. Drobnis
  • Patent number: 6920242
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for point cloud assembly are described. In one embodiment, the method includes the obtaining of a data set of a first point cloud and a data set of a second point cloud. Once obtained, a portion of geometry defined by each respective data set is identified, which substantially describes a similar geometric shape. Next, a transformation is computed, such that the portion of geometry in each data set aligns to substantially minimize alignment error. Finally, the computed transformation is applied to the first point cloud to register the first point cloud relative to the second point cloud. In one embodiment, identification of the geometric portion describing a substantially similar geometric shape may be performed utilizing geometric reference point information, image texture information or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventors: Ronald W. Moore, Peisheng Gao, Mark S. Knighton
  • Patent number: 6856407
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for obtaining up to one depth measurement for each pixel. A image sensing array (ISA) captures a measurement of intensity on a surface. The intensity maps to depth. Accordingly, from a single pixel, or a group of pixels without regard to the intensity distribution among the pixels in the group, a depth measurement can be obtained independently of any and/or all data captured by other pixels in the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, William D. McKinley
  • Publication number: 20040239949
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for obtaining up to one depth measurement for each pixel. A image sensing array (ISA) captures a measurement of intensity on a surface. The intensity maps to depth. Accordingly, from a single pixel, or a group of pixels without regard to the intensity distribution among the pixels in the group, a depth measurement can be obtained independently of any and/or all data captured by other pixels in the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, David S. Agabra, William D. McKinley
  • Publication number: 20040222979
    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: May 8, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventor: Mark S. Knighton
  • Publication number: 20040152055
    Abstract: Language learning system using pre-existing entertainment media such as feature films on DVD in connection with augmented language-learning content stored in a companion file. A player for viewing the augmented content and the entertainment media. An editor to create and manage companion source files and create associations with the entertainment media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Michael J.G. Gliessner, Mark S. Knighton, Todd C. Moyer, Peter J. DeLaurentis
  • Publication number: 20040152054
    Abstract: Learning system using pre-existing entertainment media such as feature films on DVD or music or CD in connection with augmented language-learning content stored in a companion file. A player for viewing or listening the augmented content and the entertainment media. The player may include features such as parental control, position tracking, and an inference engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Michael J.G. Gleissner, Mark S. Knighton, Todd C. Moyer, Peter J. DeLaurentis
  • Patent number: 6765501
    Abstract: A high performance rotary axis. An upper and lower unit are coupled together by a pair of bearings to permit relative rotation between the units. The bearings are biased relative to others along a link to reduce play between the bearings. A processor and sensor provide for detection of relative positions between the units. A floating stop may be provided to permit rotation about the axis in greater than 360°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Amit Tandon, John Z. Zheng, Basel F. Bahhour, Marc Goldman, David D. Drobnis, Theodore J. Hauser
  • Publication number: 20040061871
    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: September 17, 2003
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    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: 6701006
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for point cloud assembly are described. In one embodiment, the method includes the obtaining of a data set of a first point cloud and a data set of a second point cloud. Once obtained, a portion of geometry defined by each respective data set is identified, which substantially describes a similar geometric shape. Next, a transformation is computed, such that the portion of geometry in each data set aligns to substantially minimize alignment error. Finally, the computed transformation is applied to the first point cloud to register the first point cloud relative to the second point cloud. In one embodiment, identification of the geometric portion describing a substantially similar geometric shape may be performed utilizing geometric reference point information, image texture information or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald W. Moore, Peisheng Gao, Mark S. Knighton
  • Publication number: 20040001620
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for point cloud assembly are described. In one embodiment, the method includes the obtaining of a data set of a first point cloud and a data set of a second point cloud. Once obtained, a portion of geometry defined by each respective data set is identified, which substantially describes a similar geometric shape. Next, a transformation is computed, such that the portion of geometry in each data set aligns to substantially minimize alignment error. Finally, the computed transformation is applied to the first point cloud to register the first point cloud relative to the second point cloud. In one embodiment, identification of the geometric portion describing a substantially similar geometric shape may be performed utilizing geometric reference point information, image texture information or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventors: Ronald W. Moore, Peisheng Gao, Mark S. Knighton
  • Patent number: 6639684
    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: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    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: 20030103064
    Abstract: A method comprising analyzing a data file representing a three dimensional object to automatically identify a plurality of views of interest based on at least one observable characteristic of the three dimensional object; and defining an access mechanism to permit the plurality of views to be accessed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Todd C. Moyer, Kent E. Sidney, William D. McKinley
  • Patent number: 6530550
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for rotating an object. An upper unit is rotatably mounted on a base. A drive mechanism is mounted within the base so as to engage and drive rotation of the upper unit. A processor within the base controls the drive mechanism to achieve desirable acceleration characteristics during a cycle to reduce disturbances of an object rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: NextEngine, Inc.
    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, Kent E. Sidney