- Founded 3D Scanners Limited in 1991
- 3D Scanners Ltd. produces 3D Scanners and writes/sells software for them.
Stephen Crampton has one granted patent and one patent application in gauss:
EP1160 539 "Scanning apparatus and method" claims the principle method of scanning of every laser+camera scanner, granted, opposition window closed
EP1194 899 "Method and apparatus for the generation of computer graphic representations of individuals" is a completely ridiculus patent application which could be better published in a satiric magazine for many reasons. It does not describe a new invention but tries to monopolize all ways of generating 3d models for games using 3d captured position data. The application features 159 claims, of which the last one a good example for all others:
- A method of generating data for representing an individual in a computer game comprising the steps of: generating a computer model of an individual in accordance with any of claims 39-62; generating image data of said individual in a plurality of predefined poses,
- wherein said poses comprise poses utilised within a computer game; and
This monopolizes the basic idea of using 3d scanning to generate data for games. This patent application is a whishlist for patent litigaten, it does not represent an invention.