Patents Assigned to Gentex Corporation
  • Patent number: 11518465
    Abstract: A motorcycle comprising: a lighting system including a plurality of lamps, each of which is configured to illuminate a different region of a plurality of regions relative to the motorcycle; one or more imaging assemblies, each of which includes an image sensor configured to generate image data; and a controller in communication with each of the plurality of lamps that receives as input the image data that the image sensor from each of the one or more imaging assemblies generates, analyzes the image data, detects a vehicle from the image data, and activates whichever lamp of the plurality of lamps that illuminates the region of the plurality of regions that is closest to the vehicle to provide a visual warning to the vehicle of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Dennis E. Vilcans, David M. Falb
  • Patent number: 11520208
    Abstract: A window control system includes a plurality of electro-optic devices configured to control a transmittance of light through each of the plurality of zones, and at least one sensor configured to identify an intensity of light transmitted through the at least one window. A controller k in communication with the electro-optic devices and the at least one sensor. The controller is configured to independently control the transmittance of the light through each of the zones based on at least one of a direction of the light and an intensity of the light detected in a passenger compartment of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Autumn N. Lagowski, George A. Neuman, Michael T. Stephenson, Luke A. Bomers, Barry K. Nelson, Henry A. Luten, Dennis D. Festerling, Jr., David J. Cammenga, John S. Anderson, Michael J. VanAst
  • Patent number: 11517393
    Abstract: An illumination system for a lighting assembly comprises a light assembly configured to selectively illuminate an operating region in a surgical suite and a plurality of light sources positioned within the light assembly and configured to emit light. The system further comprises at least one imager configured to capture image data and a controller. The controller is configured to scan the image data in at least one region of interest for a shaded region and identify a location of the shaded region within the region of interest. The controller is further configured to control the light assembly to activate at least one of the light sources to emit light impinging on the shaded region within the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Joshua D. Lintz, David M. Falb, Kurtis L. Geerlings, William L. Tonar, Bradley R. Hamlin, Jeremy A. Schut, Mark A. VanVuuren, Steven J. Veenman, Jordan Miller, Heidi Nelson
  • Publication number: 20220369752
    Abstract: An impact absorbing article including an auxetic foam substrate having a top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface, and a thickness extending from the top surface to the bottom surface. The auxetic foam substrate is comprised of a plurality of closed-cells and configured to dissipate forces delivered through the bottom surface associated with localized impacts delivered to the top surface of the auxetic foam substrate. The plurality of closed cells each have a negative Poisson ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventor: John Weber
  • Publication number: 20220375263
    Abstract: A system and corresponding method are disclosed for biometric operations. The system may comprise an illumination source, a polarization selector, an imager, and a controller. The illumination source may illuminate a biometric feature. The polarization selector may receive light reflected from the biometric feature and be operable between two states selectively transmitting different polarizations. The imager may receive the light selectively transmitted by the polarization selector and generate one or more images. The controller may perform a biometric authentication based, at least in part, on the one or more images. In operation, the polarization selector may switch between states so that the system may capture two separate image sets, each based on light of a different polarization. Accordingly, adverse reflections, such as those off an eyeball or glasses, may be substantially eliminated or reduced in at least one of the image sets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam R. Heintzelman, Ryan B. Balili, Joshua D. Lintz
  • Publication number: 20220366789
    Abstract: A warning system for a vehicle may comprise at least one imager disposed to capture image data from a scene in a blind spot of a vehicle; a processor associated with the imager and configured to process the image data and determine whether there may be an obstruction in the blind spot; and a controller in communication with the processor. The processor may be configured to determine whether the obstruction in the blind spot may be a person and, upon a determination that the obstruction is a person, sends an appropriate input to the controller. The controller may be configured to, upon receipt of the input indicating that there may be a person in the blind spot, cause an alert to be generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric P. Bigoness, Bradley A. Bosma, Jeremy A. Schut
  • Patent number: 11486033
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and apparatus for ion milling, and more particularly relates to methods and apparatus for smoothing a surface using ion milling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Henry A. Luten, G. Bruce Poe, John S. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20220340081
    Abstract: A system for securing a motor to a circuit board of a rearview assembly may comprise a display element having an orientation; a motor having at least two motor terminals; a motherboard having a connection header; and a motor connection printed circuit board defining at least two slots and having a body portion and an end portion. Traces may extend from the at least two slots to the end portion of the motor connection printed circuit board. Each of the at least two motor terminals may be inserted into one of the at least two slots defined by the motor connection printed circuit board; and a portion of each of the at least two motor terminals may extend through the slot in which it has been inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Publication date: October 27, 2022
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric S. Lundy, Gregory J. Nagel, Richard B. Kollewehr
  • Patent number: 11479185
    Abstract: An imaging assembly for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The imaging assembly may include an image sensor configured to capture image data and an electro-optic element configured to selectively control a range of wavelengths corresponding to light in a near infrared (NIR) range of light entering the image sensor. The electro-optic element may include a first portion configured to absorb the range of wavelengths entering the image sensor and a second portion configured to absorb the range of wavelengths entering the image sensor in a first state and to transmit the range of wavelengths entering the image sensor in a second state. The second portion may be electrically isolated from the first portion. A controller may be in communication with the image sensor and the electro-optic element. The controller may be operable to switch the second portion between the first state and the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keith W. Bigoness, Michael A. Bryson, Joshua D. Lintz
  • Publication number: 20220332251
    Abstract: A glare control system for a vehicle comprises a rearview assembly comprises a display element configured to display scenes exterior to the vehicle; an ambient light sensor configured to determine levels of ambient light; a blind spot module comprising at least one sensor and operable to detect other vehicles located in a field of view to the side and rear of the vehicle and in communication with the rearview assembly; an electro-optic element configured to selectively darken and clear upon receipt of appropriate instructions; and a controller in communication with the blind spot module, the ambient light sensor, and the electro-optic element, the controller configured to selectively cause the dimming of the electro-optic element. In response to the receipt of appropriate inputs from the blind spot module and the ambient light sensor, the controller is configured to transmit instructions to the electro-optic element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Publication date: October 20, 2022
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joakim D. V. Soderstrom
  • Patent number: 11465635
    Abstract: There is provided a system for generating instructions for adjustment of vehicle sub-system(s) according to an analysis of a computed six degrees of freedom (6 DOF) of vehicle occupant(s), comprising: hardware processor(s), and a non-transitory memory having stored thereon a code for execution by the at least one hardware processor, the code comprising instructions for: obtaining at least one image of a cabin of a vehicle captured by an image sensor, obtaining depth data from a depth sensor that senses the cabin of the vehicle, wherein the at least one image and the depth data depict at least one head of at least one occupant, computing 6 DOF for the at least one head according to the at least one image and depth data, and generating instructions for adjustment of at least one vehicle sub-system according to the computed 6 DOF of the at least one vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vladimir Glazman, Yonatan Eadan, Gil Dotan, Yoav Zuta, Eran Dukas, Guy Raz
  • Patent number: 11467389
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for effectively illuminating a target. The target may be in a confined field of view area. Such systems may mitigate shadows and lack of light homogeneity at surgical procedure settings, research sites, or other localized areas where humans may operate in a confined field of view area. One or more lighting modules can be disposed in a target area, for illumination of one or more illumination target locations in the confined field of view. An object detection component can detect an object or desired target in the target field of view location, and provide data indicative of the detected object/target to an illumination module adjustment component. Based on the data indicative of the detected object/target, the illumination module adjustment component can provide data indicative of an illumination adjustment to the first illumination module to provide desired illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jorge Zapata, Carlos Eduardo Vargas Silva
  • Patent number: 11465468
    Abstract: An overmold is disclosed, wherein the overmold may be incorporated into a window assembly. The overmold comprises a base portion and a receiving portion. The receiving portion may comprise a notch or a channel operable to receive a window. The window may be such that when coupled with the overmold, the sides of the overmold and the window are substantially co-planar. Accordingly, window may comprise a first and a second substrate, wherein the second substrate is coupled to a first side of the first substrate. Further, the first substrate may extend beyond the second substrate. Therefore, the overmold, when in abutting contact with the window, may extend onto the first side of the first substrate up to the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nathan T. Overmyer, Luke A. Bomers, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 11467462
    Abstract: An electro-optic apparatus configured to adjust in transmittance in response to a control input comprises a first web substrate and a second web substrate. Each of the web substrates form a plurality of perimeter edges. A first edge is in connection with a first electrical terminal connecting in connection with a first electrode. A second edge opposing the first edge is in connection with a second electrical terminal in connection with a second electrode. A third edge and an opposing fourth edge comprise a barrier seal in a first configuration in connection with an exterior surface of each of the first web substrate and the second web substrate. The barrier seal encapsulates the electro-optic medium between an interior surface of each of the first web substrate and the second web substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Garret C. DeNolf, Gary J. Dozeman, George A. Neuman, William L. Tonar, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson, Sheng Liu, Yuping Lin, David J. Cammenga, Joel A. Stray, Scott S. McNees
  • Patent number: 11468710
    Abstract: An authentication apparatus includes a scanning apparatus and an alignment apparatus. The scanning apparatus includes a sensor configured to capture identifying information of the user in a field of view. The alignment apparatus includes a housing forming an interior region comprising a viewing aperture positioned proximate to the scanning apparatus. The viewing aperture defines an alignment region intersecting the field of view in an exterior region. A first indicator is positioned in the interior region aligned with the alignment region along an alignment axis of the viewing aperture. The first indicator is configured to emit a first light into the alignment region through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ingo Schwetz
  • Patent number: 11470063
    Abstract: A configurable transmitter is provided for a vehicle for transmitting signals to a device remote from the vehicle. The configurable transmitter includes an RF transmitter that receives an RF signal during a training mode to learn characteristics of the received RF signal, and to transmit an RF signal to the remote device in an operating mode where the transmitted RF signal includes the learned characteristics of the received RF signal; a local memory device for storing channel data representing the learned characteristics and for storing a unique identification code and a cloud encryption key; an interface that communicates with an Internet server; and a controller coupled to the local memory device and the interface, the controller retrieves the channel data from the local memory device, encrypts the channel data using the cloud encryption key and transfers the encrypted channel data for remote storage in the Internet server through the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd R. Witkowski, Steven L. Willard, II
  • Publication number: 20220321222
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver may comprise an electro-optic element comprising a first substrate having an electrode coating on a surface; a second substrate generally parallel to and in a spaced-apart relationship with the first substrate and having an electrode coating on a surface; and a window in at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate from which the electrode coating has been at least partially removed. The trainable transceiver may also comprise a machine-readable optical image selectively visible through the window; a light source disposed in proximity to the machine-readable optical image; and a controller capable of controlling the light source. Upon receipt of an appropriate input, the controller causes the activation of the light source which, in turn, causes the machine-readable optical image to be visible through the electro-optic element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, Brock R. Rycenga
  • Patent number: 11458805
    Abstract: An air quality system for a vehicle includes a chemical detection apparatus including a plurality of nanofiber chemical sensors for sensing a plurality of airborne materials in a compartment of the vehicle. The plurality of nanofiber chemical sensors are configured to adjust a characteristic electrical signal in response to changes in the presence of the plurality of airborne materials. The chemical detection apparatus further includes a processor coupled to the nanofiber chemical sensor, wherein the processor is configured to monitor the characteristic electrical signals from the nanofiber chemical sensors and generate a detection signal in response to a change in the characteristic electrical signals. The processor is in communication with a controller configured to control at least one vehicle system in response to the detection of one or more of the airborne materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew W. Remijn, Darin D. Tuttle, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Douglas W. Later, Benjamin R. Bunes
  • Patent number: 11452328
    Abstract: A helmet accessory mounting system includes a mounting device configured to couple to an outer surface of a side of a helmet. The mounting device includes a plurality of mounting locations configured to removeably couple to at least one accessory. A plurality of the plurality of mounting locations each includes an electrical node. A power supply is coupled to the mounting device. An electrical supply line electrically couples the power supply to each of the electrical nodes and the electrical supply line is contained at least partially within the mounting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Lawrence Franzino, Stephen Bourque, Scott W. James, Daniel Berry, Ross Fade Barber, Zoltan S. Brutler
  • Patent number: D971165
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bradley R. Hamlin