Patents Assigned to Gentex Corporation
  • Patent number: 10353116
    Abstract: An optical device includes a substrate having a surface, a peripheral edge, an area of vision, and a boundary portion of the surface between the peripheral edge and the area of vision. At least a portion of the boundary portion is textured. A coating is applied to the surface of the substrate over the area of vision and the textured boundary portion. In some embodiments, the substrate is comprised of a polymeric material and the coating is comprised of multiple layers of dielectric material and the substrate is textured such that the textured portion increases adhesion and the durability of the dielectric coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Vadimovich Alekseyev-Popov, John Fernando Cueva, Jose Inga
  • Patent number: 10345672
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview assembly with a mirror element having a curved or rounded edge on the first surface that is fully observable from the front of the assembly, a complex peripheral ring, and a user interface with switches and sensors that activate and configure pre-defined function(s) or device(s) of the assembly in response to the user input applied to the user interface. The mirror element is supported by a hybrid carrier co-molded of at least two materials, a portion of which is compressible between the housing shell and an edge of the mirror element. The peripheral ring may include multiple bands. Electrical communications between the electronic circuitry, the mirror element, and the user interface utilize connectors configured to exert a low contact force, onto the mirror element, limited in part by the strength of adhesive affixing the EC element to an element of the housing of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Bruizeman, Henry A. Luten, John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman
  • Patent number: 10343608
    Abstract: A rearview assembly having an electrochromic element. A front substrate defines a first surface and a second surface. A front side edge is disposed between the first surface and the second surface. A rear substrate is operably coupled with the front substrate and spaced a predetermined distance therefrom. The rear substrate defines a third surface and a fourth surface. A rear side edge is disposed between the third surface and the fourth surface. A perimeter of the rear substrate is larger than a perimeter of the front substrate, such that an outer portion of the third surface is exposed, thereby defining a peripheral step between the front side edge and the rear side edge. An electrochromic material is disposed between the front substrate and the rear substrate. A bezel is configured to extend around the rear substrate, over the outer portion of the third surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric S. Lundy, William L. Tonar, Michael J. VanAst, Christopher J. Van Huis, Brian J. Barksdale, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Joel A. Stray, Mark R. Roth
  • Publication number: 20190202360
    Abstract: A mirror assembly for a vehicle comprises a mount in connection with the vehicle and a mirror assembly. The assembly further comprises a motor assembly disposed in a housing of the mirror assembly. The motor assembly is in connection with the mount along a first axis and is in connection with the housing proximate a second axis. The motor assembly is configured to rotate the mirror assembly about the first axis and the second axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Brett C. Pothoof, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: 10342167
    Abstract: A rearview assembly having a circuit board. A grounded heat sink is proximate the circuit board. A thermal pad is disposed between and in abutting contact with the circuit board and the grounded heat sink. An electromagnetic shield includes a plurality of spring tabs disposed about a periphery of the electromagnetic shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: David J. Bouwkamp
  • Patent number: 10339734
    Abstract: An internet-connected garage door control system is disclosed that includes a garage door opener for opening and closing a garage door in response to signals received through the internet, and an in-vehicle remote garage door opener integrated into a vehicle for transmitting the signals through the internet to the garage door opener. The in-vehicle remote garage door opener includes an interface configured to communicate with an internet-connected device, a trainable RF transceiver for transmitting an RF signal to the garage door opener, a user-actuated input, an interface configured to communicate with an internet-connected device, and a controller, wherein, upon actuation of the user-actuated input, the controller is configured to at least one of (a) request a signal to be transmitted by the internet-connected device through the internet to the garage door opener, and (b) cause the trainable RF transceiver to transmit the RF signal to the garage door opener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frederick T. Bauer, Robert R. Turnbull, Uma Ivaturi
  • Patent number: 10339741
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a trainable transceiver and a remote button module. The trainable transceiver base station configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a first location and the remote button module separated from the base station and configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a second location. The remote button module is configured to wirelessly transmit a command signal to the base station in response to receiving a user input at a user input device, and the base station responds to receiving the command signal by transmitting an activation signal to the remote device, wherein the activation signal is formatted to control the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, Todd R. Witkowski, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: 10324350
    Abstract: An electrochromic device includes a chamber defined by a first conductive surface of a first substrate, a second conductive surface of a second substrate, and a sealing member joining the first substrate to the second substrate; an electrochromic medium containing a blue cathodic electroactive compound and up to three anodic electroactive compounds; wherein the electrochromic medium is disposed within the chamber; the anodic electroactive compounds include a green anodic electroactive compound and one or two gray anodic electroactive compounds; and the anodic electroactive compounds include from about 8 mol % to about 15 mol % gray anodic electroactive compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin L. Ash, Kelvin L. Baumann
  • Patent number: 10321122
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a display system for a vehicle comprising at least one image sensor, an image processor, and a display. The image processor is in communication with the image sensor and configured to generate autostereoscopic image data. The display is in communication with the image processor and configured to display the autostereoscopic image data. The autostereoscopic image data is configured to provide a depth perception to assist in determining a proximity of an object in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Andre J. Rieder
  • Patent number: 10317765
    Abstract: A method for removing a material from a surface includes passing a laser through a lens such that the laser impinges on the material. The surface from which the material is removed has an array of artifacts thereon with a spacing between the artifacts and a pitch between lines of the artifacts. At least the spacing between the artifacts is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry A. Luten, Donald L. Bareman, Thomas J. Scott, Kurtis L. Geerlings, William L. Tonar, Niels A. Olesen
  • Publication number: 20190172273
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for an accessory for a vehicle. The accessory comprises a housing forming a front surface configured to display a rearward directed field of view from the vehicle and a rear surface directed in a forward operating direction of the vehicle. An at least partially light transmissive panel is directed toward a front windscreen of the vehicle and is in connection with the rear surface. A light source is disposed in the housing proximate the light transmissive panel and is configured to emit light through the at least partially light transmissive panel. A controller is in communication with the light source. The controller is configured to receive an indication of an operating condition of the vehicle and selectively activate the light source in response to the operating condition of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventor: Mark R. Roth
  • Publication number: 20190168669
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle may comprise a rearview assembly comprising a display element configured for providing a rearward view of a scene behind the vehicle, at least one imaging device in communication with the display element and configured to capture images from within a passenger compartment of the vehicle, and a printed circuit board in communication with the display element and the at least one imaging device. The display element may be configured to selectively display content received from a source external to the vehicle. The display element may be suitable for receiving inputs from a plurality of sources. At least one of the plurality of sources may be one of the internet and a cellular network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua D. Lintz, Bradley A. Bosma
  • Patent number: 10312958
    Abstract: A communication system for a vehicle that includes a transceiver having a transmit antenna disposed adjacent to an exterior component of the vehicle, the transceiver being configured to transmit at least one signal to a receiver external to the vehicle. The communication system also includes a controller having a processor and a memory storage device, the memory storage device being configured to store the at least one signal and to output the at least one signal to the transceiver. The communication system also includes a remote receive antenna disposed within an interior of the vehicle and communicatively coupled to the memory storage device, wherein the remote receive antenna is configured to receive the at least one signal from a training transmitter and to output the at least one signal to the memory storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Horia-Eduard Pilat, Carl L. Shearer, Douglas C. Papay, Steven L. Geerlings
  • Patent number: 10313571
    Abstract: An imager assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. The assembly comprises an optic lens forming a longitudinal axis extending between a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The assembly further comprises an imager circuit in conductive connection with an imager connector. The imager connector is configured to communicatively connect the imager circuit to the vehicle. The assembly further comprises a lens holder configured to receive the proximal end portion of the optic lens and align the imager circuit with the optic lens. The conductive connection of the imager connector to the imager circuit is located between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Michael G. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 10311665
    Abstract: A remote device configured to control operation of a remote electronic device, such as a garage door opener, is provided. A transmitter circuit may be configured to receive and transmit communications directed to the remote electronic device. The communications may include data arranged according to a plurality of the control packet formats, and communications to the remote electronic device may include data transmitted according to the plurality of control packet formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Todd R. Witkowski
  • Patent number: 10300842
    Abstract: An illumination assembly configured to emit diffuse light through an indicator is disclosed. The assembly comprises a substrate having an applique disposed thereon. The applique forms an opening configured to transmit light through the substrate. The assembly further comprises a light source in connection with a circuit and configured to emit light through the shape. A diffusing layer is applied to a surface of the assembly between the circuit and the substrate. The diffusing layer comprises a resin material configured to cure in response to exposure to ultraviolet light or heat. The diffusing layer further comprises a filler material comprising a plurality of beaded structures configured to diffuse light from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Garret C. DeNolf, David J. Cammenga, Adam R. Heintzelman
  • Patent number: 10303031
    Abstract: An electro-optic element is provided that includes a first substantially transparent substrate having first and second surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof. The second surface has a first electrically conductive layer and a second substantially transparent substrate has third and fourth surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof. The third surface includes a second electrically conductive layer. At least one of the first and second substantially transparent substrates includes a polymer. A primary seal is positioned such that the primary seal and the first and second substrates define a cavity therebetween. An electro-optic medium is disposed in the cavity. The electro-optic medium is variably transmissive such that the electro-optic medium is operable between generally clear and darkened states. A polymeric barrier is disposed between the first electrically conductive layer and the electro-optic medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: William L. Tonar
  • Patent number: 10300858
    Abstract: A vehicle rearview mirror includes a substrate having a reflective surface and an actuation mechanism having a support unit coupled with the substrate. The actuation mechanism also has a mounting plate with a first end thereof rotatably coupled with the support unit. A toggle latch is rotatably coupled with mounting plate and alternately engages with the support unit in respective first and second positions. The second position corresponds with rotation of the support unit toward a second end of the mounting plate from the first position. The toggle latch is rotatable out of the first and second positions into a release position wherein the toggle latch is disengaged with the support unit. A toggle paddle is rotatably coupled with the mounting plate and is positioned adjacent the toggle latch to move the toggle latch into the release position by rotation of the of the toggle paddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark R. Roth, Nigel T. Lock
  • Patent number: D850014
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason O'Connell, Emily Hancock
  • Patent number: D853917
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley R. Hamlin, Richard T. Fish, Jr., Danny L. Minikey, Jr.