Patents Assigned to Gentex Corporation
  • Patent number: 10807535
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly having a mount operably coupled to a vehicle interior. The mount includes one of a ball and a socket extending forwardly therefrom. An engagement plate is pivotally coupled with the mount via the other of a ball and a socket extending rearwardly from the engagement plate. The engagement plate includes a first support member and a second support member pivotally coupled to the first support member. A carrier plate is operably coupled with the engagement plate. The carrier plate supports a rear housing on a rear portion thereof. A glass element is operably coupled with the carrier plate. A display module is configured to be turned to an on state and an off state. An actuator device is disposed on a bottom surface of the housing and is operably coupled with the glass element. The actuator device is adjustable to tilt the glass element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Richard T. Fish, Jr., Bradley R. Hamlin, Michael F. Lisowski, Jason D. Hallack
  • Publication number: 20200326286
    Abstract: A tactical chemical detector may include a light array comprising a plurality of light sources; a sensor optic comprising a plurality of optic elements, each optic element in optical communication with one of the plurality of light sources; a sensor array comprising a plurality of sensors arranged on a substrate, each sensor in optical communication with one of the plurality of light sources and wherein at least one vent opening extends through the substrate; a power source configured to selectively provide power the light array and the sensor array; and a housing having a first side and a second side and enclosing the light array, the sensor optic, the sensor array, and the power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicants: GENTEX CORPORATION, VAPORSENS
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Bradley R. Hamlin, Jeffrey K. Okamitsu, Ross A. Riches, Douglas W. Later, Benjamin R. Bunes
  • Patent number: 10802377
    Abstract: An optical module for a vehicle includes an imager configured to collect image data from at least one of inside and outside the vehicle. A cover is disposed proximate a lens of the imager. The cover includes an electro-optic cell aligned with the lens and configured to allow the imager to capture the image data through the cover. The cover is colored to match one of an interior and exterior body panel of the vehicle. The electro-optic cell is operable between a first condition wherein the electro-optic cell has a visible light transmission of greater than 50% and a second condition wherein the visible light transmission of the electro-optic cell is less than 15%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Ethan J. Lee
  • Patent number: 10800335
    Abstract: An actuator assembly is configured to adjust a viewing axis of a vehicle mirror. The assembly comprises a toggle switch and a pivot plate. The pivot plate comprises a pivoting member and a slider component configured to receive the pivoting member. The pivot plate is rotationally coupled to the toggle switch proximate a first axis. The assembly further comprises a support bracket rotationally coupled to the pivot plate via the pivoting member along a second axis. The support bracket is further rotationally coupled to the toggle switch along the first axis. The support bracket is configured to support the vehicle mirror such that a rotation of the toggle switch is configured to move the pivot plate relative to the support bracket to adjust a viewing angle of the vehicle mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Ulrich A. Kuester
  • Patent number: 10795187
    Abstract: An electro-optic assembly includes a first substrate and a second substrate. A primary seal is disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate. The primary seal, the first substrate, and the second substrate define an interior cavity. A fill port extends through the primary seal. A secondary seal is disposed proximate a side of the primary seal. The primary seal and the secondary seal define a channel. A sealing plug is disposed within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Adam R. Heintzelman, Juan C. Lara, Xiaoxu Niu
  • Publication number: 20200307458
    Abstract: A window display system may comprise a window having a display element; a display device capable of displaying images; and an image source in communication with the display device; and the display device may be configured to cause images to be displayed on the display element. The image source may comprise a controller. The window may be in a vehicle and may be one of a rear and a side vehicle window. The vehicle may have a full display mirror assembly; and the full display mirror assembly may be in communication with and configured to provide inputs to the image source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthew W. Chiodo
  • Publication number: 20200301525
    Abstract: A touch-sensitive assembly and method of making includes a first electrically conductive layer disposed on a first substrate and a second electrically conductive layer disposed on a second substrate. A piezoelectric film is disposed between the first electrically conductive layer and the second electrically conductive layer. The piezoelectric film includes a plurality of aligned piezoelectric particles disposed in a polymeric matrix and is characterized by a haze value of about 5% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Sue F. Franz
  • Patent number: 10781364
    Abstract: An electrochromic medium includes a solvent, a first pair of a first anodic material and a first cathodic material, and at least one of a second anodic material and a second cathodic material. At least one of the first anodic material and the first cathodic material is an electrochromic absorbing in the visible range, and at least one of the second anodic material and the second cathodic material is electrochromic absorbing in the visible range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, Kelvin L. Baumann
  • Publication number: 20200293099
    Abstract: A rearview assembly comprises a rearview device; a housing supporting the rearview device; a cavity defined by the housing and the rearview device; a first printed circuit board having a processor and disposed within the cavity; a second printed circuit board in communication with the first printed circuit board and disposed within the cavity; at least one rib having an outer edge and extending from the housing into the cavity; and a channel whose sidewalls are defined by a portion of the housing, the at least one rib, and a portion of the second printed circuit board. An air moving device may draw air through the channel. A seal may be employed to make the sidewalls of the channel generally airtight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven J. Veenman, Eric S. Sloterbeek, Brian D. Jewell
  • Patent number: 10775339
    Abstract: A membrane is provided, as well as membrane electrode assemblies and sensors utilizing the membrane of the present technology. The membrane includes a membrane material with a top surface and a bottom surface; and a protonic ionic liquid disposed at least between the top surface and the bottom surface of the membrane material where the protonic ionic liquid is of Formula I.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joel C. Nemes
  • Patent number: 10774191
    Abstract: An electrochromic device includes a cathodic compartment including a cathodic material; an anodic compartment including an anodic material; and a transparent, ion-selective membrane displaced between the cathodic compartment and the anodic compartment wherein the transparent, ion-selective membrane is a cationic polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zachary B. Erno, Leroy J. Kloeppner, Sue F. Franz, Joel C. Nemes, Garret C. Denolf, Nathan P. Boogaart
  • Patent number: 10774198
    Abstract: An electrochromic thermoplastic composition includes about 10 wt % to about 60 wt % a poly(vinyl alcohol), a poly(acrylic acid), a poly(acrylic acid) salt, a polyaniline salt, a poly(diallyl dimethyl ammonium chloride), a poly(ethylene-co-acrylic acid), a co-polymer of any two or more thereof, or a mixture of any two or more thereof; about 40 wt % to about 90 wt % of a protic solvent; and at least one electroactive material; wherein the composition does not include lithium chloride, tetrabutylammonium bromide, lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, lithium triflate, and lithium hexafluorophosphate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kelvin L. Baumann
  • Publication number: 20200283151
    Abstract: A time of day simulation system for an aircraft comprising: a master controller operable to: receive departure data, the departure data corresponding to a local departure time and a departure location of the aircraft. Receive arrival data, the arrival data corresponding to a local arrival time and arrival location of the aircraft. Receive time of flight data, the time of flight data corresponding to a time of flight of the aircraft. Analyze the departure data, arrival data, and time of flight data to determine a time difference between the local departure time and local arrival time, based on the analyzed data, calculate a time of day simulation. A window controller in communication with the master controller operable to control a transmission level of one or more electro-optic window assemblies. Wherein the master controller is further operable to, based on the identified time of day simulation, generate a control signal to adjust the transmittance level of the electro-optic window assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kevin J. Key
  • Patent number: 10765165
    Abstract: A mounting rail assembly comprises a rail configured to be coupled to a helmet. The rail may include a rear surface and a front surface with a mounting groove extending along a length of the front surface. The mounting groove may be open outwardly from a front surface of the rail and be configured to couple to a first accessory device at two or more positions along the length of the rail. A recess may be proximate an edge of the mounting rail assembly. The recess may be open generally perpendicular to the mounting groove and configured to receive a second accessory device. At least a portion of the recess may be positioned between the mounting groove and the rear surface of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason W. O'Connell, Duco W. Noordzij
  • Patent number: 10769434
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a scanning apparatus. The scanning apparatus may be disposed in a vehicle mirror assembly. The mirror assembly comprises an electrochromic element comprising a first substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface, and a second substrate comprising a third surface and a fourth surface. The mirror assembly further comprises an image sensor directed toward the fourth surface and configured to capture image data of an object through the electrochromic element. A light source is disposed proximate the fourth surface and configured to transmit an emission through the electrochromic element. The image sensor is configured to capture the image data to identify at least one passenger of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew D. Weller, Nigel T. Lock
  • Patent number: 10768475
    Abstract: An electro-optic element includes a first substrate defining first and second surfaces. The second surface includes a first electrically conductive layer. A second substrate defines third and fourth surfaces. The third surface includes a second electrically conductive layer. A primary seal is disposed between the first and second substrates. The seal and the first and second substrates define a cavity therebetween. An electro-optic material is disposed in the cavity. The electro-optic material being variably transmissive such that the electro-optic element is operable between substantially clear and darkened states. A transflective film includes a liquid crystal material. The transflective film has a thickness of from about 6 ?m to about 24 ?m. An adhesion layer is positioned between the transflective film and the second substrate. An alignment layer is positioned between the transflective film and the adhesion layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: William L. Tonar
  • Patent number: 10766422
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for an electrochromic element comprising a first substrate and a second substrate. The first substrate comprises a first surface and a second surface. The second substrate comprises a third surface and a fourth surface. The first substrate and the second substrate form a cavity have an electrochromic medium disposed therein. A dielectric coating is disposed on the fourth surface and is configured to provide for improved transmittance of the electrochromic element in the near infrared (NIR) range, wherein the near infrared transmittance exceeds the visible transmittance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jian Gao, Andrew D. Weller, George A. Neuman
  • Patent number: D895496
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard T. Fish, Jr., Luke A. Bomers, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: D897318
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Pearson Blundell, Christopher A. Hudson, Zoltan S. Brutler
  • Patent number: D899332
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard T. Fish, Jr., Luke A. Bomers, Bradley R. Hamlin