Patents Assigned to Gentex Corporation
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10281241
    Abstract: A mandible shield comprises at least one panel having a peripheral edge, an inner surface, and an outer surface. The at least one panel is comprised of a ballistics material. A frame is coupled to the at least one panel and covers the peripheral edge of the at least one panel. The frame has at least one window exposing at least a portion of the outer surface of the at least one panel. The frame is configured to at least partially extend over a mandible of a user when the frame is coupled to opposing lateral sides of a helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Duco W. Noordzij, David C. Rogers, Christopher K. Barmore
  • Patent number: 10282977
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods of training and controlling multiple functions of a remote device with a single transceiver channel. A trainable transceiver may detect a button press on a command button corresponding to a channel. The trainable transceiver may identify the channel as trained to control a first function of the remote device. The trainable transceiver may determine that a second function of the remote device satisfies a message similarity condition with the first function. The trainable transceiver may train the channel to control both the first function and the second function, responsive to determining that the second function satisfies the message similarity condition with the first function. The trainable transceiver may configure the command button to transmit control signals to alternately actuate the first function and the second function of the remote device responsive to successive button presses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Todd R. Witkowski
  • Publication number: 20190130657
    Abstract: A method for selecting a number of occupants for a wireless communication system is disclosed. The method comprises receiving an input to a user input of a mirror assembly of a vehicle. In response to the input, the method continues by activating a communication module to an active state and activating a status indicator indicating the active state. The method further comprises determining a stored occupant number from a memory and activating an occupancy indicator to illuminate at a first predetermined frequency for a first number of illuminations. The first number of illuminations of the occupancy indicator is equal to the occupant number. The method further comprises monitoring for the user input for an input time period. In response to receiving the input to the user input during the input time period, the method continues by incrementing the occupant number to an updated occupant number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Autumn N. Lagowski (nee Giles), Michael J. Metivier
  • Patent number: 10273182
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and process that includes a substantially transparent substrate having a first surface, a second surface, and an edge extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the substantially transparent substrate, wherein the edge is a laser induced channel edge having enhanced edge characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Donald L. Bareman, William L. Tonar, Niels A. Olesen, Thomas J. Scott, David J. Cammenga, Henry A. Luten, George A. Neuman
  • Patent number: D848649
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley R. Hamlin, Eric S. Lundy, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Patent number: D850014
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason O'Connell, Emily Hancock