Patents Assigned to Gentex Corporation
  • Publication number: 20190057562
    Abstract: A transmission unit for mounting in a vehicle is disclosed. The transmission unit comprises a transmitter circuit configured to transmit control signals for operating a plurality of remote electronic devices. The transmission unit further comprises a scanning device configured to capture scan data and a controller in communication with the scanning device. The controller is configured to receive the scan data and determine a first identity of a first occupant based on the scan data. The controller is further operable to access a first user profile based on the first identity. The first user profile may comprise a customized or restricted set of control signals, which may be sent by the transmission unit based on an input or gesture from the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Peterson, Kelly S. Harrelson, Chris H. Vuyst, Steven L. Willard, II
  • Patent number: 10207647
    Abstract: A rearview mirror for a vehicle includes a housing defining an interior cavity and an open side, a substrate coupled within the open side of the housing and having a reflective surface thereon, and an actuation mechanism coupled within the housing. The actuation mechanism includes a mounting plate rotatably coupled within the cavity of the housing at a first end thereof and a spring plate coupled with the mounting plate and having a resiliently deformable arm portion extending away from the mounting plate. The actuation mechanism also includes a socket body rotatably coupled within the interior cavity of the housing, the arm portion of the spring plate being operably coupled with the socket body along a coupling axis and a motor rigidly coupled within the interior cavity of the housing and operably coupled with the socket body to drive rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ulrich A. Kuester, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190051067
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating with a barrier operator system to direct operation of a barrier. The system and method may include adaptively updating an expected time duration for an operational sequence that includes occurrence of an event relating to operation of the barrier operator system and receipt of a status message from the barrier operator system. The system may monitor and record the elapsed time for the operational sequence, and determine the expected time duration for the operational sequence based on the recorded history of elapsed times. If the status message is not received within the expected time duration after occurrence of the event, the system may transmit a status request message to the barrier operator system to obtain information relating to the status of the barrier operator system or the barrier, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas D. Klaver, Kevin J. Key, Steven L. Willard, II, Kelly S. Harrelson
  • Patent number: 10198938
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver is provided having an integrated interface connections with various vehicle modules for use with various remote electronic devices and a method of programming and using the same. The wireless trainable transceiver is in a vehicle with an integrated interface allowing connection to a human-to-machine interface and vehicle position determination device, such a navigation system and compass and the wireless trainable transceiver has the ability to change functions associated with preset buttons on the trainable transceiver, depending upon the location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Steven Swiftney, Landon S. Foy, Jens Ohler, Jack A. Huisingh
  • Patent number: 10195995
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle is provided including a camera for capturing images within a field of view; a display device movably mounted relative to the vehicle for displaying a portion of the field of view of the camera; a movement sensor for sensing movement of the display device; and a processing circuit in communication with the movement sensor, the display device, and the camera for selecting the portion of the field of view to be displayed on the display device in response to movement of the display device as sensed by the movement sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Neil J. Boehm
  • Patent number: 10190610
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for a rearview device. A windshield bracket defines a central aperture and includes internal ledges disposed about the central aperture. A mount is operably coupled with the rearview device. The mount includes pre-loading posts. A spring clip includes a base and a plurality of legs. Each leg includes an upright portion extending from the base. A connecting portion extends inwardly from the upright portion. An engagement portion extends upward away from the base. At least one loading lever extends laterally from the connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley L. Busscher, Timothy J. Cercone
  • Patent number: 10189408
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. The assembly comprises a display device defining a display surface having a display perimeter elongated along a length. The display device is in communication with a primary PCB. The primary PCB comprises a first side and an opposing second side. The first side is directed toward the display device. The assembly also comprises a heat sink in connection with the second side of the primary PCB and extending substantially coextensive with the length display perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Michael F. Lisowski, Richard T. Fish, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10191348
    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: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry A. Luten, George A. Neuman, David J. Cammenga, Juan C. Lara
  • Publication number: 20190023185
    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: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, JR., Richard T. Fish, JR., Bradley R. Hamlin, Michael F Lisowski, Jason D. Hallack
  • Patent number: 10185198
    Abstract: A laser ablated product exhibits a diffraction severity of less than about 5. The product may include a substrate that is at least partially transparent to visible light, and a periodic structure formed on at least one surface of the substrate by laser ablation. The periodic structure has a period in at least one direction of at least about 4,500 nm to at most about 850,000 nm, and the periodic structure has a peak-to-valley dimension of less than about 25 nm. The product may be employed in an electrochromic device, such as a vehicle rearview mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, George A. Neuman, John S. Anderson, Chad M. Wine, Henry A. Luten, Donald L. Bareman
  • Patent number: 10179546
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle is presented that includes a full display module and an electro-optic element that includes a first substantially transparent substrate having first and second surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof. The second surface includes a first electrically conductive layer. A second substantially transparent substrate has third and fourth surfaces disposed on opposite sides thereof. 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 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 first electrical connection and a second electrical connection are positioned on the same side of the electro-optic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Joel A. Stray
  • Patent number: 10176708
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device including a trainable transceiver, a camera, and a control circuit coupled to the trainable transceiver and the camera. The control circuit is configured to use the camera to identify the remote device by comparing information received via the camera to information stored in memory, and the control circuit is configured to automatically transmit an activation signal formatted to control the remote device in response to identifying the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Publication number: 20190004387
    Abstract: An electro-optic device includes a front substrate defining a first surface and a second surface. A rear substrate defines a third surface and a fourth surface. A seal is disposed about a periphery of the second surface and the third surface. A space is defined between the front substrate, the rear substrate, and the seal. An electro-optic medium is disposed within the space. A first conductive material is disposed on the second surface of the front substrate. A second conductive material is disposed on the third surface of the rear substrate. At least one isolation line extends across at least one of the first conductive material and the second conductive material to define independently controlled dimming regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin L. Ash, Sue F. Franz
  • Patent number: 10167073
    Abstract: A window mounting assembly includes a multi-piece bezel having a first portion having an attachment feature, and a second portion having a retention feature. The retention feature is configured to engage the attachment feature such that an inner opening is defined having an inner wall. The inner wall defines a channel. An electro-optic element is disposed in the opening and configured for reception in the channel of the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley L. Busscher, David I. Driscoll, Andrew T. Mitchell, Kevin L. Ash
  • Patent number: D837112
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley R. Hamlin, Nigel T. Lock, John B. Ostreko
  • Patent number: D840111
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Duco W. Noordzij, Jason O'Connell
  • Patent number: D840112
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jason W. O'Connell
  • Patent number: D840113
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jason W. O'Connell
  • Patent number: D840605
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jason W. O'Connell
  • Patent number: D840957
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley L. Busscher, Mark R. Roth, Brandon J. Faust