Patents Assigned to Gentex Corporation
  • Patent number: 10163366
    Abstract: A method for identifying a vehicle accessory with a mobile device is disclosed. The method comprises receiving an input in the mobile device and activating an identification function in a control circuit of the mobile device in response to the input. An image viewfinder is initiated in response to the activation of the identification function. The viewfinder is used to capture an image of the vehicle accessory including at least one feature. The at least one feature in the image is compared to a plurality of corresponding features of a plurality of compatible vehicle accessories. Based on the comparison, an identity of the vehicle accessory is identified. Training information for the vehicle accessory is then accessed and displayed on the mobile device to facilitate at least one setup task of the vehicle accessory in response to identifying the vehicle accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas S. Wright, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Publication number: 20180354442
    Abstract: A display system for a vehicle comprises a display device including a screen disposed in a passenger compartment of the vehicle. The display device is configured to tilt relative to the vehicle and comprises an inertial sensor configured to output an acceleration signal. A controller is in communication with the display device and an imager configured to capture image data in a field of view rearward relative to the vehicle. The controller is operable to receive the acceleration signal and identify a direction of gravity from the acceleration signal. The controller is further configured to identify a reference direction from the image data and generate adjusted image data corrected for an angular offset of the display device between the direction of gravity and a vertical axis of the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventor: Stuart A. Bergstrom
  • Publication number: 20180356653
    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: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Adam R. Heintzelman, Juan C. Lara, Xiaoxu Niu
  • Patent number: 10154200
    Abstract: An imager module for a vehicle is disclosed. The imager module comprises an imager configured to capture image data over a plurality of image frames based on incoming light in a field of view and an optic device configured to control a transmission of the incoming light. The module comprises a controller configured to identify an exposure time for the imager based on environmental lighting conditions and adjust the exposure time by a flicker mitigation period. The adjustment of the exposure time mitigates an appearance of a periodic light source in the image data. The controller is further configured to control the transmission of the optic device to control the transmission of the incoming light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brock R. Rycenga, Benjamin B. Hilldore, Barry K. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20180345791
    Abstract: A vehicle display assembly may comprise a transparent element defining a viewing surface, a display element disposed behind the transparent element, and a printed circuit board in electrical communication with the display element. The display element is configured to generate an image visible through the transparent element. The vehicle display assembly may be in communication with at least one of a vehicle sensor and a vehicle computer. The images appearing in the display element may change orientation based on the presence or absence of a vehicle occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Eric S. Lundy, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Neil J. Boehm, Sebastien C. Jaeger, David J. Cammenga, Brian D. Jewell, Blake R. Adams, Gregory M. Ejsmont, William D. Short, II, Karri M. Kluting, William C. Schenk, Mark R. Roth, Andrew D. Weller, Jonathan A. Morey
  • Patent number: 10147310
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver for controlling a remote device includes a transceiver circuit configured, based on training information, to control the remote device, a communications device configured to communicate with a mobile communications device, an output device, and a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit, coupled to the communications device, and coupled to the output device. The control circuit is configured to receive notification information from the mobile communications device via the communications device, and wherein the control circuit is configured to generate an output using the output device based on the notification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Patent number: 10139179
    Abstract: A user identification assembly for a firearm includes a sight configured for use on said firearm. The sight being positioned on said firearm to provide a point of aim to a user. A light source is disposed on the sight and projects toward the user in a direction opposite the point of aim. An image sensor is disposed on the sight and is configured to capture image data of an object. The image sensor is configured to identify the user of said firearm. A controller is in communication with the image sensor and is configured to allow operation of said firearm based on the captured image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Steven R. Downing
  • Patent number: 10137764
    Abstract: A window control system is provided that includes a plurality of electro-optic windows each having a variable transmittance level, a portable control unit for generating wireless control signals for controlling the transmittance level of the electro-optic windows, and a plurality of window control circuits each coupled to a respective one of the electro-optic windows and each having a transceiver for receiving the wireless control signals from the portable control unit. Each window control circuit is configured to adjust the transmittance level of the respective one of the electro-optic windows in response to a wireless control signal received by the transceiver from the portable control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David I. Driscoll, Christopher J. Adamski
  • Publication number: 20180336750
    Abstract: A circuit assembly comprising a sealed interface is configured to isolate one of more electrical components. The assembly comprises a circuit board comprising a substrate and a cover comprising a polycarbonate material in connection with the substrate. The assembly further comprises an adhesive seal disposed around a perimeter surface of the cover. The adhesive seal comprises a UV curable adhesive having a chemical composition. The assembly further comprises a polyamide over-molded coating enclosing at least a portion of the circuit board and covering the adhesive seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Joel A. Stray, Dennis E. Vilcans, Sinisa Likic, Derek S. Blaskowski, Thomas S. Wright, Jonathan M. Hansen, James S. Sheline
  • Patent number: 10135479
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention relates to a trainable transceiver. The trainable transceiver includes a transceiver circuit, a user input device, a battery, and a voltage regulator circuit. The transceiver circuit is configured to reproduce and transmit control signals for operating a plurality of remote electronic devices. The user input device is configured to accept user input. The voltage regulator circuit includes a DC-DC converter configured to step up the battery voltage level, a low leakage switch configured to couple the battery and the DC-DC converter, and a temperature-sensitive current source configured to control the low leakage switch. The battery is configured to power the transceiver circuit, the user input device, and the voltage regulator circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert R. Turnbull, Ethan J. Lee
  • Patent number: 10134213
    Abstract: A remote garage door opener module for after-market assembly into a vehicle for transmitting signals to a garage door opener includes a bezel positionable against a headliner of the vehicle along an interior surface thereof in a position over a hole in the headliner. The module further includes a housing enclosing a power source and electronic circuitry for transmitting the signals. The housing extends away from a first side of the bezel and is positionable at least partially through the hole in the headliner. The module further includes a button exposed at a second side of the bezel and coupled to the electronic circuitry and a mounting element selectively engageable with the headliner adjacent the hole and coupled with one of the housing or the bezel for coupling the module with the headliner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael G. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 10131323
    Abstract: A notification system for a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises at least one object detection sensor configured to detect an object proximate to the vehicle and communicate a distance signal indicating a distance of the object from the vehicle. The system further comprises a first notification device configured to output a vibrating notification and a controller in communication with the at least one object detection sensor and the first notification device. The controller is configured to identify a first object detection of the approaching object in response to the distance signal indicating that the distance of the object is less than a first predetermined distance. The controller is further configured to activate the first device to output the vibrating notification in response to the first object detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jacob C. Sterling
  • Patent number: 10131279
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a housing and a glass element, and is configured to be turned to an on state and an off state. A peripheral support is disposed proximate a periphery of the glass element and configured to retain the glass element against the display module. The peripheral support includes a radio frequency shield integral therewith. An actuator device is disposed on a bottom surface of the housing and operably coupled with the glass element. The actuator device is adjustable to tilt the glass element in one direction, thereby moving the glass element to an off-axis position which approximately simultaneously changes the on/off state of the display module. The actuator device is adjustable to tilt the glass element in another direction, thereby moving the glass element to an on-axis position which approximately simultaneously changes the on/off state of the display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Richard T. Fish, Jr., Richard Allen Berry, Jason D. Hallack
  • Patent number: 10131016
    Abstract: A laser system includes a buffer material at an entry surface of a substrate in which laser-induced channels are formed. The laser beam propagates through the buffer material and impinges the substrate with a central axis of the laser beam at an oblique angle of incidence. The buffer material has a refractive index that may be closer to that of the substrate than is the refractive index of the atmosphere, such as air, in which the laser system operates. The buffer material facilitates forming laser-induced channels at relative large angles with respect to the substrate surface by attenuating energy loss or other effects on the laser beam that are normally caused by the mismatch in refractive index between the environment and the substrate in the absence of the buffer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman, David J. Cammenga, Niels A. Olesen, Henry A. Luten, William L. Tonar
  • Patent number: 10127804
    Abstract: A system for controlling a remote device including a trainable transceiver, communications electronics, and a processing circuit coupled to the trainable transceiver and the communications electronics. The processing circuit is configured to cause the trainable transceiver to control a remote device in response to a signal received from a cloud computing system, wherein the signal is received from the cloud computing system using the communications electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Douglas C. Papay, Carl L. Shearer
  • Patent number: 10129445
    Abstract: A roof mounted module for a vehicle includes a base plate configured to be operably coupled with a vehicle roof. An outer housing operably coupled with the base plate. An inner housing proximate the outer housing, including an imager sealing portion defining a sealing plane. The inner housing defines an inner cavity. An imager module is disposed in the cavity and is in communication with a viewing aperture defined through the outer housing. An imager mounting feature is disposed between the imager module and the inner housing. The imager mounting feature applies a force acting in a direction normal to the sealing plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Michael G. Hendricks, Kevin A. Schueler, Peter T. Kantola
  • Patent number: 10126624
    Abstract: An electro-optic assembly is disclosed. The assembly comprises a front substrate having a first surface and a second surface substantially parallel to the first surface; a rear substrate spaced from and substantially parallel to the front substrate. The rear substrate comprises a third surface and a fourth surface substantially parallel to the third surface. The assembly further comprises an electrical contact for providing an electrical connection to an electrode in proximity to an electro-optic material and an appliqué layer. The appliqué layer is on at least a portion of the fourth surface and forms a contact-obscuring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Adam R. Heintzelman, Joel A. Stray, Autumn W. Trombka
  • Publication number: 20180321565
    Abstract: The electrochromic device includes a first substantially transparent substrate coupled to a first transparent electrode, a second substrate coupled to a second electrode, and an electrochromic medium. The electrochromic medium includes at least one solvent and/or an electrolyte gel, at least one cathodic material, and at least one anodic material. The cathodic material can be a cathodic organic framework electroactive material and/or the anodic material can be an anodic organic framework electroactive material. At least one of the anodic and cathodic organic framework electroactive materials is electrochromic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary B. Erno, Sue F. Franz, Leroy J. Kloeppner, Steven D. Looman
  • Publication number: 20180321566
    Abstract: A product includes a substrate, at least one of a conductive layer or a coating layer, and an ablated surface on the substrate. The substrate is at least partially transparent to visible light. The at least one of the conductive layer or the coating layer are disposed over at least a portion of the substrate. The ablated surface includes an interleaved surface profile having a plurality of non-overlapped laser spots and a plurality of overlapped laser spots formed by subjecting the substrate to an interleaving laser ablation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventor: Kurtis L. GEERLINGS
  • Publication number: 20180316859
    Abstract: An imaging device is disclosed. The device comprises an image sensor configured to capture image data and a filter. The filter is configured to selectively control a range of wavelengths of light entering the image sensor. The filter comprises a liquid crystal structure configured to pass the range of wavelengths in a first configuration and reflect the range of wavelengths in a second configuration. The device further comprises a controller in communication with the image sensor and the filter. The controller is configured to adjust the filter from the first configuration to the second configuration in response to an environmental lighting condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Joshua D. Lintz, George A. Neuman, Adam R. Heintzelman, William L. Tonar, Xiaoxu Niu