Patents Examined by Ricky D. Shafer
  • Patent number: 10845511
    Abstract: In one example, a smart mirror. The smart mirror includes a display adjacent one side of a half-mirror, sensors to acquire biometric information of a user facing an opposite side of the half-mirror, and a controller coupled to the sensors and the display. The controller determines from the biometric information a focal distance of the user. If the focal distance corresponds to the display, the controller presents a user interface on the smart mirror in a highly-visible manner and a reflection of the user in a less-visible manner. If the focal distance corresponds to the reflection of the user, the controller presents the user interface on the smart mirror in a less-visible manner and the reflection of the user in a highly-visible manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Zheng Cao, Dimitre Mehandjiysky, Kevin Luke Massaro, Michael Christopher Bartha, Brandon James Lee-Haist
  • Patent number: 10829052
    Abstract: A vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly includes a prismatic mirror reflective element having a glass substrate with a planar front surface and a circumferential edge along the periphery of the glass substrate. A plastic molding is circumferentially disposed about the circumferential edge of the glass substrate without overlapping onto the front surface of the glass substrate, with an outermost part of the plastic molding providing a curved transition between the planar front surface of the prismatic mirror reflective element and another part of the plastic molding. The outermost part of the plastic molding includes an outer curved surface and lacks an exposed sharp edge. The plastic molding includes a portion of a mirror housing of the interior rearview mirror assembly. A mounting structure is configured to mount the vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly at an interior portion of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: John T. Uken, Lee Karner, Richard R. Hook, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10830924
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an organosilane compound having at least one silicon atom bearing at least one hydrolysable group, at least one non-hydrolysable group comprising a hydrophilic group, and at least one non-hydrolysable group comprising a hydrophobic group having at least one fluorine atom, said hydrophilic group and said hydrophobic group not both comprising, in the main chain, the same substituent of the silicon atom. The invention further relates to an optical article having a substrate coated with a precursor coating of an anti-fogging coating formed by depositing said organosilane compound on the surface of the optical article. The precursor of the anti-fogging coating, which also has anti-fouling properties, is converted into the actual anti-fogging coating by application of a surfactant film to the surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Alexis Theoden, Mamonjy Cadet
  • Patent number: 10830929
    Abstract: An optical element includes a transmissive layer comprising a multitude of discrete volumes of first and second optical media arranged along the transmissive layer. The discrete volumes are arranged to approximate a desired phase function (typically modulo 2?) and are smaller than an operational wavelength in order to provide a range of phase delays needed to adequately approximate the desired phase function. Effecting at least partial reflow of one or both of the optical media can smooth the morphology of the transmissive layer so as to reduce unwanted diffraction or scattering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: II-VI Delaware Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitri Iazikov, Thomas W. Mossberg, Christoph M. Greiner, John H. Clark
  • Patent number: 10821898
    Abstract: Various embodiments for mirror mounting assemblies for supporting one or more mirrors are provided. In addition, various alternative methods of installing the mirror mounting assemblies are also provided. The mirror mounting assemblies provide various fixed support portions configured to support one or more mirror mounting arms, which are preferably movable. In some embodiments, the fixed support portion comprises an upper and lower support member and a lateral support brace each configured to be fixedly connected to the vehicle at a separate location. One or more mirror mounting arms may be attached to the fixed support portion by one or more conjoining mechanisms. In other embodiments, the fixed support portion comprises a metal mounting plate configured to be fixedly connected to the vehicle at existing upper door hinge mounting holes. The mounting plate includes at least one conjoining mechanism for connecting one or more mirror mounting arms thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englander, Julian Serer, Joe Ippolito
  • Patent number: 10816712
    Abstract: The optical film according to the present invention uses polymethylmethacrylate that does not comprise cyclic monomers, but has excellent dimensional stability and optical properties, and thus, can be usefully used as a protection film of a polarization plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Byoung Jun Mun, Joong Hoon Lee, Sung Ho Hwang, Sei Jung Park, Heon-Sik Song
  • Patent number: 10816796
    Abstract: A display device has a display portion and a polarizing plate, the polarizing plate being provided on a viewing side of the display portion and having a transmission axis in a vertical direction with respect to the display portion, wherein at least one tilt orientation phase difference film is provided on a viewing side of the polarizing plate, and the tilt orientation phase difference film has such an arrangement structure that does not cause a phase difference for light emitted upward in the vertical direction, and causes a phase difference for light emitted in a lateral direction perpendicular to the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: HAYASHI TELEMPU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeya Sakai
  • Patent number: 10795171
    Abstract: An optical-fiber atomic light-filtering apparatus comprising an optical-fiber coupling focusing collimating mirror, a first polarizing optical fiber, a first permanent magnetic ring, a pure iron frame shaped like the Chinese character “”, a heat preservation box, a first capillary atomic cell, an armored twisted-pair heating wire, a second permanent magnetic ring, a second polarizing optical fiber, a thermostat, a cable, a third permanent magnetic ring, a temperature sensor, a second capillary atomic cell, a fourth permanent magnetic ring, a third polarizing optical fiber and a photoelectric detector. The two pairs of permanent magnetic rings are matched with the pure iron frame shaped like the Chinese character “” to provide magnetic fields for the two capillary atomic cells working in the same temperature environment; a polarizing plane changes after interaction between a weak signal light and atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Wuhan Institute of Physics And Mathematics Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Xin Zhou, Xianping Sun, Xiuchao Zhao, Maili Liu, Chaohui Ye
  • Patent number: 10795063
    Abstract: A transflective and non-rectangular display panel and a display device are provided. The non-rectangular display panel includes a display region, a non-display region surrounding the display region, multiple pixels including multiple sub pixels, and a light shielding layer. There is a first boundary between the display region and the non-display region, and a region surrounded by the first boundary and the display region is non-rectangular. Each of the multiple pixels includes at least three of the multiple sub pixels. An open region of each of the multiple sub pixels has a transmissive region and a reflective region. The multiple pixels include normal pixels in the display region and abnormal pixels passed through by the first boundary. In each of the abnormal pixels, each of the transmissive region and the reflective region is partially blocked by the light shielding layer and partially emits light therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI TIANMA MICRO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Baiquan Lin, Kerui Xi, Ming Xie, Huanxi Zhang, Min Zhang
  • Patent number: 10795178
    Abstract: A device for mixed reality includes a base, a curved mirror, a first holder, and a second holder. The curved mirror has a concave surface, a convex surface opposite to the concave surface, and a light transmissive medium between the concave surface and the convex surface. The first holder is disposed on the base, disposed in front of the concave surface and within a focal length of the curved mirror, and configured to support a portable apparatus to be oriented at an angle. The second holder is disposed on the base and supports the curved mirror to face the portable apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: AMTRAN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huang-Pin Lin, Mu-Hsuan Lee
  • Patent number: 10782520
    Abstract: A cleaning system includes an actuator and an arm rotatable by the actuator. The actuator includes a housing and a rotatable barrier in the housing defining a first chamber and a second chamber. The rotatable barrier is rotatable by relative pressures of the chambers. The arm includes a first nozzle fluidly connected to the first chamber and a second nozzle fluidly connected to the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jose Garcia Crespo, William Ethan-Alexander McClure
  • Patent number: 10775533
    Abstract: A method of depositing a film comprising a monolayer of particles. The method includes providing a dispersion comprising particles and at least two liquids and depositing drops of the dispersion onto a substrate and evaporating the at least two liquids resulting in a film of a monolayer of the particles. One embodiment of the method includes a coating on the outer surface of particles such that the coating makes the particles substantially non-dispersible, substantially non-soluble and substantially non-suspendable in one of the liquids. A particulate film containing at least one layer of particles, wherein the at least one layer is substantially made of particles of a chemical composition and has uniform thickness. Optical devices containing a particulate film containing at least one layer of particles, wherein the at least one layer is substantially made of particles of a chemical composition and has uniform thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: John William Boley, Rebecca Kramer Bottiglio
  • Patent number: 10775637
    Abstract: A photonic integrated circulator can be fabricated by including a plurality of polarizing beam splitters and optical polarization rotators such that two copies of the optical signal are output at a receiver in substantially aligned polarization states. The circulator can be used for facilitating bi-directional communications between photonic integrated circuit devices, which are inherently polarization sensitive, while reducing signal loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ryohei Urata, Lieven Verslegers, Hong Liu, Daoyi Wang
  • Patent number: 10768507
    Abstract: A vibration device includes a vibration body including a light-transmitting portion including first and second main surfaces opposing each other and a vibration portion that is continuous with the light-transmitting portion and vibrates with a main vibration together with the light-transmitting portion, and a piezoelectric vibrator fixed to the vibration portion. Localized vibration portions which generate a localized vibration different from the main vibration are provided at a position not overlapping with a center or approximate center of the light-transmitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsumi Fujimoto, Kenji Nishiyama, Masanobu Nomura
  • Patent number: 10766419
    Abstract: Fastening construction (1), in particular for an exterior vision unit of a motor vehicle, comprising a base part (3) which can be fixedly connected with a vehicle, and a rotation part (4) which is couplable with the base part (3) and which in coupled condition forms a central shaft (5) for pivotally bearing-mounting a housing of an exterior vision unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: François Bouaziz, Peter Alexander Hamming
  • Patent number: 10761293
    Abstract: A method is disclosed of fabricating a mirror for use in limited rotation motor systems, said method comprising the steps of providing a mirror structure including at least one wall section, and exposing the at least one wall section to a fluid etching agent to thereby provide chemical milling of the mirror structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Novanta Corporation
    Inventor: David C. Brown
  • Patent number: 10759345
    Abstract: An external rear view device for a motor vehicle includes a fixed base assembly provided for arrangement on the motor vehicle and a moveable head assembly attached to the base assembly via an articulation assembly. The rear view device may include a camera located within the base assembly or within the head assembly. The rear view device may include a cassette bezel that tilts and closes the rear view device. The rear view device may also include a fixed frame which supports downward load that is applied to the mirror and the articulation assembly of the mirror, and the articulation assembly may be configured to adjust the rear view device between an outboard drive condition, a standard drive condition, a park condition, and positions therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Andrew Lettis, Graham Rehill, Callum Scott-Collins
  • Patent number: 10752175
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mounting structure configured to attach at an interior portion of the vehicle and a mirror head pivotally mounted at the mounting structure. The mirror head includes a mirror reflective element and a ball stud that pivotally mounts the mirror head at a socket element of the mounting structure. The ball stud is a metallic element having a base portion and a neck region that extends from the base portion, with a ball member at an end of the neck region distal from the base portion. The ball stud includes a passageway formed at least through the base portion and the neck region. A mounting portion is molded at least partially around the base portion to attach the ball stud at the mirror head. The passageway of the ball stud is at least partially filled with a polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Rex E. Blakeman, Kevin M. Bentz, John C. Hamberg, Joel B. Wessely
  • Patent number: 10747003
    Abstract: An optical system includes a reflective surface, a display adapted to emit image light toward the reflective surface, and a multilayer reflective polarizer disposed proximate the reflective surface. The multilayer reflective polarizer is curved about two orthogonal axes and includes at least one layer that is substantially optically uniaxial at at least one location. The image light is transmitted by the multilayer reflective polarizer after it is first reflected by the multilayer reflective polarizer. A head-mounted display includes a first optical system and a second optical system disposed proximate the first optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Ouderkirk, Timothy L. Wong, Zhisheng Yun, Erin A. McDowell, Gregg A. Ambur
  • Patent number: 10739605
    Abstract: An apparatus including a light source configured to output unpixelated light; an array of reflective pixel control elements configured to selectively reflect incident unpixelated light to produce first pixelated light defining first display content; a pixelated display configured to produce second pixelated light defining second display content; and an optical arrangement configured to direct unpixelated light from the light source to the array of reflective pixel control elements and to combine the pixelated light defining the first display content and the second pixelated light defining the second display content to provide, as an output, third pixelated light defining third display content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Jan Eskolin