Patents Examined by Tuyen Tra
  • Patent number: 10603875
    Abstract: A motor vehicle glazing, including: (i) two sheets of glass, external and internal, each respectively including an external face and an internal face, joined by one or more thermoplastic separator sheets, (ii) at least one electrically powered functional assembly being inserted between the glazing sheets, (iii) a capacitive sensor controlling the power supply of the functional assembly, the sensor also being arranged on a transparent support coated with an equally transparent conductive layer—(consisting of a first area which corresponds to the capacitive electrode and a second area corresponding to the shielding electrode surrounding the first area, the first and second areas being separated by a distance A), and (iv) a capacitive switch placed at a distance B from the capacitive electrode, where the distances A and B are equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventor: Jonathan Vivier
  • Patent number: 10599001
    Abstract: Conventional electrochromic devices frequently suffer from poor reliability and poor performance. Improvements are made using entirely solid and inorganic materials. Electrochromic devices are fabricated by forming an ion conducting electronically-insulating interfacial region that serves as an IC layer. In some methods, the interfacial region is formed after formation of an electrochromic and a counter electrode layer. The interfacial region contains an ion conducting electronically-insulating material along with components of the electrochromic and/or the counter electrode layer. Materials and microstructure of the electrochromic devices provide improvements in performance and reliability over conventional devices. In various embodiments, a counter electrode is fabricated to include a base anodically coloring material and one or more additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongchun Wang, Anshu A. Pradhan, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 10591734
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes an image generation system that emits image light beams as non-parallel light beams, and a light guide system on which the image light beams emitted from the image generation system are incident without passing through a projection lens system. The light guide system includes a transparent light-incident portion that includes a light-incident surface on which the image light beams are incident and which is a curved surface, and a plurality of reflection surfaces which convert the image light beams incident from the light-incident surface into parallel light beams and are curved surfaces, and a transparent light guide portion of which one end side in a first direction is connected to the light-incident portion. In the light guide portion, the image light beams incident from the light-incident portion are reflected between a first surface and a second surface, and are guided to a light-emitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hayato Matsuki, Takashi Takeda
  • Patent number: 10591675
    Abstract: An optical space transmission system includes a first optical collimator configured to transmit collimated light and change a directivity of transmitted collimated light, a second optical collimator configured to receive collimated light and change a directivity of received collimated light, and a reflector that is fixed and arranged on an optical path through which the first optical collimator and the second optical collimator are optically connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10591746
    Abstract: Conventional eyewear devices such as spectacles typically include one or more refractive lenses. Such lenses may be thick or bulky. According to an aspect of the disclosure, a metalens-based eyewear devices is provided. The eyewear device includes one or more lenses. Each lens comprises a substantially transparent lens body. Each lens further comprises at least one metalens integrated with the body. Each metalens comprises a respective substantially transparent substrate, and a respective plurality of subwavelength structures arranged on the substrate in a pattern to interact with visible light. The lens body may be planar. The lenses of such eyewear (including at least one metalens) may be thinner and/or lighter than conventional refractive lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Brent Macinnis
  • Patent number: 10591797
    Abstract: Conventional electrochromic devices frequently suffer from poor reliability and poor performance. Improvements are made using entirely solid and inorganic materials. Electrochromic devices are fabricated by forming an ion conducting electronically insulating interfacial region that serves as an IC layer. In some methods, the interfacial region is formed after formation of an electrochromic and a counter electrode layer, which are in direct contact with one another. The interfacial region contains an ion conducting electronically insulating material along with components of the electrochromic and/or the counter electrode layer. Materials and microstructure of the electrochromic devices provide improvements in performance and reliability over conventional devices. In addition to the improved electrochromic devices and methods for fabrication, integrated deposition systems for forming such improved devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongchun Wang, Anshu Pradhan, Robert Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 10589684
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror head having a mirror casing and an electro-optic mirror reflective element. A mirror casing sidewall has a terminal end region that circumscribes an open end of the mirror casing and has a rounded end region surface. A first substrate of the reflective element has a rounded circumferential perimeter region extending at least partially between a front surface and a rear surface of the first substrate and having a first radius of curvature. The rounded surface of the mirror casing has a second radius of curvature. The substrate thickness of the first substrate is less than the first radius of curvature. The rounded surface of the mirror casing and the rounded circumferential perimeter region of the first substrate combine to provide a curved transition between the front surface and the outer surface of the mirror casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John T. Uken, Mark L. Larson, Rodney K. Blank, Joseph D. Suchecki, Craig Kendall
  • Patent number: 10578949
    Abstract: A Fresnel lens includes multiple different zones. At least one of the zones may be an asymmetric zone that is radially asymmetric. The asymmetric zone may redirect light received from a light source located within a focal length of the Fresnel lens to a portion of a field of view of an image sensor. In some embodiments, multiple asymmetric zones may be implemented within the same Fresnel lens, which may have different radial asymmetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Blake M. Coughenour
  • Patent number: 10578717
    Abstract: An eye safety assembly for a vehicle based laser beam generating system is provided. The assembly includes at least one panel of dimmable glass that is positioned within a path of at least one laser beam generated from the laser generating system and a controller configured to control a dimming of the at least one panel of dimmable glass based at least in part on information received from vehicle systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Miroslav Bucina
  • Patent number: 10571643
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to a camera module comprising: a bobbin, which has a through-hole formed therein; a lens module, which is accommodated in the through-hole and is coupled to the bobbin; a protrusion formed to protrude from the outer peripheral surface of the lens module; and a recess formed to be recessed from the inner peripheral surface of the bobbin so as to accommodate at least a part of the protrusion, wherein the recess comprises a first guide portion, which extends downwards from the upper end of the bobbin, and a second guide portion, which extends so as to slope from the first guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Yeon Han, Young Taek Oh
  • Patent number: 10562230
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a spectacle frame face for a wearer, which method includes digitizing the face of the wearer, designing a virtual model of the front of the frame, including: loading the digitized face; plotting a draft of the front of the frame; from the face: plotting a primary draft according to the curvature of the face in a horizontal plane; plotting a secondary draft according to the curvature of the face in a median plane, constructing a three-dimensional layer from these drafts; cutting a rough form of the front of the frame in the layer; and creating the front of the frame by additive manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: AK OPTIQUE
    Inventor: Adrien Kauffmann
  • Patent number: 10558103
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a thin film is provided. The method includes providing a plurality of crystalline hexagonal tungsten trioxide particles, size-reducing the crystalline hexagonal tungsten trioxide particles by grinding to produce crystalline hexagonal tungsten trioxide nanostructures, and coating the crystalline hexagonal tungsten trioxide nanostructures onto a substrate to produce a thin film. An electrochromic multi-layer stack is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Kinestral Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Roudebush, Lina Zhu, Daniel Giaquinta, Hugues Duncan, Howard Turner
  • Patent number: 10558061
    Abstract: A lens with star-shaped optical zone to increase defocus image area is disclosed. The lens includes a central optical area to pass light to image on central imaging area of retina; a peripheral optical area formed around the central optical area and configured to pass light to image on a peripheral image blurring area on peripheral of the central imaging area; a star-shaped optical zone formed on the surface of the central optical area and configured to pass light to clearly image on the central imaging area; and a defocus area formed on a portion of the central optical area other than the optical zone. The defocus area can be used to increase defocus image area of the central imaging area, to extend a range of the optical area having defocus effect on the retina without the need to excessively increasing the defocus power of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Brighten Optix Corp.
    Inventor: I-Tsung Wu
  • Patent number: 10551620
    Abstract: A heads up display system of a vehicle includes a combiner screen having a first substantially transparent substrate defining a first surface and a second surface, a second substantially transparent substrate defining a third surface and a fourth surface. 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 positioned within the cavity and a transflective layer having a multilayer polymeric film positioned on one of the first and second surfaces, and a projector for projecting light having a first polarization toward the first surface of the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, William L. Tonar, David L. Poll
  • Patent number: 10539853
    Abstract: An electrochromic device includes a flexible plastic substrate including a front surface, and a rear surface, wherein the rear surface comprises a first conductive material; and a rigid plastic substrate including a front surface, and a rear surface, wherein the front surface comprises a second conductive material, wherein the first substrate is joined to the second substrate by a sealing member, wherein the rear surface of the first substrate and the front surface of the second substrate with the sealing member define a chamber therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leroy J. Kloeppner, William L. Tonar, Gary J. Dozeman, Kelvin L. Baumann, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Zachary J. Petroelje, Garret Denolf
  • Patent number: 10534201
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a full-frame adhesive anti-fog film structure, comprising: an anti-fog film, which has a front side and a back side opposing the front side; and an adhesive, which is disposed at an edge of the back side and arranged along the edge so as to be frame-shaped. The anti-fog film of the present invention is attachable to a planar, cylindrical or spherical lens through the full frame-shaped adhesive so that not only can the anti-fog film be fully attached to the lens but the full attachment of film also prevents bubbles from forming between the two attached surfaces. Also, an airtight space is formed between the full-frame adhesive anti-fog film structure and the lens to stop heat transfer and prevent fog from being formed, so as to not only provide good vision to users but also reduce the chance that the user will fall prey to an accident if the user's view is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: U-Gin Advanced Material Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Shih Wang
  • Patent number: 10525889
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes providing an electro-optic reflective element and a back plate. First and second spring-loaded electrical connectors are disposed in respective passageways of the back plate. A circuit element is provided that has an electrically conductive trace electrically connected to control circuitry. The back plate is attached at the reflective element, and the circuit element is attached at the back plate. With the back plate attached at the reflective element and with the circuit element attached at the back plate, the spring-loaded electrical connectors are biased into electrical contact with a respective electrically conductive element at the reflective element and a respective electrically conductive trace at the circuit element to electrically connect the electrically conductive trace to the electrically conductive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Craig Kendall
  • Patent number: 10527862
    Abstract: The invention provides an autostereoscopic display device having an adjuster for adjusting the direction of a light beam (5). The adjuster (1) has an off-state and on-state and comprises a stack (10) of layers. The stack (10) comprises a first solid material layer (100) having a first optic axis (111), a second solid material layer (200) having a second optic axis (211), and switchable birefringent twisted nematic liquid crystal material (30) or chiral nematic liquid crystal material. Further, the stack includes a first interface (130) between the first solid material layer (100) and birefringent material (30) and a second interface (230) between the second solid material layer (200) and birefringent material (30). In the off-state, the birefringent material (30) at the first interface (130) is configured to have an optic axis parallel to the first optic axis (111) and the birefringent material (30) at the second interface (230) is configured to have an optic axis parallel to the second optic axis (211).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Fetze Pijlman
  • Patent number: 10520758
    Abstract: An optical modulating device includes a permittivity change layer having a variable permittivity, a dielectric layer disposed on the permittivity change layer, a nanoantenna disposed on the dielectric layer, and a light-emitting structure disposed adjacent to the permittivity change layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Seunghoon Han, Ruzan Sokhoyan, Harry Atwater, Ghazaleh Kafaie, Ragip Pala, Yu-Jung Lu, Ho Wai Lee, Yao-Wei Huang, Krishnan Thyagarajan
  • Patent number: 10509226
    Abstract: A heads up display system of a vehicle includes a combiner screen having a first substantially transparent substrate defining a first surface and a second surface, a second substantially transparent substrate defining a third surface and a fourth surface. 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 positioned within the cavity and a transflective layer having a multilayer polymeric film positioned on one of the first and second surfaces, and a projector for projecting light having a first polarization toward the first surface of the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, William L. Tonar, David L. Poll