Patents by Inventor Alexander van Laack

Alexander van Laack has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190389396
    Abstract: A back rest for a seat, in particular, vehicle seat, comprises a seat paneling and an acoustic element being an element contributing to forming the seat paneling. The seat paneling is in an operative connection with an actuator of the acoustic element in an acoustic area. The acoustic area can be made to vibrate by driving the actuator for making the acoustic area put out acoustic signals into a back space behind the back rest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventor: Alexander Van Laack
  • Publication number: 20190394604
    Abstract: A private audio system for a 3D like sound experience for a vehicle passenger comprising: at least one acoustic sound emitter configured to transmit sound from an audio source in an audio frequency; at least one ultrasonic speaker configured to transmit an audio beam from an audio source, wherein the audio beam is orientable relative to the passenger; a passenger monitoring unit configured to track a location of a passenger's head; a signal processor configured to detect the location of the passenger's ears and to control the orientation of the ultrasound audio beam based on information provided by the passenger monitoring unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander Van Laack, Laurent Tapin, Omar Ben Abdelaziz
  • Patent number: 10482667
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to providing of a display that can provide content through either a virtual image from a heads-up-display or a transparent display physically adhered to the back surface of the heads-up-display. The aspects disclosure herein also relate to providing a detection of an input, and in response to detection, switching the combined display from a first mode to a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander van Laack
  • Patent number: 10460684
    Abstract: The disclosure, which relates to a display device is created so that it can be integrated in a surface, providing in particular a seamless extension and an integrated appearance between the surface surrounding the display device and the display device itself and thus appears to the viewer of the display device as being part of a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Van Laack, Ruddy Cittadini, Frederik Belzl
  • Patent number: 10448193
    Abstract: The aspects disclosed herein are related to providing a stereoscopic audio environment that is based on speaker position and/or orientation. Once the speaker (or groups of speakers) are identified by the above-described techniques, the audio signal uniquely delivered to each of the speakers may be customized to produce an optimal sound environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Van Laack, Peter Wasserfuhr, Bertrand Stelandre
  • Patent number: 10417982
    Abstract: The disclosure, which relates to a display device is created so that it can be integrated in a surface, providing in particular a seamless extension and an integrated appearance between the surface surrounding the display device and the display device itself and thus appears to the viewer of the display device as being part of a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Van Laack, Ruddy Cittadini, Frederik Belzl
  • Patent number: 10416465
    Abstract: Display device is disclosed herein, and may be implementable in a variety of contexts, including a motor vehicle (for example, the instrument cluster). A semi-transparent plane is essentially placed in between a display and a mechanical element member. This allows a virtual projection of information over the mechanical plane in an on-state, while the mechanical element shows non-indicia during the off state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander van Laack, Ruddy Cittadini, Frederik Belzl
  • Patent number: 10168787
    Abstract: A method for the target recognition of target objects, in particular for the target recognition of the operating elements in a motor vehicle are disclosed herein. The method (and systems which incorporate the method) may employ various gaze tracking device, hand tracking devices, and combine inputs from the two based on a methodology for correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander van Laack, Paul O. Morris, Oliver Kirsch
  • Publication number: 20180226036
    Abstract: The disclosure, which relates to a display device is created so that it can be integrated in a surface, providing in particular a seamless extension and an integrated appearance between the surface surrounding the display device and the display device itself and thus appears to the viewer of the display device as being part of a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander van Laack, Ruddy Cittadini, Frederik Belzl
  • Publication number: 20180227696
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and a device for stereophonic representation of virtual noise sources in a vehicle, in which real noise sources caused on the vehicle are used as the basis for generating virtual noise sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander van Laack, Axel Torschmied, Peter Wasserfuhr
  • Publication number: 20180217388
    Abstract: Display device is disclosed herein, and may be implementable in a variety of contexts, including a motor vehicle (for example, the instrument cluster). A semi-transparent plane is essentially placed in between a display and a mechanical element member. This allows a virtual projection of information over the mechanical plane in an on-state, while the mechanical element shows non-indicia during the off state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander van Laack, Ruddy Cittadini, Frederik Belzl
  • Publication number: 20180219052
    Abstract: The disclosures relates to a display system for a vehicle that includes a screen with two unique and opposite curved portions, integrally provided with each other, and a projection surface. A surface of the screen is bent in such a manner that at least one curved surface and a second curved surface are formed. The first curved surface on which information can be displayed is arranged aligned in the direction of an observer. The second curved surface is constructed in such a manner that information to be displayed on the second curved surface so that it can be projected in the direction of the at least one projection surface. The projection surface is at a distance from the second curved surface and is arranged so that it can be seen behind the screen (2) by the observer in the direction of the view of the observer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander van Laack, Ruddy Cittadini, Frederik Belzl
  • Publication number: 20180220126
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a display device for creating a three-dimensional display of visual images. The display device has at least one screen, which is bounded by edges, as well as at least one first semi-transparent mirror with an outer edge and a second semi-transparent mirror with an outer edge. The semi-transparent minors are each oriented by the outer edge to a surface of the at least one screen and arranged at a particular angle with respect to each other and at a particular angle with respect to the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander van Laack, Ruddy Cittadini, Frederik Belzi
  • Publication number: 20180206036
    Abstract: The aspects disclosed herein are related to improving beamforming audio. The aspects disclosed herein employ image capturing data associated with capturing an image, and determining a location of said captured person. Once the location is determined, a beam forming audio signal is rendered to reflect the present location of the identified person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander van Laack, Axel Torschmied, Stephen Preussler
  • Publication number: 20180186235
    Abstract: A method, system, and devices for implementing a selectively lighted instrument cluster are disclosed herein. The aspects employ a light house layer (or collection of light house layers) using a combination of light and dark materials to provide individually lit indicia on a cover layer (i.e. applique layer) of an instrument cluster. The combination of light and dark layers selectively applied prevents light leakage into other non-intended portions on the viewable surface of the instrument cluster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander Van Laack, Andreas Rode, Ruddy Cittadini, Frederik Belzl, Manuel Pereira
  • Publication number: 20180173234
    Abstract: A device and method for a vehicle to provide a bidirectional communication between the vehicle and at least one passerby. The device comprises a sensor for detecting a passersby near the vehicle and an array arranged on the vehicle and formed by a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of microphones for providing an acoustical beamforming focused in a predetermined region around the position of a detected passerby for the sending of acoustical signals to the passerby and for the receiving of acoustical information from the passerby. The device also has a computer-based recognition module coupled to the sensor and the array for recognizing gestures and/or acoustical messages from the passerby. An action of the vehicle, such as reproducing an acoustical signal and/or receiving a visual or acoustical message from the passerby, is performed based upon an identified passerby gesture and/or an identified acoustical message from the passerby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: ALEXANDER VAN LAACK, PETER WASSERFUHR, AXEL TORSCHMIED
  • Publication number: 20180157040
    Abstract: A display device for a motor vehicle includes a first display unit oriented horizontally and presenting first image information toward a second display unit, which is oriented at an acute angle of preferably 45° from the first display unit. The second display unit provides second image information from an interior surface directed toward the first display unit. A combiner including a semi-transparent mirror is disposed on the interior surface of the second display unit for merging the first image information together with the second image information. In this way, the first image information and the second image information can be represented simultaneously, with the second image information represented in a plane closer to the observer than the first image information. The display device therefore displays second image information in the form of a text or image such as a warning, overlying image information such as from a navigation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: ALEXANDER VAN LAACK, FREDERIK BELZL, RUDDY CITTADINI
  • Publication number: 20180101355
    Abstract: A method and a device for adaptive audio playback in a vehicle are provided, The provided method and device enable an adaptation of the audio playback in the case of a change in the vehicle interior space configuration, which is caused by a change in the arrangement of the vehicle interior furnishings or by a change in the number and position of vehicle occupants. Specifically, the method provides for an audio signal to be played back into the vehicle interior space by at least one loudspeaker, and at least one microphone to acquire audio signals reflected by the vehicle interior space. An acoustic reflection profile associated with the vehicle interior space is generated using reflected audio signals. An audio playback profile, adapted to the associated vehicle interior space configuration, is then set for the playback of audio signals into the vehicle interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander van Laack, Peter Wasserfuhr, Bertrand Stelandre
  • Publication number: 20180041854
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a device to create object dependent audio data including a plurality of driver assistance systems and their sensors, a database with audio data, an object based audio manager, a renderer, and a plurality of loudspeakers, whereby the plurality of driver assistance systems and/or their sensors exchange data with the object based audio manager, whereby the object based audio manager exchanges data with the renderer and whereby the renderer is connected to the loudspeakers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Axel Torschmied, Alexander Van Laack
  • Publication number: 20180018289
    Abstract: The underlying aim of the disclosure, which relates to a method for recognizing software applications and user inputs is to indicate a solution by a recognition of a software application currently implemented by the user as well as inputs that have been made is made possible without additional interfaces provided by manufacturers of car operating systems. The aim is achieved in that the data decoded in the signal decoder is subjected to a first analysis, in which, by means of data stored in a database, an association of the decoded data with a known software application occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Stephan Preussler, Alexander Van Laack, Stephan Kuhn