Patents by Inventor Danny L. Minikey, Jr.

Danny L. Minikey, Jr. 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).

  • Patent number: 11131580
    Abstract: A sensor cover for a rearview assembly includes a body configured for secure engagement with the rearview assembly. At least one engagement feature extends rearward and is configured for removably coupling the body with a first housing having a first predefined configuration and a second housing having a second predefined configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy J. Cercone, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Kenton J. Ypma, Kyle G. Jones
  • Publication number: 20210282885
    Abstract: A method for controlling an illumination system includes detecting a first position of a marker in image data. In response to the first position, a first light target for the first light emission is identified. Controlling a light assembly to direct the first light emission to the first light target and maintaining the first light emission directed to the first light target. The method further includes detecting a second position of the marker in the image data. A second light target for the second light emission is identified in response to the second position. The light assembly is controlled to direct the second light emission to the second light target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicants: Gentex Corporation, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Bradley R. Hamlin, David M. Falb, Jeremy A. Schut, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark A. VanVuuren, David J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20210245661
    Abstract: A rearview device having a housing that defines a cavity. The rearview device additionally includes an electro-optic element. In some embodiments, the housing may comprise a peripheral flange. The peripheral flange may have a mounting surface and a lip. The electro-optic element may be associated with the mounting surface. Further, the lip may substantially circumscribe the electro-optic element. In other embodiments, the rearview device may further comprise a mounting assembly having one or more mechanical fastener acceptors. One or more mechanical fasteners may be received by the mechanical fastener acceptors and extend through holes both in a holder and a circuit board disposed in the cavity. In yet other embodiments, the one or more mechanical fasteners may be received by the mechanical fastener acceptors and extend through and be supported by a washer disposed in the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, JR., Eric S. Sloterbeek, Elliot M. Busta, Christopher D. Pollack, Jeffery E. Irvin, Joel D. Geerlings
  • Patent number: 11039900
    Abstract: An illumination system for a room comprises a light assembly comprising at least one illumination source configured to selectively direct at least one light emission in an operating region of the room. The system further comprises an imager configured to capture image data in a field of view in the room. A controller is in communication with the light assembly and the imager. The controller is configured to detect a position of the marker in the image data and control the light assembly to direct the at least one light emission within the operating region based on the position of the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignees: GENTEX CORPORATION, MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Bradley R. Hamlin, David M. Falb, Jeremy A. Schut, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Mark A. VanVuuren, David J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20210174106
    Abstract: A vehicle monitoring system is configured to monitor a scanning region depicting a subject and includes a monitoring apparatus configured to capture scanning data in the scanning region depicting the subject. A feedback apparatus is configured to communicate alignment information from a portion of the vehicle to the subject. The alignment information indicates an alignment of the subject in the scanning region. A concealment apparatus is configured to conceal the scanning apparatus and selectively transmit the alignment information from the feedback apparatus. The system further includes a controller configured to activate the feedback apparatus revealing the alignment information identifying the alignment of the subject within the scanning region of the monitoring apparatus. The controller is further configured to control the scanning apparatus to capture the scanning data of the subject and monitor the subject in the scanning data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley A. Bosma, David J. Cammenga, Ethan J. Lee, Brian G. Brackenbury, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark R. Roth, Matthew W. Remijn, David M. Bostrom, Joshua D. Lintz
  • Publication number: 20210129753
    Abstract: An exterior mirror assembly for a vehicle includes an arm having a proximal end coupled with a vehicle door and a distal end. A mirror assembly is coupled to the arm. The mirror assembly includes an electro-optic element. The mirror assembly is rotatable about the distal end between first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Michael G. Hendricks, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Christopher B. Case
  • Publication number: 20210108783
    Abstract: An illumination system includes a light assembly. The light assembly may include a housing having a first zone and a second zone isolated from the first zone. The housing may be configured to fit generally flush with a ceiling. A movable light source may be positioned within the first zone and is configured to emit a first light. A stationary light source may be positioned within the second zone and is configured to emit a second light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Bradley R. Hamlin, Todd W. Knallay, Danny L. Minikey, JR.
  • Patent number: 10971830
    Abstract: A rearview device includes a connector assembly that has a body that includes a plurality of electrical leads that extend therefrom and are removably coupled therewith. A plurality of contact-receiving apertures extend through the body and receive a plurality of spring contacts on a circuit board. The plurality of spring contacts abut and are compressed between the circuit board and the body. The plurality of spring contacts directly engage the plurality of electrical leads when inserted into the plurality of contact-receiving apertures. A plurality of peripheral walls are adjacent the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Eric S. Lundy, Christopher D. Pollack
  • Publication number: 20210099663
    Abstract: A video recording system for a vehicle comprises a rearview mirror assembly and at least one imager. The rearview mirror assembly comprises a housing; a mirror element supported by the housing; and a processor disposed within the rearview mirror assembly. The at least one imager is capable of capturing images and of being in communication with the processor. The processor is configured to process data from the captured images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric S. Sloterbeek, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Bradley A. Bosma
  • Patent number: 10929698
    Abstract: An authentication apparatus configured to identify a user comprises a scanning apparatus configured to capture identifying information of the user and a feedback apparatus configured to communicate alignment information for the scanning apparatus to a user. A controller is in communication with the scanning apparatus and the alignment apparatus. The controller is configured to activate the feedback apparatus to reveal the alignment information identifying an alignment with the scanning apparatus. The controller is further configured to capture the identifying information of the user and identify the user in response to the identifying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley A. Bosma, David J. Cammenga, Ethan J. Lee, Brian G. Brackenbury, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Mark R. Roth, Matthew W. Remijn, David M. Bostrom, Joshua D. Lintz
  • Patent number: 10821882
    Abstract: A headlamp assembly includes a housing. A headlamp is disposed within the housing. An image sensor is disposed within the housing and is configured to detect a light source. A controller is operably coupled to the image sensor and the headlamp. The controller is operable to control the headlamp in response to the light source detected by the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley R. Hamlin, Eric S. Lundy, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10823882
    Abstract: A rearview assembly for use in a vehicle. The rearview assembly includes a rearview device operably coupled with a carrier. The rearview device includes a first substrate and a second substrate. The first substrate is disposed in front of the second substrate and includes a first surface and a second surface. The second substrate includes a third surface and a fourth surface. A bezel extends around a peripheral edge of the rearview device. A portion of the bezel extends behind the fourth surface of the second substrate. An applique is disposed over a front surface of the rearview device proximate the peripheral edge thereof. The applique includes an aesthetic design configured to closely match trim styling of an interior of the vehicle. A protective layer is disposed over the applique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley R. Hamlin, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10807535
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Richard T. Fish, Jr., Bradley R. Hamlin, Michael F. Lisowski, Jason D. Hallack
  • Patent number: 10739591
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a front shield having a first side and a second side. A partially reflective, partially transmissive element is mounted on the first side. A rear shield is disposed behind the front shield. A display module is mounted between the front shield and the rear shield and includes in order from the front shield: a display; an optic block; a heat sink having an edge lit PCB mounted along a top edge thereof; and a PCB. The front shield is secured to at least one component of the display module with a first retaining feature and the rear shield is secured to at least one component of the display module with a second retaining feature. A housing at least partially surrounds the partially reflective, partially transmissive element, the front shield, carrier plate, display module, and rear shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ethan J. Lee, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Bradley R. Hamlin, Eric P. Kern, Richard T. Fish, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20200214787
    Abstract: An illumination system for a room comprises a light assembly comprising at least one illumination source configured to selectively direct at least one light emission in an operating region of the room. The system further comprises an imager configured to capture image data in a field of view in the room. A controller is in communication with the light assembly and the imager. The controller is configured to detect a position of the marker in the image data and control the light assembly to direct the at least one light emission within the operating region based on the position of the marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Bradley R. Hamlin, David M. Falb, Jeremy A. Schut, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark A. VanVuuren, David J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20200219604
    Abstract: A display system for a medical suite comprises a scanning device configured to capture scanning data in the medical suite. At least one display configured to display information in an operating region of the medical suite. A controller is in communication with the scanning device and the display. The controller is configured to control the scanning device to capture identifying information of a patient. Based on the identifying information, the controller is configured to authenticate an identity of the patient. Based on the identity, the controller is configured to access a patient record for the patient. The controller is further configured to control the at least one display to display information based on the patient record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Bradley R. Hamlin, David M. Falb, Jeremy A. Schut, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark A. VanVuuren, David J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20200214788
    Abstract: A control instrument for an illumination system comprises a first end portion and a second end portion and an elongated handle interconnecting the first end portion and the second end portion. At least one marker is disposed proximate the first end portion. The at least one marker comprises a first symbol that may be detected by the illumination system to control at least one operating function of the illumination system. The illumination system is configured to selectively illuminate a location in an operating region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Bradley R. Hamlin, David M. Falb, Jeremy A. Schut, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark A. VanVuuren, David J. Wright
  • Patent number: 10696230
    Abstract: A rearview mirror for a vehicle includes a substrate having a reflective surface thereon and an actuation mechanism coupled within the substrate. The actuation mechanism includes a socket plate rotatably coupled within the cavity of the housing at a first end thereof and extending to a second end and a link element rotatably coupled within the cavity of the housing adjacent the second end of the socket and engaged with the socket plate to rotate the socket plate about the first end by rotation of the link element. The actuation mechanism further includes a clutch plate rigidly coupled with the link element about an axis thereof and an input element positioned on, rotatable about, and slideable along the axis of the link element. The input element releasably engages the clutch plate under a force applied thereto along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Ulrich A. Kuester, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20200193200
    Abstract: An authentication apparatus configured to identify a user comprises a scanning apparatus configured to capture identifying information of the user and a feedback apparatus configured to communicate alignment information for the scanning apparatus to a user. A controller is in communication with the scanning apparatus and the alignment apparatus. The controller is configured to activate the feedback apparatus to reveal the alignment information identifying an alignment with the scanning apparatus. The controller is further configured to capture the identifying information of the user and identify the user in response to the identifying information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley A. Bosma, David J. Cammenga, Ethan J. Lee, Brian G. Brackenbury, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark R. Roth, Matthew W. Remijn, David M. Bostrom, Joshua D. Lintz
  • Patent number: D931775
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Luke A. Bomers, Mark R. Roth, Carl N. Wassink