Patents by Inventor David M. Falb

David M. Falb 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: 20140036080
    Abstract: An exterior light control system is provided for controlling exterior lights of a vehicle. The system includes an imaging system configured to image a forward external scene and to generate image data corresponding to the acquired images; and a controller configured to receive and analyze the image data and for generating an exterior light control signal that is used to control the exterior lights in response to analysis of the image data. The controller is further configured to analyze the image data to detect a semi-truck. When a semi-truck is detected, the controller generates an exterior light control signal that indicates the detection of a semi-truck or simply the presence of an oncoming vehicle. The controller may detect groups of lights belonging to a semi-truck other than headlamps, e.g., cab lights, so that a semi-truck may be detected even when the headlamps of the semi-truck are not detected due to being blocked by a roadside barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Schut, David M. Falb
  • Publication number: 20130332034
    Abstract: A system is provided for controlling equipment of a controlled vehicle, including: an imaging system including an image sensor configured to acquire images of a scene external of the controlled vehicle and to generate image data corresponding to the acquired images; and a controller in communication with the imaging system. The controller is configured to receive and analyze the image data, to generate a control signal that is used to control the equipment, and to automatically aim the image sensor. The controller may analyze the image data to determine a stability state for the aim of the image sensor. The control signal may include an aim stability indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Phillip R. Pierce, David M. Falb
  • Publication number: 20130320193
    Abstract: A system for controlling equipment of a vehicle is provided. The system is configured to image a scene external and forward of the controlled vehicle and to generate image data corresponding to acquired images, including a controller for receiving and analyzing the image data and for generating a control signal in response to analysis of the image data and in response to a selected mode of operation. The controller analyzes the data in order to detect at least one characteristic in the image data and selects a mode of operation from at least one of the following modes of operation: The controller selects a dark village mode if at least one characteristic reaches a first threshold, a bright village mode if at least one characteristic reaches a second threshold, and a non-village mode if the controller is not operating in either the dark village mode or the bright village mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Peter Liken, David M. Falb, Jeremy A. Schut, Phillip R. Pierce
  • Patent number: 8565486
    Abstract: A classification system and method are provided, wherein the classification system includes a memory device, a processor communicatively connected to the memory device, and an input communicatively connected to the processor, wherein the input is configured to receive data comprising at least one object that is to be classified as one of an object of interest (OOI) and a nuisance of interest (NOI) based upon at least one non-Boolean attribute of the object, wherein the processor is configured as a Bayesian classifier to classify the object based upon the non-Boolean attribute using a non-linear probability function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Wright, Gregory S. Bush, David M. Falb
  • Publication number: 20130261838
    Abstract: A vehicular imaging system for determining roadway width includes an image sensor for capturing images and an image processor for receiving the captured images. The image processor determines roadway width by identifying roadway marker signs and oncoming traffic in processed images captured by the image sensor and determining the number of lanes, vehicle location on the roadway based on the roadway size and/or width and location of oncoming traffic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Schut, David M. Falb
  • Patent number: 8543254
    Abstract: A vehicular imaging system for determining roadway width includes an image sensor for capturing images and an image processor for receiving the captured images. The image processor determines roadway width by identifying roadway marker signs and oncoming traffic in processed images captured by the image sensor and determining the number of lanes, vehicle location on the roadway based on the roadway size and/or width and location of oncoming traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Schut, David M. Falb
  • Publication number: 20130177212
    Abstract: A classification system and method are provided, wherein the classification system includes a memory device, a processor communicatively connected to the memory device, and an input communicatively connected to the processor, wherein the input is configured to receive data comprising at least one object that is to be classified as one of an object of interest (OOI) and a nuisance of interest (NOI) based upon at least one non-Boolean attribute of the object, wherein the processor is configured as a Bayesian classifier to classify the object based upon the non-Boolean attribute using a non-linear probability function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventors: David J. Wright, Gregory S. Bush, David M. Falb
  • Patent number: 7221363
    Abstract: The present invention relates to information display assemblies and various covert displays using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John K. Roberts, Frederick T. Bauer, Darin D. Tuttle, Harold C. Ockerse, Robert R. Turnbull, David M. Falb
  • Publication number: 20040202001
    Abstract: The present invention relates to information display assemblies and various covert displays using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: John K. Roberts, Frederick T. Bauer, Darin D. Tuttle, Harold C. Ockerse, Robert R. Turnbull, David M. Falb
  • Patent number: 6314650
    Abstract: A laser system comprising a laser transmitter and a laser receiver is operable to adjust the laser beam or the laser plane generated by the laser transmitter in response to one or more inputs by a user of the system. The system is operable in one or more modes, such that communication from the laser receiver to the laser transmitter results in various adjustments to the laser beam or tilt or slope of the plane generated by the beam. The present invention is preferably operable to automatically account for any drift in the system, or to adjust the slope of the plane generated by the transmitter in response to a detected location of the laser receiver. Additionally, the laser transmitter may be operable to automatically oscillate the beam in a given area in response to detection of the laser receiver in that area. Each of these modes may be actuated via a simple user input at the laser receiver and/or the laser transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Laser Alignment, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Falb
  • Patent number: 6195901
    Abstract: A rotating laser beam projector includes a power controller having a micro controller coupled to a laser power circuit which determines whether the laser beam emitted by the projector is rotating or stationary. When the laser beam is rotating, the laser power circuit delivers a first level of continuance power to the laser. When the laser beam is stationary, the laser power circuit delivers a second level of continuance power to the laser which is less than the first level of power. The micro controller communicates messages from the laser beam projector to a remotely positioned sensor assembly by rotating the laser beam at a first speed when no message is to be communicated and rotating the laser beam at a second speed, different from the first speed, when a message is to be communicated. The laser beam projector includes a bridge for delivering electrical power to a pendulum-supported device from a stationary source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Laser Alignment, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Falb
  • Patent number: 5953108
    Abstract: A rotating laser beam projector includes a power controller having a micro controller coupled to a laser power circuit which determines whether the laser beam emitted by the projector is rotating or stationary. When the laser beam is rotating, the laser power circuit delivers a first level of continuance power to the laser. When the laser beam is stationary, the laser power circuit delivers a second level of continuance power to the laser which is less than the first level of power. The micro controller communicates messages from the laser beam projector to a remotely positioned sensor assembly by rotating the laser beam at a first speed when no message is to be communicated and rotating the laser beam at a second speed, different from the first speed, when a message is to be communicated. The laser beam projector includes a bridge for delivering electrical power to a pendulum-supported device from a stationary source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Laser Alignment, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Falb, Brian G. Zomberg, Bruce A. Boersma
  • Patent number: 5689330
    Abstract: A self-levelling laser generator apparatus (10) includes a housing (12), a light source in the housing which produces a beam of collimated light, and a self-levelling mechanism (18). The self-levelling mechanism includes an electronically controllable signal source, such as a digital potentiometer (46), which is provided a command (44a-44c) from a programmed computer (38) to produce a controllable output (48). The output of (48) the digital potentiometer is summed by a summing circuit (34) with the output (28) of an inclination sensor (24) in order to produce a compensated inclination signal (36) which is provided as an input to computer 38. The computer additionally receives a calibration input (20, 21) indicative of deviation between the inclination of the laser beam and a predetermined grade. The computer produces a drive signal (50a, 50b) for the self-levelling mechanism (52, 54) that is a function of the compensation inclination signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Laser Alignment, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip O. Gerard, David M. Falb, Bruce A. Boersma