Patents by Inventor Eric S. Sloterbeek

Eric S. Sloterbeek 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: 20200293099
    Abstract: A rearview assembly comprises a rearview device; a housing supporting the rearview device; a cavity defined by the housing and the rearview device; a first printed circuit board having a processor and disposed within the cavity; a second printed circuit board in communication with the first printed circuit board and disposed within the cavity; at least one rib having an outer edge and extending from the housing into the cavity; and a channel whose sidewalls are defined by a portion of the housing, the at least one rib, and a portion of the second printed circuit board. An air moving device may draw air through the channel. A seal may be employed to make the sidewalls of the channel generally airtight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven J. Veenman, Eric S. Sloterbeek, Brian D. Jewell
  • Publication number: 20190302563
    Abstract: A rear view assembly includes a housing with a mount extending therefrom, a circuit board disposed on the housing, and an air mover proximate a heatsink. The air mover is configured to draw ambient air from an inlet into the housing. A channel in fluid communication with the air mover is configured to direct the air drawn into the housing across a top portion of the heatsink. The rear view assembly also includes an outlet in fluid connection with the channel, adjacent to the mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Steven J. Veenman, Eric S. Sloterbeek
  • Publication number: 20190299867
    Abstract: A rear view assembly includes a housing, an electro-optic assembly disposed within the housing, and an ambient light sensor operably coupled with the electro-optic assembly. An at least partially light transmissive light sensor lens is integrally formed as part of the housing proximate the ambient light sensor. The light sensor lens is free of mechanical fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher D. Pollack, Eric S. Sloterbeek, William M. Vanden Bos
  • Patent number: 10071689
    Abstract: A rearview device system includes a partially reflective, partially transmissive element, a display module in optical communication with the partially reflective, partially transmissive element, a display element, an optic block in optical communication with the display element, a first circuit board comprising at least one light source configured to emit illumination that propagates through the optic block and edge light the display element, an optic holder operably connected to the optic block, defining at least one aperture, a second circuit board comprising at least one light source configured to emit illumination that propagates through the at least one aperture and the optic block to back light at least one of a portion of the display element and an icon, and wherein light emitted by the light source of the first circuit board and the light source of the second circuit board is visible through the partially reflective, partially transmissive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: John A. VanderPloeg, Eric S. Sloterbeek, Andrew D. Weller, David A. Blaker
  • Publication number: 20160137133
    Abstract: A rearview device system includes a partially reflective, partially transmissive element, a display module in optical communication with the partially reflective, partially transmissive element, a display element, an optic block in optical communication with the display element, a first circuit board comprising at least one light source configured to emit illumination that propagates through the optic block and edge light the display element, an optic holder operably connected to the optic block, defining at least one aperture, a second circuit board comprising at least one light source configured to emit illumination that propagates through the at least one aperture and the optic block to back light at least one of a portion of the display element and an icon, and wherein light emitted by the light source of the first circuit board and the light source of the second circuit board is visible through the partially reflective, partially transmissive element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: John A. VanderPloeg, Eric S. Sloterbeek, Andrew D. Weller, David A. Blaker
  • Patent number: 9327648
    Abstract: A rearview assembly for a vehicle includes a rearview device having a peripheral edge. A carrier plate is operably coupled to the rearview device. The carrier plate includes a peripheral wall with a forward edge and a rearward edge. The forward edge is substantially aligned with the peripheral edge of the rearview device. A housing includes a forward lip configured to abut the rearward edge of the peripheral wall to provide a substantially smooth exterior transition from the housing to the peripheral wall to the rearview device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric S. Sloterbeek, Steven G. Hoek, William M. Vanden Bos
  • Publication number: 20140192431
    Abstract: A rearview assembly for a vehicle includes a rearview device having a peripheral edge. A carrier plate is operably coupled to the rearview device. The carrier plate includes a peripheral wall with a forward edge and a rearward edge. The forward edge is substantially aligned with the peripheral edge of the rearview device. A housing includes a forward lip configured to abut the rearward edge of the peripheral wall to provide a substantially smooth exterior transition from the housing to the peripheral wall to the rearview device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Eric S. Sloterbeek, Steven G. Hoek, William M. Vanden Bos
  • Patent number: D746195
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric S. Sloterbeek, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Patent number: D746744
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric S. Sloterbeek, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: D783480
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric S. Sloterbeek, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: D786755
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric S. Sloterbeek, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: D845851
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eric S. Sloterbeek
  • Patent number: D881769
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley R. Hamlin, Paul C. Schutter, Eric S. Sloterbeek, William M. Vanden Bos