Patents by Inventor George A. Neuman

George A. Neuman 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: 20200310211
    Abstract: An electro-optic sub-assembly and method of making that includes a substrate web and an electrically conductive layer disposed on the substrate web. An electroactive gel layer is disposed on the electrically conductive layer and includes an electroactive component dispersed in a polymeric matrix. The electroactive gel layer may include at least one electrochromic component. Also provided is an electro-optic assembly and method of making that includes a cathodic sub-assembly and an anodic sub-assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Garret C. DeNolf, George A. Neuman, Gary J. Dozeman, Zachary J. Petroelje, John S. Anderson, Michael T. Stephenson, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Sheng Liu, Jeffrey A. Forgette
  • Publication number: 20200307731
    Abstract: A motorcycle comprising: a lighting system including a plurality of lamps, each of which is configured to illuminate a different region of a plurality of regions relative to the motorcycle; one or more imaging assemblies, each of which includes an image sensor configured to generate image data; and a controller in communication with each of the plurality of lamps that receives as input the image data that the image sensor from each of the one or more imaging assemblies generates, analyzes the image data, detects a vehicle from the image data, and activates whichever lamp of the plurality of lamps that illuminates the region of the plurality of regions that is closest to the vehicle to provide a visual warning to the vehicle of the motorcycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Dennis E. Vilcans, David M. Falb
  • Publication number: 20200301525
    Abstract: A touch-sensitive assembly and method of making includes a first electrically conductive layer disposed on a first substrate and a second electrically conductive layer disposed on a second substrate. A piezoelectric film is disposed between the first electrically conductive layer and the second electrically conductive layer. The piezoelectric film includes a plurality of aligned piezoelectric particles disposed in a polymeric matrix and is characterized by a haze value of about 5% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Sue F. Franz
  • Patent number: 10766422
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for an electrochromic element comprising a first substrate and a second substrate. The first substrate comprises a first surface and a second surface. The second substrate comprises a third surface and a fourth surface. The first substrate and the second substrate form a cavity have an electrochromic medium disposed therein. A dielectric coating is disposed on the fourth surface and is configured to provide for improved transmittance of the electrochromic element in the near infrared (NIR) range, wherein the near infrared transmittance exceeds the visible transmittance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jian Gao, Andrew D. Weller, George A. Neuman
  • Patent number: 10746910
    Abstract: An electro-optic element includes a first substantially transparent substrate defining a first surface and a second surface. A second substantially transparent substrate defines 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. An electro-optic material is positioned within the cavity. A transflective coating having a transmittance of between about 15% and about 60% in a visible wavelength band is positioned on at least one of the second and third surfaces. The transflective coating includes a first layer including an absorbing material, a second layer, a third layer including a low index metal and a fourth layer. The second and fourth layers include at least one of a dielectric material and a transparent conducting oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: George A. Neuman
  • Patent number: 10744934
    Abstract: A vehicle interior light intensity mapping system comprises at least one light detector configured to identify an intensity of light distributed in a plurality of regions in the vehicle. The light detector comprises an optic device comprising at least one aperture configured to receive light from a plurality of directions distributed in a passenger compartment of a vehicle. The light detector further comprises at least one sensor configured to receive the light from the plurality of directions. A controller is configured to identify an intensity of the light in each of a plurality of regions of the vehicle, wherein each of the regions corresponds to a different direction of the light received through each of the plurality of apertures of the optic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Barry K. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10739661
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an electro-optic device. The device comprises a first substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface. The device further comprises a second substrate comprising a third surface and a fourth surface. The first substrate and the second substrate form a cavity between the second surface and the third surface. An electrochromic medium is disposed in the cavity. A transflective coating is disposed at the third surface, wherein the transflective coating comprises a multi-layer stack comprising alternating high-index (H) material and low-index (L) material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Jian Gao, John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman
  • Publication number: 20200233276
    Abstract: An electro-optic device is provided that includes a first substrate having an inner surface and an outer surface; a first electrode provided at the inner surface of the first substrate; a second substrate having an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the second substrate faces the inner surface of the first substrate; a second electrode provided at the inner surface of the second substrate; and an electro-optic medium provided between the inner surfaces of the first and second substrates. The first electrode includes a metal mesh formed from metal tracings and having open areas between the metal tracings; and a first transparent conductive coating electrically coupled to the metal mesh and extending at least between the metal tracings so as to extend across the open areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jian Gao, George A. Neuman, Kurtis L. Geerlings
  • Publication number: 20200209620
    Abstract: A transparency includes a first substrate having a first surface and a second surface and a second substrate having a third surface and a fourth surface. An optical coating is positioned on the fourth surface and has a refractive index real component n of greater than about 1.6 and an nk ratio greater than about 0.4, both as measured at 550 nm. The optical coating is configured to attenuate the transmission of the second substrate and not substantially affect the reflectivity of the fourth surface, as viewed from the first surface, such that the attenuation factor is less than about 50%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200209621
    Abstract: A transparency includes a first substrate having a first surface and a second surface. A second substrate includes a third surface and a fourth surface. An optical coating is positioned on the fourth surface. The optical coating has a refractive index real component n of greater than about 1.8 and an nk ratio of greater than about 0.6, as measured at 550 nm. The fourth surface has a reflectance of less than about 1.2%, as measured from the first surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200183244
    Abstract: An electro-optic apparatus configured to adjust in transmittance in response to a control input comprises a first web substrate and a second web substrate. Each of the web substrates form a plurality of perimeter edges. A first edge is in connection with a first electrical terminal connecting in connection with a first electrode. A second edge opposing the first edge is in connection with a second electrical terminal in connection with a second electrode. A third edge and an opposing fourth edge comprise a barrier seal in a first configuration in connection with an exterior surface of each of the first web substrate and the second web substrate. The barrier seal encapsulates the electro-optic medium between an interior surface of each of the first web substrate and the second web substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Garret C. DeNolf, Gary J. Dozeman, George A. Neuman, William L. Tonar, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson, Sheng Liu, Yuping Lin, David J. Cammenga, Joel A. Stray, Scott S. McNees
  • Patent number: 10649299
    Abstract: An electro-optic assembly for use in a vehicle having a windshield is provided and includes a first arcuate substrate having a first surface with an anti-reflective coating and a second surface. A second arcuate substrate includes a third surface and a fourth surface with an anti-reflective coating. The first and second substrates are positioned such that the second and third surfaces are at least 0.1 mm apart. A seal is disposed between the first and second substrates and located substantially about a periphery of the electro-optic assembly. An electro-optic medium is positioned in a cavity defined by the first substrate, the second substrate, and the seal, the electro-optic medium including a refractive index greater than 1.2. The second surface is configured to receive and reflect incident light projected from a projector, thereby displaying information that appears to be displayed forward of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Christopher M. Derry, Bradley A. Bosma, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver
  • Publication number: 20200123844
    Abstract: A glazing apparatus comprises a multilayer structure forming an electro-optic device of a variable transmission window. The apparatus comprises an exterior laminated assembly, an interior laminated assembly, and an electro-optic medium disposed between the exterior laminated assembly and the interior laminated assembly. A first electrode is disposed on the exterior laminated assembly, and a second electrode is disposed on the interior laminated assembly. A plurality of thermal control layers are in connection with at least one of a plurality of substrates of the exterior laminated assembly and the interior laminated assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Henry A. Luten
  • Publication number: 20200110322
    Abstract: A switchable device is provided. The switchable device includes an electro-optic element switchable between a darkened state and a transmissive state in addition to a sensor having a field of view at least partially defined by a perimeter portion of the electro-optic element. The darkened state is configured to mask the sensor and visibly match the perimeter portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Adam R. Heintzelman, George A. Neuman, David J. Cammenga, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Jian Gao, Xiaoxu Niu
  • Patent number: 10591724
    Abstract: A transparency includes a first substrate having a first surface and a second surface. A second substrate includes a third surface and a fourth surface. An optical coating is positioned on the fourth surface. The optical coating having a refractive index of greater than about 1.8 and an nk ratio of greater than about 0.6. The reflectance of the fourth surface has a reflectance of less than about 1.2% as measured from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, John S. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200033667
    Abstract: A window is provided that includes a first substrate, a second substrate spaced apart from the first substrate, an intermediate substrate between the first and second substrate and having a first transparent electrode on a surface proximal to the first substrate and second transparent electrode on a surface proximal to the second substrate, a first electrode on a surface of the first substrate proximal to the intermediate substrate, a second electrode on a surface of the second substrate proximal to the intermediate substrate, a light absorbing layer comprising an electrochromic medium between the first substrate and the intermediate substrate, and a light scattering layer comprising a liquid crystal material between the intermediate substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Henry A. Luten, George A. Neuman, John S. Anderson, Gary J. Dozeman, Tammy G. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10547783
    Abstract: An imaging device is disclosed. The device comprises an image sensor configured to capture image data and a filter. The filter is configured to selectively control a range of wavelengths of light entering the image sensor. The filter comprises a liquid crystal structure configured to pass the range of wavelengths in a first configuration and reflect the range of wavelengths in a second configuration. The device further comprises a controller in communication with the image sensor and the filter. The controller is configured to adjust the filter from the first configuration to the second configuration in response to an environmental lighting condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Joshua D. Lintz, George A. Neuman, Adam R. Heintzelman, William L. Tonar, Xiaoxu Niu
  • Publication number: 20200017023
    Abstract: A vehicle interior light intensity mapping system comprises at least one light detector configured to identify an intensity of light distributed in a plurality of regions in the vehicle. The light detector comprises an optic device comprising at least one aperture configured to receive light from a plurality of directions distributed in a passenger compartment of a vehicle. The light detector further comprises at least one sensor configured to receive the light from the plurality of directions. A controller is configured to identify an intensity of the light in each of a plurality of regions of the vehicle, wherein each of the regions corresponds to a different direction of the light received through each of the plurality of apertures of the optic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman, Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Barry K. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20200019034
    Abstract: A window control system comprises a plurality of electro-optic devices configured to control a transmittance of light through each of the plurality of zones, and at least one sensor configured to identify an intensity of light transmitted through the at least one window. A controller is in communication with the electro-optic devices and the at least one sensor. The controller is configured to independently control the transmittance of the light through each of the zones based on at least on at least one of a direction of the light and an intensity of the light detected in a passenger compartment of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Autumn N. Lagowski, George A. Neuman, Michael T. Stephenson, Luke A. Bomers, Barry K. Nelson, Henry A. Luten, JR., Dennis D. Festerling, JR., David J. Cammenga, John S. Anderson, Michael J. VanAst
  • Publication number: 20190339580
    Abstract: A transparent photovoltaic (TPV) integrated directly into the structure of an electrochromic (EC) device is beneficial in that it can eliminate at least one substrate and provide more uniform coloring. Integration of a transparent photovoltaic with an electrochromic device may also reduce or eliminate the need for an electrical bus on a substrate. In some embodiments, positioning the TPV internally with the EC cell may eliminate the need for additional substrate layers or a conductive layer on one side of the TPV cell. Integrating a PV cell into the EC device can additionally reduce the need for external wiring and an external power supply. Alternatively, the TPV can assist in charging a battery where the battery can be used to power the EC device when there is no sunlight available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, William L. Tonar, David J. Cammenga, George A. Neuman, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman, Kevin L. Ash