Patents by Inventor James V. Mischel, Jr.

James V. Mischel, 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: 11859293
    Abstract: Methods to partially decrease reflectivities of at least two regions on a mirror platform relative to a reflectivity of a third region are taught. A first region is defined on a surface of the mirror platform. The first region is a media display device viewing area. A second region is defined on the surface of the mirror platform. The second region is a back lit area. A first material is selectively disposed onto a rear surface of the mirror platform outside of the first region and outside of the second region. The first material increases the reflectivity of the mirror platform outside of the first region and outside of the second region. When the mirror platform is viewed from a front side a reflectivity of a third region, which is outside of the first region and outside of the second region, is greater than a reflectivity of either the first region or the second region; and a reflectivity of the first region is different than a reflectivity of the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James V. Mischel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11778706
    Abstract: Systems and methods include reading a value of a desired light color temperature-time function. A first drive signal parameter is selected for a first light source having a first color temperature and a second drive signal parameter is selected for a second light source having a second color temperature. The drive signal parameters are selected to create a color temperature for a value of the desired light color temperature-time function. First light is emitted from the first light source and second light from the second light source. The first light and the second light combine to form blended light at the color temperature for the value of the desired light color temperature-time function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Richard Allen Lindsay, Michael Martin Uhl, Johann Friedrich Adam
  • Patent number: 11737182
    Abstract: Systems and methods include reading a value of a desired light color temperature-time function. A first drive signal parameter is selected for a first light source having a first color temperature and a second drive signal parameter is selected for a second light source having a second color temperature. The drive signal parameters are selected to create a color temperature for a value of the desired light color temperature-time function. First light is emitted from the first light source and second light from the second light source. The first light and the second light combine to form blended light at the color temperature for the value of the desired light color temperature-time function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Richard Allen Lindsay, Michael Martin Uhl, Johann Friedrich Adam
  • Patent number: 11640017
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems are taught that convey information in a mirror to a user. A glass layer has a front side and a back side. The glass layer further includes a first region. The first region has a first optical property. A second region has a second optical property. The first optical property is different than the second optical property. A first boundary exists where the first region meets the second region and the first boundary is shaped to convey information when the second region is illuminated from the back side and the glass layer is viewed from the front side by the user. When the second region is not illuminated from the back side the first region and the second region provide substantially the same reflection when the glass layer is viewed from the front side by the user, and the first boundary does not convey information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11496887
    Abstract: A wirelessly enabled mirror includes a mirror, a wireless data system, and a data output interface. The mirror has a front side and a back side. The wireless data system includes a wireless data module. The wireless data system is fixed to the back side of the mirror. The wireless data module is configured to communicate with a user device and to receive wireless data from the user device. The data output interface is configured to receive data from the wireless data module, and the data is derived from a wireless stream of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Michael Martin Uhl, Steven M Swedenburg
  • Patent number: 10968523
    Abstract: A method to partially decrease a reflectivity of a region on a mirror platform includes isolating the region on a surface of the mirror platform and removing a first material from the surface of the mirror platform within the region. The reflectivity of the mirror platform is decreased within the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James V. Mischel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10972696
    Abstract: A reflective cover for a flat panel display includes a surface which is both reflective and transmissive. The cover includes a perimeter frame which is configured to couple to the surface around a perimeter of the surface. The perimeter frame further includes an engagement device. The engagement device is attached to the perimeter frame. The engagement device is configured to engage with a mounting bracket. A blackout shroud is coupled to the perimeter frame to form an opening. The opening is sized so that during mounting, the flat panel display is inserted into the opening and the engagement device engages with the mounting bracket. In operation, when the flat panel display is in an on state images displayed thereon are visible through the surface and when the flat panel display is in an off state a reflection is provided from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., Thomas A Horst
  • Patent number: 10972905
    Abstract: A wirelessly enabled mirror includes; a mirror, a wireless data system, and a data output interface. The mirror has a front side and a back side. The wireless data system includes a wireless data module. The wireless data system is fixed to the back side of the mirror. The wireless data module is configured to communicate with a user device and to receive a wireless stream of data from the user device. The data output interface is configured to receive data from the wireless data module, and the data is derived from the wireless stream of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Michael Martin Uhl, Steven M Swedenburg
  • Patent number: 10939522
    Abstract: Systems and methods include receiving a desired light color temperature-time function. A first drive signal parameter is selected for a first light source having a first color temperature and a second drive signal parameter is selected for a second light source having a second color temperature. The drive signal parameters are selected to create a color temperature for a value of the desired light color temperature-time function. First light is emitted from the first light source and second light from the second light source. The first light and the second light combine to form blended light at the color temperature for the value from the desired light color temperature-time function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Richard Allen Lindsay, Michael Martin Uhl, Johann Friedrich Adam
  • Patent number: 10841992
    Abstract: Systems and methods include receiving a desired light color temperature-time function. A first drive signal parameter is selected for a first light source having a first color temperature and a second drive signal parameter is selected for a second light source having a second color temperature. The drive signal parameters are selected to create a color temperature for a value of the desired light color temperature-time function. First light is emitted from the first light source and second light from the second light source. The first light and the second light combine to form blended light at the color temperature for the value from the desired light color temperature-time function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Richard Allen Lindsay, Michael Martin Uhl, Johann Friedrich Adam
  • Patent number: 10634910
    Abstract: An apparatus to provide reflection and information includes a mirror, which has a front side and a backside and further includes a glass layer. The glass layer has an area and a first reflectivity. A reflective layer is adhered to the backside of the mirror and a protective layer is adhered to the reflective layer. The reflective layer further includes a vanishing viewing window. Within the vanishing viewing window at least a part of the protective layer is removed from the to provide a second reflectivity for the vanishing viewing window, such that the first reflectivity is greater than the second reflectivity. The apparatus includes a data display. The data display is positioned behind the vanishing viewing window, such that when a user views the front side, the user sees a reflection in the mirror when the data display is in an off state and when the data display is in an on state the user sees a reflection in the mirror and data in the vanishing viewing window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., Michael Martin Uhl, James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Robert Larry Zerr
  • Patent number: 10502928
    Abstract: A mirror assembly mountable to a wall includes a mirror platform having a front surface and a rear surface, a chassis engageable with the mirror platform to define a mirror assembly interior, at least one electrical component disposed within the mirror assembly interior, and a mounting structure. The mounting structure includes a support member mounted to one of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis and a hanger member mounted to the other of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis. The hanger member is removably securable on the support member to mount the mirror platform to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., Patrick Daniel Erickson
  • Patent number: 10462651
    Abstract: A wirelessly enabled content delivery device includes a surface; a wireless data system and a data output interface. The surface has a front side and a back side. The wireless data system includes a wireless data module. The wireless data system is fixed to the back side of the surface. The wireless data module is configured to communicate with a user device and to receive a wireless stream of data from the user device. The data output interface is configured to receive data from the wireless data module, and the data is derived from the wireless stream of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Michael Martin Uhl, Steven M Swedenburg, Robert Eric Verme, Roger R Pangan
  • Patent number: 10106896
    Abstract: A method to create a media display device viewing area in a mirror platform includes isolating the media display device viewing area from the rest of a glass layer of the mirror platform. The glass layer has a backing layer and an optional paint layer. A solvent is applied to remove optional protective paint, if present, from a backing layer within the media display device viewing area. The protective paint, if present, is scraped from the media display device viewing area. An etching solution is applied to the media display device viewing area to remove the backing layer. The media display device viewing area is rinsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James V. Mischel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9933595
    Abstract: A mirror assembly mountable to a wall includes a mirror platform having a front surface and a rear surface, a chassis engageable with the mirror platform to define a mirror assembly interior, at least one electrical component disposed within the mirror assembly interior, and a mounting structure. The mounting structure includes a support member mounted to one of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis and a hanger member mounted to the other of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis. The hanger member is removeably securable on the support member to mount the mirror platform to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., Patrick Daniel Erickson
  • Patent number: 9921390
    Abstract: A mirror assembly mountable to a wall includes a mirror platform having a front surface and a rear surface, a chassis engageable with the mirror platform to define a mirror assembly interior, at least one electrical component disposed within the mirror assembly interior, and a mounting structure. The mounting structure includes a support member mounted to one of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis and a hanger member mounted to the other of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis. The hanger member is removably securable on the support member to mount the mirror platform to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., Patrick Daniel Erickson
  • Publication number: 20180003971
    Abstract: An apparatus to provide reflection and information includes a mirror, which has a front side and a backside and further includes a glass layer. The glass layer has an area and a first reflectivity. A reflective layer is adhered to the backside of the mirror and a protective layer is adhered to the reflective layer. The reflective layer further includes a vanishing viewing window. Within the vanishing viewing window at least a part of the protective layer is removed from the to provide a second reflectivity for the vanishing viewing window, such that the first reflectivity is greater than the second reflectivity. The apparatus includes a data display. The data display is positioned behind the vanishing viewing window, such that when a user views the front side, the user sees a reflection in the mirror when the data display is in an off state and when the data display is in an on state the user sees a reflection in the mirror and data in the vanishing viewing window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel Jr., JR., Michael Martin Uhl, James Vernon Mischel, SR., Robert Larry Zerr
  • Patent number: 9845537
    Abstract: A combination mirror and media display device assembly includes a mirror platform. The mirror platform has a media display device viewing area and a reflective area. A reflectivity of the media display device viewing area is less than a reflectivity of the reflective area. The assembly includes a mounting bracket. The mounting bracket is coupled to the mirror platform. The mounting bracket is open on one side and the opening in the mounting bracket is configured to accept a media display device. A method to place a media display device within a mirror platform assembly includes inserting a media display device through an opening in a mounting bracket, wherein a mirror platform is attached to the mounting bracket and the mirror platform has a media display device viewing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James V. Mischel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9817526
    Abstract: A wirelessly enabled content delivery apparatus includes a surface. The surface has a front side and a back side. An electronics board has a through hole. A conductive touch pad layer is placed between the back side of the surface and the electronics board. The electronics board further includes a conductive element. The conductive element passes through the through hole. A wireless data module is part of a wireless data system. The wireless data system is attached to the electronics board and the wireless data module is electrically connected to a first end of the conductive element. The electronics board is coupled to the back side of the surface and is aligned so that a second end of the conductive element is in electrical contact with the touch pad layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Michael Martin Uhl, Roger R Pangan
  • Patent number: 9686673
    Abstract: A wirelessly enabled content delivery apparatus includes a surface; a wireless data system and a data output interface. The surface has a front side and a back side. The wireless data system includes a wireless data module. The wireless data system is fixed to the back side of the surface. The wireless data module is configured to communicate with a user device and to receive a wireless stream of data from the user device. The data output interface is configured to receive data from the wireless data module, and the data is derived from the wireless stream of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Michael Martin Uhl, Steven M Swedenburg, Robert Eric Verme, Roger R Pangan