Patents by Inventor Joshua D. Lintz

Joshua D. Lintz 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: 20210056335
    Abstract: A variable infra-red illumination system and corresponding method is disclosed. The system may comprise a distance detector, a controller, an infra-red illumination device, and an imager. The distance detector may be operable to detect a first distance. The first distance may be a distance from a subject to the distance detector. The controller may be operable to determine an illumination intensity based, at least in part, on the first distance. The determined illumination intensity may be equal to or less than a maximum safe infra-red illumination intensity. The infra-red illumination device may be operable to illuminate a subject with infra-red light at the determined illumination intensity. Further, the infra-red illumination device may be located at a second distance from the subject. The second distance may be approximately equal to the first distance. The imager may be operable to capture one or more infra-red images of the illuminated subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Benjamin N. Pohlman, Joshua D. Lintz
  • 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: 10925140
    Abstract: An illumination system for a lighting assembly comprises a light assembly configured to selectively illuminate an operating region in a surgical suite and a plurality of light sources positioned within the light assembly and configured to emit light. The system further comprises at least one imager configured to capture image data and a controller. The controller is configured to scan the image data in at least one region of interest for a shaded region and identify a location of the shaded region within the region of interest. The controller is further configured to control the light assembly to activate at least one of the light sources to emit light impinging on the shaded region within the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Joshua D. Lintz, David M. Falb, Kurtis L. Geerlings, William L. Tonar, Bradley R. Hamlin, Jeremy A. Schut, Mark A. VanVuuren, Steven J. Veenman
  • Publication number: 20200390392
    Abstract: A wearable medical device includes a frame and a lens coupled to the frame. The lens is configured to be positioned proximate eyes of a user. At least one lamp device is coupled to the frame. The at least one lamp device emits light forward from the frame. A controller activates and controls the at least one lamp device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Thomas S. Wright, Joshua D. Lintz, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Publication number: 20200247331
    Abstract: An imaging assembly for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The imaging assembly may include an image sensor configured to capture image data and an electro-optic element configured to selectively control a range of wavelengths corresponding to light in a near infrared (NIR) range of light entering the image sensor. The electro-optic element may include a first portion configured to absorb the range of wavelengths entering the image sensor and a second portion configured to absorb the range of wavelengths entering the image sensor in a first state and to transmit the range of wavelengths entering the image sensor in a second state. The second portion may be electrically isolated from the first portion. A controller may be in communication with the image sensor and the electro-optic element. The controller may be operable to switch the second portion between the first state and the second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Keith W. Bigoness, Michael A. Bryson, Joshua D. Lintz
  • Patent number: 10699143
    Abstract: An imaging system and method are provided herein. A first light source is configured to project a first illumination onto a vehicle occupant. A second light source is configured to project a second illumination onto the vehicle occupant. An imager is configured to acquire one or more images of a biometric feature of the vehicle occupant and generate image data corresponding to the one or more acquired images. The imager is further configured with a variable field of view based on which of the first and second light sources is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua D. Lintz, Andrew D. Weller
  • Publication number: 20200202148
    Abstract: A detection system for a vehicle comprises at least one detection device configured to detect conditions in a passenger compartment of the vehicle and a controller. The controller is in communication with the at least one detection device. The controller is configured to monitor data from the at least one detection device prior to an entry of an occupant. Based on the data from the at least one detection device, the controller is further configured to identify at least one change in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The at least one change in the passenger compartment indicates at least one of an item left behind in the passenger compartment, damage to the vehicle, and contamination of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas S. Wright, Steven L. Geerlings, Matthew W. Remijn, Darin D. Tuttle, Joshua D. Lintz
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20200186701
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises a first light source configured to project a first illumination onto a vehicle occupant and a second light source configured to project a second illumination onto the vehicle occupant. The system further comprises an imager comprising a pixel array. A lens apparatus comprises a first lens comprising a first field of view and a second lens comprising a second field of view. At least one shutter is selectively controlled to transmit the first illumination from the first lens to the pixel array. The at least one shutter is further controlled to selectively transmit the second illumination from the second lens to the pixel array. The imager is configured to process the first illumination in the first field of view and the second illumination in the second field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua D. Lintz, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Adam R. Heintzelman, Xiaoxu Niu
  • Publication number: 20200094780
    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: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua D. Lintz, David M. Bostrom, Christopher B. Case, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Xiaoxu Niu, Adam R. Heintzelman
  • Publication number: 20200092970
    Abstract: An illumination system for a lighting assembly comprises a light assembly configured to selectively illuminate an operating region in a surgical suite and a plurality of light sources positioned within the light assembly and configured to emit light. The system further comprises at least one imager configured to capture image data and a controller. The controller is configured to scan the image data in at least one region of interest for a shaded region and identify a location of the shaded region within the region of interest. The controller is further configured to control the light assembly to activate at least one of the light sources to emit light impinging on the shaded region within the region of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Joshua D. Lintz, David M. Falb, Kurtis L. Geerlings, William L. Tonar, Bradley R. Hamlin, Jeremy A. Schut, Mark A. VanVuuren, Steven J. Veenman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10517158
    Abstract: An illumination system for a lighting assembly comprises a light assembly configured to selectively illuminate an operating region in a surgical suite and a plurality of light sources positioned within the light assembly and configured to emit light. The system further comprises at least one imager configured to capture image data and a controller. The controller is configured to scan the image data for at least one region of interest comprising at least one of a shaded region and a contaminated region and identify a location of the region of interest in the operating region. The controller is further configured to control the light assembly to activate at least one of the light sources to emit light on the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Joshua D. Lintz, David M. Falb, Kurtis L. Geerlings, William L. Tonar, Bradley R. Hamlin, Jeremy A. Schut, Mark A. VanVuuren, Steven J. Veenman
  • Publication number: 20190254143
    Abstract: An illumination system for a lighting assembly comprises a light assembly configured to selectively illuminate an operating region in a surgical suite and a plurality of light sources positioned within the light assembly and configured to emit light. The system further comprises at least one imager configured to capture image data and a controller. The controller is configured to scan the image data for at least one region of interest comprising at least one of a shaded region and a contaminated region and identify a location of the region of interest in the operating region. The controller is further configured to control the light assembly to activate at least one of the light sources to emit light on the region of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Joshua D. Lintz, David M. Falb, Kurtis L. Geerlings, William L. Tonar, Bradley R. Hamlin, Jeremy A. Schut, Mark A. VanVuuren, Steven J. Veenman
  • Publication number: 20190249847
    Abstract: A light assembly is configured to selectively illuminate an operating region in a surgical suite. The assembly comprises a plurality of lighting modules comprising a plurality of light sources configured to emit light. The assembly further comprises at least one imager configured to capture image data disposed in at least one of the lighting modules. An articulating head assembly is configured to support each of the lighting modules. The articulating head assembly comprises a plurality of actuators configured to rotate each of the lighting modules about a first axis and a second axis. The assembly further comprises a controller. The controller is configured to scan the image data for at least one region of interest comprising at least one of a shaded region and a contaminated region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Joshua D. Lintz, David M. Falb, Kurtis L. Geerlings, William L. Tonar, Bradley R. Hamlin, Jeremy A. Schut, Mark A. VanVuuren, Steven J. Veenman
  • Publication number: 20190168669
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle may comprise a rearview assembly comprising a display element configured for providing a rearward view of a scene behind the vehicle, at least one imaging device in communication with the display element and configured to capture images from within a passenger compartment of the vehicle, and a printed circuit board in communication with the display element and the at least one imaging device. The display element may be configured to selectively display content received from a source external to the vehicle. The display element may be suitable for receiving inputs from a plurality of sources. At least one of the plurality of sources may be one of the internet and a cellular network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua D. Lintz, Bradley A. Bosma
  • Publication number: 20180373048
    Abstract: An imager assembly including calibration functionality and a housing. An imager is disposed inside the housing. The imager includes a lens assembly. An electro-optic element is disposed on a wall of the housing and operable between a substantially clear condition and a substantially darkened condition. A light source directs light at the electro-optic element which redirects the light toward the lens assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin B. Hilldore, Tom B. Sherman, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Adam R. Heintzelman, Keith W. Bigoness, Donald L. Bareman, Joshua D. Lintz
  • Publication number: 20180316859
    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: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Joshua D. Lintz, George A. Neuman, Adam R. Heintzelman, William L. Tonar, Xiaoxu Niu
  • Publication number: 20180260640
    Abstract: An imaging system and method are provided herein. A first light source is configured to project a first illumination onto a vehicle occupant. A second light source is configured to project a second illumination onto the vehicle occupant. An imager is configured to acquire one or more images of a biometric feature of the vehicle occupant and generate image data corresponding to the one or more acquired images. The imager is further configured with a variable field of view based on which of the first and second light sources is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua D. Lintz, Andrew D. Weller
  • Publication number: 20180099612
    Abstract: A rearview assembly for a vehicle includes an electro-optic element. A first substrate includes a first surface and a second surface. A second substrate includes a third surface and a fourth surface. An electro-optic medium is disposed between the second surface and the third surface. An infrared (IR) light source is configured to transmit radiation through the electro-optic element. An image sensor is proximate the fourth surface and is configured to capture image data of an object through the electro-optic element. The image sensor is configured to identify at least one passenger of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew D. Weller, Joshua D. Lintz