Patents by Inventor Mark A. VanVuuren

Mark A. VanVuuren 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: 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: 20200219604
    Abstract: A display system for a medical suite comprises a scanning device configured to capture scanning data in the medical suite. At least one display configured to display information in an operating region of the medical suite. A controller is in communication with the scanning device and the display. The controller is configured to control the scanning device to capture identifying information of a patient. Based on the identifying information, the controller is configured to authenticate an identity of the patient. Based on the identity, the controller is configured to access a patient record for the patient. The controller is further configured to control the at least one display to display information based on the patient record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Bradley R. Hamlin, David M. Falb, Jeremy A. Schut, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark A. VanVuuren, David J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20200214788
    Abstract: A control instrument for an illumination system comprises a first end portion and a second end portion and an elongated handle interconnecting the first end portion and the second end portion. At least one marker is disposed proximate the first end portion. The at least one marker comprises a first symbol that may be detected by the illumination system to control at least one operating function of the illumination system. The illumination system is configured to selectively illuminate a location in an operating region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Bradley R. Hamlin, David M. Falb, Jeremy A. Schut, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark A. VanVuuren, David J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20200214787
    Abstract: An illumination system for a room comprises a light assembly comprising at least one illumination source configured to selectively direct at least one light emission in an operating region of the room. The system further comprises an imager configured to capture image data in a field of view in the room. A controller is in communication with the light assembly and the imager. The controller is configured to detect a position of the marker in the image data and control the light assembly to direct the at least one light emission within the operating region based on the position of the marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Jason D. Hallack, Bradley R. Hamlin, David M. Falb, Jeremy A. Schut, Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark A. VanVuuren, David J. Wright
  • Patent number: 10705332
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a housing configured for attachment to the vehicle; a prismatic element positioned in the housing; a partially reflective, partially transmissive coating provided on a rear surface of the prismatic element; a display mounted behind the prismatic element within the housing; and an actuator device for moving the prismatic element between three distinct viewing positions including a first viewing position, a second viewing position wherein the prismatic element is tilted higher than in the first viewing position, and a third viewing position wherein the prismatic element is tilted higher than in the second viewing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: John A. VanderPloeg, Mark A. VanVuuren, Ethan J. Lee
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10414340
    Abstract: A display system for use in a vehicle is disclosed including an imager configured to capture images corresponding to a field of view rearward of the vehicle. The imager is in communication with a processing unit configured to receive data representative of the captured images from the imager. A display is in communication with the processing unit which is configured to display images based on the data representative of the captured images received by the processing unit. The processing unit is configured to receive vehicle operating data from the vehicle and data corresponding to a detection of an object in proximity of the vehicle. In response to the vehicle operating data and the object detected, the processing unit is configured to control the field of view of the at least one imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark A. VanVuuren, Ethan J. Lee
  • 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: 20180191966
    Abstract: A rearview display system is provided for a vehicle having: a rear camera generating a rearward video stream, a right-side camera generating a right-side stream, and a left-side camera generating a left-side stream. The system includes a processing circuit for generating a composite video stream from: (a) the rearward stream and the right-side stream, (b) the rearward stream and the left-side stream, and (c) at least the rearward stream. When the composite stream is formed from the rearward stream and the right-side stream, the rearward stream extends across the whole composite stream with the exception of a right corner where the right-side stream is superimposed over the rearward stream. When the composite stream is formed from the rearward stream and the left-side stream, the rearward stream extends across the whole composite stream with the exception of a left corner where the left-side stream is superimposed over the rearward stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Mark A. VanVuuren, Leah R. Hoffmeyer (nee Beck), Ethan J. Lee
  • Patent number: 9834146
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle includes an electrochromic cell, a switchable reflective element, a display module, an ambient light sensor, and a controller. The controller automatically selects a display mode or a mirror mode in response to a detected ambient light level. In a display mode, the controller activates the display module, sets the switchable reflective element to a low reflection mode, and sets the electrochromic cell to a clear state with minimum attenuation. In a mirror mode, the controller deactivates the display module, sets the switchable reflective element to a high reflection mode, and varies attenuation by the electrochromic cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: John A. VanderPloeg, Mark A. VanVuuren, Ethan J. Lee
  • Publication number: 20170320436
    Abstract: A display system for use in a vehicle is disclosed including an imager configured to capture images corresponding to a field of view rearward of the vehicle. The imager is in communication with a processing unit configured to receive data representative of the captured images from the imager. A display is in communication with the processing unit which is configured to display images based on the data representative of the captured images received by the processing unit. The processing unit is configured to receive vehicle operating data from the vehicle and data corresponding to a detection of an object in proximity of the vehicle. In response to the vehicle operating data and the object detected, the processing unit is configured to control the field of view of the at least one imager.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: Mark A. VanVuuren, Ethan J. Lee
  • Patent number: 9758099
    Abstract: A display system for use in a vehicle is disclosed including an imager configured to capture images corresponding to a field of view rearward of the vehicle. The imager is in communication with a processing unit configured to receive data representative of the captured images from the imager. A display is in communication with the processing unit which is configured to display images based on the data representative of the captured images received by the processing unit. The processing unit is configured to receive vehicle operating data from the vehicle and data corresponding to a detection of an object in proximity of the vehicle. In response to the vehicle operating data and the object detected, the processing unit is configured to control the field of view of the at least one imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark A. VanVuuren, Ethan J. Lee
  • Patent number: 9637054
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein generally relate to a rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle. More particularly, they relate to a rearview mirror assembly including a switchable reflective element and a display. The switchable reflective element is a type that is selectively switchable between a reflective mode and a transmissive mode. The display is positioned behind the switchable reflective element for displaying images through the switchable reflective element when in the transmissive mode. The rearview mirror assembly may further include either an anti-reflection coating provided on at least one of the front and rear sides of the switchable reflective element, or first and second prisms provided on opposite sides of the switchable reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: John A VanderPloeg, Mark A VanVuuren, Ethan J Lee
  • Publication number: 20150277203
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle includes an electrochromic cell, a switchable reflective element, a display module, an ambient light sensor, and a controller. The controller automatically selects a display mode or a mirror mode in response to a detected ambient light level. In a display mode, the controller activates the display module, sets the switchable reflective element to a low reflection mode, and sets the electrochromic cell to a clear state with minimum attenuation. In a mirror mode, the controller deactivates the display module, sets the switchable reflective element to a high reflection mode, and varies attenuation by the electrochromic cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: John A. VanderPloeg, Mark A. VanVuuren, Ethan J. Lee
  • Publication number: 20150266427
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a housing configured for attachment to the vehicle; a prismatic element positioned in the housing; a partially reflective, partially transmissive coating provided on a rear surface of the prismatic element; a display mounted behind the prismatic element within the housing; and an actuator device for moving the prismatic element between three distinct viewing positions including a first viewing position, a second viewing position wherein the prismatic element is tilted higher than in the first viewing position, and a third viewing position wherein the prismatic element is tilted higher than in the second viewing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: John A. VanderPloeg, Mark A. VanVuuren, Ethan J. Lee
  • Publication number: 20140277940
    Abstract: A display system for use in a vehicle is disclosed including an imager configured to capture images corresponding to a field of view rearward of the vehicle. The imager is in communication with a processing unit configured to receive data representative of the captured images from the imager. A display is in communication with the processing unit which is configured to display images based on the data representative of the captured images received by the processing unit. The processing unit is configured to receive vehicle operating data from the vehicle and data corresponding to a detection of an object in proximity of the vehicle. In response to the vehicle operating data and the object detected, the processing unit is configured to control the field of view of the at least one imager.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. VanVuuren, Ethan J. Lee
  • Publication number: 20140268351
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein generally relate to a rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle. More particularly, they relate to a rearview mirror assembly including a switchable reflective element and a display. The switchable reflective element is a type that is selectively switchable between a reflective mode and a transmissive mode. The display is positioned behind the switchable reflective element for displaying images through the switchable reflective element when in the transmissive mode. The rearview mirror assembly may further include either an anti-reflection coating provided on at least one of the front and rear sides of the switchable reflective element, or first and second prisms provided on opposite sides of the switchable reflective element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John A. VanderPloeg, Mark A. VanVuuren, Ethan J. Lee
  • Patent number: 8411245
    Abstract: A multi-display vehicular rearview mirror system (2600) and method includes an electrochromic (EC) glass element (2603) and a plurality of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) (2605a, 2605b, 2605c) positioned behind EC element (2603). A plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) (2610a, 2610b, 2610c) are used for providing backlighting for each respective LCD of the plurality of LCDs such that the LCDs utilize a plurality of imaging devices (2717, 2719, 2721) for forming substantially a single image across the plurality of LCDs (2605a, 2605b, 2605c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Ethan J. Lee, Daniel B. Lee, Michael G. Hendricks, Mark R. Roth, Craig R. Myers, G. Bruce Poe, David A. Blaker, Carsten Schaudel, Mark A. VanVuuren, John A. VanderPloeg