Patents by Inventor Thomas S. Wright

Thomas S. Wright 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: 20210125483
    Abstract: A multi-zone monitoring system is disclosed. The system includes a plurality of sensor modules configured to monitor conditions in a plurality of detection zones. The sensor modules include a combination of detection devices configured to detect different conditions based on a designated zone of each sensor module. The system further includes a reporting device in communication with each of the sensor modules. The reporting device is configured to report the status of each of the detection zones based on indications communicated via the detection devices in the corresponding detection zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: David E. Christian, Thomas S. Wright, Brian G. Brackenbury, Steven L. Geerlings, Darin D. Tuttle, Shane M. Courbier
  • Patent number: 10964138
    Abstract: A system is provided for allowing temporary access to a desired area. The temporary access may be for the purposes of making a delivery. The system comprises a trainable transceiver configured to transmit an activation signal to a remote device; a mobile communications device in selective communication with the trainable transceiver; and an accessory selectively securable to mobile communications device and capable of transmitting information to trainable transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas D. Klaver, Thomas S. Wright, Todd R. Witkowski, Matthew W. Chiodo
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10828124
    Abstract: An illumination system for a medical suite comprises a light assembly comprising at least one illumination source configured to selectively direct a light emission in a region of the surgical suite. The system further comprises an imager configured to capture image data in a field of view in the medical suite. A controller is in communication with the light assembly and the imager. The controller is configured to detect a location of the marker in the image data and control the light assembly to direct the light emission within the region based on the location of the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, David M. Falb, Christopher J. Adamski, Jeremy A. Schut, William L. Tonar, Jason D. Hallack, Michael J. Metivier, Brian J. Beardsley
  • Patent number: 10824704
    Abstract: An authentication system for a vehicle comprises a first scanning apparatus, a second scanning apparatus, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive a request for vehicle entry and capture first scanning data with the first scanning apparatus in response to the request. The controller is further configured to process a first comparison of the first scanning data to grant access to a passenger cabin of the vehicle. The controller is further configured to capture second scanning data with the second scanning apparatus to activate a privilege level associated with an identification profile of an occupant. The privilege level is communicated to the controller to define a level of access and control to one or more systems of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew D. Weller, Thomas S. Wright
  • Publication number: 20200234567
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver for controlling a remote device includes a transceiver circuit configured, based on training information, to control the remote device, a communications device configured to communicate with a mobile communications device, an output device, and a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit, coupled to the communications device, and coupled to the output device. The control circuit is configured to receive notification information from the mobile communications device via the communications device, and wherein the control circuit is configured to generate an output using the output device based on the notification information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Patent number: 10713937
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver for controlling a remote device includes a transceiver circuit configured based on training information to communicate with the remote device, a communications device configured to communicate with a mobile communications device, and a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit, and coupled to the communications device. The control circuit is configured to transmit diagnostic information related to the trainable transceiver to a mobile communications device via the communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd R. Witkowski, Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Publication number: 20200219340
    Abstract: A system is provided for allowing temporary access to a desired area. The temporary access may be for the purposes of making a delivery. The system comprises a trainable transceiver configured to transmit an activation signal to a remote device; a mobile communications device in selective communication with the trainable transceiver; and an accessory selectively securable to mobile communications device and capable of transmitting information to trainable transceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas D. Klaver, Thomas S. Wright, Todd R. Witkowski, Matthew W. Chiodo
  • 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: 20200168224
    Abstract: A remote control system of a vehicle is configured to control a remote device via a first electronic device. The first electronic device is configured to control the transmission of a semi-generic user voice command and the voice command is updated based on one or more spoken words generating an updated voice command. The remote control system comprises a second electronic device in communication with the first electronic device. A controller is configured to prompt the first electronic device to cause the updated voice command to be accessed and transmitted to a remote device controller located remotely from the vehicle in response to the input from a user-input mechanism of the second electronic device. The remote device controller processes the updated voice command, generates a control command based on the updated voice command, and executes the control command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Goote, Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright
  • Patent number: 10665090
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver for controlling a remote device includes a transceiver circuit configured, based on training information, to control the remote device, a communications device configured to communicate with a mobile communications device, an output device, and a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit, coupled to the communications device, and coupled to the output device. The control circuit is configured to receive notification information from the mobile communications device via the communications device, and wherein the control circuit is configured to generate an output using the output device based on the notification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Todd R. Witkowski, Thomas S. Wright, Marc A. Smeyers, Jonathan E. Dorst, Douglas C. Papay
  • Patent number: 10621803
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a trainable transceiver and a remote button module. The trainable transceiver base station configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a first location and the remote button module separated from the base station and configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a second location. The remote button module is configured to wirelessly transmit a command signal to the base station in response to receiving a user input at a user input device, and the base station responds to receiving the command signal by transmitting an activation signal to the remote device, wherein the activation signal is formatted to control the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, Todd R. Witkowski, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Publication number: 20200098214
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a trainable transceiver and a remote button module. The trainable transceiver base station configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a first location and the remote button module separated from the base station and configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a second location. The remote button module is configured to wirelessly transmit a command signal to the base station in response to receiving a user input at a user input device, and the base station responds to receiving the command signal by transmitting an activation signal to the remote device, wherein the activation signal is formatted to control the remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, Todd R. Witkowski, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: 10553212
    Abstract: A vehicle-based remote control system and method are provided herein. A first in-vehicle device and a second in-vehicle device are provided. The second in-vehicle device includes a user-input mechanism having at least one actuatable member, and a controller programmed to respond to input from the user-input mechanism. Upon actuation of the at least one actuatable member, the controller prompts the first in-vehicle device to transmit a pre-recorded user voice command assigned to the at least one actuatable member. The pre-recorded user voice command is transmitted to a server. The server processes the pre-recorded user voice command and generates a command for executing an action specified by the pre-recorded user voice command. The command is executed by one or more smart devices located remotely from a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Goote, Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright
  • Publication number: 20200017030
    Abstract: A vehicle rearview mirror system for a vehicle having communication capabilities for communicating with at least one of a building-automation device and an electronic toll collection system. The vehicle rearview mirror system may include a wireless communication system configured to communicate with a building-based communication system or a transceiver system of the electronic toll collection system, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil J. Boehm, Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright
  • Patent number: 10464489
    Abstract: A vehicle rearview mirror system for a vehicle having communication capabilities for communicating with at least one of a building-automation device and an electronic toll collection system. The vehicle rearview mirror system may include a wireless communication system configured to communicate with a building-based communication system or a transceiver system of the electronic toll collection system, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil J. Boehm, Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright
  • Publication number: 20190287330
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a trainable transceiver and a remote button module. The trainable transceiver base station configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a first location and the remote button module separated from the base station and configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a second location. The remote button module is configured to wirelessly transmit a command signal to the base station in response to receiving a user input at a user input device, and the base station responds to receiving the command signal by transmitting an activation signal to the remote device, wherein the activation signal is formatted to control the remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, Todd R. Witkowski, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: 10410452
    Abstract: A circuit assembly comprising a sealed interface is configured to isolate one or more electrical components. The assembly comprises a circuit board comprising a substrate and a cover comprising a polycarbonate material in connection with the substrate. The assembly further comprises an adhesive seal disposed around a perimeter surface of the cover. The adhesive seal comprises a UV curable adhesive having a chemical composition. The assembly further comprises a polyamide over-molded coating enclosing at least a portion of the circuit board and covering the adhesive seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joel A. Stray, Dennis E. Vilcans, Sinisa Likic, Derek S. Blaskowski, Thomas S. Wright, Jonathan M. Hansen, James S. Sheline
  • Patent number: 10373503
    Abstract: A trainable transceiver for controlling a device and providing vehicle position information to a vehicle occupant includes a transceiver circuit, an output device, and a control circuit coupled to the transceiver circuit and the output device. The control circuit is configured to receive, using the transceiver circuit or a secondary transceiver, image data corresponding to a position of the vehicle. The control circuit is further configured to determine a vehicle position status based on the image data and to control the output device to convey information to the vehicle occupant based on the vehicle position status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas S. Wright, Steven L. Geerlings, David M. Bostrom
  • Patent number: 10339741
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a trainable transceiver and a remote button module. The trainable transceiver base station configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a first location and the remote button module separated from the base station and configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a second location. The remote button module is configured to wirelessly transmit a command signal to the base station in response to receiving a user input at a user input device, and the base station responds to receiving the command signal by transmitting an activation signal to the remote device, wherein the activation signal is formatted to control the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, Todd R. Witkowski, Bradley R. Hamlin