Patents by Inventor Vyacheslav B. Birman

Vyacheslav B. Birman 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: 10365130
    Abstract: A pointer for an instrument cluster assembly of a motor vehicle is provided. The pointer includes a pointer arm and a light distributor formed of light conducting material. The pointer arm has a proximal end and a distal end. The light distributor is disposed at the proximal end. The light distributor has a light receiving side and a light reflecting surface. The light distributor is configured to receive rays through the light receiving side. The light reflecting surface is configured to reflect rays into the pointer arm. The light receiving side has an inner portion and an outer portion. The inner portion is disposed closer to the distal end of the pointer arm than the outer portion is with respect to the distal end. Angled surfaces are disposed on the inner portion. The angled surfaces are configured to refract rays toward the light reflecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B Birman, Guoqing Wang, Shirley Yu
  • Patent number: 10031277
    Abstract: An assembly includes a light guide having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end has a light-emitting diode package coupled thereto. The assembly may include another light guide, also having a proximal end and a distal end, with a light-emitting diode package coupled to the proximal end. A light housing may be included that defines a cavity therein, wherein at least a portion of the first and second light guides including the distal ends are disposed in the cavity. Further, a dial face may be included that is disposed adjacent to the first and second light guides and the light housing, wherein each of the first and second light guides are configured to illuminate the dial face. In some variations, flexible printed circuit boards are attached to and electrically connected with the light-emitting diode packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B Birman, Curt Ollila
  • Patent number: 10025017
    Abstract: A light guide assembly for illuminating two gauges utilizing a single light guide includes of a two pairs of light sources such as LEDs, OLED's, quantum dots or other useful light sources functioning to emit light in opposite directions. A light guide receives the light emitted by the LEDs and leaks light out of its open surfaces. A protrusion from the light guide which leaks light in a specific orientation depending on its geometry illuminates a second gauge. An opaque gauge which covers the main portion of the light guide and is located above the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B Birman, Cristian Leonard Fitz
  • Publication number: 20170176224
    Abstract: A pointer for an instrument cluster assembly of a motor vehicle is provided. The pointer includes a pointer arm and a light distributor formed of light conducting material. The pointer arm has a proximal end and a distal end. The light distributor is disposed at the proximal end. The light distributor has a light receiving side and a light reflecting surface. The light distributor is configured to receive rays through the light receiving side. The light reflecting surface is configured to reflect rays into the pointer arm. The light receiving side has an inner portion and an outer portion. The inner portion is disposed closer to the distal end of the pointer arm than the outer portion is with respect to the distal end. Angled surfaces are disposed on the inner portion. The angled surfaces are configured to refract rays toward the light reflecting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Guoqing Wang, Shirley Yu
  • Patent number: 9677918
    Abstract: A light housing for propagating light therethrough is disclosed. The light housing includes a base surface, indented surfaces extending from and connected to the base surface, and roof portions extending from and connected to the base surface. The indented surfaces form openings for light emission through the openings. Each roof portion extends over one of the openings. An instrument cluster assembly for a motor vehicle including the light housing is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B Birman, Richard Sanders, Michael J Hartmeyer
  • Publication number: 20170153374
    Abstract: An assembly includes a light guide having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end has a light-emitting diode package coupled thereto. The assembly may include another light guide, also having a proximal end and a distal end, with a light-emitting diode package coupled to the proximal end. A light housing may be included that defines a cavity therein, wherein at least a portion of the first and second light guides including the distal ends are disposed in the cavity. Further, a dial face may be included that is disposed adjacent to the first and second light guides and the light housing, wherein each of the first and second light guides are configured to illuminate the dial face. In some variations, flexible printed circuit boards are attached to and electrically connected with the light-emitting diode packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B Birman, Curt Ollila
  • Publication number: 20170148216
    Abstract: A see-through display system includes an image generator configured to emit a generated image for viewing by a vehicle occupant. A combiner is configured to reflect the generated image in a field of view of the occupant to create a virtual image. The combiner has variable light transmission and/or reflection capability. A light sensor assembly is electrically coupled to the combiner, which includes a light sensor configured to measure brightness, preferably as viewed behind the virtual image. A controller is configured to interpret the brightness measured by the light sensor and adjust the amount of light transmitted through the combiner based on the brightness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Daniel Arthur Brudzynsky
  • Patent number: 9589677
    Abstract: A gauge assembly which has a gauge surface including graphics representing a vehicle operating parameter. A pointer arm is provided which is made out of a light guide or light transmitting material. The pointer arm includes a step portion in an operative portion of the second bottom surface for reducing light received by said second surface adjacent the step portion and providing an overall even light throughout the operative illuminated viewing surface of the pointer arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Richard Daniel Sanders, Guoqing Wang
  • Publication number: 20160229337
    Abstract: A light guide assembly for illuminating two gauges utilizing a single light guide includes of a two pairs of light sources such as LEDs, OLED's, quantum dots or other useful light sources functioning to emit light in opposite directions. A light guide receives the light emitted by the LEDs and leaks light out of its open surfaces. A protrusion from the light guide which leaks light in a specific orientation depending on its geometry illuminates a second gauge. An opaque gauge which covers the main portion of the light guide and is located above the light guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Cristian Leonard Fitz
  • Patent number: 9365159
    Abstract: A gauge assembly for a motor vehicle includes a gauge surface with graphics representing a vehicle operating parameter and a pointer supported for movement about an axis to indicate a current condition of the vehicle operating parameter by pointing to a specific location on the gauge surface. The pointer includes a pointer arm extending away from a hub and a bottom surface with a negative slope angled away from a plane normal to the axis toward the gauge surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Christopher J. Volpe
  • Patent number: 9312813
    Abstract: An instrument cluster assembly is disclosed and includes at least one gauge. The gauge comprises a dial surface and a ring spaced apart from the dial surface. The ring has an outer surface and an inner surface that includes ring graphics. The gauge further comprises a pointer rotatable about an axis. The pointer may include a pointer arm including a portion extending into a space defined between the inner surface of the ring and the dial surface and at least partially visible through the ring. The dial surface my include dial graphics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Jeremy Rooney
  • Publication number: 20160096472
    Abstract: A light housing for propagating light therethrough is disclosed. The light housing includes a base surface, indented surfaces extending from and connected to the base surface, and roof portions extending from and connected to the base surface. The indented surfaces form openings for light emission through the openings. Each roof portion extends over one of the openings. An instrument cluster assembly for a motor vehicle including the light housing is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Richard Sanders, Michael J. Hartmeyer
  • Publication number: 20160091645
    Abstract: A vehicle instrument cluster lens assembly for a vehicle instruments panel includes a first layer comprised of a quarter-wave plate (?/4). A second layer which is a polarizer, a third layer of another quarter-wave plate (?/4); the first and a fourth layer being a polarizer light to a new orientation. The quarter-wave plates change the orientation of the light angle that it can be seen with a polarized eye glass lens. The vehicle lens assembly functions in a dual manner depending on the light source direction and orientation of the light to prevent light emitted from the instrument as well as making the display light visible to viewers wearing polarized sunglasses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Jeremy J. Rooney, Gregory O. McConoughey
  • Publication number: 20160093405
    Abstract: A gauge assembly which has a gauge surface including graphics representing a vehicle operating parameter. A pointer arm is provided which is made out of a light guide or light transmitting material. The pointer arm includes a step portion in an operative portion of the second bottom surface for reducing light received by said second surface adjacent the step portion and providing an overall even light throughout the operative illuminated viewing surface of the pointer arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Richard Daniel Sanders, Guoqing Wang
  • Publication number: 20140165901
    Abstract: An instrument cluster assembly is disclosed and includes at least one gauge. The gauge comprises a dial surface and a ring spaced apart from the dial surface. The ring has an outer surface and an inner surface that includes ring graphics. The gauge further comprises a pointer rotatable about an axis. The pointer may include a pointer arm including a portion extending into a space defined between the inner surface of the ring and the dial surface and at least partially visible through the ring. The dial surface my include dial graphics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Jeremy Rooney
  • Publication number: 20140165903
    Abstract: A gauge assembly is disclosed and includes a gauge surface including graphics representing a vehicle operating parameter and a pointer supported for movement about an axis to indicate a current condition of the vehicle operating parameter by pointing to a specific location on the gauge surface. A cap mounted to the pointer along the axis is formed from a plastic film material different than the material forming the pointer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Jeremy Rooney
  • Publication number: 20140165904
    Abstract: A gauge assembly for a motor vehicle includes a gauge surface with graphics representing a vehicle operating parameter and a pointer supported for movement about an axis to indicate a current condition of the vehicle operating parameter by pointing to a specific location on the gauge surface. The pointer includes a pointer arm extending away from a hub and a bottom surface with a negative slope angled away from a plane normal to the axis toward the gauge surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Christopher J. Volpe
  • Publication number: 20140167947
    Abstract: A disclosed vehicle instrument panel assembly includes a display disposed within a first plane and configured for generating an image indicative of vehicle operation and a pointer disposed on a second plane spaced apart from the first plane and extending at least partially over the display to highlight the image generated by the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Arthur S. Brown
  • Patent number: 8616147
    Abstract: A disclosed instrument cluster includes dial gauges with an illuminated pointer including light reflecting features for uniformly distributing light within the pointer. The light deflecting structure directs light toward tip of the pointer by reflecting the light of each of the first and second sides. The light deflecting structure provides the desired distribution of luminescence by directing light toward the sides surfaces of the pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Guoging Wang, Vyacheslav B. Birman, Ronald A. Struck
  • Patent number: 8261686
    Abstract: An illuminated gauge assembly includes a top surface of a light housing that includes a scale and a light guide that extends through the light housing for distributing light onto the surface of the top surface. A single light source is disposed below the light housing and directs through the light guide onto the top surface of the light housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Yang Yang