Patents by Inventor Wayne Rumsey

Wayne Rumsey 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: 7784953
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a mirror head assembly including a rearwardly-extending ball section, and a mirror support assembly including a tube having a larger-diameter mid-section and a smaller-diameter tapered end section. A socket on the mirror support assembly, when in the end section, captures the ball section with friction to permit angular adjustment but with enough friction to maintain a selected angular position. A spring biases the socket from the mid-section into the end section, but is compressible so that assembly is possible by pressing the ball section against the socket, causing the socket to move from the end section into the mid-section where the ball section snaps into the socket. It is conceived that the ball section and socket components can be reversed, and also that the mirror support assembly can include a two-ball mount, with a ball-and-socket connection at each end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Rumsey, John W. Carter
  • Publication number: 20080103655
    Abstract: A vehicle communication and control system is provided that may be more readily installed in a vehicle and that utilizes minimal additional wiring. According to some of the disclosed embodiments, the electrical components of the “brick” of a communication and control system are integrated into a rearview mirror assembly. Preferably, the microwave antenna for the GPS and the cellular telephone antenna are also integrated into the rearview mirror assembly. Various functions and features of the system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Turnbull, Robert Knapp, Eric Walstra, Alan Watson, G. Poe, John Roberts, Wayne Rumsey
  • Patent number: 7287868
    Abstract: An electrochromic mirror includes an integrated internal plate frame with an electrochromic mirror subassembly adhered to its flat front surface, electrical components supported on a rear with the frame acting as a heat sink and EMI/RFI shield, and a back cover supported on the plate frame. The subassembly is uniformly supported across the front surface of the plate frame for good mirror impact resistance. The mirror is supported by an angularly adjustable ball-and-socket connection. In one embodiment, the ball is formed integrally on the plate frame. The present mirror is surprisingly thin, with at least 50% of the depth dimensions being less than about 3.0 centimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Carter, Wayne Rumsey, Kenton J. Ypma, Daniel J. Bostwick, Jeremy A. Fogg
  • Publication number: 20060097855
    Abstract: A vehicle communication and control system is provided that may be more readily installed in a vehicle and that utilizes minimal additional wiring. According to some of the disclosed embodiments, the electrical components of the “brick” of a communication and control system are integrated into a rearview mirror assembly. Preferably, the microwave antenna for the GPS and the cellular telephone antenna are also integrated into the rearview mirror assembly. Various functions and features of the system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Publication date: May 11, 2006
    Inventors: Robert Turnbull, Robert Knapp, Eric Walstra, Alan Watson, G. Poe, John Roberts, Wayne Rumsey
  • Publication number: 20050270621
    Abstract: A rearview assembly comprising a rearview element, a rearview element support assembly supporting the rearview element and a mount adjacent the housing. The mount is configured to connect the rearview assembly to a windshield. At least one of the rearview element support assembly and the mount comprises a crush bracket having at least two legs adapted to be compressed as a force strikes a front of the rearview element. The crush bracket can include at least one tab contacting a heat emitting component and/or an electrically conductive component of a circuit to provide a heat sink for the heat emitting component or a ground for the electrically conductive component, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Publication date: December 8, 2005
    Inventors: Frederick Bauer, Daniel Bostwick, Wayne Rumsey, Robert Turnbull, Alan Watson
  • Publication number: 20050174663
    Abstract: An electrochromic mirror includes an integrated internal plate frame with an electrochromic mirror subassembly adhered to its flat front surface, electrical components supported on a rear with the frame acting as a heat sink and EMI/RFI shield, and a back cover supported on the plate frame. The subassembly is uniformly supported across the front surface of the plate frame for good mirror impact resistance. The mirror is supported by an angularly adjustable ball-and-socket connection. In one embodiment, the ball is formed integrally on the plate frame. The present mirror is surprisingly thin, with at least 50% of the depth dimensions being less than about 3.0 centimeters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Publication date: August 11, 2005
    Inventors: John Carter, Wayne Rumsey, Kenton Ypma, Daniel Bostwick, Jeremy Fogg
  • Publication number: 20050152054
    Abstract: A rearview mirror subassembly for a vehicle comprising a housing and a reflective element in the housing. An elastomer abuts against at least a portion of the reflective element to thereby maintain the reflective element in position within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Inventors: Wayne Rumsey, John Carter, Jeremy Fogg
  • Publication number: 20050024729
    Abstract: A rearview assembly of the present invention may include a housing adapted to be mounted to the vehicle, a rearview element disposed in the housing for providing an image to the driver of the rearward view from the vehicle, and a glare sensor positioned to receive light from passing through the rearview element. The glare sensor may be a surface-mounted to a circuit board. An optional secondary optical element may be disposed between the rearview element and the glare sensor. The optional secondary optical element may have an anamorphic lens for providing different fields of view horizontally versus vertically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Publication date: February 3, 2005
    Inventors: Harold Ockerse, Jon Bechtel, Joseph Stam, Darin Tuttle, Wayne Rumsey, Jeremy Walser
  • Publication number: 20040207940
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a plate frame, a mirror adjacent a front of the plate frame, a pivot ball connected to the plate frame for pivoting the plate frame, and a mount connected to the pivot ball and configured to be connected to a windshield of a vehicle. At least one of the plate frame, the pivot ball and the mount are made of a material comprising a magnesium alloy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventors: John W. Carter, Wayne Rumsey, Kenton J. Ypma, Daniel J. Bostwick, Jeremy A. Fogg
  • Publication number: 20040195486
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a mirror head assembly including a rearwardly-extending ball section, and a mirror support assembly including a tube having a larger-diameter mid-section and a smaller-diameter tapered end section. A socket on the mirror support assembly, when in the end section, captures the ball section with friction to permit angular adjustment but with enough friction to maintain a selected angular position. A spring biases the socket from the mid-section into the end section, but is compressible so that assembly is possible by pressing the ball section against the socket, causing the socket to move from the end section into the mid-section where the ball section snaps into the socket. It is conceived that the ball section and socket components can be reversed, and also that the mirror support assembly can include a two-ball mount, with a ball-and-socket connection at each end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Wayne Rumsey, John W. Carter
  • Publication number: 20040196577
    Abstract: An electrochromic mirror includes an integrated internal plate frame with an electrochromic mirror subassembly adhered to its flat front surface, electrical components supported on a rear with the frame acting as a heat sink and EMI/RFI shield, and a back cover supported on the plate frame. The subassembly is uniformly supported across the front surface of the plate frame for good mirror impact resistance. The mirror is supported by an angularly adjustable ball-and-socket connection. In one embodiment, the ball is formed integrally on the plate frame. The present mirror is surprisingly thin, with at least 50% of the depth dimensions being less than about 3.0 centimeters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: John W. Carter, Wayne Rumsey, Kenton J. Ypma, Daniel J. Bostwick, Jeremy A. Fogg
  • Patent number: 6467919
    Abstract: A mirror construction includes an interior rearview mirror housing having a socket, and includes a mirror mount having a ball section that angularly and adjustably engages the socket to form a ball connection. The ball section has a radially open portion permitting wiring to be laid laterally into the ball section to facilitate assembly. A wedge fits in the open portion for holding the open portion so that the ball connection cannot distort and collapse over time. The mount includes a window for snap-attachment of an electrical connector for the wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Rumsey, Timothy S. DeVries, John W. Carter, Jason Hallack