Patents by Inventor William P. Schmidt

William P. Schmidt 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: 10286844
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly includes a housing or base member, a mirror lens and a connecting gasket member. The mirror lens is provided in the shape of a portion of an end of an ellipsoid. The lens has a varying radius of curvature. The center portion of the lens has a smaller radius of curvature than the outer portions along the major axis of the lens creating an improved field of view of the reflected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Patent number: 9802544
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly having a housing or base member, a mirror lens and a connecting gasket member. The mirror lens is provided in the shape of a portion of an end of an ellipsoid. The lens has a varying radius of curvature. The center portion of the tens has a smaller radius of curvature than the outer portions along the major axis of the lens creating an improved field of view of the reflected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Publication number: 20170080865
    Abstract: Cross-view mirrors for buses and other vehicles which provide modified image sizes. The mirror assemblies have lens members created from the shape of a portion of an elliptical or circular toroid volumetric shape with an elliptical or circular cross-sectional shape. A first embodiment has an elliptical toroid volumetric shape with an elliptical cross-sectional shape. A second embodiment has an elliptical toroid volumetric shape with a circular cross-sectional shape. A third embodiment has a circular toroid volumetric shape with an elliptical cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Rosco, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Patent number: 9511714
    Abstract: Cross-view mirrors for buses and other vehicles which provide modified image sizes. The mirror assemblies have lens members created from the shape of a portion of an elliptical or circular toroid volumetric shape with an elliptical or circular cross-sectional shape. A first embodiment has an elliptical toroid volumetric shape with an elliptical cross-sectional shape. A second embodiment has an elliptical toroid volumetric shape with a circular cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Publication number: 20140055877
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly having a housing or base member, a mirror lens and a connecting gasket member. The mirror lens is provided in the shape of a portion of an end of an ellipsoid. The lens has a varying radius of curvature. The center portion of the tens has a smaller radius of curvature than the outer portions along the major axis of the lens creating an improved field of view of the reflected image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Rosco, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Patent number: 8573791
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly having a housing or base member, a mirror lens and a connecting gasket member. The mirror lens is provided in the shape of a portion of an end of an ellipsoid. The lens has a varying radius of curvature. The center portion of the lens has a smaller radius of curvature than the outer portions along the major axis of the lens creating an improved field of view of the reflected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Rosco, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Publication number: 20130148218
    Abstract: A mirror imaging system for military vehicles such as Humvees. Mirror assemblies with preferred convex and/or ellipsoidal lens members are positioned outside the front and sides of the vehicles to provide extended fields of view around the vehicles. The mirror assemblies have spring actuated rotation mechanisms which allow the mirror assemblies to be rotated from their deployed positions due to intentional or accidental contact, or for storage or transport. The mounting assemblies can be angled to allow the mirrors to be positioned more closely adjacent the surface of the hood of the vehicle. The mirror assemblies can be rotated manually, or rotated remotely with an electronic actuation system. Mounting mechanisms for the mirror assemblies can be attached to the hood hinge members which are located at the front of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: William P. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20130067712
    Abstract: A remote controlled crossview mirror assembly for use on a vehicle that allows a vehicle operator to adjust an arcuate mirror to improve the field of vision directly in front of and to the sides of the vehicle. To operate the assembly, the operator activates an electronic controller contained within the cab region. The electronic controller sends an electrical signal to an electronic actuator. The electronic actuator interprets the electronic signal and rotates about a center point thereby adjusting a coupled arcuate mirror to improve the operator's field of vision directly in front of and to the sides of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: William P. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20120268599
    Abstract: A video camera system for a school bus or other vehicle to replace one or more of the mirror systems typically utilized on buses and vehicles today. One or two cameras can be positioned on the sides of the school bus in place of the rearview mirrors presently utilized. A pair of cameras with wide-angle lenses can be positioned on the front fenders of the school bus to replace the cross view mirrors currently used today on school buses. One or more cameras can also be positioned on the rear of the school bus to display the environment immediately behind the school bus. Video monitors displaying the images from the cameras can be positioned inside the school bus or vehicle for viewing by the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: MIRROR LITE
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Publication number: 20120200942
    Abstract: Cross-view mirrors for buses and other vehicles which provide modified image sizes. The mirror assemblies have lens members created from the shape of a portion of an elliptical or circular toroid volumetric shape with an elliptical or circular cross-sectional shape. A first embodiment has an elliptical toroid volumetric shape with an elliptical cross-sectional shape. A second embodiment has an elliptical toroid volumetric shape with a circular cross-sectional shape. A third embodiment has a circular toroid volumetric shape with an elliptical cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Patent number: 8120653
    Abstract: A video camera system for a school bus to replace one or more of the mirror systems typically utilized on school buses today. One or two cameras can be positioned on the sides of the school bus in place of the rearview mirrors presently utilized. A pair of cameras with wide-angle lenses can be positioned on the front fenders of the school bus to replace the cross view mirrors currently used today. One or more cameras can also be positioned on the rear of the school bus to display the environment immediately behind the school bus. Video monitors displaying the images from the cameras can be positioned in the cab of the school bus for viewing by the driver. The monitors from the cameras positioned on the sides of the school bus can be positioned on the A-pillars of the school bus approximately in the locations presently occupied by the rearview mirrors outside of the school bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Mirror Lite
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Patent number: 7918569
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly having a housing or base member, a mirror lens and a bezel member. The mirror lens is provided in the shape of a portion of an end of an ellipsoid and has a varying radius of curvature. The center portion of the lens has a smaller radius of curvature than the outer portions along the major axis of the lens creating an improved field of view of the reflected image. The bezel is positioned over the intersection of the housing and mirror lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Mirror Lite
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Publication number: 20090251812
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly having a housing or base member, a mirror lens and a connecting gasket member. The mirror lens is provided in the shape of a portion of an end of an ellipsoid. The lens has a varying radius of curvature. The center portion of the lens has a smaller radius of curvature than the outer portions along the major axis of the lens creating an improved field of view of the reflected image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Patent number: 7547108
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly having a housing or base member, a mirror lens and a connecting gasket member. The mirror lens is provided in the shape of a portion of an end of an ellipsoid. The lens has a varying radius of curvature. The center portion of the lens has a smaller radius of curvature than the outer portions along the major axis of the lens creating an improved field of view of the reflected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Mirror Lite Company
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Publication number: 20080158700
    Abstract: Cross-view mirrors for buses and other vehicles which provide modified image sizes. The mirror assemblies have lens members created from the shape of a portion of an elliptical or circular toroid volumetric shape with an elliptical or circular cross-sectional shape. A first embodiment has an elliptical toroid volumetric shape with an elliptical cross-sectional shape. A second embodiment has an elliptical toroid volumetric shape with a circular cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Publication number: 20080158352
    Abstract: A video camera system for a school bus to replace one or more of the mirror systems typically utilized on school buses today. One or two cameras can be positioned on the sides of the school bus in place of the rearview mirrors presently utilized. A pair of cameras with wide-angle lenses can be positioned on the front fenders of the school bus to replace the cross view mirrors currently used today. One or more cameras can also be positioned on the rear of the school bus to display the environment immediately behind the school bus. Video monitors displaying the images from the cameras can be positioned in the cab of the school bus for viewing by the driver. The monitors from the cameras positioned on the sides of the school bus can be positioned on the A-pillars of the school bus approximately in the locations presently occupied by the rearview mirrors outside of the school bus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Patent number: 6730877
    Abstract: A heating element or heater for use with an automotive windshield is adapted to prevent the accumulation of ice and slush on windshield wipers. The heater is defined by a laminate having an electrical resistance member sandwiched between the first and second films forming the laminate. Contacts extend out of the laminate for connection to a source of power. The electrical resistance member, preferably, comprises a resistance wire which reaches a temperature sufficient to melt snow and ice accumulating on the windshield wipers, but which is insufficient to melt the laminate or to create a fire hazard. Optimally, the heater is powered through an automotive lighter outlet or accessory power outlet disposed within the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: William P. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20030057197
    Abstract: A heating element or heater for use with an automotive windshield is adapted to prevent the accumulation of ice and slush on windshield wipers. The heater is defined by a laminate having an electrical resistance member sandwiched between the first and second films forming the laminate. Contacts extend out of the laminate for connection to a source of power. The electrical resistance member, preferably, comprises a resistance wire which reaches a temperature sufficient to melt snow and ice accumulating on the windshield wipers, but which is insufficient to melt the laminate or to create a fire hazard. Optimally, the heater is powered through an automotive lighter outlet or accessory power outlet disposed within the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: William P. Schmidt
  • Patent number: D468244
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain
  • Patent number: D553061
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Mirror Lite
    Inventors: William P. Schmidt, Daniel M. Swain