Edge Patents (Class 116/287)
  • Patent number: 10466407
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a combination indicating instrument, and has as its object to devise a hybrid combination display instrument for displaying information in a motor vehicle in a manner so as to provide a homogeneous and smooth transition between an analog display region and a digital display region within the hybrid combination display instrument. Also included for guiding the light generated by the light source, is a “light guiding device”, which has a first surface facing away from the viewer (viewing individual), and a second surface facing toward the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, INC.
    Inventors: Ruddy Cittadini, Andreas Deubzer, Frederik Belzl, Yahia Hammiche, Pawel Murzyn
  • Patent number: 10112532
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an improved instrument panel design with reduced buzz, squeak and rattle as well as reduced light leakage to instrument panel telltales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: N.S. International, LTD.
    Inventors: Anshuman Mittal, Sibing Xu, Saketh Samaymantri, Arul Krishna
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9909906
    Abstract: A dial plate is in a disc shape. A pointer body is located at a center of the dial plate and rotational relative to the dial plate. The dial plate has a plurality of grooves extending radially outward from the center. The pointer body is configured to emit light radially outward to illuminate one of the grooves to produce a linear illumination extending linearly outward from the pointer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Cary Horvath
  • Patent number: 9863794
    Abstract: Provided is a display device for which the display content is easily viewed. A display device comprises: a cover plate having a gauge section on which an index is represented and a light transmitting portion that transmits light from the back; a needle that rotates on the gauge section and points to the index; and a display that is disposed behind the light transmitting portion and shows an image via the light transmitting portion. When viewing the display device in planar view, the gauge section has an overlapping region that overlaps with a portion of a display section where the display emits light, and the cover plate adheres to the display by a transparent resin that is between the cover plate and the display and spans at least the region of the light transmitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Masuda, Yuji Okada
  • Patent number: 9804320
    Abstract: A light guide plate includes a plurality of LED light sources emitting light into two opposed side surfaces of the light guide plate, such that LED light sources having a length shorter than each of the opposed side surfaces at which the plurality of LED light sources are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masanobu Okano, Ken Sumitani
  • Patent number: 9739646
    Abstract: A display instrument for a motor vehicle has a display area visible from a viewing direction. A light source illuminates the display area. A reflector reflects light emitted by the light source. A majority of the light emitted by the light source or reflected being emitted onto the display area or substantially parallel to a main plane of the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Manfred Suess
  • Patent number: 9718399
    Abstract: A light guide device that performs uniform brightness transmitted light illumination regardless of a distance from an incident portion is provided. Light that is emitted from a light source, and enters from an incident portion of a light guide member (light guide body) made of a translucent member formed along an outer edge portion of a decorated portion, travels in the light guide portion while repeating total reflection by an inner surface of the light guide member. In the light-guiding portion, the light is guided in the decorated portion made of a translucent member from the inside of the light guide member, and is emitted outside by being scattered by the inside of the decorated portion, and in the non-light-guiding portion, the light that travels in the light guide member is prevented from traveling in the decorated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Nirei
  • Patent number: 9500791
    Abstract: A gradient light halo device gradient light halo device for creating a gradient light halo for a remote input device is disclosed herein. The device includes a backlight portion to project a backlight onto a first surface of a remote input device; a floodlight portion to project a floodlight onto a second surface of the remote input device, the second surface opposing the first surface; an ink layer disposed on the first surface, the ink layer including a solid portion and a stippled portion; and a blocking layer disposed on the second surface, the blocking layer including a non-ink portion and an ink portion. A method of creating a gradient light halo is also disclosed, as well as a method of manufacturing a gradient light halo assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technolgoies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Allen Pfau, Andrew DeScisciolo
  • Patent number: 9452709
    Abstract: An instrument cluster for a vehicle includes at least one ultra-violet light source behind an instrument panel. A base layer is applied to the instrument panel between the light source and the panel. The base is a crystalline structure powder layer operable to transform ultra-violet light into light within a visible light spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiram Aburto Crespo
  • Patent number: 8931909
    Abstract: A display apparatus for a vehicle and a method for producing the display apparatus are described. The display apparatus comprises a transparent plastic plate having a front side, a rear side, and an edge surface surrounding the plastic plate. The display apparatus has a switchable light source of visible light directed onto the edge surface of the plastic plate. The plastic plate has transparent display elements that are disposed as limited zones inside the plastic plate and have light-sensitive dopant particles. When the light source is switched on, the dopant particles scatter the light so that the display elements become visible from the front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Dino Demma
  • Patent number: 8816833
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes a meter unit, an indicator unit and a control unit. The meter unit includes an image display monitor having a screen, and a meter for indicating a value of a vehicle first state is displayed by an image on the screen. The indicator unit includes a display pane defining an opening for exposing the meter at a display side of the image display monitor, an indicator is provided on the display pane at a peripheral area of the opening, and the indicator displays a vehicle second state by light. The control unit controls independently a display luminance of the meter and a display luminance of the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tominaga
  • Patent number: 8757825
    Abstract: A control device, in particular for a motor vehicle, including a rotary switch and a peripheral display zone which are arranged on a board and which are back-lit by a back-lighting device, the rotary switch including a knob which is mounted in rotation relative to the board about an axis, the knob being provided with an illuminated pointer turning with the knob, the peripheral display zone including fixed illuminated symbols arranged around the rotary switch, characterized by the fact that the back-lighting device includes at least one light source which cooperates with a light guide lighting both the illuminated pointer and the peripheral display zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurence Fendeleur, Alexandre Uhl
  • Patent number: 7798091
    Abstract: A meter device for a vehicle with enhanced visibility that is easily discriminated from other meter devices. A speedometer includes a meter panel having an indication surface that indicates a running speed, and a finger moving in an area above the meter panel. A light guide surrounds a rim part of the meter panel. The light guide is formed with a light guiding member which guides light from a light source. A rim frame section of the light guide protrudes over the indication surface from a back side of the meter panel toward a front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Suita, Pairuch Worakasemsuk
  • Patent number: 7743726
    Abstract: An indication instrument with improved illumination efficiency. The indication instrument has an indication panel (100), an indication plate (200) on which index parts (201) are disposed along the outer periphery of the indication panel (100), a pointer (11) for indicating the index parts (201), a drive source (7) for driving the pointer (11), and an indication plate light source (light source) (700) for illuminating the indication plate (200). The pointer (11) is routed around the rear of the indication panel (100) to reach the front of the indication plate (200). The indication instrument further comprises a frame (300) for joining to each other the indication panel (100), the indication plate (200), and the light source (700). An illumination chamber (R1) for guiding the light of the light source (700) to the indication plate (200) is formed in the frame (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 7537353
    Abstract: An instrument cluster assembly includes an outer gauge that is disposed about an inner gauge. The inner gauge is flood lit and the outer gauge is back lit. A single light guide assembly receives light from a plurality of light source exposed about an outer perimeter of the outer gauge. Light directed through the light guide is emitted through a light emitting edge to illuminate the inner gauge. Light traveling from the light source through the light guide is uniformly transmitted through a curved transition portion to back light the outer gauge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vyacheslav B. Birman, Chay Lee, Richard Sanders, Christian Tanguy, Shirley Yu
  • Patent number: 7529612
    Abstract: A speedometer includes a function storage device, which has stored therein four conversion functions, a selector, which provides four options corresponding to the four conversion functions in the function storage device, and a microprocessor, which counts pulse signals sent by the sensor device of the motor vehicle to obtain a counted total value, selects the corresponding conversion function from the function storage device corresponding to the option selected through the selector according to the quantity of poles (two, four, eight or sixteen) on the drive shaft of the motor vehicle, and puts the counted total value into the selected conversion function for calculation to obtain a car speed value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Sin Etke Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Rong Chen, Chun-Chung Lee, Cheng-Hung Huang
  • Patent number: 7503666
    Abstract: A lighting device, for illuminating display designed parts on a display plate arranged parts at-least-partially around a center axis, includes a light source for emitting light and arranged at a rear side of the display plate, and a light guide body having at least one light guide portion including an inner portion and an outer portion. The inner portion has a rear side surface for receiving the light from the light source and a front side surface with a curvature for reflecting the light to change a forward-backward direction of the flight inputted from the light source toward an outwardly radial direction to guide the light so that the light can travel in the outer portion in approximately radial directions centered on the center axis and be suppressed from diffusion from a central line passing through though the center axis and the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventor: Kinya Tamura
  • Publication number: 20090056616
    Abstract: An indication instrument with improved illumination efficiency. The indication instrument has an indication panel (100), an indication plate (200) on which index parts (201) are disposed along the outer periphery of the indication panel (100), a pointer (11) for indicating the index parts (201), a drive source (7) for driving the pointer (11), and an indication plate light source (light source) (700) for illuminating the indication plate (200). The pointer (11) is routed around the rear of the indication panel (100) to reach the front of the indication plate (200). The indication instrument further comprises a frame (300) for joining to each other the indication panel (100), the indication plate (200), and the light source (700). An illumination chamber (R1) for guiding the light of the light source (700) to the indication plate (200) is formed in the frame (300).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: NIPPON SIEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 6990922
    Abstract: This invention is to offer an indication system and method of a meter part having excellent visibility and designing property. Alight is irradiated from the first light source toward the indicating panel from the side of the indicating face for making the background part of the indicating panel luminous with a complementary color to a color indicating the indicator part of pointers, graduations, numerals and others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadaoki Ichikawa, Toshinori Takahashi, Mitsuhiro Nawashiro, Norihito Kino, Hiroshi Ito
  • Patent number: 6827034
    Abstract: An illuminated dial and pointer assembly wherein a movable pointer is illuminated with a tracking external directed light source as the pointer moves relative to a display dial. A plurality of systems are disclosed for moving said pointer and illuminating said pointer with a directed light source, including a system wherein magnetic attraction allows the pointer to track a motorized light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Alexandre Paulo
  • Patent number: 6682201
    Abstract: A dial for an indicating instrument, in particular in a motor vehicle. The dial comprises an optically conducting basic body whose outside is shaped as a two-stage cone. Except for light passages (10) forming symbols, the outside is covered by an opaque layer (9), the light, which hag previously been coupled into the basic body (2), exiting there. A special feature is that the basic body (2) is produced by injection molding, and this permits the production of a non-planar outer surface, the opaque layer (9) itself being produced on the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bernward Kneer, Ingo Kopsieker
  • Patent number: 6565223
    Abstract: An illuminated control assembly which comprises a light guide having a an outer illumination section and an end illumination section. The assembly also comprises at least one outer light conducting leg and at least one end light conducting leg. Each leg has a light receiving portion proximate to light source and distanced from the illumination sections. Each leg also has a light delivering portion, wherein the light delivering portion of the outer light conducting leg is in light communication with the outer illumination section and the light delivering portion of the end light conducting leg is in light communication with the end illumination section. The assembly also comprises a control member having a light duct. The control member is connected to an input receiver and the control member is in light communication with the end illumination section wherein light from the end illumination section is transmitted through the light duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shangshyan S. Liao, Erik Steven Rickel
  • Patent number: 6267072
    Abstract: An indicating instrument includes a generally straight illumination lamp or cold cathode fluorescent lamp and a light conducting plate which are disposed on the back of a dial plate. The dial plate has plurality of trans-illuminous gauge or meter patterns. The cold cathode fluorescent lamp is disposed longitudinally at an upper side of the light conducting plate to guide the light of the lamp to the trans-illuminous gauge or meter patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Nippondenso Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Seto, Hirofumi Ikeuchi, Ryouichi Nishikawa, Masaaki Muraki, Hiroshi Niimi, Naoyuki Aoki, Kozo Ono
  • Patent number: 6149279
    Abstract: A straight cold cathode fluorescent lamp is detachably held at the back of a dial plate by a plurality of fork-shaped holders to illuminate a plurality of scales formed on the front surface of the dial plate and accommodated in the reflector which is also detachably fixed to a casing of the indicator instrument. A circuit board is also detachably fixed to the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Ikeuchi, Tsutomu Yoshikawa, Takao Yagami, Hirokazu Shibata
  • Patent number: 6070549
    Abstract: A pointer type indicator having a structure in which internal mechanisms and illuminating light sources are directly connected to an optical guide plate through the medium of a circuit board, and is capable of brightly illuminating pointers and indexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuto Iuchi, Kazuyuki Takenouchi, Yasuyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 5938311
    Abstract: A figure defining system (39, 43, 46, 57) defines a first figure as a pointer (43) on a background plate (39) and a second figure as a character plate (46) with characters and divisions, a figure illuminating system (39a, 43a, 47, 49, 55a, 51, 53) includes a rear light transmitting plate (47) for illuminating the pointer (43) as a figure element of the first figure to be visible, the rear light transmitting plate extending along a first plane, a top light transmitting plate (49) for illuminating the characters and divisions as figure elements of the second figure to be visible, the second light transmitting plate extending along a second plane crossing the first plane, and a common light source (51) disposed in a corner chamber partially defined by an end face of the rear light transmitting plate and an end face of the top light transmitting plate, and a half mirror (41) arranged between the first and second planes for displaying a combination of an optical image of the first figure, as it is transmitted thro
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Takao, Noriaki Ohta
  • Patent number: 4903171
    Abstract: A panel for illuminating an object such as an instrument in at least one aperture therein while minimizing the amount of light directly transmitted toward the front of the panel. A portion of the panel is integrally formed of light transmitting material with at least one aperture having a cylindrical portion extending partially into the front of the panel towards the object to be viewed and outwardly beveled edges on at least a portion of the remainder of the aperture toward the object for emitting light and illuminating the object, the angle of the beveled edges and the depth of the cylindrical portion being selected such that transmission of the emitted light in the direction of the front of the panel is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: SFENA Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry L. Livezey, Everett J. Horst
  • Patent number: 4807090
    Abstract: An instrument with an illumination ring that edge-lights an opaque dial face with increased light flow by augmenting the conductivity of both the light receiving portion of the ring and a bevel for deflecting light laterally across the face. The increased light flow is accomplished by an extended annular wall portion spaced from the edge of the dial face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Assignee: Stewart Warner Corporation
    Inventors: Panagiotis K. Mandellos, Renzo N. Rutili
  • Patent number: 4704984
    Abstract: A display device for the displaying of two measured values on a graduated dial 1 which has two scales 4 and 5 arranged concentrically to each other. Two pointers 6 and 7 are turnable around pointer shafts 8 and 9 which are coaxial to each other and each of which is associated with a separate scale 5 and 6, each pointer 6 and 7 being adapted to be driven in rotation by separate measurement mechanisms 13 and 14 respectively. The measurement mechanisms 13 and 14 are arranged coaxially to each other on opposite sides of the graduated dial 1 and the ends of the pointer shafts which carry the pointers 6 and 7 face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: VDO Adolf Schindling AG
    Inventor: Klaus Mayer
  • Patent number: 4274078
    Abstract: An assembly is provided which includes a mirror body for holding a mirror and at least one container for holding an indicator. The container includes a window portion under an opening formed in the mirror body within which the mirror is disposed. The mirror body is mounted to a portion of an automobile within a visible region of a driver so that the driver can easily recognize the indication produced by the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1981
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Company, Limited, Ichiko Industries Limited
    Inventors: Takayuki Isobe, Mikio Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 4233927
    Abstract: A meter mounting panel having an opening through which a dial board of a meter is exposed is made of a transparent material and has a light reflecting surface formed thereon. An edge of the panel is located in the vicinity of a light source so that the light from the light source enters the panel through the edge and is reflected on the reflecting surface to be directed in a direction parallel to the surface of the panel thereby to illuminate the same from within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1980
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventors: Akio Oikawa, Koji Sasai