Mirror Or Picture Position Adjustable Patents (Class 248/476)
  • Patent number: 10529260
    Abstract: According to the present specification there is provided a system for mounting a plurality of display units, which system comprises a display locating component that is substantially two-dimensional. The display locating component defines a surface having a profile, and the display locating component has a plurality of mounting positions each at a predetermined position on the display locating component, each mounting position configured to receive at least one of the display units. The system also comprises a plurality of adjustable mounts configured to: support the display locating component, and adjust the profile of the display locating component to within a given profile tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS USA, INC.
    Inventors: Bryan Russell Hemphill, Daniel Robert Adema, Paul Groh, Maximilian Pfeifle
  • Patent number: 10477995
    Abstract: A mounting device (1) for adjustable mounting of an object on a wall comprises a housing (3), comprising a body (5) and a lid (7). The body (5) is adapted for being mounted on the wall. The device (1) further comprises a substantially vertically extending adjustment element (9) extending through the housing (3), and a receiving element (11) connected to an end of the adjustment element (9). The receiving element (11) is adapted for receiving the object to be mounted on the wall. The device (1) further comprises a locking element (13) arranged within said housing (3) for locking movement of the adjustment element (9), the locking element (13) being arranged to be selectively movable between a movement restriction state and a movement allowing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Absolut Art AB
    Inventors: Alexander Lervik, Jesper Blom, Hampus Krantz
  • Patent number: 10133024
    Abstract: An optical element holding device adjusts an optical element about a first and second axis and includes a main support, and a first plate-shaped support mounted on the main support via a first flexure bearing. The first support can pivot about the first axis. A second support is mounted on the first support via a second flexure bearing and can pivot about the second axis and fasten to the optical element. A first and second actuating element are actuated from a same side of the optical element holding device. A transmission device connected to the first and the second supports transmits the second actuating element movement acting on the transmission device into a pivoting movement of the second support about the second axis. The pivoting positions of the first and second supports can be set by the actuating elements and the second axis is oriented substantially perpendicularly to the plate-shaped first support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TRUMPF LASER GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Liermann, Manuel Wolf, Jochen Doerner, Sarah Hilarius, Walter de Wall
  • Patent number: 10133025
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical apparatus, which is configured to output image information and comprises a housing; a light source; an optical device; an optical device carrier, wherein the optical device is mounted on the optical device carrier and positioned on one side of the optical device carrier; a support plate positioned on the other side of the optical device carrier and being one part of the housing; and a connecting piece, wherein one end of the connecting piece penetrates the support plate and then is connected with the optical device carrier, and the relative positions of the connecting piece and the support plate are fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: HISENSE CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Qiang Li, Wensheng Lu
  • Patent number: 9839249
    Abstract: A headwear cover system includes a left receiver base and a right receiver base, each receiver base including a respective receiver adapted to provide an attachment point for an elongated cover support member. Each receiver base is also associated with a respective hat connector which allows the respective receiver base to be connected to the brim of a hat. The elongated cover support member has two connectors, each connector adapted to be releasably secured to a respective one of the receivers. A cover sheet is included in the system and is adapted to be secured along at least a portion of the length of the cover support member. The cover sheet hangs down from the cover support member to provide the desired covering function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Bunkerhead L.L.C.
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Bullock, Peggy Bythewood Bullock, Edward Coster Bullock
  • Patent number: 9428104
    Abstract: Provided is a lamp for a vehicle comprising a housing having a mirror mounted therein and a signal lamp provided on a surface of the housing. The signal lamp includes a reflecting portion, a lens unit located in front of the reflecting portion and including a half mirror formed on at least a portion of a surface of the lens unit, a supporting portion located between the reflecting portion and the lens unit, and a light source unit including a plurality of light sources. The signal lamp forms an original image of the light source unit and one or more reflected images obtained by reflecting the original image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Yong Hwan Kim, Hyo Jin Han
  • Patent number: 9320157
    Abstract: A display device including: a display panel; a chassis base that houses the display panel on one side and comprises at least one pair of supporting bosses on the other side; and a wall-mount holder that is connected to the pair of supporting bosses and includes a supporting rod coupling hole, wherein the pair of supporting bosses includes a first supporting boss and a second supporting boss, and wherein the first supporting boss and the second supporting boss include a guide pin and a screw groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Ho Hwang, Jae-Sang Lee, Kwang-Wook Choi
  • Patent number: 9187039
    Abstract: A door mirror support structure is provided in which an inner base being die-molded and having a door mirror support portion is mounted on a support plate provided on a door, wherein the inner base has a plurality of frames including at least a pair of vertical frames, a pair of horizontal frames that project outward from lower ends of the vertical frames, a pair of extending frames that have inner ends connected to outer ends of the horizontal frames, extend outward and have outer ends connected to each other, and a linking frame that links the inner ends of the pair of extending frames so as to form the door mirror support portion in cooperation with the extending frames, and the inner base is formed so that spaces are created between the frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventor: Masakazu Tada
  • Patent number: 9079537
    Abstract: An automotive side view mirror attachment assembly includes a polymeric outer shell having a metal reinforcement member coupled thereto, wherein the polymeric outer shell forms form closures about connecting features of the metal reinforcement member, so as to provide an operably coupling between the polymeric outer shell and the metal reinforcing member that is secured by independent connection locations that are effective to support an external mirror assembly in multiple dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bert Niessen, Andreas Thiessen, Michael Meyer, Helmut Olbricht
  • Patent number: 9038982
    Abstract: A device is provided for hanging a frame member against a wall includes a crossbar and first and second vertical arms oriented perpendicular to the crossbar. The crossbar has a longitudinal track and a leveling bubble. The first and second vertical arms each have a linear track that extends along the length, and a marker on the rearward surface thereof. The vertical arms are retained to the crossbar by knuckles having a guide for slideably engaging the linear track of the vertical arms and the first vertical arms are retained perpendicular to the crossbar and are longitudinally moveable perpendicular to the linear edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Marks
  • Publication number: 20150060627
    Abstract: A frame hanging article and method are provided whereby the article is suited for hanging frames and adjusting vertical position of a frame hanging on a wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Marshall Stauber
  • Patent number: 8899541
    Abstract: An adjustable fastener includes a base having a first surface and an opposing second surface. At least two flanges extend outwardly from the second surface. The flanges are spaced-apart along a longitudinal axis of the base. At least one tab is movably attached to the base. The tab is positioned between the two flanges and includes at least one rib extending outwardly therefrom. A carriage is movably attachable to the base. The carriage is directly attachable to at least a portion of an object. The carriage includes at least one elongated extension having a plurality of complementary spaced-apart ribs for engaging the rib of the tab of the base to locate and retain the elongated extension on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua E. Bixler
  • Patent number: 8864094
    Abstract: A mirror mount that mounts a mirror to a fender of a vehicle includes a base member having a first end generally vertical when the base member is affixed to a fender and arranged to receive a fastener passing through the first end, through the fender, and into the base member so as to fasten the base member to the fender, a second end, a side portion extending between the first end and the second end and having a contour that follows an exterior profile of the fender, and a reinforcement reinforcing the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Velvac, Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas L. Roberts, Jeffery R. Porter
  • Patent number: 8864095
    Abstract: A device is provided for hanging a frame member against a wall includes a crossbar and first and second vertical arms oriented perpendicular to the crossbar. The crossbar has a longitudinal track and a leveling bubble. The first and second vertical arms each have a linear track that extends along the length, and a marker on the rearward surface thereof. The vertical arms are retained to the crossbar by knuckles having a guide for slideably engaging the linear track of the vertical arms and the first vertical arms are retained perpendicular to the crossbar and are longitudinally moveable perpendicular to the linear edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Michael A. Marks
  • Patent number: 8820696
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for a picture hanging device for mounting a picture to a retention member engaged to a wall that includes a tube having a top portion and a bottom portion, the bottom portion of the tube is designed to receive a retention member mounted to a wall, the top portion of the tube extends into the air for correctly aligning the picture on the retention member and contains a protective cap, whereby a hanging mechanism engaged to the picture is positioned about the tube and is slid down the tube for engagement to the retention member and the tube is positioned within the center of the picture for correctly aligning the picture on the retention member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Rustam N. Wadia
  • Publication number: 20140231611
    Abstract: A picture hanging system includes a picture joined to the front side of a backing by a spacer, wherein the spacer spaces the picture from the backing. A hanger is joined to the back side of the backing to mount the backing to a wall. The hanger includes an anchor portion which is joined to the backing and an array portion which includes a plurality of apertures. The apertures are circular and positioned in an offset array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey A Svihilik
  • Patent number: 8807502
    Abstract: An adjustable fastener includes a base configured to be fixedly attached to a structure. The base defines a longitudinally extending channel therein. At least a portion of the channel has a plurality of spaced-apart ribs or teeth extending inwardly into the channel. A carriage is movably attached to the base. The carriage is directly attachable to at least a portion of an object. The carriage includes at least two laterally spaced-apart elongated extensions. Each extension has a plurality of complimentary spaced-apart ribs or teeth for engaging the plurality of ribs or teeth of the base to locate and retain the elongated extensions within the channel of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua E. Bixler
  • Patent number: 8807510
    Abstract: Accuracy of positioning of a turning body to a mounting member when the mounting member and a support member are separate components is improved. In a vehicle door mirror device, a stand of a housing device is mounted to a base by being fastened with mounting screws. Axial directions of the mounting screws are angled with respect to an axial direction of the stand. An inner periphery abutting face and a vertical abutting face of the stand are abutted against an outer periphery abutting face and a perpendicular abutting face of the base in directions perpendicular to the axis of the stand. Thus, the stand is positioned to the base in whole directions perpendicular to the axis of the stand. Therefore, positioning accuracy of the housing device and a main body portion to the base in whole directions perpendicular to the axis of the stand can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kenichi Sugisaka, Masami Kato
  • Patent number: 8770769
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a door mirror for an automobile in which a variation in a gap between a bottom wall of a housing and a pedestal portion of a door-mirror base is eliminated. In this door mirror for an automobile, even if distortion, contraction error or the like occurs in a lower housing after molding, if the frame and the shaft are assembled rotatably with accuracy, since a lower end face of a shaft container portion provided on the frame rotatably connected to the shaft fixed to a pedestal portion of the door-mirror base is in contact with the peripheral edge portion of an opening portion in the inner face of a bottom wall of the lower housing, the housing can be fixed to the frame without an error in the positional relationship between the peripheral edge portion of the opening portion of the lower housing and the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventor: Kentaro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8740171
    Abstract: A hanging system having a panel with a front and back surface, wherein an adhesive component is on the front surface, and a pin on the back surface, the pin extends outwardly from the back surface at an angle with respect to the back surface, the angle being between about 50 to 80 degrees, the pin has an outer end, wherein the outer end is pointed so as to allow for a puncturing effect when pressed into a wall material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Philip J. Crescenzo
  • Patent number: 8695939
    Abstract: A display device includes a body, a supporting member and a fastening member. The body has an accommodating portion, and the supporting member assembled to the accommodating portion for supporting the body is in the first state or the second state. The supporting member in the first state is switched to the second state when pivoting in an angle. The fastening member is detachably assembled to a first position or a second position of the supporting member, such that the supporting member is fastened to the accommodating portion of the body by the fastening member. The fastening member is assembled to the first position of the supporting member when the supporting member assembled to the accommodating portion is in the first state, and the fastening member is assembled to the second position of the supporting member when the supporting member assembled to the accommodating portion is in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Yin-Ting Lee, Chun-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 8672286
    Abstract: An adjustable wall hanger includes (1) an elongated bracket with a front surface including markings and a rear surface including serrations, (2) mounting members near each end of the elongated bracket, (3) an elongated slot, (4) a hook assembly including a hook member secured by a hook fastener, including a hook portion distal from a clamp portion including a planar section, jaws, and a cam, and the hook fastener includes a base with a post, serrated teeth, and lugs extending from the post, the post including detents between the base and lugs, wherein closed configuration includes the hook member against the front surface to lock the hook assembly in position, and open configuration includes the planar surface against the front surface so that the hook assembly is movable, and the lugs fit within the jaws to secure the hook member to the fastener and to the elongated bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Laura Darré, Kathryn Pisciotta
  • Patent number: 8667623
    Abstract: Various apparatus and methods involve a showerhead that directs a stream of fluid through a portion of a cavity in a direct heat transfer relationship with a reflective surface prior to directing a stream out of the cavity and through a plurality of apertures toward a user. In an illustrative example, the user may view an image on the reflective surface while being sprayed with the plurality of streams in a steam filled environment. In some examples, the showerhead may include an inlet configured to direct the fluid toward the reflective surface as it enters the cavity. In some examples, the showerhead may operate to substantially reduce or prevent condensation from forming on the reflective surface by promoting heat transfer from the fluid to the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Clifson Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas G. Paget
  • Publication number: 20140063630
    Abstract: A rearview device having a rearview display. A rearview device attachment assembly is connected with the rearview display and includes a mount and an attachment clip coupled to the mount. The attachment clip includes a base and first and second opposing flex members extending from the base, each including an arcuate flex portion extending from the base. A connecting portion extends from the arcuate flex portion at an angle toward the base. An engagement portion extends away from the connecting portion at an angle away from the base. First and second protrusions project from the mount, each extending through first and second slots, respectively, in the base. The first and second protrusions are in abutting contact with the engagement portion of the first and second opposing flex members, respectively, thereby forcing the first and second opposing flex members at least partially away from the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley L. Busscher, Timothy J. Cercone, Blake R. Adams
  • Publication number: 20130341480
    Abstract: An adjustable fastener includes a base having a first surface and an opposing second surface. At least two flanges extend outwardly from the second surface. The flanges are spaced-apart along a longitudinal axis of the base. At least one tab is movably attached to the base. The tab is positioned between the two flanges and includes at least one rib extending outwardly therefrom. A carriage is movably attachable to the base. The carriage is directly attachable to at least a portion of an object. The carriage includes at least one elongated extension having a plurality of complementary spaced-apart ribs for engaging the rib of the tab of the base to locate and retain the elongated extension on the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Joshua E. BIXLER, Cyrus Robert ETEMAD-MOGHADAM
  • Patent number: 8534636
    Abstract: Mounting construction for mounting an adjustment instrument to a carrier for an outside mirror unit, comprising first mounting parts on the adjustment instrument and second mounting parts on the carrier, which mounting parts guide the adjustment instrument from a first position to a second position in a direction along the carrier, the mounting parts cooperating with each other in the second position to fix movement of the adjustment instrument relative to the carrier in a direction transverse to the carrier, while in the first position the adjustment instrument and the carrier are clear of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Frits Brouwer, Paulus Gerardus Maria Van Stiphout
  • Patent number: 8517331
    Abstract: A mirror mount includes a one-piece molecularly continuous base member and a mirror arm. The mirror arm fastens a mirror to the base member. The base member may also have first and second ends, a side portion, and a reinforcement. The side portion extends between the first and second ends. The first end is generally vertical when the base member is affixed to a fender, and the first end receives a generally horizontal fastener that passes through the first end, through two portions of the fender, and into the base member so as to fasten the base member to the fender. The side portion has a contour that generally follows a profile of the fender. The reinforcement reinforces the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Velvac Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas L. Roberts, Jeffery R. Porter
  • Publication number: 20130161473
    Abstract: A maneuverable, attachable picture frame with detachable base. This device is in the form of individual parts which, upon assembly, provide for the support and display of pictures at any angle and in a plurality of orientations. The all direction maneuverable picture frame device may be affixed via an attachable base onto computer monitor sides, furniture, walls, or other surface, and in any position: horizontally, vertically, obliquely or upside-down. The picture frame device includes a top part, with a picture holder connected to a ball-joint connecter, and a detachable base with a first end configured to receive, support and secure the top part and a second end with an adhesive surface securing the picture frame in place. The picture frame device has a fully moveable joint connector offering greater number of maneuvering positions: horizontally, vertically or circular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Wahiba Gandiboyina
  • Patent number: 8458943
    Abstract: A picture frame having an adjustable back assembly enabling vertical, horizontal and rotary adjustment of the frame position on a wall is described. The frame back is sized to fit into a recess in the picture frame back, and includes an inner plate, an outer plate having an opening, an intermediate plate frictionally held between said inner and outer plates and slidable therebetween. The intermediate plate has an outer face and is smaller than the outer plate and larger than the outer plate opening. A first hanger member is secured to the outer face of the intermediate plate and extends outwardly through the opening. A second hanger member is attachable to a wall and can be joined to the first hanger member to mount the picture frame on the wall. The picture frame can be pushed up or down or rotated to adjust the picture frame position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher A Horne
  • Publication number: 20130112835
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide emergency release bracket systems for use in connection with vehicle signage. The emergency release bracket system includes a mounting bracket for operably connecting to a vehicle. The mounting bracket includes bent out tabs and mounting plate attachment holes. The emergency release bracket system includes a mounting plate for operably connecting to vehicle signage. The mounting plate includes tab windows and tab slots. The mounting plate is adjustably and detachably coupled to the mounting bracket by mating the tab windows of the mounting plate with a portion of the bent out tabs of the mounting bracket. The mounting plate is secured to the mounting bracket using removable couplings extending through the tab slots of the mounting plate and the mounting plate attachment holes of the mounting bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Gloria Buley, Richard Harlan Yinko, JR., Reid Justin Yinko
  • Patent number: 8393749
    Abstract: A free-standing and adjustable tri-fold mirror preferably includes a tri-fold mirror having first, second and third reflective surfaces, a mounting bracket statically attached to a rear side of the tri-fold mirror, a swivel device pivotally mated to the mounting bracket, a stand attached to the swivel device and extending away from the tri-fold mirror, and a base member attached to a bottom end of the stand. Advantageously, the tri-fold mirror is freely pivotal along an x-axis and a y-axis while the stand remains stationary and further while the tri-fold mirror is freely adjusted between folded and unfolded positions respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Andrea Daicos
  • Publication number: 20130037684
    Abstract: A connector head carried by the stabilizer arm. A first retaining sidewall and a second retaining sidewall included in the connector head extending outward from the stabilizer arm and defining a longitudinal channel. A plurality of spiked projections carried by at least one of the first and second retaining sidewalls, wherein a point of each spike is directed back towards the stabilizer arm. An elastic block carried in the longitudinal channel so that the spiked projections penetrate the elastic block to hold the elastic block in the longitudinal channel. A receiver having a retention slot cooperating with the connector head to releasably secure the stabilizer arm. A knob projecting upward from a base surface of the retention slot for engaging the elastic block in a friction fit arrangement between the connector head and the retention slot so that the stabilizer arm is releasably secured in the receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: LANG-MEKRA NORTH AMERICA, LLC
    Inventor: Andreas Enz
  • Patent number: 8342472
    Abstract: An adjustable wall hanger includes a body including an outer edge that defines a web. An adjustment feature is formed in the web. The adjustment feature includes a plurality of adjustment zones that define a corresponding plurality of orientation positions for the body. The adjustable wall hanger being selectively positionable to support an object on a wall in one of the plurality of orientation positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Gaudron, Jacob Olsen
  • Patent number: 8327567
    Abstract: A flexible, scalable multiple frame topology system capable of a wide range of multiple frame geometric topologies. Specifically a series of photographs, a series of photographic letters, or any series of flat, semi-flat, or three-dimensional display objects are displayable in a wide variety of display geometries: a horizontal line of frames, multiple, stacked, horizontal lines of frames, a vertical array of frames, multiple vertical arrays of frames, staggered arrays of frames, diagonal arrays of frames, crossword arrays of frames, and any combinations thereof. Also the disclosed display method is capable of displaying three-dimensional objects on shelves, or glass display cases, shadow boxes, on hooks, interlocking into the display cases—and the geometric display can mix a number of different display frames, for instance, a series of flat framed items with a three dimensional objects at each end of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Nathan Lawrence Swick, Lori Glenn Swick
  • Patent number: 8226064
    Abstract: A sliding torque between a pivot portion and a fitting portion may be preferably secured. In an inner mirror device, pivot portions are arranged on both end portions in an axis line direction of a stay formed by a resin material. One pivot portion is fitted in a fitting hole of a holder main body, and the other pivot portion is fitted in a fitting hole of a device main body. In this manner, the holder and the device main body are connected to each other through the stay. In this case, plural notches are formed in the pivot portions, and outside dimensions of the pivot portions may be elastically expanded and reduced. A metal spring pin is pressed into the stay, and the spring pin biases the pivots in a dimension-expansion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventor: Masatsugu Ohashi
  • Patent number: 8201799
    Abstract: A composition comprising particles for damping vibrations performed by cooperating surfaces of a mirror adjustment mechanism relative to each other. The cooperating surfaces adjustably connect a mirror holder for supporting the mirror element with a base plate that can be fixedly mounted to a motor vehicle. In an embodiment, the particles positioned close to one of the surfaces are arranged to move to a lesser extent relative to that surface upon a high-frequency pivoting of the cooperating surfaces than particles that are further removed from that surface. A method for assembling a mirror adjustment mechanism for adjusting a mirror element of a mirror unit of a motor vehicle mirror and an adjustment mechanism for adjusting a mirror element of a mirror unit are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Frits Brouwer, Marius Brand, Rudolf Pieter Hoogenboom
  • Patent number: 8157394
    Abstract: A mirror assembly having a versatile clamping assembly for use during hunting or other outdoor sporting activities comprises an adjustable mirror which provides a user with a wide viewing angle to the rear and periphery of a current location. The mirror assembly is attached to an upper end of a flexible arm element that provides multiple degrees of articulation as desired by the user. A bottom end of the arm element is affixed to a clamping mechanism which enables the assembly to attach to various sized branches, railings, platforms, or other structures. The clamping mechanism further provides a pair of thumb-screw fasteners on the handle which enable the clamp to be secured to inserted branches or similar objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: William Downing
  • Patent number: 8152124
    Abstract: An adjustable support arm for a vehicle exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising a holder base adapted for mounting to the vehicle; a holder pivotally carried on the holder base; a pivot control unit included in the holder for engaging the holder base to resist rotation of the holder on the holder base; the pivot control unit including: a compression spring disposed within a retainer opening of the holder; a bushing carried on the compression spring for engaging a bearing surface in the retainer opening; and, a retainer carried in the retainer opening and coupled to the holder base to retain the compression spring and the bushing in the retainer opening, wherein the retainer is constructed and arranged to direct the bushing laterally against the bearing surface and the compression spring biases the bushing against the retainer in sliding engagement to resist rotation of the holder on the holder base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Dean Branham
  • Patent number: 8123188
    Abstract: An apparatus for concealing a multimedia device. The apparatus may include a horizontal base with two vertical members, each vertical member being affixed to the horizontal base, with each vertical member having a metal plate affixed to the inner side of each vertical member. The apparatus may also include a pair of angular brackets, each bracket being rotationally coupled with each metal plate, a horizontal cross-piece, with each end of said cross-piece affixed to each angular bracket, a backing panel coupled with a picture frame and an art panel the backing panel being affixed to the horizontal cross-piece and a horizontal brace which is designed and adapted to support the weight of the picture frame, backing panel and the art panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Elliott Banfield
  • Patent number: 8066569
    Abstract: An integrated mirror/display assembly includes a flip down display integrated with a rearview mirror. The mirror may be mounted to the display and the mirror/display is movable on a pivot between a retracted non-viewing position during normal vehicle operation and an extended viewing position when the vehicle is not in an operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Plavetich, John Cupit
  • Patent number: 8011635
    Abstract: An adjustable wall-hanger assembly comprises a hanger adapted to be secured to a wall and defining an opening, a body section, an upper section, a top level, and a bottom level. A hanger slide is mounted to the hanger, is adapted to slide continuously in a substantially horizontal or vertical direction in the opening, and defines a slot extending in substantially the other of the horizontal or vertical direction. A mounting fastener is received through the slot and adapted to slide continuously therealong and be fastened to the wall to mount the assembly thereto. A combination of the continuous horizontal and vertical sliding of the hanger slide and mounting fastener allows for substantially infinite placement of the mounting fastener in the opening. A hanger hook is fixedly connected to and extends outwardly from the hanger and substantially overlies the opening for supporting an object hung on the hanger hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Dino D. Aleo
  • Publication number: 20110205545
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a supporting structure for a movable mirror of an interferometer, the supporting structure comprising a fixed frame (11), a movable frame (12) to which the movable mirror (42) is arranged to be attachable, and at least two flexible members (13), first ends of said members (13) being fastened to the fixed frame (11) and second ends of said members (13) being fastened to the movable frame (12) in such a way that the distance between fixing points of each flexible member (13) is essentially the same and the distance between the fixing points of the first ends essentially equals the distance between the fixing points of the second ends. The supporting structure comprises support members (16) attached to at least one side of at least two flexible members (13). The invention also relates to an interferometer and a method for reducing the tilting of a movable mirror of an interferometer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: GASERA LTD
    Inventor: Jyrki KAUPPINEN
  • Patent number: 7988121
    Abstract: A wall hanger for hanging a display device on a wall includes a latching member, an outer hanger member, an inner hanger member and a screw. The inner hanger member includes a threaded portion with a threaded hole and a lock portion with a lock hole. The lock portion is integrally formed with the threaded portion and bent to face the threaded portion with a predetermined space therebetween so that the threaded hole and the lock hole are concentrically positioned. The screw has a predetermined length so that the inner and outer hanger members sandwich a rear cover of the display device when the rear cover of the display device is disposed therebetween. The lock hole prevents a long screw from being threaded into the display device by mating an inner peripheral face of the lock hole with a distal end of the long screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Kameoka
  • Publication number: 20110140471
    Abstract: A folding motorcycle mirror includes, a mirror assembly including a first ball, a mount assembly including a second ball, and a clamp assembly engaging the first ball and the second ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Ned Suesse
  • Patent number: 7913967
    Abstract: An adjustable picture-hanger assembly comprises a hanger adapted to be secured to a wall and defining a substantially central opening of an interior of the hanger. A hanger slide is movably mounted to the hanger, is adapted to slide continuously substantially rotationally in the opening of the hanger, and defines a slot of an interior of the hanger slide. A mounting fastener is received through the slot of the hanger slide and adapted to slide continuously along the slot and be fastened to the wall to mount the assembly to the wall. A combination of the continuous substantially rotational sliding of the hanger slide and continuous sliding of the mounting fastener allows for substantially infinite placement of the mounting fastener in the opening of the hanger. A hanger hook is fixedly connected to and extends outwardly from the hanger and overlies the opening of the hanger for supporting an object hung on the hanger hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Dino D. Aleo
  • Patent number: 7878477
    Abstract: A mirror assembly comprising a mounting bracket for attachment to a vehicle exterior; a first pivot plate on the mounting bracket having a concave upper surface with a series of grooves formed therein; a support arm pivotally carried on the first pivot plate of the mounting bracket; and, a second pivot plate carried by the support arm having a base surface with a plurality of protruding teeth engaging the grooves in the first pivot plate so that a pivot gap is defined between the upper surface of the first pivot plate and the base surface of second pivot plate; whereby the pivot gap allows the teeth to both pivot and slide in the grooves of the first pivot plate so that the support arm is pivotal in a multi-axis arrangement with the mounting bracket to accommodate misalignment between the mounting bracket and the support arm during installation on a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Emmanuel Courbon
  • Patent number: 7836553
    Abstract: A hinge construction for a wing mirror unit for a motor vehicle including a first hinge part for mounting on a motor vehicle and a second hinge part, pivotably connected therewith, for supporting a wing minor unit. In an embodiment, the first and second hinge parts cooperate via a rack-and-pinion guide and a drive mechanism having a disengageable coupling. The drive mechanism and the rack-and-pinion guide cause the hinge parts upon pivoting to rotate and translate relative to each other. The disengageable coupling is operatively configured to disengage the motor and the gear drive from the first hinge part. The invention also relates to a wing mirror unit provided with embodiments of a hinge construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Frits Brouwer, Paulus Gerardus Maria Van Stiphout
  • Publication number: 20100224753
    Abstract: Mounting construction for mounting an adjustment instrument to a carrier for an outside mirror unit, comprising first mounting parts on the adjustment instrument and second mounting parts on the carrier, which mounting parts guide the adjustment instrument from a first position to a second position in a direction along the carrier, the mounting parts cooperating with each other in the second position to fix movement of the adjustment instrument relative to the carrier in a direction transverse to the carrier, while in the first position the adjustment instrument and the carrier are clear of each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Stefan Frits Brouwer, Paulus Gerardus Maria van Stiphout
  • Publication number: 20100200723
    Abstract: A picture hanging tool comprises a main body having a flange adapted to overlie the upper edge of a picture frame and a slide which is adjustable relative to the main body. The slide may be secured in any selected one of a number of different positions relative to the main body member and has at one end thereof a projecting coupling carrying a marker which may be pressed lightly against the wall on which a picture is to be hung for the purpose of marking the place at which a picture support should be fixed to the wall. The projecting coupling also includes retainers for accommodating picture hangers, and such projection coupling is adjustable to enable the retainers to face a selected one of different positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Roland C. Schapanski
  • Patent number: 7762517
    Abstract: An adjustable picture hanger includes a mounting base that is fastened to the wall using screws or similar fasteners in the general location where the picture or wall hanging is to be hung. Movable inner and outer carriages on the bracket are adjustable in an up/down, and/or left/right directions using two adjustable fastening that allows positioning of the carriage in the X-Y axis. Surface indicia are printed on the mounting base and the outer carriage that define a relative position of said inner and outer carriages so that the user can measure minute distances within a perimeter of said mounting base. Thus, very fine adjustments can be applied to perfectly position any picture or wall hanging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Bruce M. Leseman