With Linearly Sliding Movement Patents (Class 248/480)
  • Patent number: 10369931
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism for a pole mounted mirror has a base for receiving a pole. The base attaches to a mirror. The base carries a knob that when tightened, clamps the pole against the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Ferman
  • Patent number: 10166637
    Abstract: A method and device for location of pipes is disclosed. The method can comprise mounting one or more centering tools, each having a reflector to a first pipe such that the reflectors are either aligned with, or can be used to determine the location of the center of the first pipe and mounting one or more centering tools, each having a reflector to a second pipe such that the reflectors are either aligned with, or can be used to determine the location of the center of the second pipe. The method can further comprise determining a first distance between the center of the first pipe and a light emitting source at an observation point disposed between the first pipe and the second pipe and determining a second distance between the center of the second pipe and the light emitting source at the observation point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Data Point Targets LLC
    Inventor: Toby Flaucher
  • Patent number: 9969333
    Abstract: An extendable mirror assembly configured to be coupled to a vehicle includes a drive assembly, a mirror moveable between a retracted position and an extended position, and a support arm including a first end opposite a second end. The second end of the support arm is coupled to the mirror and a flange is coupled to the first end of the support arm. A support body is coupled to the support arm by the flange and is configured to translate along an axis in response to actuation of the drive assembly to move the mirror between the retracted position and the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jacob E. Ervin, Kevin T. McCulloch, Shawn M Bartz, James A. Newhouse
  • Patent number: 9796334
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head having a mirror casing and a mirror reflective element. A mounting arm is configured for attachment at a side of the vehicle, with the mirror head adjustably mounted at the mounting arm. An adjustment mechanism adjusts the mirror head position relative to the mounting arm between a retracted position and an extended position. The adjustment mechanism, when adjusting the mirror head position, also adjusts a mirror head angle relative to the side of the vehicle. When the mirror head is in the retracted position, a mirror head surface is at a first plane, while, when the mirror head is in the extended position, the mirror head surface is at a second plane. The mirror head surface is angled more towards the side of the vehicle when in the second plane than when in the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Peterson, Matthew V. Steffes
  • Patent number: 9644819
    Abstract: A flashlight may include a housing supporting a light source, a lens, a parabolic reflector and an energy source operatively connected to the light source. An adjustable light beam reflector may be mounted on the housing to intersect/deflect all or a portion of the collimated light rays projected by the flashlight. The adjustable reflector may be movably mounted on the housing for manipulation by a user to produce a wide range of light beam shapes or patterns forward of and/or generally lateral relative to the forward end of the flashlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph D Maresh
  • Patent number: 9618662
    Abstract: A forward viewing device allows a cyclist having a head down position to view a scene forward of a bicycle. The device includes a prism fixed to a support which is connected to the bicycle forward of the cyclist. An image of the scene is transmitted through a forward facing surface of the prism, reflected internally by at least two surfaces of the prism, and transmitted to the cyclist through a prism surface as an image which is not mirrored left to right or turned upside down. In an embodiment, multiple prisms are positioned with adjacent ends, to increase the horizontal field of view. In another embodiment, multiple prisms are offset vertically, to increase the vertical field of view. In another embodiment, the device has a single optical element and does not require alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Carl Francis Panek
  • Patent number: 9545154
    Abstract: A shelf assembly includes a shelf and a mounting structure for mounting the shelf on a substantially vertical surface. The shelf is pivotably mounted on the mounting bracket proximate the rear end and pivots from an open position to a closed position and from the closed position to the open position. An engagement structure on the shelf, which may optionally be positioned proximate the rear end of the shelf, is configured so that a force applied to the engagement structure when the shelf is in the closed position will urge the shelf toward the open position. The shelf assembly is particularly useful in hospital settings where hospital staff need to open and close the shelf without the use of their hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: ERGO-INDUSTRIAL SEATING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Aaron Duke
  • Patent number: 9322654
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relates to a laser tracker for determining the position of an auxiliary measuring instrument that has a retroreflector and a multiplicity of target markings, and also for continuously tracking the auxiliary measuring instrument. The target markings may be arranged in a known fixed spatial distribution on the auxiliary measuring instrument and may be embodied to emit or reflect light beams. The laser tracker may have a first radiation source for producing measurement radiation, a distance measuring module, and a target sensing unit for determining an impingement point for radiation reflected by the retroreflector on a sensor of the target sensing unit and for producing an output signal in order to control a fine targeting functionality and a target tracking functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Burkhard Böckem
  • Patent number: 9316346
    Abstract: A mounting system for pivotally mounting a load such as display device to a support arm including a device mounting element for supporting a display, a hoop element defined by a portion of the circumference of a circle, and a support arm mount slidable along relative to, and rotatable about relative to, the hoop. A support system for supporting a load such as a display device includes a mount for a load, a base element and a support arm coupling the mount and base element at, respectively, distal and proximal portions of the support arm, and pivotally connected to at least the base element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Colebrook Bosson Saunders (Products) Limited
    Inventors: Alex Lau, Andrew Wills
  • Patent number: 9299019
    Abstract: A method for improving a data collection process is provided. The method comprises: (A) providing at least one Data Generation device, whereas each Data Generation device is configured to obtain a set of data; (B) attaching an ID tag to at least one Data Generation device; whereas each ID tag includes an externally readable code; and (C) employing a Data Collection device having an ID tag reader configured to identify at least one Data Generation device by reading the externally readable code corresponding to its ID tag; whereas the Data Collection device is located within the pre-determined range from the Data Generation device; and whereas the Data Generation device is configured to transmit a set of data to the Data Collection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Matthew John Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 9180925
    Abstract: A novel mirror adapter mount for mounting between a handlebar mirror mount and a mirror normally secured thereto. According to one embodiment, the mirror adapter mount having a substantially rigid bracket with a first and second spaced-apart apertures each structured to receive a threaded shaft of the mirror, a threaded coupler having a shaft having a threaded portion thereof that is sized to be received through the first aperture in the bracket; a first securing means for securing the threaded portion of the shaft of the coupler to the handlebar mirror mount with a portion of the bracket secured there between; and a second securing means for securing the threaded shaft of the mirror to the second aperture of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 9074721
    Abstract: A support arm system for a load such as a display device. The system includes a support arm (4) rotatable at its proximal end about a mid-joint axis X?, monitor supporting head (5) at the distal end of the support arm (4) has an internal slider element and compression spring, and an arrangement of links and pivots which create a torque to oppose the torque created by a load on the head (5) and keep a monitor plate (6) in the same viewing plane relative to the vertical as the arm (4) moves through its range of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Alex Lau, Andrew Wills
  • 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: 8746917
    Abstract: A fan base and illuminated mirror apparatus for use in cooling a user's neck and torso while the user is positioned adjacent the apparatus includes a base member having upper and lower portions. A fan member is pivotally coupled to the base member and selectively movable between upward and downward directed configurations. A length adjustable rod is coupled to the upper portion of the base member and extending upwardly therefrom, the rod being selectively movable between expanded and retracted configurations. A mirror is operatively coupled to an upper end of the rod such that the mirror is vertically displaced from the fan member, the mirror being movable between straight and tilted configurations. The apparatus includes a light coupled to the mirror and electrically connected to a power source, the light configured to illuminate the mirror when energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Barbara D. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8690113
    Abstract: An adjustable affixation point apparatus comprising an anchor means for providing secure engagement with a wall; a fastener adapted to releasably engage the anchor means and to retain an extension arm between the head and the wall; the extension arm having a channel adapted to slidingly receive the fastener; at least one engagement means for enhancing the frictional contact among the members; a hanger attached to the distal end providing an affixation point which can be mounted into a wall near a desired location, then a sliding and rotational action of the extension arm relative to the allows a user to adjust the hangar to any point within a 360 degree radius and extending outwardly to any point along the length of the arm and to fix the hanger in a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Jurgen Wright, Shannon Wright, Scott King, Corey King
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140061425
    Abstract: A display system includes a base member, a rear support member which is connected to one end of the base member in an upward and downward direction, a display device, a support unit which is disposed on an upper portion of the rear support member, and supports the display device such that the display device is movable in position and changeable in position in at least two axial directions, a sound output device which is disposed on the display device and the rear support member, and a control device which controls operations of the support unit, the sound output device and the display device. A bed, a mattress, a bedding covering or the like is provided on the base member such that a user can watch a screen of the display device in a posture where the user has lain above the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Shik Eoh
  • 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: 20110240822
    Abstract: A sliding support assembly includes a sliding rail assembly and an attachment. The sliding rail assembly includes a fixed member, a sliding arm, and a hinge. The hinge has a positioning extension and a second portion, wherein the second portion is pivotally engaged to the positioning extension. The positioning extension is slidably engaged to the fixed member. The sliding rail assembly has a non-pivoted state and a pivoted state, wherein in the non-pivoted state the second portion is positioned substantially parallel to the fixed member, and in the pivoted state the second portion defines an angle with the fixed member. The attachment is engaged to at least a portion of the second portion and in the pivoted state is positioned a desired distance beyond the exterior edge of the partition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: SIDELINES, INC.
    Inventor: Charles A. Costa
  • Patent number: 7856693
    Abstract: A self-cleaning exterior mirror for trucks and like vehicles includes a rigid mounting bracket provided with axially opposed first and second ends respectively, and monolithically formed first, second, and third sections respectively. A plurality of coupling plates is integrally attached to the first and second ends of the bracket. The coupling plates are attached to the exterior of the existing vehicle for supporting the bracket above a ground surface. A substantially rectangular shaped frame is pivotally connected to the third section of the bracket, and a mirror is attached to the frame. A mechanism remotely cleans the mirror, and is attached to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Archie Johnson
  • Patent number: 7798463
    Abstract: The present invention provides, among other things, an adjustable hanging device for securing an object to a wall including a frame defining a number of substantially parallel slots and being securable to a wall, and a hook for supporting an object and being selectively moveable along each of the plurality of slots in a sliding direction to adjust an orientation of the object relative to the wall. Each of the slots can have a closed end to prevent the hook from disengaging the frame while moving in the sliding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Adjustable Picture Hook, LLC
    Inventor: James A. Morgenroth
  • Patent number: 7775673
    Abstract: A non-backboard reflector mirror includes a mirror body with a rim, a locating bar affixed to the back side of the rim of the mirror body, a locating frame, which has a clamping portion coupled to the locating bar and movable along and rotatable relative to the locating bar and affixed thereto at the desired elevation and angle, and a mounting frame selectively fastened to an array of mounting through holes at the locating frame at the desired angle for installation in a ceiling, overhead wall, or vertical wall, short wall. An alternate mounting frame may be used for installation in a post so that the non-backboard reflector mirror is used as a traffic mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Cheng-Shun Liu
  • Patent number: 7717576
    Abstract: A mirror mounting assembly for mounting a mirror on a vehicle bulkhead. The assembly includes a mirror element and a main support arm having a first end and a second end. The mirror element is connected to the first end of the main support arm. The second end of the main support arm is mountable to the vehicle. A pair of brackets are configured to conform to an engine bay side wall of the vehicle. Each bracket has a center portion and two laterally extending flanges that extend at an angle from the center portion in opposite directions. One of the flanges of each bracket is connectable to the bulkhead of the vehicle in the engine bay. A first additional support arm has a first end connected to a first one of the brackets and a second end connected to the main support arm. A second additional support arm has a first end connected to the main support arm and a second end connectable to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Rosco Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Englander
  • Patent number: 7686275
    Abstract: An adjustable artwork display for suspending a displayed item, such as a picture, away from a wall surface is disclosed. The mounting bracket comprises a rigid, planar base that includes a rigid extension sleeve projecting away therefrom. At least one rigid extension rod is slidably and rotationally receivable within the extension sleeve and fixed therein. A front side of a picture plate includes at least one hook means adapted to support the picture. A rear side of the picture plate includes an extension rod attachment means that may slidably and rotationally receive the at least one extension rod therein. In use, the base is fixed to the wall surface with a mechanical fastener. With at least one extension rod fixed in the extension sleeve and also fixed to the picture plate, the picture may be suspended from the hook means of the picture plate away from the wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen Joseph Scarcello
  • Patent number: 7631977
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle is disclosed, the rearview mirror assembly including a support structure for mounting the mirror assembly to the vehicle. The support structure includes a first part for substantially permanent connection to the vehicle and a second part for selective connection to the first part. A support arm is provided on which at least one mirror is mounted, the second part of the support structure being disposed on the support arm. A locking mechanism is disposed on the support structure for selectively locking together the first and second parts of the support structure to thereby secure the support arm and mirror to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Lang Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Heinrich Lang, Albrecht Popp, Jürgen Pfanz
  • Patent number: 7497411
    Abstract: A picture hanger has an upper piece, a lower piece, and a screw that extends through apertures in shelves on bases of the pieces. The aperture on the lower piece has threads mating with the screw threads on the shaft so that when the upper piece is fixedly mounted on the vertical surface by an elongated fastener the lower piece is held in place only by the threads of the shaft engaging the threads in the aperture on the lower piece shelf. The base of the lower piece carries a picture wire receiving hook so that turning the screw enables the height of the picture to be changed. Strengthening ribs extend between the base and shelf of both pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Micasa Trading Corporation
    Inventors: David Weck, Edson A. Mejia
  • Patent number: 7455414
    Abstract: A retractable mirror assembly for a vehicle which retracts towards and extends away from a vehicle body wherein the mirror compensates for the change in position so that the same perspective is maintained. The mirror assembly comprises the vehicle body in which a mirror housing that surrounds a mirror backing plate having a mirror glass is retracted and expanded to and from the vehicle body. A second support bracket and a stationary bracket are connected and move in relation to one another in order to rotate the mirror backing plate and mirror so that the mirror maintains the same perspective while the mirror assembly is being retracted and expanded to and from the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Visiocorp Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Bernard Duroux, Daniel Dumont
  • Patent number: 7441911
    Abstract: A vehicular external rearview mirror system comprises a twin-arm assembly comprising a pair of parallel support arms connected at one end to a base attached to the vehicle and movably connected at another end to a reflective element assembly through a movable support bracket. The support bracket supports a reflective element assembly and is attached to the twin-arm assembly through a pair of integral bearings which translate along the arms to extend or retract the reflective element assembly. In one embodiment, the bearing imparts a friction force to the arm to enable the bracket to be moved along the arm under the influence of an extension/retraction force, but to maintain the bracket at a selected position along the arm when the force is removed. In another embodiment, the bearing is adapted for frictionless translation of the bracket along the arms under the influence of a powerextend actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Ruse, Keith D. Foote, Kenneth C. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20080023615
    Abstract: An adjustable artwork display for suspending a displayed item, such as a picture, away from a wall surface is disclosed. The mounting bracket comprises a rigid, planar base that includes a rigid extension sleeve projecting away therefrom. At least one rigid extension rod is slidably and rotationally receivable within the extension sleeve and fixed therein. A front side of a picture plate includes at least one hook means adapted to support the picture. A rear side of the picture plate includes an extension rod attachment means that may slidably and rotationally receive the at least one extension rod therein. In use, the base is fixed to the wall surface with a mechanical fastener. With at least one extension rod fixed in the extension sleeve and also fixed to the picture plate, the picture may be suspended from the hook means of the picture plate away from the wall surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen Joseph Scarcello
  • Patent number: 7320526
    Abstract: A portable wide-view mirror apparatus that allows a driver to see the rear half of the right blind-side of a trailer and right-side obstacles during a right blind-side backing maneuver. Generally, a notebook-like design wherein the mirror opens up from the attached base for use. The mirror is placed on the passenger side of the dashboard inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle, is positioned by the driver at the beginning of the backing maneuver to provide a wide rearward view out the passenger side window, and is adjusted when necessary by the driver during the backing maneuver. The mirror is folded down when not in use. The portable mirror is especially useful to the commercial truck driver as an aid in the right blind-side backing maneuver of a semi-tractor trailer. In the event the driver changes trucks, the driver retains the portable mirror for use in the new truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventors: Louis Nickence, Donald Gokey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7293887
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior mirror system comprises an exterior mirror assembly and an electronic control system. The exterior mirror assembly has a fixed support adapted to be mounted to the side of the vehicle and has a mirror housing supported by a support arm and movable along the support arm from a first position proximate to the fixed support to a second position proximate to a distal end of the support arm. The exterior mirror assembly comprises a first electrically powered mechanism for pivoting the support arm about the fixed support, a second electrically powered mechanism for moving the mirror housing along the support arm and a third electrically powered mechanism operable to adjust a mirror unit of the mirror housing to a desired adjusted position. The electronic control system is operable by the driver of the vehicle to control operation of at least the first electrically powered mechanism independent of operation of the second electrically powered mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Magna Donnelly Mirrors North America L.L.C.
    Inventor: Keith D. Foote
  • Patent number: 7290891
    Abstract: A mirror mounting assembly for mounting a mirror on a vehicle bulkhead. The assembly includes a generally Z-shaped mirror mounting bracket configured for attachment to a structural portion of the vehicle inside an engine bay of the vehicle, and a support member connected to the mounting bracket. The mounting bracket includes a first flange and a second flange extending laterally in opposite directions from opposed edges of a connecting web. The first flange has two through-holes sized and positioned for connection to the structural portion inside engine bay by existing body panel mounting screws. The second flange and the connecting web are sized and configured so that the second flange extends out of the engine bay upon installation of the bracket. The support member carries a pivot element sized and configured to pivotally support a first support arm assembly for a rear view mirror unit and a second support arm assembly for a cross view mirror unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: Benjamin Englander
  • Patent number: 7270430
    Abstract: A vehicle external review-view mirror assembly having an extension and retraction mechanism for a telescopic arm support that connects a mirror head to a mirror mounting bracket is disclosed. The assembly comprises: a hollow outer arm extending from the bracket, an inner arm mounted to the head and extending into the outer arm for relative sliding movement out of and into the outer arm; a driving wheel rotatably mounted to the inner arm or the head; a driven wheel rotatably mounted to the inner arm and positioned within the outer arm at a location spaced apart from the driven wheel; and a toothed belt extending between the driving wheel and the driven wheel for power transmission between them. A pair of laterally spaced apart contact rollers are mounted coaxially with the driven wheel, the pair of contact rollers engaging spaced apart bearing surfaces depending from the outer arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark L. Olijnyk, Daniel J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 7216885
    Abstract: A trailer mounted and adjustable mirror assembly for attachment to a trailer or hitch being towed by a towing vehicle. The assembly, when secured, helps facilitate securement of the trailer to the towing vehicle while the driver/operator remains in the towing vehicle. The assembly comprises a removable clamp mounting a pair of adjustable, telescopic tubular members on which is mounted a pivotal mirror mechanism pivotal throughout 360° and countless angles relative to the plane of the pivotal mirror mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Brian Stopka
  • Patent number: 7210800
    Abstract: A mirror mounting assembly for mounting a mirror on a vehicle bulkhead. The assembly includes a mirror element and a main support arm having a first end and a second end. The mirror element is connected to the first end of the main support arm. The second end of the main support arm is mountable to the vehicle. A pair of brackets are configured to conform to an engine bay side wall of the vehicle. Each bracket has a center portion and two laterally extending flanges that extend at an angle from the center portion in opposite directions. One of the flanges of each bracket is connectable to the bulkhead of the vehicle in the engine bay. A first additional support arm has a first end connected to a first one of the brackets and a second end connected to the main support arm. A second additional support arm has a first end connected to the main support arm and a second end connectable to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Benjamin Englander
  • Patent number: 7178925
    Abstract: A retractable mirror assembly for a tractor trailer includes a base component having a pair of arms and a motorized hydraulic cylinder mounted on the upper surface thereof. The arms are pivotally attached at a lower end to the base component and at an upper end to a mirror. The hydraulic cylinder includes an upper distal end that is pivotally attached to an outer edge of the mirror. A control panel within the vehicle passenger compartment activates the motor allowing a driver to automatically extend and retract the mirror between an operable and inoperable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Donald R. Tidwell
  • Patent number: 7165853
    Abstract: The present application includes a vehicle mirror which includes an approach light in the attachment assembly. The approach light is a single light source positionable in relation to predetermined inputs for directing light to various areas, depending on the inputs. Additionally, an intercom system is provided for communication between the interior of the vehicle and exterior of the vehicle, by way of the vehicle mirror. Also, a remote sensor is utilized to set predetermined memory positions of interior vehicle components such as seats, steering columns and brake pedals. This allows customization of the interior components upon an individual's approach to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Robert W. Gilbert, Kash A. Munir, Mark Olijnyk, Patrick McCaffrey, Paul M. Schwarz, Alex Gersch, Paul van de Loo, Maarten J. Schuurmans, Andrew D. Herps, Adam S. Peacock, Richard G. Teal, Chris Moase
  • Patent number: 7159992
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly is provided which can be moved via a power-transmitting assembly between folded and unfolded positions and the unfolded position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Magna Donnelly Mirrors North America, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Keith D. Foote
  • Patent number: 7104663
    Abstract: A vehicle memory mirror system of the present invention includes an interior rearview mirror assembly. The mirror assembly includes a mirror casing, with a reflective element, and a support, which is adapted to mount the mirror assembly to a vehicle. An electrical actuator is located interiorly of the mirror casing and is adapted to adjust the orientation of the reflective element to adjust the rearward field of view of the reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 7055973
    Abstract: A mirror mounting assembly for mounting a mirror on a vehicle bulkhead. The assembly includes a mirror element and a main support arm having a first end and a second end. The mirror element is connected to the first end of the main support arm. The second end of the main support arm is mountable to the vehicle. A pair of brackets are configured to conform to an engine bay side wall of the vehicle. Each bracket has a center portion and two laterally extending flanges that extend at an angle from the center portion in opposite directions. One of the flanges of each bracket is connectable to the bulkhead of the vehicle in the engine bay. A first additional support arm has a first end connected to a first one of the brackets and a second end connected to the main support arm. A second additional support arm has a first end connected to the main support arm and a second end connectable to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Rosco Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Englander
  • Patent number: 6955437
    Abstract: A mirror assembly is provided for use in “hitching” trailers to towing vehicles. The mirror assembly can be used for conventional ball and socket couplings, fifth wheel couplings and variations thereof. The mirror assembly is magnetically attached to the trailer tongue so it can be easily removed after coupling. The mirror assembly includes a telescoping stanchion mirror post and a swivel joint which can be vertically rotated. A ball joint connected to the back of the mirror allows the mirror to be turned in any of a variety of positions for precise alignment during the hitching process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: Fred H. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6939016
    Abstract: A mirror mounting assembly including a mirror support, a base portion, a pivoting joint between the support and the base portion allowing the support to pivot with respect to the base portion, a link extending between the support and the base portion, a first end of the link being held with respect to either the support or the base portion, an aperture provided in the support or the base portion into which the second end of the link locates, a tight sliding fit between the aperture and the link, the link moving through the aperture allowing the support to be adjusted with respect to the base portion, the fit being such that unwanted movement between the support and base portion is prevented during normal use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Gordon Stuart Munyard, Garry Gordon Leslie Fineri
  • Patent number: 6910781
    Abstract: A mirror assembly for a vehicle is securable to a tubular member that defines a central axis and is secured to the vehicle. The mirror assembly comprises a clamping assembly including a concave surface that is engagable with the tubular member. A housing is coupled to the clamping assembly and supports a mirror. A latching assembly engages the clamping assembly and the housing and is movable between a latched position and an unlatched position. In the latched position, the housing is held substantially fixed with respect to the tubular member. In the unlatched position, the clamping assembly is movable in a direction substantially parallel to the central axis and is pivotable about the central axis, and the housing is pivotable with respect to the clamping assembly about a pin axis that is substantially perpendicular to the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Velvac, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo T. Spychalla, Dan H. Schneider
  • Patent number: 6877868
    Abstract: A vehicle external review-view mirror assembly having an extension and retraction mechanism for a telescopic arm support that connects a mirror head to a mirror mounting bracket is disclosed. The assembly comprises: a hollow outer arm extending from the bracket, an inner arm mounted to the head and extending into the outer arm for relative sliding movement out of and into the outer arm; a driving wheel rotatably mounted to the inner arm or the head; a driven wheel rotatably mounted to the inner arm and positioned within the outer arm at a location spaced apart from the driven wheel; and a toothed belt extending between the driving wheel and the driven wheel for power transmission between them. A pair of laterally spaced apart contact rollers are mounted coaxially with the driven wheel, the pair of contact rollers engaging spaced apart bearing surfaces depending from the outer arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Leonid Olijnyk, Daniel Joseph Flynn
  • Patent number: 6830352
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle is provided. The assembly has a holding component and clamping parts to clamp the mirror assembly to the holding component. Alternative embodiments of the holding component and clamping parts are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Lang Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Heinrich Lang, Wolfgang Seiboth, Stefan Centmayer
  • Patent number: 6764056
    Abstract: An improved rearview mirror structure mainly includes a support bar, a mirror frame and an anchor post. The support bar has a chute formed on a front end and at least one anchor rack on a rear end. The mirror frame has a sliding strut housed in the chute. The anchor rack is coupled on the anchor support and may be anchored thereon by turning a first adjust bolt. The mirror frame is anchored and adjustable upwards and downwards, and to the left and the right to reach a desired elevation. Thus the rearview scope may be expanded without producing any dead angle to achieve driving safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Shiow-Lih Wu
  • Patent number: 6655807
    Abstract: An extensible outside rearview mirror for a vehicle includes a spring-clamped slide mechanism that ensures a zero clearance fit between sliding components to avoid vibration. Bearing members between the sliding components reduce friction and provide a consistent reaction force to ensure smooth operation of an actuator mechanism which extends or retracts the mirror assembly along a support arm. The slide mechanism includes V-shaped guiderails vertically aligned with opposing V-shaped guiderails on the mounting bracket assembly. Rod-like bearing means are interposed between the opposing guiderail pairs. A cantilever clamp jaw with spring means biases one guiderail toward the other with a high spring force which provides superior rigidity and thus enhanced mirror image clarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Delbar Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. McPherson, Thomas Culp, Cory Brechbill, Keith Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 6612707
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exterior rear-view mirror comprising an adjustably held glass subassembly and at least one electrical drive motor (2), with the glass subassembly being adjustable via at least one adjustment mechanism arranged between the drive motor (2) and the glass subassembly. The adjustment mechanism comprises a drive shaft (7, 8) with an eccentrically shaped shaft section (9, 10) and a drive bar (12, 13) arranged between the glass subassembly and the eccentrically shaped shaft section (9, 10) of the drive shaft (7, 8). The drive shaft (7, 8) and the drive bar interact in such a way that a rotatory actuating movement of the drive shaft (7, 8) is converted to a linear actuating movement, acting on the glass subassembly, of the drive bar (12, 13) as a result of excursion of the eccentrically shaped shaft section (9, 10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Donnelly Hohe GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rudolf Kaspar, Herwig Polzer
  • Patent number: 6601816
    Abstract: A art display bracket for mounting works of art in a spaced apart relationship from a wall. The art display bracket includes an elongate mounting bracket that has opposite first and second ends and a longitudinal axis extending between the first and second ends. The second end of the mounting bracket has a stop portion extending upwardly from it. The mounting bracket has a flange upwardly extending from it that is positioned towards the second end of the mounting bracket. The flange has a threaded aperture extending through it. A threaded fastener is threadably inserted in the threaded aperture of the flange of the mounting bracket and is generally aligned with the longitudinal axis of the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventors: Ivan G. Hunte, II, Henric A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6598983
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly includes a support structure fixedly mounted to the exterior side of the motor vehicle. A mounting structure comprising a generally U-shaped member having a bight portion and a pair of leg portions defining spaced apart and parallel tubular members is mounted to the support structure for angular movement about a generally vertically extending axis with respect to the vehicle. A mirror housing is slidably mounted to the mounting structure and includes a pair of openings for slidably receiving the tubular members therein. A mirror is mounted to the mirror housing. A clamp is secured to the mirror housing and has a removable clamp-associated insert providing a mounting structure engaging surface for engaging the mounting structure in tightly fit relation so that the mirror housing can be manually repositioned in a lateral direction towards or away from the vehicle through an infinite range of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Magna Mirror Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Ian Boddy