Glare Screen Or Visor Patents (Class 296/97.1)
  • Patent number: 10442277
    Abstract: A slide-on-rod assembly includes a tube and a carriage configured to move within the tube. The carriage has a first contact surface, the carriage includes a wing rotatably coupled to a body of the carriage, the wing has a second contact surface, the first contact surface of the carriage is configured to contact a corresponding first contact surface of the tube, and the second contact surface of the wing is configured to contact a corresponding second contact surface of the tube. The slide-on-rod assembly also includes a biasing member coupled to the at least one wing and to the body of the carriage. The biasing member is configured to drive the first contact surface of the carriage into contact with the corresponding first contact surface of the tube and the second contact surface of the wing into contact with the corresponding second contact surface of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Daimay North America Automotive Engineering Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Welter
  • Patent number: 10343575
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an assembly configured to be removably secured to an exposed structural component of a vehicle (e.g., a rollbar) comprises a cover assembly configured to secure to the exposed structural component of the vehicle, a hand grip configured to pass through at least a portion of the cover assembly and hand below the cover assembly, wherein the hand grip is configured to be grasped by a user, and at least one tool-receiving member configured to secure to the cover assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Atomic Monkey Industries Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Lynn, Michael Lynn
  • Patent number: 10246135
    Abstract: An underbody panel for a motor vehicle is composed of a lightweight sandwich material and is configured as a single part with at least one continuous folding connection (12) that is arranged between first and second portions of the underbody panel (14). The first and second portions can be folded together via the folding connection (12) and, in the folded state, are substantially parallel to each other to reduce a size of the underbody panel during transport and storage. Additionally, the underbody panel is gap-free when installed on a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fuat Kayadere, Steffen Hoelzel
  • Patent number: 10232687
    Abstract: A rotation system for a vehicle sun visor that includes a rod coupled to the vehicle sun visor, wherein the rod is configured to couple to a vehicle to support the vehicle sun visor within an interior of the vehicle, and the rod is configured to facilitate rotation of the vehicle sun visor about the rod. The rotation system also includes a contact element non-rotatably coupled to the rod. The rotation system further includes a biasing element configured to urge a contact surface against the contact element to control rotation of the vehicle sun visor about the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Motus Integrated Technologies
    Inventors: Philip Allen Lehman, Todd Zandbergen, Stacy Grant Frye, Brent Donald Rockafellow
  • Patent number: 10160294
    Abstract: The dashboard-mounted retractable sunscreen is a sunscreen that may be deployed from a housing mounted in the area of a vehicle dashboard. To deploy the sunscreen, a shade is pulled from within the housing by grasping a hook on the top of the shade and pulling up. The same hook is used to hold the shade in place by passing the hook over the vehicle's rearview mirror. When no longer needed, the shade may be easily retracted back into the housing by separating the hook from the rearview mirror and lowering the hook towards the housing. Springs in each side of the housing enable the shade to wrap itself around a central rod within the housing. Width adjustment knobs on each end of the housing help hold the housing in place by pressing against the vehicle's left and right ‘A’ pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Traci Pettit
  • Patent number: 10093215
    Abstract: A vehicle armrest includes an armrest structure with a first shell made of a natural fiber composite material. The armrest structure also includes a second shell made of a natural fiber composite material. The first shell has a first contact portion that extends toward the second shell. The second shell has a second contact portion that extends toward the first shell. The first contact portion of the first shell is connected to the second contact portion of the second shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Klaus Raab
  • Patent number: 9906066
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for wirelessly charging a chargeable device, such as a smart phone, digital music player, or navigation device, using a wireless charger. The wireless charger includes a connector, a retainer, and a wireless power transmitter. The connector is configured to secure the wireless charger to a visor in a passenger compartment of a vehicle. The retainer is configured to selectively retain a chargeable device having a recipient coil. The wireless power transmitter includes a charging coil configured to carry a fluctuating electric current that generates a changing magnetic field for receipt by a recipient coil of the chargeable device. The changing magnetic field induces a fluctuating electric current in the recipient coil, which is used to charge a battery pack of the chargeable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Macwien Krishnamurthi, Mohd Hisham Muddin Che At, Kow Chee Chong, William Kiger
  • Patent number: 9776477
    Abstract: A sunshade system for shading a display in a vehicle includes a vehicle that has a dashboard, a vent and a display. Each of the vent and the display re positioned on the dashboard. The vent is positioned above the display and the display may be observed. A shade is removably coupled to the vent. The shade may shade the display from sunlight thereby enhancing visibility of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Charles Erikson
  • Patent number: 9625369
    Abstract: Apparatus for generating polychromatic polarized light with the polarization ellipse orientation determined by the wavelength. The proposed polychromatic polarization state generator can be used in various configurations of polarized light microscope (called “polychromatic polscope”) for imaging birefringent samples. The polychromatic polscope produces a spectral-modulated visual scene, in which birefringent structures are evident because their appearance is different from the background. New polarized light microscope can subtract the background and produce video-enhanced color image of birefringent structures. The obtained picture can be also mathematically processed in order to obtain a map of quantitative distribution of specimen retardation and orientation of the principal axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Shribak
  • Patent number: 9475365
    Abstract: Clipped twin-shell sun visor assembly comprising a first shell (1) and a second shell (2) arranged to be joined together for forming a sun visor core, wherein said assembly comprises a plurality of clips (3A, 3B, 3C, 3D; 30A, 30B, 30C, 30D) arranged for interacting with corresponding complementary elements (4A, 4B, 4C, 4D; 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D) so as to join the shells. At least when the shells are joined together, the clips are arranged in groups (3), each group comprising at least a first clip (3A; 30A) and a second clip (3B; 30B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: GRUPO ANTOLIN INGENIERIA, S.A.
    Inventors: Ignacio Marcos Primo, Vincent Bernard
  • Patent number: 9205724
    Abstract: A wire frame visor includes a generally U-shaped wire frame having inwardly extending spaced-apart opposed ends. An envelope of sun-blocking material is fastened over the generally rectangular wire frame. A mounting structure pivotally receives the opposed ends of the wire frame and is adapted to be secured to a location in a vehicle for use of the visor. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the mounting structure includes at least one adjustable torque clip which receives an inwardly projecting end of the wire frame to control the pivotal motion of the visor. In one embodiment the torque clip includes a loop which surrounds the end of the wire frame and an adjustment screw for tightening the loop around the wire end. Straps can be employed to attach the mounting structure to a side tubular member of a vehicle when so equipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Marcus Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Marcus, William J. Fluharty, Kirk William Edwards, Craig William Brekke
  • Patent number: 8931822
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor includes: an urging member that applies turning force toward a storage position to a sun visor body when a turning angle of the sun visor body from the storage position is a predetermined angle or smaller; and a damper that applies braking force when the sun visor body turns. When a turning speed of the sun visor body toward the storage position is a predetermined speed or lower, the damper braking force is smaller than a value obtained by subtracting turning force based on the weight of the sun visor body from the turning force of the urging member, and, when the turning speed exceeds the predetermined speed, the damper braking force is larger than or equal to the value obtained by subtracting the turning force based on the weight of the sun visor body from the turning force of the urging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Kyowa Sangyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Asai, Kosuke Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20140354005
    Abstract: Clipped twin-shell sunvisor assembly comprising a first shell (1) and a second shell (2) arranged to be joined together for forming a sunvisor core, wherein said assembly comprises a plurality of clips (3A, 3B, 3C, 3D; 30A, 30B, 30C, 30D) arranged for interacting with corresponding complementary elements (4A, 4B, 4C, 4D; 40A, 40B, 40C, 40D) so as to join the shells. At least when the shells are joined together, the clips are arranged in groups (3), each group comprising at least a first clip (3A; 30A) and a second clip (3B; 30B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: GRUPO ANTOLIN INGENIERIA, S.A.
    Inventors: Ignacio Marcos Primo, Vincent Bernard
  • Patent number: 8899656
    Abstract: This invention uses fixed number of randomly generated pulses to turn on/off headlamp(s) and viewing screen simultaneously in each base time interval. The percentage of total “on” time during each base interval, the duty cycle, is low. This method dims the oncoming headlights by at least a half without dimming any objects illuminated by own vehicle's headlights. The system is independent and anonymous, meaning in order to make the system work, there is no need for other vehicles to install anything nor will drivers of other vehicles notice anything different in the vehicle with such system installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Sam Mingsan Chen
  • Patent number: 8870259
    Abstract: A hybrid visor for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The visor includes an expanded polypropylene body and a partial clamshell engaging the body along a single longitudinal length of the body and along a single transverse length of the body. The visor also comprises a pivot rod arranged within the clamshell and a cover material arranged over the body and the clamshell. The hybrid visor provides a light weight, low cost recyclable visor that is capable of being designed into any number of configurations all while providing the same robustness and stiffness of heavier and more costly visors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Irvin Automotive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Wieczorek, Leslie R. Hinds
  • Publication number: 20140284958
    Abstract: A sun visor system includes multiple visors to provide selective window coverage for glare. This system can be employed on the driver side, passenger side, or both. The second visor (50), having pivotal device (56) on support rod (54), can be easily connected to the first visor (20) support rod (24) to provide pivotal movements between the windshield and side window. These visors, first and second, can be moved together or separately to stored positions, windshield and side window blocked positions, or combinations of both positions to provide window protection from glare quickly and easily for windshield, side window, or both. Also support rod of the visor can be made of flexible material, like gooseneck arm, to further provide flexible adjustments of visor to desired positions to block glare from different angles or positions of vehicle window. This adjustable visor system can be applied to a single sun visor system or multiple visors system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Der-Gao Lin, Wonchon Lin, Won-Yi Lin, Liao Yu-Hua Lin
  • Patent number: 8752880
    Abstract: An automated vehicle sunshade includes a compartment mountable to a roof of a vehicle, a flexible shade, a plurality of rods coupled to the flexible shade and a drive device coupled to the plurality of rods. The flexible shade comprises a photovoltaic material which is used to convert sunlight incident on the automated vehicle sunshade into electrical charge. The plurality of rods are retractable and extendable so that the sunshade repeatably alternates between an extended position and a retracted position. In the retracted position, the flexible shade, plurality of rods and drive device are enclosed within the compartment. The sunshade also includes guide wires and support wires for properly guiding and supporting the flexible shade during retracting and extending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Harold Morazan
  • Patent number: 8708395
    Abstract: An auxiliary sun flap for a conventional vehicle sun visor that has a shade panel configured to fold within the perimeter of a conventional vehicle sun visor where the visor has an edge and the shade panel is connected to the edge of the visor and the shad panel has a hinge connected to one end of the shade panel and a connector that connects to the sun visor edge such that the shade panel folds against the conventional vehicle sun visor during periods of non-use and folds outward to extend the effective shade area of the vehicle sun visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Sun Y. Kim
  • Publication number: 20130334837
    Abstract: A side window visor designed to attach to a vehicle window channel. The side window visor can be arranged and configured to extend over a portion of a window area for preventing inclement weather from entering the passenger cabin with the window slightly opened. A full length tab is reduced to form a plurality of tabs along the tab area of a side window visor. The plurality of tabs located on the side window visor allows the auto-up window feature to be used without causing large resistance and retraction of the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: LUND INC.
    Inventors: Luis H. Serentill, John A. Wargo
  • Publication number: 20130320698
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor includes: an urging member that applies turning force toward a storage position to a sun visor body when a turning angle of the sun visor body from the storage position is a predetermined angle or smaller; and a damper that applies braking force when the sun visor body turns. When a turning speed of the sun visor body toward the storage position is a predetermined speed or lower, the damper braking force is smaller than a value obtained by subtracting turning force based on the weight of the sun visor body from the turning force of the urging member, and, when the turning speed exceeds the predetermined speed, the damper braking force is larger than or equal to the value obtained by subtracting the turning force based on the weight of the sun visor body from the turning force of the urging member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: KYOWA SANGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi ASAI, Kosuke YAMAZAKI
  • Patent number: 8589034
    Abstract: A system and methods for the automated display of a borderless sun glare block area and sunshield in a windshield, which can be made of electrochromatic glass, in a motor vehicle driven at any time and at any location on earth is presented. The first method, which accurately calculates the precise position of the sun glare block area, is based on the apparent solar position, the direction of travel relative to the true North, the slope of the road, the windshield tilt angle, and the dynamic position of the driver's eyes. It uses sets of different formulas depending on the position of the sun glare on the windshield and the slope of the road. The second method calculates the changing opacities of the borderless sun glare block area, whose opacity decreases from its center to its edge and matches that of the sunshield, based on the ambient light intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Angela Karen Kwok
  • Patent number: 8550531
    Abstract: An extensible sun visor for use in automobiles having a slidable tinted transparent insert moveable along a horizontal axis from a first position inside the sun visor to a second position outside the sun visor, the insert extended from a right edge of the visor, the sun visor having a transparent section overlying the tinted insert and a transparent portion underlying the insert, through which visor visibility is enabled when a mirror and cover are raised on an inside surface of the extensible sun visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Nelson Fancher, III
  • Patent number: 8424950
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor includes: a sun visor body; a support shaft that supports the sun visor body; a mounting bracket that attaches the support shaft to a vehicle; a pair of first conductive element and second conductive element that are provided at a shaft end of the support shaft adjacent to the mounting bracket and inside the support shaft; a divider that is interposed between first ends; and a pair of terminals that supply electric power to the first ends. A gap is formed between the divider and at least one of the first ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kyowa Sangyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Ebisuoka
  • Patent number: 8419105
    Abstract: A sun visor for a vehicle has a sun visor body including a first shell and a second shell. The first shell includes a pin, and the second shell includes a boss having an insert hole. Further, a first reinforcing portion that extends in a given direction from at least one of the pin and the boss and a second reinforcing portion that extends in a direction intersecting with the direction of extension of the first reinforcing portion are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Kyowa Sangyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Fukatsu
  • Publication number: 20130069388
    Abstract: A sliding sun visor for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The sun visor includes a first and second visor body shell. At least one of the shells having a retaining channel for engaging and retaining a floating carrier on a visor pivot rod. It is also contemplated that the sun visor may have a snap in vanity system and rotating pin on a D-ring associated therewith. The visor body also may include a wire routing option to route a wire from the electrical system of a vehicle to a light bulb in a vanity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: David Lee Huff, Leslie Raymond Hinds, Bryan Wesley Busha, Donald Joseph Woodward, Joseph Peter Wieczorek
  • Patent number: 8366172
    Abstract: An automated vehicle sunshade includes a compartment mountable to a roof of a vehicle, a flexible shade, a plurality of rods coupled to the flexible shade and a drive device coupled to the plurality of rods. The flexible shade comprises a photovoltaic material which is used to convert sunlight incident on the automated vehicle sunshade into electrical charge. The plurality of rods are retractable and extendable so that the sunshade repeatably alternates between an extended position and a retracted position. In the retracted position, the flexible shade, plurality of rods and drive device are enclosed within the compartment. The sunshade also includes guide wires and support wires for properly guiding and supporting the flexible shade during retracting and extending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Harold Morazan
  • Patent number: 8360500
    Abstract: A first covering part of the present invention covers a portion from the front part to the upper part of a door window and expands to the outside in the vehicle width direction, and the lower surface thereof is open. A second covering part covers a portion lower than the first covering part of the upper part of the door window, is provided so as to be on the outside of a window glass and be located on the inside in the vehicle width direction of the lower edge of the first covering part, and is formed so as to gradually approach the window glass from the rear end toward the front end, the lower edge thereof being provided close to the outer surface of the window glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Hayashi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuharu Mishimagi
  • Publication number: 20130014315
    Abstract: Provided are helmets and vehicles with photochromic materials, such as visors for helmets and windows and windshields for vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Rogelio Valdez Diaz, Chanelle Valdez
  • Patent number: 8336943
    Abstract: A sun visor, comprising at least one mirror surface integrated in the sun visor body is proposed, wherein the sun visor body comprises a receiver for at least one mirror. The mirror comprises a support made of plastic glass, wherein guide elements for means for concealing the at least one mirror in the sun visor body are integrally molded at said support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bruhnke, Kurt Wilfinger
  • Publication number: 20120319427
    Abstract: A trim panel for a door of a vehicle that wherein both sunshade and non-sunshade versions of the trim panel are manufactured on the same equipment, thus eliminating the need to prepare separate molds for each trim panel. Both the sunshade and non-sunshade versions of the trim panel share essentially the same components and dimension except that the sunshade trim panel has an upper surface that terminates prior to a corresponding surface of the non-sunshade trim panel. This feature allows both trim panels to be made on the same equipment and then installed as needed depending on whether a given door will include a sunshade assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Ryan V. Larcom, Brian D. Large, Rachel E. Canepa, Shinichi Yamase
  • Patent number: 8323535
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a photochromic composition comprising multifunctional (meth)acrylate-based monomers having two or more functional groups, a photochromic dye and an aromatic vinyl compound, in which the content of the aromatic vinyl compound is more than 30% by weight and 70% by weight or less, a photochromic film produced by using the same, and a method for producing the photochromic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeon Choi, Jee-Seon Kim, Woo-Sung Kim, Young-Jun Hong
  • Patent number: 8308217
    Abstract: An automobile sun visor with an electromechanical sun shade device preferably comprising an elongated housing with a generally tear-shaped profile that is adapted for pivotally-adjustable installation at essentially any location proximate the interior roof of a vehicle and that attractively accommodates all necessary elements of the device therewithin, a scissor-type extension mechanism with interdependent, multi-stage frame support layers that evenly and supportively extend and adjust to a plurality of lengths, a two-layer screening system that surrounds the extension mechanism on all sides via a releasable connector, and that is adapted for preferential variation of interior versus exterior display during deployment, and a motorized control system with guide elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventors: Rameshbhai Kalabhai Patel, Manishkumar Rameshbhai Patel, Prashantkumar Rameshbhai Patel
  • Patent number: 8287025
    Abstract: The removable windshield sun screen device provides for screening sun that typically comes in adjacent to and near a rearview mirror inside a windshield of an auto. An area surrounding the rearview mirror is typically not sufficiently shielded by existing auto sun visors, hence the value of the present device. Further, the present device is pliable and removable, and therefore easily transported and stored. The device may be removably fastened to a windshield interior by more than one means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventors: Gerald Bandola, Pearl Bandola
  • Publication number: 20120205938
    Abstract: A sun visor (3), in particular for a motor vehicle, which is configured so as to be foldable between a non-use position and a use position via a folding joint (4), wherein the sun visor is configured in such a manner that it is transparent in the non-use position (A) and is opaque in the use position (B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Spahl
  • Patent number: 8226148
    Abstract: In the case of a sun screen, in particular for a motor vehicle, the sunscreen includes, but is not limited to a sunlight shading body, which at least partly has a transparent or lucent material and a fixing body for fixing the sun screen, in particular to the motor vehicle, e.g., to a roof area of an auto body of the motor vehicle, the range of vision of the driver or of the front-seat passenger is substantially not to be limited by the sun screen on the one hand and the edge of the sunlight shading body is not to represent a risk of injury to the driver and front-seat passenger, on the other hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joergen Lindberg, Lars Ekstroem, Martin Sjöström, Christer Waldemarsson
  • Patent number: 8210595
    Abstract: The present invention is a lap shade that comprises a plurality of section pads attached to form a dashboard piece, a plurality of frames attached to form a door piece, and a plurality of attachment means on both the dashboard piece and the door piece for attachment purposes on the dash board and a side window of a vehicle respectively. A hook and fastener is attached at a bottom side of the dashboard piece to be engaged with a hook and fastener on the door piece. The lap shade includes a plurality of joints, which allow folding of the lap shade. The plurality of attachment means on the dashboard piece is provided with a sliding mechanism, which includes a slider assembly to allow the attachment means to be extended as desired. The door piece is foldable against the dashboard piece followed by folding the section pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas E. Leal
  • Publication number: 20120119537
    Abstract: A sun visor for a vehicle has a sun visor body including a first shell and a second shell. The first shell includes a pin, and the second shell includes a boss having an insert hole. Further, a first reinforcing portion that extends in a given direction from at least one of the pin and the boss and a second reinforcing portion that extends in a direction intersecting with the direction of extension of the first reinforcing portion are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: KYOWA SANGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi FUKATSU
  • Publication number: 20120112490
    Abstract: A mirror unit includes: a frame; a mirror that is mounted on the frame; a cover that is mounted on the frame and that covers the mirror; two facing wall portions that extend along the frame; and guide members that are respectively formed on both wall portions, that protrude in a direction in which both wall portions face each other and that allow the cover to slide along the frame. A guide member-absent region in which the guide member is partially not formed is provided at an end portion of at least one of the wall portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: KYOWA SANGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi FUKATSU
  • Publication number: 20120049564
    Abstract: A sunshade assembly wherein the sunshade is secured in a deployed position at a single location, and wherein when the sunshade is retracted, the field of view through the window is unobstructed by securing members or the like. More particularly, the sunshade assembly utilizes a recessed hook or hook retainer within a trim panel adjacent the window as an anchor point, while a handgrip secured to the window shade is configured to pivot into a position to permit a hook or hook retainer associated therewith to be inserted into the recessed anchor point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Charles Stephen Haase, Shinichi Yamase, Generoso Tan Sia, JR., Ruben E. Guanzon, Ryuichi Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 8047599
    Abstract: A sun visor includes a main body, a television module, a display and a solar panel. The television module is located in the main body to receive television signals and reproduce audio and video. The display is positioned on a first side of the main body to display video based on the video signals. The solar panel is positioned on a second side of the sun visor boy to receive and convert sun light into electric energy to supply power to the television module and the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lung Dai
  • Publication number: 20110264333
    Abstract: A vehicle glare reducing system comprising automatically optically detecting when an oncoming vehicle with lit headlights is approaching the driver and automatically operating a glare reducing means attached to the driver's side of a vehicle's windshield to block the glare, and automatically optically detecting when no oncoming vehicle with lit headlights is approaching the driver and automatically operating the glare reducing means to allow the driver to see through the glare reducing means, with part of an inside edge of the glare reducing means substantially vertically aligned with substantially the horizontal center of the vehicle's steering wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Seymour C. Yuter
  • Patent number: 8038199
    Abstract: A visor is mounted to a vehicle such that it pivots from a pocket in a vehicle headliner adjacent the windshield downwardly away from the windshield from the stored position to a use position. A mounting bracket coupled to the visor and mounting clip coupled to the vehicle cooperate to hold the visor in a stored position and allow its pivoting to a lowered use position and movement in connection with a pivot rod assembly on the opposite end of the visor to a side window position. The pivot rod assembly includes a cam mechanism for lowering the visor as it pivots from the front window position to the side window position. A push-push spring-loaded pivoted extender panel can be deployed from an edge of the visor to increase sun blocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Marcus Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Kónrad H. Marcus, Peter T. LaDuke, Timothy A. Bindon
  • Patent number: 8030872
    Abstract: A motor controller includes a signal-generating unit that is operable so as to control rotational direction and rotational speed of a motor of a sunshade assembly, and a processing unit that operates the signal-generating unit to rotate the motor in a reverse direction to thereby retract a flexible screen body of the sunshade assembly, and to generate a decelerating signal for progressively reducing the rotational speed of the motor during a final stage of retraction of the flexible screen body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Macauto Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Lin
  • Publication number: 20110233958
    Abstract: The present invention provides a See Thru Sun Visor, designed to replace any existing sun visor in order to provide sun blocking protection without obstructing the driver's view of the road comprising primarily heavy duty plastic, the See Thru Sun Visor is a see-through unit which features a smoky tinted plexiglass or shatterproof optical glass material, which filters the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. Rectangular in shape, the See Thru Sun Visor measures the approximate length of standard visors and several inches in width. The device can be packaged in a kit and comes pre-assembled with the See Thru Sun Visor attached to the arm for easy installation. Simply remove the existing sun visor arm and install the See Thru Sun Visor. Both the driver and passenger side See Thru Sun Visor can be packaged and sold as a set, to be installed by the vehicle owner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Cindy Rhine
  • Publication number: 20110221226
    Abstract: A first covering part of the present invention covers a portion from the front part to the upper part of a door window and expands to the outside in the vehicle width direction, and the lower surface thereof is open. A second covering part covers a portion lower than the first covering part of the upper part of the door window, is provided so as to be on the outside of a window glass and be located on the inside in the vehicle width direction of the lower edge of the first covering part, and is formed so as to gradually approach the window glass from the rear end toward the front end, the lower edge thereof being provided close to the outer surface of the window glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: HAYASHI CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuharu MISHIMAGI
  • Patent number: 7942463
    Abstract: In a rear-window roller blind for motor vehicles in which a rear half of a back-seat shelf, which is located between the rear window and the pull-out slot for the rear-window roller blind, is used as a support element for the roller blind. The back-seat shelf half is made either from a wood material or is a plastic molded part. Through alternative arrangements, it is ensured that the temperature expansion and contraction of the components of the roller blind and its support are accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: BOS GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Starzmann, Herbert Walter
  • Patent number: 7918491
    Abstract: An adaptable visor assembly includes a generally planar body portion having a lateral end. An ear segment is removably attachable to the body portion at the lateral end via an interface. The interface includes a projection configured to engage a receptacle when the ear segment is attached to the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kirk J. Olep, Kipp R. Hofmeyer, Matt S. Whalen
  • Patent number: 7909383
    Abstract: A mirror module for a vehicle component, for example a sun visor, includes a module frame, a mirror connected to the module frame and a having a mirrored surface and a mirror cover supported at the mirrored surface of the mirror. The mirror cover includes a guide that allows the mirror cover to be selectively displaced along a track that is separate from the mirror module between a first position in which the mirrored surface is substantially covered by the mirror cover and a second position in which the mirrored surface is at least partially not covered by the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Interiors GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jacky Dolisy
  • Publication number: 20110012387
    Abstract: A sun visor for a vehicle is made by inserting a coverstock material into a mold and molding a core behind at least part of the coverstock material. The coverstock material is thus integrally connected to the core and will follow the contour of the core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: Johnson Control Technology Company
    Inventors: Steven J. Cicholski, Steven M. Davage, Thomas S. Hodgson
  • Patent number: 7866724
    Abstract: A visor for a vehicle includes a core portion configured to interface with a pivot rod to allow the visor to be moved between a storage position and a use position. A single core portion includes structure configured to receive a slideable spring assembly for mounting the visor core to the pivot rod in an extendable and retractable manner. The visor core structure is also configured to receive a fixed spring assembly to mount the visor core to the pivot rod in a non-extendable and non-retractable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kirk J. Olep, Brent D. Rockafellow