With Or For Vehicle Patents (Class 353/13)
  • Patent number: 10300849
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for controlling interior lighting of a motor vehicle interior including at least one light source, a projection support and a control module. The control module is capable of configuring the projection support so that it can receive at least one image emitted by the light source. The invention also relates to a method for lighting at least a part of an interior space of a motor vehicle by such an interior lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Thibaud Barillot, Romain Bel
  • Patent number: 10288880
    Abstract: A panel opening/closing device includes: a support which supports a panel and is turnable about a first rotary shaft; a dial which is turnable about a second rotary shaft in accordance with an operation by a user; and a movable unit which undergoes horizontal movement and includes pins inserted into a groove of the dial and a groove of the support, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Kenji Nakayama, Takahiro Kuroda, Yutaka Masui, Yasushi Ejiri
  • Patent number: 10254461
    Abstract: A display unit for mounting in a vehicle may include an image generator, a display member, and a light source. The display member may be configured to move from a non-operational position to an operational position such that the display member is positioned to reflect light from the image generator in the operational position. The display member also includes an edge configured to refract light and/or otherwise be illuminated. The light source may be configured to emit light to illuminate at least a portion of the edge of the display member. In some implementations, the light source may move when the display member is moved from the non-operational position to the operational position. In other implementations, the light source may be stationary. The display unit may also include a light guide to guide the light emitted by the light source to illuminate the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Automotive Electronics SAS
    Inventors: Fabrice Henon, Yves Lambert, Nicolas Louvieaux, Hirokatsu Nakajima, Ulf K. Langkamp, Brook R. Burg, Jonathan M. Frens
  • Patent number: 10228614
    Abstract: Systems and methods for more effectively locating cameras, controllers, and other interactive devices in conjunction with projection screens. A projection screen includes a screen presenting a surface suitable for projecting an image thereon, the screen having a bottom rail and an interactive device operably coupled to the bottom rail of the screen, the interactive device communicatively coupled to a communicating device. The interactive device may be a video camera, a sensor, or a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Milestone AV Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steven Durkee, Rob Zurn
  • Patent number: 10152120
    Abstract: An information provision device and an information provision method. Each of the information provision device and information provision method includes projecting an image light to a light transmission member so as to display a for-driver information image, sensing a relative distance of an object to be detected existing around the mobile object in the direction of travel, detecting a location of a viewpoint of the driver, and changing a position at which an object image indicating the object to be detected is displayed according to a result of the detecting so as to change a perception distance of the driver influenced by a motion parallax of the object image according to the relative distance of the object to be detected in the direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichiroh Saisho
  • Patent number: 10131228
    Abstract: A head-up display apparatus stored in a storage space within an instrument panel of a vehicle for irradiating a display light into a projection area on an upper side of the instrument panel to form a virtual image, is provided. The apparatus includes a display for emitting the display light, a reflecting member supported swingably about a swing axis for reflecting the display light from the display toward the projection area, a drive mechanism arranged in the reflecting member for swinging the reflecting member, and a case storing the display, the reflecting member and the drive mechanism. The drive mechanism includes a drive part and a transmission part for transmitting a drive force of the drive part to the reflecting member. The drive mechanism is arranged at a position shifted from an optical path of the display light nearer the display than the reflecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Kunimitsu Aoki
  • Patent number: 10061128
    Abstract: A display device for a motor vehicle includes: a projection module for generating an image for a projection in a direction of gaze of a user of the display device along an optical path; a reflection and/or display element; a support element for the reflection and/or display element; and a holding element, comprising a protruding part relative to the reflection and/or display element. The reflection and/or display element is held between the support element and the holding element and in a fixed position relative to the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Yves Lambert, Giany Pitte, Jean-Francois Buchard, Thierry Acas
  • Patent number: 10018841
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-display head-up display device, which includes a main body, a first optical path module and a second optical path module, wherein the first optical path module is provided to project images on a closer position in front of drivers' eyes, the second optical path module is provided to receive external image light source for obtaining a longer optical path and projecting image to a far distance, to reduce visual vertigo and obtain the best visual effects for drivers, to thereby improve driving safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen Chen
  • Patent number: 9869866
    Abstract: An optic has a freeform optical surface transforming incident light emitted by a spatially extended light source into a constellation of images of the spatially extended light source. The images in the constellation are mixed to form a target illumination pattern having a sharp-edge at least along a portion of a boundary. The images include a focused image, and an edge of the focused image participates in forming the sharp-edged boundary the target illumination pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Brand, Aydan Aksoylar
  • Patent number: 9868546
    Abstract: Light systems having an array of paired visible-light and infrared-light elements, each pair arranged such that a body of each visible-light element obstructs infrared-light emitted from its paired infrared-light element. A lens might be provided to cover the array of paired light elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Goodrich Lighting Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Philippe Lapujade
  • Patent number: 9855845
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted display device includes a software switch region in which a first transparent resin layer, a symbol and design printed layer, a smoke printed layer, a first touch sensor sheet, and a diffusion sheet are layered in order from the front side toward the back side, and a liquid crystal touch panel region in which a second transparent resin layer, a second touch sensor sheet, and a liquid crystal sheet are layered in order from the front side toward the back side. Since the software switch region includes the diffusion sheet, not only is it possible to ensure the visibility when sunlight shines, but it is also possible to prevent the internal structure from being seen when the light source is turned off, thus enhancing the quality of the external appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Arata Isobe, Kazuyoshi Fukutani, Takahiro Abe
  • Patent number: 9798142
    Abstract: A display element includes a projection screen for a head-up display and a pivot apparatus for adjusting an inclination of the projection screen about a horizontal inclination axis. The pivot apparatus includes an eccentric unit for adjusting the inclination. The eccentric unit is mechanically coupled directly to the projection screen. The eccentric unit includes a first gearwheel and an eccentric element which is formed eccentrically with respect to the first gearwheel and is fastened on the first gearwheel. The eccentric element is in the form of a disk and an area of a narrow side of the disk-shaped eccentric element is arranged eccentrically with respect to the first gearwheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerhard Pitz
  • Patent number: 9481287
    Abstract: A roadway projection system integrated into a vehicle is configured to identify a specific driving scenario encountered by a driver of the vehicle, and to then project an image onto a roadway along which the vehicle travels based on that scenario. The image is intended to provide guidance to the driver in negotiating the identified scenario and/or to visualize potential driving actions of the driver for the benefit of others. The image could be, for example, and without limitation, an indicator that the driver should follow to perform a specific driving or navigation action, or a preference that the driver wishes to share with other drivers. In addition, the roadway projection system may detect images projected by other roadway projection systems in other vehicles and to determine mutual preferences shared between drivers. When a shared preference is violated, the roadway projection system may alert the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Stefan Marti, Davide Di Censo, Ajay Juneja
  • Patent number: 9294716
    Abstract: First image data representing a first view, captured by a camera system, of a second location, is displayed at the first location. The first view is associated with a first orientation relative to the second location. A first angular displacement associated with a motion of a chair disposed at the first location is determined. Information representing the first angular displacement is transmitted to the camera system. Second image data representing a second view of the second location associated with a second orientation is displayed at the first location, the second orientation having a relationship to the first orientation based on the first angular displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Edward L. Sutter, Hock M. Ng
  • Patent number: 9221509
    Abstract: A display Apparatus, an illumination apparatus and a vehicle having a projector device are disclosed. The projection device is disposed at the front of the vehicle through a mounting device, which is movably joined onto the vehicle, and can convert an image signal, which is outputted from an image data source, into a projection image to project the projection image on the ground in front of the vehicle in a determined distance. A user may adjust an angle of the mounting device relative to the vehicle for changing the determined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Jung-Chi Lai, Wen-Yen Chen
  • Patent number: 9004691
    Abstract: A head-up display device for projecting an image on a display screen includes: a liquid crystal display element for generating an original image; a light source for emitting light toward the liquid crystal display element; a reflection mirror for reflecting a light image of the original image passing through the liquid crystal display element and for projecting the light image on the display screen; and a concave cylindrical lens having a concave surface and disposed between the liquid crystal display element and the reflection mirror. The concave surface has a curved shape along with x axis of three-dimensional coordinates of the concave cylindrical lens. The concave surface extends along with y axis. The concave surface is rotated around the x axis so that z axis of the concave surface is tilted from an optical axis from the light source to the reflection mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiki Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20150042959
    Abstract: A panorama projection unit is disclosed which concentrates the projected images in a front area of the motor vehicle and temporarily or locally shades the projection beams between projection units and the display surfaces. The panorama projection unit includes a transparent panoramic pane, and a plurality of projectors arranged in the housing. The arrangement of the projectors is configured to project images onto a rear side of the panoramic screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: David Leary, Borris Ilse, Boris Jacob, Jong Won Kim, Lionel Silva Santos, Martin Golly, Ivo van Hulten, Martin Schaufler
  • Patent number: 8950868
    Abstract: The head-up display device sequentially displays a virtual image (51V) of a guide light from one end of a reflector (30) side, in the back inside of a virtual image (83V) of an opening bezel formed into a square frame displayed along an outer edge of a projection area (71) of a window shield, and further displays a virtual image (20V) of display information in the back thereof. The amount of travel of the virtual images (51V) of the guide light when the reflector provided in the head-up display device rotates is smaller than the amount of travel of the virtual image (20V) of the display information. Therefore, even if the virtual image (20V) of the display information falls outside the projection area, the virtual images (51V) of the guide light remain in the projection area, and are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kunimitsu Aoki, Nobuyuki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140362347
    Abstract: A passenger vehicle includes a dynamic display unit. The dynamic display unit creates a temporary graphic display inside the passenger vehicle for presenting informational and control elements to passengers inside the passenger vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Peter OEL
  • Patent number: 8876295
    Abstract: A method for displaying information via a light source on rotating helicopter blades of an aircraft such as a helicopter is provided. The light source may be a laser light source and the light therefrom may be directed onto the aircraft blade by one or more motion controlled mirrors and a computer controller. A sensor is capable of determining the position of helicopter blades during rotation, such that light may be projected upon only the moving blade at precisely timed intervals, so as to form perceivable graphics and/or messages thereon. In addition, the method may be utilized for displaying graphics and/or messages on rotating propellers of fixed wing aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Michael V. Scanlon
  • Publication number: 20140320823
    Abstract: A vehicle puddle lamp assembly is provided and includes a plurality of light projectors located on a vehicle and configured to illuminate different lighted image patterns on a ground surface adjacent to the vehicle. The vehicle puddle lamp assembly also includes a controller for sequentially activating the plurality of light projectors to generate an animated lighted image on the ground surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Ammar, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Stuart C. Salter
  • Publication number: 20140293230
    Abstract: A projector device includes: a plurality of laser light sources each of which output light of a different color component; a control unit that controls the intensity of the light output by each of the laser light sources; a display control unit that projects an image on a combiner by guiding the light output by each of the laser light sources to the combiner; and a prediction unit that predicts which laser light source among the laser light sources has the shortest remaining life, wherein the control unit reduces the intensity of the light output by the laser light source predicted to have the shortest remaining life to below a predetermined normal intensity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki ARASE
  • Publication number: 20140233099
    Abstract: A system for presenting an aerial display over an audience of spectators. The system includes a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and a plurality of flexible projection screens. Each of the screens is supportable in a display air space by the UAVs. The system includes a ground control system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and with memory storing a different flight plan for each of the UAVs. During operation during a display time period, the UAVs execute the flight plans to move and to position the flexible projection screens within the display air space. The flexible projection screens each may include a mesh body configured to have low wind resistance and to provide a projection surface for reflecting light. The system may include a projector projecting light onto the projection surface of at least one of the flexible projection screens during the display time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Robert Scott Trowbridge, Clifford Wong
  • Patent number: 8789954
    Abstract: A front projection display system for a vehicle including a pico projector including keystone correction; and, a retractable pico front projector screen operatively connected to the pico projector. In one embodiment, a common housing contains the pico projector and the retractable pico front projector screen. In another embodiment the pico projector is mounted within the protective covering. In some embodiments the front projector screen is motor driven and in other embodiments it operated by hand. The present invention is particularly advantageous in an aircraft environment where size and weight considerations are imperative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Atkins, Chris A. Jameson, Timothy J. Bohr, James R. Dan, David F. Little, Alfred S. Alvarado
  • Publication number: 20140204344
    Abstract: The invention a set of tire rims comprising light assemblies which project holographic images. When installed, Harris Wheels project a designated image such as a decorative pattern, logo, or cartoon animation onto the face of the rim, providing the illusion that the image is moving as the rim spins. The present invention provides auto enthusiasts a unique means of customizing their cars while also increasing visibility of the vehicle at night.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Derek S. Harris
  • Patent number: 8757807
    Abstract: A road vehicle which may switch between a driver dependent mode in which the control of the vehicle is dependent on a driver located in the vehicle and a driver independent mode in which the control of the vehicle is independent of a driver. The vehicle includes an image projecting system for projecting a motion picture on an interior surface of the vehicle, and at least one window glass configurable to function as a screen for showing images projected by the image projecting system. When the vehicle is controlled in the driver independent mode, an area of the window glass is changed from readily transparent to the screen for showing images projected by the image projecting system either by a change in a property of the window glass or covering the area of the window glass by an image reflecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan Disley
  • Patent number: 8733939
    Abstract: In an example, a content projecting system includes a communication module configured to receive an instruction to project content. The content projecting system further includes a projector configured to be affixed to a vehicle. The projector is further configured to project the content onto a projection surface separate from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Cloudcar, Inc.
    Inventor: Konstantin Othmer
  • Patent number: 8733938
    Abstract: A virtual-sunroof system for providing a virtual sunroof at an interior of a vehicle for viewing by a passenger of the vehicle. The system includes a virtual-sunroof imaging device configured and arranged at the vehicle to collect image information from an environment above the vehicle and create digital image data using the image information. The system also includes a virtual-sunroof projection device configured and arranged in the vehicle to be in communication with the virtual-sunroof imaging device for providing a virtual sunroof display. The virtual sunroof display provided (a) is viewable above a head of the passenger, (b) is formed using the image data, (c) represents accurately at the interior of the vehicle a rendition of the environment above the vehicle, and (d) has a size, shape, and location corresponding generally to a size, shape, and location that an actual conventional-type sunroof would have in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Anil K. Sachdev, Mark W. Verbrugge, Byron T Shaw
  • Publication number: 20140139928
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display arrangement (1) for a motor vehicle, for displaying information for an occupant (12) of the motor vehicle. To be able to display the information as cost-effectively as possible in two display areas (4, 5) of the motor vehicle, the invention provides that the display arrangement (1) has an image splitter (9) for separating at least two juxtaposed image sections (B1, B2) of the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Sypro Optics GmbH
    Inventors: Dr. Eberhard Piehler, Gunther Benedix
  • Patent number: 8721084
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a laser projector and a laser beam ECU that is connected to a vehicle communication apparatus for communicating with an information center that provides a guidance service by an operator. According to an operation guidance by the operator, information indicating a switch to be operated is sent from the information center to the laser beam ECU through the vehicle communication apparatus. Then, the laser beam ECU identifies the switch to be operated based on the information and controls the laser projector to direct a laser beam to the switch to be operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Mori
  • Patent number: 8708498
    Abstract: A display apparatus for vehicle includes: an image projector configured to project a light flux including an image having a display object toward a one eye of an image viewer; and a position detector configured to detect the one eye of the image viewer. The image projector changes at least one of a position, a shape and a size of the display object in the image on the basis of a position of the one eye detected by the position detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takashi Sasaki, Aira Hotta, Haruhiko Okumura
  • Patent number: 8696130
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for a vehicle mounted display device which can be easily attached to a vehicle and is removable. The projector can conveniently be plugged into the trailer light power source to give the device power to project an image onto a vehicle. The projector may be digital allowing the owner to choose an image from inside the vehicle. A magnetic or adhesive screen may be placed on the vehicle to allow the image to function properly and effectively on dark paint or other finishes that prevent a clean image. The apparatus comprises an adjustable mounting unit, an adjustable arm, and a projector which can all be adjusted to provide an efficient angle to project the image onto the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Trevor Seal
  • Patent number: 8651664
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising a projector system and a structure connected to the projector system. The projector system is configured to project an image on an exterior surface of an aircraft. The structure is configured to be connected to the aircraft and has a shape configured to reduce an undesired airflow caused by the projector system when the aircraft is in flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eric Joseph Harvey, Ty Aaby Larsen, Richard A. Cote
  • Publication number: 20140036075
    Abstract: A windshield display system that includes a light source such as a laser configured to project light from a plurality of source locations onto a desired location of a windshield. The number of source locations and relative spacing apart of the source locations is such that light emitted from the source locations and reflected into an eye of an operator is characterized as having a reflected light power less than a reflected power threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Frederick F. Kuhlman, Dwadasi H.R. Sarma, David K. Lambert, Kris R. Stark
  • Patent number: 8616704
    Abstract: An area projection system for reproducing a visual signal on a surface, comprising a light source, a fiber element comprising a plurality of light guide elements, a carrier element and imaging optics, wherein the fiber element comprises a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the fiber element is arranged on the light source and the second end of the fiber element is arranged on the carrier element, wherein the imaging optics are arranged on the second end of the fiber element, wherein the area projection system is adapted to transmit a visual signal from the light source to the fiber element and subsequently to the imaging optics, and wherein the imaging optics are adapted to reproduce the visual signal on a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten Vogel, Detlef Heym
  • Patent number: 8540371
    Abstract: A display device includes: a wall defining a viewer-side space; an observed object arranged in an object-side space partitioned off the viewer-side space by a portion of the wall; an imaging optical system of real specular image including a semitransparent substrate with a plane of symmetry for defining the viewer-side space and the object-side space as the portion of the wall to image a real image of the observed object in the viewer-side space with light passing through the substrate; a screen surface having a function of diffuse reflection and provided with the substrate so as to face the viewer-side space; and a projector optical system projecting an image on the screen surface in the viewer-side space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Sugiyama
  • Publication number: 20130235351
    Abstract: A virtual-sunroof system for providing a virtual sunroof at an interior of a vehicle for viewing by a passenger of the vehicle. The system includes a virtual-sunroof imaging device configured and arranged at the vehicle to collect image information from an environment above the vehicle and create digital image data using the image information. The system also includes a virtual-sunroof projection device configured and arranged in the vehicle to be in communication with the virtual-sunroof imaging device for providing a virtual sunroof display. The virtual sunroof display provided (a) is viewable above a head of the passenger, (b) is formed using the image data, (c) represents accurately at the interior of the vehicle a rendition of the environment above the vehicle, and (d) has a size, shape, and location corresponding generally to a size, shape, and location that an actual conventional-type sunroof would have in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Anil K. Sachdev, Mark W. Verbrugge, Byron T. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8500287
    Abstract: A projection unit comprising a coherent light source such as a laser diode and a beam shaping element forming a light beam which is directed towards a display, characterized in that it comprises a laser speckle suppression device which is positioned between the laser source and the display and wherein the laser speckle suppression device is a diffusing element actuated randomly by a piezoelectric vibrating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hassan Moussa
  • Publication number: 20130182228
    Abstract: One aspect relates to generating a repeatably displaceable emanating element display that may display at least part of an at least one synchronously modifiable oriented image based at least in part on alterable vehicle-related information, wherein the repeatably displaceable emanating element display may be synchronously modified as perceivable by a viewer at least partially by synchronizing an at least one repeatably displaceable display emanating element based at least in part on an orientation of the repeatably displaceable emanating element display as synchronously modified as perceivable by the viewer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: SEARETE LLC
    Inventor: Searete LLC
  • Patent number: 8485666
    Abstract: The present invention features a car theater system using rear projection that extends projection distance through a reflection mirror, and may not restrict movement of passengers, and may not block an image projected toward a screen. According to preferred embodiments, the car theater system of the present invention comprises a video player, a projector, a reflection mirror, a screen for imaging an image reflected by the reflection mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Young Cho
  • Patent number: 8465154
    Abstract: The present invention relates, generally, to a vehicle dashboard using rear projection system. A vehicle dashboard using rear projection system of the present invention preferably includes: a screen that provides a visual image; a printed circuit board (PCB) that controls the provision of a graphic image to the screen; and an projection system projection system that is controlled by the printed circuit board, and is installed at a rear side of the printed circuit board and irradiates a light to the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Ju Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8461505
    Abstract: An image generating illumination device is provided for interior surfaces of a means of transport. The illumination device includes, but is not limited to at least one or several projection units and a light-emitting diode arrangement. The projection units are designed to project a continuous image onto the surface of hat racks that are arranged one beside the other, and the light-emitting diode arrangement is designed to illuminate ceiling panels. The light that is projected by the light-emitting diode arrangement merges seamlessly into the continuous image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Tilo Budinger, Carsten Vogel
  • Patent number: 8451111
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes: an image generation unit generating a plurality of images with different figure sizes so that perceived positions of the plurality of images are sequentially located in a direction away from an actual position; a reflection member provided in front of the observer; and a projector projecting a light beam to form, the plurality of images onto a single eye of the observer through the reflection member so that the plurality of images is superimposed on a background observed through the refection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takashi Sasaki, Aira Hotta, Haruhiko Okumura
  • Patent number: 8436952
    Abstract: A head-up display including a hybrid illumination system is provided. A light mixing unit provides a substantially homogenous light source to a reflective display unit. A concentrating optics unit collects ambient light and directs it towards the light mixing unit. At the same time, an electrically-powered light source emits light which is directed towards the light mixing unit. One or more optical elements direct the ambient light and the light source light into the light mixing unit for homogenization. A condensing unit receives the homogenized light mixture and outputs the condensed light to a polarizing beam splitter. A reflective display modulates the light from the polarizing beam splitter with information from a source of electrical information signals back towards the polarizing beam splitter. A projection unit projects the modulated light to create an image on a windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited
    Inventor: Lo Ming Fok
  • Publication number: 20130083291
    Abstract: An autostereoscopic apparatus for providing a 3D image to a viewer at a range of vertical eye locations. The apparatus includes a projection screen with a light receiving surface that is horizontally retroreflective and vertically diffusive. The apparatus includes a projector assembly including at least two projectors arranged side-by-side such that projection lenses of the projectors are horizontally aligned in a row. The apparatus includes a controller selectively operating the projectors to project at least two differing point-of-view images. The projection screen may take a number of useful embodiments to implement the autostereoscopic apparatus. For example, the projection screen may include a bottom layer including a retroreflective film that is retroreflective at least in the horizontal direction such as a brightness enhancement film and a top layer formed of a transparent sheet of lenticular material arranged for vertical diffusing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Quinn Smithwick, Lanny S. Smoot, Daniel Reetz
  • Publication number: 20130050653
    Abstract: A semiconductor light emitting array comprises a plurality of semiconductor light emitting elements disposed on an oblong substrate that is long in a first direction and arranged along with the first direction. Each light emitting element comprises an electrode layer formed on the substrate, a semiconductor light emitting layer formed on the electrode layer, stretched long in the first direction and comprising a p-type semiconductor layer, an active layer and an n-type semiconductor layer, a first wiring layer formed along and in parallel to one long side of the semiconductor light emitting layer, and second wiring layers extending to a direction of a short side from the first wiring layer and electrically connected to the n-type semiconductor layer on a surface of the semiconductor light emitting layer. The first wiring layers are disposed on different long sides of the semiconductor light emitting layers in the adjacent light emitting elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Mamoru Miyachi, Tatsuma Saito
  • Patent number: 8325027
    Abstract: A safety light apparatus includes a first light source to emit a first light beam and a first light modulator to modulate the first light beam to project a first light image resembling a left boundary of a bike lane. A second light source emits a second light beam, and a second light modulator modulates the second light beam to project a second light image resembling a right boundary of a bike lane. A housing supports the first and second light sources and the first and second light modulators. A mounting device is provided for mounting the housing to a bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Lightlane LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Kirby Tee, Evan Isaac Timerding Gant
  • Patent number: 8317329
    Abstract: A method to display an infotainment graphic upon a surface within a vehicle includes monitoring a source of infotainment content; determining the infotainment graphic based upon monitoring the source of infotainment content, and displaying the infotainment graphic upon the surface including a material reactive to display graphics in response to an excitation projector, wherein the excitation projector includes an ultraviolet projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Seder, Joseph F. Szczerba, Dehua Cui
  • Publication number: 20120262673
    Abstract: An exterior window of a vehicle has an array of opaque elements on at least a portion of its surface. The elements reflect light emitted by a video projector inside the vehicle to serve as a display screen for images visible to an occupant of the vehicle. The window is transparent in the spaces surrounding the opaque elements so that the exterior environment is simultaneously visible to the occupant. The displayed image is based on a geographical location of the vehicle and includes information about an actual geographic subject in the vicinity of the vehicle. The image may be projected on the display pattern in a location such that the image and the actual geographic subject are viewable simultaneously through the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Annika Larsson
  • Patent number: 8277053
    Abstract: A projection method and projection device for projecting an overall image to interior walls of an aircraft, in which method or device the boundary regions of several partial images of an overall image to be presented are matched correspondingly, and partial images are pre-distorted in order to, in this way, obtain a large-area non-distorted image presentation even in the case of complex geometric shapes of projection areas, in which image presentation the transition regions of partial images are at least perceptible only to a limited extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten Vogel, Tilo Budinger, Ulrich Kunkel