Reflection-type (e.g., Display Device) Patents (Class 359/267)
  • Patent number: 10821902
    Abstract: An edge-lit rearview assembly comprising a housing; a mirror element having a perimeter and disposed within the housing; a bezel extending around at least a portion of the perimeter of the mirror element; at least one circuit board; at least one light source in electrical communication with the circuit board; wherein the at least one light source is in optical communication with at least a portion of the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley A. Bosma, Michael F. Lisowski
  • Patent number: 10812703
    Abstract: A virtual reality device, a method for adjusting focal lengths automatically, a method for producing the virtual reality device and a computer readable medium are provided. The virtual reality device includes: at least one imaging device comprising an imaging portion and an elastic micro lens array, the elastic micro lens array being arranged at a light incident side of the imaging portion and configured to modulate an incident light, the imaging portion being configured to receive the incident light modulated by the elastic micro lens array and to convert intensity of the incident light into an electrical imaging signal; and a display device configured to generate a visual image from the electrical imaging signal outputted by the imaging portion, wherein the elastic micro lens array has lenses which have independently adjustable focal lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingchao Wang, Yanqiu Li
  • Patent number: 10739661
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an electro-optic device. The device comprises a first substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface. The device further comprises a second substrate comprising a third surface and a fourth surface. The first substrate and the second substrate form a cavity between the second surface and the third surface. An electrochromic medium is disposed in the cavity. A transflective coating is disposed at the third surface, wherein the transflective coating comprises a multi-layer stack comprising alternating high-index (H) material and low-index (L) material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mario F. Saenger Nayver, Jian Gao, John S. Anderson, George A. Neuman
  • Patent number: 10739659
    Abstract: A display device may include a first substrate, an encapsulation substrate overlapping the substrate, a display unit disposed between the first substrate and the encapsulation substrate, a first electrode disposed between the display unit and the encapsulation substrate and having a first reflectance, a second electrode overlapping the first electrode and having a second reflectance greater than the first reflectance, and an electrochromic unit disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chaun-Gi Choi, Jeong-Woo Moon
  • Patent number: 10733437
    Abstract: A vehicle display device is disclosed. The device comprises an image sensor comprising an imager configured to capture image data and a display. The display comprises a plurality of display elements forming a display surface. The display surface forms a display perimeter. The display elements surround the image sensor on the display surface such that the image sensor is disposed within the display perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew D. Weller, Ethan J. Lee, John A. VanderPloeg
  • Patent number: 10703282
    Abstract: An electro-optic element of a display of a vehicle includes a first substantially transparent substrate defining a first surface and a second surface. A first edge extends around the first substrate. A second substantially transparent substrate defines a third surface and a fourth surface. A second edge extends around the second substrate. A primary seal is disposed between the first and second substrates. The seal and the first and second substrates define a cavity therebetween. First and second electrical buses are positioned on the first edge and the second edge, respectively. A dual coated film is positioned between the first and second electrical buses. An electro-optic material is positioned within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam R. Heintzelman, Juan C. Lara, Christopher M. Derry, David J Cammenga
  • Patent number: 10688926
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a compact light-emitting diode arrangement which can be used generically but, by reason of the compact design, is advantageous in particular for use in a vehicle. For instance, the compact light-emitting diode arrangement can be used e.g. as interior lighting in a car. The present invention is also directed to a vehicle component having the compact light-emitting diode arrangement. Furthermore, a method for producing the compact light-emitting diode arrangement is proposed as is a computer program product including control commands which implement the proposed method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Inova Semiconductors GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Neumann
  • Patent number: 10684444
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera module, and the present invention may comprise: a lens; a heating layer positioned on the lens so as to generate heat when power is supplied thereto; and a heating wire, which is positioned on the surface of the lens or of the heating layer, which generates heat when a current is supplied thereto from an external power supply, and which is electrically connected to the heating layer. The present invention comprises a heating wire, besides the heating layer that comprises a conductive material, and thus can reduce the time taken to supply a heating body with a current, and the reduced heating time accordingly enables rapid heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Lee, Jung Hoo Seo, Dae Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10676041
    Abstract: A vehicular camera configured to be disposed at a vehicle so as to have a field of view exterior of the vehicle includes a lens holder, an imager printed circuit board, a connector printed circuit board and a rear housing. The imager printed circuit board has an imager disposed at a side thereof and is attached to the lens holder with the imager side facing the lens. The imager printed circuit board and the connector printed circuit board are joined together via a pliable material. The rear housing is mated with the lens holder to encase the imager printed circuit board and the connector printed board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Sesti, Robert A. Devota
  • Patent number: 10673013
    Abstract: A display device includes a window and a display panel coupled to a bottom surface of the window. The display panel has a substantially regular tetragonal shape or a substantially rectangular shape in a plan view, and the window includes a base member and a bezel layer on a bottom surface of the base member. Between one and three light-transmissive main alignment marks and a transmission area having a different shape than that of the display panel are defined in the bezel layer, and each of the main alignment marks is arranged at a position corresponding to a vertex of the display panel or at a position corresponding to a vertex of an imaginary regular tetragon or of an imaginary rectangle that has the same center point as the display panel and that is larger than the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyoungsub So, Jongdae Park
  • Patent number: 10663831
    Abstract: A method of making a curved electrochromic film includes: disposing a UV curable adhesive layer between a first electrochromic member and a second electrochromic member to form an electrochromic film semi-product in flat form; arching the electrochromic film semi-product between the first and second bending members of a forming apparatus and by moving the first and second bending members toward each other; and curing the UV curable adhesive layer using a UV light source while the electrochromic film semi-product is arched. Forming apparatuses for forming a flat electrochromic film semi-product into a curved electrochromic film are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TINTABLE KIBING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fu-Yu Tsai, Keng-Ming Hu, Jui-Wen Tsai, Yau-Ren Yang, Yi-Wen Chung
  • Patent number: 10632921
    Abstract: A vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror casing and an electro-optic mirror reflective element. The front glass substrate of the reflective element has a planar first surface, a planar second surface and a periphery surface extending therebetween. The mirror casing includes a central mounting element and two spaced apart attachment surfaces. The rear glass substrate of the reflective element is adhesively attached at the attachment surfaces. The central mounting element includes a pivot element that pivotally mounts at a mounting structure. A central cavity exists between the central mounting element and the rear glass substrate. The mirror assembly includes a curved outer surface that provides a rounded transition between the planar first surface of the front glass substrate and a less-curved outer surface of a side all of the mirror casing. No part of the mirror casing encroaches onto the planar first surface of the front glass substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Darryl P. De Wind, Michael J. Baur, Timothy G. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10620308
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor assembly and a stray light baffle. The apparatus is mountable inside of a vehicle on a pane, in particular a windshield. The sensor assembly includes a first sensor and a second sensor. The stray light baffle is arranged substantially in front of the first sensor, in the capture direction of the sensors, at the sensor assembly. The stray light baffle has a first side wall that is made of a plastics material, and a second side wall that is a frame with a fabric covering. The second side wall is arranged in front of the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Conti Temic Microelectronic GmbH
    Inventor: Karsten Breuer
  • Patent number: 10557610
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a vehicle may include a light source emitting light of a predetermined color; a reflector reflecting the light emitted from the light source to project the light externally, the reflector having a color different from the color of the light emitted from the light source to change the color of the light when the light is reflected; and a light transmittance variable portion positioned between the light source and the reflector such that the light emitted from the light source is incident thereupon prior to the reflector, the light transmittance variable portion being configured to vary in light transmittance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jung Wook Lim, Seung Hyeok Chang, Ki Hong Lee, Byoung Suk Ahn
  • Patent number: 10543785
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror reflective element having a first glass substrate and a second glass substrate with an electro-optic medium sandwiched therebetween and bounded by a perimeter seal. The first glass substrate has a first surface and a second surface and the second glass substrate has a third surface and a fourth surface. The second surface has a transparent electrically conductive coating that opposes and contacts the electro-optic medium and the third surface has an electrically conductive coating that opposes and contacts the electro-optic medium. A front substrate has a rounded perimeter edge region that has a radius of curvature of at least 2.5 mm and that spans between a front side and a rear side of the front substrate. The rear side of the front substrate is adhesively attached at the first surface of the first glass substrate of the mirror reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Hamid Habibi
  • Patent number: 10534185
    Abstract: A near-eye display includes a display assembly, an eye tracking system, and a multifocal module. The display assembly emits image light at a particular focal distance in accordance with multifocal instructions. The display assembly includes focal adjustment lenses and waveguide displays arranged in optical series and configured to emit light in accordance with the multifocal instructions. Different combinations of focal adjustment lenses are associated with different focal distances. Each waveguide display is separated from one or more adjacent waveguide displays by one or more of the plurality of focal adjustment lenses, and is associated with a unique combination of one or more of the focal adjustment lenses and a corresponding focal distance. The eye tracking system determines eye tracking information for a user's eye. The multifocal module generates the multifocal instructions based on the eye tracking information and provides the multifocal instructions to the display assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hee Yoon Lee, Douglas Robert Lanman
  • Patent number: 10481457
    Abstract: An electrochromic device, the electrochromic device including a substrate; a first electrode provided on the substrate; an ion storage layer provided on the first electrode; a polymer electrolyte layer provided on the ion storage layer; an electrochromic layer provided on the polymer electrolyte layer; and a second electrode provided on the electrochromic layer, wherein the ion storage layer includes MoaTibOxNy, and a, b, x and y are the same as or different from each other and each independently is a real number of greater than or equal to 0.5 and less than or equal to 60. Also included is a method for manufacturing an electrochromic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Chan Kim, Ki-Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10437126
    Abstract: A window assembly comprises a plurality of dynamic electrochromic zones formed on a single transparent substrate in which at least two electrochromic zones are independently controllable. In one exemplary embodiment, the window assembly comprises an Insulated Glass Unit (IGU), and at least one transparent substrate comprises a lite. In another exemplary embodiment, the IGU comprises at least two lites in which at least one lite comprises a plurality of independently controllable dynamic zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Egerton, Drew Gaskell
  • Patent number: 10427593
    Abstract: A light assembly is provided herein. The light assembly includes a pair of light assemblies disposed on opposing sides of a rear portion of a vehicle. Each light assembly includes a housing and a lens. A light source is disposed in the housing and is configured to create a first predefined illumination pattern. A controller is configured to selectively activate the first illumination pattern from one of the pair of housings corresponding to a direction of a vehicle steering wheel rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Bradley Johnson, Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stephen Kenneth Helwig
  • Patent number: 10429712
    Abstract: This disclosure provides configurations, methods of use, and methods of fabrication for a bus bar of an optically switchable device. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a substrate and an optically switchable device disposed on a surface of the substrate. The optically switchable device has a perimeter with at least one corner including a first side, a second side, and a first vertex joining the first side and the second side. A first bus bar and a second bus bar are affixed to the optically switchable device and configured to deliver current and/or voltage for driving switching of the device. The first bus bar is proximate to the corner and includes a first arm and a second arm having a configuration that substantially follows the shape of the first side, the first vertex, and the second side of the corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Jack, Anshu Pradhan, Kaustubh Nadkarni
  • Patent number: 10391942
    Abstract: An electronic mirror apparatus includes a display unit to display the image taken by an imaging unit mounted on a vehicle, a light control filter disposed at a side of the display unit nearer to a driver's seat, and a controller. The light control filter shifts between the light reflection state to reflect light and the light transmission state to transmit light in response to a state of voltage applied to the light control filter. The controller causes the display unit to display an image when the light control filter is in the light transmission state or in the period of transition from the light reflection state to the light transmission state. The controller performs control such that at least part of the image displayed on the display unit is brighter when the light control filter is in the period of transition than is in the light transmission state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Okohira
  • Patent number: 10377320
    Abstract: A vehicle glazing includes a glazed element, at least one mounting plate for the reversible attachment of an accessory to the glazed element, the mounting plate having an exterior face which is fixed facing an interior face of the glazed element, and including at least one mount for the reversible attachment of another accessory to the glazed element, wherein the mount is mechanically connected by at least one connecting arm connecting the mount to the mounting plate and the mount having an exterior face which is fixed facing an interior face of the glazed element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Laurent Silvestrini, Raymond Brebion
  • Patent number: 10343608
    Abstract: A rearview assembly having an electrochromic element. A front substrate defines a first surface and a second surface. A front side edge is disposed between the first surface and the second surface. A rear substrate is operably coupled with the front substrate and spaced a predetermined distance therefrom. The rear substrate defines a third surface and a fourth surface. A rear side edge is disposed between the third surface and the fourth surface. A perimeter of the rear substrate is larger than a perimeter of the front substrate, such that an outer portion of the third surface is exposed, thereby defining a peripheral step between the front side edge and the rear side edge. An electrochromic material is disposed between the front substrate and the rear substrate. A bezel is configured to extend around the rear substrate, over the outer portion of the third surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric S. Lundy, William L. Tonar, Michael J. VanAst, Christopher J. Van Huis, Brian J. Barksdale, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Joel A. Stray, Mark R. Roth
  • Patent number: 10330279
    Abstract: A luminaire with various sensing capabilities is provided. According to one aspect, the luminaire may include a housing and a lens covering an opening formed in the housing. In addition, the luminaire may include a sensing assembly which is disposed in the housing and configured to detect changes in an environment outside the housing. A light source may also be disposed in the housing and configured to emit light in a forward direction toward the lens. The sensing assembly may be positioned rearward of at least a portion of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KENALL MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Brandon Stolte, Diane Murphy, Patrick J. Marry
  • Patent number: 10295880
    Abstract: Certain aspects pertain to methods of fabricating an optical device on a substantially transparent substrate that include a pre-deposition operation that removes a width of lower conductor layer at a distance from the outer edge of the substrate to form a pad at the outer edge. The pad and any deposited layers of the optical device may be removed in a post edge deletion operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhishek Anant Dixit, Todd William Martin, Anshu A. Pradhan
  • Patent number: 10267997
    Abstract: A scene projector including an array of light emitting pixels, a tunable filter element, and a spatial light modulator. The tunable filter element is optically coupled to the array of light emitting pixels such that light emitted from the array of light emitting pixels is passed through the tunable filter element as filtered light. The spatial light modulator is optically coupled to the array of light emitting pixels and is configured to generate transmitted light by interacting with the filtered light to control at least one of an amplitude, a phase, and a polarization of the filtered light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin Gordon Adams Wehner, Duane D. Smith, Edward Peter Gordon Smith, Adam M. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10268097
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present invention is a substrate comprising multiple, independently controllable electrochromic zones, wherein each of the electrochromic zones share a common, continuous bus bar. In one embodiment, of the electrochromic zones are not completely isolated from each other. In another embodiment, each of the electrochromic zones have the same surface area. In another embodiment, each of the electrochromic zones have a different surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAGE ELECTROCHROMICS, INC.
    Inventor: Bryan D. Greer
  • Patent number: 10258174
    Abstract: A full length light up bling mirror, including a mirror to provide a reflection, and a border to surround an entire edge of the mirror, the border including a plurality of crystals disposed on a front surface of the border, a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) disposed within the plurality of crystals, and a CPU to control the plurality of LEDs to change at least one of colors and lighting settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Monique Huerta
  • Patent number: 10241334
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a near-eye display system for generating a virtual image of a display, including: a display, a first lens array comprising a plurality of concave microlenses having a first pitch, and a second lens array positioned in front of the first lens array, the second lens array comprising a plurality of convex microlenses having a second pitch, wherein the first lens array is positioned on an optical path between the display and the second lens array, and wherein the first lens array has a focal plane at the display and the second lens array has a focal plane at a virtual image plane of the first lens array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hongbae Sam Park, Reynald Antoine Hoskinson, Hamid Abdollahi, Boris Stoeber
  • Patent number: 10241376
    Abstract: Methods for cutting strengthened glass are disclosed. The methods can include using a laser. The strengthened glass can include chemically strengthened, heat strengthened, and heat tempered glass. Strengthened glass with edges showing indicia of a laser cutting process are also disclosed. The strengthened glass can include an electrochromic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Kinestral Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard S. Bergh, Nicolas Timmerman
  • Patent number: 10222673
    Abstract: A terminal, a color changing method, and a color changing apparatus that relate to the field of communications technologies are provided, so as to resolve a technical problem of a waste of materials due to production of a terminal shell. A color changing unit is disposed inside a terminal, where the color changing unit can change a color when receiving electrical energy, and a transparency value of a shell is greater than a first preset transparency value, so that a technical problem of a waste of materials due to production of a terminal shell can be effectively resolved, which can reduce manufacturing materials and is conducive to environmental protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youhe Ke, Liang Li
  • Patent number: 10192907
    Abstract: An array substrate and manufacturing method thereof, display panel and display device. The manufacturing method of the array substrate includes: forming, on a substrate, a first conductive pattern, a second conductive pattern and an insulating pattern, the insulating pattern at least covering an upper surface of the first conducting pattern, the first conductive pattern including a first amorphous transparent conductive pattern and a first metal pattern, and the second conductive pattern including a second amorphous transparent conductive pattern; and performing an annealing treatment to convert the first amorphous transparent conductive pattern and the second amorphous transparent conductive pattern to a first crystalline transparent conductive pattern and a second crystalline transparent conductive pattern respectively. The method addresses the problem in which a metal surface is readily oxidizable when performing an annealing treatment, thereby improving the product yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seungjin Choi
  • Patent number: 10185198
    Abstract: A laser ablated product exhibits a diffraction severity of less than about 5. The product may include a substrate that is at least partially transparent to visible light, and a periodic structure formed on at least one surface of the substrate by laser ablation. The periodic structure has a period in at least one direction of at least about 4,500 nm to at most about 850,000 nm, and the periodic structure has a peak-to-valley dimension of less than about 25 nm. The product may be employed in an electrochromic device, such as a vehicle rearview mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, George A. Neuman, John S. Anderson, Chad M. Wine, Henry A. Luten, Donald L. Bareman
  • Patent number: 10133925
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a human-machine interface guidance/indication device for iris recognition of a mobile terminal, comprising a mobile terminal and an iris recognition imaging module; the mobile terminal comprises a visible light LED (light emitting diode) and a display screen respectively in signal connection with a processor chip; the iris recognition imaging module comprises an imaging sensor and a near-infrared LED lighting source, and a near-infrared optical filter and an optical imaging lens are arranged on the imaging sensor; the processor chip is in signal connection with the imaging sensor and the near-infrared LED lighting source respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SUZHOU SIYUAN KEAN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weimin Ni, Hongquan Shen
  • Patent number: 10126623
    Abstract: An electrochromic device including: first substrate; first electrode-layer on the first substrate; electrochromic layer on the first electrode-layer; second substrate facing the first substrate; second electrode-layer formed on surface of the second substrate at side of the first substrate; electrolyte layer formed between the electrochromic layer and the second electrode-layer and curable at least with ultraviolet rays; first extraction electrode to electrically connect between the first electrode-layer and power source and including region that does not transmit ultraviolet rays in at least part of the first extraction electrode; and second extraction electrode to electrically connect between the second electrode-layer and the power source and including region that does not transmit ultraviolet rays in at least part of the second extraction electrode, the region in the first extraction electrode and the region in the second extraction electrode being arranged not to overlap with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shun Goto, Tohru Yashiro, Kohji Takeuchi, Sukchan Kim, Takahiko Matsumoto, Keiichiroh Yutani, Hidekazu Yaginuma, Yasuo Katano, Atsushi Ohshima
  • Patent number: 10118255
    Abstract: A cutting method of a multilayer structure containing a brittle layer is provided. The cutting method includes: cutting the multilayer structure to form a cut edge; removing a material of the multilayer structure other than the brittle layer along the cut edge, wherein the material of the multilayer structure other than the brittle layer has a width ranging from 1 micron to 2 millimeter; and modifying an edge of the brittle layer remaining after removing the material of the multilayer structure other than the brittle layer by a laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: Industrial Technology Research Institute, Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jyun-Kai Ciou, Yung-Min Hsieh, Kuo-Hsin Huang, Naotoshi Inayama, Takehiko Isomoto, Takahide Fujii, Chang-Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 10114265
    Abstract: Thin-film devices, for example electrochromic devices for windows, and methods of manufacturing are described. Particular focus is given to methods of patterning optical devices. Various edge deletion and isolation scribes are performed, for example, to ensure the optical device has appropriate isolation from any edge defects. Methods described herein apply to any thin-film device having one or more material layers sandwiched between two thin film electrical conductor layers. The described methods create novel optical device configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabian Strong, Yashraj Bhatnagar, Abhishek Anant Dixit, Todd Martin, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 10035461
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first substrate, a first electrode, a second substrate, a second electrode, an electrochromic material layer, a sealant, and a light shielding pattern layer. The first electrode is disposed on the first substrate. The second electrode is disposed on the second substrate. The electrochromic material layer is disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode. The sealant is disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate and surrounds the electrochromic material layer. The light shielding pattern layer is disposed on the first substrate. The light shielding pattern layer shields the sealant and a little portion of the electrochromic material layer near the sealant. The first electrode disposed on the first substrate and the second electrode disposed on the second substrate are not electrically connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: UNIDISPLAY INC.
    Inventors: Sheng-Hsien Lin, Leng-Chieh Lin, Wei-Chieh Wang, Meng-Chia Chan, Ming-Yuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 10029940
    Abstract: The roughness of a separation surface formed along a process path along which a plurality of laser-induced channels is formed in a substrate can be controlled through process parameters. Laser pulse power can be varied to vary the resulting roughness. Higher laser pulse power can form larger laser-induced channels, enabling larger inter-channel spacing and/or higher roughness in applications where it is desired. Lower laser pulse power can be employed to achieve smoother separation surfaces when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, David J. Cammenga, Donald L. Bareman, William L. Tonar
  • Patent number: 9971223
    Abstract: The present application discloses a method for fabricating a display substrate including forming an electrode layer comprising a plurality of electrode blocks on a base substrate; each electrode block corresponding to a subpixel region; and forming an electrochromic layer comprising a plurality of electrochromic blocks on the electrode layer by electrochemically depositing an electrochromic material onto the plurality of electrode blocks on a side of the electrode layer distal to the base substrate, each electrochromic block corresponding to each electrode block in a one-to-one relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xin Gu, Juan Chen, Ning Chen
  • Patent number: 9914395
    Abstract: An electrochromic rearview mirror contains a connection assembly, and the connection assembly includes: a first substrate, a first coating layer, a second coating layer, a packaging frame, an electrochromic layer, a first conductive glue, a second conductive glue, at least one third coating layer, at least one fourth coating layer, and a second substrate. The first substrate has a first face and a second face, and the second substrate has a third face and a fourth face. The second coating layer conducts electricity, each of the at least one fourth coating layer is fixed on the third face, and each of the at least one third coating layer is disposed on the third face. Furthermore, the packaging frame and the electrochromic layer are defined among the second coating layer, the fourth coating layer and the third coating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Licon Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Wen-Li Chen, Wen-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 9886886
    Abstract: An electro-optic display, having at least one pixel capable of achieving any one of at least four different gray levels including two extreme optical states, is driven by displaying a first image on the display, and rewriting the display to display a second image thereon, wherein, during the rewriting of the display, any pixel which has undergone a number of transitions exceeding a predetermined value without touching an extreme optical state, is driven to at least one extreme optical state before driving that pixel to its final optical state in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Karl R. Amundson, Robert W. Zehner, Ara N. Knaian, Benjamin Zion
  • Patent number: 9844776
    Abstract: Provided are a method of removing a perchlorate ion (ClO4?) and a nitrate ion (NO3?) which are toxic anions in wastewater using an anion-exchange resin on which a metal is supported, and more particularly an anion-exchange resin on which a hydrogen activating metal is supported or a hydrogen activating metal and a secondary metal are supported together and a method of removing toxic anions using the same. The toxic anions may be efficiently ion-exchanged and removed using an anion-exchange resin supporting a reduction catalyst, the regeneration of the anion-exchange resin may be facilitated, and the consumption of energy and the reducing agent may be reduced, thereby being usable in removal of toxic anions from an actual water purification system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Minkee Choi, You-Na Kim
  • Patent number: 9827912
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly includes a housing, a bezel, and an electro-optic mirror element. The electro-optic mirror element includes a first substantially transparent substrate having an edge extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the first substantially transparent substrate and a second substantially transparent substrate. The first and second substantially transparent substrates define a cavity. An electro-optic material is disposed within the cavity. The first substantially transparent substrate and at least one of the housing and bezel have a difference in coefficient of thermal expansion between about 5 ppm and about 50 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Niels A. Olesen, William L. Tonar, Joel A. Stray
  • Patent number: 9798214
    Abstract: Methods of charging an electrochromic device includes post assembly charging using a sacrificial redox agent, lithium diffusion into an electrode from a lithium layer or salt bridge charging, or pre assembly charging using proton photoinjection into an electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: HELIOTROPE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Guillermo Garcia, Jason Holt, Evelyn Rosen, Brett Helms
  • Patent number: 9798213
    Abstract: Provided is an electrochromic element, including: a first electrode and a second electrode, at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode being transparent; a third electrode; and an electrolyte, an anodic organic electrochromic material, and a cathodic organic electrochromic material that are arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode, in which the third electrode is electrically connectable to at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode via the electrolyte, and in which the third electrode has an effective area that is larger than an effective area of the first electrode and an effective area of the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Wataru Kubo, Kazuya Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9772488
    Abstract: An electrowetting display comprises a support plate on which individual electrowetting pixels separated from one another by pixel walls are formed. The individual electrowetting pixels include a first conductive layer and a second conductive layer on the support plate. The first conductive layer and the second conductive layer are separated by a dielectric layer in first portions of the individual electrowetting pixels. The first conductive layer and the second conductive layer are in electrical contact with one another in second portions of the individual electrowetting pixels, wherein the second portions of the individual electrowetting pixels may be U-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pavel Novoselov, Suki Sandhu
  • Patent number: 9766527
    Abstract: Provided is an electrochromic element, including a first electrode, a second electrode, a carrier, and an electrolyte, and an anodic organic electrochromic compound and a cathodic redox substance that are arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode, at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode being transparent, in which: the electrolyte, and the anodic organic electrochromic compound and the cathodic redox substance are mixed; the electrolyte is in contact with the first electrode, the second electrode, and the carrier; the carrier has a redox substance; the reduced form of the redox substance of the carrier is more easily oxidized than the reduced form of the anodic organic electrochromic compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Wataru Kubo, Satoshi Igawa
  • Patent number: 9691333
    Abstract: An electrophoretic display includes an electrophoretic panel, a substrate, and a processor. The electrophoretic panel includes a plurality of charged particles. A conductive layer is deposed on the substrate, and the conductive layer is coupled to the electrophoretic panel. The processor is coupled to the conductive layer for generating a background signal to drive the plurality of charged particles to display a background and a foreground signal to drive the plurality of charged particles to display a foreground. The background signal is longer than a period for the foreground signal displaying the foreground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: E Ink Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Hsiao-Lung Cheng, Ju-Lin Chung, Wei-Min Sun, Chi-Mao Hung
  • Patent number: 9676334
    Abstract: A rearview assembly having a mounting structure configured to be operably coupled with a vehicle. A housing is operably connected with the mounting structure and a rearward viewing device is supported by one of the housing and the mounting structure. The rearward viewing device provides a rearward view to a vehicle driver and includes a front substrate and a rear substrate. The entire front surface of the front substrate is exposed and the entire rear substrate is positioned behind the front substrate. A concealing layer is disposed about a periphery of the rearward viewing device between the front substrate and the rear substrate. A partially optically transparent bezel is disposed adjacent to both the rearward viewing device and the housing, the optically transparent bezel having an edge radius greater than 2.5 mm and the optically transparent bezel being substantially flush with the front surface of the front substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Mark R. Roth, William L. Tonar, Jeremy A. Fogg, Michael F. Lisowski, Peter N. Rizk