Reflection-type (e.g., Display Device) Patents (Class 359/267)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9630559
    Abstract: In a vehicle door mirror device, in a contact tube of a motor base, projection leading end faces of second contact ribs are disposed at radial direction inside of a circular circumferential face in which projection leading end faces of first contact ribs are disposed. The projection leading end faces of the second contact ribs have a smaller gap dimension to a support tube of a support shaft than gap dimension of the projection leading end faces of the first contact ribs to the support tube in a state in which a drive body is not tilted with respect to the support shaft. This thereby enables tilting of the drive body with respect to the support shaft to be effectively suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Kazuya Umino, Shigeki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9580017
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element assembly for a vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a principal mirror element, a wide angle mirror element and an illumination element that at least partially circumscribes the wide angle mirror element. The illumination element emits illumination at least partially around the wide angle mirror element that is viewable by a person viewing the exterior rearview mirror assembly when the mirror assembly is disposed at a side of a vehicle. At least one of (i) the illumination element, responsive to determination that an ambient light level is below a threshold level, is operable to provide a light level that is less than about 100 candelas per square meter, and (ii) the illumination element, responsive to determination that an ambient light level is above a threshold level, is operable to provide a light level that is greater than about 200 candelas per square meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Kevin P. Benthem, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9563071
    Abstract: A laser system is configured to form at least one laser induced channel in a substrate and includes a laser and a laser path. The laser produces a laser beam, and the laser path includes an optical assembly that receives the laser beam and emits a conditioned laser beam. The optical assembly is configured to emit the conditioned laser beam with a substantially uniform focal energy distribution in a focal region defined along the direction of propagation. An apparatus includes a laser induced channel edge with a plurality of laser induced channels spanning some or all of the thickness of the substrate, which can be greater than 4 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman, Henry A. Luten, Niels A. Olesen, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 9494790
    Abstract: A fluid for an electrowetting element includes a dispersion of a plurality of solid particles in a liquid vehicle. Respective ones of the plurality of solid particles each include a solid core having a coating comprising silicon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Romaric Mathieu Massard
  • Patent number: 9487143
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror head portion and a reflective element having a glass substrate and a mirror reflector coated at a surface of the glass substrate. The reflective element is configured to provide a rearward field of view of at least about 15 degrees relative to a side of the vehicle and provides a substantially undistorted reflected image as viewed by the vehicle driver. The glass substrate is formed utilizing a bending element having a free form curvature. The reflective element, when accommodated by the mirror head portion at the side of the vehicle and as viewed by the driver, includes an image plane that establishes an object plane. Coordinates of the image plane and of the object plane are determined, at least in part, by the mirror size and by the free form curvature of the bending element used to form the glass substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Baur, Gregory A. Huizen
  • Patent number: 9481305
    Abstract: The size of an anti-glare mirror in which an electrochromic layer to which voltage can be applied is disposed on a back surface side of a glass substrate serving as a mirror surface can be reduced, and the mirror surface thereof can be used widely. [Solution] A transparent electrode film 19 and an electrochromic layer 20 having a cut portion 25A for exposing a part of the transparent electrode film 19 are sequentially stacked on a back surface of a glass substrate 18, an electrode/reflecting film 21A is stacked on a back surface of the electrochromic layer 20 in an area excluding the cut portion 25A, a first terminal 28 is electrically connected to the electrode/reflecting film 21A, and a second terminal 29 is electrically connected to the transparent electrode 19 within the cut portion 25A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA HONDA LOCK
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kukita
  • Patent number: 9440588
    Abstract: A system is configured to reduce glare form a trailing vehicle. The system may include a forward facing light sensor, partially enclosed in an interior mirror housing. This forward facing light sensor is configured to detect ambient light, such that the system can determine a day time condition or a nighttime condition. The system may also include rear facing light sensors, each included in separate mirror assemblies. Based upon an ambient light detected and a glare of a trailing vehicle, the system may be configured to change the reflectance of an electro-optic element in order to reduce glare independently in the separate mirror assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Barry K. Nelson, David J. Schmidt, Gregory J. Nagel
  • Patent number: 9434313
    Abstract: An optical lighting assembly for use with a vehicular outside rearview mirror includes a printed circuit board (PCB) having a light source such as a light emitting diode (LED) mounted thereon. An optical device such as a light pipe is positioned adjacent to the LED for propagating light away from the LED. A mirror element includes at least one indicia where light escaping from the light pipe is used to illuminate the indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Frederick T. Bauer, Michael G. Hendricks, Michael F. Lisowski
  • Patent number: 9405047
    Abstract: An electrochromic device including a first substantially transparent substrate having an electrically conductive material associated therewith; a second substrate having an electrically conductive material associated therewith; and an electrochromic medium contained within a chamber positioned between the first and second substrates which includes: at least one solvent; at least one anodic electroactive material; at least one cathodic electroactive material; wherein at least one of the anodic and cathodic electroactive materials is electrochromic; and a creep resistant crosslinked polyelectrolyte gel matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leroy J. Kloeppner, Punam Giri, Rongguang Lin, David A. Theiste
  • Patent number: 9405165
    Abstract: A controller system configured to control an electrochromic device and method thereof are provided, wherein the controller system includes an electrochromic device having a first substantially transparent substrate, a second substantially transparent substrate approximately parallel to the first substantially transparent substrate such that a chamber is defined by the first and second substantially transparent substrates, and an electrochromic medium between the first and second substantially transparent substrates, and a controller in communication with the electrochromic device, wherein the controller is configured to monitor electrical power supplied to the electrochromic device and adjust the electrical power supplied to the electrochromic device to maintain the electrochromic device in an approximately minimum transmission state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David L. Eaton, Thomas F. Guarr, Kevin L. Ash, David A. Theiste
  • Patent number: 9360730
    Abstract: A display panel, a method for manufacturing the display panel and a display device are provided. The display panel comprises a first transparent substrate (1) and a second transparent substrate (2) disposed opposite to the first transparent (1), the display panel further comprises a black matrix (3) disposed between the first transparent substrate (1) and the second transparent substrate (2), wherein the black matrix (3) together with the first transparent substrate (1) and the second transparent substrate (2) forms a plurality of pixel spaces separated from each other, electrochromatic material (4) disposed in each of the pixel spaces, and the display panel further comprises a first electrode and a second electrode, the plurality of pixel spaces being disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yue Shi
  • Patent number: 9335602
    Abstract: A method for control of electrochromic devices is revealed. First a duty cycle of PWM is changed to a preset Q value according to a signal detected by a detector while the electrochromic device is switched to the colored state. The Q value represents electric charge that corresponds to colored-state transmittance. Then turn off the PWM. Thus the response time for coloration and the transmittance of the electrochromic device are maintained within a preset range, without being affected by ambient temperature, setting time and aging of the materials used. Thus the electrochromic device is more convenient to use and having more practical value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Tintable Kibing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Wen Chung, Chien-He Lai
  • Patent number: 9290127
    Abstract: A variable reflectance vehicular electro-optic rearview mirror reflective element assembly includes a front substrate and a rear substrate with a perimeter seal disposed therebetween. The front substrate has a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, with the second surface having a transparent electrically conductive coating disposed thereat. The rear substrate has a third surface and a fourth surface, with the third surface having a conductive reflector coating disposed thereat. The reflector coating may include a plurality of layers having first and second layers of nickel chromium. The front substrate may have a perimeter band disposed along a perimeter region of the second surface. The perimeter band may include a plurality of layers having first and second layers of nickel chromium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Ian A. McCabe
  • Patent number: 9250362
    Abstract: Provided is an optical system having at least two or more lenses, wherein at least one of the lenses comprises an anti-reflection film formed by a wetting method on a part of or the entirety of the light beam effective surface thereof, and wherein at least one of the lenses other than the lens comprising the anti-reflection film is fixed to the space between the lens and a barrel for holding the lens via an energy-curable resin to be filled therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeharu Okuno
  • Patent number: 9235098
    Abstract: A reflective color display may include a first electrode layer and a second electrode layer facing each other. An electrochromatic layer may be formed on the first electrode layer. The electrochromatic layer may include an electrochromatic material that is structured to display a color, to appear black, or to become transparent according to a voltage applied thereto. An electrolyte layer may contact the electrochromatic layer. The electrolyte layer may be located between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer. A reflective layer may be disposed on the second electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang-ho Noh, Rupasree Ragini Das
  • Patent number: 9236213
    Abstract: At the time of temporary firing for fixing a glass layer 3 to a glass member 4, the glass layer 3 is irradiated with laser light L2 through the glass member 4 from the glass member 4 side. This fully heats a part of the glass layer 3 on the glass member 4 side and thus can improve the adhesion of the glass layer 3 to the glass member 4. Further, even when irradiated with the laser light L2 at such a laser power as to melt both edge parts of the glass layer 3, the part of the glass layer 3 on the side opposite from the glass member 4 (i.e., the part of the glass layer 3 fused to the other glass member) is prevented from being crystallized by excess heat input, whereby the fusing state of the glass layer 3 with respect to the other glass member can be made uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventor: Satoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9198251
    Abstract: A light source (600) includes: a plurality of LEDs (610), including one or more first LEDs (612) configured to emit first light having a first color, one or more second LEDs (614) configured to emit second light having a second color, and one or more third LEDs (616) configured to emit third light having a third color; a mixing device (620) configured to mix the first light, the second light, and the third light into a mixed light, wherein the mixing device includes an exit window (640) configured such that the mixed light is emitted from the mixing device through the exit window; and a light-conversion material (6300 provided at the exit window, wherein the light-conversion material is configured to convert the first light from the first color to a lime color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Berend Jan Willem Ter Weeme, Martinus Petrus Joseph Peeters
  • Patent number: 9174578
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror casing and an electro-optic reflective element assembly disposed at the mirror casing. A second surface of a front substrate of the reflective element assembly has a transparent conductive coating established thereat and a third surface of a rear substrate has a conductive coating established thereat. An electrical connector may be disposed at the fourth surface and in electrically conductive continuity with the transparent conductive coating and/or the conductive coating. The electrical connector may include a connector attaching portion for attaching at the fourth surface and a conductor attaching portion for soldering or welding an electrical conductor or wire to the electrical connector when the electrical connector is attached at the fourth surface. The conductor attaching portion is spaced from the plane of the connector attaching portion and the fourth surface of the rear substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John T. Uken, Mark L. Larson, Rodney K. Blank, Joseph D. Suchecki, Craig Kendall
  • Patent number: 9156395
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting module is provided that includes a lens having a plurality of near-field lens elements, an input surface, and an exit surface. The lighting module also includes an LED light source that directs incident light through the input surface and out of the exit surface. The plurality of lens elements is configured to transmit from the exit surface a collimated light pattern containing at least 60% of the incident light. Further, a vehicle headlamp assembly is provided that includes a plurality of vehicle lighting modules, each module comprising a lens, and an LED light source that directs incident light through the lens. The assembly further includes a case for housing the lighting modules. The lens includes a plurality of lens elements configured to transmit at least 60% of the incident light in a collimated, vehicular light pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Mahendra Somasara Dassanayake, Albert Ekladyous, Bruce Preston Williams
  • Patent number: 9145090
    Abstract: A manual dimmable mirror assembly includes a mirror element having a first substantially transparent substrate and a second substantially transparent substrate. The first and second substantially transparent substrates are substantially parallel and define a cavity that contains an electro-optic medium. The mirror assembly also includes an input device and a controller in communication with the input device. The controller configured to control electrical power supplied to the mirror element, such that the mirror element transitions from a substantially clear state to a substantially dark state at least partially based upon the communication from the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian J. Barksdale, Robert R. Turnbull, Happy T. Holden
  • Patent number: 9134585
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview assembly that has a rounded outer perimeter edge to satisfy safety standards and contains an EC element having a complex peripheral ring, a front surface that is fully observable from the front of the assembly, and a user interface with switches and sensors that activate and configure, in cooperation with electronic circuitry of the assembly, pre-defined function(s) or device(s) of the assembly in response to the user input applied to the user interface. A complex peripheral ring may include multiple bands the structures of which is adapted to provide for specified optical characteristics of light, reflected off of the ring. Electrical communications between the electronic circuitry, the mirror element, and the user interface utilize connectors configured to exert a low contact force, onto the mirror element, limited in part by the strength of adhesive affixing the EC element to an element of the housing of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: William L. Tonar, Mark D. Bugno, Mark R. Roth, David J. Cammenga, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Joel A. Stray, George A. Neuman
  • Patent number: 9073491
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly suitable for a vehicle includes an attachment portion and a casing portion having a variable reflectance mirror reflective element. A mirror reflector is disposed at at least a portion of a surface of a rear substrate of the reflective element. The mirror reflector includes a stack of thin films having at least a first metal thin film and a second metal thin film. The first metal thin film is formed of a metal material that has a specific resistivity of less than about 1×10?3 ohm·cm and the second metal thin film is formed of a metal material that has a specific resistivity of less than about 1×10?3 ohm·cm. No part of the rear substrate extends beyond any part of a front substrate of the reflective element. An indicator is disposed rearward of the reflective element and, when actuated, illuminates through the reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ian A. McCabe, Desaraju V. Varaprasad, Hamid Habibi, Niall R. Lynam