Reflection-type (e.g., Display Device) Patents (Class 359/267)
  • Patent number: 11305621
    Abstract: A display system for a vehicle comprises a display device disposed inside a passenger compartment of the vehicle. The passenger compartment is configured to receive light from a first polarization filter disposed on a light-transmissive panel of the vehicle. The first polarization filter is oriented in a first orientation and the display device is configured to display video data from a display screen. The display device comprises an electro-optic element comprising a plurality of substrates and a second polarization filter disposed on at least one of the plurality of substrates. The second polarization filter is oriented in a second orientation parallel to the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ethan J. Lee, John A. VanderPloeg, Andrew D. Weller
  • Patent number: 11295704
    Abstract: A display control device includes: an illuminance acquisition unit configured to acquire surrounding illuminance of a display unit on the basis of one or both of first illuminance detected by a first illuminance sensor and second illuminance detected by a second illuminance sensor; a storage unit configured to store correspondence information in which illuminance is associated with target luminance; a luminance control unit configured to control luminance of a screen of the display unit on the basis of the acquired illuminance and the correspondence information; and an abnormality detection unit configured to detect an abnormality of at least the first illuminance sensor. The luminance control unit acquires the target luminance associated with the surrounding illuminance of the display unit from the correspondence information on the basis of the surrounding illuminance when the abnormality of the first illuminance sensor is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryohei Tokuda
  • Patent number: 11287717
    Abstract: This disclosure includes variable light transmission panels (VLTPs), which can be incorporated into buildings. Disclosed windows provide uniform appearance from outside during the day when a number of such windows are incorporated in a building regardless of their state of light transmission. These disclosures may also be used to make windows which tint to different transmitted colors but during the day still appear to be uniform from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Glass Dyenamics
    Inventors: Anoop Agrawal, Susana J. Castillo, Sahila Perananthan, Christopher C. Angelo
  • Patent number: 11280950
    Abstract: A backlight module includes a light guide plate, a light source and a surface deposition layer. The light guide plate has a light incident surface, an opposite surface opposite the light incident surface, and a light exit surface connected between the light incident surface and the opposite surface. The light source is disposed adjacent to the light incident surface, and a surface deposition layer is at least provided on a part of the opposite surface and a part of the light exit surface. The surface deposition layer includes an opaque material or a low light-transmittance material and has a thickness of smaller than 0.1 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: CORETRONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi-Cheng Lin, Cheng-Tsung Li, Tsung-Wen Chiu, Tzeng-Ke Shiau
  • Patent number: 11269228
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cover plate, a method for preparing the same, and a display device. The cover plate provided by the present disclosure is applied to a display device. The cover plate includes two main surfaces that are arranged opposite to each other and a side surface connecting the two main surfaces, in which a groove is formed in the side surface, and a chromogenic material layer and a chromogenic control structure for controlling the chromogenic material layer are arranged in the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignees: HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhi Zhang, Xuemei Zhao, Qingpu Wang, Li Yin
  • Patent number: 11240944
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a screen configured to be positioned on a vehicle exterior and a housing associated with the screen. The housing is comprised of a first material that is electrically conductive and thermally conductive and a second material is positioned to extend between an exterior surface of the housing and a vehicle structure, wherein the second material is thermally conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 11228016
    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: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyoungsub So, Jongdae Park
  • Patent number: 11203340
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a side-viewing camera mounted within an exterior rearview mirror assembly attached at a side of a vehicle equipped with the vehicular vision system. The side-viewing camera has a field of view at least sideward of the side of the equipped vehicle at which the exterior rearview mirror assembly is attached. The side-viewing camera captures an image of a scene occurring exterior of the equipped vehicle. The captured image includes an image data set representative of the exterior scene. A control includes an image processor, and the image data set is provided to the control. The control processes a reduced image data set of the image data set provided to the control to detect edges present exterior of the equipped vehicle within an area of interest of the scene occurring exterior of the equipped vehicle that is within the field of view of the side-viewing camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: John A. Pawlicki, Martha A. McMahon, Steven G. Chinn, Joel S. Gibson
  • Patent number: 11155212
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror casing and 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. 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 a first surface of the first glass substrate of the mirror reflective element. The rounded perimeter edge region of the front substrate is exterior the mirror casing and provides a smooth continuous transition between the front side of the front substrate and a side wall surface of the mirror casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Hamid Habibi
  • Patent number: 11140791
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device. An electronic device according to various embodiments may include an optical sensor and a display panel. The display panel may include a first substrate, a second substrate, a pixel layer disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, the pixel layer having at least one opening in at least a portion thereof, and a light-transmissive member comprising a light-transmissive material disposed in at least a portion of the opening and having a second reflective index corresponding to a first reflective index of the second substrate. The optical sensor may be disposed below the second substrate and at least partially overlap a predetermined area of the display panel corresponding to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongkoo Her, Byungduk Yang, Songhee Jung, Hyunchang Shin, Joongyu Lee, Jaeseung Choi
  • Patent number: 11106047
    Abstract: A multi-aperture imaging device includes an image sensor and an array of optical channels, wherein each optical channel includes an optic for imaging at least a part of a total field of view onto an image sensor region of the image sensor. The multi-aperture imaging device includes a beam-deflector including at least one beam-deflecting element for deflecting an optical path of an optical channel, wherein each optical channel is assigned a beam-deflecting element. The beam-deflecting element is configured to have a transparent state of a controllable surface based on first electric control and to have a reflecting state of the controllable surface based on a second electric control in order to deflect the optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Andreas Brückner, Jacques Duparré, Alexander Oberdörster
  • Patent number: 11006503
    Abstract: A portable lighting device control module configured to intuitively adjust lighting operations of a portable lighting device by interpreting real-time user gestures and external conditions of the portable lighting device to modifying lighting operations in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: IDEAPOND LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Bertken, Austin M. Fox, Orlando A. Crespo, William D. Parsons
  • Patent number: 10996536
    Abstract: An electrochromic device including a selective membrane separating two liquid media including at least one electrochromic compound and at least one compound able to be oxidized or reduced and showing low energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Jerome Ballet, Samuel Archambeau, Jean-Paul Cano, David Escaich, Claudine Biver
  • Patent number: 10996535
    Abstract: Electrochromic devices having buffer layer(s) that promote electron transfer between the second transparent electrode and second electrochromic layer while concurrently reducing or inhibiting deleterious chemical interaction between the second electrochromic layer and the second electrode and/or maintaining the conductive state of the second electrode and while the device changes the from a low transparency state of approximately 10-20% transmittance in the visible region to a high transparency state of approximately 75% to 95% transmittance in the visible region with at least a 70% difference in transmittance between the low and high transmittance states. In certain aspects, the electrochromic devices change from a low transparency state having a gray color to a high transparency state that is substantially colorless within 20 seconds of applying the selective electrical potential to the electrochromic device. Also disclosed are methods of making the electrochromic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Eclipse Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Hulya Demiryont
  • Patent number: 10988402
    Abstract: The invention relates to a trim element for interior vehicle. According to the invention, the trim element is made of glass sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: Claire Mattelet, Pierre Humblet
  • Patent number: 10948798
    Abstract: An electro-optic rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a caseless electro-optic rearview mirror reflective element and a plate attached at the rear of the reflective element. The mirror reflective element connected to and pivotal about a windshield electronics module via a ball and socket pivot joint. Control circuitry may be disposed in a windshield electronics module for automatically controlling dimming of the electro-optic medium or alternatively, dimming of the electro-optic medium is automatically controlled via a multifunctional rear backup camera system of the equipped vehicle. Optionally, the control circuitry controls dimming of the electro-optic medium of the mirror reflective element via wiring that passes through the ball and socket pivot joint. Optionally, image data captured by the multifunctional rear backup camera may be used for ambient light determination and to provide video image display at the interior rearview mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Niall R. Lynam, Hamid Habibi, Rodney K. Blank, Christopher R. Koetje, Mark L. Larson, Patrick M. Foley, IV, Michael L. Gallas
  • Patent number: 10901249
    Abstract: A dimmable display lens system and method is provided which includes a display element configured to emit light. The system and method also includes a dimmable lens disposed in the direction of light emission of the display element and configured to increase the transmission of light emitted by the display through the dimmable lens. The dimmable lens also includes a control system configured to increase the transmission of light emitted by the display according to a plurality of light transmission incremental steps. The control system includes a feedback control system configured to adjust the transmission of light through the dimmable lens based at least on the measured values of an ambient light sensor and a forward looking light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Fredrick Luther Weindorf, Qais Sharif
  • Patent number: 10900839
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed and include at least one light-emitting diode (LED) array, and each LED of the at least one LED array is associated with a respective paint color chip location of a display assembly. The system also includes an LED control circuit in communication with each LED and a processor configured to execute instructions stored in a nontransitory memory. The instructions include, in response to receiving an input corresponding to a selection of a first paint color chip: determining a first paint color chip location within the display assembly based on the first paint color chip; identifying an LED of the at least one LED array, wherein the LED is associated with the first paint color chip location; and transmitting an activation signal to the LED control circuit to activate the LED and illuminate the first paint color chip location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Behr Process Corporation
    Inventors: Lindsey Goldstein, Mark Germain, James Crogan, Kevin Vandever, Damien Reynolds, Kevin Huljich
  • Patent number: 10871625
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention relates to a camera module comprising: a lens a heater disposed on a surface of the lens; and a switch electrode which selectively comes into contact with the heater, wherein a current is supplied to the heater through the switch electrode when the switch electrode and the heater are in contact with each other, the current supply to the heater is cut off when the switch electrode and the heater are spaced apart from each other, and the switch electrode is spaced apart from the heater when the lens reaches a predetermined temperature or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dae Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10864865
    Abstract: A control system of a vehicle includes a receiver disposed in the vehicle and operable to wirelessly receive signals generated by a portable garage door opening module when the portable garage door opening module is actuated. The portable garage door opening module includes a separate, non-integrated portable remote control garage door opening module. A control, responsive to the receiver wirelessly receiving signals generated by the portable garage door opening module, controls an accessory of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. Baur
  • Patent number: 10852597
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes a first substrate including a display area, a terminal area, a first side and a third side, and a second substrate opposed to the first substrate and including a fifth side and a seventh side. The terminal area is sandwiched between the third side and the seventh side. The first substrate includes a first round corner between the first side and the third side. The second substrate includes a third round corner between the fifth side and the seventh side. A radius of curvature of the third round corner is smaller than a radius of curvature of the first round corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Gen Koide, Morikazu Nomura
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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