Mirror Patents (Class 359/838)
  • Patent number: 10302529
    Abstract: An integrating sphere-equipped optical measurement device and optical connector polarity and type identification and loss measurement are provided. The optical measurement device includes at least two photodetectors that are optically responsive over different ranges of wavelengths. The optical measurement device receives one or more optical signals emanate from optical fibers of an optical fiber cable. The optical measurement device determines an optical intensity or loss of the one or more optical signals based on a measurement made by a corresponding photodetector whose responsivity range includes a wavelength of the one or more optical signals. The optical measurement device determines one or more respective positions where the one or more optical signals impinged on a sensor. The optical measurement device determines a polarity of the optical fiber cable based on both the one or more positions and one or more or transmitting positions of the one or more optical signals, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: J. David Schell, Seymour Goldstein, Piotr Anatolij Levin
  • Patent number: 10295810
    Abstract: A heliostat contained within a mechanical enclosure is described that optimizes the heliostat for domestic applications by emphasizing features of durability, protection from outside weather, low cost of manufacture, self-powering, light-weight, and aesthetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Solenica, Inc.
    Inventor: Diva Tommei
  • Patent number: 10274163
    Abstract: Disclosed is a backlight unit comprising: a reflecting plate having a light source seated thereon; a first metal pattern formed on one surface of the reflecting plate so as to make contact with the light source; and a second metal pattern formed on the other surface of the reflecting plate and electrically connected to the first metal pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Mangeun Kim, Sangcheon Kim, Taegu Kang, Seongman Jeon, Hyunho Lee, Kyoungwoo Jo, Yongjin Kim
  • Patent number: 10191349
    Abstract: A reflective display apparatus includes an image display panel including a liquid crystal panel and a backlight unit, a half mirror, and an electrochromic panel arranged in a layered manner. When the image display panel stops operating and power supply to the electrochromic panel is stopped, the half mirror reflects light coming from the rear of a vehicle and the reflected light is directed rearward. The reflected light enables a driver to check a situation behind the vehicle under such conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Yasumoto
  • Patent number: 10144354
    Abstract: A pivotable interior mirror for a vehicle includes a mirror surface, for example in the form of a first surface of a wedge mirror, a sensor device suitable for a light propagation-time measurement, for sensing at least one gesture of a driver of the vehicle and/or light incident on the first surface of the wedge mirror, and a pivoting device for pivoting the mirror surface from a normal position into at least one dimming position, in which blinding of the driver by light reflected at the mirror surface is reduced, wherein the pivoting device can be activated in dependence on at least one output signal of the sensor device. Further, a vehicle may include such an interior mirror and a method for using such an interior mirror is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SMR Patent S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Romeo Wieczorek
  • Patent number: 9902322
    Abstract: An imaging system, method, and computer readable medium filling in blind spot regions in images of peripheral areas of a vehicle. Intrinsic or extrinsic blind spot data is used together with vehicle movement data including vehicle speed and steering angle information to determine one or more portions of a series of images of the peripheral areas that include or will include one or more blind spot obstructions in the images. Portions of the images predicted to be obstructed at a future time, portions of overlapping images obtained concurrently from plural sources, or both, are obtained and used as an image patch. A blind spot region restoration unit operates to stitch together a restored image without the blind spot obstruction by merging one or more image patches into portions of the images that include the one or more blind spot obstructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Cathy L. Boon, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin
  • Patent number: 9809169
    Abstract: A method for adjusting an outside mirror and inside rearview mirror comprising receiving pre-stored information, identifying the driver physical dimensions and preset at least one vehicle setting to the correctly engineered position for a the identified driver physical dimensions to avoid dangerous conditions from wrongly set device where the device is a rear view mirror and the dangerous condition is not seeing vehicles in adjacent lane when trying to change lanes and adapting the position of the rear view mirror as new information become available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Mouhamad A. Naboulsi
  • Patent number: 9753218
    Abstract: The semiconductor device comprises a substrate (1) of semiconductor material, a dielectric layer (2) above the substrate, a waveguide (3) arranged in the dielectric layer, and a mirror region (4) arranged on a surface of a mirror support (5) integrated on the substrate. A mirror is thus formed facing the waveguide. The surface of the mirror support and hence the mirror are inclined with respect to the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AMS AG
    Inventors: Jochen Kraft, Joerg Siegert, Ewald Stueckler
  • Patent number: 9598015
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a sensor, an interface and a processor. The sensor may be configured to generate a video signal based on a targeted view of a driver. The interface may be configured to receive status information about one or more components of a vehicle. The processor may be configured to generate a control signal in response to a determined field of view of the driver. The control signal may be used to adjust one or more mirrors of the vehicle. The field of view may be determined based on (i) the video signal and (ii) the status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventors: Shimon Pertsel, Alexander Fink
  • Patent number: 9333916
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a plastic bezel and a mirror reflective element. The bezel includes a perimeter bezel portion and a mirror mounting element unitarily formed with the perimeter bezel portion. The mirror mounting element is configured to pivotally attach to a mounting structure of a mounting assembly for mounting the interior rearview mirror assembly at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with the interior rearview mirror assembly. The reflective element is disposed at the bezel and has a front surface and a rear surface, with the front surface generally facing towards and being viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle. The mirror mounting element is disposed rearward of the rear surface of the reflective element when the reflective element is disposed at the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John T. Uken, Donald S. Rawlings
  • Patent number: 9110537
    Abstract: An in-vehicle apparatus includes a plurality of operations sections, a detection section, and a cancellation section. The operation sections are configured to receive an operation by a user while driving of a vehicle and respectively include distortion detection elements that respectively transmit detection signals in accordance with loads generated due to the operation. The detection section detects the operation to the operation sections based on the detection signals. The cancellation section determines whether loads are generated in the operation sections in a same period based on the detection signals transmitted from the distortion detection elements and cancels the detection signals transmitted from the distortion detection elements in the same period when the loads are generated in the same period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norio Sanma, Shinji Hatanaka, Toru Nada, Kiyotaka Taguchi, Makoto Manabe, Akira Yoshizawa, Makoto Obayashi
  • Publication number: 20150146280
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to the field of graphical elements and is directed to an optical effect layer (OEL), a device and a method for producing same. The disclosure provides an optical effect that is easy to detect as such and exhibits a viewing-angle dependent apparent motion of image features over an extended length if the viewing angle with respect to the OEL changes. An OEL includes a binder material being at least partially transparent and a plurality of particles dispersed within the layer. Each particle has a non-isotropic reflectivity and may be magnetic or magnetizable. The orientation of the particles forms an orientation pattern extending over a length within an extended surface of the OEL, such that the local average of an angle between (i) a straight line along an observed longest dimension within the corresponding cross-section shape, and (ii) said first direction x varies according to a function (?) of a position (P) along said first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Pierre Degott, Mathieu Schmid, Claude Alain Despland, Cédric Amerasinghe
  • Patent number: 9040829
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus for performing the method is disclosed the apparatus comprises a laser (17), at least one ink jet print head (14), means for holding a transparent substrate having a transparent conductive layer, means (22) for adjusting the relative positions of the laser and at least one ink jet print head to the transparent conducting layer (2) and a controller to control the laser and ink jet print head whereby in a first step to inkjet print one or more coarse metal borders (15) onto the deposited TCM layer and in a second step by means of a single laser ablation process, ablating tracks in both the metal border and underlying TCM layer to form a plurality of discrete electrical busbars (12) and optionally also to form electrodes in the remainder of the TCM layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: M-SOLV LIMITED
    Inventor: David Charles Milne
  • Patent number: 9035754
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior rearview mirror system includes an exterior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror reflective element that is fixedly attached at a mirror back plate. The mirror back plate includes an indicator structure that has a passageway that extends from the back plate at an angle relative to the portion of the back plate. At least one baffle is disposed within the passageway and is angled at the angle relative to the portion of the back plate. An indicator is mounted at an end portion of the passageway, and light emitted by the indicator passes through the passageway and through the mirror reflective element via an opening in the back plate. When the indicator is activated, light passing through the passageway and emanating from the mirror reflective element is at least partially shielded from direct view by the driver of the vehicle by the at least one baffle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9033528
    Abstract: A device (1) for concentrating solar radiation in an absorber (2), an anchoring frame (8) and an inflatable concentrator pad (3), which has a light-transmissive entry window (4) for coupling in the solar radiation and a reflector film (5) subdividing the concentrator pad (3) into at least two cavities (6, 7), wherein the reflector film (5) is designed to concentrate the solar radiation in the absorber (2) which is arranged in the cavity (6) of the concentrator pad (3), and with an anchoring frame (8), arranged outside of the concentrator pad (3), for anchoring the concentrator pad (3), wherein the absorber (2) is attached to the anchoring frame (8) by means of an absorber mount (15) and the concentrator pad (3) has at least one attachment opening (26) for the absorber mount (15) to pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Heliovis AG
    Inventors: Elmar Stoeger, Gerald Munzenrieder
  • Publication number: 20150124343
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to durable solar mirror films, methods of making durable solar mirror films, and constructions including durable solar mirror films. In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a solar mirror film comprising: a weatherable layer having a first major surface and a second major surface; regions of reflective material adjacent to the first major surface of the weatherable layer; and regions of the first major surface of the weatherable layer substantially lacking reflective material. In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a weatherable layer having a first major surface and a second major surface; wherein the first major surface includes a bulk region and an edge region; and a reflective material adjacent to the bulk region of the first major surface of the weatherable layer and substantially absent from the edge region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew J. Henderson, Susannah C. Clear, Attila Molnar, Katherine A. Brown, Dylan T. Cosgrove, Douglas A. Huntley, Fay T. Salmon
  • Patent number: 9019091
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror system includes a rearward facing camera, an interior rearview mirror assembly and a video display screen disposed behind a mirror reflective element of the interior rearview mirror assembly. The video display screen is viewable by a driver of the vehicle when the driver is normally operating the vehicle, and the video display screen is operable to display information for viewing by a driver of the vehicle through the mirror reflective element when the mirror assembly is normally mounted in the vehicle and when the video display screen is operated to display information. When the vehicle is executing a reversing maneuver, the video display screen displays images captured by the rearward facing camera to assist the driver in reversing the vehicle, and the video display screen is operable to display other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin C. McCarthy, Eugenie V. Uhlmann, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9016875
    Abstract: The invention provides for compositions and process for fabricating an optical reflector constructed from biocompatible and bioresorbable silk fibroin proteins. For example, the silk retroreflectors may be built based on millimeter size microprism arrays to rotate the image plane of imaged cortical layers, thus enhancing the amount of photons that are detectable in the reflected direction when inserted in a sample to be analyzed, and ultimately increasing in contrast ratio in multiphoton microscopy. Such device can be used as a label-free, biocompatible, bioresorbable, implantable device for various applications ranging from medical imaging/diagnostics, drug/therapeutic delivery, to food chain safety and environmental monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Tufts University/Trustees of Tufts College
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Omenetto, David L. Kaplan
  • Publication number: 20150109693
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to durable solar mirror films, methods of making durable solar mirror films, and constructions including durable solar mirror films. In one embodiment, the present disclosure relates to a solar mirror film comprising: a multilayer optical film layer including having a coefficient of hygroscopic expansion of less than about 30 ppm per percent relative humidity; and a reflective layer having a coefficient of hygroscopic expansion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Mark B. O'Neill, Andrew J. Henderson, Timothy J. Hebrink, Rajesh K. Katare, Naiyong Jing, Diane North, Eric M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9012008
    Abstract: Diffraction suppressed mirrors having an invisible edge are disclosed for incident light at both targeted wavelengths and broadband incident light. The mirrors have a first having at least one discontiguous portion having a plurality of nanostructured apertures. The discontiguous mirror portion impedance matches a relatively high impedance portion of the mirror to a relatively low impedance portion of the mirror, thereby reducing the diffraction edge effect otherwise present in a conventional mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: John G. Hagopian, Patrick A. Roman, Sharham Shiri, Edward J. Wollack
  • Publication number: 20150092286
    Abstract: Systems and methods for constructing a thin film mirror are provided. The apparatus includes a vacuum chamber having edges. Adjacent the vacuum chamber is at least one extender having an edge that is spaced from and extending beyond the adjacent edge of the vacuum chamber in two directions. In this manner, the thin film does not contact the vacuum chamber until force is applied to the thin film, such as by mechanical tensioning mechanisms or application of a partial vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Barco N.V.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bayer
  • Publication number: 20150085389
    Abstract: A method for structuring an omnidirectional non-metal mirror for any predetermined wavelength or range of wavelengths. The mirror having at least two layers of different non-metal materials, with an elementary matrix associated to each layer, including physical parameters of the layer and parameters of the light passing through the layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Francoise Axel, Jacques Peyriere
  • Publication number: 20150070794
    Abstract: A touch panel, having a transparent region and a decoration region disposed on at least one side of the transparent region, includes a first substrate, a first decoration layer, a touch sensing unit, a first conductive line and a first opaque reflection layer. The first decoration layer is disposed on the first substrate and the first decoration layer is disposed in the decoration region. The touch sensing unit is at least disposed in the transparent region. The first conductive line is disposed in the decoration region and electrically connected to the touch sensing unit. The first opaque reflection is disposed on the first decoration layer and the first opaque reflection is disposed in the decoration region. The first decoration layer is disposed between the first substrate and the first opaque reflection layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Yi-Chun Wu, Wun-Yi Shie, Chi-Yuan Hung, Chun-Chieh Huang
  • Patent number: 8976927
    Abstract: Substrates suitable for mirrors which are used at wavelengths in the EUV wavelength range have a main body (2) and a polishing layer (3). The polishing layer (3) has a thickness of less than 10 ?m and a root-mean-square roughness of less than 0.5 nm and the main body (2) is produced from an aluminum alloy. Moreover, a highly reflective layer (6) is provided on the polishing layer (3) of the substrate (1) of the EUV mirror (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Claudia Ekstein, Johannes Lippert, Holger Maltor, Martin Weiser, Heiko Siekmann, Udo Dinger
  • Patent number: 8967815
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing mirrors with increased reflectance includes forming a silver layer on a surface of a glass substrate, during which the surface is contacted with a silvering solution, and painting at least one paint layer to cover the silver layer. Between forming the silver layer and the painting, the process includes reheating the silver layer to a temperature of at least 200° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: AGC Glass Europe
    Inventors: Lionel Ventelon, Bruno Cosijns, Pierre Boulager, Joseph Leclercq
  • Patent number: 8919969
    Abstract: A system for on-product projection and display of electronic content. The system includes a projector for projecting electronic content, a mirror film stack having a reflective surface facing the projector, and a product having an exterior surface facing the reflective surface of the mirror film stack. A graphic is located on a surface of the mirror film stack opposite the reflective surface. The electronic content from the projector is projected onto the exterior surface of the product via the reflective surface of the mirror film stack. The graphic can be located on a display window and hide the mirror from a viewer without completely blocking a view of the projected electronic content. The product can include a removable projection screen for displaying the electronic content, and the projection screen can include a removable label on its non-viewer side to advertise or promote the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Rolf W. Biernath, Matthew C. Robbins, Ellyar Y. Barazesh, David A. Harper
  • Patent number: 8919972
    Abstract: An optical element adjustment mechanism is for loading a reflection optical device, which comprises a base and a loading element. The base is movably assembled to the reflection optical device. The base is a hollow tubular structure, and each side has an opening. The inner edge of one of the opening has a plurality loading surfaces extension to the central side, and two leaning surfaces protruded along a tube wall of the base. The loading element movably assembled to the base has a first surface, a second surface and two datum planes. The first surface is flattened against the plurality loading surfaces. The second surface has a connecting portion connected the optical element. The two datum planes are respectively flattened against the two loading surfaces. Wherein, at least one adjustment gasket is moveably assembled between the base and the loading element for precision adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: National Applied Research Laboratories
    Inventors: Po-Hsuan Huang, Yu-Cheng Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140352759
    Abstract: A photovoltaic power module including a reflector, and methods for manufacturing the reflector. The photovoltaic power module includes a plurality of photovoltaic cells arranged in an array, including a photon source facing surface having a plurality of active areas that convert photons to electrical energy and a plurality of inactive areas that do not convert photons to electrical energy. The reflector covers at least one inactive area of a photon source facing surface, for reflecting photons that would otherwise have fallen on the inactive area onto an active area. The output of the photovoltaic power module may therefore be increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: SOLAR SYSTEMS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Brett Barnes, Joel Goodrich, Sam Carter
  • Publication number: 20140352685
    Abstract: Described herein are solar reflectors which provide a low cost reflector construction that has a unique set of attributes: high solar reflectance, abrasion resistance, UV stability, mechanical integrity, and flexibility. The abrasion resistance is enabled through incorporation of an abrasion-resistant coating into a polymer film metal mirror construction. Methods of using the solar reflectors in solar concentrating applications are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicants: ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, LLC, SKYFUEL, INC.
    Inventors: Randy Gee, Mike Digrazia, Gary Jorgensen
  • Publication number: 20140346326
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reflector used in a reflex mode detection device, said reflector being intended to be positioned in alignment with a detector and comprising a reflective region (Z) for reflecting a light beam (F1) so as to send it back towards the detector (1). The reflector (2) is arranged to fulfil: a signalling function using a signalling interface (20), said signalling interface (20) being arranged to indicate a state of alignment of the reflective region (Z) of the reflector (2) with respect to the emitter, a detection function so as to detect the presence of the light beam against the reflector, an interpretation function using an interpretation unit (22), said interpretation unit (22) being arranged to operate on the signalling interface with the aim of indicating the state of alignment, a power supply function with autonomous electric power, so as to supply electric power to the signalling interface (20) and the interpretation unit (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Mireille Roger, Gilles Gressier
  • Patent number: 8886454
    Abstract: A road guidance display method and system using a geo-tagging image are provided. More specifically, a street image is stored by capturing the street image at a specific point by a camera and storing the street image along with position information at a corresponding point. Subsequently, the street image stored in the storing process is output on a screen when a reproduction command is input by a user or when a vehicle is within a predetermined distance from a street image capturing point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sung Tae Cho
  • Publication number: 20140326314
    Abstract: The invention relates to an extra-clear glass sheet, i.e. a glass sheet with high energy transmission, which can be used in particular in the field of solar energy. Specifically, the invention relates to a glass sheet having a composition that includes, in an amount expressed in wt % for the total weight of the glass: 60-78% of SiO2; 0-10% of Al2O3; 0-5% of B2O3; 0-15% of CaO; 0-10% of MgO; 5-20% of Na2O; 0-10% of K2O; 0-5% of BaO, wherein the total amount of iron (in the form of Fe2O3) is 0.002-0.03%, and the composition includes a ratio of manganese/(total iron) of 1 to 8.5, the manganese content being expressed in the form of MnO in wt % relative to the total weight of the glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: Audrey Dogimont, Sebastien Hennecker, Thomas Lambricht
  • Patent number: 8870396
    Abstract: For the production of mirrors for EUV lithography, substrates are suggested having a mean relative thermal longitudinal expansion of no more than 10 ppb across a temperature difference ?T of 15° C. and a zero-crossing temperature in the range between 20° C. and 40° C. For this purpose, at least one first and one second material having low thermal expansion coefficients and opposite gradients of the relative thermal expansion as a function of temperature are selected and a substrate is produced by mixing and bonding these materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Julian Kaller, Wilfried Clauss, Michael Gerhard
  • Patent number: 8864342
    Abstract: A display device and a lighting device are provided. The display device includes a display element for outputting an image according to a provided image signal, a frame disposed on a rear surface of the display element, and a reflection layer formed on the frame and positioned between the display device and the frame, the reflection layer being a coating layer formed using a paint including at least one of silver and aluminum. When the backlighting device of the display device is configured, a reflection plate where deposition films and a reflection layer made of a metal component are deposited is not required and the reflection layer is formed on the frame by using a paint having at least one of silver and aluminum as its main components, thereby simplifying a manufacturing process, and contributing to reducing the thickness of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gwang-Pil Lee, Sil-Kuy Lim, Jung-Soo Lee, Ho-Yeon Lee, Dong-Sub Kim
  • Patent number: 8864322
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly is provided that includes a front substrate having a first surface and a second surface, a rear substrate having a third surface and a fourth surface, wherein the front substrate and the rear substrate define a cavity, a perimeter seal between the front substrate and the rear substrate, an electro-optic medium disposed in the cavity between the front substrate and the second substrate and bounded by the perimeter seal, wherein the front substrate and the second substrate have a shaped edge having continuously arcuate shape, and wherein an interface the first substrate and the second substrate is approximately 1 mm or less from an outermost portion of the rearview mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, William L. Tonar, Adam R. Heintzelman, Autumn W. Trombka, Gary J. Dozeman
  • Publication number: 20140307343
    Abstract: A visualization system is provided for permitting a driver of a vehicle to observe a 180 degree rearward view of his or her vehicle and surroundings. The visualization system can include a display device which provides a 180 degree substantially rearward view. The 180 degree substantially rearward view can be seamless and/or undistorted. The display device can be positioned within the vehicle in front of the driver. The display device can be mounted on the inside surface of a windshield of the vehicle. At least a portion of the display device can be positioned above the eyes of the driver of the vehicle when the driver is seated in the driver's seat of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Tobby Joe
  • Publication number: 20140300978
    Abstract: A thin film comprising a layer of dielectric material having electrically conductive inclusions, wherein the thin film has a first reflectivity due to surface plasmon resonance, and wherein the thin film is configured to provide one or more selected regions having a second reflectivity due to surface plasmon resonance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Demosthenes Koutsogeorgis, Panos Patsalas, Elefterios Lidorikis, Wayne Cranton
  • Publication number: 20140290714
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a glass coated with a highly reflective film and the process for preparing the same. The present invention provides a glass coated with a highly reflective film comprising a glass substrate and a highly reflective film formed thereon, wherein the highly reflective film comprises inorganic film-forming materials, adhesives and solvents. The present invention also provides a process for preparing a glass coated with a highly reflective film comprising the following steps: (1) preparing a coating solution; (2) coating the coating solution on a glass; and (3) curing the coated glass. The coated glass is white. Compared with conventional fluorine-containing back sheet materials, the coated glass of the present invention has excellent reflectivity, thermal conductivity, water resistance, mechanical properties and weatherability. Further, the manufacture of the present invention is simple, cost efficient and suitable for large-scale commercialization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Changzhou Almaden Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: JINXI LIN, Jinhan Lin, Ling Chen, Guoxiang Wang, Zhilong Ni
  • Publication number: 20140247499
    Abstract: A security element for integration into documents for authentication thereof. The security element comprises a substrate. A reflective optical structure and a reference pattern are disposed on the same side of the substrate. The reflective optical structure is made up of an array of Fresnel lenses. The reference pattern appears in the foreground when observed by an observer. A virtual image of the observer appears in the background behind the foreground pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ARJOWIGGINS SECURITY
    Inventors: Pierre Doublet, Michel Camus
  • Publication number: 20140238474
    Abstract: A back surface reflector (BSR) is described. The BSR includes a reflecting layer, a substrate and an adhesion layer between the reflecting layer and the substrate. The adhesion layer includes 3-mercaptopropyl (trimethoxy) silane (a.k.a. Merc).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: United States Department of Energy
    Inventors: Bernard . Wernsman, Joseph N. Fiedor, Lawrence G. Irr, Marc N. Palmisiano
  • Publication number: 20140240858
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mirror including a glass substrate covered with a silver layer, which is in turn covered with at least one paint layer, wherein the intensity ratio of the crystallographic orientations (111)/(200) within the silver layer is less than 5.0. Said mirror is characterized in that the silver layer has a correlation length (CLz) (111), as measured by X-ray diffraction using the Scherrer method (i.e., using the Scherrer equation) of greater than 27.0 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: Nicolas Boucher, Nicolas Clement, Bruno Cosijns, Thomas Lambricht, Barbara De Maeyer, Joris Proost
  • Publication number: 20140233119
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to mirrors having a reflective layer of or including silicon aluminum (e.g., SiAl). The mirrors may be first surface mirrors, or second surface mirrors. The mirrors may be flat or bent in different instances, and may or may not be heat treated. In certain example instances, such mirrors may be used in interior residential, commercial, appliance, and/or other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES CORP.
    Inventor: Guardian Industries Corp.
  • Publication number: 20140227482
    Abstract: There is provided an optical laminate excellent in adhesiveness between a (meth)acrylic resin film (base material film) having low moisture permeability and a UV absorbing ability and a hard coat layer, and has suppressed interference unevenness. An optical laminate according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a base material layer formed of a (meth)acrylic resin film; a hard coat layer formed by applying a composition for forming a hard coat layer to the (meth)acrylic resin film; and a penetration layer formed through penetration of the composition for forming a hard coat layer into the (meth)acrylic resin film, the penetration layer being placed between the base material layer and the hard coat layer, wherein the penetration layer has a thickness of 1.2 ?m or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shusaku Shibata, Katsunori Takada, Hiroyuki Takemoto
  • Publication number: 20140211332
    Abstract: Mirrors having at least one of: (a) a reflective film including a first layer of or including aluminum and a second layer of or including silver or the like, and/or (b) a color tuning layer between first and second layers. The mirrors may be second surface mirrors in certain example embodiments. The mirrors may be flat or bent in different instances, and may or may not be heat treated (e.g., thermally tempered and/or thermally bent).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES CORP.
    Inventors: Alexey KRASNOV, Willem den BOER
  • Patent number: 8780947
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mirror arrangement for guiding a laser beam in a laser system having at least one first end mirror and one second end mirror, wherein said end mirrors define a resonator having an optical resonator axis, wherein the laser beam is guided into the resonator as an input laser beam and is guided out of the resonator again after multiple reflection at the first and second end mirrors as an output laser beam. The sequence of reflections at the first and second end mirror thereby determines a direction of rotation between the first and second end mirror, defined as an axis of rotation relative to the resonator axis, whereby a first beam path is defined and the laser beam circulates in a direction of rotation between the first and second end mirrors in the resonator defined as an axis of rotation relative to the resonator axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: High Q Laser GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Meier, Ulrike Wegner, Maximilian Josef Lederer
  • Publication number: 20140160585
    Abstract: A first surface mirror including for example a substrate, a reflective layer (including aluminum, an aluminum alloy, silver, and/or a silver alloy), a dielectric layer, and an overcoat layer, a method of making the same, and a scanner and/or copier including the same are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES CORP.
    Inventors: Jiangang WENG, Yiwei LU
  • Publication number: 20140140045
    Abstract: A display panel may include a plurality of opening regions controlling one of transmission and blocking of incident light to form an image, a non-opening region between the plurality of opening regions, the non-opening region configured to not transmit the incident light, and at least one oblique reflective plate in the non-opening region to obliquely reflect the incident light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin-seung SOHN, Eun-hyoung CHO
  • Patent number: 8724082
    Abstract: A semiconductor laser driver includes a light detection circuit to detect a quantity of light as a detected light emission intensity and output the detected light emission intensity to the control circuit, and a control circuit to control a light emission intensity for the semiconductor laser based on the detected light emission intensity and on a predetermined light emission intensity setting value. The light detection circuit includes a photoelectric conversion element to convert the quantity of light emitted from the semiconductor laser into an electrical current and output the converted electrical current, a current magnification setting circuit to amplify the electrical current output from the photoelectric conversion element to a predetermined amplified current at one of multiple different predetermined magnifications, a detection resistor to convert the amplified current output from the current magnification setting circuit into a voltage and output the voltage as the detected light emission intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kyogoku
  • Publication number: 20140126036
    Abstract: A multi-zone reflector having an opaque zone and a transflective zone. The reflector includes a supporting base, a lower reflecting layer disposed adjacent the supporting base, and an upper reflecting layer extending over the opacifying layer and the transflective zone of the reflector. The lower reflecting layer substantially completely covers the transflective zone, and the opacifying layer is disposed substantially outside the transflective zone adjacent to the lower reflecting layer. Over at least a portion of the transflective zone, the upper and lower reflecting layers have a common surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: George A. Neuman, Henry A. Luten, John S. Anderson, Jeffrey A. Forgette, Jeffrey N. Williams, Lansen M. Perron
  • Patent number: 8711307
    Abstract: A heat shield comprising a first light-reflective layer, having a reflectance peak both in a wavelength range of from 400 nm to less than 850 nm and in a wavelength range of from more than 850 nm to 1300 nm and satisfying C>A>B, is disclosed. “A” means the maximum reflectance in the wavelength range of from 400 nm to less than 850 nm; “B” means the reflectance at a wavelength of 850 nm; “C” means the maximum reflectance in the wavelength range of from more than 850 nm to 1300 nm; and “B” is equal to or less than 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Oki, Wataru Majima, Mitsuyoshi Ichihashi, Yuichi Shirasaki