Relatively Adjustable Patents (Class 359/865)
  • Patent number: 10048463
    Abstract: An adjustable mounting arrangement to position an object of an optical reflecting telescope relative to a base includes at least two support structures connected to the base and to the object. Each of the at least two support structures has two four-link beams arranged nonparallel to each other and a cradle having two connecting links. Each of the two four-link beams has a first strut and a second strut running nonparallel to each other, where each of the first and second struts have a first end and a second end, respectively, and where each of the first and second struts is mounted with articulation via their respective first end in a corresponding inner joint on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MBDA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Klaffert
  • Patent number: 9022586
    Abstract: A system and/or apparatus provided as a side-view or rear-view mirror for providing a plurality of independently moveable reflective surfaces to enable a driver increased visibility. To increase visibility for the driver, the system and/or apparatus includes a camera for providing images around a vehicle to the driver within a vehicle during low-light or poor lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Rosco, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Englander
  • Publication number: 20150022912
    Abstract: A mirror assembly (1) includes a mirror head (4), a bracket (5) fastened to the mirror head, and fastening elements (6) located at the bracket at a distance from the mirror head and connectable to the wing mirror (2) of a vehicle (3). The bracket has bracket parts (7, 8) joined in a longitudinal direction and mutually connected through a pivoting element (9), wherein a bracket part (7) faces towards the mirror head (4) relatively to the pivoting element and another bracket part (8) faces away from the mirror head (4) relatively to the pivoting element. Because one of the fastening elements is located at the bracket part (7) facing the mirror head and another of the fastening elements is located at the bracket part (8) facing away from the mirror head, the mutual orientation of the fastening elements can be adjusted to the exterior shape of the wing mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: REICH KG
    Inventors: David SMITH, Kees Jan STAATS
  • Patent number: 8926105
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system of automatically adjusting a mirror (14, 16, 18) in a vehicle (10) to provide a driver (1) with an optimized rear view. A camera (24, 26, 28) is provided that is directed at the adjustable mirror (14, 16, 18). A camera capture area (60) is defined in the adjustable mirror (14, 16, 18), and the mirror (14, 16, 18) is automatically adjusted until the eyes (50) of the driver (1) are captured by the camera (24, 26, 28) within the capture area (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventor: Karl Frans Mario Verheyden
  • Patent number: 8885144
    Abstract: An illumination system having an array of individually controllable optical elements is disclosed, wherein each element is moveable between a plurality of orientations which may be selected in order to form desired illumination modes. The illumination system includes a controller to control orientation of one or more of the elements, the controller configured to apply force to the one or more elements which at least partially compensates for force applied to the one or more elements by a burst of radiation incident upon the one or more elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Bert Jan Claessens, Heine Melle Mulder, Paul Van Der Veen, Wilfred Edward Endendijk, Willem Jan Bouman, Bert Pieter Van Drieënhuizen, Jozef Ferdinand Dymphna Verbeeck, Marc Hendricus Margaretha Dassen, Thijs Johan Henry Hollink
  • Publication number: 20140293255
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mirror arrangement, in particular for use in a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus, comprising a plurality of individual mirrors and a plurality of flexures, wherein each individual mirror is tiltable about at least one tilting axis via one of the flexures and wherein the flexures are integrated into a common component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Boaz Pnini-Mittler
  • Patent number: 8817233
    Abstract: An illumination optical system for projection lithography for the illumination of an illumination field has a facet mirror. An optical system, which follows the illumination optical system, has an object field which can be arranged in the illumination field of the illuminate optical system. The facet mirror has a plurality of facets to reflectively guide part bundles of a bundle of illumination light. Reflection faces of the facets are tiltable in each case. In a first illumination tilt position, the tiltable facets guide the part bundle impinging on them along a first object field illumination channel to the illumination field. In a different illumination tilt position, the tiltable facets guide the part bundle impinging on them along a different object field illumination channel to the illumination field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Juergen Mann
  • Patent number: 8770767
    Abstract: The sliding mirror system permits a 360° view of an object or subject to be viewed. The system includes a plurality of panels, at least one panel being movable relative to the other panels. The movable panel(s) is mounted on rails or the like for sliding movement. Each panel is configured as a portion of an arc. Multiple mirrors are mounted on the face of each panel. Each mirror may also assume an arc-shaped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Edwine A. Billiot
  • Patent number: 8733938
    Abstract: A virtual-sunroof system for providing a virtual sunroof at an interior of a vehicle for viewing by a passenger of the vehicle. The system includes a virtual-sunroof imaging device configured and arranged at the vehicle to collect image information from an environment above the vehicle and create digital image data using the image information. The system also includes a virtual-sunroof projection device configured and arranged in the vehicle to be in communication with the virtual-sunroof imaging device for providing a virtual sunroof display. The virtual sunroof display provided (a) is viewable above a head of the passenger, (b) is formed using the image data, (c) represents accurately at the interior of the vehicle a rendition of the environment above the vehicle, and (d) has a size, shape, and location corresponding generally to a size, shape, and location that an actual conventional-type sunroof would have in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Anil K. Sachdev, Mark W. Verbrugge, Byron T Shaw
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8718877
    Abstract: A multi-function vehicle mirror control system includes at least one mirror assembly having at least one first mirror and at least one second mirror. Each of the mirrors have one or more motors to tilt and/or pan the mirror, and/or at least one heating element. The system also includes a control input device having a plurality of selectable controls to select the mirror assembly, the first mirror, the second mirror, and/or the heating element. In some embodiments, the controller controls selection, activation, and/or movement of the mirror assembly, the first mirror and/or the second mirror. In some embodiments, the system includes an orientation switch used to determine a selection orientation of the multi-function vehicle mirror control system. Additional alternative embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Rosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englander, Julian Serer
  • Patent number: 8707948
    Abstract: Non-tracking solar collector device (1) comprising at least an absorber element (2), at least a couple of reflector elements (3) disposed on opposite sides of the absorber element (2) for conveying the solar radiation onto the absorber element itself and said reflector elements (3) comprising at least one fixed portion (8a,8b) and at least one rotating portion (9); the rotating portions (9) being movable between at least a first extreme position (10), in which the rotating portions are moved away from each other and the entire surface of said reflector elements (3) is substantially continuous, and a second extreme position (11), in which the rotating portions are moved close to each other in order to substantially obscure said absorber element (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kloben S.A.S. di Turco Adelino EC.
    Inventor: Geoffrey Lester Harding
  • Publication number: 20140055876
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for controlling land surface temperature using stratospheric airships and a reflector. In the method for controlling land surface temperature using stratospheric airships and a reflector, four corners are connected to a lower end of support lines coupled to be disposed vertically downward from a plurality of airships, and sunlight is reflected by a reflector unfolded into a tetragonal shape in the air, wherein the reflecting surface of the reflector plate is maintained at an angle to remain perpendicular to an incident angle of sunlight to shield the land surface from incident sunlight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: KOREA AEROSPACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Joon-Min Choi
  • Patent number: 8651676
    Abstract: Foldable compact mirror apparatus (10) comprises at least three planar mirror elements (12) which are foldably interconnected so that the planes of the mirror elements (12) can lie in parallel or substantially in parallel with each other, and attachment means (16) for releasably attaching the mirror elements (12) to an upright surface. Preferably, the mirror elements (12) have different widths to provide a tapering appearance and reduced weight during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Prospect Ridge Limited
    Inventor: Kenia Nottage
  • Patent number: 8622558
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sectionalized and detachable side view mirror assembly for a vehicle. The sectionalized and detachable side view mirror assembly includes: a housing having a hollow section therewithin; a central mirror by which a driver sees the rear side of the vehicle from inside of the vehicle; a lateral mirror by which the driver sees a blind spot in vicinity of the rear side of the vehicle from inside of the vehicle; a lower mirror by which the driver sees a lower rear side of the vehicle from inside of the vehicle; a central mirror mounting part for securing the central mirror within the hollow section of the housing; a lateral mirror mounting part for securing the lateral mirror within the hollow section of the housing; and a lower mirror mounting part for securing the lower mirror within the hollow section of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Jongyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 8622557
    Abstract: A Micromirror Array Lens with self-tilted micromirrors comprising a plurality of self-tilted micromirrors and configured to form a designed optical surface profile by self-tilted micromirrors. Each self-tilted micromirror comprises a substrate, at least one stiction plate configured to be attracted to the substrate by adhesion force, a micromirror plate having a reflective surface, coupled to the stiction plate elastically and configured to have a required motion when the stiction plate is attracted to the substrate, and at least one pivot structure disposed between the substrate and the micromirror plate and configured to provide a tilting point or area for the motion of the micromirror plate. The designed optical surface profile determines the required motion of the micromirror plate and a surface profile shape memory is built in the structure of the micro-mechanical elements of the self-tilted micromirrors so that each micromirror plate has the required motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Stereo Display, Inc., Angstrom Inc.
    Inventors: Gyoung Il Cho, Jin Young Sohn, Hye Young Kim, Cheong Soo Seo
  • Publication number: 20130279036
    Abstract: An adjustable mirror device to be attached to a user's leg, for enabling a user to observe hidden intimate inspected areas, comprising (a) a holder straps to be wrapped around the leg of the user; (b) a mirror assembly that comprises one or more light reflecting mirroring surfaces; and (c) an adjustable arm that is fixedly attached in one end to the holder and in the other end, to the mirror assembly, for enabling the user to adjust each of the mirrors to be and remain in a variety of desired positions and orientations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Shamir Benita
  • Publication number: 20130242423
    Abstract: A system of exterior mirrors having a mirror head and a mirror foot, the system including a first mirror which is configured to rotate about and also move vertically along a first axis defined by a first drive for the first mirror, and a second mirror which is configured to rotate about a second axis defined by a second drive for the second mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: MAGNA AUTECA AG
    Inventors: Martin PALVOELGYI, Bernhard SCHADLER, Reinhard FUCHS
  • Patent number: 8506097
    Abstract: A vehicular integrated mirror system is provided that is supported on a vehicle body that includes a door, and has an outside mirror disposed outside a vehicle compartment and an interior mirror disposed within the vehicle compartment at a position in the proximity of the outside mirror so that, in cooperation with the outside mirror, a vehicle rear field of vision is obtained, wherein a mirror holder retaining the outside mirror and the inside mirror is swingably supported on mirror support means mounted on the vehicle body in order to change the reflection angle of the two mirror relative to a vehicle driver, and the reflection angle of the outside mirror and the inside mirror is changed by remote drive means that makes the mirror holder swing by remote operation. This enables the reflection angle of the outside mirror and the inside mirror to be remotely controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kukita, Mitsuo Sasaki, Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 8498037
    Abstract: A method for processing workpieces includes performing a laser processing operation in which a laser beam is directed at a first mirror face and at a second mirror face of a redirecting mirror. The second mirror face is at least partially surrounded by the first mirror face. During the laser processing operation, the second mirror face performs a pendulum movement relative to the first mirror face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Trumpf Laser—und Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Andreasch, Stefan Boeckmann
  • Patent number: 8485676
    Abstract: Apparatus for increasing a person's field of view is disclosed. The apparatus includes a mounting base. A receiver is rotatably mounted to the mounting base. A center arm section including a plurality of rigid segments is adjustably mounted at one end to the receiver. The apparatus also includes an upper arm section. A ball and socket connection is included between the upper arm section and the center arm section. The apparatus also includes a plurality of mirrors mounted on the upper arm section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Donald William McCarty, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8480243
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adaptive mirror based on a ceramic substrate having a corresponding reflector and piezoelectric actuators, a cooling device being integrated in the substrate. The invention likewise relates to a method for the production of such mirrors. The mirrors according to the invention are used for the modulation or deformation of a laser wavefront of high power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignees: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerferung der Angewandten E.V., Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena
    Inventors: Claudia Bruchmann, Erik Beckert, Thomas Peschel, Christoph Damm
  • Publication number: 20130148336
    Abstract: A mountable, adjustable, and removable personal mirror system, which allows the user to obtain close-in or far-away panoramic views. The user can adjust the position (how close together), the angle, and the orientation (e.g., side-to-side or top-and-bottom) of the mirrors. By so adjusting the mirrors, the user will see a much wider variety of visual information than with currently existing personal mirrors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Andre J. Griggs
  • Patent number: 8393749
    Abstract: A free-standing and adjustable tri-fold mirror preferably includes a tri-fold mirror having first, second and third reflective surfaces, a mounting bracket statically attached to a rear side of the tri-fold mirror, a swivel device pivotally mated to the mounting bracket, a stand attached to the swivel device and extending away from the tri-fold mirror, and a base member attached to a bottom end of the stand. Advantageously, the tri-fold mirror is freely pivotal along an x-axis and a y-axis while the stand remains stationary and further while the tri-fold mirror is freely adjusted between folded and unfolded positions respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Andrea Daicos
  • Publication number: 20120249718
    Abstract: A color printing paper includes a substrate having a printing region and a plurality of photonic crystal patterns formed on the printing region. The plurality of photonic crystal layer patterns have different respective optical reflection characteristics. The printing method includes selecting pixels including a plurality of photonic crystal layer patterns that express at least one of a red color, a green color, and a blue color, and changing optical reflection characteristics of at least a portion of the plurality of photonic crystal layer patterns of the selected pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin-seung Sohn, Sang-hun Lee, In-kyeong Yoo, Eun-hyoung Cho
  • Patent number: 8240769
    Abstract: A multipurpose, lower extremity, examination stool, has at least one light set in integral cooperation with at least one mirror to facilitate an examination of a foot by a person, a clinician, or a doctor. The foot examination stool preferably has a top mirror and a slide mirror. The slide mirror is slidably mounted below the top mirror and has a set of lights, to illuminate both the slide mirror and the lower extremity being tested or examined. The top mirror is illuminated by two sets of lights hingedly or rotatably mounted adjacently thereto and perpendicular to the slide mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: Adam Story, Kurt K. Hubbard
  • Publication number: 20120162800
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sectionalized and detachable side view mirror assembly for a vehicle. The sectionalized and detachable side view mirror assembly includes: a housing having a hollow section therewithin; a central mirror by which a driver sees the rear side of the vehicle from inside of the vehicle; a lateral mirror by which the driver sees a blind spot in vicinity of the rear side of the vehicle from inside of the vehicle; a lower mirror by which the driver sees a lower rear side of the vehicle from inside of the vehicle; a central mirror mounting part for securing the central mirror within the hollow section of the housing; a lateral mirror mounting part for securing the lateral mirror within the hollow section of the housing; and a lower mirror mounting part for securing the lower mirror within the hollow section of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Jongyoung Kim
  • Publication number: 20120140241
    Abstract: An optical system, such as a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus, includes a first optical component, a second optical component, and a measurement arrangement for determining the relative position of the first optical component and the second optical component in six degrees of freedom. The measurement arrangement is adapted to determine the relative position of the first optical component and the second optical component over six different length measurement sections. The length measurement sections extend directly between the first optical component and the second optical component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH
    Inventors: Albrecht Hof, Dietmar Neugebauer, Rolf Freimann
  • Patent number: 8190355
    Abstract: A data processing method for alerting a first vehicle when entering and/or residing in a blind spot of at least one second vehicle and a system and a computer program implementing such a method. A method in accordance with an embodiment includes: determining and dynamically updating the position of second vehicle, the blind spot of the second vehicle, and the time for the first vehicle to enter the blind spot. An alarm signal is generated when the first vehicle is entering or residing in a blind spot of the second vehicle. The method also includes steps to generate direction for the first vehicle to avoid entering in or to leave the blind spot of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ossama Emam, Dimitri Kanevsky
  • Patent number: 8172410
    Abstract: A mirror assembly comprising primary and auxiliary mirror assemblies having complimentary recesses and protrusions on respective frame portions of the assemblies, the auxiliary mirror assembly adapted to be disposed at a plurality of positions along the primary mirror assembly when the recesses and protrusions are disposed in interfitting engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M Rummer, Robert M Vize
  • Publication number: 20110297655
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for angular positioning of a mirror, the apparatus including a motor configured to rotate a mirror, a detector configured to detect a rotational angle of the mirror, a controller configured to supply an electric current to the motor so that the rotational angle of the mirror reaches a target angle, to estimate, based on a model representing a relation between a value of the electric current to be supplied to the motor and a face tangle error angle of the mirror, a face tangle error angle of the mirror to which the electric current is supplied, and to, if the estimated angle exceeds a tolerance, perform a process of adjusting of a supply of the electric current to the motor so that the face tangle error angle of the mirror falls within the tolerance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji UEDA
  • Patent number: 8066389
    Abstract: A beam alignment chamber comprising: a base, first and second side walls connected to the base, and a front wall located at the front edge of the base having an output opening. The beam alignment chamber further including a plurality of light sources disposed to direct light beams through the first or second side walls, a plurality of reflectors mounted on the base, each having independent yaw and pitch adjustments, each being disposed to direct the light beams from a corresponding light sources along the length of the beam alignment chamber through the output opening forming an aligned array of parallel light beams, and one or more optical elements positioned in the optical path of the aligned array of light beams disposed to correct the beam divergence with respect to at least one axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Barry D. Silverstein, Mark A. Harland, James R. Kircher
  • Patent number: 8041483
    Abstract: Externally deployed airbag system for a vehicle including one or more inflatable airbags deployable outside of the vehicle, an anticipatory sensor system for assessing the probable severity of an impact involving the vehicle based on data obtained prior to the impact and initiating inflation of the airbag(s) in the event an impact above a threshold severity is assessed, and an inflator coupled to the anticipatory sensor system and the airbag for inflating the airbag when initiated by the anticipatory sensor system. The airbag may be housed in a module mounted along a side of the vehicle, in a side door of the vehicle (both for side impact protection), at a front of the vehicle (for frontal impact protection) or at a rear of the vehicle (for rear impact protection). Also, the externally deployed airbag can be deployed to cushion a pedestrian's impact against the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Automotive Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Publication number: 20110211269
    Abstract: The system for asynchronous remote steering of reflectors has parallel asynchronous remote steering mechanisms operably connected to reflectors. A powerless (mechanical) focal beam brake is also provided. In addition to the powerless focal beam brake, a plurality of safety mechanisms are employed. Remote angle checking is provided to adapt the system for solar thermal power plants, solar furnaces, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventor: JIHAD HASSAN AL-SADAH
  • Publication number: 20110102923
    Abstract: A coupling between a primary mirror and additional mirror so that adjustment of at least one of said mirrors is executed in a way that their fields of view overlap or directly juxtapose. In doing so, the occurrence of a gap in the coverage of the fields of view in the border area shared between mirrors is avoided for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Werner Lang, Elmar Finkenberger, Stefan Centmayer
  • Publication number: 20110051268
    Abstract: A new blind spot mirror comprising a bifurcated mirror, allows one portion of a mirror to remain in the normal driving mode while concurrently allowing a blind spot portion to be transitioned to a position where the blind spot area can be viewed. The transition from regular viewing to blind spot viewing can be triggered by manual and/or automatic means. An alternate embodiment of the present invention comprises a mirror assembly with one mirror face affixed back-to-back with another mirror face. One face is used for normal driving mode and the other face is angled to capture the blind spot area. Transition (rotation) of the blind spot mirror face into viewing position may be triggered by manual or automatic means. In another embodiment of the invention, a flexible mirror face is included over the mirror portion and the blind spot portion to disguise the parting between the two portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: PATRICK MARTIN
  • Patent number: 7878664
    Abstract: A projector includes a projecting module for projecting a projecting image on a screen panel, an image sensor for capturing an image of an object which is located outside of the projecting module and faces toward the lens module, a light director, and a controlling unit. The projecting module has a lens module and a light source for emitting light transmitting through the lens module. The light director is movable between a first position where the light director is located outside of a light path associated with the lens module, and a second position where the light director is configured for directing light of the object through the lens module to be incident on the image sensor. The controlling unit controls the light director to move between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Shan Chan, Sheng-An Wang
  • Publication number: 20110000121
    Abstract: A visual aid comprising: (a) a frame having a fastener allowing selective coupling of the frame to a barrel of a firearm, the frame having a trigger end, a barrel end opposing the trigger end and first and second opposed lateral ends, the frame having coordinate system comprising, (i) a longitudinal axis running through the trigger and barrel ends of the frame, the longitudinal axis having a positive direction from an origin on the frame towards the barrel end and a negative direction from the origin on the frame towards the trigger end, (ii) a lateral axis running through the first and second opposed lateral ends and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the lateral axis having a positive direction from the origin on the frame towards the first lateral end and a negative direction from the origin on the frame towards the second lateral end, and (iii) a vertical axis perpendicular to the longitudinal and lateral axes, the vertical axis having a positive direction above the frame and a negative direction bel
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas N. Uhl
  • Publication number: 20100277698
    Abstract: A beam alignment chamber extending in a length direction comprising a base having a front edge, and two side edges, first and second opposed side walls connected to the base, and extending along the length of the base, a front wall located at the front edge of the base having an output opening. The beam alignment chamber further comprises a plurality of arrays of light sources disposed to direct light beams through the first or second side walls, and a plurality of reflectors mounted on the base, each having independent yaw and pitch adjustments, each reflector being paired with a corresponding array of light sources, the base-mounted reflectors being disposed to direct the light beams along the length of the beam alignment chamber through the output opening forming an aligned two-dimensional array of parallel light beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Mark A. Harland, Barry D. Silverstein, James R. Kircher
  • Publication number: 20100277699
    Abstract: A beam alignment chamber comprising: a base, first and second side walls connected to the base, and a front wall located at the front edge of the base having an output opening. The beam alignment chamber further including a plurality of light sources disposed to direct light beams through the first or second side walls, a plurality of reflectors mounted on the base, each having independent yaw and pitch adjustments, each being disposed to direct the light beams from a corresponding light sources along the length of the beam alignment chamber through the output opening forming an aligned array of parallel light beams, and one or more optical elements positioned in the optical path of the aligned array of light beams disposed to correct the beam divergence with respect to at least one axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Barry D. Silverstein, Mark A. Harland, James R. Kircher
  • Patent number: 7802891
    Abstract: A faceted mirror apparatus includes a support plate having a plurality of stepped reception bores into which are fitted the base portions of respective ones of a plurality of mirror facets having mirrored surfaces. An outer surface of each of the facets bears on an inner wall to provide a stable alignment of the optical axes of the mirrored surfaces such that the apparatus generates a beam of rays from impinging rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT AG
    Inventors: Andreas Seifert, Markus Weiss, Andreas Heisler, Stefan Dornheim
  • Publication number: 20100213349
    Abstract: An optical apparatus comprising a first mirror (12), a second mirror (14), and at least one support (30) for holding the second mirror in substantially a predetermined position relative to said first mirror (12), wherein said at least one support (30) comprises at least one actuator (32) arranged to adjust the position of the second mirror (14), and said optical apparatus further comprises at least one light source (40a-40-c) rigidly fixed to the first mirror (12) in a predetermined orientation for providing a beam of light (42a-42c) directed at said second mirror (14), at least one corresponding alignment sensor (46a-46c) for detecting the beam of light (44a-44c) reflected from said second mirror (14), and arranged to provide an output signal indicative of the position of the incident reflected beam, and a controller (50) arranged to receive said output signal, and to thereby control said actuator (32) to adjust the position of the second mirror (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
    Inventors: Ruben Laurence Edeson, Nicholas Richard Waltham, Nigel Morris, Ian Allan James Tosh
  • Patent number: 7775672
    Abstract: The invention concerns an external mirror arrangement comprising a front mirror of the Group of the Directive 2005/27/EG for the visual transmission of a first field of view and for the visual transmission of a second field of view contains a safety mirror. In accord with the invention, the front mirror and the safety mirror are integrated in one mirror head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Lang Makra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Orhan Kilic, Albrecht Popp, Werner Lang
  • Publication number: 20100177415
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rear-view mirror for improving a driver's vision in a car or motor vehicle. As with standard rear-view mirrors, the inventive dual rear-view mirror, which is positioned inside the vehicle, displays an image of the area to the rear of the vehicle in terms of real distance. According to the invention, the rear-view mirror is articulated with the left mirror which displays the real distance of the external right-hand side area, thereby ensuring safety. It is important to note that the technical-industrial process used to develop the aforementioned dual mirror retains the same technical production principles used in the automotive field since the invention makes use of PVC injection and moulding processes and the huge variety of features offered by plastic materials in this sector for use in structures and joints which are pressure mounted for the above purpose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Lourdes Cortez Ruiz
  • Patent number: 7677741
    Abstract: An auxiliary accessory for a vehicle rearview mirror having a linking segment with an outer end, a casing formed on the outer end of the linking segment with an outer rim and a mirror mounted in the casing has a cover and an auxiliary mirror assembly. The cover is detachably mounted on the casing of the vehicle rearview mirror and has a body, a mounting gap and multiple retaining tabs. The body has a shape corresponding to the casing of the vehicle rearview mirror and two mounting recesses. The auxiliary mirror assembly is detachably connected to the cover and has an auxiliary mirror mounted in one of the mounting recesses of the body to increase the viewing range of the vehicle rearview mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Ken Sean Factory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Peng-Kai Chuang
  • Publication number: 20100007961
    Abstract: A vehicular integrated mirror system is provided that is supported on a vehicle body that includes a door, and has an outside mirror disposed outside a vehicle compartment and an interior mirror disposed within the vehicle compartment at a position in the proximity of the outside mirror so that, in cooperation with the outside mirror, a vehicle rear field of vision is obtained, wherein a mirror holder retaining the outside mirror and the inside mirror is swingably supported on mirror support means mounted on the vehicle body in order to change the reflection angle of the two mirror relative to a vehicle driver, and the reflection angle of the outside mirror and the inside mirror is changed by remote drive means that makes the mirror holder swing by remote operation. This enables the reflection angle of the outside mirror and the inside mirror to be remotely controlled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kukita, Mitsuo Sasaki, Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Masaaki Abe
  • Publication number: 20100007974
    Abstract: An auxiliary side view mirror for attaching to an existing side view mirror of a motor vehicle. This auxiliary side view mirror includes a housing. The housing has an auxiliary mirror portion and a side view mirror interior housing adjacent the auxiliary mirror portion. The auxiliary mirror portion contains an auxiliary mirror and the side view mirror interior housing has an opening and an interior shape, size and contour corresponding to an exterior shape, size and contour of the existing side view mirror of the vehicle whereby the existing side view mirror of the motor vehicle fits within the side view mirror interior housing of the housing through the opening. A plurality of tabs are provided around the opening and the tabs extend towards the interior of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Peng-Kai Chuang
  • Patent number: 7599103
    Abstract: An optical carriage of scanner has a mirror assembly and a device assembly, the mirror assembly has a mirror mount, some mirror holder, and some supporters, and the device assembly has a chassis. In this invention, the mirror assembly and the device assembly are mechanically connected after separately formation. Further, to ensure correct shape of these mirror holders and these supporters, they could be formed by metal punch, plastic ejection, or plastic process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventors: Tsung-Yin Chen, Chun-I Hsiao
  • Patent number: 7568809
    Abstract: An image reconstruction device includes a housing which is opened at an upper end thereof, a support plate which is arranged adjacent to a lower end of the housing, a plurality of partition walls which divide an area on the support plate into parts, rotation plates which are installed on the support plate to allow objects to be placed thereon, illuminators which are mounted to a side wall of the housing, reflection mirrors which are positioned above the illuminators, and a pair of concave mirrors which are arranged in an upper part of the housing. The pair of concave mirrors are provided in each of four directions, and these four pairs of concave mirrors are rotated above the housing by concave mirror rotation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventors: Kyung Gun Choi, Kyeong Ho Hahn
  • Publication number: 20090179759
    Abstract: An animal detection and deterrent system enabling an out of doors area to be protected from intruding animals. A primary laser beam FIG. 1 (1.14) is produced from master laser/sensor (1.10), and precisely forwarded around an area of any configuration and topography via forwarders (1.11), (1.12), (1.13) or FIG. 10 (10.39), (10.40) and (10.41). Master laser/sensor (1.10) and all forwarders, contain mechanisms to accurately adjust the direction of laser beams and position of light sensors. Light sensors contain filters to block ambient light and admit only laser light to allow operation in bright sunlight or darkness. When the system is in a stable “on condition”, the laser beam ultimately strikes light sensor (6.65) in the master sensor (1.20). An animal interrupting the laser beam, at any point in the periphery, prevents laser light to strike light sensor (6.65) in master sensor (1.20). This causes light sensor (6.65) to initiate an electronic signal to an electronic circuit, FIG. 14, and microprocessor (14.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Richard H. Koury, Richard A. Harris