With Support Patents (Class 359/871)
  • Patent number: 10317675
    Abstract: A display device for a motor vehicle includes: a projection module fix generating an image for a projection in a direction of gaze of a user of the display device along an optical path; a reflection and/or display element; a support element for the reflection and/or display element; and a holding element, configured such that the reflection and/or display element is held, without deformation of the reflection and/or display element, between the support element and the holding element and in a fixed position relative to the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS SAS
    Inventors: Yves Lambert, Giany Pitte, Sebastien Hervy, Vincent Duquesne, Fabrice Henon
  • Patent number: 10281275
    Abstract: The invention proposes an arrangement for optically capturing a space from a plurality of directions, having first deflection elements for deflecting optical rays, a second deflection element, and a camera arranged downstream from the second deflection element, wherein at least three first deflection elements are provided that are arranged so as to be mutually spaced apart on a plane and are aligned such that they direct optical rays, referred to as partial images, that are incident in parallel from different directions to the second deflection element, referred to as a splitter, and wherein the splitter is embodied such that it deflects the partial images back substantially in their original direction of radiation and into the capture range of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Shoogee Gmbg & Co. KG
    Inventor: Arne Voigtlander
  • Patent number: 10259391
    Abstract: This side mirror device includes: a mirror base; a housing a bearing mechanism; a mirror; an inclining mechanism; an internal housing; and a cover, wherein the bearing mechanism and the inclining mechanism are contained in an interior of the housing, and wherein the bearing mechanism and the inclining mechanism are formed so as to face each other across the mirror base along an axis line of the bearing mechanism, wherein the housing has an upper cover and a lower cover that are disposed so as to face each other, wherein the upper cover and the lower cover whose outer surface shapes form an mirror-image symmetry with each other, wherein the cover forms, on a rear side, an opening edge portion that exposes the mirror, wherein the opening edge portion is made of an involuted recess portion that is a rear-side end portion of the cover being bent inwardly toward the mirror, and wherein with the rear-side end portion of the internal housing is inserted into the involuted recess portion, the rear-side end portion of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Sakai, Takeshi Ishikawa, Jun Nakamura, Makoto Sawada
  • Patent number: 10175474
    Abstract: A micromechanical device includes a tiltable structure that is rotatable about a first rotation axis. The tiltable structure is coupled to a fixed structure through an actuation structure of a piezoelectric type. The actuation structure is formed by spring elements having a spiral shape. The spring elements each include actuation arms extending transversely to the first rotation axis. Each actuation arm carries a respective piezoelectric band of piezoelectric material. The actuation arms are divided into two sets with the piezoelectric bands thereof biased in phase opposition to obtain rotation in opposite directions of the tiltable structure about the first rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Domenico Giusti, Roberto Carminati, Massimiliano Merli
  • Patent number: 10067345
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing a head-up display device with which the display quality of a display object can be improved. A mirror holder 30 supporting a concave mirror is equipped with a protruding piece that protrudes from the approximate center of the holder width, which is defined along a rotational axis, and this protruding piece is moved by a position adjustment means. Stress acting on the mirror holder from the protruding piece is uniform in the left and right directions from the center of the mirror holder. Consequently, twisting at the location of the mirror holder is significantly reduced, so the driver is able to view a display object for which distortion has been suppressed, and the display quality of the display object is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihiko Ushida, Yoshiyuki Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10042281
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an optical scanning unit including a rotatable polygonal mirror and a detecting portion; and a controller. A rotation center of the rotatable polygonal mirror is made eccentric with respect to a center of gravity of the rotatable polygonal mirror by 7.5 ?m or more. The controller identifies one of reflecting surfaces of the rotatable polygonal mirror as a reference surface by using a signal outputted from the detecting portion for each of the reflecting surfaces of the rotatable polygonal mirror and a period of signals from light beams reflected by consecutive two reflecting surfaces with respect to a rotational direction of the rotatable polygonal mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Chihiro Shirakawa
  • Patent number: 9933594
    Abstract: A primary mirror mount assembly includes a body including a mirror surface and a mount surface, with the mount surface having at least one feature formed therein. The mount assembly further includes a hub configured to be secured to the body. The hub includes at least one corresponding mating feature configured to receive the at least one feature of the mount surface of the body therein. The at least one feature and the at least one corresponding mating feature are configured to be welded together. A method of assembling a primary mirror mount assembly is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Lyale F. Marr, Randy W. White, Richard L. Scott, James L. Dean
  • Patent number: 9873380
    Abstract: An interior side mirror with multiple legs supporting device for side blind spot of a car. Which comprises a side mirror; a multiple legs supporting means, which is constructed by a connecting seat for fixing the side mirror with the multiple legs supporting means; a neck section made by half-solid metal wire; legs made by half-solid metal wire, ends of legs are connected with the neck section; adhesive components for fixing the legs on a place of interior surface of a car; the half-solid metal wire means the metal wire is flexible and is able to keep a bended shape after bending. This interior side mirror with a multiple legs supporting device can be used for any vehicle conveniently and get well side blind spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventors: Davy Zide Qian, Benyu Qian, Lequn Lu
  • Patent number: 9804522
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an optical scanning unit including a rotatable polygonal mirror and a detecting portion; and a controller. A rotation center of the rotatable polygonal mirror is made eccentric with respect to a center of gravity of the rotatable polygonal mirror by 7.5 ?m or more. The controller identifies one of reflecting surfaces of the rotatable polygonal mirror as a reference surface by using a signal outputted from the detecting portion for each of the reflecting surfaces of the rotatable polygonal mirror and a period of signals from light beams reflected by consecutive two reflecting surfaces with respect to a rotational direction of the rotatable polygonal mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Chihiro Shirakawa
  • Patent number: 9703069
    Abstract: A mounting fixture used for mounting a ring-shaped elastic seal member between a ring-shaped side surface of an optical component and a holder which holds the optical component. The mounting fixture has a first abutting surface which can abut against a top surface of the optical component which intersects the side surface, a projecting part which is arranged so as to surround the first abutting surface and which projects out from the first abutting surface in a direction vertical to the first abutting surface, and a second abutting surface which is provided at the front end of the projecting part and can abut against the elastic seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Takanori Sato
  • Patent number: 9682656
    Abstract: A rearview device having a rearview display. A rearview device attachment assembly is connected with the rearview display and includes a mount and an attachment clip coupled to the mount. The attachment clip includes a base and first and second opposing flex members extending from the base, each including an arcuate flex portion extending from the base. A connecting portion extends from the arcuate flex portion at an angle toward the base. An engagement portion extends away from the connecting portion at an angle away from the base. First and second protrusions project from the mount, each extending through first and second slots, respectively, in the base. The first and second protrusions are in abutting contact with the engagement portion of the first and second opposing flex members, respectively, thereby forcing the first and second opposing flex members at least partially away from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley L. Busscher, Timothy J. Cercone, Blake R. Adams
  • Patent number: 9663027
    Abstract: An exterior rear view mirror assembly for a motor vehicle has a reflecting element, a clamping plate, a first adhesive element fixing the reflective element to the clamping plate, and a watertight illumination module. The watertight illumination module has a printed circuit board arranged within the watertight illumination module at an angle of 1 to 90 degrees relative to the clamping plate, at least one light emitting diode arranged on the printed circuit board, an inner reflective surface having a reflectivity coefficient of at least 30% and at least partially exposed to the light emitted by the at least one light emitting diode, and an outer portion with at least one hole with a sealing element engaged therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: FICO MIRRORS, S.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Hellin Navarro, Nestor Ruiz Ortega, Maria Luisa Novella, Carles Montero Foix, Josep Pujadas Beltran, Robert Lopez Galera
  • Patent number: 9645388
    Abstract: There is provided a facet mirror device comprising a facet element and a support unit, the support unit supporting the facet element. The support unit comprises a first support element and a second support element, the second support element being connected to the facet element to support the facet element. The first support element is connected to the second support element to support the second support element, the first support element being connected to the second support element via at least one flexure unit, the flexure unit comprising at least one flexure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard-Wilhelm Ziegler, Thomas Bischoff
  • Patent number: 9539946
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly has a mirror retention plate having two parallel free edges and a replaceable mirror plate having a first surface to which the mirror is attached and a second surface opposite said first surface. The second surface has two parallel edges which includes projections on one of said edges able to retain one of said edges of the retention plate. On the second edge of said second surface of the mirror plate is a releasable locking mechanisms engageable with the other of said free edges of the retention plate. This allows the mirror plate to be simply snapped into position and released by triggering the release mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Ferman
  • Patent number: 9499101
    Abstract: A mirror mount that mounts a mirror to a vehicle fender. The mount can include a base that faces a vehicle fender exterior without extending upwardly and under a hood of the vehicle. A support arm extends from the base and includes a distal end that joins with a mirror. One or more pillars extend away from the base. The pillars can be sized and shaped to extend through holes in the fender to a frame member of the vehicle disposed inwardly relative to the fender. The pillars are associated with a fastener to join with the frame member so that weight of the mirror, the base, the support arm and/or the pillars are substantially born by the frame member. This can reduce transmission of vibration inherent in the fender to the mirror, and/or can rigidly and structurally connect the mirror to the frame member, rather than the fender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: ELKHART BRASS MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Dutton, Daniel L. Cook
  • Patent number: 9475531
    Abstract: A method of replacing an interior assembly includes removing a first interior assembly from a vehicle by detaching a first mounting base of the first interior assembly from a first mounting element adhesively attached at an in-cabin surface of the windshield of the vehicle. A second mounting element is provided and is attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield at or near or at least partially around the first mounting element. A second mounting base of a second interior assembly is mounted at the first and second mounting elements, whereby the first and second mounting elements cooperate to support the second interior assembly at the vehicle windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Donald S. Rawlings, Vernon R. Nise, David K. Willmore
  • Patent number: 9440845
    Abstract: A semiconductor layer having an opening and a MEMS resonator formed in the opening is disposed between first and second substrates to encapsulate the MEMS resonator. An electrical contact that extends from the opening to an exterior of the MEMS device is formed at least in part within the semiconductor layer and at least in part within the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SiTime Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Partridge, Markus Lutz, Pavan Gupta
  • Patent number: 9428228
    Abstract: A side-view mirror assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. The mirror assembly may generally include a mirror housing configured to support a mirror. The mirror housing may define an airfoil shape have a first side surface and a second side surface extending between a forward edge and an aft edge. In addition, the mirror housing may be movable between a first position, wherein the mirror housing is aerodynamically aligned with an airflow flowing past the vehicle, and a second position, wherein the mirror reflects a rearwardly extending side-view of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: SmartTruck Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Lorenzo Henderson, Stephen Alfred Wulff
  • Patent number: 9348198
    Abstract: A mirrored photographing system is disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a mirrored photographing system comprises a back plate, a mirror, and a camera. The mirror is mounted to the back plate, which provides structural support. The mirror has a viewing aperture and a reflective surface covering at least a portion of the front surface of the mirror for self-viewing by a subject standing in front of the mirror. The camera is positioned between the back plate and the mirror and aligned with the viewing aperture for the camera to view the subject therethrough. The camera is configured for electronic wireless communication with a remote electronic device to at least one of (i) receive directions therefrom and (ii) to forward captured photographs thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Leonard Adams, Thomas L. Brisbane
  • Patent number: 9348234
    Abstract: A projection objective of a microlithographic projection apparatus has a wavefront correction device (42) comprising a mirror substrate (44; 44a, 44b) that has two opposite optical surfaces (46, 48), through which projection light passes, and a circumferential rim surface (50) extending between the two optical surfaces (46, 48). A first and a second optical system (OS1, OS2) are configured to direct first and second heating light (HL1, HL2) to different portions of the rim surface (50) such that at least a portion of the first and second heating light enters the mirror substrate (44; 44a, 44b). A temperature distribution caused by a partial absorption of the heating light (HL1, HL2) results in a refractive index distribution inside the mirror substrate (44; 44a, 44b) that corrects a wavefront error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Boris Bittner, Norbert Wabra, Sonja Schneider, Ricarda Schoemer, Martin von Hodenberg, Hendrik Wagner, Rumen Iliew
  • Patent number: 9327648
    Abstract: A rearview assembly for a vehicle includes a rearview device having a peripheral edge. A carrier plate is operably coupled to the rearview device. The carrier plate includes a peripheral wall with a forward edge and a rearward edge. The forward edge is substantially aligned with the peripheral edge of the rearview device. A housing includes a forward lip configured to abut the rearward edge of the peripheral wall to provide a substantially smooth exterior transition from the housing to the peripheral wall to the rearview device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric S. Sloterbeek, Steven G. Hoek, William M. Vanden Bos
  • Patent number: 9316888
    Abstract: A camera mount with a base and a cantilever platform for attaching a camouflage blind assembly to a camera. The camera may be secured to the platform, while the blind assembly may be attached to the base. The base may be mounted atop a tripod or other support device, or may be held by the user. The camera mount allows the user to take images of wildlife without the wildlife seeing the user or the camera. This allows the user to approach the wildlife closer than would otherwise be possible, resulting in closer, clearer images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Douglas J. Niemackl
  • Patent number: 9258515
    Abstract: An image display device includes: an image generation unit that generates image display light based on an image signal; a projection unit that projects the image display light generated by the image generation unit; a combiner that presents the image display light projected by the projection unit as a virtual image; and a rotating unit that rotationally moves the combiner along at least one rotation surface, wherein the projection unit changes a direction in which the image display light is projected based on the rotational movement of the combiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Motoshi Tohda, Isao Kaneno, Yuji Tanaka, Tatsuya Sato, Tatsuru Kobayashi, Manabu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9205778
    Abstract: A side-view mirror assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. The mirror assembly may generally include a mirror housing configured to support a mirror. The mirror housing may define an airfoil shape have a first side surface and a second side surface extending between a forward edge and an aft edge. In addition, the mirror housing may be movable between a first position, wherein the mirror housing is aerodynamically aligned with an airflow flowing past the vehicle, and a second position, wherein the mirror reflects a rearwardly extending side-view of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: SmartTruck Systems, LLC.
    Inventors: Michael Lorenzo Henderson, Stephen Alfred Wulff
  • Patent number: 9190779
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a base seat, a plurality of contacts fixed in the base seat, and a shielding shell surrounding the base seat. The shielding shell defines a body portion retained in the base seat, a rear wall attached a rear face of the base seat and a plurality of soldering portions extending outside of the body portion. The electrical connector defines a mounting surface, a lower edge of the rear wall is higher than the mounting surface and defines at least one board-lock portion to improve the resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiao-Qin Zheng, Lu Dai, Dao-Zhen Bian
  • Patent number: 9156403
    Abstract: An interior mounting system for a vehicle includes an interior assembly, a mounting assembly for mounting the interior assembly at a vehicle windshield, a first windshield mounting element adhered to an in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield, and a second windshield mounting element attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield and at or at least partially around the first mounting element. A mounting base of the mounting assembly is configured to engage at least the second mounting element when the mounting base is mounted at the first and second mounting elements at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield. The first and second mounting elements cooperate to support the mounting base and the interior assembly when the first and second mounting elements are adhered to the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield and when the mounting base is mounted at the first and second mounting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Donald S. Rawlings, Vernon R. Nise, David K. Willmore
  • Patent number: 9145089
    Abstract: A socket joint for a mirror assembly having a first concave portion receiving a support tube that attaches to the vehicle. A pair of anchors disposed in the first concave portion extend through openings in the support tube. The anchors project outwardly from the first concave portion into the support tube. Each anchor engages an interior surface of the support tube. A fastener engages each anchor from a front side of the socket joint to clamp the support tube between the anchor and first concave portion. A central connecting post extends outward from the front side of the socket joint for cooperating with various assembly components to pivotally mount a mirror head. A second concave portion is disposed around the central connecting post which receives a complementary convex portion of the mirror head housing so that the housing can pivot on the second concave portion around the central connecting post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Rolf Reitz de Swardt, Alexandre Petroff, Andreas Enz
  • Patent number: 9134015
    Abstract: An illustrative mounting arm for a light fixture provides multiple tilt angles based on the selected orientation of components of the mounting arm. The mounting arm includes a first and second arm portion, each having opposite ends oriented at different relative angles to provide the multiple tilt angles for the light. A support end arm or second arm portion connects directly or indirectly to a wall or other support structure. An intermediate or first arm portion couples between the second arm portion and a mounting pad portion of the light fixture. Each of the first and second arm portions are rotatable in orientation, thus changing the orientation of the angle ends, each combination of possible arm portion orientations displacing the light fixture and therefore the illumination pattern at a different elevation angle relative to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: RAB Lighting Inc.
    Inventor: Vincenzo Guercio
  • Patent number: 9114760
    Abstract: A molded radome for the beam path of a radar device with low radio transmission loss and improved resistance to attack by the environmental elements comprises a base layer or body composed of a resin and a decoration layer bearing an image. The decoration layer is characterized with bright metallic looking coat disposed on the surface of the base layer or body. The decoration layer is composed of a metalloid such as germanium or a germanium alloy applied to the base layer by sputtering deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: ZANINI AUTO GRUP, SA
    Inventor: Augusto Mayer Pujadas
  • Patent number: 9103979
    Abstract: A holder attached mirror for a vehicle is provided, in which a mirror plate is fixed to a plate-shaped mirror holder by an adhesive sheet, including a plurality of first grooves parallel to each other, which are formed on the surface of the mirror holder attached with the adhesive sheet on the surface of the mirror holder side to which the adhesive sheet is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: MURAKAMI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yosuke Sato, Kenji Iwasaki, Shigeki Takada
  • Patent number: 9102270
    Abstract: A holder attached mirror for a vehicle is provided, in which a mirror plate is fixed to a plate-shaped mirror holder by an adhesive sheet, including a plurality of first circular or radial grooves substantially with the center of the surface as a center point, which is formed on the surface of the mirror holder side to which the adhesive sheet is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: MURAKAMI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yosuke Sato, Kenji Iwasaki, Shigeki Takada
  • Patent number: 9097886
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for correcting at least one optical aberration, of known evolution of an optical system, the device comprising: a deformable mirror (1) having a contour; means (2) for deforming the mirror; characterized in that the mirror (1) has a geometry selected such that the contour of the mirror (1) is defined from a composite function of said at least one aberration and in that the means (2) for deforming the mirror are adapted to apply a flexing moment on the edges of the mirror, the deformable mirror being concave or convex when it is deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES
    Inventors: Marie Laslandes, Marc Ferrari, Emmanuel Hugot
  • Patent number: 9057834
    Abstract: A holder attached mirror for a vehicle is provided, in which a mirror plate is fixed to a plate-shaped mirror holder by an adhesive sheet, including a plurality of first grooves parallel to each other, which are formed on the surface of the mirror holder attached with the adhesive sheet on the surface of the mirror holder side to which the adhesive sheet is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: MURAKAMI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yosuke Sato, Kenji Iwasaki, Shigeki Takada
  • Publication number: 20150146428
    Abstract: An optical bench assembly is disclosed. In one embodiment, the optical bench assembly includes a housing and a cantilever optical bench for holding optical components. Further, the cantilever optical bench includes a front flange coupled to the housing and an optical bench attached to the front flange such that the optical bench is not susceptible to movements of the housing due to varying ambient conditions and resulting loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: MICHAEL J. CHOINIERE, Egor V. Degtiarev
  • Patent number: 9039214
    Abstract: In a vehicle outside rearview mirror device including a mirror housing capable of tilting with respect to a vehicle body, the vehicle outside rearview mirror device includes a base fixed to the vehicle body; a shaft fixed to the base; and the mirror housing mounted to the shaft so as to be capable of tilting, wherein a wall that reduces a flow rate of a wind passing through a gap between the base and the mirror housing is provided to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jouichi Kawanishi, Takahiro Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20150138658
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention is a door mirror having a door mirror main body attached to a door mirror attaching part of a vehicle body, the door mirror including a shared base fixed to the door mirror attaching part and configured to support the door mirror main body, which is shared, and an exclusive cover configured to cover a peripheral region of the door mirror attaching part and selected from a group of different types of exclusive covers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: MURAKAMI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiichi Nishimura, Toru Shimura
  • Publication number: 20150138659
    Abstract: A substrate for an optical device includes an optical device substrate including a plurality of conductive plates elongated along a length direction, wherein side surfaces of the conductive plates are bonded to each other with insulators interposed therebetween, the insulators being respectively formed on the side surfaces. A groove having a predetermined depth for preventing burrs is formed in a lower surface of the optical device substrate at each point where a cutting line is crossed with one of the insulators when the optical device substrate is cut in a length direction and in a vertical direction, the groove being formed in such a way that said one of the insulators is exposed to an inside of the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Bum Mo Ahn, Ki Myung Nam, Kyung Soo Yoo
  • Publication number: 20150122200
    Abstract: A reflective pilot light viewer is disclosed. The reflective pilot light viewer has an attachment flange securable to a water heater tank by fasteners. The reflective pilot light viewer also has a viewing segment joined to the attachment flange and extending from the access outer panel at an approximate forty-five degree to fifty degree angle, the viewing segment having an upper portion which is a reflective surface. An access outer panel having the reflective pilot light viewer and a water heater having the reflective pilot light viewer are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: JERROLD M. ORLOWSKI
  • Patent number: 9022588
    Abstract: A mirror surface angle adjusting device includes: a pivot plate (10) which supports a mirror (6) and is attached to a holder (9) pivotably three-dimensionally on a pivot shaft (76); a bracket (8) disposed on a vehicle body; a mirror tilting drive section (11) contained between the bracket (8) and the holder (9) attached to the bracket (8); an operation shaft (44A, 44B) of the mirror tilting drive section (11), the operation shaft penetrating through the holder (9) and being connected to the pivot plate (10); a detection rod (101A, 101B) which moves following the pivot plate (10); an angle detection section (100) which detects a tilt angle of the pivot plate (10); a pivot depressed portion (80) into which the pivot shaft can be press-fitted; and a gear positioning rib (69) provided on an inner wall of the holder (9) to position the mirror tilting drive section (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Chino, Tetsuya Murakoshi, Hiroshi Morishita, Osamu Ichikawa
  • Publication number: 20150116165
    Abstract: A door mirror for a vehicle includes: a mirror housing; a housing body disposed in the mirror housing and configured to house a mirror; a lower cover disposed in the mirror housing and covers a lower section of the housing body from below; a plurality of lower cover side engagement claws vertically disposed on an inner surface of the lower cover and extending in a vertical direction; lower cover locking sections disposed in the housing body and respectively engaged with the plurality of lower cover side engagement claws; and engagement claw restricting sections, each of which is disposed in the housing body and approaches and faces at least one of the lower cover side engagement claws from above, the lower cover side engagement claws being respectively engaged with the lower cover locking sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Michiru Hiraoka, Yasuyuki Eto
  • Publication number: 20150116854
    Abstract: An exterior vehicle mirror assembly including an housing with a mirror glass disposed in the housing. A glass clamp connects the mirror glass and the housing. The glass clamp is slidably carried on both the mirror glass and the housing for moving between a locked position in which the glass clamp secures the mirror glass to the housing in a friction fit arrangement to resist movement of the mirror glass in the housing, and an unlocked position in which the clamp is free to be removed from the housing and mirror glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Lang-Mekra North America LLC
    Inventors: Alexandre Petroff, Andreas Enz
  • Publication number: 20150109696
    Abstract: A solar reflector plate maintains an excellent reflectance of a reflective layer and has excellent sand resistance and weather resistance. The solar reflector plate includes a substrate; a reflective layer provided onto the substrate; and a protective layer provided onto the reflective layer, wherein the protective layer contains silicon in an amount of 10% by mass to 60% by mass in terms of SiO2 and an organic substance, and has 1.5 to 3.2 oxygen atoms on average that form a chemical bond with silicon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Kazumichi Sashi, Takahiko Oshige, Shin Ishikawa, Yoshihito Sakamoto, Takahiro Kubota
  • Publication number: 20150097388
    Abstract: An inside rearview mirror assembly can hold a tag, such as a parking tag. The inside rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror and a housing. The housing is coupled to the mirror and includes a housing body and a holder protruding from the housing body in a direction away from the mirror. The holder includes a holder body and defines a groove disposed along the holder body. The groove is configured to receive the tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Anthony A. Bosco
  • Publication number: 20150098145
    Abstract: A clamp is for mounting on an arm. The clamp comprises a frame, a gripping element and a moveable clamping member. The frame comprises an upright portion and a lip located at a lower end of the upright portion and extending substantially perpendicularly to the upright portion. The gripping element is connected to the frame, and is arranged to mount on the arm, and comprises a first component and a second component connected together at one end and spaced apart at the other end, the arm to be located between the first component and a second component in a hole. The moveable clamping member is mounted through a hole in the second component, and comprises a shaft and an engaging portion arranged to be moved towards the lip of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: MILENCO LIMITED
    Inventor: Frederick Nigel Milbank
  • Publication number: 20150098140
    Abstract: An optical element unit is provided comprising an optical element group for projecting light along an optical axis of the optical element group and a housing having an inner housing part partly defining a first space and a light passageway between the inner housing part and a second space. The inner housing part receives the optical element group. The optical element group comprises an ultimate optical element located in the region of the light passageway. A load-relieving device is provided adjacent to the ultimate optical element, the load relieving device partly defining the first space and the second space and at least partly relieving the ultimate optical element from loads resulting from pressure differences between the first space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Johannes Lippert
  • Publication number: 20150085391
    Abstract: A rearview device having a housing defining at least one button opening. A travel guide defines a button engagement interface. The button engagement interface defines a first aperture and a second aperture. A circuit board is in abutting contact with the travel guide. A switch is disposed between the first aperture and the second aperture. At least one button is operably coupled with the button engagement interface. The at least one button is in communication with the switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Kristi L. Hooper, Danny L. Minikey, JR.
  • Patent number: 8985790
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mounting structure for the vehicle auxiliary mirror, including an attachment plate enabling said auxiliary mirror to be attached to the rear-view mirror, at least one first hook configured on the edge of said attachment plate corresponding to the mirror frame opening of the rear-view mirror and allowed to hook the abutting mirror frame opening of the rear-view mirror, a fixing belt with one end fastened to the housing of said auxiliary mirror disposed on the middle of the rear face of said auxiliary mirror and adjustable in length, and a second hook secured to the other end of said fixing belt and allowed to hook the rim of the rear-view mirror frame opening opposite to the rim hooked by the first hook via the rear face of the rear-view mirror, so that said auxiliary mirror may be tightly attached to the rear-view mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Yu-Feng Huang
  • Publication number: 20150077873
    Abstract: Provided are adhesive articles and display components that include a film substrate and an adhesive. The film substrate includes a reflecting layer and an opaque layer. The adhesive may be disposed on at least one major surface of the reflecting layer and opaque layer. The inclusion of the film substrate in the adhesive articles enables the adhesive article to inhibit the transmission of visible light through the film substrate. The film substrate includes at least one cavity extending from the first major surface of the reflecting layer to the first major surface of the opaque layer, wherein the cavity volume is at least partially filled by the adhesive. The display component includes at least one display element adhered to an adhesive article via the adhesive. Methods of making adhesive articles and display components are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Harry E. Johnson, Robert C. Fitzer, Jeffry T. Omland
  • Patent number: 8979288
    Abstract: The invention is related to an external rear view mirror assembly including a positive connection that fits mirror components as a support frame mounted to a mirror housing or shell. The positive connection is a connector having a two part snap-fit connector with a first snap-fit connector part and a second snap-fit connector part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Raimund Negel, Arne Schmierer, Andreas Herrmann
  • Publication number: 20150068603
    Abstract: Provided is a coating composition excellent in antifouling properties, transparency and hydrophilicity, wherein the coating composition contains (A) a metal oxide particle having a number average particle size of 1 nm to 400 nm; and (B) a polymer particle, in which the content of an aqueous-phase component in the component (B), represented by the expression (I), is 20 mass % or less, where (I) (%)=(dry mass of a filtrate obtained by filtering the component (B) at a molecular cutoff of 50,000)×(100?total mass of solid content)/(mass of the filtrate?dry mass of the filtrate)×100/the total mass of solid content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: ASAHI KASEI E-MATERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takanohashi, Junichi Hirose, Waka Goto, Shuichiro Ogawa, Kentaro Shiraishi