With Support Patents (Class 359/871)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8974067
    Abstract: An exterior mirror of a motor vehicle includes a mirror casing attached to a vehicle body wall via a mirror base and connected to an air guide ring by webs. The air guide ring surrounds a region of the mirror casing to form an air gap therebetween. The rear edge of the air guide ring is arranged at a distance behind the rear edge of the mirror casing. The air guide ring and the mirror base are firmly connected to one another or are at least fixed to one another. The mirror base can be arranged largely accurately in respect of position on the vehicle body wall by way of a position finding device and can be attached to the vehicle body wall by at least one attachment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Roland Oswald
  • Patent number: 8964162
    Abstract: An optical assembly has at least one mirror with a mirror body. The latter is carried by a support body, which has a first support body portion and a second support body portion. An at least thermally separating region is arranged between the two support body portions. At least one surface portion of at least one of the support body portions or of a body thermally coupled thereto is modified in such a way that a thermal emission coefficient ?m of the modified surface portion differs from a thermal emission coefficient ?u of the unmodified surface portion by at least 10%. The result is an optical assembly, in which an improved thermal stability is achieved by the predetermining of the thermal emission coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Damian Fiolka, Wilfried Clauss
  • Publication number: 20150049396
    Abstract: An optical probe (10) including one or more optical elements (32), and an inner tube (30) to house the optical elements. The inner tube may be made up of at least two cooperating inner tube sections (34, 36) separable from one another along a longitudinal axis of the inner tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Dennis H. Lemieux, David W. Fox, James P. Williams
  • Patent number: 8950879
    Abstract: A laser projection module with a conical reflector supported by thin walls comprises: an upper mounting plate, a lower mounting plate with an aperture set in the center and a conical reflector which is provided on the upper mounting plate corresponding to the aperture, wherein at least three thin-walled supporting slices surrounding the conical mirror, are provided between the upper mounting plate and the lower mounting plate there are provided. The disclosure has a compact structure. With the support of the thin walls, the laser divided is self-assembled and the mechanical principle that side faces of the thin-walled slices have high resistance is satisfied, so that reliability and precision of the use of the conical mirror in a laser projection apparatus with the conical mirror are guaranteed. The support pattern of the conical mirror by thin walls is also applicable to various conical mirrors in other application occasions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Huanic Corporation
    Inventor: Jianhua Sun
  • Patent number: 8944615
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a projection objective (22) of a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus (10). The projection objective (22) comprises at least one mirror (M1 to M6) that each have a mirror support (241 to 246) and a reflective coating (26) applied thereon. First imaging aberrations of a pre-assembled projection objective are measured. Before the coating (26) is applied, the mirror supports (241 to 246) are provided with a desired surface deformation (34). If the mirrors (M1 to M6) are not reflective for projection light without the coating (26), measuring light is used that has another wavelength. Alternatively, two identical mirror supports (246) may be provided. One support having a reflective coating is part of the pre-assembled projection objective whose imaging aberrations are measured. The other support is provided with surface deformations before coating and mounting the support into the objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Mann, Stephan Muellender, Johann Trenkler, Harmut Enkisch
  • Patent number: 8939590
    Abstract: A covering member appropriately covers an opening hole in a accommodating body. In a vehicle door mirror device, look of a visor body at the outer periphery of a mirror is enhanced by an upper covering plate and a lower covering plate of an inner cover covering an upper recess portion and a lower recess portion, respectively, in a peripheral wall of the visor body. The upper covering plate and the lower covering plate abut the upper recess portion and the lower recess portion, respectively. The upper covering plate and the lower covering plate can accordingly be positioned in the upper recess portion and the lower recess portion, respectively. The upper covering plate and the lower covering plate can accordingly appropriately cover the upper recess portion and the lower recess portion, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Sawada, Hiroyuki Muto
  • Publication number: 20150022913
    Abstract: A mount assembly for a vehicle component includes an attachment device configured to attach to a vehicle interior component. The attachment device defines an aperture and includes a vehicle attachment portion, an interior wall, and an exterior wall. A rearview device is configured to operably connect to the exterior wall of the attachment device. An accessory device is configured to operably connect to the interior wall of the attachment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Danny L. Minikey, JR.
  • Patent number: 8919973
    Abstract: A mirror base cover for an exterior rear view mirror assembly of a motor vehicle is described, which is provided with an opening for a part on the mirror base side of an articulated connection of a base bracket, which is preferably housed in an exterior rear view mirror housing, to a mirror base, which is covered by the mirror base cover. The opening has a larger design than is necessary for the part on the mirror base side of the articulated connection. A section of the opening remaining between the edge of the opening and the part on the mirror base side of the articulated connection is closed by a mirror base cap assembly. The mirror base cap assembly consists of a mirror base cap, only partly covering the remaining section of the opening, and a seal, moulded onto the mirror base cap, overlapping a gap remaining between the mirror base cap and the edge of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Arne Schmierer, Raimund Negel, Andreas Herrmann, Istvan Szmolenszki
  • Publication number: 20140375989
    Abstract: An adjustable mount for an optical device in a laser spectroscopy system is provided. The adjustable mount includes body configured to mount to a process and a reflector mount having a feature configured to mount an optical device. An interface between the body and the reflector mount allows relative motion between the reflector mount and the body. At least one alignment device is configured to engage the reflector mount and the body to fix a position of the reflector mount relative to the body. An optical device is removably mounted to the reflector mount independent of the alignment device and is sealed to the reflector mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Schachinger
  • Patent number: 8917437
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head portion and a reflective element accommodated by the mirror head portion. The reflective element includes a glass substrate and a mirror reflector coated at a surface of the glass substrate. The reflective element is configured to provide a field of view of at least about 15 degrees at the side of the vehicle and provides a substantially undistorted reflected image as viewed by the driver of the vehicle. The reflective element may have a width dimension of less than about 15 cm and a height dimension of less than about 9 cm. The mirror substrate is curved or formed via a hydro-bending process utilizing at least one bending element, which may be CNC formed in accordance with a free form pattern of curvatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Baur, Gregory A. Huizen
  • Publication number: 20140368940
    Abstract: This apparatus provides a method to enable a borescope to see inside a bore with a brighter image and a less obstructed view. This removable apparatus is essentially an extended coil spring that grips over the forward end of a borescope shaft by compression. The opposite end of this apparatus is connected in the same manner to an opposing light reflector by constricting over the outside surface of a light reflector. As a borescope enters the bore, it emits light forward that is reflected by the light reflector rearward against the viewing surface inside the bore. This apparatus connects the borescope to an opposing reflective surface with an extended thin wire that is partially in view of the borescope, providing minimal obstruction of the viewing area that is seen by the borescope. This apparatus also provides a minimal increase to the outside diameter of the borescope allowing it to fit inside a smaller bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Larry A. Willis
  • Patent number: 8911098
    Abstract: In a substrate, particularly in a substrate for a mirror support, in which recesses are introduced in one surface, preferably in the back side of the substrate, as a result of which, in particular, bridging pieces are defined between the recesses, in order to achieve the situation that despite a reduced weight, a high rigidity still remains, which means only a slight sagging after its correct uptake in a holding device provided for it, it is provided that at least one first portion of the bridging pieces has a width that is different than a second portion of the bridging pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Martin Schaeffer, Thorsten Doehring, Volker Seibert, Thomas Westerhoff, Hans-Joachim Nowak
  • Patent number: 8894227
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correcting optical aberrations in an optical device using a deformable mirror. An actuator is provided which applies a deforming force to the deformable mirror. By selecting particular thickness profiles of the deformable mirror and force configurations of the actuator, the optical device can be configured to correct for different optical aberrations. The actuator may be configured to apply the deforming force peripherally, centrally, non-centrally or homogenously across the surface of the deformable mirror. The deformable mirror may be a flat disk mirror, a convex mirror, or a concave mirror, and may include a membrane having a variable flexibility. The optical device may be a wide-field microscope, an optical read/write device, laser tweezers, or any other optical device in which correction of optical aberrations is desirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of California, Yeda Research & Development Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Knor, David A. Agard, Zvi Kam, John W. Sedat
  • Publication number: 20140340741
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a film mirror having a high reflectivity for efficiently concentrating solar light and having excellent weather resistance, and to provide a method for manufacturing the film mirror, a film mirror for photovoltaic power generation, and a reflection device for photovoltaic power generation. This film mirror of the present invention is a film mirror 10a in which a metal reflective layer 3 is disposed above a resin substrate 1. The film mirror is characterized in that it is provided with, closer to the light incident side than the metal reflective layer 3, an interface reflective layer (dielectric reflective layer) 6 having at least one set of a high refractive index layer and a low refractive index layer that are adjacent to each other, and at least one of the high refractive index layer and the low refractive index layer contains a water soluble polymer and metal oxide particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Hitoshi Adachi
  • Patent number: 8875457
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable light manipulator including a frame and a manipulator cloth that is stretched or can be stretched on the frame, wherein the frame includes at least one tension bar, which has at least two moving sections that can be moved in the longitudinal direction of the tension bar and are connected to one another or can be connected to one another, said moving sections being spring-loaded so as to be capable of being forced apart from one another by spring force in the longitudinal direction of the tension bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Wolfgang-Peter Geller
  • Patent number: 8876077
    Abstract: A spherical orienting device includes a base, first and second actuation shafts, an orientable device, an inner member, a middle member, and an outer member. The first and second actuation shafts are rotatably held by the base for rotary actuation about first and second actuation axes, respectively, which intersect orthogonally at a spherical center of rotation. The orientable device is supported by first and second revolute support joints which are disposed for rotation about an orientation axis of the orientable device and a support axis, respectively. The inner member is fixed to the first actuation shaft and linked to the second support joint. The middle member is inwardly linked to the first support joint and outwardly linked to a middle revolute joint disposed for rotation about a linkage axis. The outer member is fixed to the second actuation shaft and linked to the middle revolute joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Patrick Maillard
  • Patent number: 8876306
    Abstract: Optical devices can comprise a deformable mirror and a system for deforming said mirror. A deformation system comprises a first mechanical structure comprising a first surround, one or more electromechanical actuators attached to the first mechanical structure, a second mechanical structure comprising a substantially planar bottom and a second surround, both deformable, the bottom being attached to the first surround, the second surround being attached to the surround of the mirror, a rigid stud being attached to the bottom, substantially planar and centerd on the bottom, the electromechanical actuator or actuators exerting predetermined forces or bending moments on the stud so as to generate a particular distribution of the bending moments on the surround of the mirror, deforming it according to a geometrical form representative or of one or more predetermined geometrical aberrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignees: Thales, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales CNES, Universite d'Aix Marseille
    Inventors: Emmanuel Hugot, Marie Laslandes, Marc Ferrari, Arnaud Liotard
  • Patent number: 8864325
    Abstract: A power transmission device which is free from a possibility of breakage of a driving member is provided. A stepping motor (driving member) 61a configured to be driven on the basis of a command signal from a controller 70, a lead screw portion 61c configured to be rotationally driven in association with the drive of the stepping motor 61a, and a power transmitting member 65 configured to move along an axial direction X of the lead screw portion 61c in accordance with the rotation of the lead screw portion 61c and transmit a power to a power transmitted member 42e are provided, and the controller 70 is configured to control the output of the command signal to the stepping motor 61a to be stopped when the power transmitting member 65 is not moved along the axial direction X.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Maruyama, Kouichi Jinushi, Yoshiko Adachi
  • Patent number: 8864094
    Abstract: A mirror mount that mounts a mirror to a fender of a vehicle includes a base member having a first end generally vertical when the base member is affixed to a fender and arranged to receive a fastener passing through the first end, through the fender, and into the base member so as to fasten the base member to the fender, a second end, a side portion extending between the first end and the second end and having a contour that follows an exterior profile of the fender, and a reinforcement reinforcing the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Velvac, Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas L. Roberts, Jeffery R. Porter
  • Patent number: 8851689
    Abstract: A frame for optics used in interferometers that may include different materials having substantially similar, identical, or as close as practicable coefficients of thermal expansion from the material(s) used to make the beamsplitter and/or compensator without warping, bending, tilting or distorting the optics. The beamsplitter and/or compensator are mounted onto the frame of the interferometer using a three-point method of mounting, preferably using three pins for each component. Preferably, the pins are made of the same material as the beamsplitter and compensator, and all three components are made of Potassium Bromide (“KBr”) or Calcium Fluoride (“CaF2”) such that the optic instrument can operate to scan into the mid or far infrared. Stability in optical alignment is therefore achieved without requiring the optic instrument include only one material. The invention provides stability in situations where it is not possible to utilize a single material for every component of the interferometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: PLX, Inc.
    Inventors: Zvi Bleier, Alexander Jacobson, Itai Vishnia
  • Publication number: 20140268381
    Abstract: Disclosed is an optical module for a lens, especially a microlithographic apparatus, comprising a first holding device with an inner circumference that extends in a first circumferential direction, and at least one first supporting device which is fastened to the inner circumference of said first holding device and is used for supporting a first optical element, an annular circumferential first assembly space being defined by displacing the first supporting device once in a revolving manner along the first circumferential direction. At least one second supporting device which is fixed to the inner circumference of the first holding device is provided for supporting a second optical element, an annular circumferential second assembly space being defined by displacing the second supporting device once in a revolving manner along the first circumferential direction. The first assembly space intersects the second assembly space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Kugler, Franz Sorg, Yim-Bun Patrick Kwan
  • Publication number: 20140254036
    Abstract: Disclosed is an optical module for a lens, especially a microlithographic apparatus, comprising a first holding device with an inner circumference that extends in a first circumferential direction, and at least one first supporting device which is fastened to the inner circumference of said first holding device and is used for supporting a first optical element, an annular circumferential first assembly space being defined by displacing the first supporting device once in a revolving manner along the first circumferential direction. At least one second supporting device which is fixed to the inner circumference of the first holding device is provided for supporting a second optical element, an annular circumferential second assembly space being defined by displacing the second supporting device once in a revolving manner along the first circumferential direction. The first assembly space intersects the second assembly space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Kugler, Franz Sorg, Yim-Bun Patrick Kwan
  • Patent number: 8827468
    Abstract: An improved mount for, and methods of mounting an, optical structure are provided. The mount has a protruding member extending from a surface of the optical structure, a base element having a mounting structure for mounting the mount to another structure and an upper element extending from the base element having a first opening extending therethrough for receipt therein of at least a portion of the protruding member. The first opening defines first and second arms, each of the arms comprising a head portion and each of the head portions ending at an end. A second opening in the upper element extends through one of the head portions and the end thereof in a direction toward the other head portion, while a third opening exists in the upper element through the end of the other head portion in an orientation substantially opposite to and in communication with the second opening so that a tightening mechanism received through the second opening can be received into the third opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: PLX, Inc.
    Inventor: Zvi Bleier
  • Patent number: 8827517
    Abstract: A rearview assembly having a mounting structure configured to be operably coupled with a vehicle. A housing is operably connected with the mounting structure and a rearward viewing device is supported by one of the housing and the mounting structure. The rearward viewing device provides a rearward view to a vehicle driver and includes a front substrate and a rear substrate. The entire front surface of the front substrate is exposed and the entire rear substrate is positioned behind the front substrate. A concealing layer is disposed about a periphery of the rearward viewing device between the front substrate and the rear substrate. A partially optically transparent bezel is disposed adjacent to both the rearward viewing device and the housing, the optically transparent bezel having an edge radius greater than 2.5 mm and the optically transparent bezel being substantially flush with the front surface of the front substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Mark R. Roth, William L. Tonar, Jeremy A. Fogg, Michael F. Lisowski, Peter N. Rizk
  • Patent number: 8827470
    Abstract: An improved mount for, and method of mounting an, optical structure is provided. The mount has a protruding member extending from a surface of the optical structure, a base element having a mounting structure for mounting the mount to another structure and an upper element extending from the base element having a first opening extending therethrough for receipt therein of at least a portion of the protruding member. The first opening defines first and second arms, each of the arms comprising a head portion and each of the head portions ending at an end. A second opening in the upper element extends through one of the head portions and the end thereof in a direction toward the other head portion, while a third opening exists in the upper element through the end of the other head portion in an orientation substantially opposite to and in communication with the second opening so that a tightening mechanism received through the second opening can be received into the third opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: PLX, Inc.
    Inventor: Zvi Bleier
  • Publication number: 20140247512
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a light weight optical mirror or a monolithic mirror comprising at least one cooling channel, the method comprising forming a mirror body by iteratively depositing a metallic powder in layers and applying, for each of the layers, heat at least in a subarea of this layer, thereby fusing or sintering the powder in this subarea and bonding it to a previously deposited layer, the powder remaining in an unfused state in at least one region, the method further comprising forming at least one cavity within the carrier by removing the unfused powder from said region and producing a mirror surface at a closed surface of the mirror body. The invention further relates to an optical mirror and to an optical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
    Inventors: Sebastian Scheiding, Andreas Gebhardt, Christoph Damm, Michael Scheiding, Stefan Risse
  • Patent number: 8814372
    Abstract: In certain example embodiments, a solar collector system including a plurality of reflectors is provided. Each reflector has a stiffening rib associated therewith and is attached thereto on a side facing away from the sun. At least one area on each stiffening rib is suitable for accommodating a polymer-based adhesive for bonding the rib to a side of the associated reflector facing away from the sun. Each stiffening rib is formed so as to substantially match a contour of the associated reflector. At least two of each rib, the associated reflector, and the adhesive have respective coefficients of thermal expansion within about 50% of one another. Each stiffening rib is sized and positioned on the associated reflector so as to increase an EI value thereof at least about 10 times or to at least about 9,180 pascal meters4. Methods of making the same also are provided in certain example embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Robert A. Vandal, Duane O. Recker
  • Patent number: 8814373
    Abstract: An interior rearview device support assembly having a support member including a connecting end and a pivot end. A rearview device housing defines an internal cavity and includes a socket. The pivot end of the support member is coupled with the socket and is pivotable relative thereto. A sensor device is disposed inside the rearview device housing and is coupled to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Steel, Mark R. Roth, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140233120
    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 SiAl layer may be provided between dielectric layers. 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.
    Inventors: Afonso KRELING, Fabiola Ramos TORRES, Juan BAILLO DE ABREU, Willem DEN BOER, Alexey KRASNOV
  • Publication number: 20140233123
    Abstract: Low drag low noise devices are described herein that use passive jet flow control to reduce the drag and noise created by devices (e.g., motor vehicle side view mirrors) while the devices travel through fluid. The low drag low noise devices described herein comprise a lengthwise axis, an outer body, and an inner body. The outer body and the inner body cooperatively define a channel through which fluid can pass during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Gecheng Zha
  • Patent number: 8807511
    Abstract: A fastening system for add-on parts to vehicles allows the add-on parts to be easily installed and removed. The fastening system includes a connection part that lies against the vehicle and the add-on part, which includes a base. The connection part is designed as a profiled element whose outer surface corresponds to the outer surface of a prism having a cross section of a regular polygon with at least one interior angle deviating from 90°. The base has a trapezoidal groove with opposing surfaces on opposing sides of a base surface that are arranged at an angle from each other. The two opposing surfaces lie flush with wiggle-free engagement against two lateral surfaces of the connection part. A hole extends through the base symmetrically with respect to the groove. A connecting element is inserted through an opening in the base and engages in a receptacle of the connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Mekra Lang GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Rebelein, Achim Schmidt, Werner Lang, Albrecht Popp
  • Publication number: 20140218816
    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: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Ferman
  • Publication number: 20140211473
    Abstract: Each of an optical component, a laser apparatus that includes the optical component and a method for operating the laser apparatus uses a particular reflective material layer located and formed over a substrate at a particular thickness for providing the optical component, the laser apparatus and the method for operating the laser apparatus with sufficient imperviousness to laser filaments under particular energy density fluence considerations. A particular reflective material layer comprises gold or a gold alloy. Other reflective materials may include silver, copper, aluminum and palladium reflective materials and related alloys.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: University of Central Florida Research Foundation Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Weidman, Martin Richardson
  • Publication number: 20140211494
    Abstract: An exterior mirror for a motor vehicle that has a filling funnel for filling at least one liquid container arranged in the motor vehicle. The exterior mirror may have an optical fluid level display. The exterior mirror also includes a flap that is opened to provide access to the filling funnel. The flap may comprise a portion of the outer surface of a housing portion of the exterior mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Tobias DUFFE
  • Publication number: 20140192431
    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: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Eric S. Sloterbeek, Steven G. Hoek, William M. Vanden Bos
  • Patent number: 8770766
    Abstract: A blind spot mirror configured to attach to a face of a side mounted automobile mirror to provide an enhanced view. The blind spot mirror includes a mirror and a mirror housing. The mirror housing includes a plurality of rectangular-column support posts and a plurality of protrusions configured to support the mirror. The blind spot mirror includes a base coupled to a rear surface of the mirror housing. The base includes a flat rear surface configured to couple to a face of a side mounted automobile mirror. The blind spot mirror includes a ball and socket coupling member coupled to the base and the mirror housing. The ball and socket coupling member is configured to functionally pivot the mirror housing about the side mounted automobile mirror. The ball and socket coupling member is disposed substantially off-center on the mirror housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Harry Snegg
  • Patent number: 8770769
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a door mirror for an automobile in which a variation in a gap between a bottom wall of a housing and a pedestal portion of a door-mirror base is eliminated. In this door mirror for an automobile, even if distortion, contraction error or the like occurs in a lower housing after molding, if the frame and the shaft are assembled rotatably with accuracy, since a lower end face of a shaft container portion provided on the frame rotatably connected to the shaft fixed to a pedestal portion of the door-mirror base is in contact with the peripheral edge portion of an opening portion in the inner face of a bottom wall of the lower housing, the housing can be fixed to the frame without an error in the positional relationship between the peripheral edge portion of the opening portion of the lower housing and the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventor: Kentaro Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20140185154
    Abstract: An outside mirror arrangement is provided for a motor vehicle with a mirror, a mirror housing encasing the mirror and with a fastening element, which for the sealing fastening of the mirror housing to a motor vehicle body that includes, but is not limited to at least one seal, on which in a pre-assembly state of the outside mirror arrangement a sealing part is detachably fastened, which prior to fastening the mirror housing to the motor vehicle body can be separately fastened to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Adrian ACKER
  • Patent number: 8764206
    Abstract: Accessories for portable electronic devices that offer a screen for displaying the contents of a display of the portable electronic devices. For an electronic device, the accessory includes a reflective screen with a material such as a beam splitter to re-display the device display and a mechanism to hold the screen above a horizontal surface at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: 360BrandVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Vilardell, Olav Christensen
  • Patent number: 8757820
    Abstract: A vehicle rear viewing device includes a rear under view mirror provided to face an inner surface of a rear windshield and capable of reflecting an area below and behind a vehicle to an occupant in an interior of the vehicle. A marker indicator is to allow the occupant to view the area below and behind the vehicle through the rear under view mirror to visually recognize a position of a rear end of a vehicle body. A rear wiper is provided on a rear part of the vehicle body so as to face an outer surface of the rear windshield. The marker indicator is provided so as to be covered with at least a part of the rear wiper along a front rear direction of the vehicle in front of the rear wiper when the rear wiper is in an initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uematsu, Yuya Kishimoto, Toshihiro Hashimoto, Yuji Kuwashima, Miku Sasaki, Tomoyuki Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8757823
    Abstract: An array of reflective elements in which at least one of the reflective elements is mounted on a mounting which comprises a rod at least partially located within a sleeve. A first end of the rod is fixed to a first end of the sleeve and a second end of the rod is moveable, the sleeve including a first resiliently flexible portion which is configured to bend in order to allow the movement of the second end of the rod to take place, wherein the reflective element is mounted at the first end of the sleeve such that bending of the sleeve causes rotation of the reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Edwin Johan Buis, Gosse Charles De Vries
  • Publication number: 20140168804
    Abstract: A mirror for a mobile phone camera includes a body having a generally planar first side and a second side, a foot disposed on an end of the body having a first side and a second side; and a fastener disposed on the first side of the foot. The second side of the body and the second side of the foot forming a concave angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Alan Rothschild
  • Patent number: 8746904
    Abstract: A seal of an exterior rear view mirror assembly relative to a body part of a motor vehicle is described, which is formed as one piece, and comprises a sealing pad and a sealing grommet integrally molded on the sealing pad. The sealing pad covers at least one section of the surface of a minor base of the exterior rear view minor assembly lying on the bodywork side. The sealing grommet serves for sealing at least one feed-through opening, which is provided on the bodywork side for feed-through of the cable harness of the exterior rear view minor assembly. The sealing grommet is formed as an open hollow body on the free end, which is turned away from the sealing pad. A passage opening is provided for the cable harness at the intersection of the symmetry axis of the hollow body with the sealing pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Andreas Herrmann, Reinhard Koenig
  • Patent number: 8746918
    Abstract: A telescopic flashlight that includes a universally adjustable mirror unit for reflecting the light of the lighting unit over a universal range, which mirror unit is readily and easily attached and detached from the distal end of the flashlight apparatus via a metallic mounting collar that is magnetically retained by means of an annular magnet affixed to the distal end of the apparatus, which mounting collar itself is rotatable relative to the distal end of the flashlight apparatus in order to provide two of the three degrees of freedom on motion of the mirror proper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Rubino
  • Patent number: 8746903
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for assembling two or more mirror plate stacks into a rigid unit in turn comprising a plurality of mirror plates and a base plate onto which the plurality of mirror plates are stacked. To improve assembly accuracy of the mirror plates, a base plate is provided with a first mirror plate mounted thereto, a handling tool is provided with a second mirror plate and a spacer is provided to a first surface of the second mirror plate and positioned to align the second mirror plate with the first mirror plate. This alignment is based on a measured position and shape of the first mirror plate to compensate for a deviation from a pre-defined position and shape. The plates are then attached to each other with the spacer; the handling tool is removed and the position and shape of the second mirror plate is measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: European Space Agency
    Inventor: Marcos Bavdaz
  • Publication number: 20140133042
    Abstract: The present invention includes a convex mirrored surface encased in a housing, which is further attached to a slap band strap. The slap band strap is highly reflective. The mirrored can also display other information, lights or alarms, etc. All surfaces are capable of displaying emergency information, logos, messages, or advertising.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: CyFy Cycle Products LLC
    Inventor: Rex Bird
  • Patent number: 8720845
    Abstract: A wear compensator for a pivoting detent joint comprising a carrier base having a bearing housing and a bearing ring disposed in an interior channel of the bearing housing. A pivot cylinder is carried in the interior channel bearing against the bearing ring. An inner cone slidably carried in a cylinder recess of the pivot cylinder. A biasing element forcing the inner cone into the cylinder recess to biases the cylinder wall against the bearing ring. A support arm pivotally mounted to the bearing housing including a lower pivot block receiving and supporting the pivot cylinder in the interior channel, and an upper pivot block having an arm detent ring engaging a base detent ring carried by the bearing housing. Accordingly, the pivot cylinder rotates on the bearing ring and the arm detent ring rotates on the base detent ring to adjust the position of the support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Emmanuel Courbon, Andreas Enz, Ramesh Noone
  • Patent number: 8714761
    Abstract: A glass carrier plate that includes a front side, a back side and a circumferential edge zone. A mirror plate with a mirror plate front side, a mirror plate back side and a circumferential edge, wherein the mirror plate back side is attached by means of an adhesive layer on the front side of the glass carrier plate. Holding bars extend from the circumferential edge zone of the front side of the glass carrier plate. The holding bars are distributed over the circumferential edge zone and the circumferential edge of the mirror plate engages the holding bars so that the mirror plate is spaced from and positioned over the front side of the glass carrier plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Sebastian Heger, Werner Lang
  • Patent number: 8714759
    Abstract: A connector head carried by the stabilizer arm. A first retaining sidewall and a second retaining sidewall included in the connector head extending outward from the stabilizer arm and defining a longitudinal channel. A plurality of spiked projections carried by at least one of the first and second retaining sidewalls, wherein a point of each spike is directed back towards the stabilizer arm. An elastic block carried in the longitudinal channel so that the spiked projections penetrate the elastic block to hold the elastic block in the longitudinal channel. A receiver having a retention slot cooperating with the connector head to releasably secure the stabilizer arm. A knob projecting upward from a base surface of the retention slot for engaging the elastic block in a friction fit arrangement between the connector head and the retention slot so that the stabilizer arm is releasably secured in the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Andreas Enz