With Support Patents (Class 359/871)
  • Patent number: 8465161
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a reflective element, a bezel portion positioned around the perimeter of the reflective element, and a user input module disposed at the bezel portion. The bezel portion has a recess established at its surface that faces generally toward a driver of a vehicle when the mirror assembly is normally mounted in the vehicle. The user input module is attached to the bezel portion at the recess and is at least partially received in the recess. The user input module includes at least one user input that is actuatable by a user to engage and actuate electronic circuitry of the user input module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Darryl P. DeWind, John T. Uken
  • Publication number: 20130148219
    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: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
  • Publication number: 20130141807
    Abstract: The invention relates to a structure for a cylindrical solar collector, comprising a lattice bar structure (16) with a beam or torque box (1) at the centre thereof, said structure being capable of supporting receivers (2) of any shape and continuous or discontinuous primary reflectors (17, 17?) also of any shape (parabolic, parametric, etc.). The structure can also support a secondary reconcentrator. According to the invention, the torque box (1) is multi-face polyhedron or cylinder that is divided into various sections (3), each of the sections (3) in turn being formed by multiple plates (4). The surrounding triangular lattice structure (16) is formed with L-sections, all of the connections being formed with rivets or the like. The structure comprises multiple hexagonal frames (19) along the length of the torque box (1), surrounding and reinforcing the latter and multiple supports that hold the receiver above the torque box (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Abengoa Solar New Technologies, S.A.
    Inventor: Felix Muñoz Gilabert
  • Publication number: 20130141808
    Abstract: A solar mirror panel (10) has a first sheet-like stiffening member (12) having a reflective surface, a second sheet-like stiffening member (18), and a spacer member (16) of resin bonded wood composite located between the first and second members (12, 16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Keith Malcolm Lovegrove, Gregory Burgess, Joseph Sydney
  • Patent number: 8456612
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus projects a pattern of an original onto a substrate by a projection optical system to expose the substrate, wherein the projection optical system includes a mirror assembly, and the mirror assembly includes a first mirror member which has a first reflecting surface and is configured to bend an optical axis of the projection optical system, a second mirror member which has a second reflecting surface and is configured to bend the optical axis, a supporting mechanism configured to support the first mirror member and the second mirror member, and the supporting mechanism is positioned to position the first mirror member and the second mirror member while a positional relationship between the first mirror member and the second mirror member is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kyoichi Miyazaki, Kiyoshi Fukami
  • Patent number: 8454178
    Abstract: A mirror adapter mounting device formed of a substantially rigid mounting base portion with one surface thereof comprising a wedge-shaped receiver slot, and a different surface thereof comprising a wedge-shaped coupler; a part-spherical ball coupler; and an arm projected from the mounting base portion and presenting the ball coupler adjacent to an end thereof distal from the mounting base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Publication number: 20130134330
    Abstract: A holder device for holding an optical element includes a holder having first and second members to sandwich the optical element therebetween, and a sealing member for creating a seal between the second member and the optical element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Junichi FUJIMOTO, Hidenobu KAMEDA, Osamu WAKABAYASHI, Kouji ASHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20130135477
    Abstract: An accessory mounting system for mounting an electronic device at a windshield of a vehicle includes a bracket. The bracket is configured to mount at an interior surface of the vehicle windshield. The bracket includes an attaching structure configured to attach the bracket at the interior surface of the vehicle windshield. The bracket may include a support frame coupled to an attaching structure and to an adjustable support of an interior rearview mirror assembly. The support frame may have a set off portion set off from the interior surface of the windshield to accommodate an electronic device between the windshield and the set off portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Donnelly Corporation
  • Patent number: 8449126
    Abstract: A rear view mirror for a vehicle has certain asymmetrical aerodynamic features that are combined with construction details that render the assembly invertible for use on either side of the vehicle and easier to install than its prior art counterparts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Ferman, Oliver Clemens Robert Kratzer
  • Patent number: 8449127
    Abstract: An endoscope objective lens includes, in sequence from an object side, a front group which includes a negative first lens having a concave surface faces at image side, a filter, and a positive second lens having a convex surface at the object side and a flat surface or concave surface at the image side; an aperture stop; and a back group which includes a positive third lens having a convex surface at the image side, and a combined lens formed of a plano-convex lens or a biconvex lens and a negative meniscus lens, and satisfies the Conditional Expression (1) and (2): n3>??3/12+5.5,??(1) 2.0>df/Ih>1.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Yuko Katahira
  • Publication number: 20130128333
    Abstract: This invention focuses on electrooptic devices and in particular on electrochromic (EC) devices with many aspects directed towards automotive EC mirrors. This invention improves the visual impact of such devices by employing modifications to the materials and layers so that their refractive index can be changed and/or matched to get this improvement. In addition this also discloses use of in-molded electronic components to reduce the assembly cost of these devices and improve their reliability. Displays can be incorporated in EC mirrors while having reflective coatings on the fourth surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: AJJER LLC
    Inventors: Anoop Agrawal, Juan Carlos L. Tonazzi, John P. Cronin
  • Publication number: 20130120866
    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: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Yu-Feng Huang
  • Patent number: 8439509
    Abstract: Ribbed mirrors allowing heat to be conducted past the glass during optical polish and application of coatings and methods of fabricating same. The method comprises placing a bridge of thermally conductive material in thermal contact with the mirror plate and the supporting rib at the interior angle. The preferred thermally conductive material is room temperature vulcanizing silicone. However, the room temperature vulcanizing silicone can be mixed with a powdered heat conductor such as diamond dust, aluminum oxide and silicon carbide. Alternatively, the thermally conductive fillet can be made from a segment of thermally conductive rigid material, such as copper, diamond, beryllium, silver and aluminum having an exterior angle matching the interior angle and a thermally conductive plastic such as room temperature vulcanizing silicone or thermally conductive grease, silicone or epoxy applied to surfaces of the exterior angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Richard A. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8439510
    Abstract: An apparatus for viewing an oblique forward area of a vehicle whereby light incident from outside a passenger compartment is prevented from reflecting. The apparatus includes a sub-window pane supported by a front pillar and a sub-pillar, a mirror housing of a door mirror for displaying a rear of the vehicle, and a first reflective mirror for displaying an area in front and to one side of the vehicle. The first reflective mirror is provided to the mirror housing. The apparatus also includes a second reflective mirror for reflecting the light reflected by the first reflective mirror toward a driver. The sub-window pane is disposed further toward the outside in a vehicle widthwise direction than a line passing over cross-sectional vehicle-widthwise direction centers of the front pillar and the sub-pillar. An outside edge of the second reflective mirror is positioned in the vicinity of the sub-window pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uematsu, Yuya Kishimoto, Norio Mugikura, Tomoaki Hosobe, Shirena Takai, Ryosuke Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20130107384
    Abstract: A mirror mounting assembly for mounting a mirror on a vehicle bulkhead. The assembly includes a mirror element and a main support arm having a first end and a second end. The mirror element is connected to the first end of the main support arm. The second end of the main support arm is mountable to the vehicle. A pair of brackets are configured to conform to an engine bay side wall of the vehicle. Each bracket has a center portion and two laterally extending flanges that extend at an angle from the center portion in opposite directions. One of the flanges of each bracket is connectable to the bulkhead of the vehicle in the engine bay. A first additional support arm has a first end connected to a first one of the brackets and a second end connected to the main support arm. A second additional support arm has a first end connected to the main support arm and a second end connectable to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventor: ROSCO, INC.
  • Patent number: 8422132
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention provide an integrated planar polarizing device and methods of fabrication. The device, in the order of incidence along an optical path of an incident light beam from back position to front position, comprises a planar array of micro mirrors, a quarter wave retarder film and a reflective polarization plate. The micro mirrors are regularly spaced-apart in an identical tilted angle ? relative to a base plane. The quarter wave retarder film is positioned between the micro mirrors and the reflective polarization plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Shanghai Lexvu Opto Microelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Herb He Huang
  • Publication number: 20130088884
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror reflective element, a front mirror casing portion configured to receive the mirror reflective element, a rear mirror casing and a mirror backplate. The mirror backplate includes a generally planar attachment portion for attaching at a rear surface of the mirror reflective element and includes a perimeter flange circumscribing a perimeter of the generally planar attachment portion. The perimeter flange is partially received in the rear mirror casing portion and partially received in the front mirror casing portion, and the perimeter flange couples the front and rear mirror casing portions to the mirror backplate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
  • Patent number: 8414137
    Abstract: An inside rearview mirror bracket for a windscreen includes a pad portion configured to attach to an interior of the windscreen. A bridge portion is formed as a single piece with the pad portion, and a tunnel is defined by the bridge portion and the pad portion. The mirror bracket includes a mirror receptacle formed as a single piece with the bridge portion opposite the tunnel. The mirror receptacle is configured to receive a rearview mirror. A sensor member may be configured to substantially fill the tunnel, such that the sensor member is disposed intermediate the bridge portion and the windscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Quinn, Nicholas P. Nagrant, Eric A. Watterworth, Dennis B. Kazensky, Mark M. Hadley, Thomas D. Hagen
  • Patent number: 8408269
    Abstract: An applicator suitable for converting a white-light endoscope into an endoscope for combined white-light/fluorescence imaging is disclosed. The applicator facilitates attachment of an optical element, for example an optical filter, to a distal optical port of an endoscope. The applicator engages with alignment feature on the endoscope's distal end and releasably supports the optical element in an opening that is aligned with the optical port. The optical element is released in a proximal direction by pressing down on an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Novadaq Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Fengler, John Senger, Gary Jenne
  • Publication number: 20130076904
    Abstract: A vehicular accessory mounting system includes a structure adhesively attached at a region of an interior surface of the vehicle windshield. The structure is configured to accommodate an accessory. A light absorbing layer at the region of the interior surface of the vehicle windshield at least partially hides the structure from view by a viewer, who is external the vehicle, viewing through the windshield. The accessory views through a light transmitting portion of the light absorbing layer and through the windshield to the exterior of the vehicle when the structure is attached at the region of the interior surface of the windshield and when the accessory is accommodated thereat. The structure may include a mirror assembly mount button and the mirror assembly mount button may be configured to be received by a mirror mount of an interior rearview mirror assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventor: DONNELLY CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8403507
    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 molding 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: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Lourdes Cortez Ruiz
  • Publication number: 20130070357
    Abstract: A covering member appropriately covers an opening hole in a accommodating body. In a vehicle door minor 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: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Kazuhiro SAWADA, Hiroyuki Muto
  • Patent number: 8393743
    Abstract: A rear-view mirror with foam-backed door seal is presented that fills the space between mirror base and vehicle with a foam in a simple way upon its being mounted to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Andreas Herrmann
  • Publication number: 20130050862
    Abstract: A mirror device may include: a mirror including a base plate, a reflective film on a first surface of the base plate, and a plurality of first protrusions on a second surface of the base plate; a plurality of support parts for respectively supporting the plurality of the first protrusions, each support part having a groove formed therein for guiding the first protrusion; and a plurality of clamps for respectively pressing the plurality of the first protrusions against the respective grooves in the plurality of the support parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: GIGAPHOTON INC
    Inventors: Hiroshi Someya, Yukio Watanabe, Katsuhiko Wakana, Osamu Wakabayashi
  • Publication number: 20130050861
    Abstract: The present invention provides an engagement assembly for connecting a reflector and a connecting rod. The engagement assembly has a fixing base and a fixing plate. The fixing base has a head accommodating room for holding a head portion of the connecting rod and a plate retaining space formed between two protrusion rings. The fixing plate is mounted in the plate retaining space and has a position-limiting portion and two fixing portions. The position-limiting portion has a through hole for inserting the head portion and at least two tongues. The tongues are mounted on an inner edge of the through hole for clamping the head portion of the connecting rod that has entered the head accommodating room. The engagement assembly provides a strong linking structure for the reflector and the connecting rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: T.Y.C. Brother Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: CHENG-KANG TSAI, Jin-hua Wu, Fu-chi Shieh
  • Patent number: 8366063
    Abstract: A method of locking of and a directionally adjustable mount including a first plate arranged to stabilize an anisotropic device, a second plate arranged to engage the first plate and provide a support, a second supporting member arranged to engage the second plate and to rollably support the first plate so as to define a local spacing between the plates, and a first supporting member arranged to have a first axis of symmetry and to contact the first plate and engage the second supporting member. In a locked position, the supporting members are arranged coaxially regarding the axis of symmetry, such that a sum of a positioning force applied by the first supporting member and a locking force applied by the second supporting member upon the first plate substantially vanishes, so that a resulting local moment of force oriented to deform the at least one first plate also substantially vanishes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sigma Space Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Christopher Cargo, Wayne Dennis Eklund
  • Publication number: 20130027796
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring force to a frame of a solar mirror array. The frame has at least one structural element. The apparatus includes a torque plate. The apparatus includes at least one node attached to and in contact with the plate which connects with the structural clement. An apparatus for attaching a primary solar mirror frame array with a secondary mirror frame array. A solar trough frame for holding solar mirrors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Craig Roy Werner, John Funai, Nicholas Palladino
  • Publication number: 20130027795
    Abstract: A method is disclosed of fabricating a mirror for use in limited rotation motor systems, said method comprising the steps of providing a mirror structure including at least one wall section, and exposing the at least one wall section to a fluid etching agent to thereby provide chemical milling of the mirror structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: GSI GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventor: David C. Brown
  • Patent number: 8360587
    Abstract: Methods and system for providing concealing camouflage of a position, hunter or observer using a shield or enclosure with a reflective exterior having exterior sides inclined towards the horizontal and observation portions of two-way mirror material. The shield or enclosures may be of any shape and may be of rigid sides permanently affixed to a frame, or be provided as collapsible or pop-up enclosures using temporary attachments and frames or poles. The enclosures may be entirely of two-way material. The reflective material may be mirror glass, any clear material treated on one surface with mirror coatings, or metalized cloth or film, including metalized polyester. A roof may be provided as non-reflective or reflective and may be flat or dome shaped. Two-way mirrored observation ports that open and close may be provided in any shape or position. The enclosure may conceal a boat, raft, or vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: Roger Lewis, Jr., Roger Lewis, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20130020511
    Abstract: A mirror includes a mirror base provided with a flow channel through which a heat medium passes for cooling the mirror. The flow channel includes a buffer tank portion for adjusting a flow rate of the heat medium in the flow channel. A reflective film is provided on the mirror base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: GIGAPHOTON INC
    Inventors: Hidenobu Kameda, Osamu Wakabayashi
  • Publication number: 20130000692
    Abstract: A mirror module may include a front plate, a rear plate and a support structure between the front plate and the rear plate. The support structure includes a carrier mesh and multiple tile elements secured to the carrier mesh. The carrier mesh is prefabricated to mount tile elements. During the fabrication of the mirror module, the carrier mesh with tile elements is secured onto the front or rear plate and then secured to the other remaining plate. The mirror module is shaped by assembling the plates and the carrier mesh on a shaping tool or placing the assembled mirror module on a shaping tool. The tile elements may be made of the same material as the front plate or the rear plate to reduce stress on the front plate or rear plate due to temperature fluctuation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jonathan P. Switkes
  • Publication number: 20130003205
    Abstract: A mirror module including one or more rib elements made of the same materials as a rear plate and/or front plate. The rib elements are placed between the rear glass plate and the front glass plate to afford rigidity to the mirror module. Since the rib elements are made of the same materials as the rear plate and/or front plate, the rib elements have the same or similar coefficients of thermal expansion as the rear plate or the front plate. Consequently, when the mirror module is subject to temperature fluctuation, the rib elements exert less stress on the glass plates compared to structure elements made of the materials different from the rear or front glass plate. The rib elements may also be integrated with the rear plate to simplify the process for manufacturing the mirror module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Robert A. Proudfoot, David K. Fork, Jonathan P. Switkes
  • Patent number: 8342702
    Abstract: A mount structure of a vehicle door mirror on a side door, the side door including: a door body having an outer panel and an inner panel which are joined together; and a door sash provided at an upper part of the door body so as to form an outer frame of the door body, wherein a door mirror mounting unit which mounts the door mirror is provided at an upper edge of the door body and at a vehicle front side of the door sash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Ohe
  • Publication number: 20120327526
    Abstract: A gore assembly is provided which is made from at least two metal panels. The metal panels comprise downturned flanges along opposing radial edges. The flanges point away from an A-surface of the gore assembly and face a B-surface. The panels are fastened to each other along the flanges on the radial edges. In addition, the gore assembly includes further metal reinforcement members fastened to the B-surface of the gore assembly to provide additional structural support to the gore assembly. Moreover, local attachment brackets can be fastened to the panel reinforcement members for further structural support and for mounting the gore assembly to a chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Alan Reich, Gianfranco Gabbianelli
  • Publication number: 20120320469
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly has a mirror support and a mirror plate fitted on said support and a rear cover enclosing the sides and back of the mirror support and the attached plate. The rear cover is attachable to the mirror support and is able to be securely fastened to the mirror support by a screw threaded fastener accessed from the front of the mirror assembly without removal of the mirror plate. This solves the problem of maintaining the aerodynamic surface of the rear cover and yet having it securely fastened without the need to remove the mirror plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Ferman
  • Publication number: 20120314289
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an optical device assembly is provided. The optical device includes a housing with a moisture-resistant sealed cylindrical cavity in which first and second optical surfaces are optically coupled, the first optical surface being disposed on a first optical element that is within a first end of the cylindrical cavity and the second optical surface being disposed on a second optical element that is within a second end of the cylindrical cavity that is opposite the first end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Peter G. Wigley, Mark A. Summa, Eric T. Green, Gary G. Fang
  • Publication number: 20120305776
    Abstract: A light path adjusting assembly includes a supporting component and a light path adjusting component. The supporting component includes a mounting portion, a light transmission portion and a connecting portion. The light transmission portion faces to the mounting portion. The connecting portion is located between and is connected to the mounting portion and the light transmission portion, thereby forming a receiving space between the mounting portion and the light transmission portion. The light path adjusting component is disposed in the receiving space. An optical touch device using the light path adjusting assembly is also provided. The light path adjusting assembly and the optical touch device have a simple manufacturing process and a high production yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: HUNG-CHING LAI, Cheng-Nan Tsai
  • Publication number: 20120307387
    Abstract: A mirror head releasably fastened to a support structure, whereby the mirror head has at least one recess complementary to the support structure, into which the support structure or a partial segment of support structure is inserted and which is secured by means of a fastening device. Matching surface segments are formed in at least one recess and the corresponding surface segment of the support structure, and the fastening device is formed as an elastic component that pre-stresses ratchet surfaces in the recess and on support structure into interlocking engagement. The support structure ratchet surface may be formed on a separate locking component with a surface that at least partially matches the surface contour of the support structure, where the position of the locking component relative to the support structure can be fixed in its circumferential and axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Werner Lang, Albrecht Popp, Stefan Centmayer, Ralf Wattenbach
  • Publication number: 20120287215
    Abstract: Structures for radiant dryer units of a printer. A radiant dryer unit includes a reflector element that reflects light waves from a light source back towards a printable medium to dry ink printed on the medium. The reflector element includes a plurality of modular sections. Each modular section includes a base portion having a reflective surface, and includes legs that protrude from an opposing surface of the base portion. The modular sections are affixed to one another so that the reflective surfaces of the modular sections form an aggregate reflective surface that faces toward the light source of the radiant dryer unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Stuart J. Boland, Scott Johnson, Zhenbi Su, Casey E. Walker
  • Patent number: 8297584
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has an exterior rearview mirror, which is fixed to a vehicle door by a mirror baseplate. An opening, through which the mirror baseplate engages, is provided in an outer skin of the vehicle door, and the mirror baseplate is secured by a multi-point support and a central attachment screw. The mirror baseplate contains, at its free end, a conical attachment which engages in an opening of a door shaft reinforcement, formed as an extruded profile part, a hollow profile part, or a profiled sheet-stamped part, of the vehicle door, as a result of which the exterior rearview mirror is pre-positioned in a positionally correct fashion in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The mirror baseplate is additionally supported on the door shaft reinforcement by a five-point support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marcus Mueller, Gabi Koerner
  • Patent number: 8297764
    Abstract: A reflective sheet includes a first reflective layer and a second reflective layer. The first reflective layer has a first index of refraction, and the second reflective layer has a second index of refraction. The first reflective layer and the second reflective layer are in contact with each other to form a contact interface, and the first index of refraction is different from the second index of refraction so as to make the contact interface be a reflective surface. A top surface of the first reflective layer opposite the contact interface serves as a light incident surface for the reflective sheet, the reflectance of the first reflective layer is larger than the reflectance of the second reflective layer, and the mechanical strength of the second reflective layer is larger than the mechanical strength of the first reflective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Hua-Te Feng, Ping-Feng Hwang, Lin-Chu Weng
  • Publication number: 20120243113
    Abstract: The hybrid cool roof has a near horizontal solar reflecting surface, and a second esthetic surface, which is angled to the street view. The esthetic surface gives the hybrid cool roof the appearance of a conventional roof when viewed from street level, giving the roof a decorative appearance while having the cooling cost functionality of a conventional cool roof. At times when the sun angle is low in the sky, such as wintertime, the hybrid cool roof is able to absorb solar radiation, lowering heating costs. Thus, the hybrid cool roof has an ideal combination of the function and appearance of conventional cool roofs and traditional roofs, while mitigating the disadvantages of both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Marc Jensen
  • Patent number: 8272753
    Abstract: An indicator-integrated rearview mirror for a vehicle in which the number of components are reduced to simplify and lighten the structure thereof. A housing of a rearview mirror is divided into two of a front housing and a rear housing which are made of resin, an indicator system is supported by the front housing, and a mirror part is supported by the rear housing. Both housings are attached to each other by engagement of locking pawls with locking holes. A spherical-shaped engaging part supports the mirror part while the angle thereof can be adjusted. The rear housing is configured by integrally forming an accommodation part for the mirror part and an attachment stay part attached to the vehicle body-side, and the front housing is configured by integrally forming an accommodation part for the indicator system and a cover for covering the attachment stay part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kitajima, Masanori Nakamura, Ryohei Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20120236387
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improved electro-optic rearview mirror elements and assemblies incorporating the same. Area of the effective field of view of the electro-optic mirror element substantially equals to that defined by the outermost perimeter of the element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark D. Bugno, William L. Tonar, George A. Neuman, Danny L. Minikey, JR., John S. Anderson, David L. Poll, Joel A. Stray, Bradley L. Busscher, Kenton J. Ypma
  • Patent number: 8267534
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a bracket fixedly secured to the vehicle, a mirror casing secured to the bracket and defining a primary opening, and a single mirror support movably secured within the mirror casing disposed adjacent the primary opening. A primary mirror is fixedly secured to the single mirror support and disposed within the primary opening for providing a view rearward of the vehicle through a primary field of view, and a spotting mirror is fixedly secured to the single mirror support and disposed adjacent the primary mirror. The spotting mirror is defined by a single radius of curvature differing from the primary mirror such that the spotting mirror provides a second field of view rearward of the vehicle, such that the first field of view of the primary mirror overlaps the second field of view of the spotting mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Publication number: 20120229882
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview assembly with a mirror element having a curved or rounded edge on the first surface that is fully observable from the front of the assembly, a complex peripheral ring, and a user interface with switches and sensors that activate and configure pre-defined function(s) or device(s) of the assembly in response to the user input applied to the user interface. The mirror element is supported by a hybrid carrier co-molded of at least two materials, a portion of which is compressible between the housing shell and an edge of the mirror element. The peripheral ring may include multiple bands. Electrical communications between the electronic circuitry, the mirror element, and the user interface utilize connectors configured to exert a low contact force, onto the mirror element, limited in part by the strength of adhesive affixing the EC element to an element of the housing of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard T. Fish, JR., Danny L. Minikey, JR., Mark R. Roth, David J. Cammenga, George A. Neuman, William L. Tonar, Gary J. Dozeman, Joel A. Stray
  • Publication number: 20120226146
    Abstract: A marker for marking the location of an internal area in the human body comprising a cap unit, and at least one attachment unit affixed to the cap unit, the at least one attachment unit capable of piercing a surface of a region in response to a vertical force applied to the cap unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Jeremy Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8258433
    Abstract: A vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly includes an electro-optic reflective element, a photo sensor and a light concentrator. The electro-optic reflective element has a front substrate with a first surface and a transparent second surface electrically conductive coating disposed on a second surface, and the electro-optic reflective element has a rear substrate with a third surface transflective metallic reflector disposed at a third surface thereof. The photo sensor is disposed behind a fourth surface of the rear substrate and operable to detect light passing through the transflective metallic reflector and the electro-optic reflective medium disposed between the second and third surfaces. The light concentrator is disposed between the photo sensor and the fourth surface of the rear substrate, and the light concentrator receives light passing through the transflective metallic reflector of the electro-optic reflective element and concentrates light onto a light sensing surface of the photo sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Donald C. Byers, Hamid Habibi, Niall R. Lynam, Ian A. McCabe
  • Patent number: 8256912
    Abstract: The present high positioning reproducible mirror-actuator interface disclosed herein overcomes the deficiencies associated with conventional interface systems and offer a number of advantages that are disclosed herein. Generally, the mirror mounts provide a reliable and robust interface between the mirrors and actuators, that serve to move and position the mirrors, as wells as providing an interface between the mirrors and gravity compensator pins. The mirror mount is characterized as having a body that has an outer peripheral wall that includes a plurality of flexible elements around the perimeter of the body, each having a high stiffness in plane and a high flexibility out of plane. The body is open at the first end to allow flexing of the flexible elements. The flexible elements providing a direct coupling interface between the mirror mount and the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Herman M. J. R. Soemers, Franciskus Hendrikus van Deuren, Hendrik Dirk Visser, Sander C. Broers
  • Publication number: 20120218652
    Abstract: A described embodiment provides a technology for concentrating or focusing electromagnetic energy to an arbitrary desired spatial distribution, utilizing a rotatable base, a plurality of mirrors mounted to the rotatable base, and an optical receiver that is moveable in an azimuth path relative to the plurality of mirrors. A described embodiment can comprise a driver for rotating the base and a adjusting linkage that connects the plurality of mirrors so that they track in a coordinated fashion. Another embodiment comprises an optical positioning assembly on which each mirror is mounted. An optical positioning assembly adjusts each mirror to the sun's altitude and the location for the optical receiver. This assembly is connected to the adjusting linkage so that a single driver can move all the mirrors if desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: PEAK FLUX, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley R. Stone, Steven J. Stone, Kraig H.L. Hoekstra, Cameron M. Wyatt