With Support Patents (Class 359/871)
  • Publication number: 20120218654
    Abstract: An improved mount for, and method of mounting, an optical structure having a grooved/relieved protruding member is provided. The mount may have the grooved/relieved protruding member extending from a surface of the optical structure, a base element 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 grooved/relieved 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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: PLX, Inc.
    Inventors: Zvi Bleier, Itai Vishnia
  • Publication number: 20120218655
    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: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Steel, Mark R. Roth, Danny L. Minikey, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120212845
    Abstract: In accordance with certain embodiments of the present disclosure, a mirror assembly for a vehicle is described. The mirror assembly includes a first curved wall, a second curved wall, a bottom portion, and a top portion. The first curved wall and second curved wall each extend from the bottom portion to the top portion and are joined to one another along a respective first side of each of the first curved wall and the second curved wall. The first curved wall, second curved wall, bottom portion, and top portion define an area comprising a reflecting surface. Each respective second side of each of the first curved wall and the second curved wall extends beyond the plane defined by the area and assists in a reduction in drag when fluid flow contacts the mirror assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen Alfred Wulff, Michael Lorenzo Henderson
  • Publication number: 20120206827
    Abstract: To avoid wind noises and to reduce soiling of mirror glass during travel in the rain, the exterior rear view mirror for a motor vehicle has a droplet channel in a first circumferential region of the mirror housing that includes the housing top and a separation edge in a second circumferential region on the housing bottom. The droplet channel and the separation edge overlap in a lateral region. Rain droplets that strike the mirror housing during travel flow both on the bottom housing side and on the top housing side toward the rear edge of the housing. Water droplets flowing on the bottom are collected by the separation edge and are blown away by the air flow which is directed down at the separation edge. On the housing top side, the droplets are collected by the droplet channel and conducted away laterally toward the housing bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Wolf, Gabi Koerner, Marcus Mueller
  • Publication number: 20120194795
    Abstract: An optical element has at least one additional element fitted thereon which dissipates the vibrational energy of the optical element by friction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH
    Inventors: Johannes Rau, Armin Schoeppach, Bernhard Geuppert
  • Publication number: 20120188662
    Abstract: In a vehicle door mirror device, a base is attached to a door and covered with a base cover. A gasket is disposed on a door panel of the base cover, a seal portion of the gasket seals a gap between a lower side end of the base cover and the door panel. The seal portion is extended from the gasket toward the base cover side. Therefore, even if a dimension of the gap between the lower side end of the base cover and the door panel varies, the lower side end of the seal portion can be suppressed from being separated from an outer periphery of the base cover toward the inner side, the base cover can be suppressed from looking floating from the door panel, and appearance of the gap between the lower side end of the base cover and the door panel can be improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Takehiro HAMADA, Masami KATO, Masatsugu OHASHI, Masao AYABE, Yasunori HIROSAWA
  • Publication number: 20120182636
    Abstract: A monolithic substrate of glass or glass ceramics and methods for manufacturing are provided, where the substrate has a lightweight structure. The lightweight structure includes recesses that are delimited by webs, such webs forming tetragonal or four-corner-shaped pockets. Due to the lightweight structure, the weight of the substrate can be significantly reduced, and at the same time a high rigidity can be ensured. The substrate can be used as a mirror support or a mirror and can be employed terrestrially and/or extra-terrestrially.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Volker Seibert, Martin Schaefer, Thomas Westerhoff, Ralf Reiter, Ralf Jedamzik
  • Publication number: 20120182533
    Abstract: An optical arrangement includes at least one optical element and a support element for the optical element. The optical element and the support element are connected together by way of at least three decoupling elements. The decoupling elements are formed monolithically with the optical element and with the support element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH
    Inventors: Armin Schoeppach, Hans-Juergen Mann, Frank Eisert, Yim-Bun Patrick Kwan
  • Publication number: 20120182637
    Abstract: A system for connecting two components in a vehicle mirror assembly is provided A first connecting member includes a tubular flange member, with a first contact surface and a first groove being provided inside the flange member. A second connecting member includes a mounting member adapted to be introduced with play into the tubular flange member, with the mounting member comprising a base body. On the base body a first retaining boss for engagement in the first groove and a guide surface arranged behind the retaining boss are provided, with the guide surface being associated to the first contact surface and inclined relative to the latter. A clamping means passes through the flange member and, when actuated, presses against a first pressure surface on the base body so that the inclined guide surface presses against the first contact surface, to thus jam the mounting member inside the flange member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Richard REIMCHEN, Jochen DENKFELDER, Albrecht POPP
  • Publication number: 20120176696
    Abstract: Efficiently suppressing chatter of a mirror face of a mirror. In a vehicle door mirror device, a case is disposed at a back face side of a mirror, a substrate unit is accommodated in the case, gap between the mirror and the case is sealed by sealing agent, thereby sealing the substrate unit. The holder, the case and the sealing agent are integrated together. A press contact tab is integrally provided to a housing box of the holder such that the press contact tab makes press contact with an anti-vibration pillar. The supporting rigidity to the mirror at the position of the substrate unit can accordingly be efficiently raised, vibration of the mirror due to the substrate unit can be efficiently suppressed, and chatter of a mirror face of the mirror can be efficiently suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Masatsugu OHASHI, Takashi ICHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 8215781
    Abstract: In a mirror for an automobile, the adoption of resin mirror body to a mirror plate can decrease the weight of the mirror body, and the mirror plate is fixed onto a mirror holder through the welding. Therefore, this eliminates the usage of both-sided adhesive tape or adhesive agent, makes assembly processes less complicated, and thus the reduction in production cost is achieved. Furthermore, since the mirror plate can be fixed onto the mirror holder firmly and strongly even when the mirror plate is not pressed strongly to the mirror holder, excessive load on the mirror holder or the mirror plate becomes avoided. In addition, at the time of the production stage, some dimensional variation in the edge part of the mirror holder or the peripheral edge of the mirror plate becomes easily acceptable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventors: Fumitaka Kitagawa, Akira Fukai
  • Patent number: 8215702
    Abstract: In the case of a vehicle door with an inside door part and an outside door part which are connected to an inner and outer door shaft reinforcing device, a mirror base of a vehicle exterior rearview mirror is held at a corner of the door. The mirror base is supported on a reinforcing element arranged within the vehicle door. The reinforcing element is arranged between a support of the outer door shaft reinforcing device and a further support of the inner door shaft reinforcing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Gerald Eckart
  • Patent number: 8218014
    Abstract: Briefly, in accordance with one or more embodiments, a scanner for a scanned beam display may comprise a scanning platform having a mirror disposed thereon to reflect a beam of light impinging on the mirror, a drive coil disposed on the scanning platform to scan the reflected beam of light in response to a drive current applied to the drive coil. The drive coil has coil winding segments having a narrower width in one or more regions of the drive coil, and has coil winding segments having a greater width in one or more other regions of the drive coil to provide a the drive coil with a reduced electrical resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason B. Tauscher, Dean R. Brown, Matthew Ellis, Wyatt O. Davis, Mark P. Helsel
  • Publication number: 20120170146
    Abstract: A joint portion (11) is provided to an upper case (3) of a mirror unit tilting mechanism (1) so as to protrude therefrom. A fitting portion (21) is formed on a pivot plate (5) side so as to correspond to the joint portion (11). The joint portion (11) is formed into a hollow hemisphere shape. A support shaft (13) is provided upright at a center portion of an outer wall (12), and a spherical portion (12b) is formed in the outer wall (12). The fitting portion (21) has a hollow hemisphere dome shape and includes a spherical side wall portion (22) and a ceiling portion (23) which has a wave shape in cross section. The fitting portion (21) is lightly press-fitted to the joint portion (11) through one-touch insertion operation. The fitting portion (21) and the joint portion (11) are swingably connected to each other under a state in which curved surfaces of the spherical portion (12b) and the side wall portion (22) are held in contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Masaru Chino, Osamu Ichikawa, Yukinori Suto, Yoshitaka Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20120170145
    Abstract: A mirror assembly for reducing a blind spot associated with an exterior mounted side view mirror of a vehicle is provided. The mirror assembly includes a mount assembly configured for being received about an interior intersection of the A-pillar and the door panel of the vehicle. The mirror assembly also has a mirror carried by the mount assembly and positioned within a sightline defined when the operator is viewing the exterior mounted side view mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Jaehyong Kim
  • Patent number: 8210692
    Abstract: A mirror unit of the present invention includes a base member constituted of an upper plate portion, a lower plate portion, a connecting portion connecting the upper plate portion and the lower plate portion, and wall portions. A mirror holder for holding a mirror is pivotally supported between the upper plate portion and the lower plate portion. A recess is formed in the wall portions. An adjuster is mounted in the recess. Screw holes extend through the recess, and adjusting screws are engaged in the screw holes. Lifting amounts of plate portions of the adjuster can be adjusted by the adjusting screws. The tilt angle of the mirror is adjusted so that the mirror is properly tilted with respect to a light flux from either one of two lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taichi Yoshimura, Naoya Ishida
  • Publication number: 20120154943
    Abstract: An apparatus to practice proper dental hygiene is disclosed. The apparatus comprises (a) a base support, (b) an adjustable shaft extending upward substantially perpendicular to the base support, and (c) a console board substantially horizontal to the base support, wherein the console board comprises a plurality of designated areas. A method to practice proper dental hygiene is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Marrio Rhodan Thomas
  • Patent number: 8201954
    Abstract: A mirror assembly for a carbon dioxide (CO2) slab laser resonator includes a center section having a rectangular cross-section and a pair of thermal balancing bars. A concave reflecting surface formed on a front edge of a center section. The side-bars are attached to either side of the center section and extend forward of the reflective surface. Dimensions of the center section and side bars are selected to position the thermal neutral plane of the assembly close to the reflective surface. This minimizes changes the radius of curvature of the reflective surface due to heating by circulating radiation in the resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Coherent, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Papanide, Leon A. Newman, Lanny Laughman
  • Patent number: 8201305
    Abstract: A hinge construction, suitable for a wing mirror unit for a motor vehicle, includes a first hinge part configured for mounting on the motor vehicle and a second hinge part, pivotably connected with the first hinge part via a base shaft. The second hinge part is configured to support a mirror support. In an embodiment, the base shaft is translatably connected with one of the hinge parts, the other hinge part is arranged pivotably about the base shaft, and the hinge parts cooperate via a track guide, which causes the hinge parts upon pivoting to rotate relative to each other, and a straight guide, which cases the hinge parts upon pivoting to translate relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Frits Brouwer, Paulus Gerardus Maria van Stiphout
  • Patent number: 8201800
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly comprises a two-ball connector having at least one pivot ball thereon, a receiver having a plurality of fingers defining a ball receiving area, and a spring forming a circle. The spring is placed around the fingers of the receiver and the at least one pivot ball is placed into the ball receiving area of the receiver. The two-ball connector can be made of a high strength material and formed on a screw machine. The receiver does not experience a weight loss changing the torque force between ?40° Celsius and 85° Celsius, thereby substantially maintaining the torque force at a substantially constant level between ?40° Celsius and 85° Celsius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Filipiak
  • Publication number: 20120120118
    Abstract: LED devices includes a lead frame having a reflector cup with a round bottom surface and a wall surface having a variable inclination with respect to the bottom surface and defining an opening at an upper end thereof. An LED is mounted on the bottom surface of the reflector cup, and an LED module includes first and second LED device that emit different colors. The first and second LED devices have substantially matched far field patterns in a first and second direction, where a first viewing angle in the first direction is less than about 99°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Chi Keung Chan, Zhi Kuan Zhang, Xiang Fei, Hao Liu, Ju Zuo Sheng, David Todd Emerson
  • Publication number: 20120105990
    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: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles R. Quinn, Nicholas P. Nagrant, Eric A. Watterworth, Dennis B. Kazensky, Mark M. Hadley, Thomas D. Hagen
  • Patent number: 8169684
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Mark D. Bugno, William L. Tonar, George A. Neuman, Danny L. Minikey, Jr., John S. Anderson, Mark R. Roth, Nigel T. Lock, Spencer D. Reese
  • Patent number: 8152124
    Abstract: An adjustable support arm for a vehicle exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising a holder base adapted for mounting to the vehicle; a holder pivotally carried on the holder base; a pivot control unit included in the holder for engaging the holder base to resist rotation of the holder on the holder base; the pivot control unit including: a compression spring disposed within a retainer opening of the holder; a bushing carried on the compression spring for engaging a bearing surface in the retainer opening; and, a retainer carried in the retainer opening and coupled to the holder base to retain the compression spring and the bushing in the retainer opening, wherein the retainer is constructed and arranged to direct the bushing laterally against the bearing surface and the compression spring biases the bushing against the retainer in sliding engagement to resist rotation of the holder on the holder base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Dean Branham
  • Publication number: 20120081808
    Abstract: Disclosed are a novel beam guiding bellows for laser cutting machine, and a method of manufacturing the beam guiding bellows for laser cutting machine, which no longer need a process of placing any special plates such as reflective plates, therefore enabling manufacturing in a shorter time at low costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Norio Nagai, Yoshio Nishida
  • Publication number: 20120081756
    Abstract: A mirror support device arranged in both ends of a stick-like mirror for holding the mirror including an inner side plate, comprising a mirror insertion opening formed in the inner side plate, the mirror insertion opening for inserting an end of a mirror; an outer side plate connected to the inner side plate, comprising: a mirror stopper plate for regulating positions of a right and a left end face of the mirror inserted into the mirror insertion opening; and a clip hole, the mirror stopper plate and the clip hole being formed in the outer side plate; and a clip for fixing the mirror, the clip being inserted into the clip hole from a same direction as inserting direction of the mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: NAMIE SUGIYAMA
  • Patent number: 8147076
    Abstract: An object is to provide a solar ray lighting device which is capable of reducing the blocking and the shadowing of beams of light reflected by heliostats and which is capable of fixing firmly and stably a heavy and large-sized center reflector. In a beam-down type solar ray lighting device, at least three supporting blocks are assembled together to form a pyramidal shape. In addition, an outer circumferential edge of the center reflector is fixed to the supporting posts so that the outer circumferential edge of the center reflector can internally touch the supporting posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Ezawa, Hiroo Inoue, Takashi Kawaguchi, Yuzuru Hamada
  • Publication number: 20120069444
    Abstract: This invention relates to mirror assemblies for vehicles and in particular to interior rearview minor assemblies having touch screen inputs corresponding to elements representing a symbol. The symbols are located behind a reflective element and not visible until activated by selection of the corresponding input or other means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Douglas C. Campbell, Rodger William Eich
  • Publication number: 20120069464
    Abstract: Provided is a large scale light shielding device and a light shielding method for controlling weather. A light shielding device 1 includes a shielding member 11 that shields a part or all of spectrums of sunlight, a buoyant force imparting unit 13 having buoyant members 41, and a drive mechanism 15. The shielding member 11 includes, in order to shield the part or all of the spectrums of the sunlight, a light shielding unit 35 and a light transmitting unit 37. The drive mechanism 15 includes a driving unit 21 that settles or changes a position of the light shielding device 1, and a controlling unit 25 for the driving unit 21. Buoyant force is produced by the buoyant members 41, and imparted to the light shielding device 1 in a direction opposite of gravity due to an own weight of the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Hideyo Murakami
  • Publication number: 20120049583
    Abstract: A wire harness guide for accurate placement of a wire harness onto a component and protection of the wire harness from rubbing against a surface in near proximity thereof is provided. The wire harness guide can include an elongated bracket having a channel portion extending along a length of the bracket, the channel portion located between an upper flange and a lower flange. The upper flange can extend along at least a portion of the elongated bracket, as can the lower flange. A side wall can extend between the upper flange and the lower flange and a bend extending transversely across the elongated bracket can be present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Marta Ann Fabiilli
  • Publication number: 20120050900
    Abstract: A device aids the visual alignment of a ball on a hitch at the rear of a towing vehicle to a ball receiving socket on a tongue of a trailer. The device has a one-piece elongated member. The elongated member has a first end with a first flattened portion adjacent thereto and a second end with a second flattened portion adjacent thereto. The elongated member has a bend therein located between the two flattened portions. Two suction cups are attached to the first flattened portion of the elongated member. A mirror is attached to the second flattened portion of the elongated member. In a preferred embodiment each of the suction cups is associated with a stabilizer member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: GSD DIVERSIFIED, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Howard Heling, Glen Clark Allan
  • Publication number: 20120038964
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror casing, a reflective element and a mounting assembly for adjustably mounting the mirror assembly at a portion of the equipped vehicle. The reflective element has a front surface and a rear surface and a perimeter edge about its periphery and extending between the front and rear surfaces. The front surface generally faces a driver of the vehicle when the mirror assembly is normally mounted in the equipped vehicle. The rear surface of the reflective element may be attached to an attachment surface of an attachment plate or of the mirror casing to secure the reflective element relative to the mirror casing. The perimeter edge of the reflective element may be exposed and viewable by the driver of the vehicle when the reflective element is attached to the attachment surface and when the mirror assembly is normally mounted in the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Darryl P. De Wind, Michael J. Baur, Timothy G. Perkins
  • Publication number: 20120033313
    Abstract: A seal of a part of an exterior rear view mirror assembly relative to a body part of a motor vehicle is described, which seal is provided for covering at least one section of a surface of a mirror base and/or a mirror base cover, which takes its bearing on the bodywork side. The seal is securely connected to the mirror base and/or mirror base cover by means of at least one connecting link. The at least one connecting link forms a hinge-like articulated connection. The hinge-like articulated connection includes at least one hinge joint axis running adjacently to the at least one surface, which takes its bearing on the bodywork side. The seal can preferably be folded about the at least one hinge-joint axis onto the section, which is at least to be covered, of the at least one surface, which takes its bearing on the bodywork side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: SMR Patents S.a.r.I.
    Inventors: Andreas Herrmann, Istvan Szmolenszki
  • Publication number: 20120033303
    Abstract: A lens barrel includes a fourth lens, a prism, and a sixth lens. The fourth lens receives a light flux incident along a first optical axis. The prism includes a reflecting surface reflecting the light flux passing through the fourth lens to a direction along a second optical axis intersecting with the first optical axis. The sixth lens receives the light flux reflected by the prism. A second group frame includes an opening portion, a prism retaining frame that is arranged in a more inner position than the opening portion and in which the prism is contained, and a plurality of adhesive pockets arranged on an area around the prism retaining frame and being open to the side of the opening portion. Adhesive agent is filled in the adhesive pockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiichi NAGAOKA, Takayuki HAYASHI, Keiji SAKAMOTO, Kenichi HAYASHI, Daisuke ITO, Yuji ADACHI
  • Publication number: 20120019799
    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: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH
    Inventors: Damian Fiolka, Wilfried Clauss
  • Publication number: 20120014008
    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: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Harry Snegg
  • Publication number: 20120014007
    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 moulded 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: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Andreas HERRMANN, Reinhard KOENIG
  • Publication number: 20120005938
    Abstract: A three mirror-plane reflectoscope target acquisition accessory, with no moving parts, which mounts to the top, side or under any gun and many other apparatus to allow the user to: view, acquire and/or take action accurately from a cover and hidden position, around a corner, situating their person 90° to the side, above or below what is known as a typical firing position to the gun or host to which the tactical reflectoscope is affixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: James Ray Sloan
  • Patent number: 8092031
    Abstract: A method for mounting a mirror for use in a telescope includes attaching the mirror to a plurality of adjustable mounts; determining a distortion in the mirror caused by the plurality adjustable mounts, and, if the distortion is determined to be above a predetermined level: adjusting one or more of the adjustable mounts; and determining the distortion in the mirror caused by the adjustable mounts; and in the event the determined distortion is determined to be at or below the predetermined level, rigidizing the adjustable mounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Scott R. Antonille, Thomas E. Wallace, David A. Content, Shane W. Wake
  • Patent number: 8092030
    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 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: PLX, Inc.
    Inventor: Zvi Bleier
  • Patent number: 8094357
    Abstract: A mirror control device includes a pivotally supported mirror (230), electrodes (340a-340d) spaced apart from the mirror (230), a driving voltage generation means (401) for generating a driving voltage corresponding to the desired tilt angle of the mirror (230) for each electrode, a bias voltage generation means (402) for generating, as a bias voltage for each electrode, a voltage which causes the tilt angle of the mirror (230) to have the same predetermined value upon being independently applied to each of the electrodes (340a-340d), and an electrode voltage applying means (403) for adding, for each electrode, the bias voltage to the driving voltage and applying the voltage after addition to a corresponding one of the electrodes (340a-340d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Mizukami, Johji Yamaguchi, Naru Nemoto, Shingo Uchiyama
  • Publication number: 20110317295
    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: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: SMR Patents S.a.r.I.
    Inventors: Arne Schmierer, Raimund Negel, Andreas Herrmann, Istvan Szmolenszki
  • Publication number: 20110317297
    Abstract: An exterior rear view mirror for a motor vehicle, which exterior rear view mirror consists of at least two components which are connected to each other. At least one connection between the components includes at least one connecting arrangement, which is suitable for transfer of both transverse forces and compression forces and tractive forces, as well as transfer of moments from a first component to a second component. The connecting arrangement comprises a spring arranged on the first component, with inclined flanks, diverging at least in sections, seen from the first component, and a receiving groove, which is assigned to the spring, provided on the second component. The spring engages in the receiving groove. The spring and the receiving groove comprise a complementary, positive interlocking cross-section, at least in sections, so that the inclined flanks and the receiving groove form a rearward engagement normal to the receiving groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Andreas Herrmann, Istvan Szmolenszki
  • Publication number: 20110317296
    Abstract: An exterior rear view minor of a motor vehicle, which comprises an exterior rear view minor housing and at least one electrical connection to at least one electrical component at least partly housed in the inside of the exterior rear view minor housing. The electrical connection comprises at least one connection cable and at least one plug connection. The plug connection comprises a first plug part connected to the electrical component at least by means of one section of the at least one connection cable, and a second plug part assigned to the first plug part, fixed in the exterior rear view minor housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Arne SCHMIERER, Raimund NEGEL, Andreas HERRMANN, Istvan SZMOLENSZKI
  • Publication number: 20110317847
    Abstract: This invention discloses a rearview vehicle mirror, including: a rearview mirror body; and a center speaker device for providing center channel sound and mounted on the rearview mirror body; wherein the center speaker device is provided with at least one speaker above the rearview mirror body. The rearview vehicle mirror has multiple functions and can provide surround stereo sound while providing nice appearance and occupying small space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Chou Wan Chen
  • Publication number: 20110310504
    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: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: PLX, Inc.
    Inventor: Zvi Bleier
  • Patent number: 8075146
    Abstract: A fixing device for position regulating mechanisms for external rear-view mirrors for motor vehicles, applicable to external rear-view mirrors of the type which are comprised of a support (1), attached to which is a housing (6) which encases or is part of the aforementioned position regulating mechanism (2), to which a mirror support plate is affixed, it being possible to operate the same, manually or electrically, from the interior of the vehicle. The support (1) comprises elastic pressure exertion means (4) comprising a portion of the base (5) arranged on the support (1) and are provided with at least one tab (7), which pressure exertion means (4) are intended to withstand the pressure of the housing of the regulating mechanism when the latter is attached to the support by means of the fixing means, said pressure means being elastically distorted in such a way that they exert an effort force on the housing against the fixing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Fico Mirrors, S.A.
    Inventor: Jose Mendoza Vicioso
  • Publication number: 20110299185
    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: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Donald S. Rawlings, Vernon R. Nise, David K. Willmore
  • Patent number: 8068942
    Abstract: Heads-up display systems for vehicles which generate a virtual display in a field of view of an occupant of the vehicle when facing outward of the vehicle. A control system is coupled to the heads-up display system and detects an action by the occupant and controls the content of the virtual display being generated by the heads-up display system based on the detected action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Automotive Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Publication number: 20110261475
    Abstract: A mirror assembly mountable to a wall, the mirror asembly includes a mirror platform having a front surface and a rear surface and a chassis, the chassis is engageable with the mirror platform to define a mirror assembly interior. The chassis is mountable to the wall, and the chassis has an outer edge section. The outer edge section further includes a plurality of areas, the plurality of areas permits light radiated from the mirror assembly interior to illuminate the surroundings of the mirror assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Electric Mirror, LLC
    Inventor: James V. Mischel, JR.