With Viewing Mirror Patents (Class 362/135)
  • Patent number: 10337709
    Abstract: A mirroring device having a housing, a mirroring assembly, an adjustable illuminator and an actuator is provided. The housing has a light transmissive cover. The mirroring assembly is disposed at the housing, the mirroring assembly has a display surface and the display surface exposes the outer housing, and the light transmissive cover surrounds the mirroring assembly. The adjustable illuminator is disposed in the housing corresponding to the light transmissive cover, the adjustable illuminator has a bracket, the bracket surrounds the mirroring assembly, at least one illumination component and at least one corresponding pivotal plate are arranged on the bracket, and the pivotal plate could pivot to change projecting direction of the illumination component. The actuator has a pusher connected to the pivotal plate for pushing the pivotal plate to pivot and thereby alter the projecting direction of the illumination component and focus position of the illumination component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CAL-COMP BIG DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Teng-Nan Lo, Ming-Hua Hung
  • Patent number: 10300847
    Abstract: A lighting glazing includes a first sheet of transparent glass or plastic with a first main face, a second main face and a rim; a flat waveguide with a first main face, a second main face, an injection rim and a beveled rim, opposite the injection rim; a light source positioned facing the injection rim of the flat waveguide, the flat waveguide being fixed via the second main face to the first main face of the first sheet of glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Adèle Verrat-Debailleul, Pascal Bauerle, Christophe Kleo
  • Patent number: 10300769
    Abstract: A visor for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The visor comprises a pivot rod and a carrier arranged over the pivot rod. The visor also comprises a first and second shell being engagable to form a visor body and a vanity arranged therein. The visor also comprises a light base secured to the second shell and a circuit board engaging the light base. The visor also comprises a light emitting diode secured to a surface of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Irvin Automotive Products, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony R. Janowiak, Leslie Hinds, Martin Rathsburg, Jr., Robert J. Mayne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10267510
    Abstract: A lighted inspection tool includes a mirror having a reflective surface and a back surface, a plastic housing attached to the back surface of the mirror, a light mounted in the housing along a side edge of the housing, a power source housed in the housing and operatively connected to the light member, and a substantially rigid axially telescoping handle pivotably mounted relative to the mirror and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ullman Devices Corporation
    Inventors: Edward S. Coleman, Qiu Jianping
  • Patent number: 10124733
    Abstract: An electro-optic mirror reflective element for a rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a front substrate and a rear substrate. A surface of the front substrate and a surface of the rear substrate oppose each other and are spaced apart by a perimeter seal, with an electro-optic medium disposed between the surfaces and bounded by the perimeter seal. A transparent electrically conductive coating is established at the surface of the front substrate, and a specularly reflective mirror reflector is established at the surface of the rear substrate. The specularly reflective mirror reflector includes a stack of thin film layers having (i) an environmentally stable electrically conductive metallic reflecting thin film layer, (ii) an environmentally vulnerable electrically conductive metallic reflecting thin film layer and (iii) a transparent electrically conductive thin film layer. The transparent electrically conductive thin film layer includes aluminum doped zinc oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Baur, Ian A. McCabe, Hamid Habibi, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9765958
    Abstract: An illuminated mirror having a mirror defining a front surface and a rear surface. The mirror includes a reflective mirror portion and a translucent portion through which light can pass. A housing is secured to the rear surface of the mirror and the housing includes a first surface, a second surface, and a gap extending between the first surface and the second surface. The mirror further includes a light source coupled to a flexible substrate and positioned behind the rear surface of the mirror; and a reflective element secured to the rear surface and positioned adjacent the translucent portion of the mirror. The flexible substrate is secured to the first surface and the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Séura, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy C. Lumaye, Robert J. Elsing
  • Patent number: 9726337
    Abstract: A light fixture optimized for directional lighting, including LED lighting, includes a fixture housing, further including a lighting element shelf and a window opening; a reflector, which is configured with a special parabolic shape, a lighting element which is mounted on an inside surface of the lighting element shelf, such that light emitted from the lighting element will reflect at least one time on the reflector, before exiting the light fixture via the window opening as a wide and uniform field of asymmetric indirect illumination. The light fixture can be configured in versions suitable for wall illumination, conference room illumination, ceiling illumination, ground surface illumination, and related illumination applications for interior and exterior use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: R. W. SWARENS ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: M. Lee Hedberg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9486326
    Abstract: An intervertebral spacer for therapeutic treatment of a patient includes a link sized and dimensioned to fit within an intervertebral space in the patient, and is configured to maintain a separation of two adjacent vertebrae for a period of time. A rigid guiding object, which may be a tool or a successive link, is insertable into the patient, to guide the link into the patient using an MIS approach. A pivot is connected within the links configured to limit a relative range of angular orientation between the link and the guiding tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Gahman, Marcin Niemiec, David C. Paul, Andrew Iott
  • Patent number: 9238433
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor is provided that includes a visor body having a first side and a second side, and a vanity and lighting assembly located on the visor body. The assembly includes a lighting device located on the visor body. The lighting device is configured to provide a vanity light for a vanity mirror and is further configured to provide a dome light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Andrew Stakoe, Chi Li
  • Publication number: 20150145408
    Abstract: Provided is an illuminated mirror device including: a mirror; a light-emitting part for illumination disposed near the mirror; and driving means for driving the light-emitting part, and detection means for detecting a direction of a face of a person in front of the mirror with respect to the mirror, wherein the driving means controls an emission luminance distribution on a light-emitting surface of the light-emitting part on the basis of the face direction detected by the detection means. Also provided is a method for controlling illumination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Kuroda
  • Publication number: 20150138760
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a mirror with an illumination lamp that ensures visibility of a mirrored surface in a dark place and a humid place by using LEDs, and that exhibits excellent LED attachment/detachment performance. The mirror with an illumination lamp according to the present invention includes a mirror main body 1, a plurality of LEDs 5, and a circuit board 3. The plurality of LEDs 5 are disposed on one surface S31 of the circuit board 3 and are integrated by the circuit board 3. The circuit board 3 has another surface S32, on a rear side of the one surface 31, with this other surface S32 facing a back surface S12 on the opposite side to the mirror surface S11 of the mirror main body 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: RYUICHI YOSHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20150062877
    Abstract: An illumination device configured for use by makeup artists, hair stylists, and performers in the performing arts and motion picture industry. The invention consists of a mirror with portions that allows light from LEDs mounted behind the mirror to illuminate subjects in front of the mirror. Light intensity and color temperature are adjustable by the user. Convenience receptacles for hair styling appliances are built into the invention. Modern USB receptacles and wireless charging pads are also included. Power is provided by connecting an extension cord to a male AC plug mounted on the back of the device. The invention may come with a stand with wheels or may be made to sit on a flat surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Troy Takes
  • Publication number: 20150036327
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first channel element; the first channel element has a first end and a second end and a length; and a first light element. The first light element has a length. A length of the first channel element is established using the length of the first light element. The first channel element further includes a coupleable area. The coupleable area permits the first channel element to be coupled to a second channel element, wherein the mirror chassis is formed thereby. A method to establish a set of channel element lengths for a mirror chassis includes selecting a set of light element lengths and then determining a channel element length from each light element length. The channel element length is selected to permit mounting a light element associated therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Martin Uhl
  • Patent number: 8926149
    Abstract: A side-view mirror assembly for a vehicle, the side-view mirror assembly comprising: a housing for securement to a side of a vehicle, the housing defining an internal cavity opening toward a rear of the housing; a mirror disposed in the internal cavity, the mirror comprising a reflective element substantially occupying and being visible through the opening of the housing, and the reflective element supported on a first surface of a backplate, the backplate including at least one light-transmissive portion positioned proximate a peripheral edge of the reflective element; and one or more light sources disposed within the housing and operable to selectively illuminate the at least one light-transmissive portion so that the illumination is visible from outside the side-view mirror assembly in an area defined between the peripheral edge of the reflective element and the opening of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Rob Bingle
  • Patent number: 8910402
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first mirror platform; the first mirror platform has a first portion and a second portion. A media display device is disposed behind the first mirror platform, such that within the second portion information displayed on the media display device is visible when the media display device is on and is viewed from in front of the first mirror platform. A mounting platform is coupled to a back of the first mirror platform to form a door assembly and the mounting platform can also be a mirror platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Electric Mirror, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James V. Mischel, Sr., Patrick Daniel Erickson
  • Publication number: 20140362562
    Abstract: A mirror apparatus (10) includes a platform (12), a mirror support (14) depending from the platform (12), a mirror member (16) mounted to the mirror support (14) and an illuminating member (34) mounted about at least a peripheral segment of the mirror member (16) for providing illumination. The mirror member (16) may include a first mirror side (24) having a substantially planar mirror surface and a second mirror side (26) having a magnifying mirror surface. The mirror support (14) may be mounted for movement relative to the platform (12) between a first operative position and a second transport position. The mirror support (14) may be mounted for pivotal movement relative to the platform (12) between the first operative position and the second transport position. The mirror support (14) may be adapted to be releasably secured in the first operative position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kam Fai Fung
  • Patent number: 8905568
    Abstract: A partially transparent dome mirror is used to display messages generated from within the dome by a light generating system. The mirror is incorporated in an apparatus for seeing and warning traffic crossing at an intersection in a commercial, industrial or other space to improve worker safety and to avoid costly damage due to collisions at the intersection. The unitary apparatus does not require sensors or other wiring external to the mirror and its supporting frame. The mirror system can also be used in commercial and retail applications for surveillance and advertising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: David A. Fossier, William Chernick
  • Patent number: 8880360
    Abstract: A combination mirror and media display device assembly is provided. The combination mirror and media display device includes a mirror platform having a media display device viewing area and a media display device coupled to the mirror platform. The media display device is positioned to display images through the media display device viewing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Electric Mirror, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James V. Mischel, Sr.
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140198488
    Abstract: An illumination system for defining and lighting around an object positioned on a base such as for example a mirror, includes at least one elongate profile that has a fastening section and a limitation section extending transversely, in particular perpendicularly to the latter, and at least one illuminant that is fastened or can be fastened to the top of the fastening section of the profile a distance away from the limitation section and is formed and positioned such that, in the correctly arranged state, it emits light in the direction of the limitation section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: SCHLUETER-SYSTEMS KG
    Inventor: Werner SCHLUETER
  • Publication number: 20140192520
    Abstract: A mirror element sub-assembly for a vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror reflective element, a mirror back plate and an indicator. The front side of the mirror back plate includes a reflective element attaching portion and the rear side of the mirror back plate includes (i) an actuator attaching portion and (ii) an indicator attaching portion, all of which are integrally formed during injection molding of the mirror back plate. The indicator attaching portion includes structure extending from the rear side of the mirror back plate and having a passageway therethrough. The indicator is attached at the structure, and light emitted by the indicator passes through the passageway and through an opening of the mirror back plate and through the mirror reflective element so as to exit from the mirror reflective element at an angle relative to the reflective element attaching portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Baur, Ian A. McCabe, Hamid Habibi, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 8770777
    Abstract: A spark plug having excellent load life performance even when the spark plug receives an impact or vibration. The spark plug includes an accommodated portion of a metallic terminal, which is accommodated in an axial hole of an insulator, having a plurality of bent portions formed as a result of proper bending of the accommodated portion. The bent portions are in close vicinity to an inner circumferential surface of the insulator at three or more locations, and are present without localizing in the radial direction of the axial hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruki Yoshida, Toshitaka Honda, Akira Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8746917
    Abstract: A fan base and illuminated mirror apparatus for use in cooling a user's neck and torso while the user is positioned adjacent the apparatus includes a base member having upper and lower portions. A fan member is pivotally coupled to the base member and selectively movable between upward and downward directed configurations. A length adjustable rod is coupled to the upper portion of the base member and extending upwardly therefrom, the rod being selectively movable between expanded and retracted configurations. A mirror is operatively coupled to an upper end of the rod such that the mirror is vertically displaced from the fan member, the mirror being movable between straight and tilted configurations. The apparatus includes a light coupled to the mirror and electrically connected to a power source, the light configured to illuminate the mirror when energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Barbara D. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8727559
    Abstract: A beauty station formed as a cabinet adapted to be hung on a wall, the cabinet comprising a main structural frame generally shaped as a box having side walls, a top wall, a bottom wall, a back wall, and a front wall defining an interior space. The front wall being formed as a flip down lid member pivotally connected at one edge to the bottom wall to thereby open and close the interior space. A mobile section adapted to move upwards and outwards from the interior space when the lid member is pivoted to open the interior space, and including a mirror, and at least one light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Boyer
  • Patent number: 8672501
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a mirror device with illumination comprising a transparent conductive substrate, an isolation layer, a mirror layer and a light emitting diode (LED) layer. The isolation layer, formed on a surface of the transparent conductive substrate, divides the surface of the transparent conductive substrate into at least one first region and at least one second region. The mirror layer formed on the transparent conductive substrate within the at least one first region, while the LED layer is formed on the transparent conductive substrate within the at least one second region, wherein the mirror layer and the LED layer are electrically isolated from each other. In another embodiment, the present disclosure further provides a mirror box having the mirror device with illumination disposed therein so that the mirror device can be easily carried and kept in the pocket, or purse of user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Ching-Chiun Wang, Chien-Chih Chen, Chih-Yung Huang, Szu-Hao Chen, Yi-Shan Wang
  • Patent number: 8651715
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor is provided that includes a visor body having a first side and a second side, and a vanity and lighting assembly located on the visor body. The assembly includes a lighting device located on the visor body. The lighting device is configured to provide a vanity light for a vanity mirror and is further configured to provide a dome light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Andrew Stakoe, Chi Li
  • Publication number: 20130235610
    Abstract: A minor assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror includes a light pipe configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to adjust the amount of emitted light based on the position of a user in relation to the mirror. Certain embodiments of the minor include an algorithm to adjust light based on the position of a user relative to the mirror, the level of ambient light, and/or the activation of different light modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: SIMPLEHUMAN, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas, Frederick N. Bushroe
  • Publication number: 20130188339
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a mirror device with illumination comprising a transparent conductive substrate, an isolation layer, a mirror layer and a light emitting diode (LED) layer. The isolation layer, formed on a surface of the transparent conductive substrate, divides the surface of the transparent conductive substrate into at least one first region and at least one second region. The mirror layer formed on the transparent conductive substrate within the at least one first region, while the LED layer is formed on the transparent conductive substrate within the at least one second region, wherein the mirror layer and the LED layer are electrically isolated from each other. In another embodiment, the present disclosure further provides a mirror box having the mirror device with illumination disposed therein so that the mirror device can be easily carried and kept in the pocket, or purse of user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Ching-Chiun WANG, Chien-Chih Chen, Chih-Yung Huang, Szu-Hao Chen, Yi-Shan Wang
  • Patent number: 8425094
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor is provided that includes a visor body having a first side and a second side, and a vanity and lighting assembly located on the visor body. The assembly includes a lighting device located on the visor body. The lighting device is configured to provide a vanity light for a vanity mirror and is further configured to provide a dome light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Andrew Stakoe, Chi Li
  • Patent number: 8398270
    Abstract: An ornament of the present invention includes a display that is hidden behind a panel. An ornament body includes at least one panel which includes a two-way mirror and a display in the interior of the body. The ornament includes a light disposed in the ornament body which, when active, reveals the display which is otherwise hidden behind the two-way mirror. The light may be activated by a sensor that recognizes physical motion, and may also include a speaker to play music and a moving display element driven by a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas Incorporated
    Inventors: Leslie Hermanson, Huang Meng-Suen
  • Patent number: 8356908
    Abstract: A mirror includes a frame holding back-to-back a pair of reflective mirror plates having different magnification factors, each plate having a reflective central area and an outer concentric light-transmissive window area. Rotatable pivot joints supporting the frame between opposed arms of a support yoke and enable the frame to be rotated to orient a selected plate in a forward-facing use position. A hoop-shaped printed circuit board having circumferentially spaced apart light emitting diodes (LED's) protruding therefrom is located between inner facing surfaces of the mirror plates. Objects in front of a mirror plates are illuminated by direct LED rays emitted forwardly through the window areas and by indirect LED rays reflected from reflective inner facing surfaces of the mirror plates, and from the forward facing surface of a movable reflector ring within the frame which falls rearward when the frame is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Zlatko Zadro
  • Patent number: 8288964
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mirror for personal use, with a lighting system for illuminating at least part of a person (9) being situated in front of the mirror. According to the invention, a position detector for detecting the position of the person (9) in front of the mirror is provided. Further, the lighting system comprises multiple lighting elements which can be actuated independently from each other in dependence of the signal of the position detector. It is especially preferred that the mirror is comprised of an array (8) of OLEDs (1) which can be selectively actuated to function as a mirror element or as a lighting element, respectively, in dependence of the position of the person (9) in front of the mirror. Further, it is preferred that these OLEDs (1) also act as capacitive proximity sensors for the position detector. Thus, a versatile mirror with a good mirror image without blinding is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Hente, Martin Christoph
  • Patent number: 8281429
    Abstract: Viewing device comprised of two or more mirrors and an illumination component for self-viewing the anal-genital region while seated on a toilet bowl. The preferred embodiment comprises a forward mirror and a rear mirror positioned within a toilet bowl at angles with respect to each other, to the user's eye and to the user's anal-genital region such that when the user peers between slightly spread legs into the forward mirror an upward directed image of the user's anal-genital region is visible. The device preserves the region of the toilet bowl directly below the anal-genital region free of mirrors and all supportive apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Vernon Wesley Gunderson
  • Patent number: 8256915
    Abstract: An illuminated mirror includes a central reflective mirror portion and a surrounding transmissive portion supported to a housing. Spacing between an outer diameter of the transmissive portion and the housing allows airflow to exit from the housing. A chamber behind the mirror surface may comprise a dish reflector surface. In one form, the dish reflector comprises a white enamel surface. Lamps, which may comprise LEDs, are mounted to the reflector surface. The LED lamps may be placed in a pattern on the reflector surface. Circuitry may be provided to illuminate either all or selected ones of the LEDs. Lamps of selected colors may be provided. Preselected combinations of lamp illumination vary the level and composite color of illumination. In order to enhance the comfort of a user, a fan may be positioned in the housing behind the reflector. A cooling device may cool airflow from the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventors: Gary Stern, Patricia Stern
  • Publication number: 20120195029
    Abstract: A system for facilitating vehicular and/or foot traffic movement in a space. First and second lane routes are defined within the space for vehicular and/or foot traffic. Traffic moving in the first lane route either crosses the second lane or merges with traffic moving in the second lane route. A mirror system with a reflective surface is operatively situated within the space to allow traffic moving in at least one of the first and second lane routes to view, through the reflective surface on the mirror, traffic moving in the other of the first and second lane routes as the traffic in the at least one of the first and second lane routes approaches or arrives at a crossing or merge location. The mirror system has a source of illumination that generates an extended pattern of light around a portion of the reflective surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Roger J. Leyden
  • Patent number: 8210726
    Abstract: The present invention provides a door mirror for an automobile, in which molding errors are made difficult to occur in a housing and assembling accuracy between the housing and a lamp assy is improved. A housing applied to the door mirror for an automobile is divided into two parts, that is, an upper housing located on the upper side and a lower housing located on the lower side, and a lamp assy constituting a side-turn lamp is disposed between the upper housing and the lower housing. Since the housing is divided vertically into two parts, materials or colors of the upper housing and the lower housing can be made different so that a texture and an appearance of the housing can be easily changed. Moreover, assembling errors between the housing and the lamp assy due to deformation by injection molding or thermal deformation applied during painting can hardly occur, and a gap can be hardly generated between the housing and the lamp assy on the surface side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Suzuki, Yosuke Sato
  • Publication number: 20120162970
    Abstract: An illuminated makeup mirror having a makeup application tutorial to aid in proper makeup application. The portable mirror includes a housing having an upper lid, a lower lid, and a hinge connecting the upper lid to the lower lid. A closure latch secures the upper lid to the lower lid. A mirror is connected to the upper lid and a plurality of lights surround the mirror. A tutorial is attached to the lower lid and includes written instructions on how to apply makeup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: LETHA JUNE BICHREST
  • Patent number: 8197107
    Abstract: The present invention provides a housing structure of a door mirror in which a fixed-side housing portion is reliably crimped to a fixing-side housing portion on the surface side of a housing. In the housing structure of a door mirror, a boss portion and a contact piece are located on the deeper side than first and second butting portions located on the surface side, and a projection portion is located farther than a screwing portion in a positional relationship in the vertical direction (an arrow Y direction) with respect to a horizontal plane passing through the first butting portion. Therefore, when the boss portion (first mounting portion) of an upper housing (fixing-side housing portion) and the contact piece (second mounting portion) of a lamp assy (fixed-side housing portion) are fixed by a screw, a screw tightening force can be concentrated on the projection portion as shown by an arrow A, and this force can be made to act on the first and second butting portions as shown by an arrow B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventor: Kentaro Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20120140454
    Abstract: A magnifying imaging optical unit has at least four mirrors to image an object field in an object plane into an image field in an image plane. An absolute value of the Petzval radius of the image field is greater than 500 mm. The imaging optical unit can be used to inspect with sufficient imaging quality relatively large mask sections of lithography masks used during projection exposure to produce large scale integrated semiconductor components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH
    Inventor: Hans-Juergen Mann
  • Patent number: 8182124
    Abstract: Light of an incorporated lamp illuminates the lower side of a side surface of a door of a vehicle. A rear end part of a lamp socket mounted with the lamp is exposed from a cylinder part of a lamp housing and projected from the lamp housing toward a holder/mirror assembly. Therefore, when replacing the lamp, the lamp socket can be found easily by simply removing the holder/mirror assembly, and the lamp can easily be extracted along with the lamp socket, to an operator side. Also, when attaching the lamp socket, high visibility of an opening part can be obtained because the opening part of the cylinder part is exposed to the holder/mirror assembly side in the lamp housing, thereby achieving a door mirror with extremely good workability of lamp replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Sato
  • Patent number: 8118445
    Abstract: A light system for a vanity having a horizontal counter top with a wash basin positioned therein. Mounted on a wall, adjacent the counter top, is a mirror for reflecting a person's image. Along an upper edge of the mirror is a horizontal row of lights, similar to those typically mounted above conventional vanities. At least two light housings angularly depend from the lower surface of the counter top, each including an interior chamber, an open top and an outer wall. Received within the interior chamber is a compact fluorescent lamp removably mounted within a conventional light socket. An opening is formed on the counter top, immediately above the open top of each housing, for receiving a tempered-glass panel. Accordingly, activating the angled lamps and the conventional overhead lights illuminates a user's entire face thereby allowing the user to gauge the appearance of makeup in daylight conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Alvin A. Patz
  • Patent number: 8099247
    Abstract: A combination mirror and media display device assembly is provided. The combination mirror and media display device includes a mirror platform having a media display device viewing area and a media display device coupled to the mirror platform. The media display device is positioned to display images through the media display device viewing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Electric Mirror, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James V. Mischel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8021004
    Abstract: A mirrored element (101) includes a first section (201) that is translucent when a backlight (301) is on and mirrored when the backlight is off (301). A second section (203) provides a mirrored surface when the backlight (301) is on and when the backlight (301) is off. The mirrored element (101) may optionally be provided with an enclosure (103). A baking process may be utilized to provide the second section (203) of the mirrored element (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Jacek Helenowski
  • Publication number: 20110194200
    Abstract: A mirror that provides a rearview reflection is described. The rearview mirror (“RM”) may include a housing and a first mirror. The RM may further include a mounting assembly configured to couple a first portion of the housing to a surface and a securing mechanism to couple the first mirror to a second portion of the housing, where the first mirror is configured to provide a rearview reflection of an individual and/or object positioned in front of a second mirror. The first mirror may be angled. The RM may include one or more lights coupled to the housing. The RM may further include a storage unit. The angle of the first mirror may be controlled manually, mechanically, and/or electronically. The lights may be activated manually, mechanically, and/or electronically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Laura Greenlee
  • Patent number: 7853414
    Abstract: A mirror assembly mountable to a wall includes a mirror platform having a front surface and a rear surface, a chassis engageable with the mirror platform to define a mirror assembly interior, at least one electrical component disposed within the mirror assembly interior, and a mounting structure. The mounting structure includes a support member mounted to one of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis and a hanger member mounted to the other of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis. The hanger member is removably securable on the support member to mount the mirror platform to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Electric Mirror, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., Patrick Erickson
  • Patent number: 7805260
    Abstract: A mirror assembly mountable to a wall is provided. The mirror assembly includes a mirror platform having a front surface and a rear surface, and a chassis mountable to the mirror platform. At least one electrical component is disposed between the mirror platform and the chassis. An electrical passageway is formed within the chassis for allowing the electrical component to be placed into communication with a power source located remotely from the mirror assembly. A recess is also formed within the chassis for housing a connection between the power source and the electrical component such that the chassis can be mounted substantially flush against the wall when the electrical component is electrically connected to the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Electric Mirror, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James V. Mischel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7780124
    Abstract: A shrinkable and adjustable multi-functional TV includes a display, a support device, a shrinkable and angle adjusting device. The display has a mirror on its rear side, and an LCD screen on a front side, pivotally received in an interior of a U-shaped frame of the support device and by means of a tightening button respectively threadably combined with two sides of the U-shaped frame and with two sides of the display so that the display can be turned for an angle and also turned over. The support device has its lower end pivotally connected with a first free end of the shrinkable and angle adjusting device, which has its second end pivotally connected to a suspended arm base fixed on a wall, a foot frame or a chair. Thus the TV can be shrunk for altering its viewing angle and position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Ceramate Technical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert Wang
  • Patent number: 7777611
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element sub-assembly for an exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle includes a mirror reflective element and a video display element. The video display element is disposed behind the mirror reflective element so that images displayed by the video display element are viewable through the mirror reflective element when the video display element is activated. The video display element is configured to display images that are readily viewable by the driver of the host vehicle and not readily viewable by drivers of other vehicles in the lane adjacent to the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Deval M. Desai
  • Patent number: 7740370
    Abstract: A modular storage container adapted to hold cosmetics or other small items in a stylish and sleek way is provided. The modular storage container can include a base unit having a first side and a second side, one of a mirror and magnifying device being arranged on the first side of the base unit, an illumination assembly for illuminating the mirror, and a removable cover. The removable cover can be adapted to secure to the first side of the base unit and to protect one of the mirror and magnifying device in a first secured position of the cover. The second side of the base unit is capable of being secured to one or more of a plurality of modular storage units in a stacked relationship. The second side of the base unit can be capable of being secured to the cover in a second secured position of the cover. The first side of the base unit can be adapted to secure to a first end of the cover and the second side of the base unit can be adapted to secure to a second end of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Sleek Stax, LLC
    Inventors: Joan E. Campbell, Barry E. Claybrook, Bradley S. Kell, Stephen C. Antonucci
  • Publication number: 20100140511
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flat discharge lamp (1000) that transmits in the visible and/or UV comprising first and second dielectric walls (2, 3) that are facing each other, kept parallel and sealed at the periphery (8), that thus define an internal space (10) filled with a plasma gas and comprising a source of UV and/or visible light (6); and first and second electrodes (4, 5) in separate planes parallel to the first and second walls, the first electrode (4) being at a potential V0 higher than the potential V1 of the second electrode, and the first electrode being arranged in the internal space and closer to the first dielectric wall than the second electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Guillaume Auday, Laurent Joulaud, Jingwei Zhang, Philippe Guillot, Philippe Belenguer