With Vanity Case Patents (Class 362/136)
  • Patent number: 9295130
    Abstract: An illumination system comprising a light source with a linear array of light emitting elements and an arrangement for regulating power to the array whereby the light emitting elements emit light in accordance with a tapered gradient intensity profile. In the illustrative embodiment, the light source includes first and second linear arrays of light emitting elements and a mirror is mounted there between. The tapered profile begins at the waist of a user when a user is standing near and in front of the mirror. In the digital embodiment, a camera is included along with software for detecting the user's waist (or detecting the user's height and inferring therefrom said user's waist) and adjusting the profile based on the detection of the user's height or waist. Any intensity profile, e.g. ramp, Gaussian, etc., may be implemented and one or more such arrays may be used and mounted horizontally, vertically or both. Each array may have a different intensity or luminous profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Mary L. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8893730
    Abstract: A case includes a base, a cover and a mirror. The base defines a space for accommodating objects and an opening communicating the space with the outside. The cover is hinged onto the base for sealing the opening of the base. The mirror is detachably mounted in the cover with a back side thereof facing the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Simnex Industrial Limited
    Inventor: Lee Man Pun
  • 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: 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: 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: 8096688
    Abstract: In an in-vehicle illumination device including: a room lamp section provided with a first light source section, and a light guide plate that guides a light of the first light source section from an end surface thereof and emits the light from a front surface thereof; a first switch for use by the room lamp section; and a vanity mirror section provided with a mirror, when the first light source section is turned on through operation of the first switch, a mode change is made to a room lamp illumination mode in which a first illumination light comes from the room lamp section, and also when the vanity mirror section is in use, the first light source section is turned on, and a mode change is made to a vanity mirror illumination mode in which a second illumination light comes from the room lamp section. The resulting in-vehicle illumination device can be excellent in practicality with the smaller size, and can achieve improvement in terms of design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihito Kino, Satoshi Inagaki
  • Patent number: 7927032
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a cosmetic and/or care product includes a container having a free edge defining a product dispensing aperture. According to an example, the container has a longitudinal axis intersecting the dispensing aperture, a cap to be mounted on the container between closed and open positions, a sensory stimulation member or device fixed in relation to the container or the cap housing it. A power supply switch is inaccessible in the closed position, and capable of making the sensory stimulation member change state. A switch actuator selectively connects the power supply to the sensory stimulation member during movement of the cap from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Marcel Sanchez
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7712914
    Abstract: A device is provided to apply make-up (10) in low-light situations. The device has a body tube (14), with a first and a second and a intermediate portion therebetween. The first end has a radial cross-section with an inner portion and an annular outer portion. Mounted in the inner portion of the first end is a make-up (10) applying means (16). Surrounding the make-up applying means (16) is an illuminating means (22) for illuminating, positioned in the annular outer portion of the first end. It is adapted to project the illumination axially outwardly. The illuminating means (22) is power by a powering means (24) is activated by a switch (621).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventors: Bradford Levy, Robert DuGrenier
  • Patent number: 7703627
    Abstract: A vanity case which comprises a case body having a cavity, a lid coupled to the back section of the case body, an inner plate received in the cavity, and a slide piece housed in between the case body and the inner plate. The lid has an engaging claw piece formed hanging down on the front of its underside; the slide piece has an engaging arm protruding above and is always biased backwards. When the lid is closed, the engaging claw piece engages the engaging arm. A rear end wall in the rear of the case body is formed to be elastically deformable toward the front, and when the rear end wall is pushed toward the front, the slide piece whose rear end is opposite the rear end wall is moved forwards, thereby releasing the engagement between the engaging arm and the engaging claw piece and opening the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Yoshida Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukitomo Yuhara, Yuzo Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20100046209
    Abstract: A cosmetic housing (100) includes a first member (101) and a second member (103) couplable with the first member (101), such that a cosmetic (501) is enclosed between the first member (101) and the second member (103), wherein a surface of the first member (101) extends partially and not completely along a part of the outer surface of the second member (103), wherein the first member (101) retains the second member (103).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Jacek Helenowski
  • Patent number: 7481548
    Abstract: To provide a portable case capable of whatever and wherever radiating various multiple types of light on skin to vary the hue of the skin in making up or wearing an ornament and enabling the variation of the hue of the skin to be viewed in a mirror. A compact in which the mirror for reflecting skin is installed on a cover body for opening and closing a case body including a storage part, comprising a light source part capable of radiating multiple types of light toward the skin to vary the hue of the skin, a battery for powering the light source part, and a selector switch for switching the type of the light emitted from the light source part. The portable case further comprises a slide switch as a light control means for controlling the brightness of the light emitted from the light source part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Yoshida Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Tokushita
  • Patent number: 7448767
    Abstract: A lip pen assembly includes a container and a lip pen is removably inserted into the container. The lip pen has a base and a handle, the base is mounted to a neck extending from an end of the container and two light bulbs are connected to the base. A seal ring has a plurality of protrusions which extend through an end of the handle. The two light bulbs include two first poles and two second poles. A cover is removably connected to the base and has a biasing member which pushes a battery and the battery pushes the protrusions to be inserted into the base when the lip pen together with the base is removed from the container, so that the battery is in contact with the first terminals to light up the light bulbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Chuen Chern Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 7393115
    Abstract: By providing a light source device inside an exterior member forming a contour of a storage case, and by forming a light transmitting portion to transmit light of the light source device to the exterior member, various decorations can be obtained using light, and the storage case can be decorated to create an aesthetically pleasing or original and novel effect to give a characteristic and unique atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Yoshida Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Tokushita, Natsumi Yanagisawa, Yukitomo Yuhara
  • Patent number: 7270440
    Abstract: A device is provided to apply make-up (10) in low-light situations. The device has a body tube (14), with a first and a second and a intermediate portion therebetween. The first end has a radial cross-section with an inner portion and an annular outer portion. Mounted in the inner portion of the first end is a make-up (10) applying means (16). Surrounding the make-up applying means (16) is an illuminating means (22) for illuminating, positioned in the annular outer portion of the first end. It is adapted to project the illumination axially outwardly. The illuminating means (22) is power by a powering means (24) is activated by a switch (621). In some embodiments, a second make-up applying means (16) is mounted in the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventors: Brad Levy, Robert Dugrenier
  • Patent number: 7267462
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus comprises a housing assembly, a light bulb socket and a forced air generation device. The housing assembly includes a light opening in a front wall thereof and an air delivery opening in a bottom wall thereof. The light bulb socket resides within the housing assembly and is attached to the housing assembly. A longitudinal centerline axis of the light bulb socket extends through the light bulb opening. The forced air generation device resides within the housing assembly and is attached to the housing assembly. The forced air generation device is configured for directing at least a portion of an air stream provided thereby through the air delivery opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph Cronin
  • Patent number: 7258470
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor includes a visor body, a mirror mounted to the visor body, and a mirror cover slidably movable relative to the visor body along a reflective surface of the mirror between a closed position substantially covering the reflective surface of the mirror and an opened position for uncovering the reflective surface. A lighting device serves to illuminate a driver or a passenger when the mirror is used. A light control device serves to turn the lighting device from off to on as the mirror cover slides from the closed position to the opened position. The light control device also serves to control the intensity of light emitted from the lighting device in response to the position of the mirror cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignees: Kyowa Sangyo Co., Ltd., Shinwa Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroto Ogawa
  • Patent number: 7217017
    Abstract: A vanity is disclosed having a mirror and a light source adjacent the mirror to illuminate an object to be viewed in the mirror. A cover panel is coupled adjacent to the light source for movement to an open position to reveal the mirror and a closed position to conceal the mirror. The vanity includes a switch device to activate and deactivate the light source and a positioning device to maintain the cover panel in the open or closed position. The switch device and the positioning device cooperate to activate the light source when the cover panel is in the open position and to deactivate the light source when the cover panel is not in the open position. The cover panel is configured for rotational movement between the open and closed position in a plane generally parallel to a plane of the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Nels R. Smith
  • Patent number: 7086683
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an improved sunvisor attachment, and to a two shot molding method for making the same, having a reduced number of parts and that is adapted to be coupled to a sunvisor for use as a sunvisor assembly in a vehicle. To this end, the sunvisor attachment includes a body and a cover with each including at least one integrally formed connecting member being pivotally coupled together so that the cover may be opened and closed to uncover and cover a mirror and/or light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, James Mestemaker, Mark Heinze
  • Patent number: 6848822
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an illumination apparatus that includes a light guide within a recessed housing. A light source, such as a light emitting diode can be used to provide light to the light guide. The light is transmitted through the light guide via total internal reflection (TIR), and can be emitted in a controlled manner to ensure that a desired angular distribution of light is achieved without substantially illuminating interior side walls of the recessed housing. In this manner, efficient lighting can be provided. In one embodiment, the invention is can be implemented within a cosmetic compact that includes a mirror. The compact may incorporate aspects of the invention by implementing a light guide within a ring-shaped recess of the compact to provide facial lighting to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Todd A. Ballen, Michael C. Lea, David J. Lundin, Stephen M. Randall
  • Patent number: 6834655
    Abstract: A foot-care accessory kit includes a portable carrying case for housing a mirror having substantially the shape of a human foot. The mirror includes a threaded female portion connected thereto and a plurality of light bulbs disposed about the perimeter of the mirror that may emit light in a vertical direction upwardly from the mirror. An elongated mirror handle has a threaded male portion removably attachable to the threaded female portion of the mirror and includes a pivot mechanism for positioning the mirror at various angles. Such a handle enables a user to inspect the lower appendages of his/her foot without needing to bend over. The carrying case includes a plurality of compartments and bands for storing and maintaining a variety of foot care products and tools to aid in the treatment of a foot infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Vanessa Briscoe
  • Patent number: 6742917
    Abstract: Vanity mirrors are provided with a body base member having a mirror, and an illumination member detachably mounted to the body base member. The illumination member includes a lens plate and an elongate lamp tube having one and another terminal ends between which electrical current may pass to illuminate the lamp, and thus the mirror. The illumination member is provided with a planar base plate having a pair of spaced-apart base contact terminals adapted to being connected to lamp circuit leads through which electrical current may be supplied to the lamp tube. The lamp tube is positioned on an upper side of the base plate and has one terminal end thereof soldered to one of the base contact terminals. A contact piece is positioned on the upper side of the base plate and has an end thereof soldered to the other terminal end of the lamp member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha T AN T
    Inventors: Hirofumi Okano, Tetsuo Mochida
  • Publication number: 20040017682
    Abstract: W makeup compact case is provided utilizing Light Emitting Diodes (LED) as an illumination source The LED's are inserted into the plastic housing of the case lid, next to the mirror in order to simulate actual sunlight. Traditional illuminating devices do not accurately reflect the hues of sunlight and as such do not accurately replicate how the makeup will look once the individual has entered a sunlight environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventor: Robert Baskies
  • Patent number: 6663256
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an apparatus and method for enhancing the appearance of a subject. The apparatus used for illuminating and drawing attention to the surface of an individual comprises a blocking element, a light source, an energy source, and a mounting element, wherein the blocking element directs light emitted from the light source towards the surface of the subject wearing the apparatus. The method of illuminating and enhancing the appearance of a subject has a surface illuminator, illuminating the light source, reflecting light, attaching the surface illuminator to a surface of the subject, and illuminating the surface of the subject with light reflected from the blocking element. The method also includes the steps of turning the light source off and varying the intensity of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald V. Gobbell
  • Publication number: 20030223250
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an illumination apparatus that includes a light guide within a recessed housing. A light source, such as a light emitting diode can be used to provide light to the light guide. The light is transmitted through the light guide via total internal reflection (TIR), and can be emitted in a controlled manner to ensure that a desired angular distribution of light is achieved without substantially illuminating interior side walls of the recessed housing. In this manner, efficient lighting can be provided. In one embodiment, the invention is can be implemented within a cosmetic compact that includes a mirror. The compact may incorporate aspects of the invention by implementing a light guide within a ring-shaped recess of the compact to provide facial lighting to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventors: Todd A. Ballen, Michael C. Lea, David J. Lundin, Stephen M. Randall
  • Patent number: 6565232
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chassis having opposing major faces and an opening. The chassis is approximately the size of a commercial card, namely, a bankcard such as a credit card or a debit card, which are ubiquitous in modern society. A magnifying lens is disposed at the opening. The chassis carries a switch and a light. The light is capable of being actuated in response to actuation of the switch and is disposed so that it is capable of directing light away from the chassis so that objects can be magnified and illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventors: Steven H. Goldstein, Carol D. Goldstein, Mary Margaret Jelava-Risley, William Buell Risley
  • Patent number: 6533433
    Abstract: A mirror assembly includes a mirror that can be moved up and down by simply operating appropriate buttons and includes a light that can be dimmed as desired by operating a dimmer switch on a base unit. A storage drawer is also included and the angle of the mirror with respect to a user can also be easily adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventors: Phyllis E. Stark, Sherri Ann LeClair
  • Patent number: 6497504
    Abstract: A sun visor assembly for an automotive vehicle has a sun visor panel and at least one lighting element flush mounted on the sun visor panel. The lighting element is an electroluminescent film electrically connected to a triggering device for energizing the electroluminescent film illuminating the sun visor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Magna Reflex Holding GmbH
    Inventors: David Macher, Heinz Zorn
  • Patent number: 6441969
    Abstract: A common corrective eyeglass lens blank and a common mirror, Plano or magnifying, are brought together in a “compact” (small sized) construction and assembly to provide the very thing long desired in mirrors and not elsewhere found—corrected vision and ample working room between the eyes and any lenses, at the same time, at reasonable cost, in an elegance of implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: Leon Goldstein, Arthur Dorf
  • Patent number: 6318877
    Abstract: A portable vanity having an inverted U-shaped light bar frame with two spaced upright side light bars and a top horizontal light bar bridging and respectively hingedly connected at opposite ends to upper ends of the side light bars whereby the side bars hinge inwardly toward each other. The two side light bars and the top light bar are each comprised of two end to end light bar segment hinged together between segments whereby each segmented light bar folds inwardly at their segment hinge toward the inside of the U-shaped frame such that the frame collapses with the bar segments sequentially adjacent each other in parallel alignment. A securing mechanism is provided for securing the light bar segment hinge connections from hinge movement when the frame is fully assembled in its open position in its inverted U-shaped configuration. The light bar segments include electric light bulb sockets wired for energization of electric bulbs to be inserted in the sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Corrina Sue Dehn
  • Patent number: 6283622
    Abstract: The present invention consists of a reflective surface and an easy open/close cover. The cover uses a simple closure device to hold it in place when the mirror is not in use. Also included is a battery-powered illumination system. An on/off/dimmer control switch lets the user to control the level of illumination. Using straps with an attached closure device, the harness is secured to the backside of a headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventors: Michael W. Chupp, Roxie E. Mishler
  • Patent number: 6273585
    Abstract: An improved bathroom-use mirror lamp having a mirror lamp and gimbal frame that are capable of a flexible range of angular adjustment. A gimbal frame is situated on the upper extent of the lower base, and a mirror lamp is mounted to the gimbal frame, with the gimbal frame containing internally routed electrical wiring. The electrical wiring of the mirror lamp is routed from the interior section of the mirror lamp through the two lateral arms of the gimbal frame and extended out at the bottom end of the lower base. The gimbal frame and mirror lamp each have a laterally disposed semicircular shaped recess at a connection section with a position limiting ball bearing in each. When the mirror lamp is rotated 180 degrees, the position limiting ball bearings become restricted against two edges of the insertion conjointment slots, causing the mirror lamp to become incapable of further rotation and preventing the twisting of the electrical wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Wen-Chang Wu
  • Patent number: 6203161
    Abstract: A vanity mirror assembly is pivotally mounted within a recess in a visor body and pivots downwardly and rotates from side to side, thereby pivoting on generally mutually orthogonal axes to provide a high degree of adjustability for use of the vanity mirror without requiring movement of the visor. In a preferred embodiment, illumination means are provided to facilitate use of the vanity mirror in low ambient light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Busch, Robert C. Fitzpatrick, Rick Alan Anderson
  • Patent number: 6126302
    Abstract: A vanity mirror assembly including a track having a first end. The track is moveable between a stowed and an extended position. A mirror extends from the first end of the track. A hinge is between the first end of the track and the mirror, whereby the mirror may rotate between a position parallel to said track and a position in angular relation thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Jack E. Corn
  • Patent number: 6007206
    Abstract: A comb mirror for improving health of a human body is disclosed. A plurality of far infrared ray lamps are installed in the inner space of the comb mirror body, By a first switch within the body, the first switch will control the on and off states of the far infrared ray lamps. A protecting web is installed in front of the inner space for isolating the far infrared ray lamps for providing the user to contact the far infrared rays lamps. Each of two sides of the body is installed with a respect mirror door which may rotate with the body. Each outer surface of the mirror door is installed with a plan mirror. The inner surface of the mirror seat is installed with concave mirror. By opening the mirror door, far infrared ray will be emitted. The concave mirror serves to focus the far infrared ray to the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventor: Kwei-Tang Chang
  • Patent number: 5975708
    Abstract: A vanity mirror assembly is pivotally mounted within a recess in a visor body and pivots downwardly and rotates from side to side, thereby pivoting on generally mutually orthogonal axes to provide a high degree of adjustability for use of the vanity mirror without requiring movement of the visor. In a preferred embodiment, illumination means are provided to facilitate use of the vanity mirror in low ambient light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Fitzpatrick, David B. Busch
  • Patent number: 5930060
    Abstract: A mirror device includes a mirror attached to a frame which is pivotally coupled to a support at a pivot shaft. A cover is secured to the frame and made of electric conductive material. A conductive fastener is secured to the cover. One or more light bulbs are disposed in the cover and coupled to a contact switch which is coupled to the conductive fastener for coupling the light bulb to the cover and for allowing the contact switch to be actuated via the cover. A bracket is secured to the cover for supporting the light bulbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Sen Tien Shih
  • Patent number: 5820244
    Abstract: A synthetic resin part integrally formed with metal members manufactured by the steps of integrally forming a plurality of metal member sets through coupling portions, each of the metal member sets comprising a plurality of kinds of metal members, inserting the metal member sets into the molding dyes of a forming machine, injecting synthetic resin for molding into the molding dye, forming a synthetic resin part integrally formed with metal members in sequence to form a synthetic resin part continuum where a plurality of synthetic resin parts are connected, and cutting off the coupling portions to complete the manufacture of the plurality of synthetic resin parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamada, Tadayuki Okuda, Masaki Hagiwara, Yoshihide Yoshida
  • Patent number: 5733035
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device that is a combined night-light and table. The night-light table includes legs, a base, a top, and at least one light source located within the top. The top also includes a portion that is fabricated from a transluscent material for enabling the light from the light source to glow from the transluscent material. The top is secured to the base by way of a hinge so the top may be closed or opened. The night-light table lessens the danger of traveling near the table whenever dark and reduces the insecurity someone near the table might feel if otherwise placed in total darkness. The table provides support like conventional tables and may include lockable storage compartments. The night-light table may combine with a chair or stool for the comfort and convenience of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Inventors: Phillip Anthony Spencer, Patricia Garland Spencer
  • Patent number: 5671096
    Abstract: A vanity mirror including: a mirror body arranged with a mirror; a cover turnably received by the mirror body so that it may be opened/closed relative to the mirror; and spring means for urging the cover in at least the closing direction. A shaft is fixedly received by one of the mirror body and the cover for receiving the other and is formed with a friction surface part having an enlarged coefficient of friction on the surface to be brought into sliding contact with the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihide Yoshida, Atsushi Yamada
  • Patent number: 5651605
    Abstract: A vanity mirror assembly having a frame with a pair of opposed tracks. A panel includes a pair of parallel rails which are slidable in the opposed tracks. A mirror slidable in the opposed tracks is hinged to the panel. The panel and the mirror are moveable between a storage position wherein the mirror and panel are aligned in the same plane within the frame and a use position wherein the mirror is withdrawn from the frame and in angular relation to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Inventor: Jack E. Corn
  • Patent number: 5576898
    Abstract: An optical system for viewing the rear seat area of a vehicle through a rearview mirror and a roof mounted forward facing mirror is provided. The forward facing mirror is mounted with the headliner in a fixed or adjustable manner and there is a friction hinge for moving the mirror from a substantially flush position with the headliner to an extended position projecting from the headliner. Lights can be provided with the mirror to enhance the image of the rear seat. The mirror system in the rear of the vehicle can be multi-purpose. It can act as a forward facing mirror, alternatively it can swivel to act as a sun visor to a side window, or alternatively the reverse side of a double mirror system can be used as a vanity mirror with illumination as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Sheri J. Rubin
  • Patent number: 5184888
    Abstract: An illuminating portion of a vanity mirror device disposed in a recessed portion in a body of the vanity mirror device and at one side of a mirror. A light conducting plate formed of a transparent material is fitted in the recessed portion and the front surface of the light conducting plate is located flush with the front surface of the body. And an electric bulb is located to oppose one of end surfaces of the light conducting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toranosuke Sakuma, Minoru Obata
  • Patent number: 5039153
    Abstract: A vanity mirror assembly includes a housing which is adapted to be mounted to the roof structure of a vehicle and a generally L-shaped pivot rod with one end locked to the housing and an opposite end pivotally mounted to a vanity mirror frame. The pivot rod includes an offset portion defining a cam which engages a cam surface on the frame to control the pivotal motion of the frame with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Lindberg, Craig Robbins
  • Patent number: 5014169
    Abstract: A sun visor for a motor vehicle is disclosed in which the sun visor (1) is movable from an in use position to a stored position. The sun visor (1) includes a vanity mirror (2) viewable when the sun visor (1) is in its in use position and illumination means (19) to selectively provide additional illumination of a user of the vanity mirror (2). The illumination means (19) is arranged to additionally supply illumination for the interior of the motor vehicle when the sun visor (1) is in its stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignee: Rover Group Limited
    Inventor: Howard L. Chetwynd
  • Patent number: 4981348
    Abstract: The cassette has a pivoting flap which covers the mirror and which may be fixed in an open position or in a closed position. In order to facilitate assembling the flap on the cassette, hinge stubs are formed on the flap and the cassette has a slot through which the flap is inserted from the rear face of the cassette. The flap is held in place by a bracket fixed to the rear face of the cassette and constituting a spring forming a fixed stop element that co-operates with flats formed on the flat close to the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: Rockwell Automotice Body Systems
    Inventor: Charles Prillard
  • Patent number: 4934802
    Abstract: A relatively small convex mirror is retractably mounted to a housing, located at the roof-line of a vehicle at the center windshield area for movement between a use position extended from the housing to permit a front seat occupant to view the face of a rear seat occupant and a stored position retracted within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Assignee: Prince
    Inventors: William J. Fluharty, Ronald A. Dykstra, Pat Binish
  • Patent number: 4905128
    Abstract: A lipstick application assisting device comprises a housing, a receptacle formed in the housing so as to accommodate a lipstick, a mirror provided on the housing, and an illuminating element including a switch, a power supply activated and deactivated by the switch, and an electric light source supplied from the power supply during its activation and arranged so that its light is directed toward user's lips so as to illuminate the user's lips and to obtain in the mirror an illuminated image of the user's lips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Inventor: Richard Caires
  • Patent number: 4652982
    Abstract: An illuminated vanity mirror package includes guide and support members which allow the package to translate and rotate to a variety of use positions. In a preferred embodiment, the package is mounted within a recess of a vehicle visor and can be reversed between flush-mounted stored and use positions as well as intermediate use positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventor: Carl W. Flowerday
  • Patent number: 4361981
    Abstract: A case having a hinged top supporting a mirror and battery-powered lighting structure including rows of at least three transparent bulbous globes along opposite side edges of the mirror, a single electric bulb adjacent each row of globes, a reflector positioned opposite each globe and rearward of the bulb and adapted to reflect light from the single bulb into each row of globes and commonly through all of the globes to illuminate said mirror from opposite edges, the case having a compartment in which a doll head with a wig and a base is storable in horizontal position in the compartment and is mountable in upright position upon support mechanism in the case selectively to face the mirror when the top is vertical or the front of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Assignee: Arco Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Walter S. Reiling, Kwok W. Tsui, Johnny S. C. Yuen