Adjustable Patents (Class 362/142)
  • Patent number: 9316347
    Abstract: A rearview assembly kit for a vehicle having a housing. A connecting interface is disposed on a forward edge of the housing that is configured to removably connect the housing to any one of a rearview device having a peripheral edge with a bezel, or a rearview device having a peripheral edge that is at least partially ground away. A rearview device includes an outer ring proximate a peripheral edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark R. Roth
  • Publication number: 20150098213
    Abstract: A reading apparatus for assisting a person to read or view reading material, including from a lying down position, with the reading apparatus including in a lying down position. The reading apparatus comprises: an optical system including a tray for supporting the reading material, a reflecting mirror and an imaging mirror, said tray, said reflecting mirror and said imaging mirror being mechanically intercoupled in a manner that enables them to be positioned at predetermined, respective angles relative to each other, to enable the reading material located on said tray to be viewed by viewing an image formed by said imaging mirror. A support is configured to enable the optical system to be positioned in front of the person. The tray, the reflecting mirror and the imaging mirror can be folded onto each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Josef MULLER
  • Publication number: 20140268682
    Abstract: A portable lighting system and method of use comprising a light up frame or housing, and the light up frame or housing can be worn as a hairpiece or hairclip to support and project lights and/or a halo of light from it, while applying make-up or grooming. The system can include a removeably attached mirror. Further, the mirror alone and/or the portable lighting system and/or light up frame or housing can be attached to numerous surfaces or even worn around your neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Shelly Brady
  • Patent number: 8752975
    Abstract: A telescopic flashlight that includes a universally adjustable mirror unit for reflecting the light of the lighting unit over a universal range, which mirror unit is readily and easily attached and detached from the distal end of the flashlight apparatus via a metallic mounting collar that is magnetically retained by means of an annular magnet affixed to the distal end of the apparatus, which mounting collar itself is rotatable relative to the distal end of the flashlight apparatus in order to provide two of the three degrees of freedom on motion of the mirror proper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Rubino
  • 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: 8746918
    Abstract: A telescopic flashlight that includes a universally adjustable mirror unit for reflecting the light of the lighting unit over a universal range, which mirror unit is readily and easily attached and detached from the distal end of the flashlight apparatus via a metallic mounting collar that is magnetically retained by means of an annular magnet affixed to the distal end of the apparatus, which mounting collar itself is rotatable relative to the distal end of the flashlight apparatus in order to provide two of the three degrees of freedom on motion of the mirror proper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Rubino
  • Patent number: 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
  • Patent number: 8556447
    Abstract: A mountable, adjustable, and removable personal mirror system, which allows the user to obtain close-in or far-away panoramic views. The user can adjust the position (how close together), the angle, and the orientation (e.g., side-to-side or top-and-bottom) of the mirrors. By so adjusting the mirrors, the user will see a much wider variety of visual information than with currently existing personal mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Andre J. Griggs
  • Publication number: 20130148336
    Abstract: A mountable, adjustable, and removable personal mirror system, which allows the user to obtain close-in or far-away panoramic views. The user can adjust the position (how close together), the angle, and the orientation (e.g., side-to-side or top-and-bottom) of the mirrors. By so adjusting the mirrors, the user will see a much wider variety of visual information than with currently existing personal mirrors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Andre J. Griggs
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130077292
    Abstract: A fan base and illuminated minor 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 minor 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: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Barbara D. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8393749
    Abstract: A free-standing and adjustable tri-fold mirror preferably includes a tri-fold mirror having first, second and third reflective surfaces, a mounting bracket statically attached to a rear side of the tri-fold mirror, a swivel device pivotally mated to the mounting bracket, a stand attached to the swivel device and extending away from the tri-fold mirror, and a base member attached to a bottom end of the stand. Advantageously, the tri-fold mirror is freely pivotal along an x-axis and a y-axis while the stand remains stationary and further while the tri-fold mirror is freely adjusted between folded and unfolded positions respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Andrea Daicos
  • 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: 8303134
    Abstract: A flush mount mirror assembly (100) has a housing (102), a mirror assembly (110) and a light array (116). The mirror assembly (110) includes a mirror (114) coupled to a telescoping tube pair (124). The mirror (114) reflects light and is adjustable to various angular orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Norman R. Byrne
  • Publication number: 20120112490
    Abstract: A mirror unit includes: a frame; a mirror that is mounted on the frame; a cover that is mounted on the frame and that covers the mirror; two facing wall portions that extend along the frame; and guide members that are respectively formed on both wall portions, that protrude in a direction in which both wall portions face each other and that allow the cover to slide along the frame. A guide member-absent region in which the guide member is partially not formed is provided at an end portion of at least one of the wall portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: KYOWA SANGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi FUKATSU
  • Patent number: 8033699
    Abstract: A lighted exterior mirror system includes an exterior mirror assembly having a folding portion and a non-folding portion. The non-folding portion is configured to mount to a side of a vehicle and the folding portion includes a reflective element. The folding portion is movable relative to the non-folding portion and between a normal operating position and a folded position. A ground illumination light is configured to project a pattern of light from the exterior mirror assembly to provide a lighted zone on a ground area adjacent the side of the vehicle at least at a front door region at the side of the vehicle where occupants may enter/exit the vehicle. The pattern of light projected by the ground illumination light provides ground illumination of at least about one lux illumination intensity at least on the ground area adjacent the front door region at the side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W. Pastrick, Michiel P. van de Ven, Peter J. Whitehead, Rick Mousseau, Niall R. Lynam
  • Publication number: 20110019391
    Abstract: Sun visor body with a light source and a mirror, wherein a surface facing the mirror is reflectively configured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Patrick Welter
  • Publication number: 20090257218
    Abstract: A backlit mirror assembly comprises a mirror, a lamp chamber, and a prop. The mirror is pivotally coupled to the lamp chamber so that it may be tilted outwardly, thereby allowing access to electrical components housed within the lamp chamber. A prop maintains the mirror in an open position. In one embodiment, the prop incorporates a gas spring to facilitate lifting of the mirror by a sole user. The mirror may be coupled to a rigid frame in order to strengthen the mirror, thereby reducing flexing of the mirror and hazards associated with such flexing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Daryl D. Sullivan, Robert Harney
  • Patent number: 7600886
    Abstract: A backlit mirror assembly comprises a mirror, a lamp chamber, and a prop. The mirror is pivotally coupled to the lamp chamber so that it may be tilted outwardly, thereby allowing access to electrical components housed within the lamp chamber. A prop maintains the mirror in an open position. In one embodiment, the prop incorporates a gas spring to facilitate lifting of the mirror by a sole user. The mirror may be coupled to a rigid frame in order to strengthen the mirror, thereby reducing flexing of the mirror and hazards associated with such flexing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Cornerstone Lighting, LLC
    Inventors: Daryl D. Sullivan, Robert Harney
  • Publication number: 20080225515
    Abstract: A visor vanity for use in a vehicle includes a vanity mirror, a light source for providing illumination to the user of the mirror or for other purposes, an energy source independent of the vehicle's electrical system for energizing the light source, a switch for causing light source to be energized by the independent power source or de-energized, and a timer for de-energizing the light source after a certain time period has passed so as to minimize depletion of the independent energy source. The light source may comprise one or more LEDs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kirk M. Nicola, Joel D. Carpenter, James J. Hobson
  • Patent number: 7416319
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an illumination device for vanity mirrors of motor vehicle sun visors. The illumination device does not use cables as conducting elements nor external mechanical elements such as switches, simplifying the assembly operations. A conducting laminar element performs all of these functions: in addition to being the conducting means it acts as a switch for the device. This device is actuated by a cover that covers the mirror and is operated at the user's will. The device is characterised in that it is only illuminated in one position, in which the cover is not covering the mirror and the visor is in a shading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Grupo Antolin-Ingeniera, S.A.
    Inventors: St├ęphane Richard, Vincent Bernard
  • Patent number: 7300169
    Abstract: The embodiments of the invention provide a viewing system having an upright member, a first mirror coupled to the upright member, a light source coupled to the upright member, and a retractable mirror assembly coupled to the upright member. The retractable mirror assembly includes a horizontal support coupled on one end to the upright member, an adjustable vertical support coupled on one end to the other end of the horizontal support, and a second mirror coupled to the other end of the adjustable vertical support. A user can adjust the position of the second mirror by retracting or extending the adjustable vertical support. The system can include a remote control or a control switch coupled to the adjustable vertical support to control the extension and retraction of the adjustable vertical support. The second mirror can be foldable to allow for multiple viewing angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Chi Yau Yue
  • Patent number: 7168830
    Abstract: An exterior mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a signal light that provides an advanced notification system to approaching vehicles that the driver of the vehicle intends to turn or make a lane change. The exterior mirror assembly includes a housing with a reflective element and a positioning device for adjusting the position of the reflective element in the housing, and at least one signal light positioned in the housing. The signal light includes a light source and a light conduiting member which is adapted to project a pattern of light from the housing and yet restrict light from extending into the vehicle so that a driver seated in the vehicle does not directly observe the pattern of light. The light source may be provided by a light pipe which is optically coupled to a remote light source located, for example, in the vehicle. Preferably, the pattern of light extends rearwardly, forwardly, and laterally from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W Pastrick, Michiel P van de Ven, Peter J Whitehead, Rick Mousseau, Niall R Lynam
  • Patent number: 7121701
    Abstract: An extra rear-view mirror for a vehicle includes a frame mounted upon a rear windshield of the vehicle. The frame includes a bottom having a half-spherical reflector mounted thereon for reflecting image to a middle rear-view mirror in the vehicle and a thickened side formed opposite to the vehicle. At least one chamber is defined in the thickened side of the frame and at least one opening is defined in the thickened side of the frame and longitudinally communicating with the at least one chamber. At least one light projector is disposed in the at least one chamber and electrically connected to a reversing system of the vehicle for promoting the bright effect when the vehicle is reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventors: An Sheng Liu, Zheng Zong Xiao
  • Patent number: 6991340
    Abstract: A device for reflecting an image to a user's eyes that includes a viewing member having an interior mirror positioned in angled alignment with the user's eye; and an exterior mirror positioned in spaced alignment to the interior mirror. The exterior mirror is adjustable with respect to the interior mirror. The device further includes a pair of interior mirrors positioned in angled alignment to the user's eyes; and a pair of exterior mirrors in spaced alignment to the interior mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventors: Ray Theodore Townsend, Jr., Liansuo Xie
  • Patent number: 6981789
    Abstract: An exterior mirror assembly including an attachment member for supporting an approach light. The attachment member interconnects a mirror housing to a vehicle and includes an opening for receiving a lens. Light projects through the lens from the attachment member in order to illuminate a predetermined area in proximity to the vehicle. A light source may be housed within the support member or, alternatively, a light source may be housed interior to the vehicle and a light path transport light from the light source to the lens for projection from the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignees: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd, Schefenacker Vision Systems UK Limited
    Inventors: Andrew J. Assinder, Neil J. Francis
  • Patent number: 6909408
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for a night vision display unit uses friction hinges to effectively position the display unit at a desired position relative to the vehicle operator. In a dashboard mounting arrangement, the friction hinge dampens movement of the display unit. In the visor mounted arrangement, the friction hinge assembly and catch assembly ensure convenient, effective storage and deployment of the visor or display unit without one component adversely impacting on the operation and use of the other component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Matko, Craig S. Haehn, Duane R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6851825
    Abstract: An attachable book mirror device enables the reader of a textual document to view the facial expressions of the young adult, child, toddler, or baby who is listening in close proximity to the reader. The listener can also view the mechanical lip movements of the reader to thereby shorten process of learning to read. The attachable book mirror includes a shell for housing the optically human visual spectrum reflective material that is pivotally connected to a base used to attach to the covers of books or any other suitable document. The reflective material can be adjusted in any allowable position, holding its last position due to certain equal but opposite forces that are generated by certain internal components such as a spring contained within the base that helps create a lasting static contact frictional force. An adjustable light may be pivotally attached to the book mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Patrick T. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6848816
    Abstract: The present application includes a vehicle mirror which includes an approach light in the attachment assembly. The approach light is a single light source positionable in relation to predetermined inputs for directing light to various areas, depending on the inputs. Additionally, an intercom system is provided for communication between the interior of the vehicle and exterior of the vehicle, by way of the vehicle mirror. Also, a remote sensor is utilized to set predetermined memory positions of interior vehicle components such as seats, steering columns and brake pedals. This allows customization of the interior components upon an individual's approach to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Robert W. Gilbert, Kash A. Munir, Mark Olijnyk, Patrick McCaffrey, Paul Schwarz, Alex Gersch, Paul van de Loo, Maarten J. Schuumans, Andrew D. Herps, Adam S. Peacock, Richard G. Teal, Chris Moase
  • Publication number: 20040257824
    Abstract: An exterior mirror assembly including an attachment member for supporting an approach light. The attachment member interconnects a mirror housing to a vehicle and includes an opening for receiving a lens. Light projects through the lens from the attachment member in order to illuminate a predetermined area in proximity to the vehicle. A light source may be housed within the support member or, alternatively, a light source may be housed interior to the vehicle and a light path transport light from the light source to the lens for projection from the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Applicants: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd., Schefenacker Vision Systems UK Limited
    Inventors: Andrew J. Assinder, Neil J. Francis
  • Patent number: 6814476
    Abstract: An exterior mirror assembly including an attachment member for supporting an approach light. The attachment member interconnects a mirror housing to a vehicle and includes an opening for receiving a lens. Light projects through the lens from the attachment member in order to illuminate a predetermined area in proximity to the vehicle. A light source may be housed within the support member or, alternatively, a light source may be housed interior to the vehicle and a light path transports light from the light source to the lens for projection from the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignees: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd, Schefenacker Vision Systems UK Limited
    Inventors: Andrew J. Assinder, Neil J. Francis
  • Patent number: 6811288
    Abstract: An exterior sideview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a housing or casing and a reflective element, which is supported in the casing. The casing includes a storage space, which provides storage for at least one accessory. The accessory is retrievable from the storage space and useable exteriorly of the mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Barry W. Hutzel
  • Patent number: 6746140
    Abstract: A rear-view mirror for a vehicle. The rear-view mirror has a mirrow body at which is formed an accommodating member. A lamp house containing a lamp bulb and a secondary battery is accommodated in the accommodating member by holders for holding the lamp house from below. The lamp house is pulled out from the accommodating member to illuminate a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventors: Takashi Ichikawa, Masakazu Aoki, Tadashi Ejiri, Masami Hosono, Hiroyuki Kato, Kenichi Jinushi
  • Patent number: 6604836
    Abstract: An illuminated mirror is provided that has a first light source of a first color and a second light source of a second color, a reflective surface adapted to be illuminated by the light sources, and a switch. The switch selectively controls the flow of power to the first light source, the second light source, or both light sources. Controlling the flow of power to the first light source simulates home light. Controlling the flow of power to the second light source simulates office light. Controlling the flow of power to both light sources simulates Day light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventors: Vito J. Carlucci, Richard Neil Tobin
  • Patent number: 6598982
    Abstract: An alignment device for a rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle provides a visible signal or indication to a driver of the vehicle to assist the driver in aligning the rearview mirror assembly for proper rearward and/or sideward viewing. The alignment device is adaptable for interior and exterior rearview mirror assemblies. Preferably, the alignment device includes an illumination source positioned at or near the reflective element of the rearview mirror assembly. The illumination source is actuatable to provide the visible signal during an adjustment period of the rearview mirror assembly and may be deactivated following such time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Frank A. Witt
  • Patent number: 6572250
    Abstract: An exterior mirror assembly including an attachment member for supporting an approach light. The attachment member interconnects a mirror housing to a vehicle and includes an opening for receiving a lens. Light projects through the lens from the attachment member in order to illuminate a predetermined area in proximity to the vehicle. A light source may be housed within the support member or, alternatively, a light source may be housed interior to the vehicle and a light path transports light from the light source to the lens for projection from the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignees: Britax Wingard Limited, Britax Rainsford Pty Limited
    Inventors: Andrew J. Assinder, Neil J. Francis
  • Patent number: 6554437
    Abstract: A make-up or vanity mirror which is adapted to be mounted in a vehicle in such a manner that it may be optimally positioned for use by the driver/passenger without impairing the driver's vision when the vehicle is in motion. The mirror assembly may be added as an aftermarket accessory to existing vehicles or may be installed as original equipment. The mirror is mounted on a flexible extension arm which is secured to a base which may be quickly secured to the posts of the head rest on a typical seat or to another portion of the vehicle. The mirror may include a peripheral lighting system to provide localized illumination and a microphone and speaker assembly to allow communication with a cellular phone. The mirror assembly also includes a cellular phone holder, display screen and keypad to allow a user to operate and access the cellular telephone in a complete “hands-free” mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Christian von Glasow
  • Publication number: 20030058639
    Abstract: An illuminated mirror is provided that has a first light source of a first color and a second light source of a second color, a reflective surface adapted to be illuminated by the light sources, and a switch. The switch selectively controls the flow of power to the first light source, the second light source, or both light sources. Controlling the flow of power to the first light source simulates home light. Controlling the flow of power to the second light source simulates office light. Controlling the flow of power to both light sources simulates Day light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Applicant: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vito J. Carlucci, Richard Neil Tobin
  • 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: 6428193
    Abstract: For a control rod disposed between a top corner of the sun visor and the hinge of the mirror flap on the sun visor, the end of the rod associated with the plate carries a cam that causes two electrical conductors to be pressed one against the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Mollertech SAS
    Inventor: Robert Guyot
  • Publication number: 20020041497
    Abstract: A rear-view mirror for a vehicle. The rear-view mirror has a mirror body at which is formed an accommodating member. A lamp house containing a lamp bulb and a secondary battery is accommodated in the accommodating member by holders for holding the lamp house from below. The lamp house is pulled out from the accommodating member to illuminate a desired position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Publication date: April 11, 2002
    Inventors: Takashi Ichikawa, Masakazu Aoki, Tadashi Ejiri, Masami Hosono, Hiroyuki Kato, Kenichi Jinushi
  • Patent number: 6270240
    Abstract: Illuminating light of an illuminating lamp 32 of a lamp socket 31 in a roof panel 1 is made incident on an incident end of a light guide 17 for the stay 16 at an end of a vertical shaft portion 16b of a stay 16. Illuminating light emitted from the emission end of the light guide 17 for the stay 16 at the end of the horizontal shaft portion 16a of the stay 16 is guided to an illuminating light guide 15 through a sunvisor-side light guide 19 so that the sunvisor is illuminated with the illuminating light guide 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignees: Harness Systems Technologies Research, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuya Inoue
  • Patent number: 6264339
    Abstract: A make-up or vanity mirror which is adapted to be mounted in a vehicle in such a manner that it may be optimally positioned for use by the driver/passenger without impairing the driver's vision when the vehicle is in motion. The mirror assembly may be added as an aftermarket accessory to existing vehicles or may be installed as original equipment. The mirror is mounted on a flexible extension arm which is secured to a base which may be quickly secured to the posts of the head rest on a typical seat or to another portion of the vehicle. The mirror may include a peripheral lighting system to provide localized illumination. The power source for the lighting system may be self-contained with a battery pack mounted in the clamp base and a wire carried in the interior of the flexible extension arm. It is also possible to house the battery pack directly in the mirror housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Christian von Glasow
  • 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: 6135610
    Abstract: A motor vehicle sun visor having a generally flat sun visor body usually of foamed plastic material, having an approximately rectangular peripheral contour. In one corner region of the sun visor body, a mounting housing is disposed in the body. The housing has a bore which extends approximately parallel to the upper longitudinal edge of the sun visor body. An end region of the sun visor support and mounting shaft is received in that bore. A plug-in opening to that bore intersects it at approximately a right angle. A plug disposed in the visor body is positioned to plug into the plug-in opening. Electrical wires supported on the sun visor shaft have external contact elements. Electric contacts on the plug are contactable with the contact elements on the sun visor shaft. The plug has electrically contactable elements away from the shaft. A microswitch on the visor includes contact pins which contact the contactable elements on the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Becker Group Europe GmbH
    Inventors: Frederick Beck, Rene Lecorvaisier
  • 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: 6082881
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror housing, a mirror, and a light assembly. The light assembly is supported within a channel in the mirror housing for slidable movement from a retracted position behind the mirror to an extended position adjacent the mirror. The light assembly includes a light housing and a light emitting device adapted to provide sufficient light to illuminate the face of a user. The light assembly is operatively connected to a switch which prevents the light emitting device from operating unless the vehicle transmission is in a park setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas S. Hicks
  • Patent number: 6039455
    Abstract: An infant observation mirror 10 is attachable to a rear-facing infant car seat 200. A fastening assembly 20 includes a C-clamp which attaches to the upper edge of the back of the car seat. Alternative versions of the fastening assembly include a modified alligator clamp and a resilient spring clamp. A first end of a curved arm assembly 50 extends from the fastening assembly over the car seat. A preferred curved arm assembly provides a resilient skeleton the shape of which may be adjusted and a soft protective covering. A mirror assembly 60 is supported by the second end of the curved arm assembly, and typically provides a light-weight mylar plastic mirror. An adjustment assembly 70 allows rotation of the mirror about a horizontal and a vertical axis. A lighting assembly 90 provides soft lighting to illuminate the child during night driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Karen Sorenson
  • Patent number: 5997149
    Abstract: A reversible, backlit grooming mirror has a planar mirror and a concave mirror mounted back-to-back in a reflector unit in parallel relation, with a space between the mirrors. The reflector unit is mounted for rotation in a mirror frame between a first position presenting the planar mirror to a user and a second position presenting the concave mirror to the user. A light source such as a halogen lamp is disposed in the space between the mirrors. A switch responsive to rotation of the reflector unit terminates electrical power to the lamp unless the reflector unit occupies a position in which one of the mirrors is in an operative position before the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Manica Taiwan, Inc.
    Inventor: Chia-Wu Chu
  • 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