Proximity switch and vehicle rearview mirror assembly incorporating the same and having a transparent housing

  • US 6,614,579 B2
  • Filed: 07/06/2001
  • Issued: 09/02/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/22/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A proximity switch comprising:

  • a radiation emitter for emitting radiation;

    at least one photosensor for detecting light levels near said radiation emitter; and

    an electronic circuit for energizing said radiation emitter and for receiving and processing signals from said photosensor so as to perform a specified function upon detecting an object that causes the radiation emitted from said radiation emitter to be reflected back to said photosensor.

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