Optical user interface system for automotive modules

  • US 7,817,020 B2
  • Filed: 10/17/2006
  • Issued: 10/19/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/17/2006
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A rearview assembly for a vehicle, said rearview assembly comprising:

  • a mounting structure adapted to be mounted to a vehicle, said mounting structure including a housing;

    a rearward viewing device for providing a rearward view to a vehicle occupant; and

    at least one position sensor disposed in said housing, said position sensor including at least;

    a first radiation emitter;

    a second radiation emitter;

    sensor processing circuitry coupled said first and second radiation emitters; and

    radiation reception element coupled to said sensor processing circuitry, wherein said radiation reception element is configured to receive light emitted by said first emitter and not reflected by an object, and light emitted by second emitter and reflected by said object,thereby adjusting a light intensity of said first radiation emitter based on the received light from said radiation reception element; and

    wherein said at least one position sensor is configured to determine at least one of the distance of said object from said at least one position sensor and the position of said object on the surface of said rearward viewing device by monitoring said light intensity of said first radiation emitter.

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