Gentex has been granted a patent for a scanning apparatus that captures identifying information of a user. The apparatus includes infrared emitters, an image sensor, and a controller. It can activate the emitters, capture images, compare them, determine the user’s location, and process the data for identification. The apparatus can also be concealed or revealed as needed. GlobalData’s report on Gentex gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Scanning apparatus for capturing identifying information of a user

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Gentex Corporation

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11776313B2) describes a scanning apparatus designed to capture identifying information of a user. The apparatus includes one or more infrared emitters, an image sensor, and a concealment apparatus. A controller is responsible for activating the emitters, controlling the image sensor, comparing captured images, determining a set of pixels with changes, subtracting these pixels from the image data to locate the user, and processing the set of pixels for user identification.

The patent also mentions that the change in the images can be caused by a reflection from the infrared emitters. Additionally, the apparatus can utilize an eye-scan-identification function to process the set of pixels for user identification. The first and second images can be captured over a predetermined temporal period or can be consecutive images.

The scanning apparatus can be incorporated into a vehicle, suggesting potential applications in automotive technology. The controller compares sets of pixels with the state of illumination to determine a correlation of illumination, allowing for more accurate image comparison. The controller can also compare sets of pixels with different states of illumination to determine a correlation of illumination.

The concealment apparatus of the scanning apparatus includes a mirror device that reflects visible light, aligning the user with the scanning apparatus in the scanning configuration. Changing the concealment apparatus from the concealed configuration to the scanning configuration involves adjusting the transmittance of an electro-optic device. The controller selectively reveals the location of the scanning apparatus in the scanning configuration by controlling the transmittance.

Overall, this patent describes a scanning apparatus that utilizes infrared emitters, image sensors, and a concealment apparatus to capture identifying information of a user. The apparatus can be incorporated into vehicles and includes features such as image comparison, illumination correlation, and user identification processing. The concealment apparatus allows for the selective hiding and revealing of the scanning apparatus.

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