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Title:
OLED DESIGN VEHICLE SEATS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/192885
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A flexible vehicle interior covering includes a fabric mesh and a plurality of organic light-emitting diodes integrated in the fabric mesh to provide an OLED display, where the OLED display is connected with a control module comprising OLED drivers that control, send signals to, and power the OLED display. The OLED display emits a plurality of light signals at a first point in time. In some cases, the OLED display emits a second plurality of light signals at a second point in time. In yet other situations, the OLED display emits an ongoing and changing plurality of light signals at a plurality of points in time.Furthermore, the OLED display may emit the plurality of light signals continuously.

Inventors:
DUPREY, Ryan David (13601 Industrial Parkway, Marysville, OH, 43040, US)
Application Number:
EP2019/057561
Publication Date:
October 10, 2019
Filing Date:
March 26, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BENECKE-KALIKO AG (Beneckeallee 40, Hannover, 30419, DE)
International Classes:
B60K35/00; B60Q3/54; B60Q3/74; B60R11/00
Foreign References:
US20150307040A12015-10-29
DE102006052308A12008-05-15
GB2435684A2007-09-05
Other References:
"Integration of OLEDs in Textiles", ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol. 80, 11 September 2012 (2012-09-11), pages 14 - 21, ISSN: 1662-0356
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PREUSSER, Andrea (Continental Aktiengesellschaft Intellectual Property, Postfach 169, Hannover, 30001, DE)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A flexible vehicle interior covering comprising a fabric mesh and a plurality of organic light-emitting diodes integrated in the fabric mesh to provide an OLED display, wherein the OLED display is connected with a control module comprising OLED drivers that control, send signals to, and power the OLED display, and wherein the OLED display emits a plurality of light signals at a first point in time.

2. The flexible vehicle interior covering according to claim 1 , wherein the OLED display emits a second plurality of light signals at a second point in time.

3. The flexible vehicle interior covering according to claim 1 , wherein the OLED display emits an ongoing and changing plurality of light signals at a plurality of points in time.

4. The flexible vehicle interior covering according to claim 1 , wherein the OLED display emits the plurality of light signals continuously.

5. The flexible vehicle interior covering according to claim 1 , wherein the fabric mesh is comprised in a cloth material.

6. The flexible vehicle interior covering according to claim 1 , wherein the fabric mesh is comprised in an elastomeric sheet material.

7. The flexible vehicle interior covering according to claim 1 , wherein the fabric mesh is comprised in a simulated leather sheet material.

8. The flexible vehicle interior covering according to claim 1 , wherein the fabric mesh is comprised in a leather sheet material.

9. The flexible vehicle interior covering according to claim 1 , wherein the OLED display is viewable by a vehicle driver.

10. The flexible vehicle interior covering according to claim 1 , wherein the OLED display is viewable by a passenger.

11. A flexible vehicle interior covering according to the preceding disclosure.

12. A vehicle incorporating the OLED display according to the preceding disclosure.

Description:
OLED DESIGN VEHICLE SEATS

FIELD

[0001] The field to which the disclosure generally relates is to a display device and an vehicle including the same.

BACKGROUND

[0002] This section provides background information to facilitate a better understanding of the various aspects of the disclosure. It should be understood that the statements in this section of this document are to be read in this light, and not as admissions of prior art.

[0003] A display device such as an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display is used in mobile devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, ultra-slim laptop computers, digital cameras, video cameras, and personal digital assistants (PDAs), or large consumer electronics devices such as ultra-thin televisions.

[0004] As flexibility of display devices increases, market demand for utilizing the devices in various fields, for example, an vehicle field, a medical field, a clothing field, etc. also increases.

[0005] Known are vehicles utilizing OLED displays that include a display unit including a first surface, and a second surface located on an opposite side of the first surface, wherethe first surface includes an active area that provides an image and dead areas located on both sides of the active area and bent with respect to the active area. The display further includes a heat radiation member adjacent to the second surface of the display device and including a metallic material. However, such display units are gernally rigid devices which are separate components from other parts of a vehicle, such as a console housing. Also, OLEDs have been integrated into clothes to display various colors and images.

[0006] Other known devices include vehicle seat headrest apparatus with at least one viewable display, such as an LED display, that is easily attached to, but separate from, a seat headrest. Further, LED displays are not flexible, and a large number of individual LED light sources are gernerally required

[0007] Thus, there is an ongoing pursuit for display systems in vehicles with sufficient flexibility and broad capability in imagy display, such need met, at least in part, with embodiments according to the following disclosure.

SUMMARY

[0008] This section provides a general summary of the disclosure, and is not a necessarily a comprehensive disclosure of its full scope or all of its features.

[0009] In some aspects of the disclosure, a flexible vehicle interior covering includes a fabric mesh and a plurality of organic light-emitting diodes integrated in the fabric mesh to provide an OLED display, where the OLED display is connected with a control module comprising OLED drivers that control, send signals to, and power the OLED display. The OLED display emits a plurality of light signals at a first point in time. In some cases, the OLED display emits a second plurality of light signals at a second point in time. In yet other situations, the OLED display emits an ongoing and changing plurality of light signals at a plurality of points in time. Furthermore, the OLED display may emit the plurality of light signals continuously.

[0010] The plurality of organic light-emitting diodes are integrated in a fabric meshwhich may be part of a cloth material, an elastomeric sheet material, a simulated leather sheet material, or even a leather sheet material.

[0011] In some cases, the OLED display is viewable by a vehicle driver, viewable by a passenger, or viewable by a plurality of passengers and the driver. In some other cases, different OLED displays are utilized in the vehicle, which allows different vehicle occupants to observe different content on each OLED displays. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0012] Certain embodiments of the disclosure will hereafter be described with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals denote like elements. It should be understood, however, that the accompanying figures illustrate the various implementations described herein and are not meant to limit the scope of various technologies described herein, and FIG. 1 illustrates a schematic of one system, in accordance with the disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0013] The following description of the variations is merely illustrative in nature and is in no way intended to limit the scope of the disclosure, its application, or uses. The description is presented herein solely for the purpose of illustrating the various embodiments of the disclosure and should not be construed as a limitation to the scope and applicability of the disclosure. In the summary of the disclosure and this detailed description, each numerical value should be read once as modified by the term“about” (unless already expressly so modified), and then read again as not so modified unless otherwise indicated in context. Also, in the summary of the disclosure and this detailed description, it should be understood that a value range listed or described as being useful, suitable, or the like, is intended that any and every value within the range, including the end points, is to be considered as having been stated. For example,“a range of from 1 to 10” is to be read as indicating each and every possible number along the continuum between about 1 and about 10. Thus, even if specific data points within the range, or even no data points within the range, are explicitly identified or refer to only a few specific, it is to be understood that inventors appreciate and understand that any and all data points within the range are to be considered to have been specified, and that inventors had possession of the entire range and all points within the range.

[0014] Unless expressly stated to the contrary, "or" refers to an inclusive or and not to an exclusive or. For example, a condition A or B is satisfied by anyone of the following: A is true (or present) and B is false (or not present), A is false (or not present) and B is true (or present), and both A and B are true (or present). [0015] In addition, use of the "a" or "an" are employed to describe elements and components of the embodiments herein. This is done merely for convenience and to give a general sense of concepts according to the disclosure. This description should be read to include one or at least one and the singular also includes the plural unless otherwise stated.

[0016] The terminology and phraseology used herein is for descriptive purposes and should not be construed as limiting in scope. Language such as "including," "comprising," "having," "containing," or "involving," and variations thereof, is intended to be broad and encompass the subject matter listed thereafter, equivalents, and additional subject matter not recited.

[0017] Also, as used herein any references to "one embodiment" or "an embodiment" means that a particular element, feature, structure, or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least one embodiment. The appearances of the phrase "in one embodiment" in various places in the specification are not necessarily referring to the same embodiment.

[0018] Embodiments according to the disclosure include a control module and a plurality or matrix of organic light-emitting diodes, also referred to as OLEDs, which are integrated into the outer covering fabric of seat materials utilized in a vehicle, to form a display in the outer covering of the seat. The control module contains OLED drivers that control, send signals to, and power the OLED display. The module may be programmed so that it can drive a plurality OLEDs to be a plurality variety of individual colors, of which the user will have a range of choices. In some aspects, the module may also be able to be programmed with special software that will enable the module to drive the OLEDs so that they display images, such as a sports team logo, or any other types of symbols or logos.

[0019] In some embodiments, the OLEDs can be integrated into fabric or applied directly to other material on the door panels to expand the screen that the image viewed upon. In some cases, the OLEDs may be integrated into the material on the backs of the seats in the vehicle in such way that rear seat passengers can view them as a display. They may be integrated into the back of the headrest to expand the screen as well.

[0020] In some aspects, the OLED display can be used to show news headlines and articles to the passenger(s). The user could then choose which articles they want to read.

[0021] In some aspects, the OLED display can be used to show an image of what is in front of the vehicle. Using cameras at the front of the vehicle, the display can show what is ahead since rear passengers usually cannot view such.

[0022] In some embodiments, the OLED display can be connected to a laptop computer by suitable connection known to those of skill in the art, and the display can show what is on the computer screen. This would be useful for many applications, such as surfing the internet, on-line computer gaming, and the like.

[0023] In some cases, the OLED display can be used to show live television. The vehicle would have to provide this through the internet and the user would be able to select their channel. Further, the OLED display can be used to show scenes, nature scenes for example, that would be uploaded to the vehicle.

[0024] In some aspects, the OLED display can be used for video games. A video game system could be connected with the display and the user could use a keyboard or gaming controller to interact with the game. Additionally, the OLED display can be used to stream live stock prices. A user could select which stock symbols they wanted to be on the display and they would update live as the ticker updates. Also, the OLED display can be used for applications such as Facetime, Skype, and the like, and such may work through either a laptop, tablet, or phone, and then the display would be the OLEDs.

[0025] The OLED display can be used to display pages of an e-book. This would have to be done by either connecting to a device like a Kindle, or by directly accessing the e-books through the internet. [0026] The OLED display can be used to stream live fantasy sports statistics. A user can select what players or team statistics they would like displayed, and then the statistics would update continuously.

[0027] Also, in some aspects, the OLED display can be used to show a map of the location of the vehicle with the GPS. It could also be used to search for nearby locations such as stores, restaurants, fuel stations, and the like. In some other aspects, the OLED display can be used to show content such as pictures from a phone or computer that are uploaded to the vehicle.

[0028] Furthermore, the OLED display can be used for video games that are uploaded directly to the vehicle. There could be games that are uploaded into memory in the vehicle and the users can bring up these games and interact with other users in the vehicle. Multiple passengers could be playing in the same game using their own OLED display in front of them.

[0029] Thus, there is a wide variety of uses embodiments according to the disclosure which operate on the basis of using one or more control modules in conjunction with a matrix of OLEDs, integrated into the outer covering fabric of seat materials utilized in an vehicle, to form a display in the outer covering of the seat, as well as possible other inner surfaces of the vehicle. The general concept according to the disclosure, is to apply this to vehicles by integrating OLEDs into vehicle seats and controlling them from a central module. Embodiments of the disclosure are also unique in that they offer a large range of colors, logos and/or symbols for the user to choose from when they utilize the vehicle. Furthermore, OLED designed vehicle seats are a practical solution because the OLEDs are flexible and are able to be integrated into the seat material, and all of the OLED displays may be controlled/driven from at least one module, and only having one microcontroller for this function is ideal. Also, having the option to display logos or symbols will easily appeal to the user.

[0030] Now referencing FIG. 1 which is a schematic of one system, 100, according to the disclosure. An OLED display lighting control module 1 10 will drive OLED displays, 120, 130, 140, 150 in up to as many seats as the vehicle contain, which is shown as four in this example. Each seat display, has its own driver, or set of drivers within the module 1 10, but one microcontroller controls all of the drivers, and outputs the same data to each driver. In some aspects, the display will be the same on all seats, 120, 130, 140, 150, but there can be variants of the module. A first variant has drivers for and OLEDs in only the driver seat 120. Other variants include only the driver 120 and front passenger 130 having the same drivers, and finally a high content variant includes all seats 120, 130, 140, 150 in the vehicle.

[0031] OLEDs useful in eombodiments of the disclosure are light-emitting diodes (LED) which have an emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compound that emits light in response to an electric current. This layer of organic semiconductor is situated between two electrodes; typically, at least one of these electrodes is transparent. OLEDs are used to create the digital displays by being integrated into the fabric mesh.

[0032] There are two main families of OLED: those based on small molecules and those employing polymers. Adding mobile ions to an OLED creates a light-emitting electrochemical cell (LEC) which has a slightly different mode of operation. An OLED display can be driven with a passive-matrix (PMOLED) or active-matrix (AMOLED) control scheme. In the PMOLED scheme, each row (and line) in the display is controlled sequentially, one by one, whereas AMOLED control uses a thin-film transistor backplane to directly access and switch each individual pixel on or off, allowing for higher resolution and larger display sizes.

[0033] An OLED display works without a backlight because it emits visible light. Thus, it can display deep black levels and can be thinner and lighter than a typical liquid crystal display (LCD). In low ambient light conditions (such as a darkness), an OLED screen can achieve a higher contrast ratio than an LCD, regardless of whether the LCD uses cold cathode fluorescent lamps or an LED backlight.

[0034] According to the disclosure, the plurality of OLEDs is incoporated, or otherwise integrated, into the vehicle covering fabric mesh by such techniques as being woven, knitted, embroidered, coated onto, adhered onto, or other suitable techniques. Some non-limiting examples of integration of the OLEDs are described in“Integration of OLEDs in Textiles", published 2012-09-1 1 in Advances in Science and Technology, ISSN: 1662-0356, Vol. 80, pp 14-21 , the disclosure of which is incorporated herein in ist entirety by reference thereto.

[0035] Embodiments according to the dislosure be used in any suitable surface of a vehicle, such as, but not limited to, a head rest, seat back, dashboard, instrument panel, door panel, steering wheel, interior ceiling, center console, sun visor, and the like. The embodiments may be used in vehicles, such as, but not limited to, automobiles, trucks, buses, utility vehicles, construction equipment, agriculture equipment, industrial equipment, trains, airplanes, subways, boats, golf carts, motorcyles, bicycles, and the like.

[0036] The foregoing description of the embodiments has been provided for purposes of illustration and description. Example embodiments are provided so that this disclosure will be sufficiently thorough, and will convey the scope to those who are skilled in the art. Numerous specific details are set forth such as examples of specific components, devices, and methods, to provide a thorough understanding of embodiments of the disclosure, but are not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the disclosure. It will be appreciated that it is within the scope of the disclosure that individual elements or features of a particular embodiment are generally not limited to that particular embodiment, but, where applicable, are interchangeable and can be used in a selected embodiment, even if not specifically shown or described. The same may also be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the disclosure, and all such modifications are intended to be included within the scope of the disclosure.

[0037] Also, in some example embodiments, well-known processes, well-known device structures, and well-known technologies are not described in detail. Further, it will be readily apparent to those of skill in the art that in the design, manufacture, and operation of apparatus to achieve that described in the disclosure, variations in apparatus design, construction, condition, erosion of components, gaps between components may present, for example. [0038] Although the terms first, second, third, etc. may be used herein to describe various elements, components, regions, layers and/or sections, these elements, components, regions, layers and/or sections should not be limited by these terms. These terms may be only used to distinguish one element, component, region, layer or section from another region, layer or section. Terms such as "first," "second," and other numerical terms when used herein do not imply a sequence or order unless clearly indicated by the context. Thus, a first element, component, region, layer or section discussed below could be termed a second element, component, region, layer or section without departing from the teachings of the example embodiments.

[0039] Spatially relative terms, such as "inner", “adjacent”, "outer," "beneath," "below," "lower," "above," "upper," and the like, may be used herein for ease of description to describe one element or feature's relationship to another element(s) or feature(s) as illustrated in the figures. Spatially relative terms may be intended to encompass different orientations of the device in use or operation in addition to the orientation depicted in the figures. For example, if the device in the figures is turned over, elements described as "below" or "beneath" other elements or features would then be oriented "above" the other elements or features. Thus, the example term "below" can encompass both an orientation of above and below. The device may be otherwise oriented (rotated 90 degrees or at other orientations) and the spatially relative descriptors used herein interpreted accordingly.

[0040] Although a few embodiments of the disclosure have been described in detail above, those of ordinary skill in the art will readily appreciate that many modifications are possible without materially departing from the teachings of this disclosure. Accordingly, such modifications are intended to be included within the scope of this disclosure as defined in the claims.