Timothy L Smith

Timothy L Smith

Born: Lexington, Ky  1962 current

Invention: Portable Auxiliary Vehicle Window Control Units

Disclosed is a portable control unit for activating a panel assembly of a vehicle that includes a housing, a first switch disposed on the housing, at least one connector, and a battery, wherein the at least one connector is configured to engage a receptor of a panel assembly of a vehicle, the panel assembly lacking a power source, such that the battery provides power to the panel assembly and the first switch controls movement of a panel within the panel assembly.

Personal Bio

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I have always loved to tinker with things to see how they worked (especially electrical and electronic) or to try and make them work better. A lot of trial and error...mostly error but I was very curious to see what was inside. I connected the worlds first(and probably only) bicycle generator powered radio....I think. I connected the generator (that flipped over onto the tire) to an old radio I had and when I rode my bicycle, it played without batteries! I have always been interested in car stereos and started installing the under dash 8-track players in neighbor's and friend's cars when I was 13. I was then the neighborhood car stereo guy! I was a former Car Stereo and Electronics Installation Manager at Circuit City before being employed by Toyota. Some fellow employees were trying to design a way to operate the moonroof portably with no luck. They asked me to look at it and after some planning, schematic drawings, and a few electronic components and wiring, I made the Portable moonroof control device. I then submitted it as a patent through Toyota and they accepted it in 2008. The Patent was awarded in 2011. The patent is good through 2031

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