Disney Patents

The Walt Disney Company is an entertainment company focused on media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive games. The company's media holdings include ESPN (partial ownership), the Disney channels, ABC Family and A&E Television Networks (partial ownership). The company also operates Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, the Disney Cruise Line, and has partial ownership interests in Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disney. Tokyo Disneyland is operated by an independent company that licenses Disney intellectual property and pays royalties based on revenues. Disney also produces live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays, and distributes Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Touchstone films.

Disney Patents by Type

  • Disney Patents Granted: Disney patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Disney Patent Applications: Disney patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Patent number: 9600921
    Abstract: There are provided an interactive design system and method for character crafting. An example system includes a memory storing a machine software application and a processor configured to execute the machine software application to receive a plurality of components for a character, the plurality of components including at least a first component and a second component, receive a movement for the character, the movement including a first pose for the character and a second pose for the character, calculate a linkage for the first component and the second component based on the movement, and generate an updated character by connecting the second component to the first component using the linkage. The linkage may include at least one of a connector, a trimmer, and a propagation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernhard Thomaszewski, Vittorio Megaro, Markus Gross, Stelian Coros
  • Patent number: 9602578
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for replacing segments or portions of a media file that was received via adaptive streaming or other transfer mechanism, to obtain a media file for local storage and further playback as if it came from a download. This maximizes the experience of both instant viewing and delayed viewing, and additionally provides a capability to extend the viewing experience to in-home streaming and copying to other devices. Accordingly, there is provided herein a capability to take advantage of adaptive streaming to provide a highly reliable mechanism for consumers to view media in real-time transmission, and also to obtain a resultant, locally stored media file of high quality. There is further provided herein a capability to obtain complete copies of media at different quality levels. Moreover, embodiments of the present invention facilitate adaptive streaming and copying within the home environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises. Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Eddie Drake, Arnaud Robert
  • Patent number: 9600760
    Abstract: Described herein are methods, systems, apparatuses and products for utilizing motion fields to predict evolution in dynamic scenes. One aspect provides for accessing active object position data including positioning information of a plurality of individual active objects; extracting a plurality of individual active object motions from the active object position data; constructing a motion field using the plurality of individual active object motions; and using the motion field to predict one or more points of convergence at one or more spatial locations that active objects are proceeding towards at a future point in time. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Irfan Aziz Essa, Matthias Grundmann, Jessica Kate Hodgins, Kihwan Kim, Iain Alexander Matthews, Ariel Shamir
  • Patent number: 9600147
    Abstract: Multi-layer user interfaces are provided. A user may traverse a hierarchy of information by accessing information in different branches of the hierarchy without having to traverse back up the current branch to access the new branch. A multi-layer user interface (UI) may comprise a set of UIs, each of which corresponds to a navigation layer and a level of the hierarchy. Each UI may comprise a set of UI controls that allow the user to traverse within a level or to a different level of the hierarchy. The UI controls may be configured such that a visual clue as a breadcrumb and user path history may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvia Park-Ekecs, Keith Tralins, Richard Cardran, Tiffany R. Smith
  • Patent number: 9600220
    Abstract: A process provides a multi-device display configuration. The process receives, at a master device, one or more device parameters from a plurality of display devices. The process also determines, at the master device, an arrangement of the plurality of display devices that provides a multi-device display. Further, the process sends, from the master device, one or more display indicia to the plurality of display devices that each of the plurality of display devices displays to allow one or more users to position the plurality of display devices in the arrangement. The process sends, from the master device, a first portion of the content to a first display device, and a second portion of the content to a second display device for the first and second display devices to simultaneously display the first and second portions of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Drake, Mark Arana, Evan Acosta, Alex Chen
  • Patent number: 9600485
    Abstract: A process, computer program product, and apparatus provide for a contextual media presentation. The process, computer program product, and apparatus receive a plurality of planned and/or completed user experiences. Further, the process, computer program product, and apparatus select a plurality of media files that are contextually relevant to the received user experiences. In addition, the process, computer program product, and apparatus sort a list of the plurality of media files to generate a sorted list of media files. The process, computer program product, and apparatus send the sorted list of media files to a player for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Purvis, Jonathan Ackley
  • Patent number: 9594748
    Abstract: A system and method for organizing localization content for video game development is disclosed. The method includes generating executable instructions for a video game being developed, wherein the video game is being developed for deployment in a plurality of natural languages, wherein text strings and/or multimedia data to be rendered during game play are referenced by the executable instructions. The method further includes identifiably storing the text strings and/or multimedia data in one or more dictionary files such that the text strings and/or multimedia data are identifiably referenced by references in the executable instructions and are identifiably referenced by a corresponding natural language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Gifford, Tadashi George Sakashita, Jonathan C. Scholtz
  • Patent number: 9596457
    Abstract: A multiple camera video system and methods for operating such a system. The system may include a plurality of cameras located around a stadium, athletic playing field or other location. The cameras are remotely controlled in a master-slave configuration. A camera operator at a master pan head selects one of the plurality of cameras as the current master camera and utilizes the master pan head to adjust the telemetry and zoom of the master camera to follow the target object. The telemetry and zoom parameters of the master camera are then used to calculate corresponding telemetry, zoom and/or other parameters for each of the plurality of slave cameras. Video captured by each of the cameras is stored for the production of replay video feeds or for archiving. The replays may be capable of “spinning” through the video feeds of adjacent cameras in order for the viewer to get the sensation of revolving around the target object. The multiple camera video system also includes methods for calibrating the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth John Aagaard, Larry Barbatsoulis, Frank Trizano, Craig Matthew Farrell
  • Patent number: 9596497
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method of recipient specific lists for distribution of media content. The method comprises obtaining at least one unique identifier (UID), wherein the at least one UID identifies a content, and wherein the at least one UID identifies a recipient location and presentation data, generating a recipient specific list (RSL) using the at least one UID, wherein the RSL includes at least one content identifier, and wherein the RSL includes at least one recipient identifier, and transmitting the RSL to an encoded content transport stream creator for creation of an encoded content transport stream. The at least one recipient identifier may correspond to a broadcast affiliate television recipient or a multichannel video programming distributor. Additionally, the RSL may contain primary content, such as television programs, movies, commercials, and promotional programming, as well as secondary content, such as content overlays, program schedules, and triggers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael V. Chiarulli, Todd Christiansen, David A. Dreispan, Joseph P. Kenny, Jerry Rapella
  • Patent number: 9588489
    Abstract: A technique for fabricating a highlight hologram based on a digital object performs point sampling on the object and represents each sampled point as a geometric patch. A set of geometric patches corresponding to sampled points from the object are fabricated into a substrate. A paraboloid patch may be used for reflective substrates while a hyperboloid may be used for transmissive substrates. To avoid specifying overlapping patches, which are impractical to fabricate, certain of the sample points may be merged. An output set of grooves is saved and may be used to specify fabrication of a highlight hologram on the physical substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Christian Regg, Szymon Marek Rusinkiewicz, Wojciech Matusik, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9589097
    Abstract: There is provided a motion-based design system and a method for use in producing a motion-based design of a mechanical object. In one implementation, such a method includes identifying a motion curve associated with a movement by an articulated structure corresponding to the mechanical object, and mapping the motion curve to a mechanical sub-assembly. The mapping is performed based on a previously characterized trajectory of the mechanical sub-assembly and the similarity of that trajectory to the motion curve. The method also includes utilizing the first mechanical sub-assembly to substantially replicate the motion curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stelian Coros, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Wojciech Matusik, Bernd Bickel, Shinjiro Sueda
  • Patent number: 9590862
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for managing a group of portable communication devices. In accordance with one implementation, a computer-implemented method is provided for managing a group of portable communication devices on an individual basis or an aggregate basis, the method comprising the steps of providing a list of the portable communication devices in the group, selecting a target portable communication device, determining the location of the target portable communication device, and presenting the location of the target portable communication device. The method may further comprise the step of determining whether the group has sufficient credit for acquiring the location of the portable communication devices in the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Douglas Larocca
  • Patent number: 9588730
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying a multiuser augmented reality world on a first augmented reality device. Embodiments capture a visual scene for display. The visual scene includes a first user and wherein the visual scene is captured using one or more camera devices. Visual scene data for a second user is received from a second augmented reality device. Embodiments rendering a sequence of frames for display which depict the first user and the second user in an augmented reality world, where the depiction of the first user is based on the captured visual scene, and where the depiction of the second user is based on the received visual scene data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9588588
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for producing a haptic effect. In one implementation, such a system includes a system processor, a system memory, and a haptic engine stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the haptic engine to receive a media content, to map an event contained in the media content to a predetermined haptic effect, and to display an interface enabling a system user to produce a customized haptic effect based on the predetermined haptic effect. The system processor is further configured to generate an output data for causing one of the predetermined haptic effect and the customized haptic effect to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Israr, Roberta Klatzky, Siyan Zhao, Jill Fain Lehman, Oliver Schneider
  • Patent number: 9586140
    Abstract: System and methods to guide interaction of characters with objects in a virtual space include determining how objects near a particular character are perceived by that character. Based on proximity, position, the manner of possible interaction, and/or other considerations, objects are ranked for interaction with the character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Henn
  • Patent number: 9579796
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for automatically determining task-specific robot model reductions. In one embodiment, a simplification application determines a smallest order statespace model whose stabilizing controller also stabilizes a full-order robot model. The simplification application may determine such a model via an iterative procedure in which the reduced order is initialized to the number of unstable poles of the open-loop full-order system and, while the closed loop full-order system with the balanced reduced order system's stabilizing controller is unstable, fractional balanced reduction is applied to generate a balanced reduced system. If one or more unstable closed-loop poles exist in the full-order system with the stabilizing controller of the newly-generated balanced reduced system, the reduced order is incremented by one, and fractional balanced reduction repeated, until no unstable closed-loop poles remain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Umashankar Nagarajan, Katsu Yamane
  • Patent number: 9582718
    Abstract: A device and method for receiving first detection information for a plurality of objects, the first detection information relating to a first characteristic of the objects, receiving second detection information for the objects, the second detection information relating to a second characteristic of the objects, determining first detections based upon the first detection information and second detections based upon the second detection information, formulating trellis graphs for the first and second detections, each trellis graph graphs including corresponding nodes at a plurality of time frames and determining a tracking of a selected one of the objects based upon a simultaneous shortest path for the selected object through both the first and second trellis graphs based upon a first path through the first trellis graph, a second path through the second trellis graph, and sidekick information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: George Peter Carr, Hamid Izadinia
  • Patent number: 9584736
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically repositioning virtual and physical elements in a scene. The system and method being configured to receive a video frame, receive data, including position data, describing a first element to be imaged in the video frame, receive data, including position data, describing a second element to be imaged in the video frame, assign a dynamic status to the first element and automatically reposition at least the first element to create a modified video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Nikhil Deshpande, Smadar Gefen
  • Patent number: 9575970
    Abstract: A method and system are provided to synchronize an audio program output at a location remote to a site of a visual display such as a fireworks show, a water and light show, or other event or show with a large visual display visible from distances over which the originally sourced audio is delayed, degraded in quality, or lost. The method includes providing a live show including a visual display with components triggered by one or more control signals. The method further includes concurrently providing an audio output that may include playback of a soundtrack associated with the visual display with a sound system of a mobile device. The audio output is provided at a location that is remote from the site of the visual display, and the audio output is synchronized in time with the components of the visual display using the control signals or a preset start time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Holger Irmler
  • Patent number: 9573058
    Abstract: A computer game terminal, and associated method and code, for operating an online interactive computer game. The terminal includes an interface receiving non-interactive user input data from a controller associated with the computer games terminal and an interface receiving interactive game data associated with at least one interactive game element. The terminal includes a display driver rendering a graphical representation of a computer game based on the non-interactive user input data and the interactive game data. The terminal includes a processor processing the received non-interactive user input data and the interactive game data, while inhibiting data interaction. The processing inhibits interaction between a displayed avatar associated with the user input data and a displayed avatar associated with the received interactive game data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Avent
  • Patent number: 9573416
    Abstract: An omniwheel is presented that may be included with additional omniwheels in a wheel assembly, which can be used in nearly any omnidirectional device such as a robot, a park ride or other vehicle, and the like. The omniwheel includes a wheel support or frame, and a first roller pivotally supported on the wheel support. Further, the omniwheel includes a second roller pivotally supported on the wheel support. The first and second rollers are each generally spherical in shape and have equal outer diameters. The first and second rollers each has a pair of recessed contact surfaces at opposite poles. Each of the first and second rollers is supported in the wheel support for freewheeling about a rotation axis passing through the opposite poles, and the first and second rollers are oriented in the wheel support to have their rotation axes offset relative to each other by an offset angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gunter D. Niemeyer, Lanny S. Smoot
  • Patent number: 9573701
    Abstract: A method of docking and recharging using a base station and a station-mating frame on the multicopter. The base station includes an upward-facing camera that is used by a docking controller to detect the presence, position, and orientation of a frame, with infrared light-emitting diodes arranged in a predefined pattern. The controller of the base station acts to emit wireless signals to the multicopter to guide the multicopter with its station-mating frame to a predefined position above the base station. The controller transmits a wireless signal to the multicopter to reduce thrust, and the multicopter lowers itself onto a sloped receiving surface that may be arranged in a crown pattern to provide passive gravity-driven centering, which causes the station-mating frame to slide to a lowest vertical point of the receiving assembly. A locking mechanism engages to lock the frame in place and provide electrical contact for recharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Beardsley, Michael Eriksson, Javier Alonso-Mora, Joern Rehder
  • Patent number: 9575156
    Abstract: A system to determine the placement of multiple RFID tags uses multiple antennae. The RF communication (or NFC) includes read and/or read/write communication with the RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Armen Mkrtchyan, Artaches Haroutunian, Robert Nelson
  • Patent number: 9569533
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for visual search in a video media player. There is provided a computing device for performing a visual search in video files comprising a display, a memory, a video media player application in the memory, and a processor configured to store into the memory search terms by allowing a user to visually select objects as search terms using a user interface on the display, initiate a search using the search terms, obtain search results comprising time offsets and play durations within the video files, each play duration containing at least one frame corresponding to the search terms, and display navigational controls in the user interface for presenting the search results, including selectable graphical thumbnail images or preview videos. A user can select objects via outlined, highlighted, or otherwise visually identified objects in a video frame, the selecting enabled by associated search metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Barsook, Joven Matias, Cyrus Hoomani, Arun Ramagopal
  • Patent number: 9566509
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for adaptive rendered environments using user context. The method comprises determining user context data corresponding to a user of a virtual environment, altering a feature of the virtual environment using the user context data to obtain an altered feature, and rendering the altered feature of the virtual environment for display. The feature may include a non-player character in the virtual environment, such as eyesight focus of the non-player character or a physical action of the non-player character. The user context data may correspond to real world position data of a user and may be determined using a camera, for example through image recognition, or using a user device. Additionally, the virtual environment may include a cinematic, interactive game, or user generated content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Paquet, Steven Makofsky
  • Patent number: 9570069
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to detect a keyword in speech, by generating, from a sequence of spectral feature vectors generated from the speech, a plurality of blocked feature vector sequences, and analyzing, by a neural network, each of the plurality of blocked feature vector sequences to detect the presence of the keyword in the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jill F. Lehman, Pallavi N. Baljekar, Rita Singh
  • Patent number: 9571812
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for view generation based on a video coding scheme. A bitstream is received that is encoded based on the video coding scheme. The bitstream includes video, quantized warp map offsets, and a message of a message type specified by the video coding scheme. Depth samples decoded from the first bitstream are interpreted as quantized warp map offsets, based on a first syntax element contained in the message. Warp maps are generated based on the quantized warp map offsets and a second syntax element contained in the message. Views are generated using image-domain warping and based on the video and the warp maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Aljo{hacek over (s)}a Smolic, Nikolce Stefanoski
  • Patent number: 9571786
    Abstract: Interpolating frames of a video may provide a technique for one or more of frame rate conversion, temporal upsampling for generating slow motion video, image morphing, virtual view synthesis, and/or other video applications. A system may be configured to interpolated frames of a video by leveraging frequency domain representations of individual frames. The frequency domain representations may be decomposed into set of discrete functions that make up the frequency domain representations. Corresponding functions from sets of functions associated with frames with which an interpolated frame is to be determined may be identified. Phase differences between corresponding functions may be determined. Interpolated functions between the corresponding functions may be determined based on the determined phased differences. Information describing spatial domain representations of interpolated frames may be determined based on the interpolated functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: ETH ZURICH, DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Henning Zimmer, Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Simone Meyer, Max Grosse, Oliver Wang
  • Patent number: 9565414
    Abstract: Approaches are described for generating a multiview autostereoscopic image from a stereo three-dimensional input image pair. A stereo to multiview rendering system receives a stereo three-dimensional image including a left image and a right image at a first view position and a second view position, respectively. The system generates a first input warp and a second input warp that maps the left image and the right image to a third and fourth positions, respectively, where the third and fourth positions lie between the first and second view positions. The system generates a plurality of output warps based on the first warp and the second warp. The system resamples each output warp in the plurality of output warps to create a plurality of partial output images. The system interleaves the plurality of partial output images to generate a composite output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Pierre Greisen, Simon Heinzle, Michael Schaffner, Frank Ka{hacek over (g)}an Gürkaynak
  • Patent number: 9560393
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for transcoding media content. Embodiments include receiving a request to perform a transcoding operation on a first instance of media content. The transcoding operation is divided into a plurality of sub-operations. Embodiments select one of a plurality of transcoding profiles for use in performing the transcoding operation. Additionally, embodiments configure a plurality of virtual machine instances to perform the plurality of sub-operations, based on configuration information specified within the selected transcoding profile. Execution of the plurality of sub-operations is initiated using the configured plurality of virtual machine instances to produce a plurality of encoded fragments. Embodiments then combine the plurality of encoded fragments to produce an encoded instance of media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Malone, Lawrence Anthony, Philip Richards
  • Patent number: 9560131
    Abstract: Objects in a virtual space may need to be synchronized between different instances (or different expressions of an instance) of the virtual space that are separated spatially. Objects include characters. Different expressions may be associated with different users and different client computing platforms that are connected by a network. The actions of the same character in two expressions of the same instance of the virtual space may not be synchronized due to network delay, lag, latency, or other delays, or due to joining a session already in progress. Responsive to a determination that an object is not synchronized, a sequence of subsequent states is determined that will result in the object being synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Sandeep V. Kharkar, Andrew Cantlay Marre, Kirk Baum, Jaren J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9560345
    Abstract: Embodiments herein include systems, methods and articles of manufacture for calibrating a camera. In one embodiment, a computing system may be coupled to a calibration apparatus and the camera to programmatically identify the intrinsic properties of the camera. The calibration apparatus includes a plurality of light sources which are controlled by the computer system. By selectively activating one or more of the light sources, the computer system identifies correspondences that relate the 3D position of the light sources to the 2D image captured by the camera. The computer system then calculates the intrinsics of the camera using the 3D to 2D correspondences. After the intrinsics are measured, cameras may be further calibrated to in order to identify 3D locations of objects within their field of view in a presentation area. Using passive markers in a presentation area, computing system may use an iterative process that estimates the actual pose of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Anselm Grundhöfer
  • Patent number: 9555337
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for tracking physical play objects by virtual or non-player characters in an electronic game environment. More specifically, techniques are disclosed for enabling a game system to track a physical toy object, using tracking information to update the game state, and transmitting updated game state to the toy object and update the toy state. Additionally, a player is able to control the physical toy object, and use the physical toy object to play a game. The game system may track a remote-controlled toy, a handheld toy, or the player himself or herself. The virtual feedback to changes in the physical environment results in a more immersive game experience for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph O. Garlington, Eric Haseltine
  • Publication number: 20170024385
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating dynamic, real-time visual representations of multimedia content. A temporal metadata visualization module receives a plurality of temporal metadata tags associated with a time code reference, representing a plurality of attributes of the multimedia content at the particular time. During playback, the temporal metadata virtualization module applies a set of display preferences and creates a visual representation of attributes identified by the temporal metadata tags at a particular time code reference. The visual representation changes based on the temporal metadata tags of a point within playback of the multimedia content, enhancing a user's experience and engagement with the multimedia content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: EDWARD DRAKE, ANTHONY MUTALIPASSI, ANDREW WRIGHT
  • Publication number: 20170024907
    Abstract: Methods and systems of reconstructing an eyelid are provided. A method of reconstructing an eyelid includes obtaining one or more images of the eyelid, generating one or more image input data for the one or more images of the eyelid, generating one or more reconstruction data for the one or more images of the eyelid, and reconstructing a spatio-temporal digital representation of the eyelid using the one or more input image data and the one or more reconstruction data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Amit Bermano, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Bernd Bickel, Markus Gross, Yeara Kozlov
  • Patent number: 9552353
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for generating phrases for selection by users communicating in an online virtual world environment. A phrase generation engine automatically constructs new phrases using pre-approved words from a dictionary of frequently used words and language-specific rules for phrase formation to ensure safety and supplement an existing database of commonly used, pre-approved phrases. Increasing the number of phrases that are available for selection by a user increases the user expressivity. Each word in the dictionary is annotated with semantic and grammatical information that constrains how the word is combined with other words to generate a new phrase. Each new phrase may also be tagged to enable translation into a different language so a phrase in a first language selected by a first user may be displayed in a second language to a second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Vita G. Markman, Michael Veprinsky, Roger H. Hughston, Andrew R. Beechum, Arkady G. Trestman
  • Patent number: 9550121
    Abstract: A system and method for providing virtual spaces, where a character associated with a user can be manifested within instances of a plurality of the different virtual spaces. Since a single character can be manifested within instances of different virtual spaces, the character can be transferred by the corresponding user between instances of different virtual spaces and controlled by the user to interact with the different virtual spaces. When the user transfers the character between instances of different virtual spaces (and/or different types of virtual spaces), various aspects of the character may persist between the different virtual spaces (and/or the different types of virtual spaces). This may provide an enhanced continuity to the character between the different virtual spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Raph Koster, John Donham, Sean Riley
  • Patent number: 9552434
    Abstract: Virtual items may be unlocked in a virtual space responsive to physical token detection. A common virtual item repository may be provided in the virtual space. Once unlocked, a given virtual item may be accessible to multiple characters in the virtual space via the virtual item repository. Customization of a virtual space may be facilitated. The customization may be based on the virtual items accessible via the virtual item repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Vignocchi, Jeffrey Bunker, Manfred Neber, Jeffrey Gosztyla, Chad Liddell, Marcus Fisher, Troy Leavitt, Jared Bals, John Blackburn, Robert Lowe
  • Patent number: 9552520
    Abstract: A storyboard interface displaying key frames of a video may be presented to a user. Individual key frames may represent individual shots of the video. Shots may be grouped based on similarity. Key frames may be displayed in a chronological order of the corresponding shots. Key frames of grouped shots may be spatially correlated within the storyboard interface. For example, shots of a common group may be spatially correlated so that they may be easily discernable as a group even though the shots may not be temporally consecutive and/or or even temporally close to each other in the timeframe of the video itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich
    Inventors: Aljoscha Smolic, Marc Junyent Martin, Jordi Pont-Tuset, Alexandre Chapiro, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu
  • Patent number: 9539506
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for playsets using tracked objects and corresponding virtual worlds. There is provided an object for use with a physical environment and connectable to a virtual world corresponding to the physical environment, the object including a processor and a plurality of sensors including a position sensor. The processor is configured to establish a first connection with the virtual world, wherein the virtual world contains a virtual object corresponding to the object, determine a position of the object using the position sensor, and send the position of the object using the first connection. There is also provided a physical environment having similar capabilities as the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Heatherly, Christopher K. Shin, Natasha Berling, Robert Saygan, Leonard J. Mazzocco, Tara Cortner Hefter
  • Patent number: 9542579
    Abstract: Gesture-based association of multiple devices may be facilitated, which may effectuate presentation of content related to associated devices. Gesture detection may reduce or completely eliminate any ambiguity of whether the association is wanted or not. Some implementations may be employed in a theme park in which park guests wear an RFID wristband. During a park visit, when merchandise goods with embedded RFIDs are purchased (e.g., toys and/or other merchandise), the merchandise may be associated with the wristband and, therefore, the park guest wearing the wristband. Such association may give the theme park environment and/or the toy itself a mechanism to adapt their behavior depending on which toy the park guest is carrying. This may contribute to richer storytelling and personalized experiences, which may be realized by using location information, knowledge about the park guest's preferences or previous park visits, favorite attractions, age, language-specific information, and/or other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Mangold, Giorgio Corbellini, Vladimir Vukadinovic, Joshua D. Griffin, Matthew Trotter
  • Patent number: 9544696
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a free-form electrostatic speaker, including: a three dimensional object body; at least a portion of the three dimensional object body having a free-form electrode layer disposed thereon; the free-form electrode layer being shaped to substantially match the at least a portion of the three dimensional object body; a free-form diaphragm positioned proximate to, and being shaped to substantially match, the free-form electrode layer; and an input element coupled to the free-form electrode layer that accepts input from an external source. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Poupyrev, Yoshio Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 9533230
    Abstract: Ghost expressions with user-provided information may be provided in asynchronous gameplay. According to some implementations, ghost data associated with a first performance by a first user of a first task in a game may be obtained. The ghost data may be configured to allow generation of a ghost expression in the game corresponding to the first performance of the first task in the game by the first user. User-provided information associated with the first performance of the first task in the game may be obtained. The ghost data may be augmented with the user-provided information to obtain augmented ghost data. The augmented ghost data may be provided to effectuate presentation in the game of the ghost expression and at least some of the user-provided information via a client computing platform associated with the first user or a second user of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Paquet, Amy Kalson, Mark Stuart
  • Patent number: 9538320
    Abstract: Described herein are methods, systems, apparatuses and products for managing location services in wireless networks. One aspect provides a method of receiving in a mobile device an identifier broadcast from a terrestrial wireless device located at a particular position; and using the identifier broadcast from the terrestrial wireless device to determine a physical location of the mobile device even in absence of a logical connection existing between the mobile device and the terrestrial wireless device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Mangold, Roberto Aiello, Maria Gorlatova
  • Publication number: 20160381411
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for enabling a user to bias the type of media content made available to a user account through a localized content dashboard. In one implementation, a method for adjusting media content availability associated with a user account configured to receive media content from a server system over a network, includes displaying on a content playback system a localized content dashboard, including: a summary of attributes of media content accessed by the user account, where the summary of the attributes is based on metadata associated with the accessed media content; and controls for biasing the attributes of media content delivered to the user account. The content playback system receives data corresponding to user input actuating one of the controls; and in response to receiving the data, transmits over the network to the server system data associated with the media content attribute biased by the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: EDWARD DRAKE, ANDREW J. WRIGHT, BRUCE BLEASDALE
  • Patent number: 9531208
    Abstract: Methods and a system for the recharging of battery-operated devices, whereby the recharging process is made less burdensome and inconvenient to the users of the devices. Embodiments provide for incorporating recharging into the normal usage patterns for the devices using activities consistent with predetermined intended usage of the devices, thereby causing the user to perceive less inconvenience. Other embodiments provide for systematically detecting and wirelessly recharging devices, whereby the burden to the users may be reduced or entirely eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Charles Haseltine, Joseph O'Brien Garlington
  • Patent number: 9530240
    Abstract: A method including receiving a first image of a scene captured from a first perspective, the first image including an object and a background; segmenting the first image to extract a first two-dimensional contour of the object; approximating a plurality of three-dimensional locations of a plurality of points on the first contour; generating a three-dimensional billboard of the object based on the three-dimensional locations; and projecting the first image onto the three-dimensional billboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Wang, Simone Croci, Marvin White, Aljoscha Smolic, Michael Gay
  • Publication number: 20160373817
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically and automatically generating short-form versions of long-form media content are provided. The long-form media content may be tagged with metadata indicating objects or actions in frames, scenes, portions of scenes, or other units of the media content. The systems and methods may receive a user-specified time limit and use the metadata to create a short-form version of the long-form media content (using one or more of the scenes, portions of scenes, or other units of the media content), which preserves one or more story arcs within the media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: EDWARD DRAKE, ANDREW J. WRIGHT, LETISHA SHAW, ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Patent number: 9524047
    Abstract: Disclosed are touch detection systems and methods. In one embodiment, a display panel enabling touch detection comprises a touch pane configured to allow a light including a detection light, a back inner surface, and a display generation module located between the touch pane and the back inner surface. The display generation module is configured to produce a visual display at the touch pane. The display generation module is further configured to pass the detection light received from the touch pane. The display panel also comprises a detection light receiver situated at the back inner surface configured to detect the detection light received through the display generation module for enabling a detection of touches to the touch pane of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Lanny Smoot
  • Patent number: 9525716
    Abstract: Techniques for rendering a webview in a host application are described. A webview in a host application is identified, the webview including at least one function call to a first function. Additionally, one or more application-specific URL values corresponding to a URL command scheme for the host application are identified. A URL scheme object is populated with the identified one or more application-specific URL values, the populated URL scheme object including a function definition for the first function that is associated with a first one of the one or more application-specific URL values. The populated URL scheme object is then inserted into the identified webview, such that when the webview is rendered and one of the at least one function calls is made, the function definition in the inserted URL scheme object is executed to transmit a request to an address portion of the first application-specific URL value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Isaacs, Andrew Hedges