Disney Patents

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Disney Patents by Type

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  • Publication number: 20170142168
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating the sharing of user-generated content of a virtual space are presented herein. The user-generated content may be shared between users of different computing platforms. The computing platforms may be of different platform types. The user-generated content may be shared through platform type-specific conversions of the information that defines the user-generated content. The processing cost and/or other cost information may be determined and/or estimated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nelson, James Rowe, Jose Villeta
  • Patent number: 9652895
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for augmented reality image transformation. In one implementation, such a system includes a system processor, a system memory, and an image transformation engine stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the image transformation engine to receive image data corresponding to an image, to detect a feature on a surface of the image, and to synthesize a texture corresponding to the feature. The system processor is further configured to execute the image transformation engine to produce an augmented reality representation of the image having the texture for display to a user, the texture covering a surface of the augmented reality representation of the image corresponding to a portion of the feature that is not visible on the surface of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sumner, Maurizio Nitti, Gerhard Roethlin, Alessia Marra, Mattia Ryffel, Gioacchino Noris, Kenny Mitchell, Stephane Magnenat
  • Patent number: 9649026
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for reconstructing one or more surfaces of an object including one or more opaque surfaces behind one or more refractive surfaces are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining one or more images of the object including an opaque surface located behind a refractive surface and determining one or more refractive surface constraints using the one or more images. The one or more refractive surface constraints constrain one or more characteristics of the refractive surface. The systems and techniques may further include reconstructing an opaque surface representation or a refractive surface representation using the one or more refractive surface constraints, the opaque surface representation representing the opaque surface of the object, and the refractive surface representation representing the refractive surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Pascal Bérard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley
  • Patent number: 9652685
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein describe techniques for generating a story graph using a collection of digital media, such as images and video. The story graph presents a structure for activities, events, and locales commonly occurring in sets of photographs taken by different individuals across a given location (e.g., a theme park, tourist attraction, convention, etc.). To build a story graph, streams from sets of digital media are generated. Each stream corresponds to media (e.g., images or video) taken in sequence at the location by an individual (or related group of individuals) over a period of time. For each stream, features from each media are extracted relative to the stream. Clusters of media are generated and are connected by directed edges. The connections indicate a path observed to have occurred in the streams from one cluster to another cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Sigal, Gunhee Kim
  • Patent number: 9652551
    Abstract: Techniques are described for estimating the effort involved in creating content on a content site. Embodiments of the invention may collect data by monitoring actions taken by a user creating content on the site, and may then calculate an effort value for the created content based on the collected data. The calculated effort value may then be used, for example, to determine a position in a moderation queue for inserting the user-created content, or to determine whether to feature a particular user on the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ingoldby, R. Brent Milne, Jeffrey C. Ward, Krista M. Marks, Thomas E. Fischaber
  • Patent number: 9652890
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for generating an anatomically-constrained local model and for performing performance capture using the model. The local model includes a local shape subspace and an anatomical subspace. In one example, the local shape subspace constrains local deformation of various patches that represent the geometry of a subject's face. In the same example, the anatomical subspace includes an anatomical bone structure, and can be used to constrain movement and deformation of the patches globally on the subject's face. The anatomically-constrained local face model and performance capture technique can be used to track three-dimensional faces or other parts of a subject from motion data in a high-quality manner. Local model parameters that best describe the observed motion of the subject's physical deformations (e.g., facial expressions) under the given constraints are estimated through optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chenglei Wu
  • Patent number: 9646002
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes displaying, on a display, a viewing pane of available video contents including a first video content, receiving a selection of the first video content from the available video contents, transmitting a language selection and the selection of the first video content to a server, receiving a language content corresponding to the language selection and the selection of the first video content from the server, and displaying, on the display, the first video content in synchronization with playing the language content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Artin Nazarian, Greg Head, Paul Marz
  • Patent number: 9645482
    Abstract: The technology described herein relates generally to a projection system having a fail-safe feature for use in a presentation or display. In one example a projection system having at least one main projector projects a first image onto a main projection area of a projection surface. The projection system may further include a relief projector that when activated projects a second image onto a backup projection area of the projection surface. The projection system may be provided with a sensor capable of sensing at least one characteristic of the at least one main projector, the main projection area, or the projection surface. The projection system may include a control system in communication with the sensor, wherein the control system activates the relief projector in response to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph
  • Patent number: 9646337
    Abstract: A first proximity-based device at a content player receives content modification data from a second proximity-based device within a product and/or a product package when the product or product package is placed within a proximity to the first proximity-based device. A processor at the content player performs modified playback of media content based on the content modification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Chen, Evan Acosta, Edward Drake, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9648303
    Abstract: Scenes reconstruction may be performed using videos that capture the scenes at high resolution and frame rate. Scene reconstruction may be associated with determining camera orientation and/or location (“camera pose”) throughout the video, three-dimensional coordinates of feature points detected in frames of the video, and/or other information. Individual videos may have multiple frames. Feature points may be detected in, and tracked over, the frames. Estimations of camera pose may be made for individual subsets of frames. One or more estimations of camera pose may be determined as fixed estimations. The estimated camera poses for the frames included in the subsets of frames may be updated based on the fixed estimations. Camera pose for frames not included in the subsets of frames may be determined to provide globally consistent camera poses and three-dimensional coordinates for feature points of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich
    Inventors: Benjamin Resch, Hendrik Lensch, Marc Pollefeys, Oliver Wang, Alexander Sorkine Hornung
  • Patent number: 9646587
    Abstract: A musical game system and associated methods configured to allow for unguided, free-form group-based musical expressivity during generation of a collaborative digital music track (or “song”). The musical game system is designed to provide a hardware and software pipeline that functions to record, quantize, and loop multiple (e.g., 1 to 15 or more) users' inputs (e.g., via a piezoelectric MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) controllers or triggered instruments or other user input devices) in a dynamic playback space. The musical game system further functions to provide volume attenuation and localization of playback to enable participants to express themselves with their user inputs with complete agency while simultaneously adding to an overarching, collaborative musical composition generated using their user inputs and other participants' user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Michael Becker, James R. Robertson, Dolce Lin Wang
  • Patent number: 9639850
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods for incentivizing content engagement are described. Embodiments provide a recommended feature application to offer premier/recommended content. This can take place at a variety of times, for example during the primary content selection interface display, as well as offering said content interactively as an overlay during the conclusion of a piece of content. Embodiments employ a weighted process for selecting a recommended feature based on one or more stored preference files. The recommended feature application can be utilized across titles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Ashbrook, Kyle Prestenback, Evan Acosta, Brian Kwan, David Jessen
  • Patent number: 9639534
    Abstract: A system and method for automating the creation of customized media includes generating media content comprising first metadata associated with the media content, reviewing the media content and the first metadata, applying at least one set of rules to the media content and the first metadata, and generating a customized media output based on the media content, the first metadata and the at least one set of rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Canora, Michael Colglazier, Michael J. Gomes, Beth Patterson, Robert A. Swirsky
  • Patent number: 9639773
    Abstract: Methods and systems for predicting light probes for outdoor images are disclosed. A light probe database is created to learn a mapping from the outdoor image's features to predicted outdoor light probe illumination parameters. The database includes a plurality of images, image features for each of the plurality of images, and a captured light probe for each of the plurality of images. A light probe illumination model based on a sun model and sky model is fitted to the captured light probes. The light probe for the outdoor image may be predicted based on the database dataset and fitted light probe models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Lalonde, Iain Matthews
  • Patent number: 9639737
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for generating an anatomically-constrained local model and for performing performance capture using the model. The local model includes a local shape subspace and an anatomical subspace. In one example, the local shape subspace constrains local deformation of various patches that represent the geometry of a subject's face. In the same example, the anatomical subspace includes an anatomical bone structure, and can be used to constrain movement and deformation of the patches globally on the subject's face. The anatomically-constrained local face model and performance capture technique can be used to track three-dimensional faces or other parts of a subject from motion data in a high-quality manner. Local model parameters that best describe the observed motion of the subject's physical deformations (e.g., facial expressions) under the given constraints are estimated through optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH), DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chenglei Wu
  • Patent number: 9639813
    Abstract: A method and device determines an optimization solution for an optimization problem. The method includes receiving the optimization problem having cost functions and variables in which each of the cost functions has a predetermined relationship with select ones of the variables. The method includes generating a first message for each of the cost functions for each corresponding variable based upon the respective predetermined relationship and a second message for each of the variables for each corresponding cost function based upon the respective predetermined relationship. The method includes generating a disagreement variable for each corresponding pair of variables and cost functions measuring a disagreement value between the first and second beliefs. The method includes repeating steps (b), (c), and (d) until a consensus is formed between the first and second messages until the optimization solution is determined based upon the consensus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Yedidia, Nate Derbinsky, Jose Bento Ayres Pereira, Veit Elser
  • Publication number: 20170118562
    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: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Poupyrev, Yoshio Ishigu
  • Patent number: 9632404
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a projection system for enhancing color saturation and contrast for a projected image. The projection surface includes a coat containing active materials and the projection system includes a first light source emitting light onto the surface and defining a first image on the surface and a second light source emitting light onto the surface and activating the active materials within the transparent coat to emit visible light of one or more wavelengths. The first light source defines the first image and the visible light emitted from the active materials enhances one or more characteristics of the first image. In another embodiment, the second light source may be activated when the first light source fails to define a backup or static image that may be different or the same as the image produced by the first light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhofer, Dumene Comploi
  • Patent number: 9635252
    Abstract: There is provided a system and a method for use by the system to provide live panoramic image capture and distribution. In one implementation, such a method includes capturing multiple perspectives of a visual environment, combining at least a subset of those perspectives to produce a panoramic image of the visual environment, and encoding the panoramic image to generate panoramic image data. The method also includes transmitting the first panoramic image data to a routing and processing portal for distribution of the panoramic image in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., Immersive Media Company
    Inventors: Anthony M. Accardo, Vincent Roberts, Bogdan Frusina, Scott Lance Van Nostrand, Myles McGovern
  • Patent number: 9633459
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for generating a hull that may have concavities. One example of such a method includes creating a collection of columns representing a first hull, growing the first hull by increasing a height of one or more columns, creating a collection of rows representing a second hull, growing the second hull by increasing a width of one or more rows, and creating a third hull by combing the first and second hulls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Gary Frattarola, Andi T. Smithers
  • Publication number: 20170111711
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enforcing the consumption and broadcasting of protected content. A user device on which protected content may be captured, consumed and/or broadcast to other user devices, identifies content being consumed and/or broadcast. Upon identifying the content, the content is determined as being protected or unprotected. If the content is deemed to be protected, the user device can cease consumption of the content on the user device as well as to the other user devices to which the content is being broadcast. Additionally, the user device can transmit a warning notification to one or more of the user device and the other user devices. Further still, the user device can present options to legitimize the presentation of the content on the user device and/or the other user devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MATTHEW DEUEL, LEON SILVERMAN
  • Patent number: 9625732
    Abstract: An apparatus, such as a Pepper's ghost system, for displaying images. The apparatus includes a projection assembly projecting an image stream and a tensioning assembly supporting a reflective element such as a polyester film. The tensioning assembly includes first and second edge retention assemblies retaining, respectively, a first edge of the reflective element and a second edge of the reflective element opposite the first edge. The tensioning assembly includes a tension adjuster applying tensile forces at spaced apart locations along the first edge of the reflective element. The first edge of the reflective element is serrated such as with a plurality of spaced apart slots that may be shaped as a partial oval. The first edge retention assembly includes a pair of retention plates with the first edge sandwiched there between. The first edge retention assembly includes fasteners passing through slots to couple the first and second plates together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Laduke, Mark A. Reichow, Mason Daryl Lev
  • Patent number: 9623608
    Abstract: In an object generation system, consumable base materials are characterized in a characterization process wherein an object generation system can use a plurality of so-characterized base materials. User input representing a desired object and set of characteristics for that desired object are processed, using a computer or computing device, to derive a mapping of locations for placement of portions of the plurality of base materials such that when the mapping is provided to an object generator, the generated object approximates the representing a desired object and set of characteristics. The characterization of a base material might include elasticity of the base material, the user input might be a desired shape and elasticity, the object generator might be a 3D multi-material printer and the generated object might at least approximate the desired shape and elasticity as a result of being constructed from the plurality of base materials used by the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernd Bickel, Wojciech Matusik, Miguel A. Otaduy, Markus Gross, Hanspeter Pfister
  • Patent number: 9625247
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention broadly contemplate systems, methods, apparatuses and program products that provide position tracking using a simple, low frequency oscillator that is attached to an object to be tracked, and one or more receiving stations that are placed around the area in which the object moves. Embodiments of the invention enable position tracking of the object using light weight equipment which minimally impacts the object's natural state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Darmindra D. Arumugam, Matthew Trotter, Joshua Griffin, David Ricketts, Daniel Stancil
  • Patent number: 9619709
    Abstract: A method for locating markers in an image captured by a mobile device moving about an operating space. The method includes preprocessing an image to generate a set of image data, locating fixed features of markers by tracing edges of the fixed features, and extracting variable data payloads of each of the markers associated with the located fixed features. The fixed features of each of the markers may include a pair of parallel lines extending along opposite sides of a data area containing the variable data payload, and each of the lines extends a distance beyond each exposed end of the data area to avoid missing data when markers are not arranged orthogonally to the scan direction. The preprocessing involves rotating or skewing the image to provide rotated or skewed versions of the image to facilitate locating markers regardless of their angular orientation in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Clifford Wong
  • Patent number: 9616326
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for determining an identity of a game piece. The system including a detection grid, a memory for storing a detection algorithm, and a processor configured to detect an electrical change on the detective grid caused by a contact face from the game piece, determine the identity of the game piece based on the electrical change using the detection algorithm, and transmit the identity of the game piece wirelessly. The game piece may include a die with a plurality of resistors, where each of the plurality of faces includes a resistor with a different resistance value. The identity of the die corresponds to the rolled face of the die. Wherein detecting the rolled face of the die includes detecting the resistance value on the contact face of the die and determining the rolled face based on the detected resistance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Malcolm Murdock
  • Patent number: 9620084
    Abstract: Various approaches for selection of graphical objects in a web browser-based application are described. In one approach, a selection overlay is stored in a web document. The selection overlay encompasses a plurality of user-selectable graphical objects in the web document occupies a highest position in layers of graphical objects in the web document and includes a plurality of selection regions. Each selection region is respectively associated with one of the plurality of graphical objects and defines a region of selectability for the associated graphical object. In response to the web browser-based application detecting entry of a user-directed pointer into one of the selection regions in the selection overlay, the graphical object associated with the one selection region is selected for user manipulation and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Ballagh, Thomas E. Fischaber, Roger B. Milne, Krista M. Marks
  • Patent number: 9619027
    Abstract: To convey tactile sensations over an open space, a system may use a vortex generator to direct one or more vortices at an object in 3-D space. Once a vortex strikes an object—e.g., a user's hand—it applies a force. The vortex generator can control the frequency and intensity of the vortices in order to provide different tactile sensations that correspond to virtual objects or events in a visual presentation. The system may identify and track objects in the real-world environment, and based on information provided by a device displaying the visual presentation, transmit instructions to the vortex generator to discharge vortices that convey a tactile sensation corresponding to the virtual object or event in the visual presentation. By doing so, the vortices augment the real-world environment to immerse the user in the visual presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajinder Sodhi, Ivan Poupyrev, Matthew Feld Glisson
  • Patent number: 9621928
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for dynamically generated client side streaming playlists. There is provided a method comprising receiving a request to stream a video asset for playback, retrieving, from a network, a video asset playlist corresponding to the video asset and an ad campaign playlist, generating a consolidated video playlist including the video asset playlist and the ad campaign playlist, and processing the consolidated video playlist using a media playback framework to stream a plurality of video files from the network for decoding and output to a display. Discontinuity tags within the video asset playlist may be utilized as insertion points for portions of the ad campaign playlist. The consolidated video playlist may be accessed through a local HTTP web server, advantageously allowing the use of commonly installed media playback framework models such as QuickTime X to trigger adaptive bitrate support through HTTP Live Streaming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Manzari, Robert Longwell, Chang Liu, Andrew Bauch, David Brueck
  • Patent number: 9619924
    Abstract: There is provided an illumination rendering system and method for use by such a system. The system includes a system processor, a system memory, and an illumination rendering engine including a ray tracing unit stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the ray tracing unit to recognize a present classification of a light path traveling between a ray source and a ray receiver, and to identify a scattering type of a next scattering event corresponding to a ray on the light path. The system processor is also configured to execute the ray tracing unit to determine a next classification of the light path based on the present classification of the light path and the scattering type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Spencer, Brent Burley
  • Patent number: 9619922
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method of distribution caching for direct lights in a scene. The system including a memory and a processor configured to execute a rendering software application to shoot a plurality of rays through a scene that includes a plurality of lights, generate a plurality of cache points at different locations throughout the scene based on the shooting of the plurality of rays, compute a list of lights for each cache point from the plurality of cache points, the list of lights including lights from the plurality of lights that provide illumination at a location of the cache point, and store the plurality of cache points in a memory. The processor may further be configured to execute the rendering software application to render the scene using the cache point database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Nichols, Peter Kutz, Christian Eisenacher
  • Publication number: 20170098243
    Abstract: Systems and methods for exhibition date notification are provided. A user may specify a particular genre of entertainment and/or a particular entertainment provider. Through the use of an exhibition date notification application, the user can further specify notification controls and/or preferences so that the user will be notified of upcoming exhibition dates associated with entertainments commensurate with the specified entertainment genre and/or provided by the specified entertainment provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: SUSAN CICCHINO
  • Patent number: 9615015
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program code for controlling a video camera to capture video associated with an event are provided which use historical or predictive data. In some embodiments, historical event information and participant information is received. Video camera configuration and position data is received, as well as current event data. The current event data may be received substantially in real time from the event. Video camera control signals are generated based on at least one of the event information, the participant information, and the current event data. The control signals are transmitted to a video camera to control the operation of the video camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Lee Hunter
  • Patent number: 9615068
    Abstract: A method for generating three dimensional (3D) displays. The method includes displaying a hologram that combines three (or more) images encoded into three (or more) different OAM channels, and the method also includes reflecting light from the displayed hologram to create a multichannel light beam. Then, the method involves decoding the multichannel light beam to decode and display the three encoded images. The decoding step includes displaying the three encoded images in decoded form in three view zones, three focal planes, or on three spaced-apart planes. The decoding is performed by a single decoding screen using holograms used for generating the three encoded images or is performed by three decoding screens configured based on a differing one of the holograms used for generating the three encoded images. The displaying of the hologram step includes operating a spatial light modulator (SLM) to display the hologram on a screen of the SLM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9613456
    Abstract: Methods and systems for two-phase skinning of an object undergoing rigid and non-rigid transformations are disclosed. One method of skinning the object may include separating the object's joint transformations into rigid and non-rigid parts by determining if a joint is scale compensating or scale non-compensating, applying non-rigid joint transformations to the mesh, and applying rigid joint transformations to the mesh. Separation of the object's joint transformations into rigid and non-rigid parts may include determining a bind pose based on an initial configuration of the object's joints and determining an intermediate pose based on the configuration of the object's joints after non-rigid joint transformations are applied to the joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Gene Lee, Chung-An Lin
  • Patent number: 9610500
    Abstract: The system described in this disclosure may be configured to read information stored on toy objects that indicates whether the toy objects have been used and/or are being used with other toy objects, gaming systems, and/or other devices. The system described in this disclosure may be configured to facilitate an association of the information stored on the toy objects with virtual entities in a virtual space, update virtual content associated with the virtual entities, determine relationships between users, and/or other perform other functions based on the information stored on the toy objects. The information stored on the toy objects may be updated responsive to the toy objects being used by users with other toy objects, gaming systems, and/or other devices. The use of the toy objects by users may include two or more users playing together with toy objects and/or playing with gaming systems associated with the toy objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler James Colbert
  • Patent number: 9610510
    Abstract: A method for controlling a ride experience through a ride space of an amusement park ride. The method includes, with a sensor mounted on an automated trackless vehicle being controlled to travel along a first ride path, sensing passenger data for a passenger. The method involves processing the passenger data to determine a passenger state at a particular point in time during the ride experience. The method includes determining a location of the automated trackless vehicle on the first ride path. The method involves, based on the passenger state and the location of the automated trackless vehicle on the first ride path, determining a second ride path for the automated trackless vehicle to move through the ride space. The method includes controlling the automated trackless vehicle to move off the first ride path and along the second ride path, e.g., to alter the passenger's state to enhance the ride experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Dumene Comploi
  • Patent number: 9613160
    Abstract: An aspect provides a method, including: sending a request for a web site from a client device to a server; receiving a response to the web site request from the server, wherein the response to the web site request includes at least a portion of a first version of the web site requested and one or more links describing one or more alternate versions of the web site requested, the one or more links comprising conditional data; determining if the conditional data is met; and in response to the conditional data being met, requesting an alternate version of the web site requested. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Brendan P. Houle
  • Patent number: 9610511
    Abstract: A free-ranging ride vehicle for an amusement park ride. The vehicle includes a vehicle base supporting a passenger compartment. The vehicle includes a drive system with a support platform supporting the vehicle base. The drive system imparts a set of motions including translation, cornering, sway, and heave to the support platform and, in turn, to the vehicle base and passenger compartment. The drive system includes first, second, and third leg assemblies each with a rigid leg pivotally coupled at an inner end to the support platform and supporting a wheel at an outer end. Drive motors are mounted on the legs above the wheels to, independently and concurrently, rotate the wheels and change the directional offset angle of each wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Dexter William Francis, Larry S. McAfee
  • Publication number: 20170091994
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for generating an anatomically-constrained local model and for performing performance capture using the model. The local model includes a local shape subspace and an anatomical subspace. In one example, the local shape subspace constrains local deformation of various patches that represent the geometry of a subject's face. In the same example, the anatomical subspace includes an anatomical bone structure, and can be used to constrain movement and deformation of the patches globally on the subject's face. The anatomically-constrained local face model and performance capture technique can be used to track three-dimensional faces or other parts of a subject from motion data in a high-quality manner. Local model parameters that best describe the observed motion of the subject's physical deformations (e.g., facial expressions) under the given constraints are estimated through optimization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chenglei Wu
  • Publication number: 20170091529
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for generating an anatomically-constrained local model and for performing performance capture using the model. The local model includes a local shape subspace and an anatomical subspace. In one example, the local shape subspace constrains local deformation of various patches that represent the geometry of a subject's face. In the same example, the anatomical subspace includes an anatomical bone structure, and can be used to constrain movement and deformation of the patches globally on the subject's face. The anatomically-constrained local face model and performance capture technique can be used to track three-dimensional faces or other parts of a subject from motion data in a high-quality manner. Local model parameters that best describe the observed motion of the subject's physical deformations (e.g., facial expressions) under the given constraints are estimated through optimization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chenglei Wu
  • Publication number: 20170091827
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing consumer engagement with a multimedia content distribution system through the use of temporal metadata and gamification techniques. Personalized game-like tasks are created, whereby a consumer is enticed to find and access multimedia content containing a specific content element, or “easter egg,” to earn a reward. The specific content element may be identifiable based on temporal metadata tags associated with multimedia content available within the multimedia content distribution system. To further increase the probability of consumer engagement, the easter egg may be personalized based on data unique to the consumer, such as consumer preferences, viewing habits, and previous engagement level with the multimedia content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: MEHUL PATEL
  • Patent number: 9604149
    Abstract: A method for enabling purchases of status items associated with an online virtual game is disclosed. The method involves: determining that a player of the online virtual game has achieved a first objective defined in the online virtual game, and informing an online store that the player has achieved the first objective. The online store is configured to allow the player to purchase a first status item for achieving the first objective. The first status item comprises a real-world indication that the player has achieved the first objective. The online store is configured to allow a particular player to purchase a particular status item associated with achieving a particular objective in the online virtual game that conveys that the particular player has, in fact, achieved the particular objective. The online store is configured to not allow the particular player to purchase the particular status item without actually having achieved the particular objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Veprinsky, Allan D. Jones, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9609377
    Abstract: The present invention achieves wireless delivery of media streams to portable devices for providing media information related to a show or attraction for the purposes of captioning, language translation, and assistive listening. As a person moves about a venue, the device receives infrared or radio signals from transmitters at venue locations. The device decodes each signal as venue location, event time, or device trigger for presentation on the device. The device memory contains audio, text, graphics and device playback may contain one or many of these stored contents. The stored content is synchronized with the user's location, time of travel, time of day, time of a show, or an event in a show and may be in one or many languages. Presentation of stored content on the device may also be altered by user preference, stored logic constraints, automatic learning of user behavior, or user interaction with other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg B. Hale, Phu V. Nguyen, William G. Wiedefeld
  • 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: 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: 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: 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