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).
  • Publication number: 20170213320
    Abstract: Systems and method for the reconstruction of an articulated object are disclosed herein, The articulated object can be reconstructed from image data collected by a moving camera over a period of time. A plurality of 2D feature points can be identified within the image data. These 2D feature points can be converted into three-dimensional space, which converted points are identified as 3D feature points. These 3D feature points can be used to identify one or several rigidity constrains and/or kinematic constraints. These rigidity and/or kinematic constraints can be applied to a model of the reconstructed articulated object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Kaan YÜCER, Alexander SORKINE HORNUNG, Oliver WANG, Olga SORKINE HORNUNG
  • Patent number: 9715580
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a method for providing a user access to a gaming environment without a full license. In operation, a license generator receive a request to generate a temporary license for a user not having access to the gaming environment from a primary user having a full license. The license generator then generates the temporary license based on license information associated with the full license belonging to a primary user. The user can then access the gaming environment via the temporary license, but may only be given restricted access to the gaming environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Louis Yves Paquet, Amy Beth Kalson
  • Patent number: 9713774
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing an enhanced contextual chat feature in online environments. The contextual chat feature may be used to present users with a list of expressions that may be sent to other users within an online environment (or to users in other online environments). The list of messages may be derived from a linguistic profile which itself may change as the use of language in an online environment (or by a particular user group) evolves, over time. In cases where a user sends a contextual chat message to another user in the same online environment, messages may be sent without being altered. However, when a user selects a contextual chat message from the list to send to a user in another online environment, the message may be translated based on a linguistic profile associated with users in the second environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Cyrus J. Hoomani, Vita Markman
  • Patent number: 9714072
    Abstract: Dampers for mounting on a dock to control landing a boat. The dampers may be used individually or in damper systems made up of a plurality of dampers. Each damper has a flexible body with one or more sidewalls defining an inner chambers, and orifices are provided in one of the sidewalls to allow the chamber to be filled with water when the damper is in an at-rest state. When the boat approaches the dock and contacts the damper or the outer set of dampers in a damper assembly/system, the collision or impact force applied by the boat against the outer surfaces of the damper(s) causes the damper body to be compressed, which causes the sidewalls of the chamber to collapse so as to expel water out of the inner chamber via the orifices so as to reduce the speed of the boat at a desired rate of deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Brooke M. Swift, Eric J. Moy, Dennis M. Lind, J. Douglas Smith, Casey L. McKibben
  • Patent number: 9710951
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for creating animated video frames which include both computer generated elements and hand drawn elements. For example, a software tool may allows an artist to draw line work (or supply other 2D image data) to composite with an animation frame rendered from a three dimensional (3D) graphical model of an object. The software tool may be configured to determine how to animate such 2D image data provided for one frame in order to appear in subsequent (or prior) frames in a manner consistent with changes in rendering the underlying 3D geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kaschalk, Eric A. Daniels, Brian S. Whited, Kyle D. Odermatt, Patrick T. Osborne
  • Patent number: 9710156
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for three-dimensional object sculpting and deformation on a mobile device. The system including a display, a memory storing a sculpting software application, and a processor configured to execute the sculpting software application to present an object to the user on the display, receive a first user input from the user for deforming the object, deform the object based on the first user input to generate a deformed object, receive a second user input from the user for squishing the deformed object using a squishing machine, and re-present the deformed object on the display next to the squishing machine. Squishing the deformed object may include breaking the deformed object in a blending machine, melting the deformed object with a heating machine, blowing the deformed object up with a pump, or breaking the deformed object up within a bubble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly Porter, Michele Wells, Giovanna Alaimo, Camilo Bejarano, Aradhana Modi, Alexander Ferrier
  • Patent number: 9710965
    Abstract: A process, computer program product, and apparatus provide color and shape stylization for a captured hairstyle. The process, computer program product, and apparatus receive a plurality of images of a hairstyle in an n dimensional space at a plurality of different angles. Further, the process, computer program product, and apparatus generate a mesh surface in an n?1 dimensional space. In addition, the process, computer program product, and apparatus combine color data from the plurality of images at the plurality of different angles with mesh geometry data of the mesh surface. The process, computer program product, and apparatus also stylize the color data with an n dimensional filter that projects the color data to the n?1 dimensional space of the mesh surface. The process, computer program product, and apparatus may also stylize the geometric shape details in a coherent manner with the color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Jose Ignacio Echevarria
  • Patent number: 9712810
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying three dimensional (3D) images to a viewer without the need for 3D glasses. The apparatus includes a display element with a lenticular display surface that is supported to be horizontal and face upward into a viewing space. The apparatus includes a location tracking element tracking a location of a viewer in the viewing space relative to the lenticular display surface. The apparatus includes a display controller generating reprojected content for operating the display element to display 3D images via the lenticular display surface. The reprojected content is generated by determining for each pixel of the display element the content or images passing through tracked and/or determined eye locations and then remapping content delivered to each of the pixels of the display element to achieve a predefined pattern of content in viewpoints of fixed camera positions for the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Quinn Y. Smithwick, Christopher Stuart Gabriel
  • Publication number: 20170199874
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and outputting personalized content recommendations are provided. When it is determined that two or more users are in close proximity to each other, the two or more users' respective media content libraries may be compared. Commonalities or related aspects of the two or more users' respective media content libraries can be determined and leveraged to generated personalized content recommendations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MEHUL PATEL, MARK ARANA, TONY R. SMITH, ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Publication number: 20170201774
    Abstract: According to various embodiments of the disclosed technology, it is possible for content owners to better control the presentation of owned multimedia assets. Implementations of embodiments of the technology of the present disclosure leverage the specificity and greater breadth of detailed information about the multimedia asset of temporal metadata to enable content owners to associate business rules with particular content elements of the multimedia asset. After being notified of a match through the traditional fingerprinting process, embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure can programmatically identify the exact content elements contained within the uploaded multimedia file, and accordingly apply the applicable rules. Content owners may create a list of business rules associated with particular temporal metadata tags of a multimedia assets so that fine-grained rule application is possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lindsay, Lena Bareket, Nimesh Narayan, Yoomi Koh Poon
  • Patent number: 9703897
    Abstract: There is provided a tensegrity design system and a method for use in designing a complex tensegrity structure. In one implementation, such a method includes providing virtual building blocks selectable by a user for assembly of a desired tensegrity structure, receive user-selected building blocks from among the plurality of virtual building blocks from the user, and identifying connections among the user-selected building blocks based on user inputs to the tensegrity design system. The method also includes determining a network of forces for stabilizing a tensegrity structure corresponding to the desired tensegrity structure, based on the user-selected building blocks and their connections, and generating a simulation of the tensegrity structure corresponding to the desired tensegrity structure for display to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernd Bickel, Sandro Mani, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Stelian Coros
  • Patent number: 9700805
    Abstract: A system and method for automated fantasy drafting are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving one or more user-defined rules with respect to a list of players, wherein each player on the list is associated with one or more characteristics from a set of predefined characteristics and wherein at least one of the user-defined rules specifies a particular characteristic and selecting a player from the list of players satisfying the one or more user-defined rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Nathaniel Sloan, Chris Tembreull, John Diver
  • Patent number: 9700799
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising authenticating a user on a first device by at least one of a biometric identifier of the user and a wearable device of the user, identifying a first application associated with the user, receiving, by the first device, the first application, receiving, by the first device, state information of the first application, wherein the state information reflects a previous interaction of the user with the first application, installing the first application on the first device, and restoring the state information on the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Millegan, Alif Khalfan, Robert H. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9704336
    Abstract: Objectives, an environment, and/or a theme associated with a virtual space may be managed based on characters made accessible responsive to corresponding tokens being detected. Tokens, including a first token associated with a first character or a second token associated with a second character, may be detected based on signals received from one or more token readers. The first character may be made accessible in the virtual space responsive to the first token being detected and the second character may be made accessible in the virtual space responsive to the second token being detected. Responsive to one or both of the first token being detected or the second token being detected, a given objective associated with the virtual space may be effectuated in the virtual space, an environment of the virtual space may be modified, and/or a theme of the virtual space being modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Vignocchi, Christopher Shen, Jared Bals, Troy Leavitt, Chad Liddell, Manfred Neber, Jeffrey Gosztyla
  • Patent number: 9704299
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for rendering an anamorphic projection of 3D scene geometry on a handled device using a correct asymmetric perspective geometry projection. Once pose of the handheld device is determined, a relative eye position may be inferred when the device is tilted away from an initial or default pose, based on data supplied by accelerometers. Thus, embodiments of the invention result in a holographic style display without the need for glasses or external sensing attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenny Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9704491
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for outputting an audio effect on a remote device are disclosed. Embodiments select a device from a plurality of devices within a physical environment for use in outputting an audio effect. Upon determining that transmitting the audio effect as uncompressed data to the selected device would violate a predefined performance criteria, the audio effect is modified by determining, for each of a plurality of portions of the audio effect, a respective priority. Additionally, upon determining that a first portion of the plurality of portions of the audio effect is a lower priority, relative to a second portion of the audio effect, embodiments compress the first portion of the audio effect, while the second portion of the audio effect remains uncompressed. The modified audio effect is then transmitted to the selected device for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Ron C. Fish, David J. Logan, Reek N. Havok, Susan M. Lum
  • Patent number: 9704288
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing a learning-based clothing model that enables the simultaneous animation of multiple detailed garments in real-time. A simple conditional model learns and preserves key dynamic properties of cloth motions and folding details. Such a conditional model may be generated for each garment worn by a given character. Once generated, the conditional model may be used to determine complex body/cloth interactions in order to render the character and garment from frame-to-frame. The clothing model may be used for a variety of garments worn by male and female human characters (as well as non-human characters) while performing a varied set of motions typically used in video games (e.g., walking, running, jumping, turning, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edilson de Aguiar, Leonid Sigal, Adrien Treuille, Jessica K. Hodgins
  • Patent number: 9694282
    Abstract: Techniques are described for altering the gameplay of a computer game based on imported audio content. Embodiments of the invention receive a selection of external audio content to import into a computer game. Embodiments import the selected audio content into the computer game. One or more acoustic characteristics of the imported audio content are then determined by analyzing the imported audio content. Embodiments of the invention then affect one or more graphical elements of the computer game, based on the determined one or more acoustic characteristics of the audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoff Cullen, Serkan Hassan, Steve Rockett, Ciaran Rooney, Erasmus Talbot
  • Patent number: 9699438
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the insertion of graphics into stereoscopic live action 3D video using image models taking into account positional data from the stereoscopic camera rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Walsh
  • Patent number: 9691165
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenossische Technische Hochscule Zürich)
    Inventors: Amit Bermano, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Bernd Bickel, Markus Gross, Yeara Kozlov
  • Patent number: 9690373
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a system that includes a first interactive device and control logic configured to perform an operation. The operation includes receiving historical data describing historical interactions between a user and one or more interactive devices. Additionally, the operation includes configuring the first interactive device with one or more interactive events. Each interactive event includes a respective (i) stimulus event and (ii) an action to perform responsive to an occurrence of the stimulus event, and at least one of the one or more interactive events is based on the received historical data. Responsive to detecting an occurrence of a first one of the one or more stimulus events, the operation includes causing the first interactive device to perform the corresponding action. The operation also includes updating the first interactive device with a second one or more interactive events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Haseltine
  • Patent number: 9693048
    Abstract: A process and apparatus provide high speed multicomponent imagery from high frame rate binary spatial light modulators. The process and apparatus decompose an image frame into a plurality of subframes such that each subframe in the plurality of subframes corresponds to an image component of the image frame. The process and apparatus sequentially illuminate, with a spatially addressable backlight, each of the subframes displayed on a spatial light modulator segment through a lenslet array and at least one optical component onto a diffuser. Further, a process and apparatus provide high speed projection with multiple projectors. The process and apparatus decompose an image frame into a plurality of image components. Further, the process and apparatus associate each of the plurality of image components with each of a plurality of associated projectors. The process and apparatus concurrently projects the plurality of image components from the plurality of associated projectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Quinn Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9691173
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for rendering in accordance with location of virtual objects in real-time. There is provided a method for persistent association of a graphic overlay with a virtual object in a displayable environment, comprising receiving a first three-dimensional coordinate of the virtual object in the displayable environment, determining a three-dimensional coordinate of the graphic overlay in accordance with the first three-dimensional coordinate of the virtual object, tracking a movement of the virtual object in the displayable environment by receiving one or more second three-dimensional coordinates of the virtual object, and modifying the three-dimensional coordinate of the graphic overlay in accordance with the one or more second three-dimensional coordinates of the virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gay, Aaron Thiel
  • Patent number: 9692988
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein involves systems, methods, apparatuses or devices related to infrared imaging or infrared imaging projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reichow, Christopher Raynard Runco, Thomas E. Brentnall, Thomas Frasier LaDuke
  • Patent number: 9686625
    Abstract: There is provided a system for delivery of personalized audio including a memory and a processor configures to receive a plurality of audio contents, receive a first playback request from a first user device for playing a first audio content of the plurality of audio contents using the plurality of speakers, obtain a first position of a first user of the first user device with respect to each of the plurality of speakers, and play, using the plurality of speakers and object-based audio, the first audio content of the plurality of audio contents based on the first position of the first user of the first user device with respect to each of the plurality of speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 9684435
    Abstract: To generate a media presentation of a live event, a user interface is coupled to at least three cameras that share substantially the same vantage point. One of the cameras (e.g., a context camera) provides a context view of the event that is displayed on a screen of the user interface. The views of the other two cameras are superimposed onto the context view to define sub-portions that are visually demarcated within the context view. Based on user interaction, the user interface can switch between the cameras views and control the cameras to capture different portions of the context view. Based the image data captured by the views of the cameras within the context view, the user interface generates a media presentation that may be broadcast to multiple viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: George Peter Carr, Yaser Sheikh, Eric Ronald Foote, Patrick Joseph Lucey, Iain Matthews
  • Patent number: 9684906
    Abstract: Footage used in an aired show by a broadcaster, broadcasting network or similar entity can be more easily tracked and reported to rights holders. An electronic cutsheet can be created for a video package. The electronic cutsheet includes information identifying one or more footage items included in the video package and any rights holders associated with the footage item. Using the cutsheets, a number of playlists can be created or otherwise provided. Each playlist is associated with at least one video package. The playlist can then be associated with a show to indicate that the show has aired and thus that the playlist and its included packages have actually been used. A report can then be generated that indicates at least one rights holder and the number of instances in which a footage item associated with the indicated rights holder was included in an aired show.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Cocchi, Kishore B. Yarlagadda, Kevin D. Greelish, Joshua N. Cohen, Luke N. Macomber, Chyloe F. Lucca, Jesse B. Pringle, Marc W. Rowley, Oyvind Gjorven, Jason A. Nophsker, Joseph A. Sack
  • Patent number: 9686575
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for systems and methods for digital library channel creation. The disclosed methods and systems utilize a user's digital media library to create and/or simulate one or more broadcast channels for viewing by the user. Channels may be created randomly or according to particular preferences set by the user. In a further aspect, the disclosed methods and systems allow users to broadcast or share their channels with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Josiah Eatedali, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9681182
    Abstract: There is provided systems and methods for storing and transmitting dynamic range tags in video using a non-transitory memory storing a video having a plurality of frames, a plurality of dynamic range tags corresponding to the plurality of frames, and a video tagging software, and a hardware processor executing the video tagging software stored in the non-transitory memory to obtain a frame of the plurality of frames of the video from the memory, obtain a dynamic range tag including information about the frame of the plurality of frames of the video from the memory, insert the dynamic range tag into a vertical ancillary data (VANC) space of the frame of the video to generate a modified video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Strein, Kenneth J. Michel
  • Patent number: 9680944
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for optimizing loading of content data on a webpage by utilizing client-side technology. The system comprising a server and a client device, the client device configured to request a webpage from a server, receive an image tag and a configuration file from the server, determine a selected image from a plurality of images using client capabilities, the image tag, and the configuration file, create an image handle to request the selected image from the server, transmit the image handle to the server, and receive the selected image from the server. The client device may also receive supported advertisements from the server, select at least one advertisement from the supported advertisements using the client capabilities, and request the at least one advertisement from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuan Wang, Innate Mak, Wen Qu, Jiancheng Ma
  • Patent number: 9675888
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for modifying story playback based on battery charge levels. A story that includes a plurality of actions and, for each of the plurality of actions, stimulus criteria indicating when the respective action is to be performed, is retrieved for playback. Embodiments determine a plurality of available storytelling devices for use in playback of the story and assign each of the plurality of actions within the story to a respective one or more of the plurality of available storytelling devices, based at least in part on a respective indication of battery charge for the respective storytelling device. Playback of the story is then initiated using, for each of the plurality of actions, the assigned one or more available storytelling devices to perform the respective action, responsive to a determination that the corresponding stimulus criteria is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Eric C. Haseltine, Joseph L. Olson, Robert N. Carter
  • Patent number: 9678476
    Abstract: A holographic display system for generating a super hologram with full parallax in different fields of view in the horizontal and vertical directions. The display system includes assemblies or subsystems each adapted to combine holographic displays and coarse integral displays to produce or display a coarse integral hologram. The display system is adapted to combine such displays or display systems to add more detail or information. For example, the display system can be assembled as if it were made up of “holographic bricks” that can be stacked and combined to provide a unique image/output. Briefly, the display system described herein teaches techniques for combining coarse integral holographic (CIH) displays in a seamless and scalable manner, e.g., a display system where multiple spatial light modulators (SLMs) can be placed or provided behind coarse integral optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9679547
    Abstract: Systems and methods for re-arranging a musical composition using augmented reality are disclosed. A user can be provided with one or more physical image markers representative of at least one of a musical entity and a musical style in which a musical track has been pre-recorded. Upon capturing a visual scene in which one or more of these physical image markers are included, an augmented reality version of the visual scene is displayed along with audio corresponding to the musical style(s) and/or entities represented by the one or more physical image markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich
    Inventors: Fabio Zünd, Alessia Marra, Maurizio Nitti, Mattia Ryffel, Robert Sumner
  • Patent number: 9678960
    Abstract: Methods and systems of dynamic content analysis for categorizing media contents are provided. Data regarding the media contents that a user is watching on one or more devices is obtained, and the environment in which the user is watching the media contents may be captured. Metadata categorizing the events and the media contents can be generated, and the metadata may be further associated with a corresponding event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Mark Arana, Edward Drake
  • Patent number: 9679124
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture providing analytically enhanced user interfaces and smart CAPTCHAs. The analytically enhanced user interfaces may collect information regarding a user's interaction with the user interface, and asynchronously transmit the collected information to a logging service. The smart CAPTCHAs may gather information regarding a user based on the input the user provides to the smart CAPTCHA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Malone
  • Patent number: 9679348
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a method for creating hardware texture content for display on a display of a computing device. The method includes receiving by a processor the content in an image file format, where the content includes a first frame and a second frame. After receiving the content, the method includes creating by the processor a first hardware file corresponding to the first frame and creating by the processor a second hardware file corresponding to the second frame. After creating the first and second frames, the method further includes determining by the processing element a first delta hardware file corresponding to changes between the first hardware file and the second hardware file. In the method the first hardware file, the second hardware file, and the first delta hardware file include data directly usable by a graphics processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Andi T. Smithers, Gary Frattarola
  • Publication number: 20170163839
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically and automatically generating digital watermarks are provided. Watermark payloads utilized in generating the digital watermarks are altered based upon changing conditions, such as environmental characteristics associated with playback or distribution of media content. Changing conditions may also encompass a change in the distribution/presentation chain of devices associated with the playback or distribution of the media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MARK ARANA, LEON SILVERMAN
  • Patent number: 9672428
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for grouping a plurality of individuals, each individual of the plurality of individuals having a corresponding transactional segment, the system comprising a memory storing a group identification application, a processor for executing the group identification application to identify an o-space center of a first group, wherein the o-space center is an intersection of a plurality of transactional segments, obtain a non-parametric lower-body orientation probability distribution for each of the plurality of individuals, based on the o-space center, and determine that a first plurality of individuals from the plurality of individuals belong to the first group based on the non-parametric lower-body orientation probability distribution of each individual of the plurality of individuals, wherein each of the first plurality of individuals has a corresponding one of the plurality of transactional segments that intersect with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Marynel Vazquez, Scott Hudson, Aaron Steinfeld
  • Patent number: 9672632
    Abstract: A device, system, and method performs a camera driven background subtraction. The method being performed at an electronic device includes receiving information corresponding to an image-capturing device that is capturing an image. The method includes automatically selecting one of a plurality of image analysis mechanisms based upon the information. The method includes receiving the captured image captured by the image-capturing device. The method includes performing an image analysis using the selected image analysis mechanism on the captured image to determine a foreground and a background in the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Pond, Smadar Gefen, David Casamona
  • Patent number: 9671858
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method includes detecting, using a processor, user input through a camera lens. The method further includes determining, using the processor, that an identity of a user, selected from identities of at least two users, is associated with the user input. The method also includes tracking, using the processor, a local interaction between the at least two users based on at least the identity, the user input, and stored rules that govern the local interaction. The tracking can include determining whether the user has complied with the stored rules that govern the local interaction. Furthermore, the local interaction can include a multiplayer game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lanny Smoot, Armen Mkrtchyan, Leonard J. Mazzocco
  • Publication number: 20170154415
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for weighting the image quality prediction of any visual-attention-agnostic quality metric with a saliency map. By accounting for the salient regions of an image or video frame, the disclosed systems and methods may dramatically improve the precision of the visual-attention-agnostic quality metric during image or video quality assessment. In one implementation, a method of saliency-weighted video quality assessment includes: determining a per-pixel image quality vector of an encoded video frame; determining per-pixel saliency values of the encoded video frame or a reference video frame corresponding to the encoded video frame; and computing a saliency-weighted image quality metric of the encoded video frame by weighting the per-pixel image quality vector using the per-pixel saliency values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: TUNC OZAN AYDIN, NIKOLCE STEFANOSKI, ALJOSCHA SMOLIC, MARK ARANA
  • Publication number: 20170151715
    Abstract: A print method for printing three dimensional (3D) objects that are difficult to copy by use of a 3D scanner and 3D printer. The printer includes a print head with an extrusion nozzle with a heated portion and a print bed with a surface for receiving material extruded from the extrusion nozzle. The printer includes a print material supply spool loaded with an anti-scanning filament. The method includes operating the print head to draw the anti-scanning filament into the heated portion for heating and to extrude the heated filament from the extrusion nozzle to form a 3D object. The printed 3D object includes one or more scan protected exterior surfaces on at least one element of the 3D object. The scan protected exterior surfaces are either light absorbing or reflect light in unconventional directions. The anti-scanning filament is a plastic mixed with an anti-scanning additive such as a retroreflective material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: JEFFREY VORIS, DAVID W. CRAWFORD, JORGE ALTED, BENJAMIN FOSTER CHRISTEN
  • Patent number: 9667887
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are described to improve a lens distortion curve which roughly approximates distortion caused by a camera lens to capture an event onto video. The present invention selects a generic lens distortion curve that roughly approximates the distortion caused by the camera lens while capturing the event onto the video. The video as well as information from the generic lens distortion curve is used to generate a camera model. This camera model is used to integrate virtual insertions into the video. If the camera model is sufficiently accurate to present a realistic appearance of the virtual insertions to the remote viewer, this camera model is then used to integrate more virtual insertions into the video. However, if the camera model is not sufficiently accurate, an iterative process is employed to refine this camera model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Sheldon Katz, Gregory House
  • Patent number: 9667624
    Abstract: Objectives, an environment, and/or a theme associated with a virtual space may be managed based on characters made accessible responsive to corresponding tokens being detected. Tokens, including a first token associated with a first character or a second token associated with a second character, may be detected based on signals received from one or more token readers. The first character may be made accessible in the virtual space responsive to the first token being detected and the second character may be made accessible in the virtual space responsive to the second token being detected. Responsive to one or both of the first token being detected or the second token being detected, a given objective associated with the virtual space may be effectuated in the virtual space, an environment of the virtual space may be modified, and/or a theme of the virtual space being modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Vignocchi, Jeffrey Gosztyla, Manfred Neber, Troy Leavitt, Christopher Shen, Jared Bals, Chad Liddell
  • Patent number: 9665974
    Abstract: Methods and systems of joint path importance sampling are provided to construct light paths in participating media. The product of anisotropic phase functions and geometric terms across a sequence of path vertices are considered. A connection subpath is determined to join a light source subpath with a light receiver subpath with multiple intermediate vertices while considering the product of phase functions and geometry terms. A joint probability density function (“PDF”) may be factorized unidirectional or bidirectional. The joint PDF may be factorized into a product of multiple conditional PDFs, each of which corresponds to a sampling routine. Analytic importance sampling may be performed for isotropic scattering, whereas tabulated importance sampling may be performed for anisotropic scattering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Wojciech Jarosz, Iliyan Georgiev, Jaroslav Krivanek, Toshiya Hachisuka, Derek Nowrouzezahrai
  • Patent number: 9656392
    Abstract: A method for controlling a robotic apparatus to produce desirable photographic results. The method includes, with a motor controller, first operating a robotics assembly to animate the robotic apparatus and, then, detecting an upcoming image capture. The method further includes, with the motor controller in response to the detecting of the upcoming image capture, second operating the robotics assembly to pose the robotic apparatus for the upcoming image capture. In some embodiments, the detecting includes a sensor mounted on the robotic apparatus sensing a pre-flash of light from a red-eye effect reduction mechanism of a camera. In other cases, the detecting includes a sensor mounted on the robotics apparatus sensing a range finder signal from a range finder of a camera. The posing may include opening eyes, moving a mouth into a smile, or otherwise striking a pose that is held temporarily to facilitate image capture with a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Holger Irmler, Asa Kalama
  • Patent number: 9656428
    Abstract: A method for operating a three dimensional (3D) printer to limit unauthorized copying and provide authentication of 3D objects printed from authorized models fabricated on 3D printers. The method includes providing a digital file defining a 3D model of an object to the 3D printer. The 3D model includes a model of an identification (ID) element. The method includes processing the digital file to define print layers of the 3D model, and a number of the print layers include layers of the model of the ID element. The method involves operating the 3D printer to print the layers to form a 3D object with an integrally formed ID element. The ID element is embedded within object elements of the 3D object. The integrally formed ID element may be a radio frequency ID (RFID) tag providing identification data when read by an RFID reader scanning the 3D object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Voris, Benjamin Foster Christen, Jorge Alted, David W. Crawford
  • Patent number: 9656422
    Abstract: An apparatus or three dimensional (3D) printer is provided for generating a 3D object. The apparatus includes a print chamber and a liquid print matrix such as a photo-curing resin positioned in the print chamber. The apparatus includes an optical assembly focusing light into the print chamber in the form of a real image whose light initiates curing processes for a volume of the liquid print matrix to form the 3D object. The light focused into the print chamber has a wavelength within a wavelength curing range for the photo-curing resin. The real image may be formed using an optical assembly reflecting or redirecting and focusing light reflected from outer surfaces of an existing 3D object. The real image may also be provided in the form of a volumetric image displayed by a volumetric display device displaying planes of a 3D digital model or image of a 3D object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Alexander Hsing, Daniel Reetz
  • Patent number: 9656169
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and displaying a graphical representation of a player type profile. A respective player type profile may be generated for each of a plurality of users of a virtual environment that characterizes each user by a predominant player type. Player types may be defined by the designers of the virtual environment. The player type profile may be generated by logging the actions performed by the user when connected to the virtual environment and then analyzing the actions to determine the best characterization for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John Holbrook Crocker, Bob Hickman, Allan D. Jones, Jr.
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    Patent number: D792525
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Putzeys, Katherine M. Bassett, John Peter Fiscella, Michael Paul Goslin, Joseph Logan Olson, Paulo Kang