Disney Patents

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

Disney Patents by Type

  • Disney Patents Granted: Disney patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Disney Patent Applications: Disney patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Patent number: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9596457
    Abstract: A multiple camera video system and methods for operating such a system. The system may include a plurality of cameras located around a stadium, athletic playing field or other location. The cameras are remotely controlled in a master-slave configuration. A camera operator at a master pan head selects one of the plurality of cameras as the current master camera and utilizes the master pan head to adjust the telemetry and zoom of the master camera to follow the target object. The telemetry and zoom parameters of the master camera are then used to calculate corresponding telemetry, zoom and/or other parameters for each of the plurality of slave cameras. Video captured by each of the cameras is stored for the production of replay video feeds or for archiving. The replays may be capable of “spinning” through the video feeds of adjacent cameras in order for the viewer to get the sensation of revolving around the target object. The multiple camera video system also includes methods for calibrating the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth John Aagaard, Larry Barbatsoulis, Frank Trizano, Craig Matthew Farrell
  • Patent number: 9596497
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method of recipient specific lists for distribution of media content. The method comprises obtaining at least one unique identifier (UID), wherein the at least one UID identifies a content, and wherein the at least one UID identifies a recipient location and presentation data, generating a recipient specific list (RSL) using the at least one UID, wherein the RSL includes at least one content identifier, and wherein the RSL includes at least one recipient identifier, and transmitting the RSL to an encoded content transport stream creator for creation of an encoded content transport stream. The at least one recipient identifier may correspond to a broadcast affiliate television recipient or a multichannel video programming distributor. Additionally, the RSL may contain primary content, such as television programs, movies, commercials, and promotional programming, as well as secondary content, such as content overlays, program schedules, and triggers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael V. Chiarulli, Todd Christiansen, David A. Dreispan, Joseph P. Kenny, Jerry Rapella
  • Patent number: 9594748
    Abstract: A system and method for organizing localization content for video game development is disclosed. The method includes generating executable instructions for a video game being developed, wherein the video game is being developed for deployment in a plurality of natural languages, wherein text strings and/or multimedia data to be rendered during game play are referenced by the executable instructions. The method further includes identifiably storing the text strings and/or multimedia data in one or more dictionary files such that the text strings and/or multimedia data are identifiably referenced by references in the executable instructions and are identifiably referenced by a corresponding natural language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Gifford, Tadashi George Sakashita, Jonathan C. Scholtz
  • Patent number: 9590862
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for managing a group of portable communication devices. In accordance with one implementation, a computer-implemented method is provided for managing a group of portable communication devices on an individual basis or an aggregate basis, the method comprising the steps of providing a list of the portable communication devices in the group, selecting a target portable communication device, determining the location of the target portable communication device, and presenting the location of the target portable communication device. The method may further comprise the step of determining whether the group has sufficient credit for acquiring the location of the portable communication devices in the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Douglas Larocca
  • Patent number: 9586140
    Abstract: System and methods to guide interaction of characters with objects in a virtual space include determining how objects near a particular character are perceived by that character. Based on proximity, position, the manner of possible interaction, and/or other considerations, objects are ranked for interaction with the character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Henn
  • Patent number: 9588489
    Abstract: A technique for fabricating a highlight hologram based on a digital object performs point sampling on the object and represents each sampled point as a geometric patch. A set of geometric patches corresponding to sampled points from the object are fabricated into a substrate. A paraboloid patch may be used for reflective substrates while a hyperboloid may be used for transmissive substrates. To avoid specifying overlapping patches, which are impractical to fabricate, certain of the sample points may be merged. An output set of grooves is saved and may be used to specify fabrication of a highlight hologram on the physical substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Christian Regg, Szymon Marek Rusinkiewicz, Wojciech Matusik, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9588730
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying a multiuser augmented reality world on a first augmented reality device. Embodiments capture a visual scene for display. The visual scene includes a first user and wherein the visual scene is captured using one or more camera devices. Visual scene data for a second user is received from a second augmented reality device. Embodiments rendering a sequence of frames for display which depict the first user and the second user in an augmented reality world, where the depiction of the first user is based on the captured visual scene, and where the depiction of the second user is based on the received visual scene data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9588588
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for producing a haptic effect. In one implementation, such a system includes a system processor, a system memory, and a haptic engine stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the haptic engine to receive a media content, to map an event contained in the media content to a predetermined haptic effect, and to display an interface enabling a system user to produce a customized haptic effect based on the predetermined haptic effect. The system processor is further configured to generate an output data for causing one of the predetermined haptic effect and the customized haptic effect to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Israr, Roberta Klatzky, Siyan Zhao, Jill Fain Lehman, Oliver Schneider
  • Patent number: 9589097
    Abstract: There is provided a motion-based design system and a method for use in producing a motion-based design of a mechanical object. In one implementation, such a method includes identifying a motion curve associated with a movement by an articulated structure corresponding to the mechanical object, and mapping the motion curve to a mechanical sub-assembly. The mapping is performed based on a previously characterized trajectory of the mechanical sub-assembly and the similarity of that trajectory to the motion curve. The method also includes utilizing the first mechanical sub-assembly to substantially replicate the motion curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stelian Coros, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Wojciech Matusik, Bernd Bickel, Shinjiro Sueda
  • Patent number: 9584736
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically repositioning virtual and physical elements in a scene. The system and method being configured to receive a video frame, receive data, including position data, describing a first element to be imaged in the video frame, receive data, including position data, describing a second element to be imaged in the video frame, assign a dynamic status to the first element and automatically reposition at least the first element to create a modified video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Nikhil Deshpande, Smadar Gefen
  • Patent number: 9579796
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for automatically determining task-specific robot model reductions. In one embodiment, a simplification application determines a smallest order statespace model whose stabilizing controller also stabilizes a full-order robot model. The simplification application may determine such a model via an iterative procedure in which the reduced order is initialized to the number of unstable poles of the open-loop full-order system and, while the closed loop full-order system with the balanced reduced order system's stabilizing controller is unstable, fractional balanced reduction is applied to generate a balanced reduced system. If one or more unstable closed-loop poles exist in the full-order system with the stabilizing controller of the newly-generated balanced reduced system, the reduced order is incremented by one, and fractional balanced reduction repeated, until no unstable closed-loop poles remain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Umashankar Nagarajan, Katsu Yamane
  • Patent number: 9582718
    Abstract: A device and method for receiving first detection information for a plurality of objects, the first detection information relating to a first characteristic of the objects, receiving second detection information for the objects, the second detection information relating to a second characteristic of the objects, determining first detections based upon the first detection information and second detections based upon the second detection information, formulating trellis graphs for the first and second detections, each trellis graph graphs including corresponding nodes at a plurality of time frames and determining a tracking of a selected one of the objects based upon a simultaneous shortest path for the selected object through both the first and second trellis graphs based upon a first path through the first trellis graph, a second path through the second trellis graph, and sidekick information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: George Peter Carr, Hamid Izadinia
  • Patent number: 9575970
    Abstract: A method and system are provided to synchronize an audio program output at a location remote to a site of a visual display such as a fireworks show, a water and light show, or other event or show with a large visual display visible from distances over which the originally sourced audio is delayed, degraded in quality, or lost. The method includes providing a live show including a visual display with components triggered by one or more control signals. The method further includes concurrently providing an audio output that may include playback of a soundtrack associated with the visual display with a sound system of a mobile device. The audio output is provided at a location that is remote from the site of the visual display, and the audio output is synchronized in time with the components of the visual display using the control signals or a preset start time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Holger Irmler
  • Patent number: 9573701
    Abstract: A method of docking and recharging using a base station and a station-mating frame on the multicopter. The base station includes an upward-facing camera that is used by a docking controller to detect the presence, position, and orientation of a frame, with infrared light-emitting diodes arranged in a predefined pattern. The controller of the base station acts to emit wireless signals to the multicopter to guide the multicopter with its station-mating frame to a predefined position above the base station. The controller transmits a wireless signal to the multicopter to reduce thrust, and the multicopter lowers itself onto a sloped receiving surface that may be arranged in a crown pattern to provide passive gravity-driven centering, which causes the station-mating frame to slide to a lowest vertical point of the receiving assembly. A locking mechanism engages to lock the frame in place and provide electrical contact for recharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Beardsley, Michael Eriksson, Javier Alonso-Mora, Joern Rehder
  • Patent number: 9573416
    Abstract: An omniwheel is presented that may be included with additional omniwheels in a wheel assembly, which can be used in nearly any omnidirectional device such as a robot, a park ride or other vehicle, and the like. The omniwheel includes a wheel support or frame, and a first roller pivotally supported on the wheel support. Further, the omniwheel includes a second roller pivotally supported on the wheel support. The first and second rollers are each generally spherical in shape and have equal outer diameters. The first and second rollers each has a pair of recessed contact surfaces at opposite poles. Each of the first and second rollers is supported in the wheel support for freewheeling about a rotation axis passing through the opposite poles, and the first and second rollers are oriented in the wheel support to have their rotation axes offset relative to each other by an offset angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gunter D. Niemeyer, Lanny S. Smoot
  • Patent number: 9575156
    Abstract: A system to determine the placement of multiple RFID tags uses multiple antennae. The RF communication (or NFC) includes read and/or read/write communication with the RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Armen Mkrtchyan, Artaches Haroutunian, Robert Nelson
  • Patent number: 9573058
    Abstract: A computer game terminal, and associated method and code, for operating an online interactive computer game. The terminal includes an interface receiving non-interactive user input data from a controller associated with the computer games terminal and an interface receiving interactive game data associated with at least one interactive game element. The terminal includes a display driver rendering a graphical representation of a computer game based on the non-interactive user input data and the interactive game data. The terminal includes a processor processing the received non-interactive user input data and the interactive game data, while inhibiting data interaction. The processing inhibits interaction between a displayed avatar associated with the user input data and a displayed avatar associated with the received interactive game data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Avent