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).
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  • 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: 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: 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: 9573058
    Abstract: A computer game terminal, and associated method and code, for operating an online interactive computer game. The terminal includes an interface receiving non-interactive user input data from a controller associated with the computer games terminal and an interface receiving interactive game data associated with at least one interactive game element. The terminal includes a display driver rendering a graphical representation of a computer game based on the non-interactive user input data and the interactive game data. The terminal includes a processor processing the received non-interactive user input data and the interactive game data, while inhibiting data interaction. The processing inhibits interaction between a displayed avatar associated with the user input data and a displayed avatar associated with the received interactive game data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Avent
  • Patent number: 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: 9571812
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for view generation based on a video coding scheme. A bitstream is received that is encoded based on the video coding scheme. The bitstream includes video, quantized warp map offsets, and a message of a message type specified by the video coding scheme. Depth samples decoded from the first bitstream are interpreted as quantized warp map offsets, based on a first syntax element contained in the message. Warp maps are generated based on the quantized warp map offsets and a second syntax element contained in the message. Views are generated using image-domain warping and based on the video and the warp maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Aljo{hacek over (s)}a Smolic, Nikolce Stefanoski
  • Patent number: 9566509
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for adaptive rendered environments using user context. The method comprises determining user context data corresponding to a user of a virtual environment, altering a feature of the virtual environment using the user context data to obtain an altered feature, and rendering the altered feature of the virtual environment for display. The feature may include a non-player character in the virtual environment, such as eyesight focus of the non-player character or a physical action of the non-player character. The user context data may correspond to real world position data of a user and may be determined using a camera, for example through image recognition, or using a user device. Additionally, the virtual environment may include a cinematic, interactive game, or user generated content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Paquet, Steven Makofsky
  • Patent number: 9570069
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to detect a keyword in speech, by generating, from a sequence of spectral feature vectors generated from the speech, a plurality of blocked feature vector sequences, and analyzing, by a neural network, each of the plurality of blocked feature vector sequences to detect the presence of the keyword in the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jill F. Lehman, Pallavi N. Baljekar, Rita Singh
  • Patent number: 9569533
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for visual search in a video media player. There is provided a computing device for performing a visual search in video files comprising a display, a memory, a video media player application in the memory, and a processor configured to store into the memory search terms by allowing a user to visually select objects as search terms using a user interface on the display, initiate a search using the search terms, obtain search results comprising time offsets and play durations within the video files, each play duration containing at least one frame corresponding to the search terms, and display navigational controls in the user interface for presenting the search results, including selectable graphical thumbnail images or preview videos. A user can select objects via outlined, highlighted, or otherwise visually identified objects in a video frame, the selecting enabled by associated search metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Barsook, Joven Matias, Cyrus Hoomani, Arun Ramagopal
  • Patent number: 9571786
    Abstract: Interpolating frames of a video may provide a technique for one or more of frame rate conversion, temporal upsampling for generating slow motion video, image morphing, virtual view synthesis, and/or other video applications. A system may be configured to interpolated frames of a video by leveraging frequency domain representations of individual frames. The frequency domain representations may be decomposed into set of discrete functions that make up the frequency domain representations. Corresponding functions from sets of functions associated with frames with which an interpolated frame is to be determined may be identified. Phase differences between corresponding functions may be determined. Interpolated functions between the corresponding functions may be determined based on the determined phased differences. Information describing spatial domain representations of interpolated frames may be determined based on the interpolated functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: ETH ZURICH, DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Henning Zimmer, Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Simone Meyer, Max Grosse, Oliver Wang
  • Patent number: 9565414
    Abstract: Approaches are described for generating a multiview autostereoscopic image from a stereo three-dimensional input image pair. A stereo to multiview rendering system receives a stereo three-dimensional image including a left image and a right image at a first view position and a second view position, respectively. The system generates a first input warp and a second input warp that maps the left image and the right image to a third and fourth positions, respectively, where the third and fourth positions lie between the first and second view positions. The system generates a plurality of output warps based on the first warp and the second warp. The system resamples each output warp in the plurality of output warps to create a plurality of partial output images. The system interleaves the plurality of partial output images to generate a composite output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Pierre Greisen, Simon Heinzle, Michael Schaffner, Frank Ka{hacek over (g)}an Gürkaynak
  • Patent number: 9555337
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for tracking physical play objects by virtual or non-player characters in an electronic game environment. More specifically, techniques are disclosed for enabling a game system to track a physical toy object, using tracking information to update the game state, and transmitting updated game state to the toy object and update the toy state. Additionally, a player is able to control the physical toy object, and use the physical toy object to play a game. The game system may track a remote-controlled toy, a handheld toy, or the player himself or herself. The virtual feedback to changes in the physical environment results in a more immersive game experience for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph O. Garlington, Eric Haseltine
  • Patent number: 9560393
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for transcoding media content. Embodiments include receiving a request to perform a transcoding operation on a first instance of media content. The transcoding operation is divided into a plurality of sub-operations. Embodiments select one of a plurality of transcoding profiles for use in performing the transcoding operation. Additionally, embodiments configure a plurality of virtual machine instances to perform the plurality of sub-operations, based on configuration information specified within the selected transcoding profile. Execution of the plurality of sub-operations is initiated using the configured plurality of virtual machine instances to produce a plurality of encoded fragments. Embodiments then combine the plurality of encoded fragments to produce an encoded instance of media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Malone, Lawrence Anthony, Philip Richards
  • Patent number: 9560345
    Abstract: Embodiments herein include systems, methods and articles of manufacture for calibrating a camera. In one embodiment, a computing system may be coupled to a calibration apparatus and the camera to programmatically identify the intrinsic properties of the camera. The calibration apparatus includes a plurality of light sources which are controlled by the computer system. By selectively activating one or more of the light sources, the computer system identifies correspondences that relate the 3D position of the light sources to the 2D image captured by the camera. The computer system then calculates the intrinsics of the camera using the 3D to 2D correspondences. After the intrinsics are measured, cameras may be further calibrated to in order to identify 3D locations of objects within their field of view in a presentation area. Using passive markers in a presentation area, computing system may use an iterative process that estimates the actual pose of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Anselm Grundhöfer
  • Patent number: 9560131
    Abstract: Objects in a virtual space may need to be synchronized between different instances (or different expressions of an instance) of the virtual space that are separated spatially. Objects include characters. Different expressions may be associated with different users and different client computing platforms that are connected by a network. The actions of the same character in two expressions of the same instance of the virtual space may not be synchronized due to network delay, lag, latency, or other delays, or due to joining a session already in progress. Responsive to a determination that an object is not synchronized, a sequence of subsequent states is determined that will result in the object being synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Sandeep V. Kharkar, Andrew Cantlay Marre, Kirk Baum, Jaren J. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20170024385
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating dynamic, real-time visual representations of multimedia content. A temporal metadata visualization module receives a plurality of temporal metadata tags associated with a time code reference, representing a plurality of attributes of the multimedia content at the particular time. During playback, the temporal metadata virtualization module applies a set of display preferences and creates a visual representation of attributes identified by the temporal metadata tags at a particular time code reference. The visual representation changes based on the temporal metadata tags of a point within playback of the multimedia content, enhancing a user's experience and engagement with the multimedia content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: EDWARD DRAKE, ANTHONY MUTALIPASSI, ANDREW WRIGHT
  • Publication number: 20170024907
    Abstract: Methods and systems of reconstructing an eyelid are provided. A method of reconstructing an eyelid includes obtaining one or more images of the eyelid, generating one or more image input data for the one or more images of the eyelid, generating one or more reconstruction data for the one or more images of the eyelid, and reconstructing a spatio-temporal digital representation of the eyelid using the one or more input image data and the one or more reconstruction data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Amit Bermano, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Bernd Bickel, Markus Gross, Yeara Kozlov
  • Patent number: 9550121
    Abstract: A system and method for providing virtual spaces, where a character associated with a user can be manifested within instances of a plurality of the different virtual spaces. Since a single character can be manifested within instances of different virtual spaces, the character can be transferred by the corresponding user between instances of different virtual spaces and controlled by the user to interact with the different virtual spaces. When the user transfers the character between instances of different virtual spaces (and/or different types of virtual spaces), various aspects of the character may persist between the different virtual spaces (and/or the different types of virtual spaces). This may provide an enhanced continuity to the character between the different virtual spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Raph Koster, John Donham, Sean Riley
  • Patent number: 9552434
    Abstract: Virtual items may be unlocked in a virtual space responsive to physical token detection. A common virtual item repository may be provided in the virtual space. Once unlocked, a given virtual item may be accessible to multiple characters in the virtual space via the virtual item repository. Customization of a virtual space may be facilitated. The customization may be based on the virtual items accessible via the virtual item repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Vignocchi, Jeffrey Bunker, Manfred Neber, Jeffrey Gosztyla, Chad Liddell, Marcus Fisher, Troy Leavitt, Jared Bals, John Blackburn, Robert Lowe
  • Patent number: 9552520
    Abstract: A storyboard interface displaying key frames of a video may be presented to a user. Individual key frames may represent individual shots of the video. Shots may be grouped based on similarity. Key frames may be displayed in a chronological order of the corresponding shots. Key frames of grouped shots may be spatially correlated within the storyboard interface. For example, shots of a common group may be spatially correlated so that they may be easily discernable as a group even though the shots may not be temporally consecutive and/or or even temporally close to each other in the timeframe of the video itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich
    Inventors: Aljoscha Smolic, Marc Junyent Martin, Jordi Pont-Tuset, Alexandre Chapiro, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu
  • Patent number: 9552353
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for generating phrases for selection by users communicating in an online virtual world environment. A phrase generation engine automatically constructs new phrases using pre-approved words from a dictionary of frequently used words and language-specific rules for phrase formation to ensure safety and supplement an existing database of commonly used, pre-approved phrases. Increasing the number of phrases that are available for selection by a user increases the user expressivity. Each word in the dictionary is annotated with semantic and grammatical information that constrains how the word is combined with other words to generate a new phrase. Each new phrase may also be tagged to enable translation into a different language so a phrase in a first language selected by a first user may be displayed in a second language to a second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Vita G. Markman, Michael Veprinsky, Roger H. Hughston, Andrew R. Beechum, Arkady G. Trestman
  • Patent number: 9542579
    Abstract: Gesture-based association of multiple devices may be facilitated, which may effectuate presentation of content related to associated devices. Gesture detection may reduce or completely eliminate any ambiguity of whether the association is wanted or not. Some implementations may be employed in a theme park in which park guests wear an RFID wristband. During a park visit, when merchandise goods with embedded RFIDs are purchased (e.g., toys and/or other merchandise), the merchandise may be associated with the wristband and, therefore, the park guest wearing the wristband. Such association may give the theme park environment and/or the toy itself a mechanism to adapt their behavior depending on which toy the park guest is carrying. This may contribute to richer storytelling and personalized experiences, which may be realized by using location information, knowledge about the park guest's preferences or previous park visits, favorite attractions, age, language-specific information, and/or other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Mangold, Giorgio Corbellini, Vladimir Vukadinovic, Joshua D. Griffin, Matthew Trotter
  • Patent number: 9539506
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for playsets using tracked objects and corresponding virtual worlds. There is provided an object for use with a physical environment and connectable to a virtual world corresponding to the physical environment, the object including a processor and a plurality of sensors including a position sensor. The processor is configured to establish a first connection with the virtual world, wherein the virtual world contains a virtual object corresponding to the object, determine a position of the object using the position sensor, and send the position of the object using the first connection. There is also provided a physical environment having similar capabilities as the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Heatherly, Christopher K. Shin, Natasha Berling, Robert Saygan, Leonard J. Mazzocco, Tara Cortner Hefter
  • Patent number: 9544696
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a free-form electrostatic speaker, including: a three dimensional object body; at least a portion of the three dimensional object body having a free-form electrode layer disposed thereon; the free-form electrode layer being shaped to substantially match the at least a portion of the three dimensional object body; a free-form diaphragm positioned proximate to, and being shaped to substantially match, the free-form electrode layer; and an input element coupled to the free-form electrode layer that accepts input from an external source. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Poupyrev, Yoshio Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 9533230
    Abstract: Ghost expressions with user-provided information may be provided in asynchronous gameplay. According to some implementations, ghost data associated with a first performance by a first user of a first task in a game may be obtained. The ghost data may be configured to allow generation of a ghost expression in the game corresponding to the first performance of the first task in the game by the first user. User-provided information associated with the first performance of the first task in the game may be obtained. The ghost data may be augmented with the user-provided information to obtain augmented ghost data. The augmented ghost data may be provided to effectuate presentation in the game of the ghost expression and at least some of the user-provided information via a client computing platform associated with the first user or a second user of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Paquet, Amy Kalson, Mark Stuart
  • Patent number: 9538320
    Abstract: Described herein are methods, systems, apparatuses and products for managing location services in wireless networks. One aspect provides a method of receiving in a mobile device an identifier broadcast from a terrestrial wireless device located at a particular position; and using the identifier broadcast from the terrestrial wireless device to determine a physical location of the mobile device even in absence of a logical connection existing between the mobile device and the terrestrial wireless device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Mangold, Roberto Aiello, Maria Gorlatova
  • Publication number: 20160381411
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for enabling a user to bias the type of media content made available to a user account through a localized content dashboard. In one implementation, a method for adjusting media content availability associated with a user account configured to receive media content from a server system over a network, includes displaying on a content playback system a localized content dashboard, including: a summary of attributes of media content accessed by the user account, where the summary of the attributes is based on metadata associated with the accessed media content; and controls for biasing the attributes of media content delivered to the user account. The content playback system receives data corresponding to user input actuating one of the controls; and in response to receiving the data, transmits over the network to the server system data associated with the media content attribute biased by the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: EDWARD DRAKE, ANDREW J. WRIGHT, BRUCE BLEASDALE
  • Patent number: 9530240
    Abstract: A method including receiving a first image of a scene captured from a first perspective, the first image including an object and a background; segmenting the first image to extract a first two-dimensional contour of the object; approximating a plurality of three-dimensional locations of a plurality of points on the first contour; generating a three-dimensional billboard of the object based on the three-dimensional locations; and projecting the first image onto the three-dimensional billboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Wang, Simone Croci, Marvin White, Aljoscha Smolic, Michael Gay
  • Patent number: 9531208
    Abstract: Methods and a system for the recharging of battery-operated devices, whereby the recharging process is made less burdensome and inconvenient to the users of the devices. Embodiments provide for incorporating recharging into the normal usage patterns for the devices using activities consistent with predetermined intended usage of the devices, thereby causing the user to perceive less inconvenience. Other embodiments provide for systematically detecting and wirelessly recharging devices, whereby the burden to the users may be reduced or entirely eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Charles Haseltine, Joseph O'Brien Garlington
  • Publication number: 20160373817
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically and automatically generating short-form versions of long-form media content are provided. The long-form media content may be tagged with metadata indicating objects or actions in frames, scenes, portions of scenes, or other units of the media content. The systems and methods may receive a user-specified time limit and use the metadata to create a short-form version of the long-form media content (using one or more of the scenes, portions of scenes, or other units of the media content), which preserves one or more story arcs within the media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: EDWARD DRAKE, ANDREW J. WRIGHT, LETISHA SHAW, ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Patent number: 9525716
    Abstract: Techniques for rendering a webview in a host application are described. A webview in a host application is identified, the webview including at least one function call to a first function. Additionally, one or more application-specific URL values corresponding to a URL command scheme for the host application are identified. A URL scheme object is populated with the identified one or more application-specific URL values, the populated URL scheme object including a function definition for the first function that is associated with a first one of the one or more application-specific URL values. The populated URL scheme object is then inserted into the identified webview, such that when the webview is rendered and one of the at least one function calls is made, the function definition in the inserted URL scheme object is executed to transmit a request to an address portion of the first application-specific URL value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Isaacs, Andrew Hedges
  • Patent number: 9522341
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for an interactive device for interaction with a user of a media device, wherein the interactive device and the media device are operable to communicate with a server having a memory storing a plurality of states including a present state of the media device playing a media. The interactive device comprises a peripheral hardware for interaction with the user of the media device and a processor configured to establish a communication with the server, obtain the present state of the media device from the server, select an action in response to the present state of the media, and execute the action using the peripheral hardware for interaction with the user of the media device. The interactive device can operate independently of the server or with several interactive devices connected to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Prestenback, Evan Tahler
  • Patent number: 9524047
    Abstract: Disclosed are touch detection systems and methods. In one embodiment, a display panel enabling touch detection comprises a touch pane configured to allow a light including a detection light, a back inner surface, and a display generation module located between the touch pane and the back inner surface. The display generation module is configured to produce a visual display at the touch pane. The display generation module is further configured to pass the detection light received from the touch pane. The display panel also comprises a detection light receiver situated at the back inner surface configured to detect the detection light received through the display generation module for enabling a detection of touches to the touch pane of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Lanny Smoot
  • Patent number: 9526156
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for controlling a tracking device to follow a location of a performer on a stage. The tracking device may comprise a lighting fixture such as a high output video projector or an automated mechanical moving light such as a DMX lighting fixture to provide a followspot, or a microphone to record audio from a particular performer. The method comprises capturing a video feed of the stage using a camera, presenting the video feed on a display of a control device, receiving input data indicating a position of the performer in the video feed, translating the input data into the location of the performer on the stage, and adjusting the tracking device to follow the location of the performer on the stage. The control device thereby provides lighting operators with an intuitive interface readily implemented using cost effective commodity hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. LaDuke, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Publication number: 20160364811
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for a mobile device to select interest information to automatically share with other nearby users, who are also sharing interest information, and detect any nearby users with common interests. In one embodiment, a method at a mobile device comprises receiving on the first mobile device a first set of movie interests associated with a first user; providing a notification on the first mobile device that a second mobile device associated with a second user has an interest in common with the first set of movie interests, and the second mobile device is within a specified proximity to the first mobile device; and initiating a request to communicate with the second mobile device without revealing an identity of the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Publication number: 20160364375
    Abstract: A process and apparatus provide a content development review system. The process and apparatus perform, with a processor, automatic testing of a page of content. Further, the process and apparatus automatically capture, with the processor, an image of the page of content during the automatic testing. In addition, the process and apparatus display, with the apparatus, the captured image and a development image such that the captured image and the development image are in proximity to each other. The process and apparatus also display, with the processor, an annotation that is indicative of a comparison of the captured image and the development image. Further, the process and apparatus automatically compare, with the processor, the captured image and the development image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin White, Benjamin Bennett, Steven McLurkin, Tarun Malhotra, Ravi Madugula
  • Patent number: 9519988
    Abstract: A method of animation of surface deformation and wrinkling, such as on clothing, uses low-dimensional linear subspaces with temporally adapted bases to reduce computation. Full space simulation training data is used to construct a pool of low-dimensional bases across a pose space. For simulation, sets of basis vectors are selected based on the current pose of the character and the state of its clothing, using an adaptive scheme. Modifying the surface configuration comprises solving reduced system matrices with respect to the subspace of the adapted basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignees: PIXAR, ETH ZÜRICH, Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sumner, Fabian Hahn, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Stelian Coros, Forrester Cole, Mark Meyer, Anthony Derose, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9519987
    Abstract: Character control in a virtual space may be managed between user instructions and non-user instructions. User instructions associated with controllable aspects of characters within the virtual space may be received. The characters may include a first character associated with a first user and a second character. Non-user instructions associated with controllable aspects of characters within the virtual space may be provided. A determination may be made as to whether two or more characters are coupled together. The first character may be coupled with the second character responsive to a coupling action performed by one or both of the first character or the second character. A determination may be made as to whether user instructions or non-user instructions should dictate control of controllable aspects of characters. Individual characters may be configured to be agnostic as to whether user instructions or non-user instructions dictate control of controllable aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep V. Kharkar, Jaren J. Peterson, Andrew Cantlay Marre
  • Patent number: 9517404
    Abstract: Exemplary implementations may facilitate modifications to characters and/or virtual items within a virtual space, or to the virtual space itself, made responsive to detection of a token. In some implementations, a physical accessory may depict a character in the virtual space. By way of non-limiting example, the physical accessory may include a toy figurine resembling the character. A detectable token (i.e., a physical object) may be removably attached to the physical accessory. According to some implementations, responsive to the physical accessory being detected along with the removably attached token, a modification within the virtual space may be made to the character and/or a virtual item associated with the character. In some implementations, detection of the token alone may effectuate such a modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Vignocchi, Jieun Kim, Afsoun Yazdian, Armen Mkrtchyan, Robert Nelson, Tracy Thurman, Jeffrey Bunker, John Blackburn
  • Publication number: 20160358232
    Abstract: A method of managing advertisement inventory in an internet advertising system is provided. The method comprises forecasting advertisement capacity using a plurality of predefined advertisement targeting parameters arranged in a tree structure to define a plurality of buckets, wherein each bucket is associated with a combination of the predefined advertisement targeting parameters. The method further comprises matching sold advertisement data with at least one of the plurality of predefined advertisement targeting parameters in the tree structure. The method further comprises determining available advertisement inventory by the inventory management system for the at least one predefined parameter by reducing the forecasted advertisement capacity by the matched sold advertisement data. The method further comprises delivering advertisements by an ad server to display devices associated with internet users who match the combination of predefined advertising targeting parameters of at least one bucket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Yiqing Wang, John Dietz, Janet Schertzinger
  • Patent number: 9514363
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for detecting and localizing action in video. In one embodiment, an action detection application receives training video sequences and associated eye gaze fixation data collected from a sample of human viewers. Using the training video sequences and eye gaze data, the action detection application learns a model which includes a latent regions potential term that measures the compatibility of latent spatio-temporal regions with the model, as well as a context potential term that accounts for contextual information that is not directly produced by the appearance and motion of the actor. The action detection application may train this model in, e.g., the latent structural SVM framework by minimizing a cost function which encodes the cost of an incorrect action label prediction and a mislocalization of the eye gaze. During training and thereafter, inferences using the model may be made using an efficient dynamic programming algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Sigal, Nataliya Shapovalova, Michail Raptis
  • Patent number: 9516210
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program code are disclosed for prioritizing data transmission in wireless broadcasting systems and include capturing, by one or more sensors, data at an event site. Scene description data (SDD) is extracted from the data, and the SDD is transmitted in SDD packets, over a wireless communication network, to a processing system. The SDD packets are transmitted over the wireless communication network having a transmission priority based on information in at least one of the SDD packets. The sensors may include a video camera that provides video data also transmitted in video packets over the wireless communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Mangold, Vladimir Vukadinovic
  • Patent number: 9514489
    Abstract: A process detects, at a first proximity-based device within a first object, presence of a second proximity-based device within a second object. The presence is within a proximity. Further, the process modifies a first display associated with the first object based upon a second display associated with the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Acosta, Edward Drake, Mark Arana, Leon Silverman
  • Patent number: 9514287
    Abstract: A process verifies, with a processor, a user account for content delivery with a rolling slot configuration. The rolling slot configuration has a maximum quantity of available slots for devices authorized to receive content. The rolling slot configuration has a plurality of ordered slots that are ordered based upon priority. The process receives a request for content from the user account at a device. The process automatically registers the device in an available slot of the rolling slot configuration based upon a determination of slot availability. The process authorizes the device to play content associated with a user entitlement. The process automatically deauthorizes the device to play the content based upon a deauthorization parameter being met. The process removes a registration of the device from the available slot. The process moves a registration of an additional device with a higher priority than the device to the available slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Drake, Michael Musick, Mark Arana, Andrew Wright
  • Patent number: 9509886
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for stabilizing coloration for video content containing a plurality of frames. Embodiments include selecting a reference frame from the plurality of frames. A plurality of reference points are identified within the reference frame. Embodiments further include adjusting the coloration of each of two or more unselected frames in the plurality of frames, by identifying a second reference point within the unselected frame, corresponding to one of the plurality of reference points within the reference frame, determining a coloration difference between a depiction of the second reference point and a depiction of the corresponding reference point within the reference frame, and adjusting the coloration of the unselected frame, based on the determined coloration difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Matthias Schelker
  • Patent number: 9508315
    Abstract: There is provided a system and a method for ordering rays in rendered graphics for coherent shading. The method comprises recording, using the processor, intersection points for each of a plurality of directional queries in the memory, wherein each of the plurality of directional queries has one intersection point, organizing, using the processor, the intersection points in the memory into a plurality of elements, and grouping, using the processor, the intersection points in the memory by shading context. The method may further comprise shading the intersection points, wherein the shading is performed on a plurality of elements substantially concurrently. The shading context may include a volume of intersection points. In another implementation, the shading context may be one of texture ID, material ID, and element ID. Additionally, the texture ID may correspond to a mesh face ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Nichols, Brent Burley, Andrew Selle, Christian Eisenacher
  • Patent number: 9504908
    Abstract: A method including receiving a broadcast of an event comprising a plurality of frames; receiving, from a plurality of users, a corresponding plurality of inputs, each of the inputs relating to a characteristic of an object depicted in one of the frames of the broadcast; and analyzing the plurality of inputs to determine a best guess of the characteristic of the object in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Yuecheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9509521
    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: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Cyrus J. Hoomani, Vita Markman
  • Patent number: 9501145
    Abstract: An apparatus that includes a conductive surface and an insulation surface disposed on the conductive surface. The apparatus further includes a controller configured to cause a signal to be coupled to the conductive surface such that a tactile sensation is perceived in a digit that slides on the insulation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Poupyrev, Olivier Bau, Ali Israr, Chris Harrison
  • Patent number: 9501729
    Abstract: There is provided a stored value card comprising a physical accessory being a portion of the stored value card and being detachable from the stored value card, wherein the physical accessory is configured to be attached to a physical primary; and a unique identification code, wherein the unique identification code is associated with the stored value card, the physical accessory and a virtual accessory, and wherein a virtual primary and the virtual accessory are stored in a network server and correspond to the physical primary and the physical accessory, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Heatherly, Randal Ouye, Bobby Saygan, Natasha Berling