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

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  • Patent number: 9686625
    Abstract: There is provided a system for delivery of personalized audio including a memory and a processor configures to receive a plurality of audio contents, receive a first playback request from a first user device for playing a first audio content of the plurality of audio contents using the plurality of speakers, obtain a first position of a first user of the first user device with respect to each of the plurality of speakers, and play, using the plurality of speakers and object-based audio, the first audio content of the plurality of audio contents based on the first position of the first user of the first user device with respect to each of the plurality of speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 9684435
    Abstract: To generate a media presentation of a live event, a user interface is coupled to at least three cameras that share substantially the same vantage point. One of the cameras (e.g., a context camera) provides a context view of the event that is displayed on a screen of the user interface. The views of the other two cameras are superimposed onto the context view to define sub-portions that are visually demarcated within the context view. Based on user interaction, the user interface can switch between the cameras views and control the cameras to capture different portions of the context view. Based the image data captured by the views of the cameras within the context view, the user interface generates a media presentation that may be broadcast to multiple viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: George Peter Carr, Yaser Sheikh, Eric Ronald Foote, Patrick Joseph Lucey, Iain Matthews
  • Patent number: 9684906
    Abstract: Footage used in an aired show by a broadcaster, broadcasting network or similar entity can be more easily tracked and reported to rights holders. An electronic cutsheet can be created for a video package. The electronic cutsheet includes information identifying one or more footage items included in the video package and any rights holders associated with the footage item. Using the cutsheets, a number of playlists can be created or otherwise provided. Each playlist is associated with at least one video package. The playlist can then be associated with a show to indicate that the show has aired and thus that the playlist and its included packages have actually been used. A report can then be generated that indicates at least one rights holder and the number of instances in which a footage item associated with the indicated rights holder was included in an aired show.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Cocchi, Kishore B. Yarlagadda, Kevin D. Greelish, Joshua N. Cohen, Luke N. Macomber, Chyloe F. Lucca, Jesse B. Pringle, Marc W. Rowley, Oyvind Gjorven, Jason A. Nophsker, Joseph A. Sack
  • Patent number: 9686575
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for systems and methods for digital library channel creation. The disclosed methods and systems utilize a user's digital media library to create and/or simulate one or more broadcast channels for viewing by the user. Channels may be created randomly or according to particular preferences set by the user. In a further aspect, the disclosed methods and systems allow users to broadcast or share their channels with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Josiah Eatedali, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9675888
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for modifying story playback based on battery charge levels. A story that includes a plurality of actions and, for each of the plurality of actions, stimulus criteria indicating when the respective action is to be performed, is retrieved for playback. Embodiments determine a plurality of available storytelling devices for use in playback of the story and assign each of the plurality of actions within the story to a respective one or more of the plurality of available storytelling devices, based at least in part on a respective indication of battery charge for the respective storytelling device. Playback of the story is then initiated using, for each of the plurality of actions, the assigned one or more available storytelling devices to perform the respective action, responsive to a determination that the corresponding stimulus criteria is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Eric C. Haseltine, Joseph L. Olson, Robert N. Carter
  • Patent number: 9678960
    Abstract: Methods and systems of dynamic content analysis for categorizing media contents are provided. Data regarding the media contents that a user is watching on one or more devices is obtained, and the environment in which the user is watching the media contents may be captured. Metadata categorizing the events and the media contents can be generated, and the metadata may be further associated with a corresponding event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Mark Arana, Edward Drake
  • Patent number: 9678476
    Abstract: A holographic display system for generating a super hologram with full parallax in different fields of view in the horizontal and vertical directions. The display system includes assemblies or subsystems each adapted to combine holographic displays and coarse integral displays to produce or display a coarse integral hologram. The display system is adapted to combine such displays or display systems to add more detail or information. For example, the display system can be assembled as if it were made up of “holographic bricks” that can be stacked and combined to provide a unique image/output. Briefly, the display system described herein teaches techniques for combining coarse integral holographic (CIH) displays in a seamless and scalable manner, e.g., a display system where multiple spatial light modulators (SLMs) can be placed or provided behind coarse integral optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9679547
    Abstract: Systems and methods for re-arranging a musical composition using augmented reality are disclosed. A user can be provided with one or more physical image markers representative of at least one of a musical entity and a musical style in which a musical track has been pre-recorded. Upon capturing a visual scene in which one or more of these physical image markers are included, an augmented reality version of the visual scene is displayed along with audio corresponding to the musical style(s) and/or entities represented by the one or more physical image markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich
    Inventors: Fabio Zünd, Alessia Marra, Maurizio Nitti, Mattia Ryffel, Robert Sumner
  • Patent number: 9679124
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture providing analytically enhanced user interfaces and smart CAPTCHAs. The analytically enhanced user interfaces may collect information regarding a user's interaction with the user interface, and asynchronously transmit the collected information to a logging service. The smart CAPTCHAs may gather information regarding a user based on the input the user provides to the smart CAPTCHA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Malone
  • Patent number: 9679348
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a method for creating hardware texture content for display on a display of a computing device. The method includes receiving by a processor the content in an image file format, where the content includes a first frame and a second frame. After receiving the content, the method includes creating by the processor a first hardware file corresponding to the first frame and creating by the processor a second hardware file corresponding to the second frame. After creating the first and second frames, the method further includes determining by the processing element a first delta hardware file corresponding to changes between the first hardware file and the second hardware file. In the method the first hardware file, the second hardware file, and the first delta hardware file include data directly usable by a graphics processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Andi T. Smithers, Gary Frattarola
  • Patent number: 9681182
    Abstract: There is provided systems and methods for storing and transmitting dynamic range tags in video using a non-transitory memory storing a video having a plurality of frames, a plurality of dynamic range tags corresponding to the plurality of frames, and a video tagging software, and a hardware processor executing the video tagging software stored in the non-transitory memory to obtain a frame of the plurality of frames of the video from the memory, obtain a dynamic range tag including information about the frame of the plurality of frames of the video from the memory, insert the dynamic range tag into a vertical ancillary data (VANC) space of the frame of the video to generate a modified video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Strein, Kenneth J. Michel
  • Patent number: 9680944
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for optimizing loading of content data on a webpage by utilizing client-side technology. The system comprising a server and a client device, the client device configured to request a webpage from a server, receive an image tag and a configuration file from the server, determine a selected image from a plurality of images using client capabilities, the image tag, and the configuration file, create an image handle to request the selected image from the server, transmit the image handle to the server, and receive the selected image from the server. The client device may also receive supported advertisements from the server, select at least one advertisement from the supported advertisements using the client capabilities, and request the at least one advertisement from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuan Wang, Innate Mak, Wen Qu, Jiancheng Ma
  • Publication number: 20170163839
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically and automatically generating digital watermarks are provided. Watermark payloads utilized in generating the digital watermarks are altered based upon changing conditions, such as environmental characteristics associated with playback or distribution of media content. Changing conditions may also encompass a change in the distribution/presentation chain of devices associated with the playback or distribution of the media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MARK ARANA, LEON SILVERMAN
  • Patent number: 9671858
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method includes detecting, using a processor, user input through a camera lens. The method further includes determining, using the processor, that an identity of a user, selected from identities of at least two users, is associated with the user input. The method also includes tracking, using the processor, a local interaction between the at least two users based on at least the identity, the user input, and stored rules that govern the local interaction. The tracking can include determining whether the user has complied with the stored rules that govern the local interaction. Furthermore, the local interaction can include a multiplayer game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lanny Smoot, Armen Mkrtchyan, Leonard J. Mazzocco
  • Patent number: 9672632
    Abstract: A device, system, and method performs a camera driven background subtraction. The method being performed at an electronic device includes receiving information corresponding to an image-capturing device that is capturing an image. The method includes automatically selecting one of a plurality of image analysis mechanisms based upon the information. The method includes receiving the captured image captured by the image-capturing device. The method includes performing an image analysis using the selected image analysis mechanism on the captured image to determine a foreground and a background in the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Pond, Smadar Gefen, David Casamona
  • Patent number: 9672428
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for grouping a plurality of individuals, each individual of the plurality of individuals having a corresponding transactional segment, the system comprising a memory storing a group identification application, a processor for executing the group identification application to identify an o-space center of a first group, wherein the o-space center is an intersection of a plurality of transactional segments, obtain a non-parametric lower-body orientation probability distribution for each of the plurality of individuals, based on the o-space center, and determine that a first plurality of individuals from the plurality of individuals belong to the first group based on the non-parametric lower-body orientation probability distribution of each individual of the plurality of individuals, wherein each of the first plurality of individuals has a corresponding one of the plurality of transactional segments that intersect with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Marynel Vazquez, Scott Hudson, Aaron Steinfeld
  • Publication number: 20170151715
    Abstract: A print method for printing three dimensional (3D) objects that are difficult to copy by use of a 3D scanner and 3D printer. The printer includes a print head with an extrusion nozzle with a heated portion and a print bed with a surface for receiving material extruded from the extrusion nozzle. The printer includes a print material supply spool loaded with an anti-scanning filament. The method includes operating the print head to draw the anti-scanning filament into the heated portion for heating and to extrude the heated filament from the extrusion nozzle to form a 3D object. The printed 3D object includes one or more scan protected exterior surfaces on at least one element of the 3D object. The scan protected exterior surfaces are either light absorbing or reflect light in unconventional directions. The anti-scanning filament is a plastic mixed with an anti-scanning additive such as a retroreflective material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: JEFFREY VORIS, DAVID W. CRAWFORD, JORGE ALTED, BENJAMIN FOSTER CHRISTEN
  • Publication number: 20170154415
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for weighting the image quality prediction of any visual-attention-agnostic quality metric with a saliency map. By accounting for the salient regions of an image or video frame, the disclosed systems and methods may dramatically improve the precision of the visual-attention-agnostic quality metric during image or video quality assessment. In one implementation, a method of saliency-weighted video quality assessment includes: determining a per-pixel image quality vector of an encoded video frame; determining per-pixel saliency values of the encoded video frame or a reference video frame corresponding to the encoded video frame; and computing a saliency-weighted image quality metric of the encoded video frame by weighting the per-pixel image quality vector using the per-pixel saliency values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: TUNC OZAN AYDIN, NIKOLCE STEFANOSKI, ALJOSCHA SMOLIC, MARK ARANA
  • Patent number: 9667887
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are described to improve a lens distortion curve which roughly approximates distortion caused by a camera lens to capture an event onto video. The present invention selects a generic lens distortion curve that roughly approximates the distortion caused by the camera lens while capturing the event onto the video. The video as well as information from the generic lens distortion curve is used to generate a camera model. This camera model is used to integrate virtual insertions into the video. If the camera model is sufficiently accurate to present a realistic appearance of the virtual insertions to the remote viewer, this camera model is then used to integrate more virtual insertions into the video. However, if the camera model is not sufficiently accurate, an iterative process is employed to refine this camera model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Sheldon Katz, Gregory House
  • Patent number: 9665974
    Abstract: Methods and systems of joint path importance sampling are provided to construct light paths in participating media. The product of anisotropic phase functions and geometric terms across a sequence of path vertices are considered. A connection subpath is determined to join a light source subpath with a light receiver subpath with multiple intermediate vertices while considering the product of phase functions and geometry terms. A joint probability density function (“PDF”) may be factorized unidirectional or bidirectional. The joint PDF may be factorized into a product of multiple conditional PDFs, each of which corresponds to a sampling routine. Analytic importance sampling may be performed for isotropic scattering, whereas tabulated importance sampling may be performed for anisotropic scattering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Wojciech Jarosz, Iliyan Georgiev, Jaroslav Krivanek, Toshiya Hachisuka, Derek Nowrouzezahrai
  • Patent number: 9667624
    Abstract: Objectives, an environment, and/or a theme associated with a virtual space may be managed based on characters made accessible responsive to corresponding tokens being detected. Tokens, including a first token associated with a first character or a second token associated with a second character, may be detected based on signals received from one or more token readers. The first character may be made accessible in the virtual space responsive to the first token being detected and the second character may be made accessible in the virtual space responsive to the second token being detected. Responsive to one or both of the first token being detected or the second token being detected, a given objective associated with the virtual space may be effectuated in the virtual space, an environment of the virtual space may be modified, and/or a theme of the virtual space being modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Vignocchi, Jeffrey Gosztyla, Manfred Neber, Troy Leavitt, Christopher Shen, Jared Bals, Chad Liddell
  • Patent number: 9659397
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for applying physics-based simulation to an animator provided rig. The disclosure presents equations of motions for simulations performed in the subspace of deformations defined by an animator's rig. The method receives an input rig with a plurality of deformation parameters, and the dynamics of the character are simulated in the subspace of deformations described by the character's rig. In certain embodiments, the present disclosure provides a method that transforms stiffness values defined on rig parameters to a non-homogeneous distribution of material parameters for the underlying rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sumner, Fabian Hahn, Stelian Coros, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Sebastian Martin, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9659404
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for rendering images which include subsurface scattering effects. In one aspect, a shader computes subsurface scattering effects via a ray-tracing or point-based technique using a normalized diffusion profile. The shader may use the inverse of a cumulative density function associated with the normalized diffusion profile to determine, for each ray intersecting the surface, points on the surface at which to evaluate the normalized diffusion profile. To determine the lit surface of a pixel due to subsurface scattering, the shader may multiply the result of the integral of the normalized diffusion profile for each of the R, G, and B color components by corresponding components of a diffuse color constant. Further, the shader may scale the integral of the normalized diffusion profile based on a scaling function which accounts for a forward-scattering nature of a medium and compensates for out-of-plane scattering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Burley, Andrew Selle
  • Patent number: 9656392
    Abstract: A method for controlling a robotic apparatus to produce desirable photographic results. The method includes, with a motor controller, first operating a robotics assembly to animate the robotic apparatus and, then, detecting an upcoming image capture. The method further includes, with the motor controller in response to the detecting of the upcoming image capture, second operating the robotics assembly to pose the robotic apparatus for the upcoming image capture. In some embodiments, the detecting includes a sensor mounted on the robotic apparatus sensing a pre-flash of light from a red-eye effect reduction mechanism of a camera. In other cases, the detecting includes a sensor mounted on the robotics apparatus sensing a range finder signal from a range finder of a camera. The posing may include opening eyes, moving a mouth into a smile, or otherwise striking a pose that is held temporarily to facilitate image capture with a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Holger Irmler, Asa Kalama
  • Patent number: 9659333
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system configured to manage a dining experience for guests at a food service establishment. In some implementations, the system may comprise one or more guest identification devices, one or more sensors, one or more host systems, and one or more processors. The system may be configured such that real-time detailed information about the food service establishment, guests of the food service establishment, food orders placed by guests of the food service establishment, table states of the tables in the food service establishment, and tasks performed by staff members is provided to the staff members of the food service establishment. The information may facilitate a unique guest experience for guests of the food service establishment wherein the guests may place a food order remotely, arrive at the food service establishment and self-select a table, and receive delivery of their food order at their selected table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Padgett, Bart D. Butler, Michael G. Jungen, Bonnie J. Spivey, Randy Chancey, Lawrence Todd Heard
  • Patent number: 9661044
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivery of localized media assets to a content playback device are disclosed. A file server stores a base file and localized file associated with a localized media content. The base file and localized file each include one or more fragments. A web server delivers base file fragments and localized file fragments from the file server to the content playback device. Playback logic contained in one or more playlists determines an order of streaming each of the plurality of base file fragments and each of the plurality of localized file fragments for playback of the localized media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Kevin Liao, Jared McPhillen
  • Patent number: 9656422
    Abstract: An apparatus or three dimensional (3D) printer is provided for generating a 3D object. The apparatus includes a print chamber and a liquid print matrix such as a photo-curing resin positioned in the print chamber. The apparatus includes an optical assembly focusing light into the print chamber in the form of a real image whose light initiates curing processes for a volume of the liquid print matrix to form the 3D object. The light focused into the print chamber has a wavelength within a wavelength curing range for the photo-curing resin. The real image may be formed using an optical assembly reflecting or redirecting and focusing light reflected from outer surfaces of an existing 3D object. The real image may also be provided in the form of a volumetric image displayed by a volumetric display device displaying planes of a 3D digital model or image of a 3D object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Alexander Hsing, Daniel Reetz
  • Patent number: 9656428
    Abstract: A method for operating a three dimensional (3D) printer to limit unauthorized copying and provide authentication of 3D objects printed from authorized models fabricated on 3D printers. The method includes providing a digital file defining a 3D model of an object to the 3D printer. The 3D model includes a model of an identification (ID) element. The method includes processing the digital file to define print layers of the 3D model, and a number of the print layers include layers of the model of the ID element. The method involves operating the 3D printer to print the layers to form a 3D object with an integrally formed ID element. The ID element is embedded within object elements of the 3D object. The integrally formed ID element may be a radio frequency ID (RFID) tag providing identification data when read by an RFID reader scanning the 3D object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Voris, Benjamin Foster Christen, Jorge Alted, David W. Crawford
  • Patent number: 9656172
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system configured to manage virtual content within a virtual space based on information associated with objects. The information associated with the objects may be updated responsive to detecting the objects at various real world physical geographic locations. The system may be configured to enhance a user's gaming experience by enabling location based unlocking of the virtual content in the virtual space. In some implementations, the locations may be locations such as but not limited to locations within theme parks, movie theaters, restaurants, and/or stores, for example. A user may be able to transport objects to one or more geographic locations where object identification devices detect the objects. Virtual content may be unlocked responsive to the detection of objects by the object identification devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nelson, Robert Lowe, John G. Vignocchi
  • Patent number: 9658737
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cross platform sharing of user-generated content. The system may comprise a first user device of a first platform type including one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules. A space module may be configured to effectuate display of a virtual space on the first user device and facilitate interaction of a user of the first user device with the virtual space. A content creation module may be configured to configure user-generated virtual space content in the virtual space to be experienced by the user in the virtual space on the first user device. A share module may be configured to convert the user-generated virtual space content to sharable virtual space content. A communications module may be configured to transmit the sharable virtual space content from the first user device to a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Rothenberger, Joel Barber, Seth A. Behunin, Hushel Roberts, Jose Villeta
  • Patent number: 9656169
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and displaying a graphical representation of a player type profile. A respective player type profile may be generated for each of a plurality of users of a virtual environment that characterizes each user by a predominant player type. Player types may be defined by the designers of the virtual environment. The player type profile may be generated by logging the actions performed by the user when connected to the virtual environment and then analyzing the actions to determine the best characterization for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John Holbrook Crocker, Bob Hickman, Allan D. Jones, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170142168
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating the sharing of user-generated content of a virtual space are presented herein. The user-generated content may be shared between users of different computing platforms. The computing platforms may be of different platform types. The user-generated content may be shared through platform type-specific conversions of the information that defines the user-generated content. The processing cost and/or other cost information may be determined and/or estimated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nelson, James Rowe, Jose Villeta
  • Patent number: 9652551
    Abstract: Techniques are described for estimating the effort involved in creating content on a content site. Embodiments of the invention may collect data by monitoring actions taken by a user creating content on the site, and may then calculate an effort value for the created content based on the collected data. The calculated effort value may then be used, for example, to determine a position in a moderation queue for inserting the user-created content, or to determine whether to feature a particular user on the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ingoldby, R. Brent Milne, Jeffrey C. Ward, Krista M. Marks, Thomas E. Fischaber
  • Patent number: 9652685
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein describe techniques for generating a story graph using a collection of digital media, such as images and video. The story graph presents a structure for activities, events, and locales commonly occurring in sets of photographs taken by different individuals across a given location (e.g., a theme park, tourist attraction, convention, etc.). To build a story graph, streams from sets of digital media are generated. Each stream corresponds to media (e.g., images or video) taken in sequence at the location by an individual (or related group of individuals) over a period of time. For each stream, features from each media are extracted relative to the stream. Clusters of media are generated and are connected by directed edges. The connections indicate a path observed to have occurred in the streams from one cluster to another cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Sigal, Gunhee Kim
  • Patent number: 9652890
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for generating an anatomically-constrained local model and for performing performance capture using the model. The local model includes a local shape subspace and an anatomical subspace. In one example, the local shape subspace constrains local deformation of various patches that represent the geometry of a subject's face. In the same example, the anatomical subspace includes an anatomical bone structure, and can be used to constrain movement and deformation of the patches globally on the subject's face. The anatomically-constrained local face model and performance capture technique can be used to track three-dimensional faces or other parts of a subject from motion data in a high-quality manner. Local model parameters that best describe the observed motion of the subject's physical deformations (e.g., facial expressions) under the given constraints are estimated through optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chenglei Wu
  • Patent number: 9652895
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for augmented reality image transformation. In one implementation, such a system includes a system processor, a system memory, and an image transformation engine stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the image transformation engine to receive image data corresponding to an image, to detect a feature on a surface of the image, and to synthesize a texture corresponding to the feature. The system processor is further configured to execute the image transformation engine to produce an augmented reality representation of the image having the texture for display to a user, the texture covering a surface of the augmented reality representation of the image corresponding to a portion of the feature that is not visible on the surface of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sumner, Maurizio Nitti, Gerhard Roethlin, Alessia Marra, Mattia Ryffel, Gioacchino Noris, Kenny Mitchell, Stephane Magnenat
  • Patent number: 9649026
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for reconstructing one or more surfaces of an object including one or more opaque surfaces behind one or more refractive surfaces are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining one or more images of the object including an opaque surface located behind a refractive surface and determining one or more refractive surface constraints using the one or more images. The one or more refractive surface constraints constrain one or more characteristics of the refractive surface. The systems and techniques may further include reconstructing an opaque surface representation or a refractive surface representation using the one or more refractive surface constraints, the opaque surface representation representing the opaque surface of the object, and the refractive surface representation representing the refractive surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Pascal Bérard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley
  • Patent number: 9645482
    Abstract: The technology described herein relates generally to a projection system having a fail-safe feature for use in a presentation or display. In one example a projection system having at least one main projector projects a first image onto a main projection area of a projection surface. The projection system may further include a relief projector that when activated projects a second image onto a backup projection area of the projection surface. The projection system may be provided with a sensor capable of sensing at least one characteristic of the at least one main projector, the main projection area, or the projection surface. The projection system may include a control system in communication with the sensor, wherein the control system activates the relief projector in response to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph
  • Patent number: 9646337
    Abstract: A first proximity-based device at a content player receives content modification data from a second proximity-based device within a product and/or a product package when the product or product package is placed within a proximity to the first proximity-based device. A processor at the content player performs modified playback of media content based on the content modification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Chen, Evan Acosta, Edward Drake, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9646002
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes displaying, on a display, a viewing pane of available video contents including a first video content, receiving a selection of the first video content from the available video contents, transmitting a language selection and the selection of the first video content to a server, receiving a language content corresponding to the language selection and the selection of the first video content from the server, and displaying, on the display, the first video content in synchronization with playing the language content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Artin Nazarian, Greg Head, Paul Marz
  • Patent number: 9646587
    Abstract: A musical game system and associated methods configured to allow for unguided, free-form group-based musical expressivity during generation of a collaborative digital music track (or “song”). The musical game system is designed to provide a hardware and software pipeline that functions to record, quantize, and loop multiple (e.g., 1 to 15 or more) users' inputs (e.g., via a piezoelectric MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) controllers or triggered instruments or other user input devices) in a dynamic playback space. The musical game system further functions to provide volume attenuation and localization of playback to enable participants to express themselves with their user inputs with complete agency while simultaneously adding to an overarching, collaborative musical composition generated using their user inputs and other participants' user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Michael Becker, James R. Robertson, Dolce Lin Wang
  • Patent number: 9648303
    Abstract: Scenes reconstruction may be performed using videos that capture the scenes at high resolution and frame rate. Scene reconstruction may be associated with determining camera orientation and/or location (“camera pose”) throughout the video, three-dimensional coordinates of feature points detected in frames of the video, and/or other information. Individual videos may have multiple frames. Feature points may be detected in, and tracked over, the frames. Estimations of camera pose may be made for individual subsets of frames. One or more estimations of camera pose may be determined as fixed estimations. The estimated camera poses for the frames included in the subsets of frames may be updated based on the fixed estimations. Camera pose for frames not included in the subsets of frames may be determined to provide globally consistent camera poses and three-dimensional coordinates for feature points of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich
    Inventors: Benjamin Resch, Hendrik Lensch, Marc Pollefeys, Oliver Wang, Alexander Sorkine Hornung
  • Patent number: 9639773
    Abstract: Methods and systems for predicting light probes for outdoor images are disclosed. A light probe database is created to learn a mapping from the outdoor image's features to predicted outdoor light probe illumination parameters. The database includes a plurality of images, image features for each of the plurality of images, and a captured light probe for each of the plurality of images. A light probe illumination model based on a sun model and sky model is fitted to the captured light probes. The light probe for the outdoor image may be predicted based on the database dataset and fitted light probe models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Lalonde, Iain Matthews
  • Patent number: 9639813
    Abstract: A method and device determines an optimization solution for an optimization problem. The method includes receiving the optimization problem having cost functions and variables in which each of the cost functions has a predetermined relationship with select ones of the variables. The method includes generating a first message for each of the cost functions for each corresponding variable based upon the respective predetermined relationship and a second message for each of the variables for each corresponding cost function based upon the respective predetermined relationship. The method includes generating a disagreement variable for each corresponding pair of variables and cost functions measuring a disagreement value between the first and second beliefs. The method includes repeating steps (b), (c), and (d) until a consensus is formed between the first and second messages until the optimization solution is determined based upon the consensus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Yedidia, Nate Derbinsky, Jose Bento Ayres Pereira, Veit Elser
  • Patent number: 9639737
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for generating an anatomically-constrained local model and for performing performance capture using the model. The local model includes a local shape subspace and an anatomical subspace. In one example, the local shape subspace constrains local deformation of various patches that represent the geometry of a subject's face. In the same example, the anatomical subspace includes an anatomical bone structure, and can be used to constrain movement and deformation of the patches globally on the subject's face. The anatomically-constrained local face model and performance capture technique can be used to track three-dimensional faces or other parts of a subject from motion data in a high-quality manner. Local model parameters that best describe the observed motion of the subject's physical deformations (e.g., facial expressions) under the given constraints are estimated through optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH), DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chenglei Wu
  • Patent number: 9639850
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods for incentivizing content engagement are described. Embodiments provide a recommended feature application to offer premier/recommended content. This can take place at a variety of times, for example during the primary content selection interface display, as well as offering said content interactively as an overlay during the conclusion of a piece of content. Embodiments employ a weighted process for selecting a recommended feature based on one or more stored preference files. The recommended feature application can be utilized across titles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Ashbrook, Kyle Prestenback, Evan Acosta, Brian Kwan, David Jessen
  • Patent number: 9639534
    Abstract: A system and method for automating the creation of customized media includes generating media content comprising first metadata associated with the media content, reviewing the media content and the first metadata, applying at least one set of rules to the media content and the first metadata, and generating a customized media output based on the media content, the first metadata and the at least one set of rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Canora, Michael Colglazier, Michael J. Gomes, Beth Patterson, Robert A. Swirsky
  • Publication number: 20170118562
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a free-form electrostatic speaker, including: a three dimensional object body; at least a portion of the three dimensional object body having a free-form electrode layer disposed thereon; the free-form electrode layer being shaped to substantially match the at least a portion of the three dimensional object body; a free-form diaphragm positioned proximate to, and being shaped to substantially match, the free-form electrode layer; and an input element coupled to the free-form electrode layer that accepts input from an external source. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Poupyrev, Yoshio Ishigu
  • Patent number: 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