Patents Assigned to Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10181040
    Abstract: Systems, and methods disclosed herein include systems and methods for providing alternative content playlists for locked media content. Media content may be locked according to certain pre-conditions, such as a release date. Prior to the pre-conditions being met, e.g., on a date earlier than the release date, the content may be locked to prevent user access. During such locked period, a user may be presented with an alternative content playlist with media content that is available to be accessed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10179040
    Abstract: An animatronic eye with fluid suspension, electromagnetic drive, and video capability. The eye assembly includes a spherical, hollow outer shell that contains a suspension liquid. An inner sphere is positioned in the outer shell in the suspension liquid to be centrally floated at a distance away from the shell wall. The inner sphere includes painted portions providing a sclera and iris and includes an unpainted rear portion and front portion or pupil. The shell, liquid, and inner sphere are have matching indices of refraction such that interfaces between the components are not readily observed. A camera is provided adjacent a rear portion of the outer shell to receive light passing through the shell, liquid, and inner sphere. A drive assembly is provided including permanent magnets on the inner sphere that are driven by electromagnetic coils on the outer shell to provide frictionless yaw and pitch movements simulating eye movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny Starkes Smoot, Katherine May Bassett, Marcus Hammond
  • Publication number: 20190005981
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for user interaction with and curation of digital media content, such that users are able to specify a particular clip of video content, and utilize the clip in a desired way. The disclosed systems and methods allow users to view video content, select video clips within the video content, save video clips into a collection of video clips, and curate the collection of video clips. The disclosed systems and methods also allow users to view bookmarks indicating the positions of saved video clips within video content, and to interact with video clips within a video player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Belliveau, Edward Drake, Anthony Mutalipassi
  • Patent number: 10171785
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for adjusting coloration of an image. A first selection of first one or more reference points within a first image is received. A second selection of a second one or more reference points within a second image is also received. Embodiments determine a coloration difference between a coloration of the first one or more reference points within the first image and a coloration of the second one or more reference points within the second image. The coloration of at least a portion of the first image is then adjusted, based on the determined coloration difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Thomas Oskam, Robert Walker Sumner
  • Patent number: 10169910
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for rendering heterogeneous polydisperse granular media. In one aspect, a rendering application renders such granular media using a combination of explicit path tracing and accelerated path construction using proxy path tracing, shell tracing, and volumetric path tracing. In proxy path tracing in particular, the rendering application instantiates proxy geometry in the form of a bounding sphere and determines internal scattering in the grain using a precomputed grain scattering distribution function that relates incident and outgoing radiance functions on the bounding sphere. In shell tracing, the rendering application uses shells to aggregate many grain interactions into a single step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Jan Novak, Thomas Muller, Marios Papas, Wojciech Jarosz
  • Patent number: 10162815
    Abstract: A dialog knowledge acquisition system includes a hardware processor, a memory, and hardware processor controlled input and output modules. The memory stores a dialog manager configured to instantiate a persistent interactive personality (PIP), and a dialog graph having linked dialog state nodes. The dialog manager receives dialog initiation data, identifies a first state node on the dialog graph corresponding to the dialog initiation data, determines a dialog interaction by the PIP based on the dialog initiation data and the first state node, and renders the dialog interaction. The dialog manager also receives feedback data corresponding to the dialog interaction, identifies a second state node based on the dialog initiation data, the dialog interaction, and the feedback data, and utilizes the dialog initiation data, the first state node, the dialog interaction, the feedback data, and the second state node to train the dialog graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jill Fain Lehman, Boyang Albert Li, Andre Tiago Abelho Pereira, Iolanda M. Dos Santos Caravalho Leite, Ming Sun, Eli Pincus
  • Patent number: 10165325
    Abstract: A first version and a second version of audio visual content are provided via a disc, a web site or a mobile device application to consumers. The second version has audiovisual content removed from the first version that is not appropriate for a type of viewer, such as children. In addition, a menu is provided that allows a user to select the first version or the second version to play on a device. In addition to or instead of the second version, the menu may allow the user to customize the first version for an intended audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Chen, James Voris
  • Patent number: 10160164
    Abstract: A system for additive manufacturing of three-dimensional objects through felting. The system may include a composition head configured to deposit a manufacturing material comprising a strand of interlocked fibers onto a composition bed along a composition path. The composition path may define a path along which the composition head deposits the manufacturing material to form a predetermined three-dimensional object. The composition head may include a reciprocating felting needle configured to draw the manufacturing material from a material source and deposit the manufacturing material on the composition bed, and a feed lock configured to control the feed of the manufacturing material from the material source to the composition head. The system may include a controller for the composition head comprising one or more processors configured by computer-readable instructions to control the composition head to deposit the manufacturing material on the composition bed through felting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Hudson
  • Patent number: 10165026
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for generating and distributing an encoded content transport stream. The method comprises obtaining metadata and at least one unique identifier that identifies content elements, generating a recipient specific list using the metadata and at least one of the unique identifiers, creating a content transport stream using the recipient specific list including the metadata and the identified content elements, encoding the content transport stream to generate the encoded content transport stream, and distributing the encoded content transport stream through at least one network path. The metadata may include destination points and priority information of the encoded content transport stream, which may take the form of sections of television programming or block of commercial advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael V. Chiarulli, Todd Christiansen, David A. Dreispan, Joseph P. Kenny, Jerry A. Rapella
  • Patent number: 10163036
    Abstract: One or more image parameters of an image may be analyzed using a hierarchical set of models. Executing individual models in the set of models may generate outputs from analysis of different image parameters of the image. Inputs of one or more of the models may be conditioned on a set of outputs derived from one or more preceding model in the hierarchy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Lehrmann, Leonid Sigal
  • Patent number: 10163020
    Abstract: There is provided a system configured to receive a plurality of images, analyze a set of features of the plurality of images to determine a difference between a first training performance of a plurality of independent detectors based on one or more of individual attributes and a second training performance of a plurality of joint detectors based on one or more of composite attributes, select, based on the analyzing, either one of the plurality of independent detectors or one of the plurality of joint detectors for identifying a plurality of objects in the plurality of images, and identify the plurality of objects in the plurality of images, using the selected one of the plurality of independent detectors utilizing the one or more of the individual attributes or using the selected one of the plurality of joint detectors utilizing the one or more of the composite attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Sigal, Arik Shamir, Guy Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 10162854
    Abstract: A collaborative cloud-based content curation system includes a content curation platform having a hardware processor, a memory, a master control automation unit stored in the memory, and a web-based affiliate operations portal. The hardware processor executes the master control automation unit to receive a content feed and trigger insertion instructions from an affiliate content provider, and to receive traffic log data for the affiliate content provider via the web-based affiliate operations portal. The master control automation unit curates a digital rights cleared content stream from the content feed, produces a corresponding electronic programming guide (EPG), and generates an IP transport stream for distributing the digital rights cleared content stream and the EPG. The master control automation unit also receives, after distribution of the digital rights cleared content and the EPG, a traffic log update data, and updates the EPG in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Witkowski, Bradley Wall, Jon Edwards
  • Patent number: 10160165
    Abstract: There is provided a three-dimensional (3D) printer for creating a 3D object using a fabric including a cutting device, an inverted cutting surface, a securing mechanism to secure the fabric against the inverted cutting surface for cutting the fabric by the cutting device into a plurality of layers, a movable platform for receiving each of the plurality of layers, in sequence, from the inverted cutting surface after each layer is cut from the fabric, and a bonding tool to bond each layer of the plurality of fabric layers to a previously received layer as the fabric layers are sequentially received by the movable platform to create the 3D object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James McCann, Huaishu Peng, Scott Hudson, Jennifer Mankoff
  • Patent number: 10165239
    Abstract: A digital theatrical lighting fixture that can be used to provide a new lighting system with improved features and functionality. The digital theatrical lighting fixture integrates light production, light modulation, and a camera into a single device along with a control interface, integrated image processing capability such as for processing images captured by the camera, and communication capability, e.g., for communicating with a central controller and/or with other digital theatrical lighting fixtures. This highly integrated fixture uses the camera to monitor a lit scene, and its (or the central controller's) intelligence/software to dynamically adjust its output as well as to implement a show lighting script much like a projector. In a lighting system, the lighting fixtures described herein can communicate to each other and to a central controller (or control systems) such that lighting produced by the lighting system can be calibrated and coordinated in a comprehensive way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Laduke
  • Patent number: 10165157
    Abstract: A system and method generates a broadcast image. The method includes receiving a first image captured by a first camera having a first configuration incorporating a first center of projection. The method includes determining a first mapping from a first image plane of the first camera onto a sphere. The method includes determining a second mapping from the sphere to a second image plane of a second virtual camera having a second configuration incorporating the first center of projection of the first configuration. The method includes generating a second image based upon the first image and a concatenation of the first and second mappings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: G. Peter K. Carr, Michael Peter K. Mistry, Iain Matthews, Yaser Sheikh
  • Patent number: 10155171
    Abstract: A track-based swing ride system providing passengers a unique swinging ride experience. The ride system includes a ride track that supports a moving bogie coupled to the ride track that includes a drive assembly driving the bogie along a ride path defined by the ride track. The ride apparatus includes a pendulum arm pivotally coupled at a first end to the bogie, whereby the pendulum arm is suspended below the ride track and moves along the ride path with the bogie. The ride apparatus includes a passenger vehicle coupled to a second end of the pendulum arm opposite the first end of the pendulum arm. To provide the swinging sensation, the ride apparatus includes a roll driver rotating, concurrently with the drive assembly of the bogie, the pendulum arm about a roll axis extending through the first end of the pendulum arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Derek Lee Howard
  • Patent number: 10156730
    Abstract: A display system that is particularly well-suited for use in providing or displaying a live cinematic performance to an audience. The system includes a first space that is directly viewable by the audience and that is illuminated with a stage lighting assembly. Human, robotic, or other physical performers are positioned in the first space and selectively illuminated by light from the stage lighting. The system includes a Pepper's ghost assembly configured to provide enhanced brightness of the projected image as background items in the Pepper's ghost assembly's space are hidden from view by the audience. The Pepper's ghost assembly may include one or more high speed projectors or other light sources, a high speed vision system, and black retroreflective material, and these components function in combination to allow the assembly to be operated to selectively light objects and people in the hidden space without projecting the background to the audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Dumene Comploi, Przemyslaw Marek Iwanowski
  • Patent number: 10157318
    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: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich
    Inventors: Aljoscha Smolic, Marc Junyent Martin, Jordi Pont-Tusert, Alexandre Chapiro, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu
  • Patent number: 10154275
    Abstract: There is provided systems and methods for embedding data into a video content. A system includes an encoder, a memory storing the encoder, and a hardware processor configured to execute the encoder from the memory. The hardware processor is configured to execute the encoder from the memory to obtain the data, determine a plurality of pixels in the video content, and embed the data into the video content by inverting the plurality of pixels in the video content according to the data. The system further includes a decoder for decoding the video content to obtain the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James Malone
  • Patent number: 10154253
    Abstract: A multi-view display system or optical vortex 3D display in a multi-view or multilayer embodiment or configuration. The new 3D display system encodes and decodes images into independent modes of optical angular momentum (OAM). In some embodiments, the 3D display system uses pixel-based OAM. In such systems, transformation optics are used to sort the OAM modes. These transformation optics convert the OAMs' spiral wavefronts to linear gradient wavefronts, which are then deflected by a simple lens. The transformation optics, thus, are used in image-based (per pixel) decoding/sorting. In other embodiments, the 3D display system uses image-based OAM. In such systems, convolution of the OAM modes with the image is used rather than the direct modulation of the OAM mode and the image (as used in the prior system discussed above) for image-based encoding and decoding/sorting of images in different OAM modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., CAMBRIDGE ENTERPRISE LIMITED
    Inventors: Quinn Y. Smithwick, Xuefeng Li, Jiaqi Chu, Daping Chu