Patents Assigned to Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10049481
    Abstract: A distributed computation system is leveraged to evaluate many possible results of a rig near the current pose to obtain predicted poses. A user locally runs an animation application instance to manipulate an animated object including a rig and shape. Depending on a user's selection or modification of a rig control of the rig, changes to the rig control are predicted. Based on the predicted changes to the rig control, the distributed computation system evaluates the rig to obtain different predicted poses. The predicted poses are made available to an interpolator that blends the results to obtain an interpolated shape. In implementations, the distributed computation system may be used to evaluate predicted poses for animation ghosting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-An Lin, Gene Lee, Christian Eisenacher
  • Publication number: 20180225827
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide a strategy for controlling information flow both from known opacity regions to unknown regions, as well as within the unknown region itself. This strategy is formulated through the use and refinement of various affinity definitions. As a result of this strategy, a final linear system can be obtained, which can be solved in closed form. One embodiment pertains to identifying opacity information flows. The opacity information flow may include one or more of flows from pixels in the image that have similar colors to a target pixel, flows from pixels in the foreground and background to the target pixel, flows from pixels in the unknown opacity region in the image to the target pixel, flows from pixels immediately surrounding the target pixels in the image to the target pixel, and any other flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Yagiz Aksoy, Tunc Ozan Aydin
  • Patent number: 10042421
    Abstract: Individual images for individual frames of an animation may be rendered to include individual focal areas. A focal area may include one or more of a foveal region corresponding to a gaze direction of a user, an area surrounding the foveal region, and/or other components. The foveal region may comprise a region along the user's line of sight that permits high visual acuity with respect to a periphery of the line of sight. A focal area within an image may be rendered based on parameter values of rendering parameters that are different from parameter values for an area outside the focal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Mitchell, Darren Cosker, Nicholas T. Swafford
  • Patent number: 10043407
    Abstract: There is provided an interactive book having a plurality of printed pages, where at least one of the plurality of pages includes at least one interactive element, the interactive book configured to wirelessly connect to a media device, transmit a first signal to the media device via the wireless connection, the first signal including a book ID uniquely identifying the interactive book, detect a current page of the plurality of pages, wherein the current page is being viewed by a user, receive an activation signal from the at least one interactive element when a user interacts with the at least one interactive element, and transmit a second signal to the media device via the wireless connection based on the current page and the activation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Malcolm Murdock, Michael Hy, Mohammad Poswal, Taylor Hellam, Nikita Pashenkov
  • Patent number: 10039975
    Abstract: An immersive play environment providing techniques for generating an imaginary enemy within the environment is disclosed. A tracker device is provided in the play environment for determining a location of a user. A controller device is provided to generate an invisible interactive object (an “imaginary enemy”), to engage the user during gameplay. The controller device generates tracking information indicating a location of the imaginary enemy. The controller device determines the location of the enemy relative to the location of the user and transmits that information to the tracker device. The tracker device can communicate the location of the imaginary enemy to the user for engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Olson, Blade Olson, Michael P. Goslin, Charles Moneypenny, Ivone Alexandre
  • Patent number: 10042506
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by an interactive story development system. The method includes receiving a story state including an attribute state of each of a plurality of items present in a storyline, wherein the plurality of items include a plurality of objects of the storyline and a plurality of characters of the storyline. The method also includes creating a story web, wherein the story web includes a node for every possible interaction between the plurality of objects and the plurality of characters in the storyline, and calculating a narrative value for each of the nodes of the story web, receiving a first input from a user selecting user criteria including at least one of a story telling option of the storyline and a sentiment selection, and determining based on the narrative value and the user criteria, a plurality of candidate nodes of the story web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mubbasir Kapadia, Robert Sumner, Alexander Shoulson
  • Patent number: 10045092
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enforcing the consumption and broadcasting of protected content. A user device on which protected content may be captured, consumed and/or broadcast to other user devices, identifies content being consumed and/or broadcast. Upon identifying the content, the content is determined as being protected or unprotected. If the content is deemed to be protected, the user device can cease consumption of the content on the user device as well as to the other user devices to which the content is being broadcast. Additionally, the user device can transmit a warning notification to one or more of the user device and the other user devices. Further still, the user device can present options to legitimize the presentation of the content on the user device and/or the other user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Deuel, Leon Silverman
  • Publication number: 20180218709
    Abstract: One or more levels of maladaptation are calculated relative to frames of media content having abrupt jumps from periods of low illumination to bright illumination when visual acuity may be lost and/or discomfort may be experienced. These levels of maladaptation may be correlated with subjectively determined levels of perceived luminance discomfort. Based upon the levels of perceived luminance discomfort that can be derived from the levels of maladaptation, the media content may be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: TUNC OZAN AYDIN, SAMIR MAHMALAT
  • Patent number: 10035067
    Abstract: There is provided an interactive board for use with a plurality of game pieces and a user device having a touch screen. The interactive board has a space for placing one of the plurality of game pieces thereon. The space includes a rotation code sense pad array connected to a first plurality of conductive traces connectable to the touch screen of the user device for identifying one of a plurality of rotation positions of the one of the plurality of game pieces placed in the space, by the user device, a ground for grounding the one of the plurality of game pieces placed in the space, and an identification code sense pad array connected to a second plurality of conductive traces connectable to the touch screen of the user device for identifying the one of the plurality of game pieces placed in the space, by the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Christen, Quinn Smithwick, Harout Jarchafjian, Jeffrey Voris, Jorge Alted
  • Patent number: 10037077
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to system and methods for providing users with augmented reality experiences based on a specific location of a user. An augmented reality experience may include augmented reality objects, and/or other content. Augmented reality objects may be associated with one or more real-world locations. Requests for augmented reality experience may include identifications of real-world locations of client computing devices, and/or other information. An instance of an augmented reality object may be overlaid onto visual information obtained from client computing devices. An interaction between users and/or users and one or more augmented reality objects may be facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Auten, Malcolm E. Murdock, Joshua Nakaya
  • Patent number: 10037615
    Abstract: This disclosure related to systems and methods of palette-based color editing. A set of principle colors may be identified from among individual colors of individual pixels of an image. Color distributions about the individual principle colors may be determined. An individual color distribution may include a homogenous range of colors that may vary with respect to an individual principle color. Pixels may be associated with one or more pixel groups based on correspondences between individual colors of the individual pixels and individual colors included in the individual color distributions corresponding to the individual pixel groups. Color editing may be effectuated by modifying colors of pixels in a given group independently from other colors of other pixels in other groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH ZURICH
    Inventors: Yagiz Aksoy, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Marc Pollefeys, Aljosa Smolic
  • Patent number: 10037605
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory and a processor configured to obtain a first frame of a video content including an object and a first region based on a segmentation hierarchy of the first frame, insert a synthetic object into the first frame, merge an object segmentation hierarchy of the synthetic object with the segmentation hierarchy of the first frame to create a merged segmentation hierarchy, select a second region based on the merged segmentation hierarchy, provide the first frame including the first region and the second region to a crowd user for creating a corrected frame, receive the corrected frame from the crowd user including a first corrected region including the object and a second corrected region including the synthetic object, determine a quality based on the synthetic object and the second corrected region, and accept the first corrected region based on the quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Marc Junyent Martin, Aljoscha Smolic
  • Patent number: 10038895
    Abstract: A three-dimensional coordinate position of a calibration device is determined. Further, a code is emitted to an image capture device. The code indicates the three-dimensional coordinate position of the calibration device. In addition, an image of light emitted from the calibration device is captured. The light includes the code. An image capture device three-dimensional coordinate position of the calibration device is calibrated according to the real world three-dimensional coordinate position of the calibration device indicated by the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Beardsley, Anselm Grundhoefer, Daniel Reetz
  • Patent number: 10037465
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for generating augmented reality environments. An augmented reality environment may be generated using physical tags placed throughout a real-world environment, for example, on real-world objects and/or surfaces. Identifying features of the tags may be detected. The presence of one or more particular tags may be determined by virtue of the detected identifying features. A computing platform may present or show views of the real-world and may overlay images of virtual object at locations that correspond to the tags present in the real-world environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Goslin
  • Patent number: 10033983
    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: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Aljosa Smolic, Nikolce Stefanoski
  • Patent number: 10033772
    Abstract: There are provided collaborative project management systems and method. Such a system includes a hardware processor, and a system memory having stored therein a collaboration module including a master project application corresponding to a collaborative project, a visual effects application, and a multi-user collaborator application. The hardware processor is configured to execute the collaboration module to process a change data corresponding to an update to the collaborative project, assign control of the master project application to the visual effects application, transform the change data into a visual effect, and produce a modification to the master project application based on the visual effect. The hardware processor is also configured to execute the collaboration module to transfer control of the master project application to the multi-user collaborator application, and to provide a master change data for updating user applications utilized by respective remote users, based on the modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan P. Sherlock, Mangesh Pimpalkar, Nathan Bowers, Maged Boctor
  • Patent number: 10025174
    Abstract: A multi-theater light source for two or more 3D projectors positioned in differing spaces. The apparatus includes a first light source outputting light to display left eye content, and the apparatus includes a second light source outputting light for use by the projectors to display right eye content. The apparatus includes a switching device that receives the light output from the first and second light sources and switches between first and second operating states to route the left and right eye light. In the first operating state, the switching device directs the light from the first light source toward a first projector and the light output from the second light source toward a second projector. In the second operating state, the switching device directs the light output from the first light source toward the second projector and the light output from the second light source toward the first projectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Tracey Tait, Quinn Y. Smithwick, Steven T. Kosakura, Mark A. Reichow, Scott Frazier Watson
  • Patent number: 10028001
    Abstract: There is provided a system comprising a non-transitory memory storing a rights database and a hardware processor configured to receive a user input from a user device requesting playback of a media content, the media content being provided by a first type of content provider, perform a first search of the rights database for a first media content entitlement associated with the media content corresponding to the first type of content provider, if the first search does not find the first media content entitlement, perform a second search of the rights database for a second media content entitlement associated with the media content corresponding to a second type of content provider, and, when the second search finds the second media content entitlement, enable playback of the media content from a content provider that is the first type of content provider based on the second media content entitlement corresponding to the second type of content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Drake, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10028063
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a free-form speaker. In an embodiment, an array type electrostatic speaker is provided. In anther embodiment, a passive element that is separate from an object including an electrode is provided. The free-form speakers are lightweight and flexible, making the speakers suitable for use in a variety of unconventional implementations. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshio Ishiguro, Alexander Rothera, Ali Israr, Eric Brockmeyer
  • Patent number: D823396
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Paul Goslin, Katherine M. Bassett, John Peter Fiscella, James K. Stobar, Joseph Logan Olson, Paulo Kang, Philippe Putzeys