Patents Assigned to Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10235747
    Abstract: An accurate camera pose is determined by pairing a first camera with a second camera in proximity to one another, and by developing a known spatial relationship between them. An image from the first camera and an image from the second camera are analyzed to determine corresponding features in both images, and a relative homography is calculated from these corresponding features. A relative parameter, such as a focal length or an extrinsic parameter is used to calculate a first camera's parameter based on a second camera's parameter and the relative homography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard J. Kennedy, Smadar Gefen
  • Patent number: 10232282
    Abstract: A display system for transforming sunlit and other brightly lit surfaces while being observed by viewers or an audience. The display system includes an optical element switchable between first and second operating states, and the optical element includes a pane that is opaque in the first operating state and transparent in the second operating state. The display system includes a controller operable to switch the optical element between the first and second operating states. Further, the display system includes a background image element positioned adjacent to a first surface of the pane of the switchable optical element. The pane may be a liquid crystal (LC) film, and the controller operates a power source to provide electric current to the LC film to switch the optical element to the second operating state. The display system may include a foreground image element positioned proximate to a second surface of the pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Joseph
  • Publication number: 20190077504
    Abstract: An apparatus such as a head-mounted display (HMD) may have a camera for capturing a visual scene for presentation via the HMD. A user of the apparatus may specify a pre-planned travel route for a vehicle within the visual scene via an augmented reality (AR) experience generated by the HMD. The pre-planned travel route may be overlaid on the visual scene in the AR experience so that the user can account for real-time environmental conditions determined through the AR experience. The pre-planned travel route may be transferred to the vehicle and used as autonomous travel instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: STEVEN CHAPMAN, JOSEPH POPP, CALIS AGYEMANG, MEHUL PATEL
  • Patent number: 10229215
    Abstract: A method of rendering content items on a display via an electronic device involves mapping linked content items to a three-dimensional object defined by layout data. The layout data is then transmitted to an electronic device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULZE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Barbara Solenthaler, Sohyeon Jeong, Max Grosse, Sasha Schriber, David Sinclair, Maria Cabral, Markus Gross, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10228564
    Abstract: Implementations of an augmented reality (AR)-capable display device for displaying polarized light generated by a display onto a predefined field of view are disclosed herein. The display device comprises an optical arrangement having a predefined arrangement relative to a predefined position of the display and defining the field of view. The optical arrangement comprises a mirror element disposed within the field of view and at least partially transmissive of ambient light incident on a first surface and at least partially reflective of light incident on an opposite second surface, a polarized beam splitter element disposed within the field of view and closer to the second surface of the mirror element than the first surface, a half-wave plate element disposed between the polarized beam splitter element and the display and outside the field of view, and a quarter-wave plate element disposed between the polarized beam splitter element and the mirror element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric C. Haseltine
  • Patent number: 10230167
    Abstract: Selective focusing of electromagnetic energy via the electromagnetic time reversal in the near field of a metamaterial. The disclosure begins with fundamental mathematics, and then is extended to the experimental realm where focusing in space and time of the magnetic fields in the near field of a 1-Dimensional metamaterial is shown. Under time reversal focusing, peak instantaneous fields at receiver locations are at minimum 200% greater than other receivers. The strongly-selective focusing capabilities of the system can be employed to show individual and selective powering of light emitting diodes connected to coil receivers placed in the near field of the metamaterial. The results show the possibility of improving display technologies, near field imaging systems, increasing channel capacity of near field communication systems, and obtaining a greater control of energy delivery in wireless power transfer systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Alanson Sample, Matthew Chabalko
  • Patent number: 10228758
    Abstract: A motion system for moving objects in a space, e.g., for moving virtual reality (VR) participants about space used to provide a VR environment. The system includes a controller and a position monitoring assembly. The system has a modular floor including a plurality of tile assemblies defining a support surface for a first and a second object. Each of the tile assemblies includes: (a) a planar tile with an upper surface for supporting the first and second objects; and (b) a drive system. The drive system includes a vibration-inducing assembly operable to oscillate the planar tile in a horizontal plane and further includes a preferential friction assembly operable to selectively reduce friction between the upper surface and any supported object. The controller generates control signals, based on position information, to independently control the tile assemblies of the modular floor to move the first and second objects on the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Cynthia Rueyi Sung
  • Patent number: 10222953
    Abstract: A system for editing virtual content of a virtual space. The system may include a host server comprising one or more physical processors configured to effectuate presentation of an editing interface on a client computing platform associated with an administrator user. The files may store property values for the properties of the virtual content of the virtual space. The property value for a property of virtual content may be determined based on a selection of a file that stores the property value. The editing interface may be configured to receive selection of a file from a group of files that stores different property values for the same property in order to implement the property value(s) of the selected file. The editing interface may be configured to present visual cues to the administrator related to the selection of files that store different property values for the properties of the virtual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Vesco
  • Patent number: 10223580
    Abstract: Methods and systems for video action recognition using poselet keyframes are disclosed. An action recognition model may be implemented to spatially and temporally model discriminative action components as a set of discriminative keyframes. One method of action recognition may include the operations of selecting a plurality of poselets that are components of an action, encoding each of a plurality of video frames as a summary of the detection confidence of each of the plurality of poselets for the video frame, and encoding correlations between poselets in the encoded video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michail Raptis, Leonid Sigal
  • Patent number: 10223850
    Abstract: An RFID system in which at least one of the RFID tag antenna and the RFID reader antenna has an impedance matching network associated therewith in order to better match the impedances of the two antennas. This impedance matching places the antennas into an over-coupled regime once they are within a reasonable distance of each other (e.g., 2 to 50 mm). It also increases the Q-factor of the improved antenna, which can greatly increase the range at which the RFID reader can read the RFID tag. This improved RFID system may be used in any of a variety of application, including operating a door lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Alanson Sample
  • Patent number: 10223836
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for augmenting an appearance of a hilt to simulate a bladed weapon. A hilt may be augmented with a blade of a bladed weapon by detecting a landmark associated with the hilt, determining a position and/or an orientation of the hilt, determining an overlay image comprising the blade of the bladed weapon, wherein the blade is placed within the overlay image according to the determined position and/or the determined orientation of the hilt, and displaying the overlay image so that the blade of the bladed weapon appears to be attached to the hilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Matthew Ryan, Joseph Logan Olson
  • Publication number: 20190066387
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to collaborative multi-modal mixed-reality systems and methods leveraging reconfigurable tangible user interfaces for the production of immersive, cinematic, and interactive content. As described herein, content may be created as either a mixture of live action media and computer generated media, combined together in context; or content made up entirely from computer-generated media alone. The technology described herein may leverage physical and software-based user interfaces that merge and unite the physical world and the virtual world, which allow users to produce new forms of content with a user experience and user interactions that emulate traditional processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin GROSSMANN, Robert LEGATO
  • Publication number: 20190066359
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein are directed to enhancing a virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) experience by using one or more unmanned vehicles to generate effects around a user of a headmounted display (HMD). The generated effects may be synchronized with VR/AR content presented to the user of the HMD. Particular systems and methods described herein are directed to enhancing a VR/AR experience by using one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to generate air flow effects around a user of a HMD. The air flow effects generated by UAV may simulate a physical and/or olfactory sensation corresponding to a VR/AR environment presented to the user using the HMD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander C. Chen, Steven M. Chapman, Benjamin Havey
  • Patent number: 10217265
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for generating a parametric eye model of one or more eyes are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining eye data from an eye model database. The eye data includes eyeball data and iris data corresponding to a plurality of eyes. The systems and techniques may further include generating an eyeball model using the eyeball data. Generating the eyeball model includes establishing correspondences among the plurality of eyes. The systems and techniques may further include generating an iris model using the iris data. Generating the iris model includes sampling one or more patches of one or more of the plurality of eyes using an iris control map and merging the one or more patches into a synthesized texture. The systems and techniques may further include generating the parametric eye model that includes the eyeball model and the iris model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Pascal Bérard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 10217275
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for reconstructing one or more eyes using a parametric eye model are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining one or more input images that include at least one eye. The systems and techniques may further include obtaining a parametric eye model including an eyeball model and an iris model. The systems and techniques may further include determining parameters of the parametric eye model from the one or more input images. The parameters can be determined to fit the parametric eye model to the at least one eye in the one or more input images. The parameters include a control map used by the iris model to synthesize an iris of the at least one eye. The systems and techniques may further include reconstructing the at least one eye using the parametric eye model with the determined parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRUCH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Pascal Bérard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 10217289
    Abstract: Embodiments capture one or more images of a visual scene that includes a first physical object. A first region of the first physical object to apply one or more augmentations to is determined. Embodiments determine which configuration the first physical object is currently in. The first physical object is configured to be physically manipulatable into each of a plurality of configurations. A sequence of frames is rendered for display in which the first region of the first physical object is animated in a predefined manner depicting a virtual light source within the first physical object, based on the determined configuration of the first physical object, by applying the one or more augmentations to a first virtual object generated based on predefined geometric information corresponding to a determined object type of the first physical object. The rendered sequence of frames is output for display using one or more display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth John Mitchell, Robert Walker Sumner
  • Patent number: 10213701
    Abstract: A ride vehicle with upright, straddle-type passenger seating that includes a passenger restraint system. This restraint system includes a lap bar assembly and a lap bar pivotal mount element pivotally supporting the lap bar assembly within the vehicle body to pivot about a rotation axis passing through the vehicle body between the seat pan and the front end of the vehicle body. The lap bar assembly may include a lap bar along with side and front leg shields that contain a passenger's legs within the vehicle. The lap bar assembly is rotatable as a unit about the rotation axis, in a forward portion of the vehicle body, from a disengaged position to an engaged position. In the disengaged position, the leg shields are moved forward away from an access to the seat pan, and, in the engaged position, the passenger's legs are blocked from lateral and forward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Derek Howard
  • Patent number: 10218793
    Abstract: Systems and methods for rendering views of a virtual space are presented herein. In some implementations, the views of the virtual space may be provided in a set of layers. Individual layers may include certain virtual space content within the views. Operations of a system and/or method presented herein include one or more of obtaining pre-rendered views of virtual space content associated with one or more layers, rendering views of other virtual space content associated with one or more other layers in real-time, or near real-time, based on user input, and/or other operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Auten, Malcolm E. Murdock, Joshua Nakaya
  • Publication number: 20190056780
    Abstract: Techniques described herein are directed to adaptive virtual reality and augmented reality viewing based on a user's eye condition data. In a first implementation, a software application renders video content based on the user's eye condition data by mapping the user's eye condition data to video rendering parameters. The video content rendered based on the user's eye condition data may be made available to a virtual reality/augmented reality player and played using a head mounted display. The video content rendered based on the user's eye condition data may be pre-rendered before video content playback or rendered in real time during video content playback. In an additional implementation, the head mounted display may be calibrated and adjusted based on the eye condition data prior to video playback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: LEE BOMBARD, YAZMALIZA YAACOB, GREGORY HEAD
  • Patent number: 10212463
    Abstract: Systems and methods for efficiently distributing digital cinema files from a server to a theater are disclosed. The systems and methods may comply with DCI requirements. A server updates an original composition playlist, updates a track file associated with the updated composition playlist, and distributes the updated composition playlist and updated track file to one or more theaters over a communications network. The theater is configured to store the updated track file at a storage containing copies of all track files associated with the updated composition playlist and update the theater's original composition playlist to the updated composition playlist. The server may have a database configured to track the composition playlists and associated track files present in each theater in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, James Voris, Mark Arana