Patents Assigned to Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20180047066
    Abstract: Techniques are described for retrieving advertisements for insertion into a document. Embodiments receive a document comprising a request to retrieve a plurality of advertisement creatives. In response to transmitting the request specified within the received document to the advertisement management system, a single software object defining all of the plurality of advertisement creatives is received. Embodiments insert each of the plurality of advertisement creatives into the document, prior to rendering the document, and then render the document together with the advertisement creatives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jarrod David Whelan
  • Publication number: 20180046861
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for placing large objects and objects separated by large distances in an AR environment. An AR headset system may place and generate digital objects using relative geographical coordinates (e.g., latitude, longitude, and altitude) between the user's current position and the object being placed. In one implementation, a digital object's geographical coordinates may be calculated by determining a user's geographical coordinates, using a distance determination device to measure a distance to a boundary in the user's real-world environment within an AR headset's field of view, and calculating an orientation of the AR headset relative to the user's position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul PATEL, James VORIS
  • Patent number: 9892485
    Abstract: A method of manipulating at least a portion of a character model into a pose involving a library data having a plurality of deformations, where each deformation is associated with index values of one or more distance measurement nodes. One or more distance measurement nodes are defined for the portion of the character model, wherein each distance measurement node comprises a number of points on a surface defined by the geometry of the character model, wherein the points are separated by a distance value. A particular pose is selected for the character model portion to establish an initial model by selecting values for the pose controls. For the particular pose, a value of the distance measurement nodes is determined. At least one deformation is selected from the library data based in the value of the distance measurement nodes and applied to the initial model to generate a deformed model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Clay Kaytis, John Edgar Park, Gene Lee, Philippe Brochu, Hidetaka Yosumi
  • Patent number: 9892539
    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. Stiffness values defined on rig parameters are transformed to a non-homogeneous distribution of material parameters for the underlying rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernhard Thomaszewski, Robert Sumner, Fabian Hahn, Stelian Coros, Markus Gross, Sebastian Martin
  • Publication number: 20180040160
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide adaptive image filtering. Under this approach, image quality can be enhanced by adjusting an approximation function to better adapt image signals in different parts of an image. Certain parts of the image may be enhanced using a certain approximation function while some other parts of the image may be enhanced using a different approximation function. In certain embodiments, the approximation function selected for a part of the image can be a polynomial function having a specific order. The specific polynomial order can be applied directly to obtain an estimated image value of the part of the image. In certain embodiments, the estimation of the reconstruction error can include iteratively estimating a bias term of the reconstruction error and a variance term of the reconstruction error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bochang Moon, Markus Gross, Steven McDonagh, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20180041559
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for a mobile device to select content, such as user profiles, contact information, images, and/or videos, to automatically stream to available displays when the mobile device moves within a certain range of the displays. In one embodiment, a method at a mobile device comprises receiving a user input to select a media content asset; detecting a display within a proximity of the mobile device; and sending the selected media content asset to the display without requiring additional user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Patent number: 9888265
    Abstract: There is provided a content automation system and a method for use by the content automation system for issuing a content management message for use in a program stream. In one implementation, such a content automation system comprises a processor and a memory, and a stream messaging module residing in the memory. The stream messaging module is configured to issue the content management message by embedding a command sequence as metadata in a container data structure, and inserting the container data structure into the program stream. The command sequence authorizes a replacement of program stream content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Martin, Daniel Siewers, William Hooper, David Potter, Richard Hill, Michael Strein, Kenneth Michel, Alfredo Vincenty, James Casabella, David Converse, Guy Beverlin
  • Patent number: 9884971
    Abstract: Compositions and methods related to providing an object with metallic and reflective qualities when illuminated with ultraviolet light are provided herein. Such compositions generally comprise reflective metal flakes and ultraviolet-luminescent pigments. Also provided are methods for making compositions comprising reflective metal flakes and ultraviolet-luminescent pigments and for applying a composition comprising reflective metal flakes and ultraviolet-luminescent pigments to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Susan Dain
  • Patent number: 9885947
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are materials and methods used to form a three dimensional (3D) article having a printed layer thereon. The 3D articles are capable of displaying rear projected images, effectively as a 3D “screen” for displaying an image or a movie. The 3D articles are used as standalone articles or as a portion of an animatronic figure. The articles are made by forming a substantially planar thermoformable laminate including a rear projection screen material, printing and curing a radiation curable ink onto one or both sides of the laminate, and thermoforming to impart a shape to the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Dolce Lin Wang, Thomas F. LaDuke
  • Publication number: 20180033199
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing movement, such as the movement of a vehicle with an augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) story-telling or narrative experience is provided. For example, the AR or VR experience can be adapted to justify the movement of the vehicle based on trip criterion, such as a navigational path upon which the vehicle has embarked. Alternatively, trip criterion, such as the navigational path upon which the vehicle will embark, can be adapted to comport with one or more events of the AR or VR experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JOSIAH EATEDALI, JAMES P. MADDEN, MARK ARANA
  • Publication number: 20180031952
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a motorized monopole for a camera, including: a hand-held monopole; a first motor positioned at an end of the hand-held monopole; a first connecting element attached to the first motor; a second motor positioned at an end of the first connecting element; a second connecting element attached to the second motor; a third motor positioned at an end of the second connecting element; and a camera mounting plate attached to the second connecting element by the third motor, where components of the multi-axis gimbal are positioned such that a camera viewing axis, a horizontal image axis, and a vertical image axis of a camera mounted on the camera mounting plate need not be aligned with any of a rotational axis of the first motor, a rotational axis of the second motor, or a rotational axis of the third motor. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gunter Niemeyer, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Vince Roberts, Anthony Accardo, Michael Holton
  • Patent number: 9881586
    Abstract: Systems and methods for self-adjusting displays are provided. A self-adjusting display may receive a display characteristics shift profile, where the display characteristics shift profile can be generated based on calibration event data collected from a plurality of displays. The display characteristics shift profile can be utilized as an estimate or prediction of a shift in display characteristics the self-adjusting display may experience over time. The self-adjusting display may calculate adjustment factors or curves to compensate for the estimated/predicted shift in display characteristics to lessen or altogether eliminate the need for performing actual calibration on the self-adjusting display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Luka, Norbert Faerstain, Leon Silverman, Howard Lukk
  • Patent number: 9883163
    Abstract: A system and method improves a camera calibration. The method includes receiving a camera image, a planar template pattern, a 3D geometry of a surface on which the planar template pattern is embedded, and a set of parameter values. The method includes rendering the planar template pattern into a camera perspective based on the parameter values to generate a warped template image. The method includes generating an error image including at least one non-zero difference between the camera image and the warped template image. The method includes adjusting the parameter values to reduce an error between the camera image and the warped template image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: G. Peter K. Carr, Iain Matthews
  • Patent number: 9883292
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a free-form electrostatic speaker, including: a three dimensional object body; at least a portion of the three dimensional object body having a free-form electrode layer disposed thereon; the free-form electrode layer being shaped to substantially match the at least a portion of the three dimensional object body; a free-form diaphragm positioned proximate to, and being shaped to substantially match, the free-form electrode layer; and an input element coupled to the free-form electrode layer that accepts input from an external source. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Poupyrev, Yoshio Ishigu
  • Patent number: 9881380
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for performing video segmentation using fully connected object proposals. For example, a number of object proposals for a video sequence are generated. A pruning step can be performed to retain high quality proposals that have sufficient discriminative power. A classifier can be used to provide a rough classification and subsampling of the data to reduce the size of the proposal space, while preserving a large pool of candidate proposals. A final labeling of the candidate proposals can then be determined, such as a foreground or background designation for each object proposal, by solving for a posteriori probability of a fully connected conditional random field, over which an energy function can be defined and minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Federico Perazzi, Oliver Wang
  • Patent number: 9883167
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a method and apparatus for generating a three-dimensional surface. In one embodiment, there is a method for generating a three-dimensional surface. The method includes capturing a plurality of images of a target object with at least two cameras, the target object illuminated by at least two sets of red-green-blue (RGB) lights positioned in an array about the target object and generating a three-dimensional surface of the target object by iteratively reconstructing a surface estimate of the target object and aligning images of the target object using motion estimation until the images converge, wherein the images are processed in n-frame intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Iain Matthews, Paulo Urnau Gotardo, Tomas Simon, Yaser Sheikh
  • Patent number: 9880621
    Abstract: Systems and methods providing tactile displays that present two-dimensional moving tactile stroke sensations are described herein. Systems and methods provide for controlling the characteristics of stimulation devices arranged in a grid topology to generate virtual stimulation devices and illusory sensations. Embodiments provide for the generation of illusory sensations including, but not limited to, continuous linear movement and shapes such as curves, squares, and circles. According to embodiments, a tactile display apparatus is provided that facilitates user interaction with the tactile display. The tactile display apparatus includes an interface embedded with stimulation devices and a control device that controls the operation of the stimulation devices to generate illusory sensations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Israr, Ivan Poupyrev
  • Publication number: 20180024800
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that allow a display device array to be used to present content to one or more users. In particular, a user associated with a first user device, may opt to present content on a plurality of other devices. The plurality of other devices may be arranged in any desired configuration, and the first user device can capture the arrangement. Upon capturing the arrangement, content, under the control of the first user device, may be presented on the plurality of other devices in accordance with the arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: ANDRANIK AGHABABYAN
  • Patent number: 9875588
    Abstract: There is provided systems and methods of identification and automation of devices using a beacon. A system includes a beacon, an automation device, and a server. The beacon is configured to transmit a signal to the automation device in response to entering a defined geographic zone. The automation device is configured to receive the signal from the beacon, transmit, in response to receiving the signal, the signal to the server, receive an identification of a person possessing the beacon from the server, and activate an automation feature, wherein the automation feature uses the identification of the person possessing the beacon. An automation feature may include, but is not limited to, a video camera, a display device, or a stereo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan McCollum, Nitzan Katz, Steven Makofsky
  • Patent number: 9877067
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to facilitate broadcast-mediated coordination of interactive experiences are presented herein. The systems and/or methods may be configured to extend the experiences of audience members at a live event to users not be physically present at the live event. A user may view a broadcast and/or recording of a live event via a presentation device, such as a television, computer, and/or other devices. Interactive user experiences may be facilitate by one or more other user devices. Interactive user experiences may include one or more of interactive content being presented on mobile computing platforms associated with the users, one or more display devices being controlled to provide an entertaining output (e.g., visual, audible, tactile, and/or other output), and/or other types of experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Pehr Hovey, Jokton Strealy, Christina Wang, Johannes Tacskovics