Patents Assigned to Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20180300958
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a workflow framework that scriptwriters can utilize when developing (live-action/animation/cinematic) virtual reality (VR) experiences or content. A script can be parsed to identify one or more elements in a script, and a VR representation of the one or more elements can be automatically generated. A user may develop or edit the script which can be presented in a visual and temporal manner along with the VR representation. The user may edit the VR representation, and the visual and temporal presentation of the script can be commensurately represented. The script may be analyzed for consistency and/or cohesiveness in the context of the VR representation or experience. A preview of the VR experience or content can be generated from the script and/or the VR representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: SASHA ANNA SCHRIBER, ISA SIMO, MERADA RICHTER, MUBBASIR KAPADIA, MARKUS GROSS
  • Patent number: 10104429
    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 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Mark Arana, Edward Drake
  • Patent number: 10102697
    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: October 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Alanson Sample
  • Patent number: 10102630
    Abstract: A system is provided for tagging an object in a video having a plurality of frames. The system includes a memory storing a segmentation hierarchy of a first frame of the plurality of frames and having a plurality of elements, a display, and a processor configured to display the first frame including the plurality of elements on the display, receive a first input selecting a first element of the plurality of elements displayed on the display, select a first region of the first frame based on the first input, display the first region of the first frame on the display, receive a second input from the user altering the first region of the first frame displayed on the display, and alter the first region by selecting a second region of the first frame based on the second input from the user and the segmentation hierarchy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Aljoscha Smolic, Jordi Pont-Tuset, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu
  • Publication number: 20180293711
    Abstract: Supervised machine learning using convolutional neural network (CNN) is applied to denoising images rendered by MC path tracing. The input image data may include pixel color and its variance, as well as a set of auxiliary buffers that encode scene information (e.g., surface normal, albedo, depth, and their corresponding variances). In some embodiments, a CNN directly predicts the final denoised pixel value as a highly non-linear combination of the input features. In some other embodiments, a kernel-prediction neural network uses a CNN to estimate the local weighting kernels, which are used to compute each denoised pixel from its neighbors. In some embodiments, the input image can be decomposed into diffuse and specular components. The diffuse and specular components are then independently preprocessed, filtered, and postprocessed, before recombining them to obtain a final denoised image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Thijs Vogels, Jan Novák, Fabrice Rousselle, Brian McWilliams
  • Patent number: 10092844
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for generation of vision recognition references from user-selected content. The method comprises receiving data corresponding to a user selected content, generating a vision recognition reference from the data, associating a game behavior descriptor with the vision recognition reference, wherein the game behavior descriptor correspond to a game behavior instance, and storing the vision recognition reference and the associated game behavior descriptor in a database, wherein the database includes a plurality of pre-defined vision recognition references, and wherein each of the plurality of pre-defined vision recognition references correspond to at least one pre-defined game behavior descriptor. The method may further comprise receiving user input corresponding to the user-selected content, retrieving the vision recognition reference and the associated game behavior descriptor from the database and initiating the game behavior in a corresponding game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Purvis, Jonathan Ackley
  • Patent number: 10092850
    Abstract: A robot with an elastic, spherically-shaped body with controlled bouncing locomotion. This robot may be called “a robotic bouncing ball.” The robotic bouncing ball can be used to provide a new class of robotic characters that are ball-like, and these new robotic characters bounce in place and from one location to another. The spherical body will typically be formed with a thin wall of elastic material such as a rubber or the like, and a drive or actuator assembly along with a local controller and a power source are positioned in the interior space of the hollow body. The controller controls the drive assembly to cause the spherical body to bounce up and down vertically and to provide horizontal/lateral movement of the spherical body through the applications of deforming and/or reforming forces on the elastic outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., The California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Gunter D. Niemeyer, Aaron D. Ames, David Loyal Christensen
  • Patent number: 10096088
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for denoising (also referred to as “filtering”) rendered images. In one embodiment, a denoising application takes as input rendered images and feature buffers that encode image information such as surface positions, surface depths, surface normals, surface albedos, and distances to the camera. For each pixel in a received image, the denoising application performs a first-order regression in a predefined neighborhood of the pixel to find a linear combination of pixel features that fits pixel colors in the predefined neighborhood. In such a first-order regression, the local regression weight of each pixel in the neighborhood may be determined using a metric which computes distances based on color values in patches around pixels being compared. In another embodiment, collaborative filtering may be performed in which filtered output from the first-order regression in each neighborhood is averaged with filtered output from overlapping neighborhoods to obtain a final output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedikt Martin Bitterli, Jan Novák, Fabrice Pierre Armand Rousselle
  • Patent number: 10092827
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for controlling electronic devices in an interactive gaming environment. Embodiments detect a first interactive game is playing within the physical environment using one or more electronic devices. User movement is monitored using at least one sensor device within the physical environment and user speech is monitored using one or more microphone sensor devices within the physical environment. Upon determining that the user movement matches a predefined series of user actions and that the user speech matches a corresponding predefined speech pattern, embodiments determine a gameplay action corresponding to both the predefined series of user actions and the predefined speech pattern and transmit an instruction, to at least one of the one or more electronic devices within the physical environment, instructing the electronic device to perform the determined gameplay action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Blade A. Olson
  • Patent number: 10097867
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for providing a ratings version and a dynamic ad version of a video using a system having a non-transitory memory and a hardware processor. In an exemplary system, the hardware processor executes an executable code stored in the memory to receive a request for a video over a network, determine a time elapsed since a first broadcast of the video, provide a ratings version of the video over the network for display on the display device if the time elapsed since the first broadcast of the video is not greater than a threshold, and provide a dynamic ad version of the video over the network for display on a display device if the time elapsed since the first broadcast of the video is greater than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramzi Bettendorf, Shant Mardigian, Xinh Le
  • Patent number: 10095953
    Abstract: Techniques of depth modification for display applications are disclosed. A multiscopic video frame, including at least first and second images depicting a scene, is received. Depth information pertaining to the multiscopic video frame is received. A depth mapping function is determined based on one or more image characteristics of the multiscopic video frame, other than depth. The depth information is modified based on the depth mapping function. At least a third image is generated based on the modified depth information and based further on at least one of the first and second images, where the third image is output for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Steven Charles Poulakos, Simon Heinzle, Alexandre Chapiro
  • Patent number: 10097790
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products which generate a Precision Time Protocol (PTP) timestamp associated with a first video frame of a serial digital interface (SDI) signal and insert the PTP timestamp into at least one of a Vertical Ancillary (VANC) data space and a Horizontal Ancillary (HANC) data space of the first video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Strein
  • Publication number: 20180285478
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using graph databases to make digital content recommendations are described. A graph database may be associated with tagged digital content. The graph database may include a node for each content tag and edges identifying a relationship between nodes. When a user accesses or searches a digital content item, the graph database may be traversed to identify and present related content recommendations to the user based on the traversed nodes. Node graph traversal may initiate from a root node associated with a tag of content item being presented to a user. Nodes may be searched based on their proximity to the root node as determined by edge connections of the graph. Initially searched nodes may include nodes in the graph database directly connected by edges to the root node. Subsequently searched nodes may include nodes one edge connected removed from the root node, and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: ANDREW J. WRIGHT, BENJAMIN F. HAVEY
  • Patent number: 10086265
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a system that includes a first interactive device and control logic configured to perform an operation. The operation includes receiving historical data describing historical interactions between a user and one or more interactive devices. Additionally, the operation includes configuring the first interactive device with one or more interactive events. Each interactive event includes a respective (i) stimulus event and (ii) an action to perform responsive to an occurrence of the stimulus event, and at least one of the one or more interactive events is based on the received historical data. Responsive to detecting an occurrence of a first one of the one or more stimulus events, the operation includes causing the first interactive device to perform the corresponding action. The operation also includes updating the first interactive device with a second one or more interactive events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Haseltine
  • Patent number: 10086276
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing content in a virtual space are presented herein. The content may be generated in the virtual space by a non-player game entity. The non-player game entity may be associated with generating a particular type of content in the virtual space. The users may deploy the non-player game entities in the virtual space in order to generate the corresponding non-player game entity-generated content in the virtual space. The non-player game entity-generated content may be implemented through procedural placement of elements of the content within the virtual space. The non-player game entity-generated content comprise one or more of static content, moving content, interactive content (e.g., a game), and/or other types of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lowe, Joseph Olson, David White, Troy Johnson, Jared Schibel, Jason Scanlon, Chad Liddell, Christopher Shen
  • Patent number: 10091559
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory storing an executable code and a processor executing the executable code to receive a plurality of video inputs, wherein each video input of the plurality of video inputs includes a video feed from an event, provide the plurality of video inputs to each of a plurality of media devices, receive a plurality of user video inputs each from a different one of the plurality of media devices, wherein each of the plurality of user video inputs is created using the plurality of video inputs, and stream each of the plurality of user video inputs as a separate media channel for display by a plurality of media devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Skarphedinn Hedinsson, Scott F. Watson
  • Patent number: 10091460
    Abstract: Various embodiments of systems, methods, computer devices, and computer software for providing an asynchronous online viewing party are provided. One embodiment comprises a system for providing an online viewing party. One such system comprises: a server operatively coupled to a database for supporting the online viewing party, the database comprising: content to be asynchronously provided to participants of the online viewing party; and time-based events provided by one or more of the participants, the time-based events associated with the content and linked to corresponding locations in the content; and a user interface configured to interface with the server, the user interface comprising logic configured to display the content and the time-based events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Barsook, David Christian Ehlers, Jason Richard Grant, Khai Tuan Tran, David John Watson, Nicklas Lee Wilson
  • Patent number: 10091435
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for image segmentation from an uncalibrated camera array. In one aspect, a segmentation application computes a pseudo depth map for each frame of a video sequence recorded with a camera array based on dense correspondences between cameras in the array. The segmentation application then fuses such pseudo depth maps computed for satellite cameras of the camera array to obtain a pseudo depth map at a central camera. Further, the segmentation application interpolates virtual green screen positions for an entire frame based on user input which provides control points and pseudo depth thresholds at the control points. The segmentation application then computes an initial segmentation based on a thresholding using the virtual green screen positions, and refines the initial segmentation by solving a binary labeling problem in a Markov random field to better align the segmentation with image edges and provide temporal coherency for the segmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Henning Zimmer, Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Mario Botsch, Federico Perazzi
  • Patent number: D830772
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaitlyn M. Rosette, Daria Vinogradova
  • Patent number: D831128
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine M. Bassett, John Peter Fiscella, Michael Paul Goslin, Joseph Logan Olson, Paulo Kang, Philippe Putzeys