Patents Assigned to Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20220020363
    Abstract: A method of providing configurable control of voice command systems is disclosed herein. The method comprising a parent device receiving a voice command and comparing the voice command to a set of preferences for a user. The set of preferences may relate to one or more interactions between the user and a playback device. The method further comprises the parent device translating the voice command to a user interface (UI) command sequence for the playback device based on the comparison. The playback device may then send the UI command sequence to the playback device as the configurable voice command. The playback device executes the UI command sequence to transition from the current output state to the desired output state intended by the user. A system for providing configurable voice control and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: NOEL BRANDON VASQUEZ
  • Patent number: 11228564
    Abstract: A hybrid cloud-based media production system includes a facility extension platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a software code. The hardware processor executes the software code to identify multicast production media flow(s) for processing in a cloud-based virtual production environment, to identify cloud-based resource(s) for processing one or more cloud production media flow(s) corresponding to the multicast production media flow(s), in the cloud-based virtual production environment, and to coordinate provisioning of the cloud-based virtual production environment with the identified cloud-based resource(s). The hardware processor also executes the software code to align, using a cloud permissible timing protocol, the timing of the cloud production media flow(s) in the cloud-based virtual production environment, and to process the cloud production media flow(s) in the cloud-based virtual production environment using the identified cloud-based resource(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Strein, Zachary N. Toback, Ryan N. McCormick, Craig L. Beardsley, Brian M. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 11226493
    Abstract: A system for displaying three dimensional (3D) images. The system includes a 3D display operating in a first state to display a 3D image by outputting light into a viewing space and operating in a second state in which the 3D image is not displayed. The system further includes a screen element positioned between the 3D display and the viewing space. The screen element reflects light from the viewing space to appear opaque to a viewer in the viewing space when the 3D display operates in the second state. The screen element transmits the light output by the 3D display, whereby the 3D display image is perceivable by the viewer in the viewing space. The screen element includes a sheet of mesh or netting material that transmits light output by the 3D display through its pores or openings and may be a planar sheet of scrim, tulle, or chiffon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Joseph, Jessica Anne Klouda, Donald Leo Matz, Jacob A. Ellis
  • Patent number: 11228451
    Abstract: Methods and systems for authenticated supplemental content delivery are disclosed herein. The systems can include a first requestor and a second requestor. The system can include a plurality of networked servers. The plurality of networked servers can: receive a first supplemental content request including a digital certificate from the first requestor; determine the inclusion of the digital certificate in the first supplemental content request; validate the digital certificate; determine a supplemental content class from a set of supplemental content classes based on the digital certificate; select first supplemental content based on: the determined supplemental content class; and provide the selected first supplemental content in an electronic form to the first requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Gregory Thomas Brandeau
  • Patent number: 11222466
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for changing the identities of faces in video frames and images. In embodiments, three-dimensional (3D) geometry of a face is used to inform the facial identity change produced by an image-to-image translation model, such as a comb network model. In some embodiments, the model can take a two-dimensional (2D) texture map and/or a 3D displacement map associated with one facial identity as inputs and output another 2D texture map and/or 3D displacement map associated with a different facial identity. The other 2D texture map and/or 3D displacement map can then be used to render an image that includes the different facial identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Jacek Krzysztof Naruniec, Derek Edward Bradley, Thomas Etterlin, Paulo Fabiano Urnau Gotardo, Leonhard Markus Helminger, Christopher Richard Schroers, Romann Matthew Weber
  • Patent number: 11223665
    Abstract: A media content system has a receiver that receives a request to transfer a playback marker from a first network-connected playback device to a second network-connected playback device, and receives the playback marker from the first network-connected playback device. The playback marker indicates a time at which playback of media content is stopped at the first network-connected playback device. Further, the media content system has a processor that generates a stop command to perform the stoppage of the playback of the media content at the first network-connected playback device, and generates a play command to perform playback resumption at the playback marker within the media content at the second network-connected playback device. Additionally, the media content system has a transmitter that sends the playback marker to the second network-connected playback device such that the second network-connected device performs the playback resumption at the time indicated by the playback marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Evan Schneider
  • Patent number: 11216665
    Abstract: Embodiments provide for an augmented reality (AR) system able to track the movement of real-world objects and apply that movement to virtual objects. The AR system includes a radio configured to receive first sensor data from a sensor attached to a first physical object in physical space. The AR system further includes a processor configured to determine when a physical object changes from a first state to a second state object based on the first sensor data, and update an environmental map based on the change from the first state to the second state of the first physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Corey D. Drake, Timothy M. Panec, Tritia V. Medrano, Stephen A. Thornton, Jason A. Yeung, Nathan D. Nocon, Elliott H. Baumbach
  • Patent number: 11216646
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for capturing facial appearance properties. In some examples, a facial capture system includes light source(s) that produce linearly polarized light, at least one camera that is cross-polarized with respect to the polarization of light produced by the light source(s), and at least one other camera that is not cross-polarized with respect to the polarization of the light produced by the light source(s). Images captured by the cross-polarized camera(s) are used to determine facial appearance properties other than specular intensity, such as diffuse albedo, while images captured by the camera(s) that are not cross-polarized are used to determine facial appearance properties including specular intensity. In addition, a coarse-to-fine optimization procedure is disclosed for determining appearance and detailed geometry maps based on images captured by the cross-polarized camera(s) and the camera(s) that are not cross-polarized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Riviere, Paulo Urnau Gotardo, Abhijeet Ghosh, Derek Edward Bradley, Dominik Thabo Beeler
  • Patent number: 11218447
    Abstract: A firewall manager periodically accesses a set of servers to identify the various services currently active on each server. The firewall manager also periodically accesses a set of firewalls configured to protect those servers to identify various firewall rules implemented by those firewalls. The firewall manager then compares the services data with the rules data to identify any obsolete firewall rules that are (i) defined based on an IP address not currently allocated to any of the servers or (ii) defined based on a port of an active server that is not associated with any service running on server. Such rules are considered obsolete. Upon identifying any obsolete firewall rules, the firewall manager accesses the firewalls associated with those rules and then removes the obsolete rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark G. Cloud, Robert K. Floyd, III, Jeffrey Sol Mansukhani
  • Patent number: 11207599
    Abstract: A gameplay system for providing interactivity based on a piece of merchandise or other object held or worn by a player. Th system includes an object identification assembly, which may be a modified computer vision system, that operates to sense, for a gameplay participant, the presence and identity of a particular augmenting object such as themed merchandise worn or held by a rider of a theme park ride. The sensing may be performed by detecting an on-and-off pattern of light emitted from the object. In response, the gameplay system selects or modifies the interactive features of gameplay associated with the participant based on the identified augmenting object. For example, the interactive features are selected from memory by the gameplay system controller to match a character associated with the augmenting object during any interactive gameplay. This allows the gameplay participant to choose their abilities or powers for gameplay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Elbert, Przemyslaw Iwanowski, Brent David Strong, Matthew S. Daly, Sarit Ghildayal, Bob Hickman, John Cody Hampton, Alex Christopher Wilde, Amanda Marie Leahy
  • Patent number: 11210774
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a pixel error detection system includes a hardware processor and a system memory storing a software code. The hardware processor is configured to execute the software code to receive an input image, to mask, using an inpainting neural network (NN), one or more patch(es) of the input image, and to inpaint, using the inpainting NN, the masked patch(es) based an input image pixels neighboring each of the masked patch(es). The hardware processor is configured to further execute the software code to generate, using the inpainting NN, a residual image based on differences between the inpainted masked patch(es) and the patch(es) in the input image and to identify one or more anomalous pixel(s) in the input image using the residual image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Christopher Richard Schroers, Abdelaziz Djelouah, Sutao Wang, Erika Varis Doggett
  • Patent number: 11210843
    Abstract: In one implementation, a virtual-world simulator includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a software code, a tracking system communicatively coupled to the computing platform, and a projection device communicatively coupled to the computing platform. The hardware processor is configured to execute the software code to obtain a map of a geometry of a real-world venue including the virtual-world simulator, to identify one or more virtual effects for display in the real-world venue, and to use the tracking system to track a moving perspective of one of a user in the real-world venue or a camera in the real-world venue. The hardware processor is further configured to execute the software code to control the projection device to simulate a virtual-world by conforming the identified one or more virtual effects to the geometry of the real-world venue from a present vantage point of the tracked moving perspective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Dane M. Coffey, Evan M. Goldberg, Steven M. Chapman, Daniel L. Baker, Matthew Deuel, Mark R. Mine
  • Patent number: 11209681
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a dual-mode augmented reality and virtual reality viewer (AR/VR viewer) includes a device configured to provide AR and VR effects, the device including a display screen, a VR shield, and a transparency control unit coupled to the VR shield. The AR/VR viewer also includes a computing platform for generating the AR and VR effects communicatively coupled to the device. The display screen has a user facing first surface for receiving the AR and VR effects, and a second surface opposite the user facing first surface. The display screen or a transmissive layer adjoining the display screen is configured to have a variable transparency. The VR shield is configured to be one of substantially transparent in an AR mode and substantially opaque in a VR mode under the control of the transparency control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Davis, Nathan D. Nocon
  • Patent number: 11212166
    Abstract: In one implementation, a system providing remote access set-up for electronic devices includes a mobile device and a profile server communicatively coupled to the mobile device via a network. The profile server includes a hardware processor, and a server memory storing a profile management software code and a profile information associated with a user of the mobile device. The hardware processor executes the profile management software code to receive, via the network, a platform ID of a configurable hardware platform communicatively coupled to the mobile device, and to determine, based on the platform ID, platform assets including a default configuration associated with the configurable hardware platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Yazmaliza Yaacob, Lee Bombard, Gregory Head, Alexander C. Chen
  • Patent number: 11210826
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to providing artificial intelligence experiences. The artificial intelligence experiences may include a persistent virtual character. The artificial intelligence experiences are presented through an augmented reality system. The persistent virtual characters are associated with geo-locations. The persistent virtual characters are accessible to the user at the geolocation associated with the persistent virtual characters. A system managing the persistent virtual characters is continuously updated based on user interaction with the persistent virtual characters and information received from external sources. The persistent virtual characters manner of behavior toward the user is based on previous user interaction with the persistent virtual characters and information received from external sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Goslin
  • Patent number: 11209966
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention disclosed herein provide techniques for extending on-screen gameplay via an augmented reality (AR) system. An extended AR application executing on an AR headset system receives, via a game controller, first data associated with a first object associated with a computer-generated game. The extended AR application renders an augmented reality object based on the first data associated with the first object. The extended AR application displays at least a first portion of the augmented reality object via an augmented reality headset system. Further, an image associated with the computer-generated game is simultaneously rendered on a display monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Corey Drake, Elliot Baumbach, Jonathan R. Hsu, Tritia V. Medrano, Nathan Nocon, Timothy M. Panec, Clifford W. Wong, Jason Yeung
  • Patent number: 11212564
    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: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, James Voris, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 11212266
    Abstract: A user account access management system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a user account access software code. The hardware processor executes the user account access software code to receive, from a first user device, a secondary account profile data for generating a secondary account associated with a primary user account registered with a web based service, and to receive, from a second user device, a sign up request for using the web based service. The hardware processor further executes the user account access software code to transmit an authentication token to one of the first user device and the second user device, receive the authentication token from the other of the first user device and the second user device, and link the secondary account with the second user device based on receiving the authentication code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamad H. Monibi, Alexander Romanelli
  • Patent number: 11212258
    Abstract: An extensible resource manager (ERM) of a hybrid cloud-based media production system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a resource management software code. The hardware processor executes the resource management software code to communicate with a network orchestrator of the hybrid cloud-based media production system to identify multicast production media flow(s) for processing in a cloud-based virtual production environment, to identify cloud-based resource(s) for processing cloud production media flow(s) corresponding to the multicast production media flow(s), in the cloud-based virtual production environment, and to determine whether a license exists for the identified cloud-based resource(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Strein, Craig L. Beardsley, Ryan N. McCormick
  • Patent number: 11202964
    Abstract: A water ride system with a flume that includes one or more sections in which a raft is unguided (except with flume sidewalls) to provide a dynamic experience with side-to-side movement and rotation. Further, the flume is configured to include one or more controlled or guided sections in which a raft is funneled or directed into a keyed guided portion of the ride path and then later released into one of uncontrolled or unguided sections of the flume. A raft includes a keyed guide assembly, mounted upon a lower surface of the raft body, that includes a pair of spaced apart guide members. In a guiding subsection of the flume, the bottom wall or lower surface of the flume includes a raised portion that includes a guideway or groove for receiving the guide assembly, whereby the raft has it directional and rotational movements guided in the flume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kristopher M. Laffin