Patents Assigned to Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10135601
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a common point of control of local clocks in endpoint devices in a media production studio that are synchronized using an IP-based synchronization protocol. In one embodiment, a master clock generator outputs a master clock signal which is distributed to the endpoint devices in the media production studio. The endpoint devices include local clock generators that convert the master clock into an adjusted clock. A clock manager provides a common point of control for the local clock generators in the endpoints. The clock manager includes an input/output (I/O) interface which enables an engineer to adjust the jam time of the local clock generators as well as adjust a delay used when outputting media content to another endpoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig L. Beardsley, Michael J. Strein, Vladislav Feldman
  • Patent number: 10136123
    Abstract: A display system for illuminating surfaces of objects in a ride or show set for viewing by a viewer in a viewing space wearing three-dimensional (3D) glasses or headgear. The 3D glasses or headgear is adapted to pass or transmit light associated with a first set of three wavelengths to a left eye and to pass or transmit light with a second set of three wavelengths differing from the first set of three wavelengths. Each of these wavelengths may be associated with a primary color wavelength for providing left and right eye content to a viewer. The system, therefore, may include a wavelength multiplex visualization (WMV) projection system projecting light having the first and second sets of three wavelengths to provide the viewer stereo content via the 3D glasses or headgear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reichow, Steven T. Kosakura, Thomas Tracey Tait
  • Publication number: 20180328751
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing physical navigation guidance via augmented reality (AR) environments are provided. An AR experience is generated based on navigation information including a starting location and a destination location. The AR experience comprises physical navigation guidance from the starting location to the destination location using virtual elements that are associated with either or both the starting location and/or the destination location. For example, virtual elements in the AR environment can transition from virtual elements associated with the starting location to virtual elements associated with the destination location as the user progresses from the starting location to the destination location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JASON T. BEJOT, EDWARD DRAKE
  • Patent number: 10127417
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a wireless tag reader, a wireless tag attached to an object, a non-transitory memory storing an executable code, and a hardware processor executing the executable code to transmit, using the wireless tag reader, an interrogation signal, receive, using the wireless tag reader, a tag signal from the wireless tag attached to the object, in response to the interrogation signal, the tag signal including a wireless tag identification uniquely identifying the wireless tag, determine a tag state associated with the wireless tag using a probabilistic estimate based on the tag signal received from the wireless tag, and determine an interaction state of the object based on the tag state of the wireless tag attached to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James McCann, Andrew Spielberg, Scott Hudson, Alanson Sample, Jennifer Mankoff
  • Patent number: 10126123
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention are a system and method that use projected structured patterns of light and linear optical sensors for motion tracking. Sensors are capable of recovering two-dimensional location within the projection area, while several sensors can be combined for up to six degrees of freedom tracking. The structure patterns are based on m-sequences, in which any consecutive subsequence of m bits is unique. Both digital and static light sources can be used. The system and method of the present invention enables high-speed, high precision, and low-cost motion tracking for a wide range of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Harrison, Bo Robert Xiao, Scott E. Hudson, Ivan Poupyrev, Karl D. D. Willis
  • Patent number: 10127668
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory and a processor configured to receive a first image depicting a first object and a second image depicting a second object, divide the first image into a first plurality of patches and the second image into a second plurality of patches, extract plurality of feature vectors from each of the first plurality of patches and a second plurality of feature vectors from the second plurality of patches, determine dissimilarities based on a plurality of patch metrics, each patch dissimilarity measure being a dissimilarity between corresponding patches of the first plurality of patches and the second plurality of patches, compute an image dissimilarity between the first image and the second image based on an aggregate of the plurality of patch dissimilarity measures, evaluate the image dissimilarity to determine a probability of whether the first object and the second object are the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Slawomir W. Bak, George Peter Carr
  • Publication number: 20180322695
    Abstract: Features of the surface of an object of interest captured in a two-dimensional (2D) image are identified and marked for use in point matching to align multiple 2D images and generating a point cloud representative of the surface of the object in a photogrammetry process. The features which represent actual surface features of the object may have their local contrast enhanced to facilitate their identification. Reflections on the surface of the object are suppressed by correlating such reflections with, e.g., light sources, not associated with the object of interest so that during photogrammetry, such reflections can be ignored, resulting in the creation of a 3D model that is an accurate representation of the object of interest. Prior to local contrast enhancement and the suppression of reflection information, identification and isolation of the object of interest can be improved through one or more filtering processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: STEVEN M. CHAPMAN, MEHUL PATEL
  • Publication number: 20180324474
    Abstract: Systems for electronic media distribution includes a differential versioning server configured to receive a first media file including a first set of data with a first set of attributes and a second media file including a second set of data with a second set of attributes, generate a first differential data file as a function of differences between the first media file and the second media file, and generate a first differential metadata file including an encoding data set configured to enable a media decoder to regenerate the second media file by applying the first differential data file to the first media file. Systems for electronic media distribution may also include a receiver communicatively coupled to a differential versioning decoder configured to receive the first media file and the first differential data file and generate the second media file by applying the first differential data file to the first media file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, Anne Chang, Kari Grubin, Jeffrey Miller, Christopher Witham
  • Patent number: 10121284
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for integrating a virtual rendering system and a motion control system to provide an augmented three-dimensional reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Thiel, Michael Gay, Anthony Bailey
  • Patent number: 10121254
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein detect object boundaries of videos. A window around the pixel may be followed in adjacent image frames of the image frame to determine object boundaries. Inconsistencies in image patches over a temporal window are detected, and each pixel of the image frame of a video is assigned an object boundary probability. The pixel may belong to a texture edge if the window content does not change throughout the adjacent image frames, or the pixel may belong to an object boundary if the window content changes. A probability value indicating the likelihood of the pixel belonging to an object boundary is determined based on the window content change and is assigned to the corresponding pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Wang, Aljosa Smolic
  • Patent number: 10118320
    Abstract: A biomimetic skin for an animatronic figure and other applications is provided. The biomimetic skin may include an outer layer having a surface texture, and an inner layer attached to the outer layer. The inner layer may include a compressible cellular material. The outer layer may move correspondingly with the inner layer such that as the inner layer is moved the outer layer moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander W. Hsing, Philip Jackson
  • Patent number: 10122992
    Abstract: A method for creating multiple viewpoint images for an image frame. The method includes receiving by a processing element a left eye image and a right eye image, wherein the left eye image and right eye image comprise a stereoscopic image pair. Once the images are received, the method includes determining by the processing element a first viewing location corresponding to the left eye image and a second viewing location corresponding to the right eye image and determining by the processing element a plurality of new viewpoint locations using the first viewing location and the second viewpoint location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lewis Nathaniel Siegel, Brandon Bloch, Robert M. Neuman, Brian Whited, David Anthony Bossert
  • Patent number: 10122994
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for reconstructing an object in three dimensions that is captured in a set of two-dimensional images. The object is reconstructed in three dimensions by computing depth values for edges of the object in the set of two-dimensional images. The set of two-dimensional images may be samples of a light field surrounding the object. The depth values may be computed by exploiting local gradient information in the set of two-dimensional images. After computing the depth values for the edges, depth values between the edges may be determined by identifying types of the edges (e.g., a texture edge, a silhouette edge, or other type of edge). Then, the depth values from the set of two-dimensional images may be aggregated in a three-dimensional space using a voting scheme, allowing the reconstruction of the object in three dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Kaan Yücer, Changil Kim, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Olga Sorkine-Hornung
  • Publication number: 20180315168
    Abstract: Enhanced removing of noise and outliers from one or more point sets generated by image-based 3D reconstruction techniques is provided. In accordance with the disclosure, input images and corresponding depth maps can be used to remove pixels that are geometrically and/or photometrically inconsistent with the colored surface implied by the input images. This allows standard surface reconstruction methods (such as Poisson surface reconstruction) to perform less smoothing and thus achieve higher quality surfaces with more features. In some implementations, the enhanced point-cloud noise removal in accordance with the disclosure can include computing per-view depth maps, and detecting and removing noisy points and outliers from each per-view point cloud by checking if points are consistent with the surface implied by the other input views.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Changil KIM, Olga SORKINE-HORNUNG, Christopher SCHROERS, Henning ZIMMER, Katja WOLFF, Mario BOTSCH, Alexander SORKINE-HORNUNG
  • Patent number: 10112116
    Abstract: A method including receiving a broadcast of an event comprising a plurality of frames; receiving, from a plurality of users, a corresponding plurality of inputs, each of the inputs relating to a characteristic of an object depicted in one of the frames of the broadcast; and analyzing the plurality of inputs to determine a best guess of the characteristic of the object in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Yuecheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10112119
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method for altering one or more properties of a primary material. The method includes reducing the elasticity of a primary material and creating a delivery aperture through an outer layer of the primary material. Once the delivery aperture is created, or as the delivery aperture is created, introducing through the delivery aperture a secondary material into a sublayer of the primary material and applying a closure treatment to the primary material to close the delivery aperture. The secondary material includes one or more properties that are different from the primary material. By introducing the secondary material into the primary material, the secondary material locally changes the properties of the primary material. Examples of the variable properties include color, strength, flexibility, magnetism, and optical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Nolan Andrew Nicholson, Alexander W. Hsing, Philip Jackson
  • Patent number: 10116196
    Abstract: A prismatic actuator for imparting a hopping motion to a supported load such as a leg of robot. The apparatus includes a direct drive motor, such as a voice coil, operable to provide translational motion. The apparatus includes a spring element and a prismatic guide assembly. The guide assembly is configured to support the direct drive motor to constrain the translational motion to be along a drive axis and support the spring element to constrain compression and expansion of the spring element along a longitudinal axis parallel to the drive axis. The apparatus includes a controller that: (1) first controls the direct drive motor to compress the spring element during a first time period beginning when the apparatus initially contacts a surface; and (2) second controls the direct drive motor to expand the spring element when the apparatus has zero velocity while contacting the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Joohyung Kim, Katsu Yamane, Zachary Batts
  • Patent number: 10110412
    Abstract: A system and method for leveraging grid computing for node based interactive workflows is disclosed. A server system spawns a server process that receives node graph data and input attributes from a computing device, processes the data, caches the processed data, and transmits the processed data over a network to a computing device. The computing device runs a node graph application instance comprising proxy nodes configured to initiate a request to process node graph data at the server system. The server processed node graph data is displayed on the computing device. A plurality of computing devices may collaborate on a complex node graph where the node graph data processing is distributed over a plurality of servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Geibel, Evan Goldberg, Jay Steele
  • Patent number: 10104979
    Abstract: An embodiment provides an inflatable bed mattress lift. In an embodiment, six extensions extend from a central portion and may be inflated to provide predetermined tuck points for securing bedding material to the bed mattress. The inflatable bed mattress lift and extensions thereof may be of a size to match a predetermined mattress size. The inflatable bed mattress lift may include more than six extensions, e.g., eight extensions. The extensions may be shaped or angled at terminal ends to match a rectangular dimension of an overlying bed mattress. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Todd Bethel, Trevor James Larsen, Jeffrey Norman Vahle
  • Patent number: 10105594
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for managing a wearable garment device. Embodiments include determining an identification credential that uniquely identifies a player within an interactive gaming environment. A gameplay state of the player within the interactive gaming environment is retrieved. The gameplay state includes at least one of a rank of the player, one or more accomplishments of the player and a group to which the player belongs within the interactive gaming environment. Embodiments determine a wearable garment device having a preexisting association with the player within the interactive gaming environment. The wearable garment device is configured with one or more display devices. A graphical depiction of at least a portion of the gameplay state is generated and embodiments cause the generated graphical depiction to be output for display using the one or more display devices of the wearable garment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Silpa Ankem, Anila Godhania, Paul J. Lee, Joshua M. Noble, Joseph L. Olson, Jasjot G. Sodhi