Patents Assigned to Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9977267
    Abstract: A color-changing hairpiece is disclosed. The hairpiece may include a plurality of elongated light sources that emit light when activated and a photochromic layer provided in association with at least one light source such that the light emitted from the at least one light source impinges on a portion of the photochromic layer, the photochromic layer configured to change color responsive to the light emitted from the at least one light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Anselm Grundhofer
  • Patent number: 9979895
    Abstract: Embodiments herein disclose a tone mapping system that generates a base layer by filtering a frame in an HDR video. The tone mapping system then generates a tone curve using a tone mapping parameter derived from the base layer—e.g., a mean or maximum luminance value. Once the tone curve parameter is identified, the system performs temporal filtering to smooth out inconsistencies between the current value of the tone curve parameter and the values of tone curve parameter of at least one previous frame in the HDR video. The tone mapping system applies the temporally filtered tone curve to the base layer to generate a temporally coherent layer. The temporally coherent base layer can be combined with a detail layer derived from the HDR video to generate a frame of a tone mapped video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Simone Maurizio Croci, Nikolce Stefanoski
  • Patent number: 9980005
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to distribution of media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariff Sidi, Skarpi Hedinsson, David Watson, Dionysius Mavromatis
  • Publication number: 20180139436
    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: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Kaan Yücer, Changil Kim, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Olga Sorkine-Hornung
  • Publication number: 20180137674
    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: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Kaan Yücer, Changil Kim, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Olga Sorkine-Hornung
  • Patent number: 9971507
    Abstract: Systems and methods of reducing storage requirements for storing information defining a virtual space are presented herein. In particular, a compressed format of information defining a virtual space may be generated. The virtual space may include virtual space content modeled as polygons. An individual polygon may be defined by an individual set of vertices. The information defining the virtual space may include vertex position information, and/or other information. The vertex position information may comprise individual positions of individual vertices of individual polygons represented as vectors having vector components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Andi Smithers
  • Patent number: 9968850
    Abstract: A system configured to provide one or more virtual spaces that are accessible to users. The system may implement a markup language to communicate information between various components. The markup language may enable the communication of information between components of the system via markup elements. A markup element may include a discrete unit of information that includes both content and attributes associated with the content. The implementation of the markup language may enable the instantiation of virtual spaces, and the conveyance to users of views of an instantiated virtual space via a distributed architecture in which the components (e.g., a server capable of instantiating virtual spaces, and a client capable of providing an interface between a user and a virtual space) are capable of providing virtual spaces with a broader range of characteristics than components in conventional systems capable of providing virtual spaces that are accessible to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Raph Koster
  • Patent number: 9972138
    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: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Matthew Ryan, Joseph Logan Olson
  • Publication number: 20180130248
    Abstract: Techniques for selectively removing Monte Carlo (MC) noise from a geometric buffer (G-buffer). Embodiments identify the G-buffer for rendering an image of a three-dimensional scene from a viewpoint. Embodiments determine, for each of a plurality of pixels in the image being rendered, respective world position information based on the three-dimensional scene and a position and orientation of the viewpoint. A pre-filtering operation is then performed to selectively remove the MC noise from the G-buffer, based on the determined world position information for the plurality of pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth MITCHELL, Jose A. IGLESIAS-GUITIAN, Bochang MOON, Steven G. MCDONAGH
  • Publication number: 20180131841
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a high dynamic range video coding pipeline that may reduce color artifacts and improve compression efficiency. The disclosed pipeline separates the luminance component from the chrominance components of an input signal (e.g., an RGB source video) and applies a scaling of the chrominance components before encoding, thereby reducing perceivable color artifacts while maintaining luminance quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: SAMIR MAHMALAT, TUNC OZAN AYDIN, ALJOSA SMOLIC
  • Publication number: 20180130245
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable memory are provided for determining time-varying anatomical and physiological tissue characteristics of an animation rig. For example, shape and material properties are defined for a plurality of sample configurations of the animation rig. The shape and material properties are associated with the plurality of sample configurations. An animation of the animation rig is obtained, and one or more configurations of the animation rig are determined for one or more frames of the animation. The determined one or more configurations include shape and material properties, and are determined using one or more sample configurations of the animation rig. A simulation of the animation rig is performed using the determined one or more configurations. Performing the simulation includes computing physical effects for addition to the animation of the animation rig.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Yeara Kozlov, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Moritz Bächer, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9965532
    Abstract: There are provided asset-data integration systems and methods for use by such systems. Such a system includes a hardware processor, a system memory, and an asset-data synthesis unit including a data translation module and a data integration module, stored in the system memory. The system is configured to receive domain specific asset description data expressed using different descriptive vocabularies, and to translate the domain specific asset description data to produce common format asset description data. The system is further configured to identify the common format asset description data describing the same asset, to integrate that common format asset description data to produce an integrated asset description data describing the asset, and to generate a synthesized data describing the asset and linking the integrated asset description data and the domain specific asset description data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Accardo, Walter P. Chatfield, Jr., Maged Boctor, Alexander Marshall
  • Patent number: 9967529
    Abstract: An apparatus displaying content to a viewer by adjusting parameters of the content or display devices based on environmental or display device changes. The apparatus includes a display device with a screen providing digital content. A thematic overlay is provided over the display screen to provide diffuse reflection of light striking the front surface. The output light is a combination of the displayed content from the screen and reflection of light from the thematic overlay. The apparatus includes a digital signage benchmarking tool with an output sensing element a benchmarking module processing the sensed output light to generate output light-based data. The apparatus includes a feedback control module modifying a parameter of the display device based on the output light-based data to modify chromaticity or illumination levels of the display device. The feedback control module operates to modify the digital content to provide the displayed content having an adjusted chromaticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Mitchell, Darren P. Cosker, Nicholas Teixeira Swafford, Mark A. Reichow, Michael John Holton, John Edgar Park
  • Patent number: 9967554
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying three dimensional (3D) images to a viewer without the need for 3D glasses. The apparatus includes a first display device horizontally oriented and operable to alternately display a first parallax and a second parallax barrier. The first parallax barrier corresponds with a first viewer location and the second parallax barrier corresponds with a second viewer location. The apparatus includes a second display device positioned parallel to the first display device and operable to alternately display first 3D content corresponding with the first viewer location and second 3D content corresponding with the second viewer location. The apparatus includes a directional backlight assembly alternately backlighting the second display device with first light directed toward the first viewer location and second light directed toward the second viewer location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Hagen Friedrich Seifert, Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Publication number: 20180124370
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for recording high fidelity augmented reality or virtual reality experiences through off-device computation. In one implementation, an augmented reality system renders an augmented reality object overlaid over a real-world environment; captures video and audio data of the real-world environment during rendering of the augmented reality object; and stores augmented reality object data associated with the rendered augmented reality object. The augmented reality system transmits the augmented reality object data to a server that rerenders the augmented reality object based on the transmitted augmented reality object data to create rerendered augmented reality object data. The augmented reality system receives the rerendered augmented reality object data or a video of the rerendered augmented reality object data composited with the captured video and audio data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: JASON BEJOT
  • Patent number: 9956717
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method for modifying an input image to map to a three dimensional shape prior to forming the three dimensional shape. The method includes receiving by a processor at least two pre-forming images of a locally unique non-repeating pattern printed on an input material. The at least two pre-forming images are captured prior to the input material being formed into the three dimensional shape. The method further includes receiving by the processor at least two post-forming images of the pattern printed on the input material, wherein the post-forming images are captured after the input material has been formed into the three dimensional shape and analyzing by the processor the at least pre-forming images and the at least two post-forming images to determine a translation table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhofer, Thomas F. LaDuke, David Robert Wyatt Rose, Henning Zimmer, Dumene Comploi
  • Patent number: 9959664
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bochang Moon, Markus Gross, Steven McDonagh, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9959962
    Abstract: In an interactive environment, a user action may dictate what type of action a base device performs using an entertainment object. In one embodiment, the base device includes a controllable electromagnet that uses magnetism to move one or more permanent magnetics mounted in or on the entertainment object. For example, the entertainment object may be a doll or character that jumps, vibrates, slides, or sways in response to a changing magnetic field generated by the electromagnet. Moreover, the user may wear headphones that determine the location of the base device (and the toy) relative to the user. Using this location, the headphones can output 3D positional audio that the user perceives as originating from the location of the entertainment object on the base device. The 3D positional audio can be outputted synchronously with the action performed by the entertainment object to further immerse the user in the interactive environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine M. Bassett, Michael Paul Goslin, Blade Alexander Olson
  • Patent number: 9958749
    Abstract: An apparatus worn as headgear providing visual effects and vision to the wearer. The apparatus includes a shell or helmet. The apparatus includes an optical assembly mounted in the interior space of the shell adjacent eye slits or opening(s) to the interior space of the shell. The optical assembly includes an outer screen (e.g., a film of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal) switchable between a rear projection (RP) screen state in which the outer screen is cloudy or translucent and a transparent state. The optical assembly includes a backlighting assembly with numerous lights. The optical assembly includes a controller switching, at a rate greater than the flicker fusion rate, between a first operating state with the outer screen in the RP screen state and the lights on to illuminate the outer screen and a second operating state with the outer screen in the transparent state and the lights off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Lanny S. Smoot
  • Patent number: D816670
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Hsu, Paulo Kang, John Peter Fiscella