Disney Patents

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Disney Patents by Type

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  • Disney Patent Applications: Disney patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20190056780
    Abstract: Techniques described herein are directed to adaptive virtual reality and augmented reality viewing based on a user's eye condition data. In a first implementation, a software application renders video content based on the user's eye condition data by mapping the user's eye condition data to video rendering parameters. The video content rendered based on the user's eye condition data may be made available to a virtual reality/augmented reality player and played using a head mounted display. The video content rendered based on the user's eye condition data may be pre-rendered before video content playback or rendered in real time during video content playback. In an additional implementation, the head mounted display may be calibrated and adjusted based on the eye condition data prior to video playback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: LEE BOMBARD, YAZMALIZA YAACOB, GREGORY HEAD
  • Patent number: 10212463
    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: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, James Voris, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10210287
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for simulating and rendering materials across different states and undergoing phase transitions. In one configuration, a simulation application generates video frames depicting a material phenomenon using an augmented material point method (MPM). Traditional MPM does not handle incompressible materials such as fluids. Techniques disclosed herein augment the MPM with a Chorin-style projection technique to enable simulation of arbitrarily incompressible materials. In one configuration, this is achieved with a marker-and-cell (MAC) grid based MPM solver, a splitting of stress used in the simulation into elastic and dilational parts, a projection-like implicit treatment of the Eulerian evolution of the dilational part of the stress, and particular techniques for rasterizing and updating quantities on the MAC grid. In addition, a heat model may be coupled to the MPM solver, allowing material changes to be driven with temperature and phase changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Selle, Joseph Teran, Alexey Stomakhin
  • Patent number: 10204435
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for leveraging distributed computation systems to split animation application processing of node graphs into two components: 1) a low complexity, primary node graph, that is evaluated by the application of the local device; and 2) one or more, higher complexity, companion node graphs that connect to the primary node graph, and are evaluated by a distributed computation system. As the local device evaluates the original, low complexity node graph, an artist is provided with fast, direct manipulation of an animated object. At the same time, the distributed computation system evaluates the higher complexity, companion node graphs, thereby providing a user of the local application with higher fidelity versions of the primary node graph as they are computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Goldberg, Gene Lee, Christian Eisenacher, Chung-An Lin, Gregory Smith
  • Patent number: 10203838
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed to facilitate avatar personalization in a virtual environment. A request to generate an avatar in the virtual environment to represent a requesting entity is received. Data pertaining to the requesting entity is retrieved, the data not specifying any visual appearance of the avatar. A proposed avatar is generated based on the retrieved data. The proposed avatar is output to the requesting entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Makofsky, Paul Cutsinger
  • Patent number: 10205907
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for providing co-deliver of primary and secondary content, including, video and video chat content. A first electronic device includes a transceiver that receives the secondary content from a second electronic device. The first electronic device also includes components capable of outputting aspects of the primary and secondary content in a synchronized fashion. Further, the first electronic device includes circuitry coupled to the transceiver and components, and the circuitry executes instructions in order to perform functions. One such function is to synchronize local primary content to be output by the components, with delivered primary content to be provided by the second electronic device. Another such function is to signal the components to output aspects of the local primary or the secondary content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul Patel, Christopher S. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10200618
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for predicting trajectories for real-time capture of video and object tracking, while adhering to smoothness constraints so that predictions are not excessively jittery. In one embodiment, a temporally consistent search and learn (TC-SEARN) algorithm is applied to train a regressor for camera planning. A automatic broadcasting application first receives video input captured by a human-operated camera and another video input captured by a stationary camera with a wide field of view. The automatic broadcasting application extracts feature vectors and pan-tilt-zoom states from the stationary camera input and human-operated camera input, respectively. The automatic broadcasting application further applies the TC-SEARN algorithm to learn a sequential regressor for predicting camera trajectories, based on the extracted feature vectors and pan-tilt-zoom states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: George Peter Carr, Jianhui Chen, Yisong Yue
  • Publication number: 20190036823
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for systems and methods for predictive delivery of high bit-rate content. The disclosed systems and methods provide an adaptive-bit-rate streaming (ABS) system with more robust information, thereby allowing more intelligent pre-caching of the media content. By providing greater information to the ABS system, the disclosed systems are able to foresee higher bit-rate segments that require greater attention, allowing the system to use such information to improve the playback experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Voris, Mark Arana, Edward Drake
  • Publication number: 20190037124
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein are directed to capturing intrinsic color images of subjects. A camera may be equipped with a light source that is coaxial to the camera's image sensor and configured to emit a pulse of light of short duration. During image capture of a subject, the camera light source may emit the pulse of light through the lens barrel of the camera and stop emission of light before the reflected light from the light source returns. Thereafter, the camera lens receives the reflected light from the light source (with the light source no longer emitting light) and charge is collected at one or more image sensor photodetector sites of the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: STEVEN CHAPMAN, MEHUL PATEL, JOSEPH POPP, CALIS AGYEMANG, JOSEPH HAGER
  • Patent number: 10192472
    Abstract: According to one implementation, an image display system includes a computing platform having at least one processor and a system memory storing a software code. In addition, the image display system includes a display screen having a front display face and a side display face, and a base including a motor coupled to a rotor for rotating the display screen. The at least one processor executes the software code to render a two-dimensional (2D) graphic on the front display face of the display screen, and to render a visual effect on the side display face of the display screen. The at least one processor further executes the software code to use the motor and the rotor to spin the display screen to cause appearances of the 2D graphic as a floating image and the visual effect as a volumetric enhancement to the floating image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Nocon, Elliott Baumbach
  • Patent number: 10187665
    Abstract: There is provided an event tag insertion system. The system includes a memory and a processor configured to receive a media content, receive an input from an event indicator device, the input corresponding to an event in the media content, generate an event tag, the event tag including the input from the event indicator device and a position of the event in the media content, and insert the event tag as metadata into the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Efthimis Stefanidis, Michael Strein, David Stankoski
  • Publication number: 20190019536
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for reordering and/or bypassing certain informational content or menus that are conventionally presented prior to playback of media content stored on physical media discs. Upon initial use of a physical media disc, certain information content or menus may be presented to a user or viewer, for example, piracy warnings, language selection menus, etc. However, upon subsequent use of the physical media disc, such informational content or menus may be bypassed. The user or viewer is given an option to immediately begin consuming the media content stored on the physical media disc. Conventional content, such as trailers are not played prior to playback of the media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: BRIAN KWAN, DAVID M. JESSEN, JAMES J. MADDEN
  • Publication number: 20190020911
    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: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, James Voris, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10179040
    Abstract: An animatronic eye with fluid suspension, electromagnetic drive, and video capability. The eye assembly includes a spherical, hollow outer shell that contains a suspension liquid. An inner sphere is positioned in the outer shell in the suspension liquid to be centrally floated at a distance away from the shell wall. The inner sphere includes painted portions providing a sclera and iris and includes an unpainted rear portion and front portion or pupil. The shell, liquid, and inner sphere are have matching indices of refraction such that interfaces between the components are not readily observed. A camera is provided adjacent a rear portion of the outer shell to receive light passing through the shell, liquid, and inner sphere. A drive assembly is provided including permanent magnets on the inner sphere that are driven by electromagnetic coils on the outer shell to provide frictionless yaw and pitch movements simulating eye movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny Starkes Smoot, Katherine May Bassett, Marcus Hammond
  • Patent number: 10181040
    Abstract: Systems, and methods disclosed herein include systems and methods for providing alternative content playlists for locked media content. Media content may be locked according to certain pre-conditions, such as a release date. Prior to the pre-conditions being met, e.g., on a date earlier than the release date, the content may be locked to prevent user access. During such locked period, a user may be presented with an alternative content playlist with media content that is available to be accessed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Arana
  • Publication number: 20190005981
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for user interaction with and curation of digital media content, such that users are able to specify a particular clip of video content, and utilize the clip in a desired way. The disclosed systems and methods allow users to view video content, select video clips within the video content, save video clips into a collection of video clips, and curate the collection of video clips. The disclosed systems and methods also allow users to view bookmarks indicating the positions of saved video clips within video content, and to interact with video clips within a video player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Belliveau, Edward Drake, Anthony Mutalipassi
  • Patent number: 10171785
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for adjusting coloration of an image. A first selection of first one or more reference points within a first image is received. A second selection of a second one or more reference points within a second image is also received. Embodiments determine a coloration difference between a coloration of the first one or more reference points within the first image and a coloration of the second one or more reference points within the second image. The coloration of at least a portion of the first image is then adjusted, based on the determined coloration difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Thomas Oskam, Robert Walker Sumner
  • Patent number: 10169910
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for rendering heterogeneous polydisperse granular media. In one aspect, a rendering application renders such granular media using a combination of explicit path tracing and accelerated path construction using proxy path tracing, shell tracing, and volumetric path tracing. In proxy path tracing in particular, the rendering application instantiates proxy geometry in the form of a bounding sphere and determines internal scattering in the grain using a precomputed grain scattering distribution function that relates incident and outgoing radiance functions on the bounding sphere. In shell tracing, the rendering application uses shells to aggregate many grain interactions into a single step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Jan Novak, Thomas Muller, Marios Papas, Wojciech Jarosz
  • Patent number: 10162815
    Abstract: A dialog knowledge acquisition system includes a hardware processor, a memory, and hardware processor controlled input and output modules. The memory stores a dialog manager configured to instantiate a persistent interactive personality (PIP), and a dialog graph having linked dialog state nodes. The dialog manager receives dialog initiation data, identifies a first state node on the dialog graph corresponding to the dialog initiation data, determines a dialog interaction by the PIP based on the dialog initiation data and the first state node, and renders the dialog interaction. The dialog manager also receives feedback data corresponding to the dialog interaction, identifies a second state node based on the dialog initiation data, the dialog interaction, and the feedback data, and utilizes the dialog initiation data, the first state node, the dialog interaction, the feedback data, and the second state node to train the dialog graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jill Fain Lehman, Boyang Albert Li, Andre Tiago Abelho Pereira, Iolanda M. Dos Santos Caravalho Leite, Ming Sun, Eli Pincus
  • Patent number: 10160164
    Abstract: A system for additive manufacturing of three-dimensional objects through felting. The system may include a composition head configured to deposit a manufacturing material comprising a strand of interlocked fibers onto a composition bed along a composition path. The composition path may define a path along which the composition head deposits the manufacturing material to form a predetermined three-dimensional object. The composition head may include a reciprocating felting needle configured to draw the manufacturing material from a material source and deposit the manufacturing material on the composition bed, and a feed lock configured to control the feed of the manufacturing material from the material source to the composition head. The system may include a controller for the composition head comprising one or more processors configured by computer-readable instructions to control the composition head to deposit the manufacturing material on the composition bed through felting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Hudson
  • Patent number: 10165325
    Abstract: A first version and a second version of audio visual content are provided via a disc, a web site or a mobile device application to consumers. The second version has audiovisual content removed from the first version that is not appropriate for a type of viewer, such as children. In addition, a menu is provided that allows a user to select the first version or the second version to play on a device. In addition to or instead of the second version, the menu may allow the user to customize the first version for an intended audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Chen, James Voris
  • Patent number: 10165026
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for generating and distributing an encoded content transport stream. The method comprises obtaining metadata and at least one unique identifier that identifies content elements, generating a recipient specific list using the metadata and at least one of the unique identifiers, creating a content transport stream using the recipient specific list including the metadata and the identified content elements, encoding the content transport stream to generate the encoded content transport stream, and distributing the encoded content transport stream through at least one network path. The metadata may include destination points and priority information of the encoded content transport stream, which may take the form of sections of television programming or block of commercial advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael V. Chiarulli, Todd Christiansen, David A. Dreispan, Joseph P. Kenny, Jerry A. Rapella
  • Patent number: 10163036
    Abstract: One or more image parameters of an image may be analyzed using a hierarchical set of models. Executing individual models in the set of models may generate outputs from analysis of different image parameters of the image. Inputs of one or more of the models may be conditioned on a set of outputs derived from one or more preceding model in the hierarchy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Lehrmann, Leonid Sigal
  • Patent number: 10163020
    Abstract: There is provided a system configured to receive a plurality of images, analyze a set of features of the plurality of images to determine a difference between a first training performance of a plurality of independent detectors based on one or more of individual attributes and a second training performance of a plurality of joint detectors based on one or more of composite attributes, select, based on the analyzing, either one of the plurality of independent detectors or one of the plurality of joint detectors for identifying a plurality of objects in the plurality of images, and identify the plurality of objects in the plurality of images, using the selected one of the plurality of independent detectors utilizing the one or more of the individual attributes or using the selected one of the plurality of joint detectors utilizing the one or more of the composite attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Sigal, Arik Shamir, Guy Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 10162854
    Abstract: A collaborative cloud-based content curation system includes a content curation platform having a hardware processor, a memory, a master control automation unit stored in the memory, and a web-based affiliate operations portal. The hardware processor executes the master control automation unit to receive a content feed and trigger insertion instructions from an affiliate content provider, and to receive traffic log data for the affiliate content provider via the web-based affiliate operations portal. The master control automation unit curates a digital rights cleared content stream from the content feed, produces a corresponding electronic programming guide (EPG), and generates an IP transport stream for distributing the digital rights cleared content stream and the EPG. The master control automation unit also receives, after distribution of the digital rights cleared content and the EPG, a traffic log update data, and updates the EPG in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Witkowski, Bradley Wall, Jon Edwards
  • Patent number: 10160165
    Abstract: There is provided a three-dimensional (3D) printer for creating a 3D object using a fabric including a cutting device, an inverted cutting surface, a securing mechanism to secure the fabric against the inverted cutting surface for cutting the fabric by the cutting device into a plurality of layers, a movable platform for receiving each of the plurality of layers, in sequence, from the inverted cutting surface after each layer is cut from the fabric, and a bonding tool to bond each layer of the plurality of fabric layers to a previously received layer as the fabric layers are sequentially received by the movable platform to create the 3D object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James McCann, Huaishu Peng, Scott Hudson, Jennifer Mankoff
  • Patent number: 10165239
    Abstract: A digital theatrical lighting fixture that can be used to provide a new lighting system with improved features and functionality. The digital theatrical lighting fixture integrates light production, light modulation, and a camera into a single device along with a control interface, integrated image processing capability such as for processing images captured by the camera, and communication capability, e.g., for communicating with a central controller and/or with other digital theatrical lighting fixtures. This highly integrated fixture uses the camera to monitor a lit scene, and its (or the central controller's) intelligence/software to dynamically adjust its output as well as to implement a show lighting script much like a projector. In a lighting system, the lighting fixtures described herein can communicate to each other and to a central controller (or control systems) such that lighting produced by the lighting system can be calibrated and coordinated in a comprehensive way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Laduke
  • Patent number: 10165157
    Abstract: A system and method generates a broadcast image. The method includes receiving a first image captured by a first camera having a first configuration incorporating a first center of projection. The method includes determining a first mapping from a first image plane of the first camera onto a sphere. The method includes determining a second mapping from the sphere to a second image plane of a second virtual camera having a second configuration incorporating the first center of projection of the first configuration. The method includes generating a second image based upon the first image and a concatenation of the first and second mappings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: G. Peter K. Carr, Michael Peter K. Mistry, Iain Matthews, Yaser Sheikh
  • Patent number: 10155171
    Abstract: A track-based swing ride system providing passengers a unique swinging ride experience. The ride system includes a ride track that supports a moving bogie coupled to the ride track that includes a drive assembly driving the bogie along a ride path defined by the ride track. The ride apparatus includes a pendulum arm pivotally coupled at a first end to the bogie, whereby the pendulum arm is suspended below the ride track and moves along the ride path with the bogie. The ride apparatus includes a passenger vehicle coupled to a second end of the pendulum arm opposite the first end of the pendulum arm. To provide the swinging sensation, the ride apparatus includes a roll driver rotating, concurrently with the drive assembly of the bogie, the pendulum arm about a roll axis extending through the first end of the pendulum arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Derek Lee Howard
  • Patent number: 10156730
    Abstract: A display system that is particularly well-suited for use in providing or displaying a live cinematic performance to an audience. The system includes a first space that is directly viewable by the audience and that is illuminated with a stage lighting assembly. Human, robotic, or other physical performers are positioned in the first space and selectively illuminated by light from the stage lighting. The system includes a Pepper's ghost assembly configured to provide enhanced brightness of the projected image as background items in the Pepper's ghost assembly's space are hidden from view by the audience. The Pepper's ghost assembly may include one or more high speed projectors or other light sources, a high speed vision system, and black retroreflective material, and these components function in combination to allow the assembly to be operated to selectively light objects and people in the hidden space without projecting the background to the audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Dumene Comploi, Przemyslaw Marek Iwanowski
  • Patent number: 10157318
    Abstract: A storyboard interface displaying key frames of a video may be presented to a user. Individual key frames may represent individual shots of the video. Shots may be grouped based on similarity. Key frames may be displayed in a chronological order of the corresponding shots. Key frames of grouped shots may be spatially correlated within the storyboard interface. For example, shots of a common group may be spatially correlated so that they may be easily discernable as a group even though the shots may not be temporally consecutive and/or or even temporally close to each other in the timeframe of the video itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich
    Inventors: Aljoscha Smolic, Marc Junyent Martin, Jordi Pont-Tusert, Alexandre Chapiro, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu
  • Patent number: 10154275
    Abstract: There is provided systems and methods for embedding data into a video content. A system includes an encoder, a memory storing the encoder, and a hardware processor configured to execute the encoder from the memory. The hardware processor is configured to execute the encoder from the memory to obtain the data, determine a plurality of pixels in the video content, and embed the data into the video content by inverting the plurality of pixels in the video content according to the data. The system further includes a decoder for decoding the video content to obtain the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James Malone
  • Patent number: 10154253
    Abstract: A multi-view display system or optical vortex 3D display in a multi-view or multilayer embodiment or configuration. The new 3D display system encodes and decodes images into independent modes of optical angular momentum (OAM). In some embodiments, the 3D display system uses pixel-based OAM. In such systems, transformation optics are used to sort the OAM modes. These transformation optics convert the OAMs' spiral wavefronts to linear gradient wavefronts, which are then deflected by a simple lens. The transformation optics, thus, are used in image-based (per pixel) decoding/sorting. In other embodiments, the 3D display system uses image-based OAM. In such systems, convolution of the OAM modes with the image is used rather than the direct modulation of the OAM mode and the image (as used in the prior system discussed above) for image-based encoding and decoding/sorting of images in different OAM modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., CAMBRIDGE ENTERPRISE LIMITED
    Inventors: Quinn Y. Smithwick, Xuefeng Li, Jiaqi Chu, Daping Chu
  • Patent number: 10143919
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for creating out-of-game objectives for a computer game. Embodiments include determining user identification information identifying a user account within a computer game. Communications with a first physical device are established. In response to an in-game event within the computer game, embodiments configure the first physical device to detect a first out-of-game activity by configuring the first physical device with one or more conditions that are satisfied when data collected using one or more sensors of the first physical device exceeds a defined threshold value, and that, when satisfied, indicate the first out-of-game activity is completed. Upon receiving, from the first physical device, an indication that the out-of-game activity has been completed, embodiments affect one or more gameplay attributes of the computer game for the user account, based on the completed out-of-game activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Nelson, Jeffrey O. Bunker, Robert R. Lowe
  • Patent number: 10147023
    Abstract: Provided are methods, systems, and computer-readable medium for synthetically generating training data to be used to train a learning algorithm that is capable of generating computer-generated images of a subject from real images that include the subject. The training data can be generated using a facial rig by changing expressions, camera viewpoints, and illumination in the training data. The training data can then be used for tracking faces in a real-time video stream. In such examples, the training data can be tuned to expected environmental conditions and camera properties of the real-time video stream. Provided herein are also strategies to improve training set construction by analyzing which attributes of a computer-generated image (e.g., expression, viewpoint, and illumination) require denser sampling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Martin Klaudiny, Steven McDonagh, Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler, Iain Matthews, Kenneth Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10147146
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing a social platform for a user. In one embodiment, activity of the user is monitored in a virtual environment. A profile is generated for the user, based on the monitored activity. A social element of the virtual environment is modified for the user, based on the generated profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lane Merrifield, Lancelot Darren Priebe
  • Patent number: 10142841
    Abstract: An authorization device receives a message from a content server through a network based upon a first factor of authorization being completed by a playback device requesting playback of content associated with a user account. The authorization device may be a mobile device that is associated with the user. The authorization device may receive a user input indicating an approval of the requested playback. The authorization device may send a playback authorization message through the network to the content server. The content server may use at least a first factor of authorization such a login credential from a smart playback device or a registration credential from another type of playback device in addition to a second factor of authorization such as the playback authorization message to generate a user authentication that is provided to allow the playback device to playback the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10137616
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a skin system or its elements using a laser cutter. The laser cutter is controlled to perform multiple passes to selectively cut away layers of material on a surface of a sheet of cellular foam materials. Each layer of material to be removed is defined by a cut or texture pattern. The laser cutter is operated to cut deeper with each layer of material removed by setting a different resolution for the laser cutter for each layer. For example, a laser cutter may be selectively controlled to operate within a resolution range, and each layer defined by the same or different cut pattern is cut using a different resolution. The method includes associating lower resolution settings for the first or outer layers to remove a first depth of material from the skin sheet's surface and associating higher and higher resolution settings for additional layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Reetz, Philip John Jackson
  • Patent number: 10140649
    Abstract: An update proximity-based device configures a product and/or product package proximity-based device. The product and/or product package proximity-based device is located within a product and/or a product package such that an update is performed upon the product and/or the product package after the update proximity-based device is placed within a proximity to the product and/or product package proximity-based device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Drake, Evan Acosta, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10140575
    Abstract: Approaches are described for formation retrieval. Embodiments receive positional data, across an interval window, including a respective agent trajectory for each agent and an object trajectory for one or more objects. The interval window is partitioned into frames and, at each frame, embodiments calculate a cost of assigning a role to each agent based on one or more exemplar formations. A formation is determined by assigning a role to each agent based on the calculated cost. Each frame of the formation is compared to a corresponding frame of a stored formation, by calculating a distance between a position of each assigned role in the frame and a position of a corresponding role in the stored formation and by comparing the object trajectory for the one or more objects with a corresponding object trajectory in the stored formation. Based on the comparisons, a list of stored formations is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Lucey, Long Sha, G. Peter K. Carr, Iain A. Matthews
  • Patent number: 10137379
    Abstract: A six degree of freedom (DOF) motion platform system is described that, in contrast to Stewart platforms, is adapted to include redundant load paths or to be without non-redundant load paths. During operation of the six DOF motion platform system, a controller may employ motion control software to provide desired movement of a ride vehicle supported on the upper plate or motion platform of the system. This makes the six DOF motion platform system particularly well suited for use in amusement or theme park rides and similar applications where it is desirable to provide redundant load paths because this reduces significant design constraints and also lowers fabrication and maintenance/operation costs when compared to rides using Stewart platforms. The actuation system used in the motion platform system include four pairs of linear actuators arranged as a rectangular truss instead of a more conventional triangular truss used in six DOF motion platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan R. Wach
  • Patent number: 10137678
    Abstract: A process and apparatus integrate a first 3D object model with a second 3D object model to generate an integrated 3D printable model. The first 3D object model models a first object that is passive. The second 3D object model models an electrical power source receptacle that operably connects to an electrical power source that provides electrical power for operation of the first object. The process and apparatus print a 3D object based upon the 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 10137602
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an artificial skin system such as skin for use with a robotics assembly. The method includes forming or accessing a digital three dimensional (3D) model of an object. The digital 3D model defines a topography of an exterior surface of the object. The method includes processing the 3D model to generate a 3D model of a core, including defining an exterior surface of the core with a topography that is an inverse copy of the topography of the exterior surface of the object. The method includes fabricating the core based on the core model, whereby the core has an exterior surface corresponding to the exterior surface of the core model. The core is used in dipping processes or injection molding processes to form a skin in which the exterior surface is formed of material that abutted the inverse topography of the exterior surface of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Philip John Jackson, Maeis Heshmati
  • Patent number: 10139899
    Abstract: A system designed to provide a dynamic physical interaction for a user during a virtual reality (VR) experience in a VR experience space. The system includes a VR system having a headset with a display screen and a VR rendering module generating a video output, and the display screen displays an image of a virtual world using the video output. The system includes an object delivery system delivering a physical object into the VR experience space to move toward or near to the user wearing the headset. The system includes, in the VR system, an interaction module generating a predicted trajectory for the physical object in the VR experience space. The image of the virtual world includes a virtual object corresponding to the physical object, and the image of the virtual object follows a virtual object trajectory in the virtual world differing from the predicted trajectory for the physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Gunter D. Niemeyer, Matthew K Pan
  • Patent number: 10140754
    Abstract: Techniques described herein are directed to simulating lighting conditions of a real-world location in advance of beginning video production at the location. As described herein, captured data (e.g., captured images, captured video, and/or scanned three-dimensional data) of a candidate outdoor location may be used to generate a three dimensional model of the outdoor location. Thereafter, a simulation software application may be used to provide a graphical user interface for rendering the three dimensional model of the location under a variety of different lighting conditions. In particular implementations, the simulation software application may be used to render the location under a variety of different light conditions corresponding to different times of day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Voris, Steven M. Chapman, Benjamin F. Havey, Joseph Popp, Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 10142696
    Abstract: There is provided a system having a memory and a processor to establish a viewing group having a plurality of users, provide an ordered list of a plurality of media contents, make a first media content in the ordered list of the plurality of media contents available for viewing by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group, track a viewing progress of the first media content by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group, and make a second media content in the ordered list of the plurality of media contents available for viewing by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group based on one or more rules related to the viewing progress of the first media content by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Josiah Eatedali, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10134191
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to generating a virtual space based on a physical layout of objects. The virtual space may be generated based on the physical layout of objects by one or more of identifying physical objects in a real-world space, determining a physical arrangement of the identified physical objects, determining virtual space content for the identified physical objects and the physical arrangement of the identified physical objects, executing an instance of the virtual space, and/or other operations. The virtual space may include the virtual space content determined based on individual virtual space content associated with the identified physical objects and the physical arrangement of the identified physical objects. The instance of the virtual space may be used to facilitate presentation of one or more views of the virtual space to a user and enable the user to interact with the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Reagan, Sagar Mistry, Nathan Allison
  • Patent number: 10132472
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating light-based special effects viewable in daylight. The apparatus includes a barrel with opaque sidewalls defining an interior space accessible via a muzzle. The apparatus includes a light element positionable within the interior space and further includes a light positioning assembly. The apparatus includes a trigger element operable to receive user input to initiate operations of the light element and the light positioning assembly. A controller is provided that responds to the user input to operate the light positioning assembly to first move the light element out of the interior space through the muzzle and to second retract the light element back into the interior space. The controller concurrently operates the light element to generate the light when the light element is moved out of the interior space and to terminate the generating of the light when the light element is retracted back into the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Joseph
  • 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: 10133171
    Abstract: A system for augmenting the appearance of an object including a plurality of projectors. Each projector includes a light source and a lens in optical communication with the light source, where the lens focuses light emitted by the light source on the object. The system also includes a computer in communication with the plurality of projectors, the computer including a memory component and a processing element in communication with the memory component and the plurality of projectors. The processing element determines a plurality of images to create an augmented appearance of the object and provides the plurality of images to the plurality of projectors to project light corresponding to the plurality of images onto the object to create the augmented appearance of the object. After the images are projected onto the object, the augmented appearance of the objected is substantially the same regardless of a viewing angle for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhofer, Amit Bermano, Bernd Bickel, Philipp Bruschweiler, Markus Gross, Daisuke Iwai