Disney Patents

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Disney Patents by Type

  • Disney Patents Granted: Disney patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Disney Patent Applications: Disney patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20190114064
    Abstract: Implementations of the disclosure describe systems and methods for a user that interacts with an interface for playback/consumption of media content (e.g. video, audio, e-book text, etc.) to be accurately guided back to one or more positions on a scrubber. Current scrubber positions (e.g., timecodes) may be dynamically saved each time that a user interacts with the scrubber. Thereafter, the saved position may be used to help guide the user back to their previous position along the scrubber. In some implementations, a scrubber may snap back to a saved position if it is within a predetermined threshold distance of the saved position. In some implementations, sensory cues such as haptic, visual, and/or auditory feedback may be provided when the scrubber snaps back to a saved position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mohamad H. MONIBI
  • Patent number: 10262447
    Abstract: Systems and methods of virtual entity animation are presented herein. A virtual entity may have virtual skin defined by a model having a set of vertices. A skeletal-based skin deformation method of animation may be used wherein individual vertices in the model may have individually and independently determined centers of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Binh H. Le, Jessica Hodgins
  • Patent number: 10264329
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for distributing supplemental content based on content entities within video content. Embodiments include receiving video data containing an embedded watermark at a first position within the video data. The embedded watermark is detected at the first position within the video data. Embodiments also include transmitting, to a remote content server, a message specifying a time stamp corresponding to the first position within the video data. In response to transmitting the message, supplemental content corresponding to a content entity depicted within the video content at the first position within the video content is received from the remote content server. Embodiments also include outputting the video data for display together with at least an indication of the supplemental content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Accardo, Skarphedinn S. Hedinsson, Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Miquel À. Farré Guiu, Thabo D. Beeler
  • Patent number: 10261333
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure may take the form of a projection module for projecting onto a projection surface. The projection module includes a light source emitting a beam of light, a diffractive optical element in optical communication with the light source, the diffractive optical element acts to split the beam of light into a plurality of diffracted light beams, a lens assembly in optical communication with the diffractive optical element and configured to converge the diffracted light beams onto the projection surface, and a motion assembly connected to at least one of the light source or the lens assembly. The motion assembly changes an orientation of the diffractive light beams relative to the lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven T. Kosakura
  • Patent number: 10264273
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for transcoding video content. Embodiments include receiving an instance of video content for processing. A plurality of shots within the instance of video content is determined. Embodiments analyze the instance of video content to generate metadata describing the media content. The generated metadata includes, for each of the plurality of shots, data describing a plurality of frames within the respective shot. An optimized transcoding schedule for transcoding the instance of video content from a first video encoding format to a second video encoding format is generated based on the generated metadata. Embodiments further include transcoding the instance of video content according to the optimized transcoding schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Miquel À. Farré Guiu
  • Patent number: 10262642
    Abstract: Systems and methods for re-arranging a musical composition using augmented reality are disclosed. A user can be provided with one or more physical image markers representative of at least one of a musical entity and a musical style in which a musical track has been pre-recorded. Upon capturing a visual scene in which one or more of these physical image markers are included, an augmented reality version of the visual scene is displayed along with audio corresponding to the musical style(s) and/or entities represented by the one or more physical image markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio Zund, Alessia Marra, Maurizio Nitti, Mattia Ryffel, Robert Sumner
  • Patent number: 10264292
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic program guide (EPG) provisioning system that receives traffic data for programming content included in a programming content stream, extracts programming content metadata describing the programming content from the traffic data, and obtains supplemental metadata further describing the programming content. The EPG system further enriches the programming content metadata using the supplemental metadata to produce an enhanced programming content metadata, conforms the enhanced programming content metadata to each of multiple formats corresponding respectively to EPG providers for the programming content stream, and then distributes the enhanced programming content metadata to the EPG providers in real-time with respect to receiving the traffic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon M. Edwards, Shant H. Mardigian, Han Kim
  • Publication number: 20190107927
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a workflow framework that scriptwriters can utilize when developing scripts. A script can be parsed to identify one or more elements in a script, and various visual representations of the one or more elements and/or a scene characterized in the script can be automatically generated. A user may develop or edit the script which can be presented in a visual and temporal manner. Information parsed from the script can be stored in basic information elements, and used to create a knowledge bases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sasha Anna Schriber, Rushit Sanghrajka, Wojciech Witon, Isabel Simo, Mubbasir Kapadia, Markus Gross, Daniel Inversini, Max Grosse, Eleftheria Tsipidi
  • Patent number: 10255284
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and outputting personalized content recommendations are provided. When it is determined that two or more users are in close proximity to each other, the two or more users' respective media content libraries may be compared. Commonalities or related aspects of the two or more users' respective media content libraries can be determined and leveraged to generated personalized content recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul Patel, Mark Arana, Tony R. Smith, Alexander C. Chen
  • Patent number: 10255714
    Abstract: Individual images for individual frames of an animation may be rendered to include individual focal areas. A focal area may include one or more of a foveal region corresponding to a gaze direction of a user, an area surrounding the foveal region, and/or other components. The foveal region may comprise a region along the user's line of sight that permits high visual acuity with respect to a periphery of the line of sight. A focal area within an image may be rendered based on parameter values of rendering parameters that are different from parameter values for an area outside the focal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Mitchell, Sheldon Andrews, Darren Cosker, Nicholas T. Swafford
  • Patent number: 10255725
    Abstract: An augmented reality (AR) system for providing an AR experience to a user of an AR venue includes a hardware processor, a memory, a light detector, a display, and an AR application stored in the memory. The hardware processor can execute the AR application to provide a virtual environment corresponding to the AR venue on the display, and to detect a light event resulting from interaction of an infrared (IR) light produced by an AR accessory utilized by the user with a surface within the AR venue. The hardware processor can further execute the AR application to identify a location of the light event within the AR venue, determine whether the location of the light event is within an activation zone of the AR venue, and render a visual effect corresponding to the light event on the display if the location is within the activation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Nocon, Katherine M. Bassett
  • Patent number: 10255607
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for collecting consumer information. A first message is received from a portable communication device having a device identifier. The first message includes an item code that identifies a promotional item. It is verified whether the device identifier is registered for a promotional service corresponding to the item code. If the device identifier is not registered for the promotional service, a second message is sent to the portable communication device, where the second message requests an address for delivering the promotional item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Swirsky, Scott Watson
  • Patent number: 10254841
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for real-time age profiling. One system includes at least one sensor, a memory storing an algorithm, and a processor configured to execute the algorithm to receive data corresponding to a user interaction with the at least one sensor and calculate an age of a user using the data corresponding to the user interaction. The data corresponding to the user interaction may include pressure data from a pressure sensor, orientation data from an orientation sensor, motion data from a motion sensor, or interaction data from an interaction sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Cyrus Hoomani, Steven Makofsky
  • Patent number: 10257549
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for enhancing television with wireless broadcast messages. The system including a television, a mobile device, and a server, wherein the television is configured to transmit a broadcast message to the mobile device, the broadcast message used by the television to request enhancement data from the server, the mobile device is configured to receive the broadcast message from the television and transmit a request to the server in response to receiving the broadcast message, and the server configured to receive the request from the mobile device and transmit the enhancement data to the television in response to receiving the request, wherein the enhancement data is used by the television to enhance media content being displayed on a display. The television may transmit the broadcast message to the mobile device using Bluetooth low energy and receive the enhancement data from the server using the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James Malone
  • Patent number: 10257245
    Abstract: There is provided a server and method for association of user interactions of a first venue and a second venue. The server including a memory storing a user profile of a user and a hardware processor, wherein the hardware processor may be configured to receive first user interactions of the user with a first system in a first venue, the first user interactions including a request for playing a first media content using the first system in the first venue, store the first user interactions of the user in the user profile of the user in the memory, determine, after storing, the user is in a second venue, retrieve from the user profile, after determining, the first user interactions, and provide, after retrieving, a custom presentation to the user using a second system in the second venue, wherein the custom presentation is based on the first user interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Natalie Hobson, Angela Marchinkow
  • Patent number: 10257561
    Abstract: Disclosed are a digital media asset selection interface and method. The interface may comprise a plurality of digital media assets that are displayed to a user such that the user can navigate the digital media assets in a first direction and a second direction, such as a horizontal direction and a vertical direction. In a more particular embodiment, the digital media assets are listed horizontally such that assets listed to the left of a selection pane represent a “past” aspect and assets listed to the right of a selection pane represent a “future” aspect. The digital media assets listed vertically are related to one another in some way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Neha Kalantri, Edward Drake, Kevin Liao
  • Patent number: 10257482
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to apparatus and methods for bringing an object to life using a projection apparatus. An object may be augmented with a projected image by detecting a landmark associated with the object, determining a modified version of an image to compensate for an orientation of the projection apparatus to the landmark, and implementing a light generated by the projection apparatus to project the modified version of the image on a surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Eric Haseltine, Blade A. Olson
  • Patent number: 10257526
    Abstract: A video coding pipeline is provided that can accommodate high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG) content at a fixed bitrate. The video coding pipeline relies on separate chromaticity and luminance-specific transforms in order to process image content. Image content may be converted into a nearly perceptually uniform color space for coding in constant luminance. Moreover, chromaticity transforms are utilized which reduce coding errors in the chroma components (at the fixed bitrate) by enlarging the distribution of code words for compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Luginbuhl, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Aljosa Smolic, Nikolce Stefanoski
  • Patent number: 10254909
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for providing a user interface for media navigation by attribute compass. The system comprises a processor configured to show, on a display, a grid view of a plurality of media items. The processor is further configured to present, on the display, a plurality of attribute compasses associated with the media item selected from the plurality of media items, designate the selected media item as a pivot item upon receiving a selection of an attribute compass from the plurality of attribute compasses, the attribute compass comprising a positive correlation between a direction and an attribute, and arrange the grid view according to the positive correlation of the attribute compass. By presenting the user with a grid view and a plurality of attribute compasses, the user may intuitively and continuously navigate towards the direction containing media items with relevant attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Tamer Safwat Aziz Eskander
  • Patent number: 10250918
    Abstract: There is provided television comprising a television display, a memory storing an executable code, a processor executing the executable code to receive an input selecting an ambient mode from a plurality of modes, including an on mode, an off mode and the ambient mode, wherein in the ambient mode the television display is on for presenting ambient content and not for presenting regular television content, request the ambient content from a server based on one of a default setting, a user profile, a user history, and a user preference, receive, in response to the request, the ambient content from the server, passively present the ambient content on the television display by periodically refreshing the ambient content from the server and periodically refreshing the ambient content on the television display without a user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Rullo
  • Patent number: 10248864
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes receiving a video having video shots, and creating video shot groups based on similarities between the video shots, where each video shot group of the video shot groups includes one or more of the video shots and has different ones of the video shots than other video shot groups. The method further includes creating at least one video supergroup including at least one video shot group of the video shot groups based on interactions among the one or more of the video shots in each of the video shot groups, and divide the at least one video supergroup into connected video supergroups, each connected video supergroup of the connected video supergroups including one or more of the video shot groups based on the interactions among the one or more of video shots in each of the video shot groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Pablo Beltran Sanchidrian, Aljoscha Smolic
  • Patent number: 10248085
    Abstract: A robot design system, and associated method, that is particularly well-suited for legged robots (e.g., monopods, bipeds, and quadrupeds). The system implements three stages or modules: (a) a motion optimization module; (b) a morphology optimization module; and (c) a link length optimization module. The motion optimization module outputs motion trajectories of the robot's center of mass (COM) and force effectors. The morphology optimization module uses as input the optimized motion trajectories and a library of modular robot components and outputs an optimized robot morphology, e.g., a parameterized mechanical design in which the number of links in each of the legs and other parameters are optimized. The link length optimization module takes this as input and outputs optimal link lengths for a particular task such that the design of a robot is more efficient. The system solves the problem of automatically designing legged robots for given locomotion tasks by numerical optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Sehoon Ha, Alexander Nicholas Alspach, Joohyung Kim, Katsu Yamane, Stelian Coros
  • Patent number: 10250900
    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: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Malone
  • Patent number: 10248960
    Abstract: In a networked system, a method and apparatus for measuring advertising effectiveness involves broadcasting an advertisement at a broadcast time, monitoring at least one social network or other online forum following the broadcast time, filtering social network traffic to identify messages, search engine queries to identify queries, or other traffic entries, that appear to be responsive to the broadcast advertisement, determining a time of initiation for at least a plurality of entries that appear to be responsive to the broadcast advertisement, and determining at least one demographic for at least the plurality of the entries that appear to be responsive to the broadcast advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John Anderson, Andrew P. Witkin, Sharon Witkin, Cameron Davies, Anjali Dange, Miguel Campo-Rembado
  • Patent number: 10250926
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a tally management system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a tally management software code. The hardware processor executes the tally management software code to receive video production data identifying multiple video signals, and to map the video signals to corresponding video feed monitors for displaying the video signals. In addition, the hardware processor executes the tally management software code to receive selection data via a packet-switched network, the selection data identifying a primary monitor for displaying a video presentation, wherein a subset of the video signals contribute to the video presentation. The hardware processor further executes the tally management software to generate tally data identifying each of the video feed monitors corresponding respectively to the subset of video signals contributing to the video presentation, and to transmit the tally data via the packet-switched network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladislav Feldman, Michael J. Strein, Efthimis Stefanidis, Craig Beardsley
  • Publication number: 20190098370
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for manipulating non-linearly connected transmedia content, in particular for creating, processing and/or managing non-linearly connected transmedia content and for tracking content creation and attributing transmedia content to one or more creators. Specifically, the invention involves creating a transmedia content data item by a first user and storing the transmedia content data item in a data store, along with a record indicating an association between the first user and the transmedia content data item; creating an ordered group of transmedia content data items by a second user, the ordered group comprising a pointer to the transmedia content data item of the first user; and storing the ordered group and a record associating both the first user and the second user with the ordered group in the data store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Rebekkah Laeuchli, Sasha Schriber, Stephan Veen, Markus Gross, Isabel Simo, Max Grosse
  • Publication number: 20190096094
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus, system and method for processing transmedia content data. More specifically, the disclosure provides for identifying and inserting one item of media content within another item of media content, e.g. inserting a video within a video, such that the first item of media content appears as part of the second item. The invention involves analysing a first visual media item to identify one or more spatial locations to insert the second visual media item within the image data of the first visual media item, detecting characteristics of the one or more identified spatial locations, transforming the second visual media item according to the detected characteristics and combining the first visual media item and second visual media item by inserting the transformed second visual media item into the first visual media item at the one or more identified spatial locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Alex Sorkine-Hornung, Simone Meier, Jean-Charles Bazin, Sasha Schriber, Markus Gross, Oliver Wang
  • Publication number: 20190095435
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for manipulating non-linearly connected transmedia content, in particular for creating, processing and managing non-linearly connected transmedia content. The disclosure includes content creation modes and version control systems for non-linearly connected transmedia content data, in which individual transmedia content data items are connected to either other via directional linking data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Rebekkah Laeuchli, Isabel Simo, Max Grosse, Sasha Schriber, Markus Gross, Maria Cabral
  • Publication number: 20190098270
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for calibrating a projector. In one example, the method includes receiving by a processing element light field data corresponding to a calibration image projected by a projector and captured by a light field capturing device, and modeling by a processing element one or more intrinsic properties of the projector using the light field data and the calibration image. The calibration image may be projected by the projector directly into the light field capturing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhöfer, Daisuke Iwai
  • Publication number: 20190095446
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for navigating, outputting and displaying non-linearly connected groups of transmedia content. Specifically, the invention involves retrieving, from a database, an ordered group of transmedia content data objects comprising a plurality of transmedia content data objects and linking data, whereby each element of the linking data defines a directional link from one of the transmedia content data objects to another of the transmedia content data objects; generating a two-dimensional graph structure representing the ordered group of transmedia content data objects whereby each graph node corresponds to a transmedia content data object and each graph edge corresponds to an element of the linking data; and outputting the graph structure on a display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Rebekkah Laeuchli, Isabel Simo, Max Grosse, Markus Gross, Sasha Schriber, Maria Cabral, Merada Richter
  • Patent number: 10242134
    Abstract: A method and system for simulation of deformation of a thin-shelled member are disclosed herein. The method includes: receiving at one or more computer systems, information identifying a computer-generated object. The computer-generated object can be a thin-shelled member. The method includes: receiving information identifying a discretization of the computer-generated object, which discretization can be a plurality of nodes; receiving information identifying a set of material properties for the computer-generated object; pre-filtering nodes from the discretization based on predicted collisions; generating a preconditioner via a preconditioning algorithm; and iteratively solving for nodes at a plurality of time points via a conjugate gradient method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Rasmus Tamstorf, Tobias Jones, Stephen McCormick
  • Patent number: 10239218
    Abstract: A robot with an animated segment including a generally cylindrical structural frame. The frame includes a plurality of spaced apart plastic ribs that each have a curved or arcuate body that is arranged to be convex relative to a central axis of the structural frame. A first end of each rib is pivotally coupled with a lower ring, and a second end of each rib is pivotally coupled with an upper ring. A flexible outer covering is positioned over the structural frame and is attached to one or more of the ribs. This provides a robotic segment that is animated with an organic feel and natural movement by providing an actuator in the robot segment that is operated by a controller to move one or both of the rings such as linearly along a central axis of the structural frame (e.g., toward and away from the other ring).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Philip John Jackson, Leslie Margaret Evans
  • Patent number: 10238976
    Abstract: A system for providing an interactive experience for multiple game-players. The experience is provided in a light-controlled setting where the game-players may wear or hold one or more of various toys (e.g., gloves). The system detects and recognizes the toy along with gestures and pointing efforts performed by the game-player and the system generates an effect based on the type of toy and the type of gesture. The system also generates one or more visual targets that are visible to the game-player such as projections, holograms, and displays of one or more of various fantasy virtual adversaries. The generated effects may include any combination of sensory effects including visual, audio, tactile, and smell/taste. The generated effect may be directed based on the pointing efforts of the game-player. The system may then register the effect on the target, if the pointing efforts intersect with the virtual location of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Ackley, Christopher J. Purvis, Scott Frazier Watson, Mark A. Reichow, Kyle Prestenback
  • Patent number: 10232282
    Abstract: A display system for transforming sunlit and other brightly lit surfaces while being observed by viewers or an audience. The display system includes an optical element switchable between first and second operating states, and the optical element includes a pane that is opaque in the first operating state and transparent in the second operating state. The display system includes a controller operable to switch the optical element between the first and second operating states. Further, the display system includes a background image element positioned adjacent to a first surface of the pane of the switchable optical element. The pane may be a liquid crystal (LC) film, and the controller operates a power source to provide electric current to the LC film to switch the optical element to the second operating state. The display system may include a foreground image element positioned proximate to a second surface of the pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Joseph
  • Patent number: 10235747
    Abstract: An accurate camera pose is determined by pairing a first camera with a second camera in proximity to one another, and by developing a known spatial relationship between them. An image from the first camera and an image from the second camera are analyzed to determine corresponding features in both images, and a relative homography is calculated from these corresponding features. A relative parameter, such as a focal length or an extrinsic parameter is used to calculate a first camera's parameter based on a second camera's parameter and the relative homography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard J. Kennedy, Smadar Gefen
  • Publication number: 20190077504
    Abstract: An apparatus such as a head-mounted display (HMD) may have a camera for capturing a visual scene for presentation via the HMD. A user of the apparatus may specify a pre-planned travel route for a vehicle within the visual scene via an augmented reality (AR) experience generated by the HMD. The pre-planned travel route may be overlaid on the visual scene in the AR experience so that the user can account for real-time environmental conditions determined through the AR experience. The pre-planned travel route may be transferred to the vehicle and used as autonomous travel instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: STEVEN CHAPMAN, JOSEPH POPP, CALIS AGYEMANG, MEHUL PATEL
  • Patent number: 10229215
    Abstract: A method of rendering content items on a display via an electronic device involves mapping linked content items to a three-dimensional object defined by layout data. The layout data is then transmitted to an electronic device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULZE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Barbara Solenthaler, Sohyeon Jeong, Max Grosse, Sasha Schriber, David Sinclair, Maria Cabral, Markus Gross, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10230167
    Abstract: Selective focusing of electromagnetic energy via the electromagnetic time reversal in the near field of a metamaterial. The disclosure begins with fundamental mathematics, and then is extended to the experimental realm where focusing in space and time of the magnetic fields in the near field of a 1-Dimensional metamaterial is shown. Under time reversal focusing, peak instantaneous fields at receiver locations are at minimum 200% greater than other receivers. The strongly-selective focusing capabilities of the system can be employed to show individual and selective powering of light emitting diodes connected to coil receivers placed in the near field of the metamaterial. The results show the possibility of improving display technologies, near field imaging systems, increasing channel capacity of near field communication systems, and obtaining a greater control of energy delivery in wireless power transfer systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Alanson Sample, Matthew Chabalko
  • Patent number: 10228758
    Abstract: A motion system for moving objects in a space, e.g., for moving virtual reality (VR) participants about space used to provide a VR environment. The system includes a controller and a position monitoring assembly. The system has a modular floor including a plurality of tile assemblies defining a support surface for a first and a second object. Each of the tile assemblies includes: (a) a planar tile with an upper surface for supporting the first and second objects; and (b) a drive system. The drive system includes a vibration-inducing assembly operable to oscillate the planar tile in a horizontal plane and further includes a preferential friction assembly operable to selectively reduce friction between the upper surface and any supported object. The controller generates control signals, based on position information, to independently control the tile assemblies of the modular floor to move the first and second objects on the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Cynthia Rueyi Sung
  • Patent number: 10228564
    Abstract: Implementations of an augmented reality (AR)-capable display device for displaying polarized light generated by a display onto a predefined field of view are disclosed herein. The display device comprises an optical arrangement having a predefined arrangement relative to a predefined position of the display and defining the field of view. The optical arrangement comprises a mirror element disposed within the field of view and at least partially transmissive of ambient light incident on a first surface and at least partially reflective of light incident on an opposite second surface, a polarized beam splitter element disposed within the field of view and closer to the second surface of the mirror element than the first surface, a half-wave plate element disposed between the polarized beam splitter element and the display and outside the field of view, and a quarter-wave plate element disposed between the polarized beam splitter element and the mirror element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric C. Haseltine
  • Patent number: 10223580
    Abstract: Methods and systems for video action recognition using poselet keyframes are disclosed. An action recognition model may be implemented to spatially and temporally model discriminative action components as a set of discriminative keyframes. One method of action recognition may include the operations of selecting a plurality of poselets that are components of an action, encoding each of a plurality of video frames as a summary of the detection confidence of each of the plurality of poselets for the video frame, and encoding correlations between poselets in the encoded video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michail Raptis, Leonid Sigal
  • Patent number: 10223850
    Abstract: An RFID system in which at least one of the RFID tag antenna and the RFID reader antenna has an impedance matching network associated therewith in order to better match the impedances of the two antennas. This impedance matching places the antennas into an over-coupled regime once they are within a reasonable distance of each other (e.g., 2 to 50 mm). It also increases the Q-factor of the improved antenna, which can greatly increase the range at which the RFID reader can read the RFID tag. This improved RFID system may be used in any of a variety of application, including operating a door lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Alanson Sample
  • Patent number: 10223836
    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: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Matthew Ryan, Joseph Logan Olson
  • Patent number: 10222953
    Abstract: A system for editing virtual content of a virtual space. The system may include a host server comprising one or more physical processors configured to effectuate presentation of an editing interface on a client computing platform associated with an administrator user. The files may store property values for the properties of the virtual content of the virtual space. The property value for a property of virtual content may be determined based on a selection of a file that stores the property value. The editing interface may be configured to receive selection of a file from a group of files that stores different property values for the same property in order to implement the property value(s) of the selected file. The editing interface may be configured to present visual cues to the administrator related to the selection of files that store different property values for the properties of the virtual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Vesco
  • Publication number: 20190066359
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein are directed to enhancing a virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) experience by using one or more unmanned vehicles to generate effects around a user of a headmounted display (HMD). The generated effects may be synchronized with VR/AR content presented to the user of the HMD. Particular systems and methods described herein are directed to enhancing a VR/AR experience by using one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to generate air flow effects around a user of a HMD. The air flow effects generated by UAV may simulate a physical and/or olfactory sensation corresponding to a VR/AR environment presented to the user using the HMD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander C. Chen, Steven M. Chapman, Benjamin Havey
  • Publication number: 20190066387
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to collaborative multi-modal mixed-reality systems and methods leveraging reconfigurable tangible user interfaces for the production of immersive, cinematic, and interactive content. As described herein, content may be created as either a mixture of live action media and computer generated media, combined together in context; or content made up entirely from computer-generated media alone. The technology described herein may leverage physical and software-based user interfaces that merge and unite the physical world and the virtual world, which allow users to produce new forms of content with a user experience and user interactions that emulate traditional processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin GROSSMANN, Robert LEGATO
  • Patent number: 10217289
    Abstract: Embodiments capture one or more images of a visual scene that includes a first physical object. A first region of the first physical object to apply one or more augmentations to is determined. Embodiments determine which configuration the first physical object is currently in. The first physical object is configured to be physically manipulatable into each of a plurality of configurations. A sequence of frames is rendered for display in which the first region of the first physical object is animated in a predefined manner depicting a virtual light source within the first physical object, based on the determined configuration of the first physical object, by applying the one or more augmentations to a first virtual object generated based on predefined geometric information corresponding to a determined object type of the first physical object. The rendered sequence of frames is output for display using one or more display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth John Mitchell, Robert Walker Sumner
  • Patent number: 10217275
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for reconstructing one or more eyes using a parametric eye model are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining one or more input images that include at least one eye. The systems and techniques may further include obtaining a parametric eye model including an eyeball model and an iris model. The systems and techniques may further include determining parameters of the parametric eye model from the one or more input images. The parameters can be determined to fit the parametric eye model to the at least one eye in the one or more input images. The parameters include a control map used by the iris model to synthesize an iris of the at least one eye. The systems and techniques may further include reconstructing the at least one eye using the parametric eye model with the determined parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRUCH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Pascal Bérard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 10213701
    Abstract: A ride vehicle with upright, straddle-type passenger seating that includes a passenger restraint system. This restraint system includes a lap bar assembly and a lap bar pivotal mount element pivotally supporting the lap bar assembly within the vehicle body to pivot about a rotation axis passing through the vehicle body between the seat pan and the front end of the vehicle body. The lap bar assembly may include a lap bar along with side and front leg shields that contain a passenger's legs within the vehicle. The lap bar assembly is rotatable as a unit about the rotation axis, in a forward portion of the vehicle body, from a disengaged position to an engaged position. In the disengaged position, the leg shields are moved forward away from an access to the seat pan, and, in the engaged position, the passenger's legs are blocked from lateral and forward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Derek Howard
  • Patent number: D844376
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaitlyn M. Rosette, Daria Vinogradova