Disney Patents

The Walt Disney Company is an entertainment company focused on media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive games. The company's media holdings include ESPN (partial ownership), the Disney channels, ABC Family and A&E Television Networks (partial ownership). The company also operates Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, the Disney Cruise Line, and has partial ownership interests in Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disney. Tokyo Disneyland is operated by an independent company that licenses Disney intellectual property and pays royalties based on revenues. Disney also produces live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays, and distributes Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Touchstone films.

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).
  • Patent number: 10049481
    Abstract: A distributed computation system is leveraged to evaluate many possible results of a rig near the current pose to obtain predicted poses. A user locally runs an animation application instance to manipulate an animated object including a rig and shape. Depending on a user's selection or modification of a rig control of the rig, changes to the rig control are predicted. Based on the predicted changes to the rig control, the distributed computation system evaluates the rig to obtain different predicted poses. The predicted poses are made available to an interpolator that blends the results to obtain an interpolated shape. In implementations, the distributed computation system may be used to evaluate predicted poses for animation ghosting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-An Lin, Gene Lee, Christian Eisenacher
  • Publication number: 20180225827
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide a strategy for controlling information flow both from known opacity regions to unknown regions, as well as within the unknown region itself. This strategy is formulated through the use and refinement of various affinity definitions. As a result of this strategy, a final linear system can be obtained, which can be solved in closed form. One embodiment pertains to identifying opacity information flows. The opacity information flow may include one or more of flows from pixels in the image that have similar colors to a target pixel, flows from pixels in the foreground and background to the target pixel, flows from pixels in the unknown opacity region in the image to the target pixel, flows from pixels immediately surrounding the target pixels in the image to the target pixel, and any other flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Yagiz Aksoy, Tunc Ozan Aydin
  • Patent number: 10042421
    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: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Mitchell, Darren Cosker, Nicholas T. Swafford
  • Patent number: 10043407
    Abstract: There is provided an interactive book having a plurality of printed pages, where at least one of the plurality of pages includes at least one interactive element, the interactive book configured to wirelessly connect to a media device, transmit a first signal to the media device via the wireless connection, the first signal including a book ID uniquely identifying the interactive book, detect a current page of the plurality of pages, wherein the current page is being viewed by a user, receive an activation signal from the at least one interactive element when a user interacts with the at least one interactive element, and transmit a second signal to the media device via the wireless connection based on the current page and the activation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Malcolm Murdock, Michael Hy, Mohammad Poswal, Taylor Hellam, Nikita Pashenkov
  • Patent number: 10039975
    Abstract: An immersive play environment providing techniques for generating an imaginary enemy within the environment is disclosed. A tracker device is provided in the play environment for determining a location of a user. A controller device is provided to generate an invisible interactive object (an “imaginary enemy”), to engage the user during gameplay. The controller device generates tracking information indicating a location of the imaginary enemy. The controller device determines the location of the enemy relative to the location of the user and transmits that information to the tracker device. The tracker device can communicate the location of the imaginary enemy to the user for engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Olson, Blade Olson, Michael P. Goslin, Charles Moneypenny, Ivone Alexandre
  • Patent number: 10042506
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by an interactive story development system. The method includes receiving a story state including an attribute state of each of a plurality of items present in a storyline, wherein the plurality of items include a plurality of objects of the storyline and a plurality of characters of the storyline. The method also includes creating a story web, wherein the story web includes a node for every possible interaction between the plurality of objects and the plurality of characters in the storyline, and calculating a narrative value for each of the nodes of the story web, receiving a first input from a user selecting user criteria including at least one of a story telling option of the storyline and a sentiment selection, and determining based on the narrative value and the user criteria, a plurality of candidate nodes of the story web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mubbasir Kapadia, Robert Sumner, Alexander Shoulson
  • Patent number: 10045092
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enforcing the consumption and broadcasting of protected content. A user device on which protected content may be captured, consumed and/or broadcast to other user devices, identifies content being consumed and/or broadcast. Upon identifying the content, the content is determined as being protected or unprotected. If the content is deemed to be protected, the user device can cease consumption of the content on the user device as well as to the other user devices to which the content is being broadcast. Additionally, the user device can transmit a warning notification to one or more of the user device and the other user devices. Further still, the user device can present options to legitimize the presentation of the content on the user device and/or the other user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Deuel, Leon Silverman
  • Publication number: 20180218709
    Abstract: One or more levels of maladaptation are calculated relative to frames of media content having abrupt jumps from periods of low illumination to bright illumination when visual acuity may be lost and/or discomfort may be experienced. These levels of maladaptation may be correlated with subjectively determined levels of perceived luminance discomfort. Based upon the levels of perceived luminance discomfort that can be derived from the levels of maladaptation, the media content may be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: TUNC OZAN AYDIN, SAMIR MAHMALAT
  • Patent number: 10035067
    Abstract: There is provided an interactive board for use with a plurality of game pieces and a user device having a touch screen. The interactive board has a space for placing one of the plurality of game pieces thereon. The space includes a rotation code sense pad array connected to a first plurality of conductive traces connectable to the touch screen of the user device for identifying one of a plurality of rotation positions of the one of the plurality of game pieces placed in the space, by the user device, a ground for grounding the one of the plurality of game pieces placed in the space, and an identification code sense pad array connected to a second plurality of conductive traces connectable to the touch screen of the user device for identifying the one of the plurality of game pieces placed in the space, by the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Christen, Quinn Smithwick, Harout Jarchafjian, Jeffrey Voris, Jorge Alted
  • Patent number: 10037077
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to system and methods for providing users with augmented reality experiences based on a specific location of a user. An augmented reality experience may include augmented reality objects, and/or other content. Augmented reality objects may be associated with one or more real-world locations. Requests for augmented reality experience may include identifications of real-world locations of client computing devices, and/or other information. An instance of an augmented reality object may be overlaid onto visual information obtained from client computing devices. An interaction between users and/or users and one or more augmented reality objects may be facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Auten, Malcolm E. Murdock, Joshua Nakaya
  • Patent number: 10037615
    Abstract: This disclosure related to systems and methods of palette-based color editing. A set of principle colors may be identified from among individual colors of individual pixels of an image. Color distributions about the individual principle colors may be determined. An individual color distribution may include a homogenous range of colors that may vary with respect to an individual principle color. Pixels may be associated with one or more pixel groups based on correspondences between individual colors of the individual pixels and individual colors included in the individual color distributions corresponding to the individual pixel groups. Color editing may be effectuated by modifying colors of pixels in a given group independently from other colors of other pixels in other groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH ZURICH
    Inventors: Yagiz Aksoy, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Marc Pollefeys, Aljosa Smolic
  • Patent number: 10037605
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory and a processor configured to obtain a first frame of a video content including an object and a first region based on a segmentation hierarchy of the first frame, insert a synthetic object into the first frame, merge an object segmentation hierarchy of the synthetic object with the segmentation hierarchy of the first frame to create a merged segmentation hierarchy, select a second region based on the merged segmentation hierarchy, provide the first frame including the first region and the second region to a crowd user for creating a corrected frame, receive the corrected frame from the crowd user including a first corrected region including the object and a second corrected region including the synthetic object, determine a quality based on the synthetic object and the second corrected region, and accept the first corrected region based on the quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Marc Junyent Martin, Aljoscha Smolic
  • Patent number: 10038895
    Abstract: A three-dimensional coordinate position of a calibration device is determined. Further, a code is emitted to an image capture device. The code indicates the three-dimensional coordinate position of the calibration device. In addition, an image of light emitted from the calibration device is captured. The light includes the code. An image capture device three-dimensional coordinate position of the calibration device is calibrated according to the real world three-dimensional coordinate position of the calibration device indicated by the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Beardsley, Anselm Grundhoefer, Daniel Reetz
  • Patent number: 10037465
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for generating augmented reality environments. An augmented reality environment may be generated using physical tags placed throughout a real-world environment, for example, on real-world objects and/or surfaces. Identifying features of the tags may be detected. The presence of one or more particular tags may be determined by virtue of the detected identifying features. A computing platform may present or show views of the real-world and may overlay images of virtual object at locations that correspond to the tags present in the real-world environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Goslin
  • Patent number: 10033983
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for view generation based on a video coding scheme. A bitstream is received that is encoded based on the video coding scheme. The bitstream includes video, quantized warp map offsets, and a message of a message type specified by the video coding scheme. Depth samples decoded from the first bitstream are interpreted as quantized warp map offsets, based on a first syntax element contained in the message. Warp maps are generated based on the quantized warp map offsets and a second syntax element contained in the message. Views are generated using image-domain warping and based on the video and the warp maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Aljosa Smolic, Nikolce Stefanoski
  • Patent number: 10033772
    Abstract: There are provided collaborative project management systems and method. Such a system includes a hardware processor, and a system memory having stored therein a collaboration module including a master project application corresponding to a collaborative project, a visual effects application, and a multi-user collaborator application. The hardware processor is configured to execute the collaboration module to process a change data corresponding to an update to the collaborative project, assign control of the master project application to the visual effects application, transform the change data into a visual effect, and produce a modification to the master project application based on the visual effect. The hardware processor is also configured to execute the collaboration module to transfer control of the master project application to the multi-user collaborator application, and to provide a master change data for updating user applications utilized by respective remote users, based on the modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan P. Sherlock, Mangesh Pimpalkar, Nathan Bowers, Maged Boctor
  • Patent number: 10028063
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a free-form speaker. In an embodiment, an array type electrostatic speaker is provided. In anther embodiment, a passive element that is separate from an object including an electrode is provided. The free-form speakers are lightweight and flexible, making the speakers suitable for use in a variety of unconventional implementations. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshio Ishiguro, Alexander Rothera, Ali Israr, Eric Brockmeyer
  • Patent number: 10028001
    Abstract: There is provided a system comprising a non-transitory memory storing a rights database and a hardware processor configured to receive a user input from a user device requesting playback of a media content, the media content being provided by a first type of content provider, perform a first search of the rights database for a first media content entitlement associated with the media content corresponding to the first type of content provider, if the first search does not find the first media content entitlement, perform a second search of the rights database for a second media content entitlement associated with the media content corresponding to a second type of content provider, and, when the second search finds the second media content entitlement, enable playback of the media content from a content provider that is the first type of content provider based on the second media content entitlement corresponding to the second type of content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Drake, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10025174
    Abstract: A multi-theater light source for two or more 3D projectors positioned in differing spaces. The apparatus includes a first light source outputting light to display left eye content, and the apparatus includes a second light source outputting light for use by the projectors to display right eye content. The apparatus includes a switching device that receives the light output from the first and second light sources and switches between first and second operating states to route the left and right eye light. In the first operating state, the switching device directs the light from the first light source toward a first projector and the light output from the second light source toward a second projector. In the second operating state, the switching device directs the light output from the first light source toward the second projector and the light output from the second light source toward the first projectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Tracey Tait, Quinn Y. Smithwick, Steven T. Kosakura, Mark A. Reichow, Scott Frazier Watson
  • Patent number: 10025551
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiments relate to methods and systems for a real-time localized audio broadcast to attendants at live entertainment events. One embodiment relates to a method comprising receiving location data indicating a location of a device, determining a frequency based on the location data, wherein the frequency is assigned based on a venue location and an audio channel is broadcast on the frequency at the venue location, displaying a software button on a user interface of the device, wherein the software button corresponds corresponding to the audio channel, receiving a user selection of the software button via the user interface, and tuning a RF tuner contained within the device to the frequency to receive the audio channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin A. Plumb
  • Patent number: 10027884
    Abstract: A client device for image capture in an eyes-free manner or without ongoing observance of the device's display screen to ensure proper framing and focusing. The client device may take the form of a smartphone, tablet, or the like. The client device includes an image capture application run by a processor to select a target to be included in a digital image captured by the client device's camera. The image capture application causes the processor to operate feedback mechanisms to prompt an operator of the client device to move the device so as to move the camera or its lens, before or during the capturing of the digital image, from a first orientation to a second orientation relative to the target. The image capture application urges the operator of the client device to hold their client device so as to better frame or focus on the selected target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Asa Kalama
  • Patent number: 10025882
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a technique for recursively partitioning a 3D model of an object into two or more components such that each component fits within a predefined printing volume. The technique includes determining a set of planar cuts each of which partitions the 3D model into at least two components, evaluating one or more objective functions for each cut in the set of planar cuts, and selecting a cut from the set of planar cuts based on the evaluations of the objective functions. In addition, the technique includes, upon determining that a component resulting from the selected cut does not fit within the predefined printing volume, further partitioning that component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Baran, Linjie Luo, Wojciech Matusik
  • Patent number: 10025375
    Abstract: There is provided an augmented reality control for interacting with a virtual world comprising a projector, a display surface for displaying the virtual world, a physical object, a memory storing, and a processor to: project, using the projector, a user control onto the physical object including a visual representation correlated with a virtual element in the virtual world, determine a user input for controlling the virtual element based on a user manipulation of the physical object, and update, using the projector, the user control projected onto the physical object based on the user manipulation of the physical object to maintain the visual representation correlated with the virtual element in the virtual world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sara Lazor, Douglas A. Fidaleo, Michael Ilardi
  • Publication number: 20180196523
    Abstract: A simulation adapter can be attached to a real-world physical object and adapted to communicate one or more characteristics and/or simulation events associated with the real-world physical object to a simulation device. The simulation device is adapted to generate a simulation experience based upon the one or more characteristics of the real-world physical object and/or the simulation events associated with the real-world physical object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MARK ARANA, BENJAMIN F. HAVEY, EDWARD DRAKE, ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Publication number: 20180199081
    Abstract: Systems for electronic media distribution includes a differential versioning server configured to receive a first media file including a first set of data with a first set of attributes and a second media file including a second set of data with a second set of attributes, generate a first differential data file as a function of differences between the first media file and the second media file, and generate a first differential metadata file including an encoding data set configured to enable a media decoder to regenerate the second media file by applying the first differential data file to the first media file. Systems for electronic media distribution may also include a receiver communicatively coupled to a differential versioning decoder configured to receive the first media file and the first differential data file and generate the second media file by applying the first differential data file to the first media file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, Anne Chang, Kari Grubin, Jeffrey Miller, Christopher Witham
  • Patent number: 10019827
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for simulating and rendering granular materials. A simulation application generates video frames depicting a granular material phenomenon using a strain based elasto-plastic constitutive model integrated with a hybrid Eulerian/Lagrangian material point method (MPM). The elasto-plastic constitutive model includes physical equation(s) which dictate forces that affect the granular material during the simulation. In particular, the constitutive model may include user-controllable parameters defining threshold(s) to start plastic deformation, as well as a hardening parameter which controls how fast the granular material packs under compression. The MPM is a procedure in which particles of the granular material and a background grid are coupled, with the grid being used to assist in computing forces dictated by the physical equation(s) of the elasto-plastic constitutive model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Selle, Lawrence Chai, Alexey Stomakhin, Joseph Teran
  • Patent number: 10019826
    Abstract: A method of transferring a facial expression from a subject to a computer-generated character and a system and non-transitory computer-readable medium for the same. The method can include receiving an input image depicting a face of a subject; matching a first facial model to the input image; generating a displacement map representing of finer-scale details not present in the first facial model using a regression function that estimates the shape of the finer-scale details. The displacement map can be combined with the first facial model to create a second facial model that includes the finer-scale details, and the second facial model can be rendered, if desired, to create a computer-generated image of the face of the subject that includes the finer-scale details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chen Cao
  • Patent number: 10021436
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for storing tags in video for carriage in real-time. The system comprising a content creator and a television network, the content creating configured to retrieve a video from a memory for delivery to the television network, generate an ID3 tag for the video, the ID3 tag including information about the video, insert the ID3 tag into a vertical ancillary data (VANC) space of the video, and transmit the video including the ID3 tag to the television network. The television network configured to receive the video including the ID3 tag from the content creator and transmit the video including the ID3 tag to a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Strein
  • Patent number: 10019992
    Abstract: A device includes a plurality of components, a memory having a keyword recognition module and a context recognition module, a microphone configured to receive an input speech spoken by a user, an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert the input speech from an analog form to a digital form and generate a digitized speech, and a processor. The processor is configured to detect, using the keyword recognition module, a keyword in the digitized speech, initiate, in response to detecting the keyword by the keyword recognition module, an action to be taken one of the plurality of components, wherein the keyword is associated with the action, determine, using the context recognition module, a context for the keyword, and execute the action if the context determined by the context recognition module indicates that the keyword is a command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jill Fain Lehman, Samer Al Moubayed
  • Patent number: 10013059
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising receiving input specifying one or more positional and dimensional properties of a first haptic animation object in an animation tool displaying a representation of a vibrotactile array comprising a plurality of actuators configured to output haptic feedback, computing, based on a rendering algorithm applied to the first haptic animation object, a vector profile for each of the actuators, and computing an intensity value for each of the actuators based on the vector profile of the respective actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Israr, Jonathan Moran, Oliver Stirling Schneider
  • Patent number: 10013621
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory and a processor to receive images. The processor is further to train independent detectors for identifying first objects in the images based on individual attributes including a first attribute and a second attribute. The processor is also to train joint detectors for identifying first objects in the images based on composite attributes including a composite attributes each including the first attribute and the second attribute. The processor is to analyze features of the images to determine a difference between a first training performance of the independent detectors and a second training performance of the joint detectors. Lastly, the processor is to select, based on the analyzing, between using the independent detectors and using the joint detectors for identifying second objects in the images using a third attribute and a fourth attribute in the attribute database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Sigal, Arik Shamir, Guy Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 10012729
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking subjects within a three-dimensional physical environment are presented herein. A ranging sensor is mounted at a sensor location in the environment. The ranging sensor generates sensor output. The sensor output includes detected ranges of surfaces present in the environment as a function of orientations of the ranging sensor. Characteristics of the surface are determined using the detected ranges and orientations as polar coordinates of the surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle G. Freeman
  • Patent number: 10013589
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a wireless tag reader, a first wireless antenna, a wireless tag including an integrated circuit (IC), a conductive element electronically connecting the wireless tag to the first wireless antenna, a non-transitory memory storing an executable code, a hardware processor executing the executable code to transmit an interrogation signal, receive a tag signal from the wireless tag electronically connected to the first wireless antenna in response to the interrogation signal, the tag signal including a wireless tag identification (ID) uniquely identifying the wireless tag, and determine an interaction by a user with the wireless tag based on the tag signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., University of Washington
    Inventors: Hanchuan Li, Josh Fromm, Scott Hudson, Eric Brockmeyer, Elizabeth Carter, Shwetak Patel, Alanson Sample
  • Patent number: 10007713
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for performing metadata extraction and management. Such a system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor, a system memory, and metadata extraction and management unit stored in the system memory. The system is configured to extract multiple metadata types from a media asset, and to aggregate the multiple metadata types to produce an aggregated metadata describing the media asset. The system is further configured to transform the aggregated metadata into at least one database entry identifying the media asset, and to map the at least one database entry into a graphical database so as to relate the media asset to at least one other media asset represented in the graphical database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Farre Guiu, Marc Junyent Martin, Jordi Pont-Tuset, Pablo Beltran, Nimesh Narayan, Leonid Sigal, Aljoscha Smolic, Anthony M. Accardo
  • Patent number: 10004984
    Abstract: An interactive in-room show and game system configured to provide engaging and immersive multimedia shows or presentations in a room. The in-room show and game system generally includes a controller for selectively operating a display device, a video projector, an audio system (e.g., one or more speakers), and other show components (e.g., one or more lights, a fan, a mechanical device, and so on). Media content is predefined or generated in real time for the room, and the controller operates (such as in response to a triggering switch or remote control device that may take the form of a show prop activated by someone in the room) to serve the media content interactively, based on user input sensed in the room by one or more sensors of a sensor assembly, to tell a story and/or magically transform the space into a multidimensional and immersive entertainment or gameplay space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Voris, Mark A. Reichow, John David Smith, Zachery W. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10009659
    Abstract: Methods and systems for hybrid push-based media streaming of encoded video (or media) content grouped into video segment (or chunk) files to one or more user devices are described, where push notices are provided from a manifest server to subscribing user devices over a persistent low bandwidth connection when the video segment files are ready to be viewed. The video segment files may be downloaded by the user devices from segment servers to the user devices via a separate HTTP high bandwidth streaming connection, or other form of separate connection. In addition, unique, personalized, or additional content may be inserted in the push notices and viewed by the user devices without impacting video playback performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Samuel J. Reisner
  • Patent number: 10001648
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe AR systems that provide occluded AR content to a user while maintaining the perspective of the user. In one embodiment, the AR system includes an optical cloak that contains a mask display device and an AR display device and one or more focusing elements for focusing light captured from the user's environment. As the light enters the optical cloak, the mask display device occludes a portion of the user's view to generate a black silhouette. The AR system then combines AR content displayed by the AR display device with the image of the environment such that the location of the AR content overlaps with the location of the black silhouette. Furthermore, the spacing and characteristics of the focusing elements is set to maintain the perspective of the user as the light passes through the optical cloak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Quinn Yorklun Jen Smithwick
  • Patent number: 10003722
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for mimicking human camera operation with an autonomous camera system. In one embodiment, camera planning is formulated as a supervised regression problem in which an automatic broadcasting application receives one video input captured by a human-operated camera and another video input captured by a stationary camera with a wider field of view. The automatic broadcasting application extracts feature vectors and pan-tilt-zoom states from the stationary camera and the human-operated camera, respectively, and learns a regressor which takes as input such feature vectors and outputs pan-tilt-zoom settings predictive of what the human camera operator would choose. The automatic broadcasting application may then apply the learned regressor on newly captured video to obtain planned pan-tilt-zoom settings and control an autonomous camera to achieve the planned settings to record videos which resemble the work of a human operator in similar situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: George Peter Carr, Jianhui Chen
  • Patent number: 10001654
    Abstract: A display system is provided that combines the use of a display element with a beamsplitter and at least one retroreflector to provide an image (2D or 3D depending upon the output image from the display element) that appears to be floating in space some distance from the beamsplitter. For example, light that is bounced off/reflected and/or that is transmitted through the beamsplitter may be reflected from the reflective surface of the retroreflector toward the beamsplitter. The beamsplitter directs this light, through reflection or transmission, into a viewing space such that the 2D or 3D image can be viewed by a viewer as it appears to float a distance from the nearest surface of the beamsplitter and, typically, some distance above the ground/floor upon which viewers are walking. The floating image may be relatively bright so that it is viewable in low and brighter light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Joseph, Lanny S. Smoot, Quinn Y. Smithwick, Michael J. Ilardi
  • Patent number: 9996978
    Abstract: Systems and methods of simulating first-person control of remoted-controlled vehicles are described herein. The system may include one or more of a remote-controlled (RC) vehicle, a display interface, an input interface, and/or other components. The RC vehicle may have an image capturing device configured to capture in-flight images. View information representing the captured images may presented on a display worn and/or otherwise accessible to user. The input interface may allow the user to provide control inputs for dictating a path of the RC vehicle. Augmented reality graphics may be overlaid on the view information presented to the user to facilitate gameplay and/or otherwise enhance a user's experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Logan Olson, Michael P. Goslin, Clifford Wong, Timothy Panec
  • Patent number: 9996984
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include an optical system, and associated method and computer program product. The optical system comprises one or more display devices, and one or more computer processors configured to transmit display signals comprising at least one virtual object for updating imagery displayed by the display devices, and to selectively defocus a focus of the virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Haseltine, Michael P. Goslin, Joseph L. Olson, James Smith
  • Patent number: 9996949
    Abstract: Views of a virtual space may be presented based on predicted colors of individual pixels of individual frame images that depict the views of the virtual space. Predictive models may be assigned to individual pixels that predict individual pixel colors of individual pixels at individual time points. Individual models may be updated and/or reprojected to other pixels based on comparisons of the predicted pixel colors and colors specified by in a raster input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Mitchell, Charalampos Koniaris, Jose Antonio Iglesias-Guitian, Bochang Moon, Eric Smolikowski
  • Patent number: 9998748
    Abstract: Methods and systems of archiving media files are provided. Media files may be archived such that only the difference between a media file and a base media file is stored. The base media file is archived. The media file to be archived and the base media file may have common attributes such as video codec, resolution, frame rate, and/or color space. A media file to be archived may be compared to the base media file to determine any difference. Bit-to-bit analysis or frame-to-frame analysis may be performed to identify the differences between a media file to be archived and a base media file. The differences may be extracted from the media file to be archived. A difference media file may be created to store the difference of a media file with respect to the base media file. A record may be created to store the actual location where the difference is extracted from a media file to be archived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Yazmaliza Yaacob, Nimesh Narayan
  • Patent number: 9997134
    Abstract: Methods and systems for calibrating devices reproducing high dimensional data, such as calibrating High Dynamic Range (HDR) displays that reproduce chromatic data. Methods include mapping input data into calibrated data using calibration information retrieved from spatial data structures that encode a calibration function. The calibration function may be represented by any multidimensional scattered data interpolation methods such as Thin-Plate Splines. To efficiently represent and access the calibration information in runtime, the calibration function is recursively sampled based on guidance dataset. In an embodiment, an HDR display may be adaptively calibrated using a dynamic color guidance dataset and dynamic spatial data structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Aljosa Smolic, Nikolce Stefanoski, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Jing Liu, Anselm Grundhofer
  • Publication number: 20180157047
    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 be operating a second, physical camera for capturing video or still images within the visual scene. The HMD may generate an augmented reality (AR) experience by presenting an AR view frustum representative of the actual view frustum of the physical camera. The field of view of the user viewing the captured visual scene via the AR experience is generally larger that the AR view frustum, allowing the user to avoid unnatural tracking movements and/or hunting for subjects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. CHAPMAN, Joseph POPP
  • Publication number: 20180158184
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for weighting the image quality prediction of any visual-attention-agnostic quality metric with a saliency map. By accounting for the salient regions of an image or video frame, the disclosed systems and methods may dramatically improve the precision of the visual-attention-agnostic quality metric during image or video quality assessment. In one implementation, a method of saliency-weighted video quality assessment includes: determining a per-pixel image quality vector of an encoded video frame; determining per-pixel saliency values of the encoded video frame or a reference video frame corresponding to the encoded video frame; and computing a saliency-weighted image quality metric of the encoded video frame by weighting the per-pixel image quality vector using the per-pixel saliency values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Tunc Ozan Aydin, Nikolce Stefanoski, Aljoscha Smolic, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9987563
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for inducing a reply from a first client connected to a virtual world to facilitate a social interaction using a second client connected to the virtual world. There is provided a method for inducing a reply from a first client connected to a virtual world to facilitate a social interaction using a second client connected to the virtual world, the method comprising locating, in the virtual world, an avatar of the second client in a proximity of an avatar of the first client, executing a social action using the avatar of the second client such that the social action is observable by the first client but not observable by the second client, receiving the reply from the first client in response to the social action, and rendering the reply from first client using the avatar of the first client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan D. Jones, Steven Parkis
  • Patent number: 9989777
    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: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Dumene Comploi, Przemyslaw Marek Iwanowski
  • Patent number: D819745
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Paul Goslin, Katherine M. Bassett, John Peter Fiscella, James K. Stobar, Joseph Logan Olson, Paulo Kang, Philippe Putzeys
  • Patent number: D823396
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Paul Goslin, Katherine M. Bassett, John Peter Fiscella, James K. Stobar, Joseph Logan Olson, Paulo Kang, Philippe Putzeys