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).
  • Patent number: 9872060
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising receiving a first unit of video data on a first input/output (I/O) channel, of a plurality of I/O channels of a digital video recorder, computing a first value by applying an error-detecting function to the first unit of video data, attempting to write the first unit of video data to a storage location of a storage device communicably coupled to the digital video recorder, computing, after attempting to write the first unit of video data, a second value by applying the error-detecting function to a data stored at the storage location of the storage device, and upon determining that the first and second values are not equal, storing an indication that the first unit of video data was not successfully written to the storage location of the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladislav Feldman, Michael J. Strein, Steven Machanic, Efthimis Stefanidis
  • Publication number: 20180012418
    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: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Pascal Bêrard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Publication number: 20180012401
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for generating a parametric eye model of one or more eyes are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining eye data from an eye model database. The eye data includes eyeball data and iris data corresponding to a plurality of eyes. The systems and techniques may further include generating an eyeball model using the eyeball data. Generating the eyeball model includes establishing correspondences among the plurality of eyes. The systems and techniques may further include generating an iris model using the iris data. Generating the iris model includes sampling one or more patches of one or more of the plurality of eyes using an iris control map and merging the one or more patches into a synthesized texture. The systems and techniques may further include generating the parametric eye model that includes the eyeball model and the iris model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Pascal Bérard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9865072
    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: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chen Cao
  • Patent number: 9860453
    Abstract: Methods and systems for estimating HDR sky light probes for outdoor images are disclosed. A precaptured sky light probe database is leveraged. The database includes a plurality of HDR sky light probes captured under a plurality of different illumination conditions. A HDR sky light probe is estimated from an outdoor image by fitting a three dimensional model to an object of interest in the image and solving an inverse optimization lighting problem for the 3D model where the space of possible HDR sky light probes is constrained by the HDR sky light probes of the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Iain Matthews, Jean-Francois Lalonde
  • Patent number: 9855497
    Abstract: An immersive play environment platform including techniques describing recognizing non-verbal vocalization gestures from a user is disclosed. A headset device receives audio input from a user. The headset device transmits the audio input to a controller device. The controller device evaluates characteristics of the audio input (e.g., spectral features over a period of time) to determine whether the audio input corresponds to a predefined non-verbal vocalization, such as a humming noise, shouting noise, etc. The controller device may perform an action in response to detecting such non-verbal vocalizations, such as engaging a play object (e.g., an action figure, an action disc) in the play environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Eric C. Haseltine, Joseph L. Olson
  • Publication number: 20170374316
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for providing co-deliver of primary and secondary content, including, video and video chat content. A first electronic device includes a transceiver that receives the secondary content from a second electronic device. The first electronic device also includes components capable of outputting aspects of the primary and secondary content in a synchronized fashion. Further, the first electronic device includes circuitry coupled to the transceiver and components, and the circuitry executes instructions in order to perform functions. One such function is to synchronize local primary content to be output by the components, with delivered primary content to be provided by the second electronic device. Another such function is to signal the components to output aspects of the local primary or the secondary content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul PATEL, Christopher S. TAYLOR
  • Patent number: 9854065
    Abstract: A system configured to provide one or more virtual spaces that are accessible to users. The virtual spaces may be provided such that an enhanced level of interactivity between the virtual spaces and the Web, including resources that communicate with the system via the Internet (e.g., via users, websites, webpages, other web resources, etc.) and/or other networks. To provide this enhanced level of interactivity, the system may enable interactions between an instance of a virtual space and the Web (e.g., queries, commands, communication, administrative controls, etc.) via a standard web protocol, such as a HyperText Transfer Protocol (e.g., http, https, etc.) and/or other standard web protocols. Since interactions take place between the instance of the virtual space and the Web via a standard web protocol, the instance of the virtual space may interact directly with Web resources such as web servers, web browsers, websites, webpages, and/or other Web resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Raphael Koster, Sean Riley, John Donham
  • Patent number: 9854258
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a method, including: identifying a first type of media and a second type of media; determining a compression technique to be used to compress a combined media created from the first type of media and the second type of media; and aligning using a processor, based on the compression technique determined, the first type of media and the second type of media to create the combined media. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel Joseph Reisner
  • Patent number: 9852273
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein play multi-license media contents. A multi-license media content includes digital assets, at least one of which is encrypted and requires one or more licenses to be decrypted when being played. The digital assets may include a video digital asset, an audio digital asset, or a textual digital asset. The digital assets may be played by using licenses from multiple sources such that various components (e.g., a video component, an audio component, or a textual component) of a media content are synchronized. The media content may be played without downloading those licenses that already exist in the domain. Licenses may be retrieved adaptively when the licenses or the license segments required for playing the requested digital asset are incomplete. A related digital asset rather than the digital asset that is requested may be played thereby ensuring an uninterrupted media content delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Kevin Liao
  • Patent number: 9854260
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for transcoding a set of key frame aligned output files from a source file. A key frame list file is generated while transcoding a first output file of the set. Subsequent output files of the set may be created non-sequentially and in parallel using the key frame list file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jared McPhillen, Kevin Liao, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9852541
    Abstract: Techniques for illuminating an indoor scene. A directional distribution associated with the indoor scene is received. The indoor scene has a first scene element and a first quadrilateral. The first scene element has a first shading point disposed thereon. The directional distribution is reparametrized such that the first quadrilateral as viewed from the first shading point corresponds to an axis-aligned rectangular region in the reparametrized directional distribution. The scene element is illuminated using one or more samples drawn from the shading point by performing importance sampling based on the reparametrized directional distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedikt Bitterli, Wojciech Jarosz, Jan Novak
  • Patent number: 9846845
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for recognizing and analyzing activities. In one embodiment, a learning application trains parameters of a hierarchical model which represents human (or object) activity at multiple levels of detail. Higher levels of detail may consider more context, and vice versa. Further, learning may be optimized for a user-preferred type of inference by adjusting a learning criterion. An inference application may use the trained model to answer queries about variable(s) at any level of detail. In one embodiment, the inference application may determine scores for each possible value of the query variable by finding the best hierarchical event representation that maximizes a scoring function while fixing the value of the query variable to its possible values. Here, the inference application may approximately determine the best hierarchical event representation by iteratively optimizing one level-of-detail variable at a time while fixing other level-of-detail variables, until convergence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Sigal, Tian Lan
  • Patent number: 9846971
    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: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Matthew Ryan, Joseph Logan Olson
  • Patent number: 9848027
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for a mobile device to select content, such as user profiles, contact information, images, and/or videos, to automatically stream to available displays when the mobile device moves within a certain range of the displays. In one embodiment, a method at a mobile device comprises receiving a user input to select a media content asset; detecting a display within a proximity of the mobile device; and sending the selected media content asset to the display without requiring additional user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander C. Chen
  • Patent number: 9846965
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying an augmented reality toy. Embodiments capture a visual scene for display. The visual scene includes a first physical object and is captured using one or more camera devices. The first physical object is identified as a first predetermined object type, based on one or more object identifiers associated with the first physical object. Embodiments retrieve predefined geometric information corresponding to the first predetermined object type and render a sequence of frames for display in which the captured visual scene is augmented, based on the predefined geometric information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth John Mitchell, Robert Walker Sumner
  • Patent number: 9847845
    Abstract: A system for providing additional content to a program stream includes a primary program stream, additional content that is related to the primary program stream, and a server for associating the additional content with the primary program stream based on a location of a portable communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Patel, Gary Todd Masilko
  • Patent number: 9844730
    Abstract: One particular implementation of the present invention may take the form of a method and apparatus for providing various dance movements as input to a dancing video game. The method and apparatus may detect the hand and arm movements of a video game player and interpret those movements as inputs to the video game. The video game may then compare the dancing movements of the user to expected dance movements to determine if the correct dance movement was performed by the user. The video game may also display a video game environment that instructs and interacts with the user to perform several dance movements of the video game. In this manner, the method and apparatus may provide a more realistic and dynamic dancing video game experience than previous dancing video games that only allowed the player to press buttons as inputs to the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: C. Matthew Dawson, Emily Tyndall, Kristin Mae Yee, David Neil Christenson, Edward Gilmore Martin, James Patrick Rowe, Casey Shane Nelson, Jamison R. Titera, Paul Mombourquette, Rich Reagan
  • Patent number: 9843776
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating stereoscopic content with granular control over binocular disparity based on multi-perspective imaging from representations of light fields are provided. The stereoscopic content is computed as piecewise continuous cuts through a representation of a light field, minimizing an energy reflecting prescribed parameters such as depth budget, maximum binocular disparity gradient, desired stereoscopic baseline. The methods and systems may be used for efficient and flexible stereoscopic post-processing, such as reducing excessive binocular disparity while preserving perceived depth or retargeting of already captured scenes to various view settings. Moreover, such methods and systems are highly useful for content creation in the context of multi-view autostereoscopic displays and provide a novel conceptual approach to stereoscopic image processing and post-production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Changil Kim, Alexander Hornung, Simon Heinzle, Wojciech Matusik, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9843744
    Abstract: A process and system capture infrared light that is reflected or emitted from a device to precisely locate the device. The process and system project visible light from a light source toward the device such that the light is precisely targeted at the device. Preferably the visible light passes through an atmosphere containing particulate matter rendering the visible light as a beam that appears to emanate from the device rather than from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Ackley, Lanny Smoot, Alfredo Ayala
  • Patent number: 9842411
    Abstract: A method and system for simulation of deformation of elastic materials are disclosed herein. A matrix-free geometric multigrid method utilizing a direct coarse grid discretization is presented for the solution of linear systems resulting from an octree discretization of the equations of corotational linear elasticity. The diagonal component of the stiffness matrix needed for the multigrid smoother is calculated without generating the stiffness matrix. The use of an incomplete linear octree data structure supports the efficient simulation of objects with complicated boundaries. Furthermore, the method is robust to large deformations, making it suitable for character skinning applications in computer animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Milne, Rasmus Tamstorf, Alexey Stomakhin, Mark McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 9839856
    Abstract: There is provided a system for providing interactivity to a guest of an experiential venue, based on sensor measurement of the guest. The system comprises a sensor configured to sense a guest variable of the guest, where the sensor may be a biometric sensor, a facial recognition sensor, a voice stress analysis sensor, a gesture recognition sensor, a motion tracking sensor, or an eye tracking sensor, and may sense heart rate or another guest variable. The system also comprises a control system, which may be implemented as a computer, in communication with the sensor. The control system is configured to determine a guest state from the guest variable, and to modify a venue variable, for example by selecting a path a theme park ride follows. The control system modifies the venue variable according to the guest state to provide increased satisfaction to the guest of the experiential venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Crawford, David Durham, Jon Georges
  • Patent number: 9839844
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for generating 2D images of a 3D avatar in a virtual world. In one embodiment, a request is received specifying customizations to the 3D avatar. The 2D images are generated based on the request, each 2D image representing the 3D avatar from a different viewing angle in the virtual world. Advantageously, the 2D images may be sent to a client for display, without requiring the client to render the 3D avatar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson Dunstan, Robert Todd Ogrin
  • Publication number: 20170351793
    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: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Rasmus Tamstorf, Tobias Jones, Stephen McCormick
  • Patent number: 9838487
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for optimizing mapping, tracking, and transporting of content data on a webpage using client-side technologies. The system including a server and a client device, the client device configured to retrieve content data from a first webpage accessed from the server, assemble a cookie using the content data from the first webpage, store the cookie in a memory of the client device, detect a second webpage accessed, retrieve the cookie in response to detecting the second webpage, extract the content data from the cookie, and load the content data on the second webpage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Innate Mak, Yuan Wang, Wen Qu, Jiancheng Ma, Dexter Lee, Brian De Boer
  • Patent number: 9833698
    Abstract: Techniques for providing an immersive storytelling experience using a plurality of storytelling devices. Each of the storytelling devices may be configured to perform one or more actions based on a current context of a story and in response to a stimulus event. The actions include at least one of an auditory and a visual effect. Embodiments also provide a controller device configured to manage a playback of the story, by adjusting the stimulus event and the effect of each of the plurality of storytelling devices, based on the current context of the story, thereby creating an interactive and immersive storytelling experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Charles Haseltine, Joseph O'Brien Garlington, Theodore Wei-Yun Leung, Eric Wilson Muhlheim, Gabriel Sebastian Schlumberger
  • Patent number: 9836863
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving positional data corresponding to stages of movement of a person within a time interval, determining from the positional data, at each stage of movement, one of: a position, an orientation, and a pose of the person, and based on the one of the position, the orientation, and the pose of the person determined for each stage of movement, generating a visualization graphic, separate from a display of the person, that illustrates one of the positions, orientations, and poses of the person at the stages of movement within the time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Howard Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9838867
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a device that includes one or more line of sight transmitters configured to transmit signals over a line of sight communications medium, one or more transmitters configured to transmit signals over another communications medium and a controller. The controller is configured to perform an operation that includes retrieving a key adapted for use in decrypting encrypted content. The operation further includes transmitting the key to a second device over the line of sight communications medium using the one or more line of sight transmitters. Additionally, the operation includes encrypting data such that the data can be decrypted using the retrieved key. The operation also includes transmitting the encrypted data to the second device over the other communications medium using the one or more transmitters, where the second device is configured to decrypt the encrypted data using the key received over the line of sight communications medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Haseltine, Katherine M. Bassett, Michael P. Goslin, James E. Smith, Stephen A. Thornton
  • Patent number: 9836984
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for dynamically creating a story for playback using a plurality of storytelling devices. Embodiments identify a plurality of storytelling devices available to participate in a storytelling experience. User input associated with the storytelling experience is received. Embodiments further include retrieving a story template based at least in part on the identified plurality of storytelling devices. Additionally, embodiments dynamically create a first story by mapping actions from the retrieved story template to storytelling devices in the plurality of storytelling devices, based at least in part on the received user input, such that the plurality of storytelling devices will perform a respective one or more actions during playback of the first story based on the mapped actions from the retrieved story template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Haseltine, Gary K.- W. Lau, Theodore W.- Y. Leung, Jason E. Lewis, Guy A. Molinari, Deva D. Visamsetty, William D. Watts
  • Publication number: 20170345195
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) representations of digital content entitlements owned by a user are provided. An AR or VR environment is generated in which the AR or VR representations are presented to simulate a physical collection of media. The user is allowed to interact with the AR or VR representations, thereby triggering one or more actions, such as presentation of the corresponding digital content, presentation of additional, related content, presentation of an option to engage in a purchase transaction for related content or products, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JOSIAH EATEDALI, BENJAMIN F. HAVEY
  • Patent number: 9827719
    Abstract: A method for fabricating custom surface reflectance and spatially-varying bi-directional reflectance distribution functions (BDRFs or svBRDFs). The 3D printing method optimizes micro-geometry to produce a normal distribution function (NDF) that can be printed on surfaces with a 3D printer. Particularly, the method involves optimizing the micro-geometry for a wide range of analytic NDFs and simulating the effective reflectance of the resulting surface. Using the results of the simulation, the appearance of an input svBRDF can be reproduced. To this end, the micro-geometry is optimized in a data-driven fashion and distributed on the surface of the printed object. The methods were demonstrated to allow 3D printing svBRDF on planar samples with current 3D printing technology even with a limited set of printing materials, and the described methods have been shown to be naturally extendable to printing svBRDF on arbitrary shapes or 3D objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Kautz, Olivier Roullier, Bernd Bickel, Marc Alexa, Wojciech Matusik
  • Patent number: 9822545
    Abstract: A system for providing weather protection including shading in an automated and selective manner. The system includes an enclosure with an inner chamber and an outlet to the inner chamber. The system also includes a canopy and a deploy and retract assembly, which includes a canopy support assembly supporting the canopy. The deploy and retract assembly operates to move the canopy support assembly to move the canopy into the inner chamber and out of the inner chamber. The system further includes a controller generating control signals to operate the deploy and retract assembly. Specifically, this assembly is configured to retract the canopy by moving the canopy support assembly to move the canopy through the outlet into the inner chamber and further is configured to deploy the canopy by moving the canopy support assembly to move the canopy through the outlet to be at least partially outside of the inner chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Raakhi Kritaanjli Kapur, Zachary Dinndayal Morgan, Stephanie Huerre, Susan Hamilton, Matias Adrian Cena, Carolina Isabel Rodriguez, Steven John Pless
  • Patent number: 9820002
    Abstract: There is presented a system for providing a digital multimedia presentation. The system comprises a presentation server; a presentation content database accessible through the presentation server, the presentation content database configured to store a plurality of contents including the digital multimedia presentation, a plurality of digital media contents and a plurality of advertising contents; and a review and redirection application configured to determine at least one of the plurality of digital multimedia contents as an alternative to the digital multimedia presentation, and provide a review and redirection pane integrated with a contextual background corresponding to the digital multimedia presentation; the review and redirection pane configured to enable play of the digital multimedia presentation, redirection to the at least one of the plurality of digital multimedia contents, and selection of at least one of the plurality of advertising contents associated with the digital multimedia presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Barsook, Ariff Sidi, Skarphedinn Hedinsson
  • Patent number: 9819932
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3D) display apparatus for without 3D glasses. The display apparatus includes a display element operated to display left and right eye images. A back light assembly back lights the display element and includes light bars with a row of infrared (IR) light receivers that are each paired to a white light emitting diode (LED). Viewers in seats in tiered rows such that their heads are in known viewing locations. Left and right side illuminators illuminate the left and right sides of the faces of the viewers with IR light. The IR light is synchronized with display of the left and right eye images. IR reflected from viewers' faces pass through the display element and is focused onto IR light receivers, which causes LEDs to emit light onto the display element and provide left or right eye images to the viewers at their left or right eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9818217
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by a system including a hardware processor and a memory storing a three-dimensional (3D) character data having a topology mesh describing a character. The method includes stabilizing the 3D character data by removing a translational motion and a rotational motion from the 3D character data, determining a range of motion of a plurality of points of the topology mesh describing the character, identifying a plurality of poses for generating an animation, where each of the plurality of poses includes a unique configuration of the plurality of points of the topology mesh, and creating an animatronic including a plurality of actuators configured to instantiate the plurality of poses for generating the animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Rafael Tena, Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler, Jon Snoddy, Alfredo Ayala, Iain Matthews, Anthony Martin, Scott F. Watson
  • Patent number: 9820180
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for optimizing delivery of data to a mobile device over a network. According to one embodiment, the invention includes a communication stack, such as a TCP/IP stack, which includes an application protocol interface (API) between an application layer and a transport layer. According to this embodiment, the method includes receiving delivery optimization information; determining the priority of the data using the delivery optimization information; providing the priority of the data to a physical layer in the communication stack; and delivering the data to the mobile device based on the priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Weinrib, Purva Rajkotia
  • Patent number: 9817915
    Abstract: There is presented a system and method enabling visual filtering of content. The system comprises a server, a content database storing content units and accessible through the server, and a filtering and display application. The filtering and display application is configured to enable visual filtering of the content units by filtering a plurality of graphical representations corresponding to a plurality of content units stored by the system, to extract a first plurality of graphical representations for displaying to a user, displaying the first plurality of graphical representations as active graphical representations selectable by the user in a first featured display, and dynamically filtering the first plurality of graphical representations and replacing the first featured display with another featured display of a first subset of active graphical representations selectable by the user according to an input received from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Edward C. Drake, William Bartley
  • Patent number: 9813667
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for providing co-deliver of primary and secondary content, including, video and video chat content. A first electronic device includes a transceiver that receives the secondary content from a second electronic device. The first electronic device also includes components capable of outputting aspects of the primary and secondary content in a synchronized fashion. Further, the first electronic device includes circuitry coupled to the transceiver and components, and the circuitry executes instructions in order to perform functions. One such function is to synchronize local primary content to be output by the components, with delivered primary content to be provided by the second electronic device. Another such function is to signal the components to output aspects of the local primary or the secondary content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul Patel, Christopher S. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9809306
    Abstract: A system for flock-based control of a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The system includes UAVs each including a processor executing a local control module and memory accessible by the processor for use by the local control module. The system includes a ground station system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and with memory storing a different flight plan for each of the UAVs. The flight plans are stored on the UAVs, and, during flight operations, each of the local control modules independently controls the corresponding UAV to execute its flight plan without ongoing control from the fleet manager module. The fleet manager module is operable to initiate flight operations by concurrently triggering initiation of the flight plans by the multiple UAVs. Further, the local control modules monitor front and back end communication channels and, when a channel is lost, operate the UAV in a safe mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Clifford Wong, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 9813767
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for multiple rights based video. Source video assets may be analyzed to identify segments associated with a restricted scope of rights, and replacement assets associated with rights of different restrictions may be provided. When a request is received to serve a particular source video asset, a correspondingly customized video asset may be constructed by analyzing the rights available to the target of the request and the associated rights of the available replacement assets. Multiple parameters may be utilized in such analysis, and may include criteria such as territorial region, audience age, paid subscription level, and intended distribution channel. Since video can be optimized for different targets largely automatically, wider distribution of content may be possible under stricter budget and schedule constraints. Potential benefits may include increased revenue streams, market penetration, and brand recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Christianson, Jason Lewis
  • Patent number: 9811937
    Abstract: Techniques for rendering realistic depictions of conversational gestures are provided. Embodiments include generating a data model for a first conversational gesture type, by analyzing captured video data to determine motion attribute data for a plurality of conversational gestures. Additionally, upon receiving a request to splice a gesture of the first conversational gesture type into a first animation, embodiments determine a locomotion of a first virtual character, while the first virtual character is interacting with a second virtual character within the first animation. A gesture of the first conversational gesture type is then stylized, using the generated data model and based on the determined locomotion of the first virtual character within the animation. Embodiments splice the stylized gesture into the locomotion of the first virtual character within the received animation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol A. O'Sullivan, Kerstin Ruhland, Michael Neff, Yingying Wang
  • Publication number: 20170316553
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating high dynamic range (HDR) content using existing standard dynamic range (SDR) content. HDR content is generated by restoring lost detail in the SDR content using source content from which the SDR content was derived. The HDR content generated from the SDR content also preserves any color characteristics, such as color grading, of the SDR content in conjunction with the restoration of lost detail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan LUKA
  • Publication number: 20170316001
    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: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MEHUL PATEL, MARK ARANA, TONY R. SMITH, ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Patent number: 9803732
    Abstract: A rotating joint assembly such as an interface device in a master device or remote manipulator for a puppeteering device or other mechanical system operating in response to operator input and requiring more than 360 degrees of rotation. The rotating joint assembly includes a hard stop assembly that limits the rotation of its rotating component(s) to a predefined maximum amount of rotation such as to less than two full revolutions, e.g., some rotation amount between 360 and 720 degrees. The hard stop assembly includes a Geneva drive body or driven wheel with a hard stop body rigidly coupled with the Geneva drive body to rotate it between a disengaged position (during the first revolution) and one of two engaged positions by rotation of an inner ring (at some point during the second revolution in either direction).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Tanner J. Rinke
  • Patent number: 9805264
    Abstract: Techniques disclose an incrementally expanding object detection model. An object detection tool identifies, based on an object detection model, one or more objects in a sequence of video frames. The object detection model provides an object space including a plurality of object classes. Each object class includes one or more prototypes. Each object is classified as being an instance of one of the object classes. Each identified object is tracked across at least one of the frames. The object detection tool generates a measure of confidence for that object based on the tracking. Upon determining that the measure of confidence exceeds a threshold, the object detection tool adds a prototype of the instance to the object detection model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alina Kuznetsova, Sung Ju Hwang, Leonid Sigal
  • Patent number: 9805036
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein generally relate to a method, computer program product, and system to seamlessly integrate a multimedia presentation with triggered content provided using one or more external devices. The method includes processing a presentation script that specifies (i) one or more accessible audiovisual content items and (ii) a sequence of the audiovisual content items for presentation during the multimedia presentation. The method also includes transmitting the one or more audiovisual content items to one or more audiovisual output devices according to the sequence, and transmitting control signals to the one or more external devices to operate the external devices according to timing information included in the presentation script and with reference to at least one of the audiovisual content items, thereby seamlessly integrating content provided using the external devices with the multimedia presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Allen Boling, Ronald Dearing, Gregory Johnson, Alexander Pennock, Gregory Hale, Evan Simpson, Victoria L. Coleman
  • Patent number: 9805232
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for a user interaction with an object having a wireless tag with an antenna. An example system includes a memory storing a tag processing software, and a hardware processor executing the tag processing software to receive a signal from the wireless tag of the object via the antenna, the signal including a wireless tag identification (ID) uniquely identifying the wireless tag, identify the object using the wireless tag ID, extract one or more communication channel parameters from the signal, determine the user interaction with the object based on the one or more communication channel parameters extracted from the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alanson Sample, Hanchuan Li
  • Patent number: 9802121
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to systems for providing an interactive experience to game participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Ackley, Jonathan Blossom, Charles Ryan Jordan
  • Patent number: 9807350
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods for capturing media content for a plurality of guests and intelligently parsing the media content to produce a customized/personalized media product for a particular guest or group of guests are described. A system is configured for combining video data and position tracking data to record a group guest experience or show and automatically provide custom media products. Embodiments record a plurality of guests throughout an experience or show, and simultaneously position track each guest individually. Embodiments utilize the tracking data to extract a sub-sampled video of each guest. This sub-sampled video is combined with additional media automatically according to a script. The result is a personalized video take-away for each guest, which can be created entirely without human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher James Purvis, Joshua B. Gorin, Cliff Wong
  • Patent number: 9805496
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for generating virtual terrains. A terrain editing application is configured to receive assets of various types, including a blank canvas, two-dimensional (2D) sketches, real-world elevation maps, authored heightfields, etc. The assets specify characteristics of a terrain, and provide starting points for creating the virtual terrain. The editing application further provides a set of tools allowing a user to modify the virtual terrain. In one embodiment, the set of tools may include a copy-and-paste tool, a peak creation tool, a ridge creation tool, a ridge tracing tool, and a resynthesis tool. The editing application generates a new layer for each edit, as well as 2D and three-dimensional (3D) previews of the edited terrain. The editing application also provides a user-adjustable frequency decomposition of each layer. The editing application combines layers using Laplacian blending to produce the final virtual terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., University College London
    Inventors: Kenneth Mitchell, Gwyneth Bradbury, Tim Weyrich