Disney Patents

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Disney Patents by Type

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  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 9992482
    Abstract: An omnidirectional camera apparatus configured to facilitate omnidirectional stereo imaging is described. The apparatus may include a first convex mirror, a first camera disposed at the first convex mirror, a second convex mirror, and a second camera disposed at the second convex mirror. The first convex mirror and the second convex mirror may be arranged such that a first mirrored surface of the first convex mirror and a second mirrored surface of the second convex mirror may face each other. The first camera may capture imagery reflected off the second convex mirror. The second camera may capture imagery reflected off the first convex mirror. A method of calibrating an omnidirectional camera apparatus is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH ZÜRICH
    Inventors: Paul Beardsley, Javier Alonso Mora
  • 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: 9981182
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a wearable feedback device having a first feedback element and a second feedback element, a non-transitory memory storing a game and an executable code, and a hardware processor executing the executable code to receive an input signal from the game, transmit a first activation signal to activate the first feedback element to provide a first feedback including a haptic effect, in response to receiving the input signal, and transmit a second activation signal to activate the second feedback element to provide a second feedback, in response to receiving the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Eric C. Haseltine
  • Patent number: 9986267
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by a system. The method includes receiving live broadcasting of a segment of a video content from a live encoder; recording the segment in a video database of the non-transitory memory, receiving edits to the segment from a producer to produce an edited segment, encoding the edited segment to produce an encoded edited segment, and transmitting a network address of the encoded edited segment to a content management system (CMS) for distribution to a plurality of user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Yang, Josef Bell
  • Patent number: 9986278
    Abstract: There is provided a server for providing an interactive broadcast. The server includes a memory configured to store a story manager including an event controller, a story controller and an action processor, and a hardware processor configured to execute the story manager. The story manager is configured to provide, using the event controller, an event based on a control script, story elements metadata, one or more user performance analyses, and one or more user preferences. The story manager is also configured to generate, using the story controller, an action command based on the event received from the event controller and a story state. The story manager is further configured to determine, using the action processor, an action corresponding to the action command for initiating one or more control processes for distributing the interactive broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolce Stefanoski, Aljoscha Smolic
  • Patent number: 9986227
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying three dimensional (3D) images to a viewer without the need for 3D glasses. The apparatus includes a display element with a lenticular display surface that is supported to be horizontal and face upward into a viewing space. The apparatus includes a location tracking element tracking a location of a viewer in the viewing space relative to the lenticular display surface. The apparatus includes a display controller generating reprojected content for operating the display element to display 3D images via the lenticular display surface. The reprojected content is generated by determining for each pixel of the display element the content or images passing through tracked and/or determined eye locations and then remapping content delivered to each of the pixels of the display element to achieve a predefined pattern of content in viewpoints of fixed camera positions for the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Quinn Y. Smithwick, Christopher Stuart Gabriel
  • Patent number: 9977767
    Abstract: There is provided a client device including a memory storing a web browser and a database of disabled hyperlinks. The client device further includes a processor executing the web browser to receive a selection of a hyperlink from a user for navigating to a web page addressed by the hyperlink, and query the database to determine, after the selection, if the hyperlink is one of the disabled hyperlinks stored in the database. If the query determines that the hyperlink is not one of the disabled hyperlinks stored in the database, request the web page from a web page server hosting the web page, receive, in response to the request, an error code from the web page server hosting the web page, store the hyperlink in the database of the disabled hyperlinks, in response to receiving the error code, and disable the hyperlink, in response to receiving the error code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Rahul Chugh
  • Patent number: 9977267
    Abstract: A color-changing hairpiece is disclosed. The hairpiece may include a plurality of elongated light sources that emit light when activated and a photochromic layer provided in association with at least one light source such that the light emitted from the at least one light source impinges on a portion of the photochromic layer, the photochromic layer configured to change color responsive to the light emitted from the at least one light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Anselm Grundhofer
  • Patent number: 9979895
    Abstract: Embodiments herein disclose a tone mapping system that generates a base layer by filtering a frame in an HDR video. The tone mapping system then generates a tone curve using a tone mapping parameter derived from the base layer—e.g., a mean or maximum luminance value. Once the tone curve parameter is identified, the system performs temporal filtering to smooth out inconsistencies between the current value of the tone curve parameter and the values of tone curve parameter of at least one previous frame in the HDR video. The tone mapping system applies the temporally filtered tone curve to the base layer to generate a temporally coherent layer. The temporally coherent base layer can be combined with a detail layer derived from the HDR video to generate a frame of a tone mapped video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Simone Maurizio Croci, Nikolce Stefanoski
  • Patent number: 9980005
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to distribution of media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariff Sidi, Skarpi Hedinsson, David Watson, Dionysius Mavromatis
  • Publication number: 20180139436
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for reconstructing an object in three dimensions that is captured in a set of two-dimensional images. The object is reconstructed in three dimensions by computing depth values for edges of the object in the set of two-dimensional images. The set of two-dimensional images may be samples of a light field surrounding the object. The depth values may be computed by exploiting local gradient information in the set of two-dimensional images. After computing the depth values for the edges, depth values between the edges may be determined by identifying types of the edges (e.g., a texture edge, a silhouette edge, or other type of edge). Then, the depth values from the set of two-dimensional images may be aggregated in a three-dimensional space using a voting scheme, allowing the reconstruction of the object in three dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Kaan Yücer, Changil Kim, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Olga Sorkine-Hornung
  • Publication number: 20180137674
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for reconstructing an object in three dimensions that is captured in a set of two-dimensional images. The object is reconstructed in three dimensions by computing depth values for edges of the object in the set of two-dimensional images. The set of two-dimensional images may be samples of a light field surrounding the object. The depth values may be computed by exploiting local gradient information in the set of two-dimensional images. After computing the depth values for the edges, depth values between the edges may be determined by identifying types of the edges (e.g., a texture edge, a silhouette edge, or other type of edge). Then, the depth values from the set of two-dimensional images may be aggregated in a three-dimensional space using a voting scheme, allowing the reconstruction of the object in three dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Kaan Yücer, Changil Kim, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Olga Sorkine-Hornung
  • Patent number: 9971507
    Abstract: Systems and methods of reducing storage requirements for storing information defining a virtual space are presented herein. In particular, a compressed format of information defining a virtual space may be generated. The virtual space may include virtual space content modeled as polygons. An individual polygon may be defined by an individual set of vertices. The information defining the virtual space may include vertex position information, and/or other information. The vertex position information may comprise individual positions of individual vertices of individual polygons represented as vectors having vector components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Andi Smithers
  • Patent number: 9968850
    Abstract: A system configured to provide one or more virtual spaces that are accessible to users. The system may implement a markup language to communicate information between various components. The markup language may enable the communication of information between components of the system via markup elements. A markup element may include a discrete unit of information that includes both content and attributes associated with the content. The implementation of the markup language may enable the instantiation of virtual spaces, and the conveyance to users of views of an instantiated virtual space via a distributed architecture in which the components (e.g., a server capable of instantiating virtual spaces, and a client capable of providing an interface between a user and a virtual space) are capable of providing virtual spaces with a broader range of characteristics than components in conventional systems capable of providing virtual spaces that are accessible to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Raph Koster
  • Patent number: 9972138
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for augmenting an appearance of a hilt to simulate a bladed weapon. A hilt may be augmented with a blade of a bladed weapon by detecting a landmark associated with the hilt, determining a position and/or an orientation of the hilt, determining an overlay image comprising the blade of the bladed weapon, wherein the blade is placed within the overlay image according to the determined position and/or the determined orientation of the hilt, and displaying the overlay image so that the blade of the bladed weapon appears to be attached to the hilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Matthew Ryan, Joseph Logan Olson
  • Publication number: 20180130248
    Abstract: Techniques for selectively removing Monte Carlo (MC) noise from a geometric buffer (G-buffer). Embodiments identify the G-buffer for rendering an image of a three-dimensional scene from a viewpoint. Embodiments determine, for each of a plurality of pixels in the image being rendered, respective world position information based on the three-dimensional scene and a position and orientation of the viewpoint. A pre-filtering operation is then performed to selectively remove the MC noise from the G-buffer, based on the determined world position information for the plurality of pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth MITCHELL, Jose A. IGLESIAS-GUITIAN, Bochang MOON, Steven G. MCDONAGH
  • Publication number: 20180131841
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a high dynamic range video coding pipeline that may reduce color artifacts and improve compression efficiency. The disclosed pipeline separates the luminance component from the chrominance components of an input signal (e.g., an RGB source video) and applies a scaling of the chrominance components before encoding, thereby reducing perceivable color artifacts while maintaining luminance quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: SAMIR MAHMALAT, TUNC OZAN AYDIN, ALJOSA SMOLIC
  • Publication number: 20180130245
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable memory are provided for determining time-varying anatomical and physiological tissue characteristics of an animation rig. For example, shape and material properties are defined for a plurality of sample configurations of the animation rig. The shape and material properties are associated with the plurality of sample configurations. An animation of the animation rig is obtained, and one or more configurations of the animation rig are determined for one or more frames of the animation. The determined one or more configurations include shape and material properties, and are determined using one or more sample configurations of the animation rig. A simulation of the animation rig is performed using the determined one or more configurations. Performing the simulation includes computing physical effects for addition to the animation of the animation rig.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Yeara Kozlov, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Moritz Bächer, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9965532
    Abstract: There are provided asset-data integration systems and methods for use by such systems. Such a system includes a hardware processor, a system memory, and an asset-data synthesis unit including a data translation module and a data integration module, stored in the system memory. The system is configured to receive domain specific asset description data expressed using different descriptive vocabularies, and to translate the domain specific asset description data to produce common format asset description data. The system is further configured to identify the common format asset description data describing the same asset, to integrate that common format asset description data to produce an integrated asset description data describing the asset, and to generate a synthesized data describing the asset and linking the integrated asset description data and the domain specific asset description data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Accardo, Walter P. Chatfield, Jr., Maged Boctor, Alexander Marshall
  • Patent number: 9967529
    Abstract: An apparatus displaying content to a viewer by adjusting parameters of the content or display devices based on environmental or display device changes. The apparatus includes a display device with a screen providing digital content. A thematic overlay is provided over the display screen to provide diffuse reflection of light striking the front surface. The output light is a combination of the displayed content from the screen and reflection of light from the thematic overlay. The apparatus includes a digital signage benchmarking tool with an output sensing element a benchmarking module processing the sensed output light to generate output light-based data. The apparatus includes a feedback control module modifying a parameter of the display device based on the output light-based data to modify chromaticity or illumination levels of the display device. The feedback control module operates to modify the digital content to provide the displayed content having an adjusted chromaticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Mitchell, Darren P. Cosker, Nicholas Teixeira Swafford, Mark A. Reichow, Michael John Holton, John Edgar Park
  • Patent number: 9967554
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying three dimensional (3D) images to a viewer without the need for 3D glasses. The apparatus includes a first display device horizontally oriented and operable to alternately display a first parallax and a second parallax barrier. The first parallax barrier corresponds with a first viewer location and the second parallax barrier corresponds with a second viewer location. The apparatus includes a second display device positioned parallel to the first display device and operable to alternately display first 3D content corresponding with the first viewer location and second 3D content corresponding with the second viewer location. The apparatus includes a directional backlight assembly alternately backlighting the second display device with first light directed toward the first viewer location and second light directed toward the second viewer location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Hagen Friedrich Seifert, Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Publication number: 20180124370
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for recording high fidelity augmented reality or virtual reality experiences through off-device computation. In one implementation, an augmented reality system renders an augmented reality object overlaid over a real-world environment; captures video and audio data of the real-world environment during rendering of the augmented reality object; and stores augmented reality object data associated with the rendered augmented reality object. The augmented reality system transmits the augmented reality object data to a server that rerenders the augmented reality object based on the transmitted augmented reality object data to create rerendered augmented reality object data. The augmented reality system receives the rerendered augmented reality object data or a video of the rerendered augmented reality object data composited with the captured video and audio data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: JASON BEJOT
  • Patent number: 9956717
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method for modifying an input image to map to a three dimensional shape prior to forming the three dimensional shape. The method includes receiving by a processor at least two pre-forming images of a locally unique non-repeating pattern printed on an input material. The at least two pre-forming images are captured prior to the input material being formed into the three dimensional shape. The method further includes receiving by the processor at least two post-forming images of the pattern printed on the input material, wherein the post-forming images are captured after the input material has been formed into the three dimensional shape and analyzing by the processor the at least pre-forming images and the at least two post-forming images to determine a translation table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhofer, Thomas F. LaDuke, David Robert Wyatt Rose, Henning Zimmer, Dumene Comploi
  • Patent number: 9959664
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide adaptive image filtering. Under this approach, image quality can be enhanced by adjusting an approximation function to better adapt image signals in different parts of an image. Certain parts of the image may be enhanced using a certain approximation function while some other parts of the image may be enhanced using a different approximation function. In certain embodiments, the approximation function selected for a part of the image can be a polynomial function having a specific order. The specific polynomial order can be applied directly to obtain an estimated image value of the part of the image. In certain embodiments, the estimation of the reconstruction error can include iteratively estimating a bias term of the reconstruction error and a variance term of the reconstruction error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bochang Moon, Markus Gross, Steven McDonagh, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9959962
    Abstract: In an interactive environment, a user action may dictate what type of action a base device performs using an entertainment object. In one embodiment, the base device includes a controllable electromagnet that uses magnetism to move one or more permanent magnetics mounted in or on the entertainment object. For example, the entertainment object may be a doll or character that jumps, vibrates, slides, or sways in response to a changing magnetic field generated by the electromagnet. Moreover, the user may wear headphones that determine the location of the base device (and the toy) relative to the user. Using this location, the headphones can output 3D positional audio that the user perceives as originating from the location of the entertainment object on the base device. The 3D positional audio can be outputted synchronously with the action performed by the entertainment object to further immerse the user in the interactive environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine M. Bassett, Michael Paul Goslin, Blade Alexander Olson
  • Patent number: 9958749
    Abstract: An apparatus worn as headgear providing visual effects and vision to the wearer. The apparatus includes a shell or helmet. The apparatus includes an optical assembly mounted in the interior space of the shell adjacent eye slits or opening(s) to the interior space of the shell. The optical assembly includes an outer screen (e.g., a film of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal) switchable between a rear projection (RP) screen state in which the outer screen is cloudy or translucent and a transparent state. The optical assembly includes a backlighting assembly with numerous lights. The optical assembly includes a controller switching, at a rate greater than the flicker fusion rate, between a first operating state with the outer screen in the RP screen state and the lights on to illuminate the outer screen and a second operating state with the outer screen in the transparent state and the lights off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Lanny S. Smoot
  • Patent number: 9959654
    Abstract: A set of animation data for an element in an animation is statistically sampled to obtain a common context. The common context is a subset of a plurality of frames of the set of animation data. Further, output of a data-driven model for the animation, which utilizes at least a subset of the common context, is compared with output of a computational model for the animation. The computational model has a first set of logic. The data-driven model has a second set of logic that has less logic than the first set of logic. In addition, an error between the computational model and the data-driven model is computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gene S. Lee
  • Patent number: 9958767
    Abstract: A display system configured to provide projection mapped augmentation of mechanically animated objects. These mechanically animated objects may take the form of a screen assembly with a projection surface, and a screen actuator may be included in the display system that is operated by a controller to move, to expand, or other otherwise operate the screen assembly so as to modify or morph the projection surface to move and/or change its shape and/or size. Hence, the screen assembly is animated. The display system further includes a projector operated by the controller, in a synchronized manner with the screen actuator, to project content onto the projection surface as it is moved and/or has its shape and/or size changed over time. The projected content is mapped to the various states and movement of the projection surface to avoid blow-by and to suit the changes of the projection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reichow, Steven A. Johnson, Jose A. Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 9959662
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for reducing distortions introduced by deformation of a surface with an existing parameterization. In an exemplary embodiment, the method comprises receiving a rest pose mesh comprising a plurality of faces, a rigidity map corresponding to the rest pose mesh, and a deformed pose mesh; using the rigidity map to generate a simulation grid on the rest pose mesh, the simulation grid comprising a plurality of cells; defining a set of constraints on the simulation grid, the constraints being derived at least in part from the rigidity map; running a simulation using the simulation grid and the set of constraints to obtain a warped grid; and texture mapping the deformed pose mesh based on data from the warped grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth John Mitchell, Charalampos Koniaris, Darren Cosker
  • Patent number: 9959897
    Abstract: User inputs are received from one or more of a plurality of sources at an input interpreter agent. The plurality of sources comprises a remote control device and an on-screen keyboard application. The received user inputs are provided to a digital video object player application, wherein the input interpreter agent is separate from the digital video object player application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Prestenback, Evan Tahler, David Jessen, Brian Kwan
  • Patent number: 9953155
    Abstract: There is presented a system and method for coordinating asset entitlements, the system comprising a server including a processor and a memory and accessible by multiple domains over a network, and an asset entitlement database searchable by the server, wherein an entry of the asset entitlement database links a domain transcendent user identification (ID) of a user and at least one asset entitlement acquired by the user from any of the domains. In one embodiment, the server is configured to receive an asset entitlement inquiry from one of the domains, search the asset entitlement database for asset entitlements acquired by the user from any of the domains, generate a search result identifying the asset entitlements acquired by the user from the domains, and send data corresponding to the search result to the domain from which the asset entitlement inquiry was received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Edward C. Drake
  • Patent number: 9953348
    Abstract: Techniques are described for retrieving advertisements for insertion into a document. Embodiments receive a document comprising a request to retrieve a plurality of advertisement creatives. In response to transmitting the request specified within the received document to the advertisement management system, a single software object defining all of the plurality of advertisement creatives is received. Embodiments insert each of the plurality of advertisement creatives into the document, prior to rendering the document, and then render the document together with the advertisement creatives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jarrod David Whelan
  • Patent number: 9953039
    Abstract: There is presented a method and system for providing a compact graphical user interface for flexible filtering of data. The method comprises showing a search interface on a display device for filtering a content set by a plurality of domains, including a first domain, displaying, within the search interface, a first graphical representation of a parameter set of the first domain in response to a selecting of the first domain, receiving a first parameter subset from the first graphical representation, filtering a content set using the first parameter subset to obtain a search result, and displaying the search result on a display device. The search interface includes a temporally visible menu for selecting parameter sets of the domains and a compact single line query box to display graphical representations of parameter sets or to provide a conventional text entry box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Krispin J. Leydon, Douglas E. Lesan, Matthew F. Schnittker, Dale Roger Beck
  • Publication number: 20180104597
    Abstract: One particular implementation of the present invention may take the form of a method and apparatus for providing various movements as input to a video game. The method and apparatus may detect the body movements of a video game player and interpret those movements as inputs to the video game. The video game may then compare the movements of the user to expected movements to determine if the correct 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 movements of the video game. In this manner, the method and apparatus may provide a move realistic and dynamic video game experience than previous video games that only allowed the player to press buttons as inputs to the game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: 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: 9943959
    Abstract: A method for localizing robots and other objects when ranging devices are partially obstructed. The method includes retrieving a digital map of the space and then identifying potential locations for the object in the space. The method involves generating a prediction of expected ranges between the object and surfaces in the space at each of the potential locations. The method includes operating a ranging device to measure ranges to the surfaces in the space and comparing, for each of the predictions, the measured ranges with the expected ranges to identify the most accurate prediction. The comparing includes weighting ranges that are too small neutrally as these are strikes on obstructions, weighting ranges that provide matches positively, and weighting ranges that are too large negatively, and the comparing then involves summing the weighted ranges to identify a most accurate one of the predictions and associated current location for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle G. Freeman
  • Patent number: 9943769
    Abstract: A system for controlling ride experiences through a ride space of an amusement park ride based on a passenger's present state. The system includes a sensor mounted on an automated trackless vehicle, being controlled to travel along a first ride path, sensing passenger data for a passenger. The system includes a controller processing the passenger data to determine a passenger state at a particular point in time during the ride experience. The controller determines a location of the automated trackless vehicle on the first ride path. The controller, based on the passenger state and the location of the automated trackless vehicle on the first ride path, determines a second ride path for the automated trackless vehicle for the ride space. The controller then controls the automated trackless vehicle to move from the first ride path to the second ride path to alter the passenger's state to enhance their ride experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Dumene Comploi
  • Patent number: D816670
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Hsu, Paulo Kang, John Peter Fiscella
  • 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: D819750
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Putzeys, John Peter Fiscella, Michael Paul Goslin, Joseph Logan Olson, Paulo Kang, John Henry Harris, III, Katherine M. Bassett