Disney Patents

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

Disney Patents by Type

  • Disney Patents Granted: Disney patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Disney Patent Applications: Disney patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20170272505
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for leveraging machine learning to deliver time-sensitive media content offers to a consumer over an optimal device and channel. In an implementation, a server system transmits media content offers over an optimal device and channel to a user. The server system captures metadata of at least one of: the user's use of multiple devices, the user's media content preferences, the user's preferred transmission channels for receiving media content offers over the multiple devices, and the user's preferred times for receiving media content offers. The server system prepares a media content offer for transmission to the user. Based on the captured metadata, the server system selects a user device of the multiple user devices and a transmission channel of multiple transmission channels to transmit the media content offer; and transmits the media content offer to the selected user device over the selected transmission channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: TONY R. SMITH
  • Patent number: 9764229
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system configured to unlock digital content related to toys associated with users. The digital content may be unlocked based on the associations between the toys and the users, and presence of objects associated with user accounts at predetermined geographic locations. The predetermined geographic locations may be locations within theme parks, restaurants, stores, and/or hotels. The toys associated with the users may include, for example, toys owned by the users. The toys may include physical toys and/or virtual toys in a virtual space. The objects associated with user accounts may include, for example, a mobile phone belonging to the user. The user accounts may be electronic accounts associated with individual users that include information related to the toys associated with users and information related to the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Matthew Dawson
  • Patent number: 9766773
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to provide responses to emergent group activities in an interactive environment, by monitoring actions of one or more avatars in the interactive environment, the one or more avatars being controlled by a respective user, detecting a first action matching a first action property in a first group activity template for a first group activity, of a plurality of group activity templates, determining that the first group activity is occurring in the interactive environment, and issuing to one or more components of the interactive environment, an indication to perform a respective predefined operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John Crocker, Christopher Heatherly, Steve Makofsky
  • Patent number: 9765226
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are printable compositions that include a UV-A blocking compound, wherein the composition is free of colorants that are visible under white light or UV light. Also disclosed herein are images formed by printing the printable composition on a substrate surface, wherein the substrate surface includes one or more Uv fluorescent materials on at least a portion thereof. Also disclosed herein are methods of forming an image on a substrate including printing a selected amount of the printable composition on top of a UV fluorescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Susan Dain
  • Patent number: 9769234
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for transcoding media content. Embodiments include receiving a request to perform a transcoding operation on a first instance of media content. The first instance of media content is analyzed to determine metadata describing the first instance of media content. Embodiments determine a set of currently available system resources for use in performing the transcoding operation on the first instance of media content. Additionally, embodiments divide the transcoding operation into a plurality of sub-operations based on the determined metadata and the determined set of currently available system resources. Each of the plurality of sub-operations corresponds to a respective portion of the first instance of media content. An execution of the plurality of sub-operations is initiated to produce a plurality of encoded fragments. Embodiments then combine the plurality of encoded fragments to produce an encoded instance of media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Richards, Lawrence Anthony
  • Patent number: 9767601
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory storing a software application and a processor configured to execute the software application to transmit a light through a scene, the scene including a medium described by an extinction function, define a fictitious medium described by a fictitious extinction function, determine a path through the medium, the path including a plurality of points, calculate one of a plurality of weights for each of the plurality of points, the one of the plurality of weights corresponding to one minus the ratio of the extinction function to the fictitious extinction function, and estimate a transmittance of the lights through the medium as a product of the plurality of weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Novak, Wojciech Jarosz, Andrew Selle
  • Patent number: 9761007
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for approximating a fully calculated image sequence from a subset of calculated image data. In one configuration, a rendering application calculates, for each image in the image sequence, a subset of pixels including pixels previously occluded by object(s) in preceding images and pixels whose ages have exceeded a threshold value. The rendering application then approximates the remaining non-calculated image data by interpolating the image data that has been calculated and merges the calculated and approximated image data to obtain the final image sequence. In a particular configuration, entire images may be recalculated at regular intervals to prevent excessive image quality degradation. In another configuration, the recalculation of pixel data may be offset by randomly initializing pixel age values. In yet another configuration, a combination of recalculating entire images and refreshing pixels at offset intervals may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lewis Siegel, Sean Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20170256289
    Abstract: A system for identifying, tagging, and displaying one or more assets within an audio visual (AV) file includes an asset tagging server, an asset tag acquisition device, and a database, wherein the asset tag acquisition device includes an asset identification engine configured to receive an asset identification data set and generate an asset tag data file that includes an asset tag corresponding to each asset. The asset tagging server is configured to receive, from an AV capture device, an AV file that includes an AV representation of each asset and corresponding timestamp data, and store, in the database, an AV asset tag data file comprising the beginning timestamp, the ending time stamp, and the set of asset tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: TONY R. SMITH
  • Patent number: 9753915
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems for correcting a glyph in a translated text are described. In one embodiment, the method includes identifying a first form of a first glyph in a translation text having a plurality of contextual properties and analyzing, by the processor, the first form of the first glyph with reference to one or more glyph form tables comprising a plurality of forms of the first glyph based, at least in part, on the plurality of contextual properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Tadashi George Sakashita, Imran Goychayev, Alejandra Ledesma, Luigi Pardo, Sonia Souto Sieiro
  • Patent number: 9756392
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for non-linear navigation of video content comprising receiving a video content asset comprising a plurality of video content clips tagged with information tags, the information tags connecting the video content clips to form a plurality of navigation paths; presenting a first video clip from the plurality of video clips; displaying a set of navigation options for selection by a user, each of the navigation options corresponding to a particular navigation path; receiving a navigation option selection from the user; and presenting a second video clip from the plurality of video clips based on the navigation path corresponding to the navigation option selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9751015
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for integrating a virtual rendering system and a video capture system using flexible camera control to provide an augmented reality. There is provided a method comprising receiving input data from a plurality of clients for modifying a virtual environment presented using the virtual rendering system, obtaining, from the virtual rendering system, a virtual camera configuration of a virtual camera in the virtual environment, programming the video capture system using the virtual camera configuration to correspondingly control a robotic camera in a real environment, capturing a video capture feed using the robotic camera, obtaining a virtually rendered feed using the virtual camera showing the modifying of the virtual environment, rendering the composite render by processing the feeds, and outputting the composite render to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gay, Aaron Thiel
  • Patent number: 9749688
    Abstract: There is provided a system comprising a non-transitory memory storing an executable code and a hardware processor executing the executable code to receive first viewing data for a media content including a first total viewing time of the media content on a first viewing platform, receive a total possible number of viewers and a first audience composition percentage of a first audience viewing the media content on the first viewing platform, determine a first ratio by dividing the first total viewing time of the media content on the first viewing platform by a duration of the media content for the first viewing platform, and calculate a first platform rating for the media content by multiplying the first ratio by the first audience composition percentage and a first co-viewing factor and dividing by the total possible number of viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian West, Lisa Heimann
  • Patent number: 9744930
    Abstract: A vehicle for use in an amusement park ride with upright passenger seating. The vehicle includes a vehicle body and a seat assembly including a seat pan provided in the vehicle body between a front end and a rear end of the vehicle body. The vehicle further includes a passenger restraint system with: (a) a lap bar assembly; (b) a lap bar mount pivotally supporting the lap bar assembly within the vehicle body to pivot about a lap bar rotation axis passing between the seat pan and the front end of the vehicle body; (c) a side leg shield; and (d) a shield articulating assembly concurrently pivoting the side leg shield about a shield rotation axis from an open to a closed position with a pivoting of the lap bar assembly about the lap bar rotation axis from a disengage to an engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Lee Howard
  • Patent number: 9749711
    Abstract: There is provided a media content server for inserting a location-based advertisement into an online media content. The media content server comprises a memory including an online media content for online access; a processor configured to receive a request from a client for the online media content; determine an IP address of the client based on the request; map the IP address to a local advertisement server serving an area corresponding to the IP address; request a local advertisement from the local advertisement server; provide the local advertisement to the client; and provide the online media content from the memory to the client. The online media content has a first and second sequential segments, and the local advertisement may be provided to the client after the first segment is provided and before the second segment is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariff Sidi, Skarphedinn Hedinsson
  • Patent number: 9747371
    Abstract: There is provided a method for producing a customized content, comprising identifying a customizable content from which to produce the customized content, identifying a base content in the customizable content, and receiving at least one customizing criterion as input. The method further comprises determining a plurality of content modifiers for harmonizing the base content and the customizing criterion, extracting the plurality of content modifiers from a modification library, and integrating the plurality of content modifiers with the base content to produce the customized content. In one embodiment, the method is embodied as instructions stored on a computer-readable medium. A system for producing customized content comprises a content host hosting a customizable content including a base content, a modification library, and a content customizing application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Bardwil
  • Patent number: 9744462
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention broadly contemplate a location based rewards distribution system. Various embodiments of the invention provide rewards, for example video game unlock codes, based on a user physically visiting a specific physical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Dutilly, Michael Jacob, Greg McBride
  • Patent number: 9747668
    Abstract: Systems and method for the reconstruction of an articulated object are disclosed herein, The articulated object can be reconstructed from image data collected by a moving camera over a period of time. A plurality of 2D feature points can be identified within the image data. These 2D feature points can be converted into three-dimensional space, which converted points are identified as 3D feature points. These 3D feature points can be used to identify one or several rigidity constrains and/or kinematic constraints. These rigidity and/or kinematic constraints can be applied to a model of the reconstructed articulated object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Kaan Yücer, Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Oliver Wang, Olga Sorkine Hornung
  • Patent number: 9747289
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and outputting personalized content recommendations are provided. When it is determined that two or more users are in close proximity to each other, the two or more users' respective media content libraries may be compared. Commonalities or related aspects of the two or more users' respective media content libraries can be determined and leveraged to generated personalized content recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul Patel, Mark Arana, Tony R. Smith, Alexander C. Chen
  • Publication number: 20170245011
    Abstract: Methods and systems of dynamic content analysis for categorizing media contents are provided. Data regarding the media contents that a user is watching on one or more devices is obtained, and the environment in which the user is watching the media contents may be captured. Metadata categorizing the events and the media contents can be generated, and the metadata may be further associated with a corresponding event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: ARNAUD ROBERT, MARK ARANA, EDWARD DRAKE
  • Patent number: 9743123
    Abstract: There is provided a video playback system comprising a plurality of video playback channels, a memory, and a processor configured to transmit a first video content over a first playback channel, store a first video transmission being transmitted over the first video playback channel in the memory, start transmitting, at a second time, the first video transmission from the memory over a second playback channel, receive an update segment for replacing a first segment of the first video transmission and a location of the first segment in the first video transmission, detect the location of the first segment in the first video transmission, transmit the update segment in place of the first segment over the second video playback channel, revert to transmitting the first video transmission over the second video playback channel, and store a second video transmission being transmitted over the second video playback channel in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladislav Feldman, Efthimis Stefanidis, Joseph P. Kenny
  • Patent number: 9740964
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for performing object classification through semantic mapping. Such an object classification system includes a system processor, a system memory, and an object categorizing unit stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the object categorizing unit to receive image data corresponding to an object, and to transform the image data into a directed quantity expressed at least in part in terms of semantic parameters. The system processor is further configured to determine a projection of the directed quantity onto an object representation map including multiple object categories, and to associate the object with a category from among the multiple object categories based on the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Ju Hwang, Jonghyun Choi, Leonid Sigal
  • Patent number: 9743421
    Abstract: A method, network communication device, and computer program product are disclosed to perform simultaneous operation of at least a first and second communications protocol. The method includes determining a first frame period for communicating with a first processing device using the first communications protocol, selecting, based on the first frame period, a second frame period for communicating with a second processing device using the second communications protocol, and allocating a portion of the second frame period for communicating with the first processing device using the first communications protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Michael Konopacki, Jr., Riyadth Fadhil Al-Kazily, John Hubbard Peel, Gregory J. Strange
  • Patent number: 9741153
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for sampling visual characteristics of a three-dimensional scene. Embodiments include collecting a plurality of samples within the three-dimensional scene. Upon determining that a combined stratified importance sampling algorithm will result in reduced error for a rendered image of the three-dimensional scene, embodiments collect the plurality of samples using the combined stratified importance sampling algorithm, and otherwise the plurality of samples are collected using a stratified sampling algorithm. The combined stratified importance sampling algorithm integrates an antithetic sampling algorithm. One or more lighting effects for the three-dimensional scene are simulated based on the plurality of samples and data describing one or more light sources for the three-dimensional scene. Embodiments further include rendering the image based on the simulated one or more lighting effects and data describing characteristics of the three-dimensional scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kartic Subr, Kenneth Mitchell, Wojciech Jarosz, Derek Nowrouzezahrai
  • Patent number: 9740984
    Abstract: Techniques are described to characterize motion patterns of a group of agents engaging in an activity. An analysis system receives input data associated with spatial and temporal information of at least one element of interest associated with the activity, where the object of interest may be a ball, person, animal or any other object in motion. The analysis system partitions the input data into a plurality of spatiotemporal segments and generates one or more representations of one or more sets of segments of the plurality of spatiotemporal segments based on one or more criteria. The analysis system computes a metric, such as an entropy value, for each of the one or more representations. Partial tracing data, such as ball movements in a sporting event, may be created using an inexpensive input device, such as a tablet computer, making the disclosed techniques available for a wide range of events and activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lucey, Alina Bialkowski, Iain Matthews, G. Peter Carr, Eric Foote
  • Patent number: 9740169
    Abstract: An illumination distribution system for distributing high power illumination to a set of projectors. The system includes a display element, such as a spatial light modulator (SLM), receiving light from a laser. The system includes a fiber optic array with connection locations for optical fibers. The system includes projectors that are each coupled to the fiber optic array at one or more of the connection locations with at least one optical fiber. The system includes a controller operating the display element at a first time to display a first hologram and at a second time to display a second hologram differing from the first hologram such that the laser light is split, with equal or unequal splitting ratios, into beams that are selectively directed to the connection locations of the fiber optic array (e.g., based on a 2D routing pattern used to generate the holograms).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9741145
    Abstract: Techniques for simulating interactions using an augmented reality device are described. Embodiments capture a visual scene for display, wherein the visual scene is captured using one or more camera devices. Embodiments simulate a dynamic interaction between the first physical object and one or more virtual objects. Additionally, a sequence of frames is rendered for display that depicts the simulated dynamic interaction the first physical object and the one or more virtual objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenny Mitchell, Rafael C. Hostettler, Stelian Coros, Robert Sumner
  • Patent number: 9740766
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein play multi-source media content. A multi-source media content includes digital assets from multiple media sources. The digital assets may include a video digital asset, an audio digital asset, or a textual digital asset. The digital assets may be provided by different media content providers. The digital assets from multiple media sources may be played such that various components (e.g., a video component, an audio component, or a textual component) of a media content are synchronized. When a digital asset or a digital asset segment for a media content is retrieved from a media content provider into the domain, an index is created to associate the digital asset with the media source from which the digital asset or the digital asset segment may be retrieved. As such, a media content may be played without retrieving, from a media content provider, those digital assets or digital asset segments already existing in the domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Arana
  • Publication number: 20170236290
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for performing video segmentation using fully connected object proposals. For example, a number of object proposals for a video sequence are generated. A pruning step can be performed to retain high quality proposals that have sufficient discriminative power. A classifier can be used to provide a rough classification and subsampling of the data to reduce the size of the proposal space, while preserving a large pool of candidate proposals. A final labeling of the candidate proposals can then be determined, such as a foreground or background designation for each object proposal, by solving for a posteriori probability of a fully connected conditional random field, over which an energy function can be defined and minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Federico Perazzi, Oliver Wang
  • Publication number: 20170236328
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing movement, such as the movement of a vehicle with an augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) story-telling or narrative experience is provided. For example, the AR or VR experience can be adapted to justify the movement of the vehicle based on trip criterion, such as a navigational path upon which the vehicle has embarked. Alternatively, trip criterion, such as the navigational path upon which the vehicle will embark, can be adapted to comport with one or more events of the AR or VR experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JOSIAH EATEDALI, JAMES P. MADDEN, MARK ARANA
  • Patent number: 9734628
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for creating digital assets that can be used to personalize themed products. For example, a workflow and pipeline used to generate a 3D model from digital images of a person's face and to manufacture a personalized, physical figurine customized with the 3D model are disclosed. The 3D model of the person's face may be simplified to match a topology of a desired figurine. While the topology is deformed to match that of the figurine, the 3D model retains the geometry of the child's face. Simplifying the topology of the 3D model in this manner allows the mesh to be integrated with or attached to a mesh representing desired figurine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Jose Rafael Tena, Moshe Mahler, Iain Matthews, Hengchin Yeh, Thabo Dominik Beeler, Robert Sumner, Cydni Tetro, John-Thomas C. Ngo
  • Patent number: 9736540
    Abstract: Methods and systems for allowing multiple devices to display and annotate (or modify) a video image are described, where a content renderer device displays a video image that is also displayed (or viewed) by one or more content viewer devices, which can both display and annotate (or modify) the same video image at the same time, and the content renderer selectively determines whether or not a GUI menu is displayed on its display screen. Annotation commands (e.g., screen touch data) on the viewer devices are captured, packaged and sent to the content renderer, which creates a combined modified video image having the annotations from the viewer devices, displays it to the renderer display and sends it to the viewer devices for display thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Hans C. Anderson, Aaron Thiel, Li Shi, Mathieu Morris, Jeremiah Michael Swartz
  • Patent number: 9733790
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for populating a virtual environment with objects. In one embodiment, an editing application may track a handheld device using sensor data from a camera, by following an image displayed on the handheld device's screen. The editing application then updates the position of an object in the virtual environment according to the tracked position of the handheld device. Initially, the handheld device may be placed at a fixed location for calibration purposes, during which the editing application initializes a mapping between the virtual and physical environments. To add an object to the virtual environment, a user may select the object on the handheld device. The user may then place the object at a desired location and orientation in the virtual environment by moving the handheld device in the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sumner, Gioacchino Noris
  • Patent number: 9736615
    Abstract: There is provided a media device for use in a system including a plurality of speakers. The media device includes a memory configured to store a software application, and a processor configured to execute the software application to transmit one or more audio calibration signals to the plurality of speakers for emission by the plurality of speakers, receive, from a user device, information relating to a detection of the one or more audio calibration signals by the user device, and analyze the information received from the user device to determine a position of the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 9724611
    Abstract: There is provided a method of synchronizing a portable device with an online user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Heatherly
  • Patent number: 9729926
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a content distribution system that removes time-dependent promotional content before providing a recording of a media presentation (e.g., show or program) to a video-on-demand (VOD) provider. To receive Nielsen credit for a subscriber watching a recording of the media presentation using VOD, the recording must be almost the same as the live version of the media presentation which includes the original program content and the commercial advertisements shown during commercial breaks. However, some shows also include promotional content that a telecommunication or cable provider adds to the media presentation to promote other shows or events being broadcasted later. By the time the user views the recording, however, the promotional content may already be outdated. The embodiments herein describe techniques for removing time-dependent promotional content from a media presentation before the recording of the media presentation is sent to VOD providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Machanic, Robert Jensen, Hugh McGuire, Raul Rapalo, Michael Strein, Vladislav Feldman, Jeffrey Corwin, Kenneth Michel
  • Patent number: 9729593
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for providing customized experiences to a plurality of client stations in a shared environment. There is provided an accounts database having data relating to a plurality of clients, an online server having a server processor and hosting the shared environment for access by the plurality of client stations, and an online client application for execution by a client processor of a client station. The server processor is configured to retrieve client data from the accounts database relating to a client, determine client preferences of the client based on the client data, create a customized environment from the shared environment according to the client preferences, and send the customized environment to the online client application of a client station associated with the client for rendering the customized environment on a client display. User interactions may be filtered to maintain a shared environment perception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Lane Bruce Merrifield
  • Patent number: 9729708
    Abstract: There is provided a method for altering features of a mobile device. The method includes detecting a charm having a charm identification, obtaining the charm identification from the charm, identifying the charm using the charm identification, altering a theme of the mobile device to a new theme based on the charm, in response to the identifying of the charm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Hornbeek, Melissa Martyn, Roxana Powell, Tracy Thurman, Courtney Watkinson
  • Patent number: 9729533
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for human verification by a contextually iconic visual public Turing test. There is provided a method comprising receiving a request to verify whether a client is human controlled, selecting, by contextual criteria, a plurality of images each having one or more associated tags from a database, generating a challenge question and a corresponding answer set based on associated tags of a subset of the plurality of images, presenting the plurality of images and the challenge question to the client, receiving a submission to the challenge question from the client, and responding to the request by verifying whether the submission is contained in the answer set to determine whether the client is human controlled. The contextual criteria may comprise subject matter, branding, or intended audience of a content provider sending the request, thereby facilitating human responses while deterring automated systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Snelling, Brian Grutzius, Scott Thompson, Adam T. Fritz
  • Patent number: 9720245
    Abstract: A lenticular display device that is effective in increasing both perceived angular resolution and spatial resolution. These desirable results are achieved by modifying the lenslet array to better match the content of a given light field. An optimization algorithm or method (which may be implemented with software run on a computing device) is provided that analyzes an input light field and computes an optimal lenslet size, shape, and arrangement of sets of lenslets across the width of the array to better (or even best) match the input light field given a set of output parameters. The resulting lenticular display device (or print) shows higher detail and smoother motion parallax compared with fixed-size lens arrays. The usefulness of these content-adaptive lenticular prints has been demonstrated or proven using rendered simulations, by generating 3D-printed lens arrays according to the present description, and with user studies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Kautz, James Tompkin, Wojciech Matusik, Simon Heinzle
  • Patent number: 9723328
    Abstract: One particular implementation of the present invention may take the form of a method and system for encoding decoding 3-D multimedia content. In one example, visual content having a plurality of source frames may be processed to create a plurality of first and second type frames from each of the plurality of source frames. The plurality of first and second type frames may be arranged to create modified content, and generating a distinguishing signal for the visual content, which may distinguish the first type frame from the second type frame. In another examples, the present invention may take the form of a method decoding 3-D multimedia content encoded with at least content frames and null frames. The method may operate to receive the 3-D multimedia content, extract at least one content frame, at least one null frame, and display information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Scott F. Watson
  • Patent number: 9723366
    Abstract: A supplemental content retrieval system is disclosed for playing supplemental video content on a video player. The system comprises a video player for playing video content, a secondary device for receiving supplemental video content, and a remote database for providing supplemental video content, wherein the video player is configured to play the supplemental video content received by the secondary device. A method for using said system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Voris, Mark Arana
  • Publication number: 20170213320
    Abstract: Systems and method for the reconstruction of an articulated object are disclosed herein, The articulated object can be reconstructed from image data collected by a moving camera over a period of time. A plurality of 2D feature points can be identified within the image data. These 2D feature points can be converted into three-dimensional space, which converted points are identified as 3D feature points. These 3D feature points can be used to identify one or several rigidity constrains and/or kinematic constraints. These rigidity and/or kinematic constraints can be applied to a model of the reconstructed articulated object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Kaan YÜCER, Alexander SORKINE HORNUNG, Oliver WANG, Olga SORKINE HORNUNG
  • Patent number: 9713774
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing an enhanced contextual chat feature in online environments. The contextual chat feature may be used to present users with a list of expressions that may be sent to other users within an online environment (or to users in other online environments). The list of messages may be derived from a linguistic profile which itself may change as the use of language in an online environment (or by a particular user group) evolves, over time. In cases where a user sends a contextual chat message to another user in the same online environment, messages may be sent without being altered. However, when a user selects a contextual chat message from the list to send to a user in another online environment, the message may be translated based on a linguistic profile associated with users in the second environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Cyrus J. Hoomani, Vita Markman
  • Patent number: 9714072
    Abstract: Dampers for mounting on a dock to control landing a boat. The dampers may be used individually or in damper systems made up of a plurality of dampers. Each damper has a flexible body with one or more sidewalls defining an inner chambers, and orifices are provided in one of the sidewalls to allow the chamber to be filled with water when the damper is in an at-rest state. When the boat approaches the dock and contacts the damper or the outer set of dampers in a damper assembly/system, the collision or impact force applied by the boat against the outer surfaces of the damper(s) causes the damper body to be compressed, which causes the sidewalls of the chamber to collapse so as to expel water out of the inner chamber via the orifices so as to reduce the speed of the boat at a desired rate of deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Brooke M. Swift, Eric J. Moy, Dennis M. Lind, J. Douglas Smith, Casey L. McKibben
  • Patent number: 9715580
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a method for providing a user access to a gaming environment without a full license. In operation, a license generator receive a request to generate a temporary license for a user not having access to the gaming environment from a primary user having a full license. The license generator then generates the temporary license based on license information associated with the full license belonging to a primary user. The user can then access the gaming environment via the temporary license, but may only be given restricted access to the gaming environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Louis Yves Paquet, Amy Beth Kalson
  • Patent number: 9710951
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for creating animated video frames which include both computer generated elements and hand drawn elements. For example, a software tool may allows an artist to draw line work (or supply other 2D image data) to composite with an animation frame rendered from a three dimensional (3D) graphical model of an object. The software tool may be configured to determine how to animate such 2D image data provided for one frame in order to appear in subsequent (or prior) frames in a manner consistent with changes in rendering the underlying 3D geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kaschalk, Eric A. Daniels, Brian S. Whited, Kyle D. Odermatt, Patrick T. Osborne
  • Patent number: 9710965
    Abstract: A process, computer program product, and apparatus provide color and shape stylization for a captured hairstyle. The process, computer program product, and apparatus receive a plurality of images of a hairstyle in an n dimensional space at a plurality of different angles. Further, the process, computer program product, and apparatus generate a mesh surface in an n?1 dimensional space. In addition, the process, computer program product, and apparatus combine color data from the plurality of images at the plurality of different angles with mesh geometry data of the mesh surface. The process, computer program product, and apparatus also stylize the color data with an n dimensional filter that projects the color data to the n?1 dimensional space of the mesh surface. The process, computer program product, and apparatus may also stylize the geometric shape details in a coherent manner with the color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Jose Ignacio Echevarria
  • Patent number: 9710156
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for three-dimensional object sculpting and deformation on a mobile device. The system including a display, a memory storing a sculpting software application, and a processor configured to execute the sculpting software application to present an object to the user on the display, receive a first user input from the user for deforming the object, deform the object based on the first user input to generate a deformed object, receive a second user input from the user for squishing the deformed object using a squishing machine, and re-present the deformed object on the display next to the squishing machine. Squishing the deformed object may include breaking the deformed object in a blending machine, melting the deformed object with a heating machine, blowing the deformed object up with a pump, or breaking the deformed object up within a bubble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly Porter, Michele Wells, Giovanna Alaimo, Camilo Bejarano, Aradhana Modi, Alexander Ferrier
  • Patent number: 9712810
    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 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Quinn Y. Smithwick, Christopher Stuart Gabriel
  • Bot
    Patent number: D792525
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Putzeys, Katherine M. Bassett, John Peter Fiscella, Michael Paul Goslin, Joseph Logan Olson, Paulo Kang