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
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  • Patent number: 11315565
    Abstract: A multi-party conversational agent includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a software code. The hardware processor is configured to execute the software code to identify a first predetermined expression for conversing with a group of people, and to have a group conversation, using the first predetermined expression, with at least some members of the group. The hardware processor is configured to further execute the software code to identify, while having the group conversation, a second predetermined expression for having a dialogue with at least one member of the group, and to interrupt the group conversation to have the dialogue, using the second predetermined expression, with the at least one member of the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Kennedy, Victor R. Martinez Palacios
  • Patent number: 11311812
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include an amusement park ride. The amusement park ride include a ride vehicle that can transition from a first configuration to a second configuration during the duration of the ride. The amusement park ride can include a loading area for loading passengers into the ride vehicle and a separate unloading area for disembarking passengers from the ride vehicle. After disembarking passengers from the ride vehicle the ride vehicle travels to a transition area concealed from the public where the ride transitions from the second configuration to the first configuration. In the transition area, maintenance can be performed on the ride vehicle and calibration can be performed on one or more of the ride vehicle systems (e.g., projector or audio systems).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Asa K. Kalama, Robert S. Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 11311804
    Abstract: Techniques to synchronize changes in physical and virtual environments. An environmental change that will occur during a specified playback event within an interactive game is determined. An amount of time sufficient to permit an environmental device to effect a desired change in the physical environment before the specified playback event occurs is determined. The environmental device is controlled based on the amount of time, to effect the desired change synchronously with the environmental change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Eric C. Haseltine, Joseph L. Olson
  • Patent number: 11317137
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a system for supplementing entertainment content with ambient lighting includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a software code. The hardware processor is configured to execute the software code to receive an entertainment content, detect one or more attributes of the entertainment content that correspond to an artistic intent of a producer of the entertainment content, and interpret the artistic intent of the producer of the entertainment content using the detected one or more attributes. The hardware processor is further configured to execute the software code to compose an ambient lighting routine as a supplement to the entertainment content based on the interpreted artistic intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford W. Wong, Michael P. Goslin
  • Patent number: 11314706
    Abstract: A metadata aggregation system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a software code including a trained entity matching predictive model trained using training data obtained from a reference database. The hardware processor executes the software code to obtain metadata inputs from multiple sources, conform the metadata inputs to a common format, match, using the trained entity matching predictive model, at least some of the conformed metadata inputs to the same entity, and determine, using the trained entity matching predictive model, a confidence score for each match. The software code further sends a request to one or more human editor(s) for confirmation of each match having a confidence score greater than a first threshold and less than a second threshold, and updates the reference database, in response to receiving a confirmation that at least one match is a confirmed match, to include the confirmed match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Stoafer, Jordi Badia Pujol, Francesc Josep Guitart Bravo, Marc Junyent Martin, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Calvin Lawson, Erick L. Luerken
  • Patent number: 11315298
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a method to generate user representative avatars that fit within a design paradigm. The method includes receiving depth information corresponding to multiple user features of the user, determining one or more feature landmarks for the user based on the depth information, utilizing the one or more feature landmarks to classify a first user feature relative to an avatar feature category, selecting a first avatar feature from the avatar feature category based on the classification of the first user feature, combining the first avatar feature within an avatar representation to generate a user avatar, and output the user avatar for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Dumene Comploi, Francisco E. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11314086
    Abstract: A display system for creating a multiplane display. The display system includes a viewing space for viewers. The display system includes a convex screen and a mirror element spaced apart from the convex screen to provide a collimated display. The mirror element is both reflective and transmissive of light, and a fraction of light from the convex screen that strikes a front concave surface of the mirror element is reflected into the viewing space. The convex screen and the front concave surface of the mirror element are each shaped to have an optical prescription defined for a collimated display whereby light reflected into the viewing space is collimated to provide variable depth imagery. The display system includes a background space behind the mirror element, and light from the background space from projection screens and illuminated objects is transmitted through the mirror element to viewers in the viewing space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. LaDuke, Mark A. Reichow
  • Patent number: 11307920
    Abstract: Methods for improving operation of a user device running an application. The methods include collecting a first set of data corresponding to a run time environment of the application, collecting a second set of data corresponding to a crash of the application, identifying a cause of the crash based on the first set of data and a second set of data and determining the cause of the crash is associated with an application feature corresponding to a feature flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Kagan, Nathan Lefler, Josh Phelps, James A. Corrigan-Colville, Benjamin Manning
  • Patent number: 11302047
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a storyboarding application generates a storyboard for a media title. In operation, the storyboarding application determines a categorization for a first portion of the media item. The storyboarding application then determines a first media item based on at least one of the categorization or a caption associated with the first portion of the media title. Subsequently, the storyboarding application modifies the first media item based on at least one of the categorization or a character associated with the caption to generate a second media item. The storyboarding application then generates a sequence of media items for the storyboard that includes the second media item. Advantageously, because the storyboarding application can automatically generate media items for storyboards based on categorizations and/or captions, the storyboarding application can reduce both the manual effort and time required to generate storyboards relative to prior art techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Erika Varis Doggett, Mark Arana, Michael Goslin
  • Patent number: 11292126
    Abstract: A robot system with a robot configured for locomotion about a space using ground reaction force (GRF) to provide a first level of balancing. The robot system includes force generators located on or in the robot's body or offboard in the space that act to generate balancing forces to provide a second level of balancing for the robot using non-conventional physics. Clamping of a robot's feet to a support surface is provided whenever the feet are in contact with the support surface using electromagnets in the feet and a layer of ferrous material on the support surface or using mechanical coupling techniques to temporarily anchor the foot to the support surface. A balance controller processes output of balance sensors and responds by generating control signals to operate force generators onboard the robot such as electric fans or inertial reaction wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Loyal Christensen, Günter D. Niemeyer, Morgan T. Pope, Matthew A. Estrada, Richard-Alexandre Peloquin
  • Patent number: 11297261
    Abstract: A special effects system for creating a unique walking character effect or illusion. The character appears to the observer to be a physical character or to have dimensionality rather than being two dimensional. The illusion or effect is achieved by mounting a projector and a thin, vertical, flat screen onto an automated cart or sled. The cart is adapted to roll on a track positioned to run from a backdrop or backwall toward a viewing space in which one or more observers or viewers may be located during system operations. The media (or video file) of the character walking is projected on the projection surface of the screen element with the projector. The sled or cart is triggered to roll forward toward the viewing space as the media is playing so that the projected image appears to be moving and getting closer to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose A. Gutierrez, John Sebastian Larena, Daniel M. Joseph, Sean Paul Torres
  • Patent number: 11294615
    Abstract: A technique for modifying a virtual reality (VR) environment via a first computing device includes establishing a network connection with a VR application that is executing on a second computing device and generating the VR environment, receiving metadata associated with the VR environment from the second computing device via the network connection, receiving at least one user input VIA the first computing device, and, based on the metadata and on the at least one user input, transmitting data to the VR application via the network connection to modify the VR environment being generated by the VR application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael McNabb
  • Patent number: 11294378
    Abstract: A system for use in a park attraction to provide collaborative driving experiences. The system includes a vehicle including a body with passenger seats, including a user input assembly proximate to each of the passenger seats, and further including a holonomic drive system adapted to move the body in any direction while riding on a driving surface of the park attraction. The system also includes a system controller (running an attraction/game control module) that operates to: (a) receive user input from each of the user input assemblies; (b) process the user input from each of the user input assemblies to generate a control vector associated with each of the user input assemblies; (c) combine the control vectors from all of the user input assemblies to generate a resultant vector; (d) generate a drive control signal from the resultant vector; and (e) transmit the drive control signal to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Ilardi, Frank D. Mezzatesta, III, Jonathan Michael Becker, Dawson McLeod Dill, Luke Andrew Sciaraffa, Joseph George Hager, IV, William Bennett Hogue, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11297396
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for manipulating non-linearly connected transmedia content, in particular for creating, processing and/or managing non-linearly connected transmedia content and for tracking content creation and attributing transmedia content to one or more creators. Specifically, the invention involves creating a transmedia content data item by a first user and storing the transmedia content data item in a data store, along with a record indicating an association between the first user and the transmedia content data item; creating an ordered group of transmedia content data items by a second user, the ordered group comprising a pointer to the transmedia content data item of the first user; and storing the ordered group and a record associating both the first user and the second user with the ordered group in the data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Rebekkah Laeuchli, Sasha Schriber, Stephan Veen, Markus Gross, Isabel Simo, Max Grosse
  • Patent number: 11288097
    Abstract: An automated hardware resource optimization system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a software code. The hardware processor is configured to execute the software code to identify computing hardware for hosting a neural network based application, determine, based on a first performance parameter of the computing hardware, a batch size for performing data processing using the neural network based application, and tune, using a data batch having the determined batch size, a second performance parameter of the computing hardware to enable substantially continuous loading of its hardware processor memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Marc Junyent Martin, Jordi Badia Pujol
  • Patent number: 11290777
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for receiving a request to generate a video of a specified resolution based on a plurality of images, and generating, via a file engine, a plurality of transfer units comprising the plurality of images, wherein each of the plurality of transfer units has a size based on the specified resolution and at least one of: (i) a count of the plurality of images or (ii) a size of the plurality of images. The file engine then assigns the plurality of transfer units for parallel processing by a plurality of image processing applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Colombo, Scott Erickson
  • Patent number: 11288859
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for rendering augmented reality effects on an image of a user's face in real time. The method generally includes receiving an image of a face of a user. A global facial depth map and a luminance map are generated based on the captured image. The captured image is segmented into a plurality of segments. For each segment in the plurality of segments, a displacement energy of the respective segment is minimized using a least square minimization of a linear system for the respective segment. The displacement energy is generally defined by a relationship between a detailed depth map, the global facial depth map and the luminance map. The detailed depth map is generated based on the minimized displacement energy for each segment in the plurality of segments. One or more visual effects are rendered over the captured image using the generated detailed depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Mitchell, Llogari Casas Cambra, Yue Li
  • Patent number: 11289125
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a media content conformation system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a software code. The hardware processor executes the software code to receive an editing file including edits to media content, the edits being based on a compressed representation of the media content and having a first data format. The software code also obtains cross-referencing data that maps a timecode data of the compressed representation of the media content to segments of an uncompressed representation of the media content, and transforms the editing file to a conformation file including the edits in a second data format based on the cross-referencing data. The conformation file enables rendering of an edited version of the media content including the edits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Adler, Giovanni Colombo, Jonathan Hartzberg, Colin Smith
  • Patent number: 11282250
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods directed to updating pre-generated content by applying secondary effects associated with detected and/or collected environmental data corresponding to a display environment. In operation, a sensor device detects environmental data corresponding to a display environment. A computing device may identify a secondary effect corresponding to the detected environmental data. The secondary effect may be applied to pre-generated content to update the content, and the updated pre-generated content may be displayed on a display. Accordingly, systems and methods described herein enable an improved immersive viewing experience by incorporating features of a user's environment into pre-generated content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Alice J. Taylor, Steven M. Chapman, Alexandra J. Lewis Christiansen, Jackson Rogow
  • Patent number: 11284164
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a system for redirecting to content after an interruption includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a content redirection software code. The hardware processor executes the content redirection software code to track a playout status of a primary content being provided by the system, and detect a pause to playout of the primary content due to receipt of an interrupt content by the system. In addition, the hardware processor executes the content redirection software code to, during playout of the interrupt content by the system, save the playout status of the primary content at the pause. The hardware processor further executes the content redirection software code to detect completion of interrupt content playout by the system, and enable a return to the primary content after the pause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladislav Feldman, Michael J. Strein
  • Patent number: 11277496
    Abstract: Aspects described herein include a wearable headset comprising an optical arrangement configured to couple light from a display onto a first field of view, and one or more visual sensors defining a second field of view. The wearable headset further comprises one or more computer processors configured to receive a signal indicating that the headset is in an unworn state, and, while the headset is in the unworn state, operate the one or more visual sensors to detect one or more user inputs within the second field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Nocon, Jason A. Yeung
  • Patent number: 11276231
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for training and applying nonlinear face models. In embodiments, a nonlinear face model includes an identity encoder, an expression encoder, and a decoder. The identity encoder takes as input a representation of a facial identity, such as a neutral face mesh minus a reference mesh, and outputs a code associated with the facial identity. The expression encoder takes as input a representation of a target expression, such as a set of blendweight values, and outputs a code associated with the target expression. The codes associated with the facial identity and the facial expression can be concatenated and input into the decoder, which outputs a representation of a face having the facial identity and expression. The representation of the face can include vertex displacements for deforming the reference mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH, (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Prashanth Chandran, Dominik Thabo Beeler, Derek Edward Bradley
  • Patent number: 11269890
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory and a processor configured to stream a media content for playback to a first media device for viewing by a first user, receive, while streaming the media content, an input from the first media device indicating an insertion point in the media content selected by the first user for inserting a contextual message provided by the first user, receive the contextual message from the first media device, stream the media content for playback to a second media device for viewing by a second user, and deliver the contextual message to the second media device for viewing by the second user when streaming the media content to the second media device reaches the insertion point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Josiah Eatedali, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 11269403
    Abstract: A window in a multi-window display configuration is provided. A gaze of one or more users is directed at the window. The multi-window display configuration has a plurality of windows that are each configured to display corresponding content. Further, a window attribute of the window is modified based upon the gaze. In addition, a request for the content corresponding to the window is sent to a server. The content corresponding to the window is received from the server. The content corresponding to the window is then displayed according to the modified window attribute at the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 11272081
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for compositing real-time, real-world video with virtual objects. An electronic device includes circuitry coupled to a memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the circuitry to receive video of a given video capture region. The circuitry is caused to receive location information and camera information from the unmanned vehicle. The circuitry is caused to obtain a representation of a location of interest corresponding to the location of the unmanned vehicle. The circuitry is caused to display the representation. The circuitry is caused to obtain virtual objects. The circuitry is caused to place the virtual objects into the representation. The circuitry is caused to render the virtual objects and the video to generate a rendered video including rendered virtual objects in at least one frame of the video. The circuitry is caused to send the rendered video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Chapman, Mehul Patel, Joseph Popp
  • Patent number: 11269941
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a workflow framework that scriptwriters can utilize when developing scripts. A script can be parsed to identify one or more elements in a script, and various visual representations of the one or more elements and/or a scene characterized in the script can be automatically generated. A user may develop or edit the script which can be presented in a visual and temporal manner. Information parsed from the script can be stored in basic information elements, and used to create a knowledge bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sasha Anna Schriber, Rushit Sanghrajka, Wojciech Witon, Isabel Simo, Mubbasir Kapadia, Markus Gross, Daniel Inversini, Max Grosse, Eleftheria Tsipidi
  • Patent number: 11263257
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention disclosed herein provide techniques for automatically exposing 3D production assets to an editorial workstation in a content creation pipeline. A production asset management system transmits, to an editorial workstation, a first content library that includes first metadata associated with a 3D production asset that is included in an editorial cut. The first metadata allows a user to see what versions of the 3D production asset are available for incorporation into the editorial cut. The production asset management system retrieves second metadata associated with a second version of the 3D production asset from a production database. The production asset management system retrieves, based on the second metadata, the second version of the 3D production asset from the production database. The production asset management system transmits the second version of the 3D production asset to the editorial workstation for incorporation into the editorial cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Breymann, Evan A. Binder, Anthony M. Accardo, Katharine S. Navarre, Avner Swerdlow, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu
  • Patent number: 11257573
    Abstract: A process receives, with a receiver, health and wellness data of a user that is sensed by one or more sensors during consumption by the user of media content. Further, the process receives, with the receiver, health and wellness data of the user that is determined by a healthcare provider during an event that is distinct from the consumption of the media content. In addition, the process aggregates, with a processor, the health and wellness data of the user that is sensed and the health and wellness data of the user that is determined by the health care provider into an aggregated health and wellness data model. The process also determines, with the processor, one or more optimal audio/visual device settings based on the aggregated health and wellness data model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Head, Lee Bombard, Yazmaliza Yaacob
  • Patent number: 11257276
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for generating digital faces. In some examples, a style-based generator receives as inputs initial tensor(s) and style vector(s) corresponding to user-selected semantic attribute styles, such as the desired expression, gender, age, identity, and/or ethnicity of a digital face. The style-based generator is trained to process such inputs and output low-resolution appearance map(s) for the digital face, such as a texture map, a normal map, and/or a specular roughness map. The low-resolution appearance map(s) are further processed using a super-resolution generator that is trained to take the low-resolution appearance map(s) and low-resolution 3D geometry of the digital face as inputs and output high-resolution appearance map(s) that align with high-resolution 3D geometry of the digital face. Such high-resolution appearance map(s) and high-resolution 3D geometry can then be used to render standalone images or the frames of a video that include the digital face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZURICH, (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Prashanth Chandran, Dominik Thabo Beeler, Derek Edward Bradley
  • Patent number: 11256460
    Abstract: Techniques for improved interactive devices are provided. Input is received from a user, where the input includes a first request. The input is evaluated using one or more natural language processing techniques to determine a context of the input, and a response to the input is generated based at least in part on the determined context. A first virtual character of a plurality of virtual characters is selected based at least in part on the determined context. The first virtual character is displayed on a rotating display, and the generated response is implemented while the first virtual character is being displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Nathan D. Nocon, Timothy M. Panec, Jonathan R D Hsu, Janice K. Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 11249304
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Chapman, Joseph Popp
  • Patent number: 11238610
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for placing large objects and objects separated by large distances in an AR environment. An AR headset system may place and generate digital objects using relative geographical coordinates (e.g., latitude, longitude, and altitude) between the user's current position and the object being placed. In one implementation, a digital object's geographical coordinates may be calculated by determining a user's geographical coordinates, using a distance determination device to measure a distance to a boundary in the user's real-world environment within an AR headset's field of view, and calculating an orientation of the AR headset relative to the user's position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Mehul Patel, James Voris
  • Patent number: 11239899
    Abstract: A playset comprises a near field communication extending system. The near field communication extending comprises a main antenna and a plurality of extending antennas. The main antenna is positioned at a first location of the playset and configured to wirelessly communicate to a near field communication device of a mobile device. The plurality of extending antennas is positioned at a plurality of different locations in an interior of the playset. Each of the plurality of extending antennas is connectable to the main antenna via a plurality of connection elements. The playset further comprises an antenna switching mechanism coupled to the plurality of extending antennas via a plurality of connection elements. The antenna switching mechanism is configured to switchably couple the main antenna with each of the plurality of extending antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Nocon, Janice K. Rosenthal, Elliott H. Baumbach, Michael P. Goslin, Hunter J. Gibson, Jason A. Yeung
  • Patent number: 11239934
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide techniques to selectively distribute Precision Time Protocol (PTP) data in a network. The network can include multiple different network devices (e.g., switches) connected to form a network architecture (e.g., a spine/leaf architecture). Rather than distributing the PTP data (e.g., PTP timestamps) through all the network devices in order to synchronize local clocks to a global, master clock, the embodiments herein describe an out-of-band distribution network which selectively distributes the PTP data to select network devices in the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig L. Beardsley, Jerome G. Liscano, Michael J. Strein, Carl A. Brown, Nishith Shah, Benjamin H. Kepler
  • Patent number: 11238341
    Abstract: Embodiments include applying neural network technologies to encoding/decoding technologies by training and encoder model and a decoder model using a neural network. Neural network training is used to tune a neural network parameter for the encoder model and a neural network parameter for the decoder model that approximates an objective function. The common objective function may specify a minimized reconstruction error to be achieved by the encoder model and the decoder model when reconstructing (encoding then decoding) training data. The common objective function also specifies for the encoder and decoder models, a variable f representing static aspects of the training data and a set of variables z1:T representing dynamic aspects of the training data. During runtime, the trained encoder and decoder models are implemented by encoder and decoder machines to encode and decoder runtime sequences having a higher compression rate and a lower reconstruction error than in prior approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan Marcel Mandt, Yingzhen Li
  • Patent number: 11237805
    Abstract: A quality control (QC) engine analyzes sample code provided by a user and then generates example code that more effectively performs the same or similar operations performed by the sample code. An objective model analyzes the sample code to generate one or more tags indicating the intended objective(s) of the sample code. The quality model analyzes the sample code to generate one or more ratings indicating the degree to which the sample code achieves each intended objective. The performance model analyzes the tags and the ratings and estimates the performance of the sample code when executed in a production environment. The recommendation engine queries a database of code based on the tags, the ratings, and the estimated performance of the sample code to determine example code that achieves the same or similar objectives(s) as the sample code, but with at least one of higher ratings and greater performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Machacek, Anirvan Chakraborty, Christian Villoslada
  • Patent number: 11233972
    Abstract: Various embodiments of systems, methods, computer devices, and computer software for providing an asynchronous online viewing party are provided. One embodiment comprises a system for providing an online viewing party. One such system comprises: a server operatively coupled to a database for supporting the online viewing party, the database comprising: content to be asynchronously provided to participants of the online viewing party; and time-based events provided by one or more of the participants, the time-based events associated with the content and linked to corresponding locations in the content; and a user interface configured to interface with the server, the user interface comprising logic configured to display the content and the time-based events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Barsook, David Ehlers, Jason R. Grant, Khai T. Tran, David J. Watson, Nicklas Wilson
  • Patent number: 11232786
    Abstract: Systems and methods to improve the performance of an automatic speech recognition (ASR) system using a confusion index indicative of the amount of confusion between words are described, where a confusion index (CI) or score is calculated by receiving a first word (Word1) and a second word (Word2), calculating an acoustic score (A12) indicative of the phonetic difference between Word1 and Word2, calculating a weighted language score (W(U1+U2), indicative of a weighted likelihood (or word frequency) of Word1 and Word2 occurring in the corpus, the confusion index CI incorporating both the acoustic score and the weighted language score, such that the CI for words that sound alike and have a high likelihood of occurring in the corpus will be higher than the CI for words that sound alike and do not have a high likelihood of occurring in the corpus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Sanchita Tiwari, Chang Shu
  • Patent number: 11234027
    Abstract: In one implementation, an automated content compilation system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a content integration software code. The hardware processor executes the content integration software code to receive commercials for presentation with a media content including primary content segments and predetermined advertising intervals, and to assemble commercial clusters corresponding respectively to the predetermined advertising intervals, each of the commercial clusters including a subset of the commercials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladislav Feldman, Michael J. Strein, Efthimis Stefanidis
  • Publication number: 20220020363
    Abstract: A method of providing configurable control of voice command systems is disclosed herein. The method comprising a parent device receiving a voice command and comparing the voice command to a set of preferences for a user. The set of preferences may relate to one or more interactions between the user and a playback device. The method further comprises the parent device translating the voice command to a user interface (UI) command sequence for the playback device based on the comparison. The playback device may then send the UI command sequence to the playback device as the configurable voice command. The playback device executes the UI command sequence to transition from the current output state to the desired output state intended by the user. A system for providing configurable voice control and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: NOEL BRANDON VASQUEZ
  • Patent number: 11228564
    Abstract: A hybrid cloud-based media production system includes a facility extension platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a software code. The hardware processor executes the software code to identify multicast production media flow(s) for processing in a cloud-based virtual production environment, to identify cloud-based resource(s) for processing one or more cloud production media flow(s) corresponding to the multicast production media flow(s), in the cloud-based virtual production environment, and to coordinate provisioning of the cloud-based virtual production environment with the identified cloud-based resource(s). The hardware processor also executes the software code to align, using a cloud permissible timing protocol, the timing of the cloud production media flow(s) in the cloud-based virtual production environment, and to process the cloud production media flow(s) in the cloud-based virtual production environment using the identified cloud-based resource(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Strein, Zachary N. Toback, Ryan N. McCormick, Craig L. Beardsley, Brian M. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 11226493
    Abstract: A system for displaying three dimensional (3D) images. The system includes a 3D display operating in a first state to display a 3D image by outputting light into a viewing space and operating in a second state in which the 3D image is not displayed. The system further includes a screen element positioned between the 3D display and the viewing space. The screen element reflects light from the viewing space to appear opaque to a viewer in the viewing space when the 3D display operates in the second state. The screen element transmits the light output by the 3D display, whereby the 3D display image is perceivable by the viewer in the viewing space. The screen element includes a sheet of mesh or netting material that transmits light output by the 3D display through its pores or openings and may be a planar sheet of scrim, tulle, or chiffon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Joseph, Jessica Anne Klouda, Donald Leo Matz, Jacob A. Ellis
  • Patent number: 11228451
    Abstract: Methods and systems for authenticated supplemental content delivery are disclosed herein. The systems can include a first requestor and a second requestor. The system can include a plurality of networked servers. The plurality of networked servers can: receive a first supplemental content request including a digital certificate from the first requestor; determine the inclusion of the digital certificate in the first supplemental content request; validate the digital certificate; determine a supplemental content class from a set of supplemental content classes based on the digital certificate; select first supplemental content based on: the determined supplemental content class; and provide the selected first supplemental content in an electronic form to the first requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Gregory Thomas Brandeau
  • Patent number: 11223665
    Abstract: A media content system has a receiver that receives a request to transfer a playback marker from a first network-connected playback device to a second network-connected playback device, and receives the playback marker from the first network-connected playback device. The playback marker indicates a time at which playback of media content is stopped at the first network-connected playback device. Further, the media content system has a processor that generates a stop command to perform the stoppage of the playback of the media content at the first network-connected playback device, and generates a play command to perform playback resumption at the playback marker within the media content at the second network-connected playback device. Additionally, the media content system has a transmitter that sends the playback marker to the second network-connected playback device such that the second network-connected device performs the playback resumption at the time indicated by the playback marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Evan Schneider
  • Patent number: 11222466
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for changing the identities of faces in video frames and images. In embodiments, three-dimensional (3D) geometry of a face is used to inform the facial identity change produced by an image-to-image translation model, such as a comb network model. In some embodiments, the model can take a two-dimensional (2D) texture map and/or a 3D displacement map associated with one facial identity as inputs and output another 2D texture map and/or 3D displacement map associated with a different facial identity. The other 2D texture map and/or 3D displacement map can then be used to render an image that includes the different facial identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Jacek Krzysztof Naruniec, Derek Edward Bradley, Thomas Etterlin, Paulo Fabiano Urnau Gotardo, Leonhard Markus Helminger, Christopher Richard Schroers, Romann Matthew Weber
  • Patent number: 11216646
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for capturing facial appearance properties. In some examples, a facial capture system includes light source(s) that produce linearly polarized light, at least one camera that is cross-polarized with respect to the polarization of light produced by the light source(s), and at least one other camera that is not cross-polarized with respect to the polarization of the light produced by the light source(s). Images captured by the cross-polarized camera(s) are used to determine facial appearance properties other than specular intensity, such as diffuse albedo, while images captured by the camera(s) that are not cross-polarized are used to determine facial appearance properties including specular intensity. In addition, a coarse-to-fine optimization procedure is disclosed for determining appearance and detailed geometry maps based on images captured by the cross-polarized camera(s) and the camera(s) that are not cross-polarized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Riviere, Paulo Urnau Gotardo, Abhijeet Ghosh, Derek Edward Bradley, Dominik Thabo Beeler
  • Patent number: 11218447
    Abstract: A firewall manager periodically accesses a set of servers to identify the various services currently active on each server. The firewall manager also periodically accesses a set of firewalls configured to protect those servers to identify various firewall rules implemented by those firewalls. The firewall manager then compares the services data with the rules data to identify any obsolete firewall rules that are (i) defined based on an IP address not currently allocated to any of the servers or (ii) defined based on a port of an active server that is not associated with any service running on server. Such rules are considered obsolete. Upon identifying any obsolete firewall rules, the firewall manager accesses the firewalls associated with those rules and then removes the obsolete rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark G. Cloud, Robert K. Floyd, III, Jeffrey Sol Mansukhani
  • Patent number: 11216665
    Abstract: Embodiments provide for an augmented reality (AR) system able to track the movement of real-world objects and apply that movement to virtual objects. The AR system includes a radio configured to receive first sensor data from a sensor attached to a first physical object in physical space. The AR system further includes a processor configured to determine when a physical object changes from a first state to a second state object based on the first sensor data, and update an environmental map based on the change from the first state to the second state of the first physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Corey D. Drake, Timothy M. Panec, Tritia V. Medrano, Stephen A. Thornton, Jason A. Yeung, Nathan D. Nocon, Elliott H. Baumbach
  • Patent number: 11207599
    Abstract: A gameplay system for providing interactivity based on a piece of merchandise or other object held or worn by a player. Th system includes an object identification assembly, which may be a modified computer vision system, that operates to sense, for a gameplay participant, the presence and identity of a particular augmenting object such as themed merchandise worn or held by a rider of a theme park ride. The sensing may be performed by detecting an on-and-off pattern of light emitted from the object. In response, the gameplay system selects or modifies the interactive features of gameplay associated with the participant based on the identified augmenting object. For example, the interactive features are selected from memory by the gameplay system controller to match a character associated with the augmenting object during any interactive gameplay. This allows the gameplay participant to choose their abilities or powers for gameplay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Elbert, Przemyslaw Iwanowski, Brent David Strong, Matthew S. Daly, Sarit Ghildayal, Bob Hickman, John Cody Hampton, Alex Christopher Wilde, Amanda Marie Leahy
  • Patent number: D944596
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Marthe Hoffmann, Daria Vinogradova, Kaitlyn Rosette