Disney Patents

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Disney Patents by Type

  • Disney Patents Granted: Disney patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Disney Patent Applications: Disney patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Patent number: 9820180
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for optimizing delivery of data to a mobile device over a network. According to one embodiment, the invention includes a communication stack, such as a TCP/IP stack, which includes an application protocol interface (API) between an application layer and a transport layer. According to this embodiment, the method includes receiving delivery optimization information; determining the priority of the data using the delivery optimization information; providing the priority of the data to a physical layer in the communication stack; and delivering the data to the mobile device based on the priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Weinrib, Purva Rajkotia
  • Patent number: 9818217
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by a system including a hardware processor and a memory storing a three-dimensional (3D) character data having a topology mesh describing a character. The method includes stabilizing the 3D character data by removing a translational motion and a rotational motion from the 3D character data, determining a range of motion of a plurality of points of the topology mesh describing the character, identifying a plurality of poses for generating an animation, where each of the plurality of poses includes a unique configuration of the plurality of points of the topology mesh, and creating an animatronic including a plurality of actuators configured to instantiate the plurality of poses for generating the animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Rafael Tena, Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler, Jon Snoddy, Alfredo Ayala, Iain Matthews, Anthony Martin, Scott F. Watson
  • Patent number: 9819932
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3D) display apparatus for without 3D glasses. The display apparatus includes a display element operated to display left and right eye images. A back light assembly back lights the display element and includes light bars with a row of infrared (IR) light receivers that are each paired to a white light emitting diode (LED). Viewers in seats in tiered rows such that their heads are in known viewing locations. Left and right side illuminators illuminate the left and right sides of the faces of the viewers with IR light. The IR light is synchronized with display of the left and right eye images. IR reflected from viewers' faces pass through the display element and is focused onto IR light receivers, which causes LEDs to emit light onto the display element and provide left or right eye images to the viewers at their left or right eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9817915
    Abstract: There is presented a system and method enabling visual filtering of content. The system comprises a server, a content database storing content units and accessible through the server, and a filtering and display application. The filtering and display application is configured to enable visual filtering of the content units by filtering a plurality of graphical representations corresponding to a plurality of content units stored by the system, to extract a first plurality of graphical representations for displaying to a user, displaying the first plurality of graphical representations as active graphical representations selectable by the user in a first featured display, and dynamically filtering the first plurality of graphical representations and replacing the first featured display with another featured display of a first subset of active graphical representations selectable by the user according to an input received from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Edward C. Drake, William Bartley
  • Patent number: 9820002
    Abstract: There is presented a system for providing a digital multimedia presentation. The system comprises a presentation server; a presentation content database accessible through the presentation server, the presentation content database configured to store a plurality of contents including the digital multimedia presentation, a plurality of digital media contents and a plurality of advertising contents; and a review and redirection application configured to determine at least one of the plurality of digital multimedia contents as an alternative to the digital multimedia presentation, and provide a review and redirection pane integrated with a contextual background corresponding to the digital multimedia presentation; the review and redirection pane configured to enable play of the digital multimedia presentation, redirection to the at least one of the plurality of digital multimedia contents, and selection of at least one of the plurality of advertising contents associated with the digital multimedia presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Barsook, Ariff Sidi, Skarphedinn Hedinsson
  • Patent number: 9813667
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for providing co-deliver of primary and secondary content, including, video and video chat content. A first electronic device includes a transceiver that receives the secondary content from a second electronic device. The first electronic device also includes components capable of outputting aspects of the primary and secondary content in a synchronized fashion. Further, the first electronic device includes circuitry coupled to the transceiver and components, and the circuitry executes instructions in order to perform functions. One such function is to synchronize local primary content to be output by the components, with delivered primary content to be provided by the second electronic device. Another such function is to signal the components to output aspects of the local primary or the secondary content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul Patel, Christopher S. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9813767
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for multiple rights based video. Source video assets may be analyzed to identify segments associated with a restricted scope of rights, and replacement assets associated with rights of different restrictions may be provided. When a request is received to serve a particular source video asset, a correspondingly customized video asset may be constructed by analyzing the rights available to the target of the request and the associated rights of the available replacement assets. Multiple parameters may be utilized in such analysis, and may include criteria such as territorial region, audience age, paid subscription level, and intended distribution channel. Since video can be optimized for different targets largely automatically, wider distribution of content may be possible under stricter budget and schedule constraints. Potential benefits may include increased revenue streams, market penetration, and brand recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Christianson, Jason Lewis
  • Patent number: 9809306
    Abstract: A system for flock-based control of a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The system includes UAVs each including a processor executing a local control module and memory accessible by the processor for use by the local control module. The system includes a ground station system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and with memory storing a different flight plan for each of the UAVs. The flight plans are stored on the UAVs, and, during flight operations, each of the local control modules independently controls the corresponding UAV to execute its flight plan without ongoing control from the fleet manager module. The fleet manager module is operable to initiate flight operations by concurrently triggering initiation of the flight plans by the multiple UAVs. Further, the local control modules monitor front and back end communication channels and, when a channel is lost, operate the UAV in a safe mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Clifford Wong, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 9811937
    Abstract: Techniques for rendering realistic depictions of conversational gestures are provided. Embodiments include generating a data model for a first conversational gesture type, by analyzing captured video data to determine motion attribute data for a plurality of conversational gestures. Additionally, upon receiving a request to splice a gesture of the first conversational gesture type into a first animation, embodiments determine a locomotion of a first virtual character, while the first virtual character is interacting with a second virtual character within the first animation. A gesture of the first conversational gesture type is then stylized, using the generated data model and based on the determined locomotion of the first virtual character within the animation. Embodiments splice the stylized gesture into the locomotion of the first virtual character within the received animation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol A. O'Sullivan, Kerstin Ruhland, Michael Neff, Yingying Wang
  • Publication number: 20170316001
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and outputting personalized content recommendations are provided. When it is determined that two or more users are in close proximity to each other, the two or more users' respective media content libraries may be compared. Commonalities or related aspects of the two or more users' respective media content libraries can be determined and leveraged to generated personalized content recommendations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MEHUL PATEL, MARK ARANA, TONY R. SMITH, ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Publication number: 20170316553
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating high dynamic range (HDR) content using existing standard dynamic range (SDR) content. HDR content is generated by restoring lost detail in the SDR content using source content from which the SDR content was derived. The HDR content generated from the SDR content also preserves any color characteristics, such as color grading, of the SDR content in conjunction with the restoration of lost detail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan LUKA
  • Patent number: 9802121
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to systems for providing an interactive experience to game participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Ackley, Jonathan Blossom, Charles Ryan Jordan
  • Patent number: 9805232
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for a user interaction with an object having a wireless tag with an antenna. An example system includes a memory storing a tag processing software, and a hardware processor executing the tag processing software to receive a signal from the wireless tag of the object via the antenna, the signal including a wireless tag identification (ID) uniquely identifying the wireless tag, identify the object using the wireless tag ID, extract one or more communication channel parameters from the signal, determine the user interaction with the object based on the one or more communication channel parameters extracted from the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alanson Sample, Hanchuan Li
  • Patent number: 9805233
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a plurality of radio frequency (RF) tags, each corresponding to one of a plurality of individuals, a memory, and a processor configured to receive a signal from a first RF tag of the plurality of RF tags, the signal including a first tag identification (ID) uniquely identifying the first RF tag, follow a motion of the first RF tag, follow a motion of a first individual of the plurality of individuals, and determine a first likelihood that the first RF tag corresponds to the first individual based on the motion of the first RF tag and the motion of the first individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alanson Sample, Hanchuan Li, Samer Al Moubayed
  • Patent number: 9803732
    Abstract: A rotating joint assembly such as an interface device in a master device or remote manipulator for a puppeteering device or other mechanical system operating in response to operator input and requiring more than 360 degrees of rotation. The rotating joint assembly includes a hard stop assembly that limits the rotation of its rotating component(s) to a predefined maximum amount of rotation such as to less than two full revolutions, e.g., some rotation amount between 360 and 720 degrees. The hard stop assembly includes a Geneva drive body or driven wheel with a hard stop body rigidly coupled with the Geneva drive body to rotate it between a disengaged position (during the first revolution) and one of two engaged positions by rotation of an inner ring (at some point during the second revolution in either direction).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Tanner J. Rinke
  • Patent number: 9805036
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein generally relate to a method, computer program product, and system to seamlessly integrate a multimedia presentation with triggered content provided using one or more external devices. The method includes processing a presentation script that specifies (i) one or more accessible audiovisual content items and (ii) a sequence of the audiovisual content items for presentation during the multimedia presentation. The method also includes transmitting the one or more audiovisual content items to one or more audiovisual output devices according to the sequence, and transmitting control signals to the one or more external devices to operate the external devices according to timing information included in the presentation script and with reference to at least one of the audiovisual content items, thereby seamlessly integrating content provided using the external devices with the multimedia presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Allen Boling, Ronald Dearing, Gregory Johnson, Alexander Pennock, Gregory Hale, Evan Simpson, Victoria L. Coleman
  • Patent number: 9802314
    Abstract: A robot designed for reducing collision impacts during human interaction. The robot includes a robot controller including a joint control module. The robot includes a link including a rigid support element and a soft body segment coupled to the rigid support element, and the body segment includes a deformable outer sidewall enclosing an interior space. The robot includes a pressure sensor sensing pressure in the interior space of the link. A joint is coupled to the rigid support element to rotate or position the link. During operations, the robot controller operates the joint based on the pressure sensed by the pressure sensor. The robot controller modifies operation of the joint from a first operating state with a servo moving or positioning the joint to a second operating state with the servo operating to allow the joint to be moved or positioned in response to outside forces applied to the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsu Yamane, Joohyung Kim, Alexander Nicholas Alspach
  • Patent number: 9807350
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods for capturing media content for a plurality of guests and intelligently parsing the media content to produce a customized/personalized media product for a particular guest or group of guests are described. A system is configured for combining video data and position tracking data to record a group guest experience or show and automatically provide custom media products. Embodiments record a plurality of guests throughout an experience or show, and simultaneously position track each guest individually. Embodiments utilize the tracking data to extract a sub-sampled video of each guest. This sub-sampled video is combined with additional media automatically according to a script. The result is a personalized video take-away for each guest, which can be created entirely without human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher James Purvis, Joshua B. Gorin, Cliff Wong
  • Patent number: 9805264
    Abstract: Techniques disclose an incrementally expanding object detection model. An object detection tool identifies, based on an object detection model, one or more objects in a sequence of video frames. The object detection model provides an object space including a plurality of object classes. Each object class includes one or more prototypes. Each object is classified as being an instance of one of the object classes. Each identified object is tracked across at least one of the frames. The object detection tool generates a measure of confidence for that object based on the tracking. Upon determining that the measure of confidence exceeds a threshold, the object detection tool adds a prototype of the instance to the object detection model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alina Kuznetsova, Sung Ju Hwang, Leonid Sigal
  • Patent number: 9805496
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for generating virtual terrains. A terrain editing application is configured to receive assets of various types, including a blank canvas, two-dimensional (2D) sketches, real-world elevation maps, authored heightfields, etc. The assets specify characteristics of a terrain, and provide starting points for creating the virtual terrain. The editing application further provides a set of tools allowing a user to modify the virtual terrain. In one embodiment, the set of tools may include a copy-and-paste tool, a peak creation tool, a ridge creation tool, a ridge tracing tool, and a resynthesis tool. The editing application generates a new layer for each edit, as well as 2D and three-dimensional (3D) previews of the edited terrain. The editing application also provides a user-adjustable frequency decomposition of each layer. The editing application combines layers using Laplacian blending to produce the final virtual terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., University College London
    Inventors: Kenneth Mitchell, Gwyneth Bradbury, Tim Weyrich
  • Publication number: 20170310995
    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: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Scott F. Watson
  • Publication number: 20170310926
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for providing co-deliver of primary and secondary content, including, video and video chat content. A first electronic device includes a transceiver that receives the secondary content from a second electronic device. The first electronic device also includes components capable of outputting aspects of the primary and secondary content in a synchronized fashion. Further, the first electronic device includes circuitry coupled to the transceiver and components, and the circuitry executes instructions in order to perform functions. One such function is to synchronize local primary content to be output by the components, with delivered primary content to be provided by the second electronic device. Another such function is to signal the components to output aspects of the local primary or the secondary content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul PATEL, Christopher S. TAYLOR
  • Patent number: 9799146
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for performing object deformation modeling. One example system includes a hardware processor, a system memory, and a contact-based deformation modeling software stored in the system memory. The hardware processor is configured to execute the contact-based deformation modeling software to receive a first object geometric data corresponding to a first virtual object and a second object geometric data corresponding to at least a second virtual object, and to transform the first object geometric data by an n-dimensional mapping onto an object deformation space determined based on n primitive deformations. The hardware processor is also configured to execute the contact-based deformation modeling software to model a deformation of the first virtual object due to contact with at least the second virtual object, based on the n-dimensional mapping and a definition of direction for an object-to-object contact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitriy Pinskiy, Jose Luis Gomez Diaz, Nara Yun
  • Patent number: 9798221
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a motorized monopole for a camera, including: a hand-held monopole; a first motor positioned at an end of the hand-held monopole; a first connecting element attached to the first motor; a second motor positioned at an end of the first connecting element; a second connecting element attached to the second motor; a third motor positioned at an end of the second connecting element; and a camera mounting plate attached to the second connecting element by the third motor, where components of the multi-axis gimbal are positioned such that a camera viewing axis, a horizontal image axis, and a vertical image axis of a camera mounted on the camera mounting plate need not be aligned with any of a rotational axis of the first motor, a rotational axis of the second motor, or a rotational axis of the third motor. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gunter Niemeyer, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Vince Roberts, Anthony Accardo, Michael Holton
  • Patent number: 9795881
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling groups of game entities in a video game in a collective, coordinated, and/or collaborative manner are presented herein. Groups of individual game entities may be formed. Individual groups may be associated with a group entity. Control inputs may be received that are related to group entity actions to be performed by the group entities in the virtual space. The group entity actions may be related to one or more group actions to be performed by the game entities included in the groups in a collective, coordinated, and/or collaborative manner. The one or more group actions may be implemented by executing individual game entity actions to be performed by the individual game entities included in the groups. The individual game entity actions may be determined based on the group entity actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep Kharkar, Daren Smith, Jason Scanlon, Duane Johnson, Paul Mombourquette
  • Patent number: 9801254
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a backlit luminous structure. The backlit luminous structure includes a substrate, such as a two dimensional or three dimensional object or surface, an ultraviolet emitting electroluminescent coating or other type of UV emitting coating that emits ultraviolet wavelengths when activated, and an ultraviolet activated luminous coating applied on the ultraviolet emitting electroluminescent coating. When activated, the ultraviolet emitting electroluminescent coating generates ultraviolet wavelengths that aviate the luminous coating. The backlit luminous structure may be used in a variety of applications, such as, but not limited to, theme parks, amusement attractions, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander W. Hsing, Lanny Smoot
  • Patent number: 9800851
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to apparatus and methods for bringing an object to life using a projection apparatus. An object may be augmented with a projected image by detecting a landmark associated with the object, determining a modified version of an image to compensate for an orientation of the projection apparatus to the landmark, and implementing a light generated by the projection apparatus to project the modified version of the image on a surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Eric Haseltine, Blade A. Olson
  • Publication number: 20170301140
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for linking and interacting between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) environments. An AR host system may capture or retrieve data associated with an AR view of a first user's real-world environment. The data may include an audio-visual stream of the real-world view, digital object data associated with digital objects overlaid on the real-world view, and other data. The AR host system transmits the data to a VR system. The VR system may place a second user into a VR environment that is a representation of the AR view. The VR system may also generate additional digital object data associated with the AR view and transmit the generated digital object data to the AR host system. The AR host system receives the digital object data and modifies the AR view presented to the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: TONY R. SMITH, MARK ARANA, EDWARD DRAKE, ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Patent number: 9794541
    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 for integrating a virtual rendering system and a video capture system for outputting a composite render to a display, the method comprising obtaining, from the virtual rendering system, a virtual camera configuration of a virtual camera in a 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, rendering the composite render by processing the feeds, and outputting the composite render to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gay, Aaron Thiel
  • Patent number: 9792723
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for progressively sculpting three-dimensional (3D) geometry. In one configuration, a sculpting application receives time-based sculpts and stores the sculpted changes from the original geometry, referred to herein as “offsets,” in “fixes” which include (time, offsets) pairs, with the offsets being defined in relation to a reference frame. Each fix may further be associated with a “set” which includes portions of the geometry that are managed together. The sculpting application automatically provides smooth transitions between sculpts by applying scatter-data interpolation to interpolate the offsets of successive fixes, thereby generating new offsets for frames in between user-provided fixes. Further, the user may modify an envelope curve for a set to scale offsets, including offsets in fixes and those automatically generated through interpolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene S. Lee, Brian Whited, David Suroviec
  • Patent number: 9791706
    Abstract: A multi-planar plenoptic display assembly is provided that includes multiple spatially-varying light emitting and light modulating planes. The display assembly includes at least one light emitting device and may include, but does not require, a modulating device used in conjunction according to display methods taught herein to display light field data. A display assembly controller may be used to render a light field with depth into a multi-planar plenoptic display assembly by assigning decomposed portions of the light field to the display assembly for display or presentation by differing ones of the emitting elements and by operating a modulating device to provide a parallax barrier. In one embodiment, a dynamic parallax barrier and a number of bi-state screens. Another embodiment uses a beam splitter to co-locate two pairs of autostereoscopic displays each including a projector projecting 3D content, a parallax barrier, and an emissive/projector element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Nicola V. Ranieri, Simon Heinzle, Peter C. Barnum, Wojciech Matusik, Marcus Gross
  • Publication number: 20170295227
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for proximity-based sorting. Information may be transmitted to user devices from beacons or similar transmitter-type devices. Based on this information, the user devices may be categorized or sorted based upon which beacons the user devices are proximate to, pass, or from which beacon the information is received. Subsequent activities and/or operations may then leverage this categorization or sorting of users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: MARK ARANA
  • Patent number: 9785838
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for grouping a plurality of individuals, each individual of the plurality of individuals having a corresponding transactional segment, the system comprising a memory storing a group identification application, a processor for executing the group identification application to identify an o-space center of a first group, wherein the o-space center is an intersection of a plurality of transactional segments, obtain a non-parametric lower-body orientation probability distribution for each of the plurality of individuals, based on the o-space center, and determine that a first plurality of individuals from the plurality of individuals belong to the first group based on the non-parametric lower-body orientation probability distribution of each individual of the plurality of individuals, wherein each of the first plurality of individuals has a corresponding one of the plurality of transactional segments that intersect with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Marynel Vazquez, Scott Hudson, Aaron Steinfeld
  • Patent number: 9786062
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for estimating depth in a scene. According to one aspect, regions where the depth estimation is expected to perform well may first be identified in full-resolution epipolar-plane images (EPIs) generated from a plurality of images of the scene. Depth estimates for EPI-pixels with high edge confidence are determined by testing a number of discrete depth hypotheses and picking depths that lead to highest color density of sampled EPI-pixels. The depth estimate may also be propagated throughout the EPIs. This process of depth estimation and propagation may be iterated until all EPI-pixels with high edge confidence have been processed, and all EPIs may also be processed in this manner. The EPIs are then iteratively downsampled to coarser resolutions, at which edge confidence for EPI-pixels not yet processed are determined, depth estimates of EPI-pixels with high edge confidence made, and depth estimates propagated throughout the EPIs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Changil Kim, Henning Zimmer, Yael Pritch, Markus Gross
  • Publication number: 20170287456
    Abstract: Systems and methods for re-arranging a musical composition using augmented reality are disclosed. A user can be provided with one or more physical image markers representative of at least one of a musical entity and a musical style in which a musical track has been pre-recorded. Upon capturing a visual scene in which one or more of these physical image markers are included, an augmented reality version of the visual scene is displayed along with audio corresponding to the musical style(s) and/or entities represented by the one or more physical image markers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
    Inventors: FABIO ZUND, ALESSIA MARRA, MAURIZIO NITTI, MATTIA RYFFEL, ROBERT SUMNER
  • Patent number: 9776323
    Abstract: A trained classifier to be used with a navigation algorithm for use with mobile robots to compute safe and efficient trajectories. An offline learning process is used to train a classifier for the navigation algorithm (or motion planner), and the classifier functions, after training is complete, to accurately detect intentions of humans within a space shared with the robot to block the robot from traveling along its current trajectory. At runtime, the trained classifier can be used with regression based on past trajectories of humans (or other tracked, mobile entities) to predict where the humans will move in the future and whether the humans are likely to be blockers. The planning algorithm or motion planner generates trajectories based on predictions of human behavior that allow the robot to navigate amongst crowds of people more safely and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Carol Ann O'Sullivan, Chonhyon Park, Max L. Gilbert, Jan Ondrej, Kyle G. Freeman
  • Patent number: 9779487
    Abstract: Methods and systems of equalizing spatial frequency signals for images are provided. Images distorted through defocus, motion blur, under-sampling or other reasons may be equalized. Equalized spatial frequency signals may be used to determine correspondence matching between images. Image patches from two or more image signals may be identified and analyzed to determine image patches that contain similar representations of the real scene, with sufficient local details for accurately computing cross-correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler
  • Patent number: 9781537
    Abstract: There is provided a system for use in an environment, the system comprising a microphone, a plurality of speakers, a memory storing an executable code, and a processor executing the executable code to receive a media content including an audio component, play the audio component of the media content over at least one of the plurality of speakers, detect, while playing the audio component, an ambient sound in the environment using the microphone, and adjust playing of the audio component of the media content for the at least one of the plurality of speakers based on the ambient sound in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony R. Smith, Leon Silverman, Alexander C. Chen
  • Patent number: 9779008
    Abstract: A server receives a first set of file activity data from a first file monitor. The first set of file activity data indicates activity associated with a first set of files accessed at a first compute node in communication with a network. Further, the server receives a second set of file activity data from a second file monitor. The second set of file activity data indicates activity associated with a second set of files accessed at a second compute node in communication with the network. In addition, the server aggregates the first set of file activity data and the second set of file activity data into an aggregated set of network file activity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Eric Geibel, Jeffrey M. Jordan, Scott Lane Burris, Kevin Christopher Constantine, Thomas Charles Greer
  • Patent number: 9776097
    Abstract: An artificial eye for use with an animatronic figure or a robot. The artificial eye includes an outer shell formed with a wall defining a spherical inner void space. The outer shell includes a transparent outer or forward portion or half joined with a rear portion or half. The artificial eye includes an inner eye or sphere including a hollow, semi-spherical shell, and the inner eye is positioned in the inner void space of the outer shell. The artificial eye includes an electromagnetic drive positioned within the hollow, semi-spherical shell of the inner eye. The electromagnetic drive supports the inner eye a distance from inner surfaces of the outer shell wall, and the drive includes a pivot joint such as a gimbal operable to pivot the inner eye. The inner eye is supported by a central pivot joint and driven by components centrally located and hidden within the inner eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Peter Anastasios Chevako, Eli Joseph Romaire
  • Patent number: 9776100
    Abstract: A discharge platform comprises an air propulsion mechanism that propels the discharge platform through the air. The discharge platform also comprises a special effect storage device that stores a special effect and is operably connected to the discharge platform. Further, the discharge platform comprises a processor. In addition, the discharge platform comprises an air delivery special effect mechanism that discharges a special effect from the special effect storage device toward a destination after receiving an instruction from the processor and during propulsion of the discharge platform through the air by the air propulsion mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford Wong, John Bouman, Kevin Kelley, Ken Wagner
  • Patent number: 9781555
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing an indication of creative digital media associated with a geographic location. Embodiments determine positional information corresponding to a geographic location. One or more instances of creative digital media that include content with a predefined association with the geographic location are identified from a plurality of instances of creative digital media. Embodiments provide an indication of at least a portion of the identified instances of creative digital media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: William Joseph Bartley, Arnaud Robert
  • Patent number: 9779541
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a hardware processor, a memory, and an illumination rendering unit including a virtual object discrimination module stored in the memory. The hardware processor is configured to execute the illumination rendering unit to perform a first, primitive render of an illumination of a scene including multiple virtual objects, and to determine a score for each of the virtual objects corresponding to its respective contribution to the illumination of the scene. The hardware processor is also configured to execute the illumination rendering unit to identify one or more of the virtual objects as disregardable based on their respective scores, and to perform a second render of the illumination of the scene while disregarding presence of the identified one or more virtual objects as disregardable in the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Jenkins, Christian Eisenacher, Brent Burley, Abraham Tseng, Dexter Cheng
  • Patent number: 9778741
    Abstract: A method for providing a three dimensional (3D) drawing experience. The method includes capturing a 3D image of a participant and then processing this image to key the participant's image from a background. The keyed participant's image is mixed with a 3D background image such as frames or scenes from a 3D movie, and the mixed 3D image is projected on a projection screen. For example, left and right eye images may be projected from a pair of projectors with polarization films over the lenses, and the projection screen may be a polarization-maintaining surface such as a silver screen. The user moves a drawing instrument in space in front of the projection screen, and spatial tracking performed to generate a locus of 3D positions. These 3D positions are used to create a 3D drawing image that is projected with the 3D background and participant images in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Quinn Y. Smithwick, Daniel Reetz, Michael J. Ilardi
  • Patent number: 9773331
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for generating a polygon mesh that may have concavities and/or holes. One example of such a method includes generating a polygon grid, adjusting the grid to fit input image dimensions, adjusting the polygons within the grid to fit detected pixels of interest, simplifying the resulting polygon collection to reduce the total number of polygons, and generating a polygon mesh based on the simplified collection of polygons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Edward Kaminski, Gary Frattarola
  • Patent number: 9770651
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to toy devices having an embedded memory for use in a storytelling environment. One embodiment provides a toy device that includes a memory storing data representing a plurality of effects. The toy device includes a memory bus communicatively coupled to the memory and a communication port communicatively coupled to the memory bus. An action disc device connected to the communication port can retrieve at least a portion of the stored data for playback over the communication port. The action disc device is configured to, upon detecting that a corresponding stimulus condition has been satisfied, retrieve data from the memory corresponding to one of the plurality of effects for playback using the communication port. The toy device further includes a connector mechanism to which the action disc device can be removably attached, while the action disc device is connected to the communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph L. Olson, Eric C. Haseltine, Michael P. Goslin
  • Patent number: 9773324
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory and a processor configured to display targets on a display, each target having at least one target color, receive an input signal transmitted by a user device indicating at least one color value obtained from an image captured by the user device, the image including a portion of one of the targets displayed on the display, compare the color value indicated by the input signal with each of target colors in a target color database, determine the input signal is indicative of a first target of the targets based on a match between the color value indicated by the input signal and one of the target colors in the target color database, and execute an event involving the first target, in response to determining that the input signal is indicative of the first target of the targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan M. Ackley
  • Patent number: 9770655
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide techniques for establishing and reestablishing associations between users of game devices. In one embodiment, information about an association between a user of a first game device and a user of a second game device is stored in the nonvolatile memories of first and second game media, the first and second game media being communicatively coupled with the first and second game devices respectively. If the first game device loses track of the association (e.g., the user of the first game devices swaps out the first game medium for another one, or the memory resident on the first game medium is corrupted/erased), an association notification received at the first game device from the second game device may be used to reestablish the association at the first game device. In this manner, previously established associations between users of game devices may be automatically established/reestablished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gosztyla, Martin Poulin, Daren Smith, Mark McArthur
  • Patent number: 9770661
    Abstract: Techniques are described for displaying avatars within a virtual environment in a way that avoids an appearance of offensive content. Embodiments of the invention receive a request specifying a first location within the virtual environment to move a first user-controlled virtual object to. A zone encompassing the specified location is then identified and a second location within the identified zone is determined. Embodiments then output the virtual environment for display in a manner that shows the first user-controlled virtual object positioned at the determined second location within the virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Priebe
  • 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