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: 10154275
    Abstract: There is provided systems and methods for embedding data into a video content. A system includes an encoder, a memory storing the encoder, and a hardware processor configured to execute the encoder from the memory. The hardware processor is configured to execute the encoder from the memory to obtain the data, determine a plurality of pixels in the video content, and embed the data into the video content by inverting the plurality of pixels in the video content according to the data. The system further includes a decoder for decoding the video content to obtain the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James Malone
  • Patent number: 10154253
    Abstract: A multi-view display system or optical vortex 3D display in a multi-view or multilayer embodiment or configuration. The new 3D display system encodes and decodes images into independent modes of optical angular momentum (OAM). In some embodiments, the 3D display system uses pixel-based OAM. In such systems, transformation optics are used to sort the OAM modes. These transformation optics convert the OAMs' spiral wavefronts to linear gradient wavefronts, which are then deflected by a simple lens. The transformation optics, thus, are used in image-based (per pixel) decoding/sorting. In other embodiments, the 3D display system uses image-based OAM. In such systems, convolution of the OAM modes with the image is used rather than the direct modulation of the OAM mode and the image (as used in the prior system discussed above) for image-based encoding and decoding/sorting of images in different OAM modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., CAMBRIDGE ENTERPRISE LIMITED
    Inventors: Quinn Y. Smithwick, Xuefeng Li, Jiaqi Chu, Daping Chu
  • Patent number: 10147023
    Abstract: Provided are methods, systems, and computer-readable medium for synthetically generating training data to be used to train a learning algorithm that is capable of generating computer-generated images of a subject from real images that include the subject. The training data can be generated using a facial rig by changing expressions, camera viewpoints, and illumination in the training data. The training data can then be used for tracking faces in a real-time video stream. In such examples, the training data can be tuned to expected environmental conditions and camera properties of the real-time video stream. Provided herein are also strategies to improve training set construction by analyzing which attributes of a computer-generated image (e.g., expression, viewpoint, and illumination) require denser sampling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Martin Klaudiny, Steven McDonagh, Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler, Iain Matthews, Kenneth Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10143919
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for creating out-of-game objectives for a computer game. Embodiments include determining user identification information identifying a user account within a computer game. Communications with a first physical device are established. In response to an in-game event within the computer game, embodiments configure the first physical device to detect a first out-of-game activity by configuring the first physical device with one or more conditions that are satisfied when data collected using one or more sensors of the first physical device exceeds a defined threshold value, and that, when satisfied, indicate the first out-of-game activity is completed. Upon receiving, from the first physical device, an indication that the out-of-game activity has been completed, embodiments affect one or more gameplay attributes of the computer game for the user account, based on the completed out-of-game activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Nelson, Jeffrey O. Bunker, Robert R. Lowe
  • Patent number: 10147146
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing a social platform for a user. In one embodiment, activity of the user is monitored in a virtual environment. A profile is generated for the user, based on the monitored activity. A social element of the virtual environment is modified for the user, based on the generated profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lane Merrifield, Lancelot Darren Priebe
  • Patent number: 10142696
    Abstract: There is provided a system having a memory and a processor to establish a viewing group having a plurality of users, provide an ordered list of a plurality of media contents, make a first media content in the ordered list of the plurality of media contents available for viewing by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group, track a viewing progress of the first media content by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group, and make a second media content in the ordered list of the plurality of media contents available for viewing by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group based on one or more rules related to the viewing progress of the first media content by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Josiah Eatedali, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10140754
    Abstract: Techniques described herein are directed to simulating lighting conditions of a real-world location in advance of beginning video production at the location. As described herein, captured data (e.g., captured images, captured video, and/or scanned three-dimensional data) of a candidate outdoor location may be used to generate a three dimensional model of the outdoor location. Thereafter, a simulation software application may be used to provide a graphical user interface for rendering the three dimensional model of the location under a variety of different lighting conditions. In particular implementations, the simulation software application may be used to render the location under a variety of different light conditions corresponding to different times of day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Voris, Steven M. Chapman, Benjamin F. Havey, Joseph Popp, Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 10137379
    Abstract: A six degree of freedom (DOF) motion platform system is described that, in contrast to Stewart platforms, is adapted to include redundant load paths or to be without non-redundant load paths. During operation of the six DOF motion platform system, a controller may employ motion control software to provide desired movement of a ride vehicle supported on the upper plate or motion platform of the system. This makes the six DOF motion platform system particularly well suited for use in amusement or theme park rides and similar applications where it is desirable to provide redundant load paths because this reduces significant design constraints and also lowers fabrication and maintenance/operation costs when compared to rides using Stewart platforms. The actuation system used in the motion platform system include four pairs of linear actuators arranged as a rectangular truss instead of a more conventional triangular truss used in six DOF motion platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan R. Wach
  • Patent number: 10137678
    Abstract: A process and apparatus integrate a first 3D object model with a second 3D object model to generate an integrated 3D printable model. The first 3D object model models a first object that is passive. The second 3D object model models an electrical power source receptacle that operably connects to an electrical power source that provides electrical power for operation of the first object. The process and apparatus print a 3D object based upon the 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 10137602
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an artificial skin system such as skin for use with a robotics assembly. The method includes forming or accessing a digital three dimensional (3D) model of an object. The digital 3D model defines a topography of an exterior surface of the object. The method includes processing the 3D model to generate a 3D model of a core, including defining an exterior surface of the core with a topography that is an inverse copy of the topography of the exterior surface of the object. The method includes fabricating the core based on the core model, whereby the core has an exterior surface corresponding to the exterior surface of the core model. The core is used in dipping processes or injection molding processes to form a skin in which the exterior surface is formed of material that abutted the inverse topography of the exterior surface of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Philip John Jackson, Maeis Heshmati
  • Patent number: 10137616
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a skin system or its elements using a laser cutter. The laser cutter is controlled to perform multiple passes to selectively cut away layers of material on a surface of a sheet of cellular foam materials. Each layer of material to be removed is defined by a cut or texture pattern. The laser cutter is operated to cut deeper with each layer of material removed by setting a different resolution for the laser cutter for each layer. For example, a laser cutter may be selectively controlled to operate within a resolution range, and each layer defined by the same or different cut pattern is cut using a different resolution. The method includes associating lower resolution settings for the first or outer layers to remove a first depth of material from the skin sheet's surface and associating higher and higher resolution settings for additional layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Reetz, Philip John Jackson
  • Patent number: 10140575
    Abstract: Approaches are described for formation retrieval. Embodiments receive positional data, across an interval window, including a respective agent trajectory for each agent and an object trajectory for one or more objects. The interval window is partitioned into frames and, at each frame, embodiments calculate a cost of assigning a role to each agent based on one or more exemplar formations. A formation is determined by assigning a role to each agent based on the calculated cost. Each frame of the formation is compared to a corresponding frame of a stored formation, by calculating a distance between a position of each assigned role in the frame and a position of a corresponding role in the stored formation and by comparing the object trajectory for the one or more objects with a corresponding object trajectory in the stored formation. Based on the comparisons, a list of stored formations is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Lucey, Long Sha, G. Peter K. Carr, Iain A. Matthews
  • Patent number: 10139899
    Abstract: A system designed to provide a dynamic physical interaction for a user during a virtual reality (VR) experience in a VR experience space. The system includes a VR system having a headset with a display screen and a VR rendering module generating a video output, and the display screen displays an image of a virtual world using the video output. The system includes an object delivery system delivering a physical object into the VR experience space to move toward or near to the user wearing the headset. The system includes, in the VR system, an interaction module generating a predicted trajectory for the physical object in the VR experience space. The image of the virtual world includes a virtual object corresponding to the physical object, and the image of the virtual object follows a virtual object trajectory in the virtual world differing from the predicted trajectory for the physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Gunter D. Niemeyer, Matthew K Pan
  • Patent number: 10142841
    Abstract: An authorization device receives a message from a content server through a network based upon a first factor of authorization being completed by a playback device requesting playback of content associated with a user account. The authorization device may be a mobile device that is associated with the user. The authorization device may receive a user input indicating an approval of the requested playback. The authorization device may send a playback authorization message through the network to the content server. The content server may use at least a first factor of authorization such a login credential from a smart playback device or a registration credential from another type of playback device in addition to a second factor of authorization such as the playback authorization message to generate a user authentication that is provided to allow the playback device to playback the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10140649
    Abstract: An update proximity-based device configures a product and/or product package proximity-based device. The product and/or product package proximity-based device is located within a product and/or a product package such that an update is performed upon the product and/or the product package after the update proximity-based device is placed within a proximity to the product and/or product package proximity-based device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Drake, Evan Acosta, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10132472
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating light-based special effects viewable in daylight. The apparatus includes a barrel with opaque sidewalls defining an interior space accessible via a muzzle. The apparatus includes a light element positionable within the interior space and further includes a light positioning assembly. The apparatus includes a trigger element operable to receive user input to initiate operations of the light element and the light positioning assembly. A controller is provided that responds to the user input to operate the light positioning assembly to first move the light element out of the interior space through the muzzle and to second retract the light element back into the interior space. The controller concurrently operates the light element to generate the light when the light element is moved out of the interior space and to terminate the generating of the light when the light element is retracted back into the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Joseph
  • Patent number: 10133464
    Abstract: Techniques for receiving user feedback for an instance of content. Embodiments provide an interface that includes an interactive element through which users can provide feedback for an instance of content. Responsive to a first user interacting with the interactive element, an indication of user feedback from the first user is registered for the instance of content. Upon determining that the indication of user feedback from the first user has been registered for the instance of content, the interactive element is disabled within the interface for the first user. Embodiments monitor the instance of content to detect changes to the instance of content and, upon detecting a change to the instance of content since the first user provided the user feedback for the content, automatically and without user interaction, re-enable the interactive element for the first user such that the first user can again interact with the interactive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Pak, Adam Semeniuk, Christopher E. Adamson, Michael L. Vanloon, James C. Warnock, Charity J. Gerbrandt, Amanda D. Penner, Marc Silbey
  • Patent number: 10133171
    Abstract: A system for augmenting the appearance of an object including a plurality of projectors. Each projector includes a light source and a lens in optical communication with the light source, where the lens focuses light emitted by the light source on the object. The system also includes a computer in communication with the plurality of projectors, the computer including a memory component and a processing element in communication with the memory component and the plurality of projectors. The processing element determines a plurality of images to create an augmented appearance of the object and provides the plurality of images to the plurality of projectors to project light corresponding to the plurality of images onto the object to create the augmented appearance of the object. After the images are projected onto the object, the augmented appearance of the objected is substantially the same regardless of a viewing angle for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhofer, Amit Bermano, Bernd Bickel, Philipp Bruschweiler, Markus Gross, Daisuke Iwai
  • Patent number: 10134191
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to generating a virtual space based on a physical layout of objects. The virtual space may be generated based on the physical layout of objects by one or more of identifying physical objects in a real-world space, determining a physical arrangement of the identified physical objects, determining virtual space content for the identified physical objects and the physical arrangement of the identified physical objects, executing an instance of the virtual space, and/or other operations. The virtual space may include the virtual space content determined based on individual virtual space content associated with the identified physical objects and the physical arrangement of the identified physical objects. The instance of the virtual space may be used to facilitate presentation of one or more views of the virtual space to a user and enable the user to interact with the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Reagan, Sagar Mistry, Nathan Allison
  • Patent number: 10133472
    Abstract: System, method, and computer program product to generate a clip of a media file on a device having a touch input component, the media file comprising a plurality of segments, by outputting for display a first segment of the media file, responsive to receiving: (i) input indicating to generate the clip of the media file using the first segment, and (ii) a first swipe gesture on the touch input component: identifying a subset of segments, of the plurality, based on a direction of the first swipe gesture, the first subset of segments including a destination segment, and outputting for display each of the subset of segments, and responsive to receiving input selecting the destination segment as part of the clip of the media file, generating the clip of the media file, the media clip including each segment of the media file between the first and the destination segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ching Lau, Michael O'Brien, Sce Pike, Jiancheng Ma, Jeremy Marusek, Quinn Simpson
  • Patent number: 10135601
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a common point of control of local clocks in endpoint devices in a media production studio that are synchronized using an IP-based synchronization protocol. In one embodiment, a master clock generator outputs a master clock signal which is distributed to the endpoint devices in the media production studio. The endpoint devices include local clock generators that convert the master clock into an adjusted clock. A clock manager provides a common point of control for the local clock generators in the endpoints. The clock manager includes an input/output (I/O) interface which enables an engineer to adjust the jam time of the local clock generators as well as adjust a delay used when outputting media content to another endpoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig L. Beardsley, Michael J. Strein, Vladislav Feldman
  • Patent number: 10136123
    Abstract: A display system for illuminating surfaces of objects in a ride or show set for viewing by a viewer in a viewing space wearing three-dimensional (3D) glasses or headgear. The 3D glasses or headgear is adapted to pass or transmit light associated with a first set of three wavelengths to a left eye and to pass or transmit light with a second set of three wavelengths differing from the first set of three wavelengths. Each of these wavelengths may be associated with a primary color wavelength for providing left and right eye content to a viewer. The system, therefore, may include a wavelength multiplex visualization (WMV) projection system projecting light having the first and second sets of three wavelengths to provide the viewer stereo content via the 3D glasses or headgear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reichow, Steven T. Kosakura, Thomas Tracey Tait
  • Publication number: 20180328751
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing physical navigation guidance via augmented reality (AR) environments are provided. An AR experience is generated based on navigation information including a starting location and a destination location. The AR experience comprises physical navigation guidance from the starting location to the destination location using virtual elements that are associated with either or both the starting location and/or the destination location. For example, virtual elements in the AR environment can transition from virtual elements associated with the starting location to virtual elements associated with the destination location as the user progresses from the starting location to the destination location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JASON T. BEJOT, EDWARD DRAKE
  • Patent number: 10127417
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a wireless tag reader, a wireless tag attached to an object, a non-transitory memory storing an executable code, and a hardware processor executing the executable code to transmit, using the wireless tag reader, an interrogation signal, receive, using the wireless tag reader, a tag signal from the wireless tag attached to the object, in response to the interrogation signal, the tag signal including a wireless tag identification uniquely identifying the wireless tag, determine a tag state associated with the wireless tag using a probabilistic estimate based on the tag signal received from the wireless tag, and determine an interaction state of the object based on the tag state of the wireless tag attached to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James McCann, Andrew Spielberg, Scott Hudson, Alanson Sample, Jennifer Mankoff
  • Patent number: 10126123
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention are a system and method that use projected structured patterns of light and linear optical sensors for motion tracking. Sensors are capable of recovering two-dimensional location within the projection area, while several sensors can be combined for up to six degrees of freedom tracking. The structure patterns are based on m-sequences, in which any consecutive subsequence of m bits is unique. Both digital and static light sources can be used. The system and method of the present invention enables high-speed, high precision, and low-cost motion tracking for a wide range of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Harrison, Bo Robert Xiao, Scott E. Hudson, Ivan Poupyrev, Karl D. D. Willis
  • Patent number: 10127668
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory and a processor configured to receive a first image depicting a first object and a second image depicting a second object, divide the first image into a first plurality of patches and the second image into a second plurality of patches, extract plurality of feature vectors from each of the first plurality of patches and a second plurality of feature vectors from the second plurality of patches, determine dissimilarities based on a plurality of patch metrics, each patch dissimilarity measure being a dissimilarity between corresponding patches of the first plurality of patches and the second plurality of patches, compute an image dissimilarity between the first image and the second image based on an aggregate of the plurality of patch dissimilarity measures, evaluate the image dissimilarity to determine a probability of whether the first object and the second object are the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Slawomir W. Bak, George Peter Carr
  • Publication number: 20180322695
    Abstract: Features of the surface of an object of interest captured in a two-dimensional (2D) image are identified and marked for use in point matching to align multiple 2D images and generating a point cloud representative of the surface of the object in a photogrammetry process. The features which represent actual surface features of the object may have their local contrast enhanced to facilitate their identification. Reflections on the surface of the object are suppressed by correlating such reflections with, e.g., light sources, not associated with the object of interest so that during photogrammetry, such reflections can be ignored, resulting in the creation of a 3D model that is an accurate representation of the object of interest. Prior to local contrast enhancement and the suppression of reflection information, identification and isolation of the object of interest can be improved through one or more filtering processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: STEVEN M. CHAPMAN, MEHUL PATEL
  • Publication number: 20180324474
    Abstract: Systems for electronic media distribution includes a differential versioning server configured to receive a first media file including a first set of data with a first set of attributes and a second media file including a second set of data with a second set of attributes, generate a first differential data file as a function of differences between the first media file and the second media file, and generate a first differential metadata file including an encoding data set configured to enable a media decoder to regenerate the second media file by applying the first differential data file to the first media file. Systems for electronic media distribution may also include a receiver communicatively coupled to a differential versioning decoder configured to receive the first media file and the first differential data file and generate the second media file by applying the first differential data file to the first media file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, Anne Chang, Kari Grubin, Jeffrey Miller, Christopher Witham
  • Patent number: 10121284
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for integrating a virtual rendering system and a motion control system to provide an augmented three-dimensional reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Thiel, Michael Gay, Anthony Bailey
  • Patent number: 10121254
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein detect object boundaries of videos. A window around the pixel may be followed in adjacent image frames of the image frame to determine object boundaries. Inconsistencies in image patches over a temporal window are detected, and each pixel of the image frame of a video is assigned an object boundary probability. The pixel may belong to a texture edge if the window content does not change throughout the adjacent image frames, or the pixel may belong to an object boundary if the window content changes. A probability value indicating the likelihood of the pixel belonging to an object boundary is determined based on the window content change and is assigned to the corresponding pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Wang, Aljosa Smolic
  • Patent number: 10118320
    Abstract: A biomimetic skin for an animatronic figure and other applications is provided. The biomimetic skin may include an outer layer having a surface texture, and an inner layer attached to the outer layer. The inner layer may include a compressible cellular material. The outer layer may move correspondingly with the inner layer such that as the inner layer is moved the outer layer moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander W. Hsing, Philip Jackson
  • Patent number: 10122992
    Abstract: A method for creating multiple viewpoint images for an image frame. The method includes receiving by a processing element a left eye image and a right eye image, wherein the left eye image and right eye image comprise a stereoscopic image pair. Once the images are received, the method includes determining by the processing element a first viewing location corresponding to the left eye image and a second viewing location corresponding to the right eye image and determining by the processing element a plurality of new viewpoint locations using the first viewing location and the second viewpoint location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lewis Nathaniel Siegel, Brandon Bloch, Robert M. Neuman, Brian Whited, David Anthony Bossert
  • Patent number: 10122994
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for reconstructing an object in three dimensions that is captured in a set of two-dimensional images. The object is reconstructed in three dimensions by computing depth values for edges of the object in the set of two-dimensional images. The set of two-dimensional images may be samples of a light field surrounding the object. The depth values may be computed by exploiting local gradient information in the set of two-dimensional images. After computing the depth values for the edges, depth values between the edges may be determined by identifying types of the edges (e.g., a texture edge, a silhouette edge, or other type of edge). Then, the depth values from the set of two-dimensional images may be aggregated in a three-dimensional space using a voting scheme, allowing the reconstruction of the object in three dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Kaan Yücer, Changil Kim, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Olga Sorkine-Hornung
  • Publication number: 20180315168
    Abstract: Enhanced removing of noise and outliers from one or more point sets generated by image-based 3D reconstruction techniques is provided. In accordance with the disclosure, input images and corresponding depth maps can be used to remove pixels that are geometrically and/or photometrically inconsistent with the colored surface implied by the input images. This allows standard surface reconstruction methods (such as Poisson surface reconstruction) to perform less smoothing and thus achieve higher quality surfaces with more features. In some implementations, the enhanced point-cloud noise removal in accordance with the disclosure can include computing per-view depth maps, and detecting and removing noisy points and outliers from each per-view point cloud by checking if points are consistent with the surface implied by the other input views.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Changil KIM, Olga SORKINE-HORNUNG, Christopher SCHROERS, Henning ZIMMER, Katja WOLFF, Mario BOTSCH, Alexander SORKINE-HORNUNG
  • Patent number: 10112116
    Abstract: A method including receiving a broadcast of an event comprising a plurality of frames; receiving, from a plurality of users, a corresponding plurality of inputs, each of the inputs relating to a characteristic of an object depicted in one of the frames of the broadcast; and analyzing the plurality of inputs to determine a best guess of the characteristic of the object in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Yuecheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10112119
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method for altering one or more properties of a primary material. The method includes reducing the elasticity of a primary material and creating a delivery aperture through an outer layer of the primary material. Once the delivery aperture is created, or as the delivery aperture is created, introducing through the delivery aperture a secondary material into a sublayer of the primary material and applying a closure treatment to the primary material to close the delivery aperture. The secondary material includes one or more properties that are different from the primary material. By introducing the secondary material into the primary material, the secondary material locally changes the properties of the primary material. Examples of the variable properties include color, strength, flexibility, magnetism, and optical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Nolan Andrew Nicholson, Alexander W. Hsing, Philip Jackson
  • Patent number: 10116196
    Abstract: A prismatic actuator for imparting a hopping motion to a supported load such as a leg of robot. The apparatus includes a direct drive motor, such as a voice coil, operable to provide translational motion. The apparatus includes a spring element and a prismatic guide assembly. The guide assembly is configured to support the direct drive motor to constrain the translational motion to be along a drive axis and support the spring element to constrain compression and expansion of the spring element along a longitudinal axis parallel to the drive axis. The apparatus includes a controller that: (1) first controls the direct drive motor to compress the spring element during a first time period beginning when the apparatus initially contacts a surface; and (2) second controls the direct drive motor to expand the spring element when the apparatus has zero velocity while contacting the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Joohyung Kim, Katsu Yamane, Zachary Batts
  • Patent number: 10110412
    Abstract: A system and method for leveraging grid computing for node based interactive workflows is disclosed. A server system spawns a server process that receives node graph data and input attributes from a computing device, processes the data, caches the processed data, and transmits the processed data over a network to a computing device. The computing device runs a node graph application instance comprising proxy nodes configured to initiate a request to process node graph data at the server system. The server processed node graph data is displayed on the computing device. A plurality of computing devices may collaborate on a complex node graph where the node graph data processing is distributed over a plurality of servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Geibel, Evan Goldberg, Jay Steele
  • Patent number: 10104979
    Abstract: An embodiment provides an inflatable bed mattress lift. In an embodiment, six extensions extend from a central portion and may be inflated to provide predetermined tuck points for securing bedding material to the bed mattress. The inflatable bed mattress lift and extensions thereof may be of a size to match a predetermined mattress size. The inflatable bed mattress lift may include more than six extensions, e.g., eight extensions. The extensions may be shaped or angled at terminal ends to match a rectangular dimension of an overlying bed mattress. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Todd Bethel, Trevor James Larsen, Jeffrey Norman Vahle
  • Patent number: 10105594
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for managing a wearable garment device. Embodiments include determining an identification credential that uniquely identifies a player within an interactive gaming environment. A gameplay state of the player within the interactive gaming environment is retrieved. The gameplay state includes at least one of a rank of the player, one or more accomplishments of the player and a group to which the player belongs within the interactive gaming environment. Embodiments determine a wearable garment device having a preexisting association with the player within the interactive gaming environment. The wearable garment device is configured with one or more display devices. A graphical depiction of at least a portion of the gameplay state is generated and embodiments cause the generated graphical depiction to be output for display using the one or more display devices of the wearable garment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Silpa Ankem, Anila Godhania, Paul J. Lee, Joshua M. Noble, Joseph L. Olson, Jasjot G. Sodhi
  • Patent number: 10110871
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for recording high fidelity augmented reality or virtual reality experiences through off-device computation. In one implementation, an augmented reality system renders an augmented reality object overlaid over a real-world environment; captures video and audio data of the real-world environment during rendering of the augmented reality object; and stores augmented reality object data associated with the rendered augmented reality object. The augmented reality system transmits the augmented reality object data to a server that rerenders the augmented reality object based on the transmitted augmented reality object data to create rerendered augmented reality object data. The augmented reality system receives the rerendered augmented reality object data or a video of the rerendered augmented reality object data composited with the captured video and audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Bejot
  • Patent number: 10108751
    Abstract: An iterative method and system for performing the method are described that implement a technique to fit irregularly shaped items into a defined space. In particular, one example may take the form of a method including predetermining one or more layouts for a defined space. Each layout has a plurality of shapes. The method also includes receiving a set having a plurality of items and determining one or more configurations formed by assigning to each shape in the layout an item from the set. The items match the shapes to which they are assigned. Additionally, the method includes scoring each configuration and selecting one configuration based at least in part upon the scoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Tschanz, Patrick McNaull, Bryant Boyle, J. Thomas Ngo
  • Publication number: 20180300958
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a workflow framework that scriptwriters can utilize when developing (live-action/animation/cinematic) virtual reality (VR) experiences or content. A script can be parsed to identify one or more elements in a script, and a VR representation of the one or more elements can be automatically generated. A user may develop or edit the script which can be presented in a visual and temporal manner along with the VR representation. The user may edit the VR representation, and the visual and temporal presentation of the script can be commensurately represented. The script may be analyzed for consistency and/or cohesiveness in the context of the VR representation or experience. A preview of the VR experience or content can be generated from the script and/or the VR representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: SASHA ANNA SCHRIBER, ISA SIMO, MERADA RICHTER, MUBBASIR KAPADIA, MARKUS GROSS
  • Patent number: 10104429
    Abstract: Methods and systems of dynamic content analysis for categorizing media contents are provided. Data regarding the media contents that a user is watching on one or more devices is obtained, and the environment in which the user is watching the media contents may be captured. Metadata categorizing the events and the media contents can be generated, and the metadata may be further associated with a corresponding event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Mark Arana, Edward Drake
  • Patent number: 10102630
    Abstract: A system is provided for tagging an object in a video having a plurality of frames. The system includes a memory storing a segmentation hierarchy of a first frame of the plurality of frames and having a plurality of elements, a display, and a processor configured to display the first frame including the plurality of elements on the display, receive a first input selecting a first element of the plurality of elements displayed on the display, select a first region of the first frame based on the first input, display the first region of the first frame on the display, receive a second input from the user altering the first region of the first frame displayed on the display, and alter the first region by selecting a second region of the first frame based on the second input from the user and the segmentation hierarchy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Aljoscha Smolic, Jordi Pont-Tuset, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu
  • Patent number: 10102697
    Abstract: An RFID system in which at least one of the RFID tag antenna and the RFID reader antenna has an impedance matching network associated therewith in order to better match the impedances of the two antennas. This impedance matching places the antennas into an over-coupled regime once they are within a reasonable distance of each other (e.g., 2 to 50 mm). It also increases the Q-factor of the improved antenna, which can greatly increase the range at which the RFID reader can read the RFID tag. This improved RFID system may be used in any of a variety of application, including operating a door lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Alanson Sample
  • Publication number: 20180293711
    Abstract: Supervised machine learning using convolutional neural network (CNN) is applied to denoising images rendered by MC path tracing. The input image data may include pixel color and its variance, as well as a set of auxiliary buffers that encode scene information (e.g., surface normal, albedo, depth, and their corresponding variances). In some embodiments, a CNN directly predicts the final denoised pixel value as a highly non-linear combination of the input features. In some other embodiments, a kernel-prediction neural network uses a CNN to estimate the local weighting kernels, which are used to compute each denoised pixel from its neighbors. In some embodiments, the input image can be decomposed into diffuse and specular components. The diffuse and specular components are then independently preprocessed, filtered, and postprocessed, before recombining them to obtain a final denoised image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Thijs Vogels, Jan Novák, Fabrice Rousselle, Brian McWilliams
  • Patent number: 10092850
    Abstract: A robot with an elastic, spherically-shaped body with controlled bouncing locomotion. This robot may be called “a robotic bouncing ball.” The robotic bouncing ball can be used to provide a new class of robotic characters that are ball-like, and these new robotic characters bounce in place and from one location to another. The spherical body will typically be formed with a thin wall of elastic material such as a rubber or the like, and a drive or actuator assembly along with a local controller and a power source are positioned in the interior space of the hollow body. The controller controls the drive assembly to cause the spherical body to bounce up and down vertically and to provide horizontal/lateral movement of the spherical body through the applications of deforming and/or reforming forces on the elastic outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., The California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Gunter D. Niemeyer, Aaron D. Ames, David Loyal Christensen
  • Patent number: D830772
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaitlyn M. Rosette, Daria Vinogradova
  • Patent number: D831128
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine M. Bassett, John Peter Fiscella, Michael Paul Goslin, Joseph Logan Olson, Paulo Kang, Philippe Putzeys