Disney Patent Applications

Patents granted to Disney by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180012401
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for generating a parametric eye model of one or more eyes are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining eye data from an eye model database. The eye data includes eyeball data and iris data corresponding to a plurality of eyes. The systems and techniques may further include generating an eyeball model using the eyeball data. Generating the eyeball model includes establishing correspondences among the plurality of eyes. The systems and techniques may further include generating an iris model using the iris data. Generating the iris model includes sampling one or more patches of one or more of the plurality of eyes using an iris control map and merging the one or more patches into a synthesized texture. The systems and techniques may further include generating the parametric eye model that includes the eyeball model and the iris model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Pascal Bérard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Publication number: 20180012418
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for reconstructing one or more eyes using a parametric eye model are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining one or more input images that include at least one eye. The systems and techniques may further include obtaining a parametric eye model including an eyeball model and an iris model. The systems and techniques may further include determining parameters of the parametric eye model from the one or more input images. The parameters can be determined to fit the parametric eye model to the at least one eye in the one or more input images. The parameters include a control map used by the iris model to synthesize an iris of the at least one eye. The systems and techniques may further include reconstructing the at least one eye using the parametric eye model with the determined parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Pascal Bêrard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Publication number: 20170374316
    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: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul PATEL, Christopher S. TAYLOR
  • Publication number: 20170351793
    Abstract: A method and system for simulation of deformation of a thin-shelled member are disclosed herein. The method includes: receiving at one or more computer systems, information identifying a computer-generated object. The computer-generated object can be a thin-shelled member. The method includes: receiving information identifying a discretization of the computer-generated object, which discretization can be a plurality of nodes; receiving information identifying a set of material properties for the computer-generated object; pre-filtering nodes from the discretization based on predicted collisions; generating a preconditioner via a preconditioning algorithm; and iteratively solving for nodes at a plurality of time points via a conjugate gradient method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Rasmus Tamstorf, Tobias Jones, Stephen McCormick
  • Publication number: 20170345195
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) representations of digital content entitlements owned by a user are provided. An AR or VR environment is generated in which the AR or VR representations are presented to simulate a physical collection of media. The user is allowed to interact with the AR or VR representations, thereby triggering one or more actions, such as presentation of the corresponding digital content, presentation of additional, related content, presentation of an option to engage in a purchase transaction for related content or products, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JOSIAH EATEDALI, BENJAMIN F. HAVEY
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20170256289
    Abstract: A system for identifying, tagging, and displaying one or more assets within an audio visual (AV) file includes an asset tagging server, an asset tag acquisition device, and a database, wherein the asset tag acquisition device includes an asset identification engine configured to receive an asset identification data set and generate an asset tag data file that includes an asset tag corresponding to each asset. The asset tagging server is configured to receive, from an AV capture device, an AV file that includes an AV representation of each asset and corresponding timestamp data, and store, in the database, an AV asset tag data file comprising the beginning timestamp, the ending time stamp, and the set of asset tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: TONY R. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20170245011
    Abstract: Methods and systems of dynamic content analysis for categorizing media contents are provided. Data regarding the media contents that a user is watching on one or more devices is obtained, and the environment in which the user is watching the media contents may be captured. Metadata categorizing the events and the media contents can be generated, and the metadata may be further associated with a corresponding event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: ARNAUD ROBERT, MARK ARANA, EDWARD DRAKE
  • Publication number: 20170236290
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for performing video segmentation using fully connected object proposals. For example, a number of object proposals for a video sequence are generated. A pruning step can be performed to retain high quality proposals that have sufficient discriminative power. A classifier can be used to provide a rough classification and subsampling of the data to reduce the size of the proposal space, while preserving a large pool of candidate proposals. A final labeling of the candidate proposals can then be determined, such as a foreground or background designation for each object proposal, by solving for a posteriori probability of a fully connected conditional random field, over which an energy function can be defined and minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Federico Perazzi, Oliver Wang
  • Publication number: 20170236328
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing movement, such as the movement of a vehicle with an augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) story-telling or narrative experience is provided. For example, the AR or VR experience can be adapted to justify the movement of the vehicle based on trip criterion, such as a navigational path upon which the vehicle has embarked. Alternatively, trip criterion, such as the navigational path upon which the vehicle will embark, can be adapted to comport with one or more events of the AR or VR experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JOSIAH EATEDALI, JAMES P. MADDEN, MARK ARANA
  • Publication number: 20170213320
    Abstract: Systems and method for the reconstruction of an articulated object are disclosed herein, The articulated object can be reconstructed from image data collected by a moving camera over a period of time. A plurality of 2D feature points can be identified within the image data. These 2D feature points can be converted into three-dimensional space, which converted points are identified as 3D feature points. These 3D feature points can be used to identify one or several rigidity constrains and/or kinematic constraints. These rigidity and/or kinematic constraints can be applied to a model of the reconstructed articulated object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Kaan YÜCER, Alexander SORKINE HORNUNG, Oliver WANG, Olga SORKINE HORNUNG
  • Publication number: 20170199874
    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: January 13, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MEHUL PATEL, MARK ARANA, TONY R. SMITH, ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Publication number: 20170201774
    Abstract: According to various embodiments of the disclosed technology, it is possible for content owners to better control the presentation of owned multimedia assets. Implementations of embodiments of the technology of the present disclosure leverage the specificity and greater breadth of detailed information about the multimedia asset of temporal metadata to enable content owners to associate business rules with particular content elements of the multimedia asset. After being notified of a match through the traditional fingerprinting process, embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure can programmatically identify the exact content elements contained within the uploaded multimedia file, and accordingly apply the applicable rules. Content owners may create a list of business rules associated with particular temporal metadata tags of a multimedia assets so that fine-grained rule application is possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lindsay, Lena Bareket, Nimesh Narayan, Yoomi Koh Poon
  • Publication number: 20170163839
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically and automatically generating digital watermarks are provided. Watermark payloads utilized in generating the digital watermarks are altered based upon changing conditions, such as environmental characteristics associated with playback or distribution of media content. Changing conditions may also encompass a change in the distribution/presentation chain of devices associated with the playback or distribution of the media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MARK ARANA, LEON SILVERMAN
  • Publication number: 20170151715
    Abstract: A print method for printing three dimensional (3D) objects that are difficult to copy by use of a 3D scanner and 3D printer. The printer includes a print head with an extrusion nozzle with a heated portion and a print bed with a surface for receiving material extruded from the extrusion nozzle. The printer includes a print material supply spool loaded with an anti-scanning filament. The method includes operating the print head to draw the anti-scanning filament into the heated portion for heating and to extrude the heated filament from the extrusion nozzle to form a 3D object. The printed 3D object includes one or more scan protected exterior surfaces on at least one element of the 3D object. The scan protected exterior surfaces are either light absorbing or reflect light in unconventional directions. The anti-scanning filament is a plastic mixed with an anti-scanning additive such as a retroreflective material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: JEFFREY VORIS, DAVID W. CRAWFORD, JORGE ALTED, BENJAMIN FOSTER CHRISTEN
  • Publication number: 20170154415
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for weighting the image quality prediction of any visual-attention-agnostic quality metric with a saliency map. By accounting for the salient regions of an image or video frame, the disclosed systems and methods may dramatically improve the precision of the visual-attention-agnostic quality metric during image or video quality assessment. In one implementation, a method of saliency-weighted video quality assessment includes: determining a per-pixel image quality vector of an encoded video frame; determining per-pixel saliency values of the encoded video frame or a reference video frame corresponding to the encoded video frame; and computing a saliency-weighted image quality metric of the encoded video frame by weighting the per-pixel image quality vector using the per-pixel saliency values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: TUNC OZAN AYDIN, NIKOLCE STEFANOSKI, ALJOSCHA SMOLIC, MARK ARANA
  • Publication number: 20170142168
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating the sharing of user-generated content of a virtual space are presented herein. The user-generated content may be shared between users of different computing platforms. The computing platforms may be of different platform types. The user-generated content may be shared through platform type-specific conversions of the information that defines the user-generated content. The processing cost and/or other cost information may be determined and/or estimated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nelson, James Rowe, Jose Villeta
  • Publication number: 20170118562
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a free-form electrostatic speaker, including: a three dimensional object body; at least a portion of the three dimensional object body having a free-form electrode layer disposed thereon; the free-form electrode layer being shaped to substantially match the at least a portion of the three dimensional object body; a free-form diaphragm positioned proximate to, and being shaped to substantially match, the free-form electrode layer; and an input element coupled to the free-form electrode layer that accepts input from an external source. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Poupyrev, Yoshio Ishigu
  • Publication number: 20170111711
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enforcing the consumption and broadcasting of protected content. A user device on which protected content may be captured, consumed and/or broadcast to other user devices, identifies content being consumed and/or broadcast. Upon identifying the content, the content is determined as being protected or unprotected. If the content is deemed to be protected, the user device can cease consumption of the content on the user device as well as to the other user devices to which the content is being broadcast. Additionally, the user device can transmit a warning notification to one or more of the user device and the other user devices. Further still, the user device can present options to legitimize the presentation of the content on the user device and/or the other user devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MATTHEW DEUEL, LEON SILVERMAN
  • Publication number: 20170098243
    Abstract: Systems and methods for exhibition date notification are provided. A user may specify a particular genre of entertainment and/or a particular entertainment provider. Through the use of an exhibition date notification application, the user can further specify notification controls and/or preferences so that the user will be notified of upcoming exhibition dates associated with entertainments commensurate with the specified entertainment genre and/or provided by the specified entertainment provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: SUSAN CICCHINO
  • Publication number: 20170091994
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for generating an anatomically-constrained local model and for performing performance capture using the model. The local model includes a local shape subspace and an anatomical subspace. In one example, the local shape subspace constrains local deformation of various patches that represent the geometry of a subject's face. In the same example, the anatomical subspace includes an anatomical bone structure, and can be used to constrain movement and deformation of the patches globally on the subject's face. The anatomically-constrained local face model and performance capture technique can be used to track three-dimensional faces or other parts of a subject from motion data in a high-quality manner. Local model parameters that best describe the observed motion of the subject's physical deformations (e.g., facial expressions) under the given constraints are estimated through optimization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chenglei Wu
  • Publication number: 20170091529
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for generating an anatomically-constrained local model and for performing performance capture using the model. The local model includes a local shape subspace and an anatomical subspace. In one example, the local shape subspace constrains local deformation of various patches that represent the geometry of a subject's face. In the same example, the anatomical subspace includes an anatomical bone structure, and can be used to constrain movement and deformation of the patches globally on the subject's face. The anatomically-constrained local face model and performance capture technique can be used to track three-dimensional faces or other parts of a subject from motion data in a high-quality manner. Local model parameters that best describe the observed motion of the subject's physical deformations (e.g., facial expressions) under the given constraints are estimated through optimization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chenglei Wu
  • Publication number: 20170091827
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing consumer engagement with a multimedia content distribution system through the use of temporal metadata and gamification techniques. Personalized game-like tasks are created, whereby a consumer is enticed to find and access multimedia content containing a specific content element, or “easter egg,” to earn a reward. The specific content element may be identifiable based on temporal metadata tags associated with multimedia content available within the multimedia content distribution system. To further increase the probability of consumer engagement, the easter egg may be personalized based on data unique to the consumer, such as consumer preferences, viewing habits, and previous engagement level with the multimedia content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: MEHUL PATEL
  • Publication number: 20170024385
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating dynamic, real-time visual representations of multimedia content. A temporal metadata visualization module receives a plurality of temporal metadata tags associated with a time code reference, representing a plurality of attributes of the multimedia content at the particular time. During playback, the temporal metadata virtualization module applies a set of display preferences and creates a visual representation of attributes identified by the temporal metadata tags at a particular time code reference. The visual representation changes based on the temporal metadata tags of a point within playback of the multimedia content, enhancing a user's experience and engagement with the multimedia content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: EDWARD DRAKE, ANTHONY MUTALIPASSI, ANDREW WRIGHT
  • Publication number: 20170024907
    Abstract: Methods and systems of reconstructing an eyelid are provided. A method of reconstructing an eyelid includes obtaining one or more images of the eyelid, generating one or more image input data for the one or more images of the eyelid, generating one or more reconstruction data for the one or more images of the eyelid, and reconstructing a spatio-temporal digital representation of the eyelid using the one or more input image data and the one or more reconstruction data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Amit Bermano, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Bernd Bickel, Markus Gross, Yeara Kozlov
  • Publication number: 20160381411
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for enabling a user to bias the type of media content made available to a user account through a localized content dashboard. In one implementation, a method for adjusting media content availability associated with a user account configured to receive media content from a server system over a network, includes displaying on a content playback system a localized content dashboard, including: a summary of attributes of media content accessed by the user account, where the summary of the attributes is based on metadata associated with the accessed media content; and controls for biasing the attributes of media content delivered to the user account. The content playback system receives data corresponding to user input actuating one of the controls; and in response to receiving the data, transmits over the network to the server system data associated with the media content attribute biased by the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: EDWARD DRAKE, ANDREW J. WRIGHT, BRUCE BLEASDALE
  • Publication number: 20160373817
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically and automatically generating short-form versions of long-form media content are provided. The long-form media content may be tagged with metadata indicating objects or actions in frames, scenes, portions of scenes, or other units of the media content. The systems and methods may receive a user-specified time limit and use the metadata to create a short-form version of the long-form media content (using one or more of the scenes, portions of scenes, or other units of the media content), which preserves one or more story arcs within the media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: EDWARD DRAKE, ANDREW J. WRIGHT, LETISHA SHAW, ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Publication number: 20160364375
    Abstract: A process and apparatus provide a content development review system. The process and apparatus perform, with a processor, automatic testing of a page of content. Further, the process and apparatus automatically capture, with the processor, an image of the page of content during the automatic testing. In addition, the process and apparatus display, with the apparatus, the captured image and a development image such that the captured image and the development image are in proximity to each other. The process and apparatus also display, with the processor, an annotation that is indicative of a comparison of the captured image and the development image. Further, the process and apparatus automatically compare, with the processor, the captured image and the development image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin White, Benjamin Bennett, Steven McLurkin, Tarun Malhotra, Ravi Madugula
  • Publication number: 20160364811
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for a mobile device to select interest information to automatically share with other nearby users, who are also sharing interest information, and detect any nearby users with common interests. In one embodiment, a method at a mobile device comprises receiving on the first mobile device a first set of movie interests associated with a first user; providing a notification on the first mobile device that a second mobile device associated with a second user has an interest in common with the first set of movie interests, and the second mobile device is within a specified proximity to the first mobile device; and initiating a request to communicate with the second mobile device without revealing an identity of the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Publication number: 20160358232
    Abstract: A method of managing advertisement inventory in an internet advertising system is provided. The method comprises forecasting advertisement capacity using a plurality of predefined advertisement targeting parameters arranged in a tree structure to define a plurality of buckets, wherein each bucket is associated with a combination of the predefined advertisement targeting parameters. The method further comprises matching sold advertisement data with at least one of the plurality of predefined advertisement targeting parameters in the tree structure. The method further comprises determining available advertisement inventory by the inventory management system for the at least one predefined parameter by reducing the forecasted advertisement capacity by the matched sold advertisement data. The method further comprises delivering advertisements by an ad server to display devices associated with internet users who match the combination of predefined advertising targeting parameters of at least one bucket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Yiqing Wang, John Dietz, Janet Schertzinger
  • Publication number: 20160337134
    Abstract: Methods and systems for authenticated supplemental content delivery are disclosed herein. The systems can include a first requestor and a second requestor. The system can include a plurality of networked servers. The plurality of networked servers can: receive a first supplemental content request including a digital certificate from the first requestor; determine the inclusion of the digital certificate in the first supplemental content request; validate the digital certificate; determine a supplemental content class from a set of supplemental content classes based on the digital certificate; select first supplemental content based on: the determined supplemental content class; and provide the selected first supplemental content in an electronic form to the first requestor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Gregory Thomas Brandeau
  • Publication number: 20160315986
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for a mobile device to select content, such as user profiles, contact information, images, and/or videos, to automatically stream to available displays when the mobile device moves within a certain range of the displays. In one embodiment, a method at a mobile device comprises receiving a user input to select a media content asset; detecting a display within a proximity of the mobile device; and sending the selected media content asset to the display without requiring additional user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Publication number: 20160303483
    Abstract: A process and computer program product to record performance related data for a plurality of entertainment performances having a plurality of audiences. Further, the process and computer program product determine external data that is associated with the plurality of audiences and/or environmental factors corresponding to locations of the plurality of entertainment performances. In addition, the process and computer program product annotate the performance related data with the external data to generate annotated performance related data. The process and computer program product also train an artificial intelligence system based upon the annotated performance related data. The process and computer program product generate, at the artificial intelligence performance instructions to provide a performance. Further, the process and computer program product provide, from the artificial intelligence system to a performance device, the performance instructions to provide a performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jon Snoddy, Alfredo Ayala, Daniel Pike, Mike Fusco, Douglas Fidaleo
  • Publication number: 20160292902
    Abstract: A method and system for simulation of deformation of elastic materials are disclosed herein. A matrix-free geometric multigrid method utilizing a direct coarse grid discretization is presented for the solution of linear systems resulting from an octree discretization of the equations of corotational linear elasticity. The diagonal component of the stiffness matrix needed for the multigrid smoother is calculated without generating the stiffness matrix. The use of an incomplete linear octree data structure supports the efficient simulation of objects with complicated boundaries. Furthermore, the method is robust to large deformations, making it suitable for character skinning applications in computer animation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Milne, Rasmus Tamstorf, Alexey Stomakhin, Mark McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20160261658
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sharing protected media content are provided. Protected media content can be shared when at least a first and second user are proximately located. The first and second user can be bound or paired based on one or more identification indicia associated with first and second user devices utilized, owned, or operated by the first and second users, respectively. Upon pairing, media content from the first and second users' media content libraries can be shared. Additionally, proximate location can be leveraged to surface media content to other users, giving such other users the opportunity to discover new media content, and otherwise engage in transactions involving the new media content. Further still, the most popular media content associated with the second user or group of users proximate to the first user can be determined and used to prompt further interaction or display information regarding such popular media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHER S. TAYLOR, Mark Arana, Josiah Eatedali, Edward Drake, ANN LEE, Anthony Mutalipassi
  • Publication number: 20160232878
    Abstract: An interactive media wall is provided on which multiple media contents can be simultaneously displayed. Multiple users can interact with the interactive media wall such that visual portions of the multiple media contents can be presented on the interactive media wall, while audio portions of the media contents may be presented to each of the multiple users via peripheral listening devices. Users consuming the same media content can communicate via a chat session(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: ALEXANDER C. CHEN, MARK ARANA
  • Publication number: 20160220896
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for playsets using tracked objects and corresponding virtual worlds. There is provided an object for use with a physical environment and connectable to a virtual world corresponding to the physical environment, the object including a processor and a plurality of sensors including a position sensor. The processor is configured to establish a first connection with the virtual world, wherein the virtual world contains a virtual object corresponding to the object, determine a position of the object using the position sensor, and send the position of the object using the first connection. There is also provided a physical environment having similar capabilities as the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Heatherly, Christopher K. Shin, Natasha Berling, Robert Saygan, Leonard J. Mazzocco, Tara Cortner Hefter
  • Publication number: 20160224673
    Abstract: A system and method of enhancing group decision-making within messaging platforms, the method comprising analyzing a conversation thread between two or more participants communicating using a messaging platform; identifying one or more keywords occurring in the conversation thread associated with an event characteristic; determining a contextual use of the one or more keywords; determining one or more events relevant to the identified event characteristic and the contextual use; locating and retrieving event-related information for the one or more events from a decision support system; and presenting the retrieved event-related information to the two or more participants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer Hebert, Anthony Mutalipassi, Nicholas Lewerke, Levon Karayan
  • Publication number: 20160201888
    Abstract: A process and system capture infrared light that is reflected or emitted from a device to precisely locate the device. The process and system project visible light from a light source toward the device such that the light is precisely targeted at the device. Preferably the visible light passes through an atmosphere containing particulate matter rendering the visible light as a beam that appears to emanate from the device rather than from the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Ackley, Lanny Smoot, Alfredo Ayala
  • Publication number: 20160198785
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a wire mesh that is shaped according to an artificial foliage pattern. The wire mesh is coated with a coating to match a characteristic of the artificial foliage pattern. The coating fills in spaces between the wire mesh to produce a translucent structure in the spaces that filters light. The mesh size, mesh materials, and the type of coating, e.g., type of paint, are selected so that the coating fills in the spaces to produce a translucent structure that is thin yet strong. The thin translucent structure allows light to filter through in a natural manner. A process performs the shaping and coating of the wire mesh.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Zsolt Hormay, Steven Porter
  • Publication number: 20160198212
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for the synchronizing on-air commercial programming with interactive applications, providing interactive content synchronized with on-air television programming. There is provided a system comprising a client device with a display device and an input device and running a synchronization application. The client device receives digital data transmitted from a server, and transmits user feedback information generated from user interactions with the digital data back to the server. The digital data are interactive advertisements, such as online social games, that increase users' awareness of the advertised products or messages. The digital data are delivered to the user's client device in synchronization with the broadcasting of on-air television commercials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Albert Cheng
  • Publication number: 20160182970
    Abstract: There is provided a media content server for inserting a location-based advertisement into an online media content. The media content server comprises a memory including an online media content for online access; a processor configured to receive a request from a client for the online media content; determine an IP address of the client based on the request; map the IP address to a local advertisement server serving an area corresponding to the IP address; request a local advertisement from the local advertisement server; provide the local advertisement to the client; and provide the online media content from the memory to the client. The online media content has a first and second sequential segments, and the local advertisement may be provided to the client after the first segment is provided and before the second segment is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Ariff Sidi, Skarphedinn Hedinsson
  • Publication number: 20160182521
    Abstract: There is presented a system and method for associating a domain transcendent identification (ID) of a user and a domain specific ID of the user, the system comprising an ID association server accessible by a plurality of secure domains over a network. The system also includes an ID associator application that when executed by ID association server is configured to receive a domain specific ID that associates the user to the secure domain, enter the domain specific ID in a domain transcendent ID record created for the user, generate a unique data associated with the domain transcendent ID record and identify a network location for submission of the unique data, send the unique data and the network location to the user, and associate the domain transcendent ID and the domain specific ID.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Edward C. Drake