Disney Patents Granted

Disney patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • 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: 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
  • 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: 10092844
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for generation of vision recognition references from user-selected content. The method comprises receiving data corresponding to a user selected content, generating a vision recognition reference from the data, associating a game behavior descriptor with the vision recognition reference, wherein the game behavior descriptor correspond to a game behavior instance, and storing the vision recognition reference and the associated game behavior descriptor in a database, wherein the database includes a plurality of pre-defined vision recognition references, and wherein each of the plurality of pre-defined vision recognition references correspond to at least one pre-defined game behavior descriptor. The method may further comprise receiving user input corresponding to the user-selected content, retrieving the vision recognition reference and the associated game behavior descriptor from the database and initiating the game behavior in a corresponding game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Purvis, Jonathan Ackley
  • Patent number: 10092827
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for controlling electronic devices in an interactive gaming environment. Embodiments detect a first interactive game is playing within the physical environment using one or more electronic devices. User movement is monitored using at least one sensor device within the physical environment and user speech is monitored using one or more microphone sensor devices within the physical environment. Upon determining that the user movement matches a predefined series of user actions and that the user speech matches a corresponding predefined speech pattern, embodiments determine a gameplay action corresponding to both the predefined series of user actions and the predefined speech pattern and transmit an instruction, to at least one of the one or more electronic devices within the physical environment, instructing the electronic device to perform the determined gameplay action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Blade A. Olson
  • Patent number: 10097790
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products which generate a Precision Time Protocol (PTP) timestamp associated with a first video frame of a serial digital interface (SDI) signal and insert the PTP timestamp into at least one of a Vertical Ancillary (VANC) data space and a Horizontal Ancillary (HANC) data space of the first video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Strein
  • 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: 10096088
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for denoising (also referred to as “filtering”) rendered images. In one embodiment, a denoising application takes as input rendered images and feature buffers that encode image information such as surface positions, surface depths, surface normals, surface albedos, and distances to the camera. For each pixel in a received image, the denoising application performs a first-order regression in a predefined neighborhood of the pixel to find a linear combination of pixel features that fits pixel colors in the predefined neighborhood. In such a first-order regression, the local regression weight of each pixel in the neighborhood may be determined using a metric which computes distances based on color values in patches around pixels being compared. In another embodiment, collaborative filtering may be performed in which filtered output from the first-order regression in each neighborhood is averaged with filtered output from overlapping neighborhoods to obtain a final output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedikt Martin Bitterli, Jan Novák, Fabrice Pierre Armand Rousselle
  • Patent number: 10095953
    Abstract: Techniques of depth modification for display applications are disclosed. A multiscopic video frame, including at least first and second images depicting a scene, is received. Depth information pertaining to the multiscopic video frame is received. A depth mapping function is determined based on one or more image characteristics of the multiscopic video frame, other than depth. The depth information is modified based on the depth mapping function. At least a third image is generated based on the modified depth information and based further on at least one of the first and second images, where the third image is output for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Steven Charles Poulakos, Simon Heinzle, Alexandre Chapiro
  • Patent number: 10097867
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for providing a ratings version and a dynamic ad version of a video using a system having a non-transitory memory and a hardware processor. In an exemplary system, the hardware processor executes an executable code stored in the memory to receive a request for a video over a network, determine a time elapsed since a first broadcast of the video, provide a ratings version of the video over the network for display on the display device if the time elapsed since the first broadcast of the video is not greater than a threshold, and provide a dynamic ad version of the video over the network for display on a display device if the time elapsed since the first broadcast of the video is greater than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramzi Bettendorf, Shant Mardigian, Xinh Le
  • Patent number: 10091559
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory storing an executable code and a processor executing the executable code to receive a plurality of video inputs, wherein each video input of the plurality of video inputs includes a video feed from an event, provide the plurality of video inputs to each of a plurality of media devices, receive a plurality of user video inputs each from a different one of the plurality of media devices, wherein each of the plurality of user video inputs is created using the plurality of video inputs, and stream each of the plurality of user video inputs as a separate media channel for display by a plurality of media devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Skarphedinn Hedinsson, Scott F. Watson
  • Patent number: 10091435
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for image segmentation from an uncalibrated camera array. In one aspect, a segmentation application computes a pseudo depth map for each frame of a video sequence recorded with a camera array based on dense correspondences between cameras in the array. The segmentation application then fuses such pseudo depth maps computed for satellite cameras of the camera array to obtain a pseudo depth map at a central camera. Further, the segmentation application interpolates virtual green screen positions for an entire frame based on user input which provides control points and pseudo depth thresholds at the control points. The segmentation application then computes an initial segmentation based on a thresholding using the virtual green screen positions, and refines the initial segmentation by solving a binary labeling problem in a Markov random field to better align the segmentation with image edges and provide temporal coherency for the segmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Henning Zimmer, Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Mario Botsch, Federico Perazzi
  • Patent number: 10086265
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a system that includes a first interactive device and control logic configured to perform an operation. The operation includes receiving historical data describing historical interactions between a user and one or more interactive devices. Additionally, the operation includes configuring the first interactive device with one or more interactive events. Each interactive event includes a respective (i) stimulus event and (ii) an action to perform responsive to an occurrence of the stimulus event, and at least one of the one or more interactive events is based on the received historical data. Responsive to detecting an occurrence of a first one of the one or more stimulus events, the operation includes causing the first interactive device to perform the corresponding action. The operation also includes updating the first interactive device with a second one or more interactive events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Haseltine
  • Patent number: 10091460
    Abstract: Various embodiments of systems, methods, computer devices, and computer software for providing an asynchronous online viewing party are provided. One embodiment comprises a system for providing an online viewing party. One such system comprises: a server operatively coupled to a database for supporting the online viewing party, the database comprising: content to be asynchronously provided to participants of the online viewing party; and time-based events provided by one or more of the participants, the time-based events associated with the content and linked to corresponding locations in the content; and a user interface configured to interface with the server, the user interface comprising logic configured to display the content and the time-based events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Barsook, David Christian Ehlers, Jason Richard Grant, Khai Tuan Tran, David John Watson, Nicklas Lee Wilson
  • Patent number: 10086276
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing content in a virtual space are presented herein. The content may be generated in the virtual space by a non-player game entity. The non-player game entity may be associated with generating a particular type of content in the virtual space. The users may deploy the non-player game entities in the virtual space in order to generate the corresponding non-player game entity-generated content in the virtual space. The non-player game entity-generated content may be implemented through procedural placement of elements of the content within the virtual space. The non-player game entity-generated content comprise one or more of static content, moving content, interactive content (e.g., a game), and/or other types of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lowe, Joseph Olson, David White, Troy Johnson, Jared Schibel, Jason Scanlon, Chad Liddell, Christopher Shen
  • Patent number: 10080066
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for rendering a virtual mark on a video frame, including: receiving the video frame, captured by a camera, comprising a scene; obtaining a three-dimensional model of a mark in the scene; obtaining a foreground mask of the video frame; denoting a predetermined region corresponding to a mark mask, wherein the mark mask is an image projection of the mark on the video frame; updating the mark mask to exclude foreground regions, wherein the updating comprises: partitioning the predetermined region into a plurality of segments; and filtering out, from the mark mask, foreground pixels based on the plurality of segments and the foreground mask; and rendering, on the video frame, the virtual mark using the updated mark mask. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Cen Rao, Ximin Gong, Nikhil Deshpande, Ilke Akin
  • Patent number: 10079040
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for user interaction with and curation of digital media content, such that users are able to specify a particular clip of video content, and utilize the clip in a desired way. The disclosed systems and methods allow users to view video content, select video clips within the video content, save video clips into a collection of video clips, and curate the collection of video clips. The disclosed systems and methods also allow users to view bookmarks indicating the positions of saved video clips within video content, and to interact with video clips within a video player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Belliveau, Edward Drake, Anthony Mutalipassi
  • Patent number: 10080004
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for calibrating a projector. The method includes projecting a test pattern onto a scene or an object within the scene and capturing the test pattern using a camera. Once the test pattern image has been captured by the camera, the method further includes estimating by a processing element a perspective projection matrix, warping the estimated projection matrix based on a non-linear distortion function, and modifying the projector to project light based on the distortion function. The present disclosure also relates to a presentation or projection system including two types of projectors for projecting an output presentation having a second image overlaid on a first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Anselm Grundhofer
  • Patent number: 10074160
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignees: 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: 10075556
    Abstract: A portion of a content segment to distribute via an online platform may be selected. A retention metric may be obtained. Consumer engagement during the content segment may be quantified. The portion of the content segment to distribute via a second online platform to direct consumers to the content segment on the first online platform may be determined. The system may distribute the portion of the content segment via the second online platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Collier, Michael Woods, Ryan Lissack
  • Patent number: 10073861
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising assigning each of a plurality of nodes of a graph to a distinct image, of a plurality of images, wherein the graph represents a story, wherein each node corresponds to a respective element of the story, wherein each node comprises: (i) an attribute and (ii) a text of the respective element of the story, wherein the plurality of graph nodes are assigned based on a set of attributes of each of the plurality of images and the attribute of each node, and generating a visual depiction of the story, wherein the visual depiction comprises an ordered representation of each of the distinct images and the text of each respective element of the story.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariel Shamir, Oz Radiano, Leonid Sigal, Moshe B. Mahler
  • Patent number: 10065124
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture to perform an operation comprising receiving speech data via a network, modifying the speech data based on a profile associated with a toy device, wherein the modified speech data represents a voice of the toy device, and outputting the modified speech data via a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Blade A. Olson
  • Patent number: 10068616
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a video processing system for performing thumbnail generation includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a thumbnail generator software code. The hardware processor executes the thumbnail generator software code to receive a video file, and identify a plurality of shots in the video file, each of the plurality of shots including a plurality of frames of the video file. For each of the plurality of shots, the hardware processor further executes the thumbnail generator software code to filter the plurality of frames to obtain a plurality of key frame candidates, determine a ranking of the plurality of key frame candidates based in part on a blur detection analysis and an image distribution analysis of each of the plurality of key frame candidates, and generate a thumbnail based on the ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Aljoscha Smolic, Marc Junyent Martin, Asier Aduriz, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Christopher A. Eich
  • Patent number: 10067775
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for guided authoring of interactive content. A content generation system enabling such guided authoring includes a system processor, a system memory, and an interactive content authoring engine stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the interactive content authoring engine to receive data corresponding to an interactive content through an authoring interface of the interactive content authoring engine, and to detect at least one of an inconsistency in the interactive content and a possible conflict arising from a user interaction with the interactive content. The system processor is further configured to to execute the interactive content authoring engine to identify at least one solution for each inconsistency and/or possible conflict, and to resolve the inconsistency or inconsistencies and the possible conflict(s) to enable generation of a substantially conflict and inconsistency free interactive content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich
    Inventors: Mubbasir Kapadia, Fabio Zund, Robert Sumner
  • Patent number: 10070192
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for a platform for determining and responding to user sentiments during viewed media content. The method comprises displaying on a display, a plurality of user selectable sentiment actions to a plurality of users during broadcast of a media content, receiving a first selection of at least one of the plurality of user selectable sentiment actions from each of the plurality of users, and determining a first threshold sentiment level based on the first selection of the at least one of the plurality of user selectable sentiment actions. The method may further comprise sharing the first selection of the at least one of the plurality of user selectable sentiment actions from each of the plurality of users using a social media platform. Additionally, the method may also further comprise triggering a sentiment soundtrack corresponding to the first threshold sentiment level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Maya Baratz
  • Patent number: 10069730
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for systems and methods for predictive delivery of high bit-rate content. The disclosed systems and methods provide an adaptive-bit-rate streaming (ABS) system with more robust information, thereby allowing more intelligent pre-caching of the media content. By providing greater information to the ABS system, the disclosed systems are able to foresee higher bit-rate segments that require greater attention, allowing the system to use such information to improve the playback experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: James Voris, Mark Arana, Edward Drake
  • Patent number: 10068547
    Abstract: Techniques for simulating interactions using an augmented reality device are described. Embodiments receive a request to paint over portions of a visual scene. Here, the visual scene is captured using one or more camera devices of the augmented reality device and is presented on a display of the augmented reality device. A first object in the visual scene corresponding to the first location is identified. Additionally, embodiments paint at least a portion of the first object as specified by the received request, and render a series of frames depicting the first object, such that the painted at least a portion of the first object is shown as painted when viewed from different perspectives using the augmented reality device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Sobeski, Brian Leake, Kenny Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10070184
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a content distribution system that removes time-dependent promotional content before providing a recording of a media presentation (e.g., show or program) to a video-on-demand (VOD) provider. To receive Nielsen credit for a subscriber watching a recording of the media presentation using VOD, the recording must be almost the same as the live version of the media presentation which includes the original program content and the commercial advertisements shown during commercial breaks. However, some shows also include promotional content that a telecommunication or cable provider adds to the media presentation to promote other shows or events being broadcasted later. By the time the user views the recording, however, the promotional content may already be outdated. The embodiments herein describe techniques for removing time-dependent promotional content from a media presentation before the recording of the media presentation is sent to VOD providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Machanic, Robert Jensen, Hugh McGuire, Raul Rapalo, Michael Strein, Vladislav Feldman, Jeffrey Corwin, Kenneth Michel
  • Patent number: 10067557
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a system that includes a first interactive device and control logic configured to perform an operation. The operation includes receiving historical data describing historical interactions between a user and one or more interactive devices. Additionally, the operation includes configuring the first interactive device with one or more interactive events. Each interactive event includes a respective (i) stimulus event and (ii) an action to perform responsive to an occurrence of the stimulus event, and at least one of the one or more interactive events is based on the received historical data. Responsive to detecting an occurrence of a first one of the one or more stimulus events, the operation includes causing the first interactive device to perform the corresponding action. The operation also includes updating the first interactive device with a second one or more interactive events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Schlumberger, Joseph O. Garlington, Theodore Wei-Yun Leung
  • Patent number: 10065127
    Abstract: A special effects device for providing an energy sword effect. The device includes two long plastic semi-cylinders, and these two blade body members are rolled perpendicular to their length, which creates compact cylinders of material of small volume that can be provided on a pair of spools in a hilt. To extend the blade, a motor provided in the hilt unrolls the blade body members from the spools. Each blade body member passes through a blade forming guideway that nests the semi-cylindrical blade body members together as they leave the hilt. To retract the blade, the process is reversed. The lighting of the blade is achieved with a flexible strip of light sources. The light source strip is attached to a blade end cap and positioned in the center of the two blade body members such that it is pulled up along with the blade body members during their extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Honeck, Lanny S. Smoot, Quinn Y. Smithwick, Eli Joseph Romaire, David J. McCall, Terry O. Sandin, Adam B. Forster, Peter Anastasios Chevako
  • Patent number: 10067564
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include an arm band that captures sensor data used to identify hand gestures. When worn on the arm, the arm band permits a computing device to identify different gestures made by the hand. In one embodiment, the band measures a change in position of the tendons that control the positions of the fingers on the hand which can then be correlated to a particular hand gesture. For example, the thickness of the user's arm increases in a direction perpendicular to the palm of the hand when the fingers are extended relative to the thickness of the arm when the fingers are curled into the palm of the hand. By detecting this change in thickness, the computing device can distinguish between different gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Michael P. Goslin, Daniel James Reetz, Joseph L. Olson
  • Patent number: 10062033
    Abstract: Approaches are described for discovering a formation associated with an agent group engaging in an activity over a window of time. A formation analysis system computes first and second results for an objective function based on first and second sets of role assignments for each agent in the agent group at first and second moments in time, respectively. The formation analysis system iterates by: replacing the first set of role assignments with the second set of role assignments, and determining whether completion criteria have been met based at least in part on comparing the first result with the second result. If the completion criteria have not been met, then the formation analysis system replaces the second set of role assignments with a third set of role assignments that associate each agent in the first agent group with a different role assignment in the third set of role assignments at a third moment in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lucey, Alina Bialkowski, George Peter Carr, Iain Matthews, Yisong Yue
  • Patent number: 10063894
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, Anne Chang, Kari Grubin, Jeffrey Miller, Christopher Witham
  • Patent number: 10061986
    Abstract: There is provided a system comprising a memory and a processor configured to receive a media content depicting an activity, extract a first plurality of features from a first segment of the media content, make a first prediction that the media content depicts a first activity based on the first plurality of features, wherein the first prediction has a first confidence level, extract a second plurality of features from a second segment of the media content, the second segment temporally following the first segment in the media content, make a second prediction that the media content depicts the first activity based on the second plurality of features, wherein the second prediction has a second confidence level, determine that the media content depicts the first activity based on the first prediction and the second prediction, wherein the second confidence level is at least as high as the first confidence level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Sigal, Shugao Ma
  • Patent number: 10057556
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and system for optimizing a projector for projection of content. In one embodiment the method includes receiving by a processing element a plurality of test images corresponding to test patterns projected by the projector on a projection surface, where each of the test patterns include at least two points, comparing by the processing element the plurality of test images to assess one or more projector characteristics related to a distance between the two points, generating by the processing element a projector model representing the one or more projector characteristics, and utilizing the model to determine a projection path of the projector for the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhofer, Simon Lukas Willi
  • Patent number: 10052552
    Abstract: A system for associating virtual activity of a user in a virtual space and a real-world activity of a user in a physical environment are presented herein. User activities and/or experiences within the physical environment and/or the virtual environment may be created (e.g., new experiences/personalizations being presented to the user), changed, accelerated, and/or otherwise managed such that each one enhances the other and/or enriches the overall experiences of the users over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Worrall, Shannon R. Monroe, Jose Villeta, Joshua B. Gorin, Brian J. Wilson, Robert Lowe, Robert Nelson
  • Patent number: 10057644
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a content classification system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a video asset classification software code. The hardware processor executes the video asset classification software code to receive video clips depicting video assets and each including images and annotation metadata, and to preliminarily classify the images with one or more of the video assets to produce image clusters. The hardware processor further executes the video asset classification software code to identify key features data corresponding respectively to each image cluster, to segregate the image clusters into image super-clusters based on the key feature data, and to uniquely identify each of at least some of the image super-clusters with one of the video assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Matthew Petrillo, Monica Alfaro Vendrell, Pablo Beltran Sanchidrian, Marc Junyent Martin, Avner Swerdlow, Katharine S. Ettinger, Anthony M. Accardo
  • Patent number: 10057606
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lindsay, Lena Bareket, Nimesh Narayan, Yoomi Koh Poon
  • Patent number: 10057561
    Abstract: Scenes reconstruction may be performed using videos that capture the scenes at high resolution and frame rate. Scene reconstruction may be associated with determining camera orientation and/or location (“camera pose”) throughout the video, three-dimensional coordinates of feature points detected in frames of the video, and/or other information. Individual videos may have multiple frames. Feature points may be detected in, and tracked over, the frames. Estimations of camera pose may be made for individual subsets of frames. One or more estimations of camera pose may be determined as fixed estimations. The estimated camera poses for the frames included in the subsets of frames may be updated based on the fixed estimations. Camera pose for frames not included in the subsets of frames may be determined to provide globally consistent camera poses and three-dimensional coordinates for feature points of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich
    Inventors: Benjamin Resch, Hendrik Lensch, Marc Pollefeys, Oliver Wang, Alexander Sorkine Hornung
  • Patent number: 10049481
    Abstract: A distributed computation system is leveraged to evaluate many possible results of a rig near the current pose to obtain predicted poses. A user locally runs an animation application instance to manipulate an animated object including a rig and shape. Depending on a user's selection or modification of a rig control of the rig, changes to the rig control are predicted. Based on the predicted changes to the rig control, the distributed computation system evaluates the rig to obtain different predicted poses. The predicted poses are made available to an interpolator that blends the results to obtain an interpolated shape. In implementations, the distributed computation system may be used to evaluate predicted poses for animation ghosting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-An Lin, Gene Lee, Christian Eisenacher
  • Patent number: 10039975
    Abstract: An immersive play environment providing techniques for generating an imaginary enemy within the environment is disclosed. A tracker device is provided in the play environment for determining a location of a user. A controller device is provided to generate an invisible interactive object (an “imaginary enemy”), to engage the user during gameplay. The controller device generates tracking information indicating a location of the imaginary enemy. The controller device determines the location of the enemy relative to the location of the user and transmits that information to the tracker device. The tracker device can communicate the location of the imaginary enemy to the user for engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Olson, Blade Olson, Michael P. Goslin, Charles Moneypenny, Ivone Alexandre
  • Patent number: 10042506
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by an interactive story development system. The method includes receiving a story state including an attribute state of each of a plurality of items present in a storyline, wherein the plurality of items include a plurality of objects of the storyline and a plurality of characters of the storyline. The method also includes creating a story web, wherein the story web includes a node for every possible interaction between the plurality of objects and the plurality of characters in the storyline, and calculating a narrative value for each of the nodes of the story web, receiving a first input from a user selecting user criteria including at least one of a story telling option of the storyline and a sentiment selection, and determining based on the narrative value and the user criteria, a plurality of candidate nodes of the story web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mubbasir Kapadia, Robert Sumner, Alexander Shoulson
  • Patent number: 10043407
    Abstract: There is provided an interactive book having a plurality of printed pages, where at least one of the plurality of pages includes at least one interactive element, the interactive book configured to wirelessly connect to a media device, transmit a first signal to the media device via the wireless connection, the first signal including a book ID uniquely identifying the interactive book, detect a current page of the plurality of pages, wherein the current page is being viewed by a user, receive an activation signal from the at least one interactive element when a user interacts with the at least one interactive element, and transmit a second signal to the media device via the wireless connection based on the current page and the activation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Malcolm Murdock, Michael Hy, Mohammad Poswal, Taylor Hellam, Nikita Pashenkov
  • Patent number: 10042421
    Abstract: Individual images for individual frames of an animation may be rendered to include individual focal areas. A focal area may include one or more of a foveal region corresponding to a gaze direction of a user, an area surrounding the foveal region, and/or other components. The foveal region may comprise a region along the user's line of sight that permits high visual acuity with respect to a periphery of the line of sight. A focal area within an image may be rendered based on parameter values of rendering parameters that are different from parameter values for an area outside the focal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Mitchell, Darren Cosker, Nicholas T. Swafford
  • Patent number: 10045092
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Deuel, Leon Silverman
  • Patent number: 10037077
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to system and methods for providing users with augmented reality experiences based on a specific location of a user. An augmented reality experience may include augmented reality objects, and/or other content. Augmented reality objects may be associated with one or more real-world locations. Requests for augmented reality experience may include identifications of real-world locations of client computing devices, and/or other information. An instance of an augmented reality object may be overlaid onto visual information obtained from client computing devices. An interaction between users and/or users and one or more augmented reality objects may be facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Auten, Malcolm E. Murdock, Joshua Nakaya
  • Patent number: 10037605
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory and a processor configured to obtain a first frame of a video content including an object and a first region based on a segmentation hierarchy of the first frame, insert a synthetic object into the first frame, merge an object segmentation hierarchy of the synthetic object with the segmentation hierarchy of the first frame to create a merged segmentation hierarchy, select a second region based on the merged segmentation hierarchy, provide the first frame including the first region and the second region to a crowd user for creating a corrected frame, receive the corrected frame from the crowd user including a first corrected region including the object and a second corrected region including the synthetic object, determine a quality based on the synthetic object and the second corrected region, and accept the first corrected region based on the quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Marc Junyent Martin, Aljoscha Smolic
  • Patent number: 10038895
    Abstract: A three-dimensional coordinate position of a calibration device is determined. Further, a code is emitted to an image capture device. The code indicates the three-dimensional coordinate position of the calibration device. In addition, an image of light emitted from the calibration device is captured. The light includes the code. An image capture device three-dimensional coordinate position of the calibration device is calibrated according to the real world three-dimensional coordinate position of the calibration device indicated by the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Beardsley, Anselm Grundhoefer, Daniel Reetz
  • 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