Disney Patents Granted

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

  • Patent number: 9947124
    Abstract: Techniques are proposed for animating a deformable object. A geometric mesh comprising a plurality of vertices is retrieved, where the geometric mesh is related to a first rest state configuration corresponding to the deformable object. A motion goal associated with the deformable object is then retrieved. The motion goal is translated into a function of one or more state variables associated with the deformable object. A second rest state configuration corresponding to the deformable object is computed by adjusting the position of at least one vertex in the plurality of vertices based at least in part on the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sumner, Stelian Coros, Sebastian Martin, Bernhard Thomaszewski
  • Patent number: 9943769
    Abstract: A system for controlling ride experiences through a ride space of an amusement park ride based on a passenger's present state. The system includes a sensor mounted on an automated trackless vehicle, being controlled to travel along a first ride path, sensing passenger data for a passenger. The system includes a controller processing the passenger data to determine a passenger state at a particular point in time during the ride experience. The controller determines a location of the automated trackless vehicle on the first ride path. The controller, based on the passenger state and the location of the automated trackless vehicle on the first ride path, determines a second ride path for the automated trackless vehicle for the ride space. The controller then controls the automated trackless vehicle to move from the first ride path to the second ride path to alter the passenger's state to enhance their ride experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Dumene Comploi
  • Patent number: 9946431
    Abstract: Resizable and lockable user interfaces (UI) are provided. Systems and methods described herein allow a user to resize and/or lock a section of the user interface. Interference and distraction caused by secondary content when primary content is traversed may be minimized. In addition, UI controls are provided to allow traversing primary content and secondary content separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvia Park-Ekecs, Richard Cardran, Keith Tralins, Arnaud Robert
  • Patent number: 9946563
    Abstract: A batch scheduler receives a task. Further, a processor, at the batch scheduler, generates a virtual machine corresponding to the task. In addition, the virtual machine is deployed from the batch scheduler to a compute node. The task is also dispatched from the batch scheduler to the virtual machine at the compute node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Eric Geibel, Jeffrey M. Jordan, Scott Lane Burris, Kevin Christopher Constantine
  • Patent number: 9943959
    Abstract: A method for localizing robots and other objects when ranging devices are partially obstructed. The method includes retrieving a digital map of the space and then identifying potential locations for the object in the space. The method involves generating a prediction of expected ranges between the object and surfaces in the space at each of the potential locations. The method includes operating a ranging device to measure ranges to the surfaces in the space and comparing, for each of the predictions, the measured ranges with the expected ranges to identify the most accurate prediction. The comparing includes weighting ranges that are too small neutrally as these are strikes on obstructions, weighting ranges that provide matches positively, and weighting ranges that are too large negatively, and the comparing then involves summing the weighted ranges to identify a most accurate one of the predictions and associated current location for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle G. Freeman
  • Patent number: 9937932
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle progression along a ride path of an amusement park ride. The method includes receiving inputs from a passenger of a vehicle on the ride path and processing the received inputs to determine a vehicle state change. The method includes determining a present or predicted vehicle state and comparing the present or predicted vehicle state with constraints defined by a dynamic boundary associated with the vehicle. The method includes issuing vehicle control commands to a drive assembly to implement the vehicle state change if it complies with the constraints. The dynamic boundary is moved logically along the ride path at a nominal to define a set of boundaries for movement of the vehicle along the ride path. The vehicle state change may be a change that causes the vehicle to travel at a speed differing from the dynamic boundary while remaining within the dynamic boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Edward A. Nemeth, Paul E. Baker, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 9939377
    Abstract: A method for creating a replication material corresponding to the appearance of a translucent or partially translucent target material. The appearance of the target material can be measured or may be prescribed by a user. The method includes receiving by a processor optical data related to a target subsurface scattering parameter of the target material. Once the processor has received the optical or light characteristic data, the method includes determining by the processor a replication pigment concentration to replicate the appearance of the target material caused by the target subsurface scattering parameter. The processor determines this concentration based on a plurality of pigment subsurface scattering parameters corresponding to a plurality of stored pigment concentrations in the computing device. Once the replication pigment concentration has been determined, the method includes creating, physically or virtually, the replication material by combining the pigment concentration with a base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Marios Papas, Christian Regg, Steve Marschner, Wojciech Jarosz, Wojciech Matusik, Philip J. Jackson, Bernd Bickel
  • Patent number: 9940753
    Abstract: A method of augmenting a target object with projected light is disclosed. The method includes determining a blend of component attributes to define visual characteristics of the target object, modifying an input image based, at least in part, on an image of the target object, wherein the modified input image defines an augmented visual characteristic of the target object, determining a present location of one or more landmarks on the target object based, at least in part, on the image of the target object, predicting a future location of the one or more landmarks, deforming a model of the target object based on the future location of the one or more landmarks, generating an augmentation image based on the deformed model and the modified input image, and transmitting for projection the augmentation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhöfer, Amit Bermano
  • Patent number: 9940522
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a non-transitory memory storing an executable code and a hardware processor executing the executable code to receive a plurality of training contents depicting a plurality of activities, extract training object data from the plurality of training contents including a first training object data corresponding to a first activity, extract training scene data from the plurality of training contents including a first training scene data corresponding to the first activity, determine that a probability of the first activity is maximized when the first training object data and the first training scene data both exist in a sample media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Zuxuan Wu, Yanwei Fu, Leonid Sigal
  • Patent number: 9942539
    Abstract: A display system for creating three dimensional (3D) imagery for a viewer wearing 3D glasses such as wavelength multiplex visualization (WMV) technology glasses with a first lens passing colored light in a first range of wavelengths and with a second lens passing colored light in a second range of wavelengths. The system includes a first WMV light source outputting a first light stream onto a display surface, with the first light stream having a wavelength in the first wavelength range. The system includes a second WMV light source outputting a second light stream onto the display surface concurrently with the second light stream, with the second light stream having a wavelength in the second wavelength range. The WMV light sources are scanning lasers that each may be a scanning laser providing red, green, or blue coherent light or a full red, green, and blue (RGB) scanning laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Tracey Tait, Mark A. Reichow, Steven T. Kosakura, Genell Nikeya Hoechstetter
  • Patent number: 9936325
    Abstract: There is provided a system for use in an environment, the system comprising a microphone, a plurality of speakers, a memory storing an executable code, and a processor executing the executable code to receive a media content including an audio component, play the audio component of the media content over at least one of the plurality of speakers, detect, while playing the audio component, an ambient sound in the environment using the microphone, and adjust playing of the audio component of the media content for the at least one of the plurality of speakers based on the ambient sound in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Smith, Leon Silverman, Alexander C. Chen
  • Patent number: 9933851
    Abstract: There is provided a system having a feedback device including a sensory feedback element, a non-transitory memory storing an executable code and a virtual object having a virtual surface, and a hardware processor. The hardware processor is configured to execute the executable code to determine a position of a hand of a first user, determine a location of the virtual surface of the virtual object, and transmit a first activation signal to the feedback device to cause a sensory feedback to be provided to the first user using the sensory feedback element of the feedback device based on the position of the hand of the first user relative to the location of the virtual surface of the virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Eric C. Haseltine, Blade A. Olson
  • Patent number: 9934605
    Abstract: There is provided a scene rendering system and method for use by such a system to perform depth buffering for subsequent scene rendering. The system includes a memory storing a depth determination software including a reduced depth set identification software module, and a hardware processor configured to execute the depth determination software. The hardware processor is configured to execute the depth determination software to determine, before rendering a scene, a depth buffer based on at least one fixed depth identified for each element of a rendering framework for the scene. The hardware processor is further configured to render the scene using the depth buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Nichols, Brent Burley, Ralf Habel, David Adler
  • Patent number: 9934413
    Abstract: A magnetic reader for identifying an object includes a hardware processor, a memory storing multiple magnetic field profiles, and a magnetic field detector. The hardware processor of the magnetic reader is configured to detect, using the magnetic field detector, a magnetic field produced by one or more elements incorporated into the object, and to measure, using the magnetic field detector, one or more characteristics of the magnetic field. The hardware processor of the magnetic reader is further configured to compare the one or more characteristics of the magnetic field to one or more of the multiple magnetic field profiles stored in the memory, and to identify the object based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Katherine M. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9934581
    Abstract: A system for dynamically tracking and indicating a path of an object comprises an object position system for generating three-dimensional object position data comprising an object trajectory, a software element for receiving the three-dimensional object position data, the software element also for determining whether the three-dimensional object position data indicates that an object has exceeded a boundary, and a graphics system for displaying the object trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: David L. Casamona, Frank C. Guida, Jr., Michael F. Gay, Anthony J. Bailey
  • Patent number: 9930381
    Abstract: Network signals in a broadcast network can include ancillary data as well as audio and visual of a media presentation. Typically, the ancillary data is not displayed by the television when outputting the audio and visual data although it may be in some cases. To ensure the network signal is compatible with the components in the broadcast network, the embodiments herein test the network signal use an emulated version of the broadcast network. For example, the content provider can set up a local version of broadcast network using the hardware components of the broadcast network (e.g., a cable head end, network modulators, set top boxes, receivers, etc.). By transmitting the network signal through the emulated broadcast network, the content provider can verify that the ancillary data will be correctly transmitted through the actual broadcast network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Yamashita, Lawrence Anthony
  • Patent number: 9927235
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an apparatus that includes a plurality of wheels configured to rotate in either of two rotational directions about an axis of rotation. The apparatus further includes a turret portion disposed between the two wheels and rotatable about the axis of rotation in either of the two rotational directions and independently of the plurality of wheels. Additionally, the apparatus includes a motor configured to provide torque to the plurality of wheels and the turret portion. The motor can cause each of the plurality of wheels to rotate independently in either of the two rotational directions when operating in a first rotational speed mode. The motor can also cause the turret portion to rotate in either of the two rotational directions independently of the plurality of wheels when operating in a second rotational speed mode which is faster relative to the first rotational speed mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Haseltine, Michael P. Goslin, Joseph L. Olson, Katherine M. Bassett, Frederick A. Stillman, James K. Stobar, JoAnn McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 9928442
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising assigning each of a plurality of images in a blog post and each of a plurality of images in a collection of images to a respective node in a graph, computing an adjacency matrix for the graph, wherein the adjacency matrix defines relationships between images in the blog post and images in the collections of images, and determining a first subset of the images in the collection of images that summarize the images in the image collection, wherein the subset is determined based on the adjacency matrix, wherein the adjacency matrix is computed based on the subset of the images in the collection of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Sigal, Gunhee Kim, Seungwhan Moon
  • Patent number: 9922185
    Abstract: Token detection at a single computing platform may be linked with a user identification to unlock content and/or effectuate modifications in virtual space instances presented via multiple computing platforms, in accordance with one or more implementations. Exemplary implementations may enhance consistency in a user's experiences of a virtual space across multiple computing platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Vignocchi, Robert Nelson, Jeffrey Bunker, Troy Leavitt, Robert Lowe, John Blackburn, Christopher Shen
  • Patent number: 9922464
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include an augmented reality (AR) optical system, and associated method and computer program product, defining a field of view relative to an optical reference point. The optical system comprises an imagery display configured to display images using a received first display signal, and a beam-splitter disposed within the field of view and configured to cause the displayed images to appear in a first focal plane within the field of view. The optical system further comprises an occluding display disposed within the field of view and configured to display, based on the first display signal, occluding images in a second focal plane nearer to the beam-splitter than the first focal plane, thereby reducing environmental light at the optical reference point for at least a portion of the displayed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Haseltine, Quinn Yorklun Jen Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9922411
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Tunc Ozan Aydin, Nikolce Stefanoski, Aljoscha Smolic, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9924164
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for re-transcoding portions of a digital media file while maintaining key-frame alignment across a set of digital media files having the same content. Instead of re-transcoding the entire set of digital media files if a portion of a single video fails quality, the disclosed systems and methods allow only the failing portion of the video to be re-transcoded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared McPhillen, Kevin Liao, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9922465
    Abstract: A perceived speed of motion associated with a user may be changed by determining a speed and a direction of the motion associated with the user within a reference frame. Augmented reality content may be determined for presentation on a display. A direction and a speed of motion associated with the augmented reality content within the reference frame may be determined. The direction of motion associated with the augmented reality content may oppose the direction of motion associated with the user. The speed of motion associated with the augmented reality content may increase as the speed of motion associated with the user increases. The augmented reality content may be presented such that the augmented reality content appears to move toward and past a position associated with the user at the perceived speed that is faster than the speed of motion associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Goslin
  • Patent number: 9922665
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for generating a visually consistent alternative audio for redubbing visual speech using a processor configured to sample a dynamic viseme sequence corresponding to a given utterance by a speaker in a video, identify a plurality of phonemes corresponding to the dynamic viseme sequence, construct a graph of the plurality of phonemes that synchronize with a sequence of lip movements of a mouth of the speaker in the dynamic viseme sequence, use the graph to generate an alternative phrase that substantially matches the sequence of lip movements of the mouth of the speaker in the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Iain Matthews, Sarah Taylor, Barry John Theobald
  • Patent number: 9913525
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a hand-operated input device on a hand. The apparatus includes a first mounting member with a hoop-shaped body and a second mounting member with a semi-circular shaped body. At first and second ends, the second mounting member is rigidly coupled at spaced-apart first and second locations to the first mounting member. A device support is rigidly coupled to the first mounting member, and the device support is adapted for supporting a hand-operated input device. The first mounting member contacts the hand at first and second contact points, and the second mounting member contacts the hand at a third contact point. The first and second contact points are located on opposite sides of the hand between the knuckles and the heel of the hand, and the third contact point is on an opposite side of the hand from the first contact point and proximate to the heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark R. Mine, Andrew M. Ogden
  • Patent number: 9914057
    Abstract: Techniques for providing an immersive storytelling experience using a plurality of storytelling devices. Each of the storytelling devices may be configured to perform one or more actions based on a current context of a story and in response to a stimulus event. The actions include at least one of an auditory and a visual effect. Embodiments also provide a controller device configured to manage a playback of the story, by adjusting the stimulus event and the effect of each of the plurality of storytelling devices, based on the current context of the story, thereby creating an interactive and immersive storytelling experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Wilson Muhlheim, Eric Charles Haseltine, Joseph O'Brien Garlington, Theodore Wei-Yun Leung, Gabriel Sebastian Schlumberger
  • Patent number: 9914262
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Voris, David W. Crawford, Jorge Alted, Benjamin Foster Christen
  • Patent number: 9916815
    Abstract: An enhanced system and method presents a view of a virtual space on a display based on a position of the display in one or more degrees of freedom. For such a position of the display, a corresponding field of view in the virtual space may be determined. In some examples, as the display rotates about an axis that runs perpendicular to the display through a centroid of the display, the view of the virtual space may shift such that the field of view varies dynamically with the rotational position of the display and the objects in the field of view are maintained fixed in the virtual space. In some implementations, an object of the virtual space may be controlled by the position change of the display in the degrees of freedom such that the objects may be steered according to the display's position in the degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan Durmek
  • Patent number: 9916794
    Abstract: A display system adapted to use rapid switching techniques to switch between displaying content and displaying a mask for that content so as to provide per-pixel opacity control. The display system may employ rapid synchronized switching of both a non-emissive, transparent display and a transparent backlight. In a first state, the display is operated to display content with the backlight acting as a scattering luminous backlight. In the other or second state, the display is operated to display one or more masks (for some or all objects or items of the content displayed in the first state) with the backlight functioning as a clear and unlit backlight. The display system is capable of producing opaque emissive content on a transparent field to provide a novel display and/or for use in compact spatial augmented reality applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9918074
    Abstract: A display system creating three dimensional (3D) imagery for a viewer in a viewing space wearing 3D stereo glasses. The 3D stereo glasses have first and second lens passing colored light in first and second ranges of wavelengths. The display system includes a 3D mural element with a display surface facing the viewing space and a light receiving surface opposite the display surface. The display system includes a first wavelength multiplex visualization (WMV) light source outputting a first light stream onto the light receiving surface, and the first light stream has a wavelength in the first range of wavelengths. The display system includes a second WMV light source outputting a second light stream onto the light receiving surface, and the second light stream has a wavelength in the second range of wavelengths. WMV light sources may be directed onto 3D surfaces and props in the viewing space providing 3D effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Thomas Tracey Tait, Mark A. Reichow, Steven T. Kosakura
  • Patent number: 9916677
    Abstract: According to one exemplary implementation, a method for use by a global illumination system including a hardware processor includes identifying, using the hardware processor, a first interior vertex of multiple first interior vertices of a light path, the first interior vertices being situated within a volume having a refractive boundary. In addition, the method includes determining, using the hardware processor, a surface vertex of the light path at the refractive boundary, and determining, using the hardware processor, a linear direction from the surface vertex to a light source of the light path. The method also includes determining, using the hardware processor, one or more second interior vertices for completing the light path by constructing a path from the surface vertex to the first interior vertex, based on the linear direction, the surface vertex and the first interior vertex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Novak, David Koerner, Wojciech Jarosz, Peter Kutz, Ralf Habel
  • Patent number: 9910850
    Abstract: A system and method for translating a phrase for video game development for games to be made available in a plurality of natural languages is disclosed. The method includes determining that code for a video game being developed has been created or modified. The method further includes inspecting the code to determine whether a phrase to be displayed or to be spoken during game play is present therein, wherein the phrase comprises a plurality of words. The method further includes comparing the entire phrase to a collection of phrases for which one or more translations to another natural language are already available, and if an exact match is determined, then reusing the one or more available translations for one or more corresponding languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Tadashi George Sakashita, Bruce Gifford, Jonathan C. Scholtz
  • Patent number: 9910565
    Abstract: A system and method for providing personalization of a virtual space based on an individualized seed value. The system may provide personalization within one or more instances of a virtual space based on an individualized seed value derived from one or more biometric samples (e.g., a fingerprint) and/other individual identifiers. One or more values may be obtained and used as the individual seed value to generate pseudorandom numbers. Personalizations affecting characteristics of one or more aspects of the virtual space may be determined based on the pseudorandom numbers generated. Presentation of the personalizations determined may be effectuated in on or more instances of the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nelson, Robert Lowe
  • Patent number: 9911396
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander C. Chen, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9912974
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising receiving a plurality of superclusters that includes at least one of a plurality of shot clusters, wherein each of the shot clusters includes at least one of a plurality of video shots, and wherein each video shot includes one or more video frames, and computing an expected value for a metric based on the plurality of superclusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miquel Á. Farré Guiu, Seth Frey, Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Michael R. Clements, Pablo Beltran Sanchidrian
  • Patent number: 9911194
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to system and methods for segmenting a video in a higher order dimensional space. A video may be segmented by obtaining visual information defining an image of the video. The visual information may include pixels of the image and may be represented in a display space having a first dimensionality. A designation of a subset of the visual information represented in the display space as a part of an object portrayed in the image may be obtained. The visual information and the designation may be represented in the higher order dimensional space having a second dimensionality greater than the first dimensionality. An association of the visual information represented in the higher order dimensional space with the object may be obtained. The association may be correlated with the visual information represented in the display space. The correlation may define a location of the object in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Federico Perazzi, Oliver Wang, Nicolas Märki
  • Patent number: 9908050
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for image recognized content creation. There is provided a method comprising capturing an image from a camera, analyzing the image to recognize a plurality of elements, converting the plurality of elements into custom content data, and executing an interactive application using the custom content data. In one embodiment, the interactive application may comprise a racing video game, and the image may comprise a racetrack layout for use in the racing video game. Thus, a user can provide a racetrack by drawing simple lines and curves on a piece of paper, which are detected by the camera and converted into valid data assets for the video game. In this manner, even young children can leverage common drawing skills using familiar physical drawing implements for quick and simplified content creation, bypassing the need to use complex, tedious, and proprietary conventional on-screen user interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kohout
  • Patent number: 9911218
    Abstract: Speech animation may be performed using visemes with phonetic boundary context. A viseme unit may comprise an animation that simulates lip movement of an animated entity. Individual ones of the viseme units may correspond to one or more complete phonemes and phoneme context of the one or more complete phonemes. Phoneme context may include a phoneme that is adjacent to the one or more complete phonemes that correspond to a given viseme unit. Potential sets of viseme units that correspond with individual phoneme string portions may be determined. One of the potential sets of viseme units may be selected for individual ones of the phoneme string portions based on a fit metric that conveys a match between individual ones of the potential sets and the corresponding phoneme string portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry-John Theobald, Margaret Meyerhofer, Iain Matthews, Sarah Taylor
  • Patent number: 9911152
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing a platform to provide virtual storefronts to consumers. Environmental elements are associated with specific consumer services on computer server. A user in the environment takes audio or visual recordings of an environmental element and uploads the recordings to the server. The server determines the appropriate consumer service associated with the recorded environmental element and provides the user with a reference to the service. Accordingly, any space, such as a bus stop, subway or train terminal, movie theater, or airport, may be turned into a virtual store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jessica Graham, Tuomo Korpinen
  • Patent number: 9911202
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising computing a saliency value for a video based on saliency values a set of pixels in each frame of the video, computing, for the video, an expected value for a metric by a predictive algorithm based on the saliency value for the video, and outputting the expected value for the metric as an indication of an expected outcome for the metric achieved by the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Frey, Anthony M. Accardo, Robert Sumner, Rafael Huber, Alexandre Chapiro
  • Patent number: 9911215
    Abstract: Systems and methods of propagating edits through a video are presented herein. Decompositions of information defining frame images of a video may be obtained. Individual decompositions may include individual sets of sinusoidal functions separated into individual frequency bands. One or more frequency bands that convey differences between an (unedited) frame image and an edited version of that frame image may be identified. A subset of the one or more frequency bands that convey motion information associated with the frame image and a subsequent frame image in the video may be identified. Using the motion information, phase information of individual sinusoidal functions of a decomposition of the edited frame image, which may be included in the subset of the one or more frequency bands, may be propagated based on the motion information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Simone Meyer
  • Patent number: 9913058
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a sonic field sound system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a sound modulation software code. The sound system further includes an acoustic object coupled to an input of the computing platform via a capacitance sensing unit. The acoustic object has one or more input interface(s) coupled to an output of the computing platform, and also has a resonant cavity having at least one outlet. The hardware processor is configured to execute the sound modulation software code to generate a waveform for driving the one or more input interface(s) of the acoustic object via the output of the computing platform to produce a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Israr, Ivan Poupyrev, Yoshio Ishiguro, Olivier Bau, Yuri Suzuki, James H. Auger
  • Patent number: 9911457
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by a media player to provide access to a media content. The method comprises receiving a request from a user for playing the media content, prompting a user for an authorization code, receiving the authorization code from the user, transmitting the authorization code to an authentication server over a network, receiving a valid authentication message from the authentication server over the network if the authorization code is confirmed to be valid, transmitting the valid authentication message to a content server over the network, retrieving the media content from the content server over the network, wherein the media content incorporates an identification information associating the media content with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Cyril Rickelton-Abdi
  • Patent number: 9904357
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a throwing apparatus that includes a projectile that slides on a rail. In one example, as the user makes a throwing action, the projectile slides along the rail and locks into place at an end of the rail. In response, the throwing apparatus launches a virtual object representing the projectile along a virtual path extending away from the throwing apparatus. The apparatus may include an emitter that transmits a signal indicative of the signal path of the virtual object. An external device receiving the signal can determine whether the device is on the path and whether it is struck by the virtual object. The apparatus may also include a speaker that outputs a sound simulating the projectile flying through free space. The speaker may change the volume of the sound depending on whether the virtual object is moving away or towards the throwing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Jared Dal Porto Sain, John Henry Harris, III, Katherine M. Bassett, Philippe Putzeys
  • Patent number: 9898892
    Abstract: Users may participate in instances of a virtual space through computing platforms associated with the users. User participation may include controlling game entities within the instances of the virtual spaces. Individual game entities may be defined by attribute values of one or more game entity attributes. One or more attribute values may be modified from their currently defined values based on detection of physical tokens communicatively coupled to token readers. By way of non-limiting example, tokens may store attribute modification information that may specify discrete amounts by which one or more attribute values may be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Peterson, Sandeep Kharkar
  • Patent number: 9899939
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for harvesting electrical energy from interaction with papers. The system comprising an electret disposed between a first electrode and a second electrode, and an interactive device connected to one end of the first electrode and one end of the second electrode to provide an electrical potential, the interactive device configured to receive the electrical potential by moving the second electrode relative to the electret for generating electrical energy. Interactive devices that can be activated by the generator can include a light-emitting diode, an electronic paper display, an infrared communication, and a buzzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa Emre Karagozler, Ivan Poupyrev, Gary K. Fedder
  • Patent number: 9900505
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a panoramic video from unstructured camera arrays. The systems and methods are configured to statically align corresponding image-frames of respective input video streams, warp the aligned image-frames according to a warping-order, and relax the warped image-frames thereby generating a temporally coherent panoramic video. Methods according to embodiments this invention utilize a new parallax-warping-error metric that is devised to capture structural differences created by parallax artifacts. The parallax-warping-error metric is effective in finding an optimal warping-order and in driving the warping process, resulting in a panoramic video with minimal parallax artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Federico Perazzi, Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Henning Zimmer, Oliver Wang, Peter Kaufmann, Scott Watson
  • Patent number: 9898871
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to system and methods for providing augmented reality experience based on a relative position of objects. Augmented reality experience based on a relative position of object may be provided by detecting a first object and a second object. Positions and orientations of the first object and the second object may be determined. A first visual effect may be determined for the first object and a second visual effect may be determined for the second object. Overlay positions and orientations for the first visual effect and the second visual effect may be determined. An overlay image including the first visual effect and the second visual effect may be determined, and the overlay image may be displayed. An interaction between the first visual effect and the second visual effect may be determined based on the relative position of the first object and the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Reagan, Sagar Mistry, Nathan Allison
  • Patent number: 9898872
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying an augmented reality environment. Embodiments capture a visual scene for display. An embedded symbol associated with a garment worn by the first user within the visual scene is identified. Embodiments generate a virtual augmentation corresponding to the first user that is animated based on the captured visual scene. The virtual augmentation alters an appearance of the first user, such that the first user is depicted as wearing a virtual costume, the virtual costume determined to have a predefined relationship with the identified embedded symbol. A sequence of frames is rendered that depicts the first user augmented with the virtual augmentation in the augmented reality environment and depict at least a portion of the first user as wearing the virtual costume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9895605
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for communicating with a first peripheral device, of a plurality of peripheral devices, using a touch-sensitive system that has a processor and a touch surface. According to an exemplary embodiment, a method includes detecting, using the processor, a plurality of touches on the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system that are made by the first peripheral device. The method further includes identifying, using the processor, the first peripheral device based on the plurality of touches on the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system that are made by the first peripheral device. The method additionally includes communicating data, using the processor, to a receptive circuit of the first peripheral device in response to the identifying of the first peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Heatherly, Armen Mkrtchyan, Jonathan Backer, Brian White