Disney Patents

The Walt Disney Company is an entertainment company focused on media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive games. The company's media holdings include ESPN (partial ownership), the Disney channels, ABC Family and A&E Television Networks (partial ownership). The company also operates Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, the Disney Cruise Line, and has partial ownership interests in Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disney. Tokyo Disneyland is operated by an independent company that licenses Disney intellectual property and pays royalties based on revenues. Disney also produces live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays, and distributes Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Touchstone films.

Disney Patents by Type

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  • Patent number: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20180046861
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for placing large objects and objects separated by large distances in an AR environment. An AR headset system may place and generate digital objects using relative geographical coordinates (e.g., latitude, longitude, and altitude) between the user's current position and the object being placed. In one implementation, a digital object's geographical coordinates may be calculated by determining a user's geographical coordinates, using a distance determination device to measure a distance to a boundary in the user's real-world environment within an AR headset's field of view, and calculating an orientation of the AR headset relative to the user's position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul PATEL, James VORIS
  • Publication number: 20180047066
    Abstract: Techniques are described for retrieving advertisements for insertion into a document. Embodiments receive a document comprising a request to retrieve a plurality of advertisement creatives. In response to transmitting the request specified within the received document to the advertisement management system, a single software object defining all of the plurality of advertisement creatives is received. Embodiments insert each of the plurality of advertisement creatives into the document, prior to rendering the document, and then render the document together with the advertisement creatives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jarrod David Whelan
  • Patent number: 9892485
    Abstract: A method of manipulating at least a portion of a character model into a pose involving a library data having a plurality of deformations, where each deformation is associated with index values of one or more distance measurement nodes. One or more distance measurement nodes are defined for the portion of the character model, wherein each distance measurement node comprises a number of points on a surface defined by the geometry of the character model, wherein the points are separated by a distance value. A particular pose is selected for the character model portion to establish an initial model by selecting values for the pose controls. For the particular pose, a value of the distance measurement nodes is determined. At least one deformation is selected from the library data based in the value of the distance measurement nodes and applied to the initial model to generate a deformed model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Clay Kaytis, John Edgar Park, Gene Lee, Philippe Brochu, Hidetaka Yosumi
  • Patent number: 9892539
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for applying physics-based simulation to an animator provided rig. The disclosure presents equations of motions for simulations performed in the subspace of deformations defined by an animator's rig. The method receives an input rig with a plurality of deformation parameters, and the dynamics of the character are simulated in the subspace of deformations described by the character's rig. Stiffness values defined on rig parameters are transformed to a non-homogeneous distribution of material parameters for the underlying rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernhard Thomaszewski, Robert Sumner, Fabian Hahn, Stelian Coros, Markus Gross, Sebastian Martin
  • Publication number: 20180040160
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide adaptive image filtering. Under this approach, image quality can be enhanced by adjusting an approximation function to better adapt image signals in different parts of an image. Certain parts of the image may be enhanced using a certain approximation function while some other parts of the image may be enhanced using a different approximation function. In certain embodiments, the approximation function selected for a part of the image can be a polynomial function having a specific order. The specific polynomial order can be applied directly to obtain an estimated image value of the part of the image. In certain embodiments, the estimation of the reconstruction error can include iteratively estimating a bias term of the reconstruction error and a variance term of the reconstruction error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bochang Moon, Markus Gross, Steven McDonagh, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20180041559
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for a mobile device to select content, such as user profiles, contact information, images, and/or videos, to automatically stream to available displays when the mobile device moves within a certain range of the displays. In one embodiment, a method at a mobile device comprises receiving a user input to select a media content asset; detecting a display within a proximity of the mobile device; and sending the selected media content asset to the display without requiring additional user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Patent number: 9884971
    Abstract: Compositions and methods related to providing an object with metallic and reflective qualities when illuminated with ultraviolet light are provided herein. Such compositions generally comprise reflective metal flakes and ultraviolet-luminescent pigments. Also provided are methods for making compositions comprising reflective metal flakes and ultraviolet-luminescent pigments and for applying a composition comprising reflective metal flakes and ultraviolet-luminescent pigments to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Susan Dain
  • Patent number: 9888265
    Abstract: There is provided a content automation system and a method for use by the content automation system for issuing a content management message for use in a program stream. In one implementation, such a content automation system comprises a processor and a memory, and a stream messaging module residing in the memory. The stream messaging module is configured to issue the content management message by embedding a command sequence as metadata in a container data structure, and inserting the container data structure into the program stream. The command sequence authorizes a replacement of program stream content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Martin, Daniel Siewers, William Hooper, David Potter, Richard Hill, Michael Strein, Kenneth Michel, Alfredo Vincenty, James Casabella, David Converse, Guy Beverlin
  • Patent number: 9885947
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are materials and methods used to form a three dimensional (3D) article having a printed layer thereon. The 3D articles are capable of displaying rear projected images, effectively as a 3D “screen” for displaying an image or a movie. The 3D articles are used as standalone articles or as a portion of an animatronic figure. The articles are made by forming a substantially planar thermoformable laminate including a rear projection screen material, printing and curing a radiation curable ink onto one or both sides of the laminate, and thermoforming to impart a shape to the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Dolce Lin Wang, Thomas F. LaDuke
  • Publication number: 20180033199
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing movement, such as the movement of a vehicle with an augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) story-telling or narrative experience is provided. For example, the AR or VR experience can be adapted to justify the movement of the vehicle based on trip criterion, such as a navigational path upon which the vehicle has embarked. Alternatively, trip criterion, such as the navigational path upon which the vehicle will embark, can be adapted to comport with one or more events of the AR or VR experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JOSIAH EATEDALI, JAMES P. MADDEN, MARK ARANA
  • Publication number: 20180031952
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a motorized monopole for a camera, including: a hand-held monopole; a first motor positioned at an end of the hand-held monopole; a first connecting element attached to the first motor; a second motor positioned at an end of the first connecting element; a second connecting element attached to the second motor; a third motor positioned at an end of the second connecting element; and a camera mounting plate attached to the second connecting element by the third motor, where components of the multi-axis gimbal are positioned such that a camera viewing axis, a horizontal image axis, and a vertical image axis of a camera mounted on the camera mounting plate need not be aligned with any of a rotational axis of the first motor, a rotational axis of the second motor, or a rotational axis of the third motor. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gunter Niemeyer, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Vince Roberts, Anthony Accardo, Michael Holton
  • Patent number: 9883163
    Abstract: A system and method improves a camera calibration. The method includes receiving a camera image, a planar template pattern, a 3D geometry of a surface on which the planar template pattern is embedded, and a set of parameter values. The method includes rendering the planar template pattern into a camera perspective based on the parameter values to generate a warped template image. The method includes generating an error image including at least one non-zero difference between the camera image and the warped template image. The method includes adjusting the parameter values to reduce an error between the camera image and the warped template image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: G. Peter K. Carr, Iain Matthews
  • Patent number: 9883167
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a method and apparatus for generating a three-dimensional surface. In one embodiment, there is a method for generating a three-dimensional surface. The method includes capturing a plurality of images of a target object with at least two cameras, the target object illuminated by at least two sets of red-green-blue (RGB) lights positioned in an array about the target object and generating a three-dimensional surface of the target object by iteratively reconstructing a surface estimate of the target object and aligning images of the target object using motion estimation until the images converge, wherein the images are processed in n-frame intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Iain Matthews, Paulo Urnau Gotardo, Tomas Simon, Yaser Sheikh
  • Patent number: 9881380
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for performing video segmentation using fully connected object proposals. For example, a number of object proposals for a video sequence are generated. A pruning step can be performed to retain high quality proposals that have sufficient discriminative power. A classifier can be used to provide a rough classification and subsampling of the data to reduce the size of the proposal space, while preserving a large pool of candidate proposals. A final labeling of the candidate proposals can then be determined, such as a foreground or background designation for each object proposal, by solving for a posteriori probability of a fully connected conditional random field, over which an energy function can be defined and minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Federico Perazzi, Oliver Wang
  • Patent number: 9881586
    Abstract: Systems and methods for self-adjusting displays are provided. A self-adjusting display may receive a display characteristics shift profile, where the display characteristics shift profile can be generated based on calibration event data collected from a plurality of displays. The display characteristics shift profile can be utilized as an estimate or prediction of a shift in display characteristics the self-adjusting display may experience over time. The self-adjusting display may calculate adjustment factors or curves to compensate for the estimated/predicted shift in display characteristics to lessen or altogether eliminate the need for performing actual calibration on the self-adjusting display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Luka, Norbert Faerstain, Leon Silverman, Howard Lukk
  • Patent number: 9880621
    Abstract: Systems and methods providing tactile displays that present two-dimensional moving tactile stroke sensations are described herein. Systems and methods provide for controlling the characteristics of stimulation devices arranged in a grid topology to generate virtual stimulation devices and illusory sensations. Embodiments provide for the generation of illusory sensations including, but not limited to, continuous linear movement and shapes such as curves, squares, and circles. According to embodiments, a tactile display apparatus is provided that facilitates user interaction with the tactile display. The tactile display apparatus includes an interface embedded with stimulation devices and a control device that controls the operation of the stimulation devices to generate illusory sensations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Israr, Ivan Poupyrev
  • Patent number: 9881273
    Abstract: An object recognition device that senses electrical signals conducted by the body of a human user (e.g., as a result of direct contact with or close proximity to a device emitting or conducting electromagnetic noise), compares the sensed electrical signals to a plurality of signatures of electrical signals produced by a corresponding plurality of types of electrical and electromechanical devices to determine the type of electrical or electromechanical device that generated the electrical signals sensed by the sensor, and communicates information to the human user related to or triggered by the electrical or electromechanical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: DISNEY INTERPRISES, INC., CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Chouchang Yang, Gierad Laput, Robert Xiao, Christopher Harrison, Alanson Sample
  • Patent number: 9883292
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a free-form electrostatic speaker, including: a three dimensional object body; at least a portion of the three dimensional object body having a free-form electrode layer disposed thereon; the free-form electrode layer being shaped to substantially match the at least a portion of the three dimensional object body; a free-form diaphragm positioned proximate to, and being shaped to substantially match, the free-form electrode layer; and an input element coupled to the free-form electrode layer that accepts input from an external source. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Poupyrev, Yoshio Ishigu
  • Publication number: 20180024800
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that allow a display device array to be used to present content to one or more users. In particular, a user associated with a first user device, may opt to present content on a plurality of other devices. The plurality of other devices may be arranged in any desired configuration, and the first user device can capture the arrangement. Upon capturing the arrangement, content, under the control of the first user device, may be presented on the plurality of other devices in accordance with the arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: ANDRANIK AGHABABYAN
  • Patent number: 9877137
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for playing a venue-specific object-based audio in a venue, the system comprising a memory, and a processor configured to receive an object-based audio including a plurality of audio components and create a venue-specific object-based audio based on a modification metadata by adjusting a level of at least one of the plurality of audio components of the object-based audio, the processor executing the object-based audio rendering software to render the venue-specific object-based audio in the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Saunders
  • Patent number: 9877197
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by a client device having a client address in a network for communication with a host device having a host address in the network. The method includes retrieving a first subset of a plurality of images, displaying the first subset of the plurality of images, receiving a selection of a second subset of the first subset of the plurality of images from a user of the client device, determining a number based on the second subset of the first subset of the plurality of images, replacing a portion of the client address with the number to obtain the host address, and connecting to the host device using the host address obtained by the replacing of the portion of the client address with the number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Taylor Hellam, Justin Patterson, Fred Agourian, Mohammad Poswal, Dario Di Zanni
  • Patent number: 9877067
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to facilitate broadcast-mediated coordination of interactive experiences are presented herein. The systems and/or methods may be configured to extend the experiences of audience members at a live event to users not be physically present at the live event. A user may view a broadcast and/or recording of a live event via a presentation device, such as a television, computer, and/or other devices. Interactive user experiences may be facilitate by one or more other user devices. Interactive user experiences may include one or more of interactive content being presented on mobile computing platforms associated with the users, one or more display devices being controlled to provide an entertaining output (e.g., visual, audible, tactile, and/or other output), and/or other types of experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Pehr Hovey, Jokton Strealy, Christina Wang, Johannes Tacskovics
  • Patent number: 9875550
    Abstract: A method and device generates a trajectory. The method includes receiving a plurality of tracklets indicative of movement of a plurality of targets over a predetermined temporal interval. The method includes determining a plurality of context data for a pair of tracklets based upon at least one additional tracklet. The method includes computing a probability that the pair of tracklets relate to a first one of the targets. The method includes generating a trajectory for the first target based upon a concatenation of select ones of the tracklets. The concatenation maximizes the probability that the pair of tracklets correspond to the first target based upon the context data associated with the pair of the tracklets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jingchen Liu, G. Peter K. Carr
  • Patent number: 9875588
    Abstract: There is provided systems and methods of identification and automation of devices using a beacon. A system includes a beacon, an automation device, and a server. The beacon is configured to transmit a signal to the automation device in response to entering a defined geographic zone. The automation device is configured to receive the signal from the beacon, transmit, in response to receiving the signal, the signal to the server, receive an identification of a person possessing the beacon from the server, and activate an automation feature, wherein the automation feature uses the identification of the person possessing the beacon. An automation feature may include, but is not limited to, a video camera, a display device, or a stereo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan McCollum, Nitzan Katz, Steven Makofsky
  • Patent number: 9872060
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising receiving a first unit of video data on a first input/output (I/O) channel, of a plurality of I/O channels of a digital video recorder, computing a first value by applying an error-detecting function to the first unit of video data, attempting to write the first unit of video data to a storage location of a storage device communicably coupled to the digital video recorder, computing, after attempting to write the first unit of video data, a second value by applying the error-detecting function to a data stored at the storage location of the storage device, and upon determining that the first and second values are not equal, storing an indication that the first unit of video data was not successfully written to the storage location of the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladislav Feldman, Michael J. Strein, Steven Machanic, Efthimis Stefanidis
  • Publication number: 20180012401
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for generating a parametric eye model of one or more eyes are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining eye data from an eye model database. The eye data includes eyeball data and iris data corresponding to a plurality of eyes. The systems and techniques may further include generating an eyeball model using the eyeball data. Generating the eyeball model includes establishing correspondences among the plurality of eyes. The systems and techniques may further include generating an iris model using the iris data. Generating the iris model includes sampling one or more patches of one or more of the plurality of eyes using an iris control map and merging the one or more patches into a synthesized texture. The systems and techniques may further include generating the parametric eye model that includes the eyeball model and the iris model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Pascal Bérard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Publication number: 20180012418
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for reconstructing one or more eyes using a parametric eye model are provided. The systems and techniques may include obtaining one or more input images that include at least one eye. The systems and techniques may further include obtaining a parametric eye model including an eyeball model and an iris model. The systems and techniques may further include determining parameters of the parametric eye model from the one or more input images. The parameters can be determined to fit the parametric eye model to the at least one eye in the one or more input images. The parameters include a control map used by the iris model to synthesize an iris of the at least one eye. The systems and techniques may further include reconstructing the at least one eye using the parametric eye model with the determined parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Pascal Bêrard, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9865072
    Abstract: A method of transferring a facial expression from a subject to a computer-generated character and a system and non-transitory computer-readable medium for the same. The method can include receiving an input image depicting a face of a subject; matching a first facial model to the input image; generating a displacement map representing of finer-scale details not present in the first facial model using a regression function that estimates the shape of the finer-scale details. The displacement map can be combined with the first facial model to create a second facial model that includes the finer-scale details, and the second facial model can be rendered, if desired, to create a computer-generated image of the face of the subject that includes the finer-scale details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chen Cao
  • Patent number: 9860453
    Abstract: Methods and systems for estimating HDR sky light probes for outdoor images are disclosed. A precaptured sky light probe database is leveraged. The database includes a plurality of HDR sky light probes captured under a plurality of different illumination conditions. A HDR sky light probe is estimated from an outdoor image by fitting a three dimensional model to an object of interest in the image and solving an inverse optimization lighting problem for the 3D model where the space of possible HDR sky light probes is constrained by the HDR sky light probes of the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Iain Matthews, Jean-Francois Lalonde
  • Patent number: 9855497
    Abstract: An immersive play environment platform including techniques describing recognizing non-verbal vocalization gestures from a user is disclosed. A headset device receives audio input from a user. The headset device transmits the audio input to a controller device. The controller device evaluates characteristics of the audio input (e.g., spectral features over a period of time) to determine whether the audio input corresponds to a predefined non-verbal vocalization, such as a humming noise, shouting noise, etc. The controller device may perform an action in response to detecting such non-verbal vocalizations, such as engaging a play object (e.g., an action figure, an action disc) in the play environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Eric C. Haseltine, Joseph L. Olson
  • Publication number: 20170374316
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for providing co-deliver of primary and secondary content, including, video and video chat content. A first electronic device includes a transceiver that receives the secondary content from a second electronic device. The first electronic device also includes components capable of outputting aspects of the primary and secondary content in a synchronized fashion. Further, the first electronic device includes circuitry coupled to the transceiver and components, and the circuitry executes instructions in order to perform functions. One such function is to synchronize local primary content to be output by the components, with delivered primary content to be provided by the second electronic device. Another such function is to signal the components to output aspects of the local primary or the secondary content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul PATEL, Christopher S. TAYLOR
  • Patent number: 9852541
    Abstract: Techniques for illuminating an indoor scene. A directional distribution associated with the indoor scene is received. The indoor scene has a first scene element and a first quadrilateral. The first scene element has a first shading point disposed thereon. The directional distribution is reparametrized such that the first quadrilateral as viewed from the first shading point corresponds to an axis-aligned rectangular region in the reparametrized directional distribution. The scene element is illuminated using one or more samples drawn from the shading point by performing importance sampling based on the reparametrized directional distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedikt Bitterli, Wojciech Jarosz, Jan Novak
  • Patent number: 9854065
    Abstract: A system configured to provide one or more virtual spaces that are accessible to users. The virtual spaces may be provided such that an enhanced level of interactivity between the virtual spaces and the Web, including resources that communicate with the system via the Internet (e.g., via users, websites, webpages, other web resources, etc.) and/or other networks. To provide this enhanced level of interactivity, the system may enable interactions between an instance of a virtual space and the Web (e.g., queries, commands, communication, administrative controls, etc.) via a standard web protocol, such as a HyperText Transfer Protocol (e.g., http, https, etc.) and/or other standard web protocols. Since interactions take place between the instance of the virtual space and the Web via a standard web protocol, the instance of the virtual space may interact directly with Web resources such as web servers, web browsers, websites, webpages, and/or other Web resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Raphael Koster, Sean Riley, John Donham
  • Patent number: 9854258
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a method, including: identifying a first type of media and a second type of media; determining a compression technique to be used to compress a combined media created from the first type of media and the second type of media; and aligning using a processor, based on the compression technique determined, the first type of media and the second type of media to create the combined media. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel Joseph Reisner
  • Patent number: 9854260
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for transcoding a set of key frame aligned output files from a source file. A key frame list file is generated while transcoding a first output file of the set. Subsequent output files of the set may be created non-sequentially and in parallel using the key frame list file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jared McPhillen, Kevin Liao, Mark Arana