Disney Patents

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Disney Patents by Type

  • Disney Patents Granted: Disney patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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  • Patent number: 9980005
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to distribution of media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariff Sidi, Skarpi Hedinsson, David Watson, Dionysius Mavromatis
  • Patent number: 9977267
    Abstract: A color-changing hairpiece is disclosed. The hairpiece may include a plurality of elongated light sources that emit light when activated and a photochromic layer provided in association with at least one light source such that the light emitted from the at least one light source impinges on a portion of the photochromic layer, the photochromic layer configured to change color responsive to the light emitted from the at least one light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Anselm Grundhofer
  • Patent number: 9979895
    Abstract: Embodiments herein disclose a tone mapping system that generates a base layer by filtering a frame in an HDR video. The tone mapping system then generates a tone curve using a tone mapping parameter derived from the base layer—e.g., a mean or maximum luminance value. Once the tone curve parameter is identified, the system performs temporal filtering to smooth out inconsistencies between the current value of the tone curve parameter and the values of tone curve parameter of at least one previous frame in the HDR video. The tone mapping system applies the temporally filtered tone curve to the base layer to generate a temporally coherent layer. The temporally coherent base layer can be combined with a detail layer derived from the HDR video to generate a frame of a tone mapped video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Simone Maurizio Croci, Nikolce Stefanoski
  • Patent number: 9977767
    Abstract: There is provided a client device including a memory storing a web browser and a database of disabled hyperlinks. The client device further includes a processor executing the web browser to receive a selection of a hyperlink from a user for navigating to a web page addressed by the hyperlink, and query the database to determine, after the selection, if the hyperlink is one of the disabled hyperlinks stored in the database. If the query determines that the hyperlink is not one of the disabled hyperlinks stored in the database, request the web page from a web page server hosting the web page, receive, in response to the request, an error code from the web page server hosting the web page, store the hyperlink in the database of the disabled hyperlinks, in response to receiving the error code, and disable the hyperlink, in response to receiving the error code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Rahul Chugh
  • Publication number: 20180137674
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for reconstructing an object in three dimensions that is captured in a set of two-dimensional images. The object is reconstructed in three dimensions by computing depth values for edges of the object in the set of two-dimensional images. The set of two-dimensional images may be samples of a light field surrounding the object. The depth values may be computed by exploiting local gradient information in the set of two-dimensional images. After computing the depth values for the edges, depth values between the edges may be determined by identifying types of the edges (e.g., a texture edge, a silhouette edge, or other type of edge). Then, the depth values from the set of two-dimensional images may be aggregated in a three-dimensional space using a voting scheme, allowing the reconstruction of the object in three dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Kaan Yücer, Changil Kim, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Olga Sorkine-Hornung
  • Publication number: 20180139436
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for reconstructing an object in three dimensions that is captured in a set of two-dimensional images. The object is reconstructed in three dimensions by computing depth values for edges of the object in the set of two-dimensional images. The set of two-dimensional images may be samples of a light field surrounding the object. The depth values may be computed by exploiting local gradient information in the set of two-dimensional images. After computing the depth values for the edges, depth values between the edges may be determined by identifying types of the edges (e.g., a texture edge, a silhouette edge, or other type of edge). Then, the depth values from the set of two-dimensional images may be aggregated in a three-dimensional space using a voting scheme, allowing the reconstruction of the object in three dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Kaan Yücer, Changil Kim, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Olga Sorkine-Hornung
  • Patent number: 9972138
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for augmenting an appearance of a hilt to simulate a bladed weapon. A hilt may be augmented with a blade of a bladed weapon by detecting a landmark associated with the hilt, determining a position and/or an orientation of the hilt, determining an overlay image comprising the blade of the bladed weapon, wherein the blade is placed within the overlay image according to the determined position and/or the determined orientation of the hilt, and displaying the overlay image so that the blade of the bladed weapon appears to be attached to the hilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Matthew Ryan, Joseph Logan Olson
  • Patent number: 9971507
    Abstract: Systems and methods of reducing storage requirements for storing information defining a virtual space are presented herein. In particular, a compressed format of information defining a virtual space may be generated. The virtual space may include virtual space content modeled as polygons. An individual polygon may be defined by an individual set of vertices. The information defining the virtual space may include vertex position information, and/or other information. The vertex position information may comprise individual positions of individual vertices of individual polygons represented as vectors having vector components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Andi Smithers
  • Patent number: 9968850
    Abstract: A system configured to provide one or more virtual spaces that are accessible to users. The system may implement a markup language to communicate information between various components. The markup language may enable the communication of information between components of the system via markup elements. A markup element may include a discrete unit of information that includes both content and attributes associated with the content. The implementation of the markup language may enable the instantiation of virtual spaces, and the conveyance to users of views of an instantiated virtual space via a distributed architecture in which the components (e.g., a server capable of instantiating virtual spaces, and a client capable of providing an interface between a user and a virtual space) are capable of providing virtual spaces with a broader range of characteristics than components in conventional systems capable of providing virtual spaces that are accessible to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Raph Koster
  • Publication number: 20180130245
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable memory are provided for determining time-varying anatomical and physiological tissue characteristics of an animation rig. For example, shape and material properties are defined for a plurality of sample configurations of the animation rig. The shape and material properties are associated with the plurality of sample configurations. An animation of the animation rig is obtained, and one or more configurations of the animation rig are determined for one or more frames of the animation. The determined one or more configurations include shape and material properties, and are determined using one or more sample configurations of the animation rig. A simulation of the animation rig is performed using the determined one or more configurations. Performing the simulation includes computing physical effects for addition to the animation of the animation rig.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Yeara Kozlov, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Moritz Bächer, Markus Gross
  • Publication number: 20180130248
    Abstract: Techniques for selectively removing Monte Carlo (MC) noise from a geometric buffer (G-buffer). Embodiments identify the G-buffer for rendering an image of a three-dimensional scene from a viewpoint. Embodiments determine, for each of a plurality of pixels in the image being rendered, respective world position information based on the three-dimensional scene and a position and orientation of the viewpoint. A pre-filtering operation is then performed to selectively remove the MC noise from the G-buffer, based on the determined world position information for the plurality of pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth MITCHELL, Jose A. IGLESIAS-GUITIAN, Bochang MOON, Steven G. MCDONAGH
  • Publication number: 20180131841
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a high dynamic range video coding pipeline that may reduce color artifacts and improve compression efficiency. The disclosed pipeline separates the luminance component from the chrominance components of an input signal (e.g., an RGB source video) and applies a scaling of the chrominance components before encoding, thereby reducing perceivable color artifacts while maintaining luminance quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: SAMIR MAHMALAT, TUNC OZAN AYDIN, ALJOSA SMOLIC
  • Patent number: 9965532
    Abstract: There are provided asset-data integration systems and methods for use by such systems. Such a system includes a hardware processor, a system memory, and an asset-data synthesis unit including a data translation module and a data integration module, stored in the system memory. The system is configured to receive domain specific asset description data expressed using different descriptive vocabularies, and to translate the domain specific asset description data to produce common format asset description data. The system is further configured to identify the common format asset description data describing the same asset, to integrate that common format asset description data to produce an integrated asset description data describing the asset, and to generate a synthesized data describing the asset and linking the integrated asset description data and the domain specific asset description data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Accardo, Walter P. Chatfield, Jr., Maged Boctor, Alexander Marshall
  • Patent number: 9967529
    Abstract: An apparatus displaying content to a viewer by adjusting parameters of the content or display devices based on environmental or display device changes. The apparatus includes a display device with a screen providing digital content. A thematic overlay is provided over the display screen to provide diffuse reflection of light striking the front surface. The output light is a combination of the displayed content from the screen and reflection of light from the thematic overlay. The apparatus includes a digital signage benchmarking tool with an output sensing element a benchmarking module processing the sensed output light to generate output light-based data. The apparatus includes a feedback control module modifying a parameter of the display device based on the output light-based data to modify chromaticity or illumination levels of the display device. The feedback control module operates to modify the digital content to provide the displayed content having an adjusted chromaticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Mitchell, Darren P. Cosker, Nicholas Teixeira Swafford, Mark A. Reichow, Michael John Holton, John Edgar Park
  • Patent number: 9967554
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying three dimensional (3D) images to a viewer without the need for 3D glasses. The apparatus includes a first display device horizontally oriented and operable to alternately display a first parallax and a second parallax barrier. The first parallax barrier corresponds with a first viewer location and the second parallax barrier corresponds with a second viewer location. The apparatus includes a second display device positioned parallel to the first display device and operable to alternately display first 3D content corresponding with the first viewer location and second 3D content corresponding with the second viewer location. The apparatus includes a directional backlight assembly alternately backlighting the second display device with first light directed toward the first viewer location and second light directed toward the second viewer location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Hagen Friedrich Seifert, Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Publication number: 20180124370
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for recording high fidelity augmented reality or virtual reality experiences through off-device computation. In one implementation, an augmented reality system renders an augmented reality object overlaid over a real-world environment; captures video and audio data of the real-world environment during rendering of the augmented reality object; and stores augmented reality object data associated with the rendered augmented reality object. The augmented reality system transmits the augmented reality object data to a server that rerenders the augmented reality object based on the transmitted augmented reality object data to create rerendered augmented reality object data. The augmented reality system receives the rerendered augmented reality object data or a video of the rerendered augmented reality object data composited with the captured video and audio data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: JASON BEJOT
  • Patent number: 9958749
    Abstract: An apparatus worn as headgear providing visual effects and vision to the wearer. The apparatus includes a shell or helmet. The apparatus includes an optical assembly mounted in the interior space of the shell adjacent eye slits or opening(s) to the interior space of the shell. The optical assembly includes an outer screen (e.g., a film of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal) switchable between a rear projection (RP) screen state in which the outer screen is cloudy or translucent and a transparent state. The optical assembly includes a backlighting assembly with numerous lights. The optical assembly includes a controller switching, at a rate greater than the flicker fusion rate, between a first operating state with the outer screen in the RP screen state and the lights on to illuminate the outer screen and a second operating state with the outer screen in the transparent state and the lights off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Lanny S. Smoot
  • Patent number: 9959654
    Abstract: A set of animation data for an element in an animation is statistically sampled to obtain a common context. The common context is a subset of a plurality of frames of the set of animation data. Further, output of a data-driven model for the animation, which utilizes at least a subset of the common context, is compared with output of a computational model for the animation. The computational model has a first set of logic. The data-driven model has a second set of logic that has less logic than the first set of logic. In addition, an error between the computational model and the data-driven model is computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gene S. Lee
  • Patent number: 9959662
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for reducing distortions introduced by deformation of a surface with an existing parameterization. In an exemplary embodiment, the method comprises receiving a rest pose mesh comprising a plurality of faces, a rigidity map corresponding to the rest pose mesh, and a deformed pose mesh; using the rigidity map to generate a simulation grid on the rest pose mesh, the simulation grid comprising a plurality of cells; defining a set of constraints on the simulation grid, the constraints being derived at least in part from the rigidity map; running a simulation using the simulation grid and the set of constraints to obtain a warped grid; and texture mapping the deformed pose mesh based on data from the warped grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth John Mitchell, Charalampos Koniaris, Darren Cosker
  • Patent number: 9956717
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method for modifying an input image to map to a three dimensional shape prior to forming the three dimensional shape. The method includes receiving by a processor at least two pre-forming images of a locally unique non-repeating pattern printed on an input material. The at least two pre-forming images are captured prior to the input material being formed into the three dimensional shape. The method further includes receiving by the processor at least two post-forming images of the pattern printed on the input material, wherein the post-forming images are captured after the input material has been formed into the three dimensional shape and analyzing by the processor the at least pre-forming images and the at least two post-forming images to determine a translation table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhofer, Thomas F. LaDuke, David Robert Wyatt Rose, Henning Zimmer, Dumene Comploi
  • Patent number: 9959664
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bochang Moon, Markus Gross, Steven McDonagh, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9959962
    Abstract: In an interactive environment, a user action may dictate what type of action a base device performs using an entertainment object. In one embodiment, the base device includes a controllable electromagnet that uses magnetism to move one or more permanent magnetics mounted in or on the entertainment object. For example, the entertainment object may be a doll or character that jumps, vibrates, slides, or sways in response to a changing magnetic field generated by the electromagnet. Moreover, the user may wear headphones that determine the location of the base device (and the toy) relative to the user. Using this location, the headphones can output 3D positional audio that the user perceives as originating from the location of the entertainment object on the base device. The 3D positional audio can be outputted synchronously with the action performed by the entertainment object to further immerse the user in the interactive environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine M. Bassett, Michael Paul Goslin, Blade Alexander Olson
  • Patent number: 9959897
    Abstract: User inputs are received from one or more of a plurality of sources at an input interpreter agent. The plurality of sources comprises a remote control device and an on-screen keyboard application. The received user inputs are provided to a digital video object player application, wherein the input interpreter agent is separate from the digital video object player application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Prestenback, Evan Tahler, David Jessen, Brian Kwan
  • Patent number: 9958767
    Abstract: A display system configured to provide projection mapped augmentation of mechanically animated objects. These mechanically animated objects may take the form of a screen assembly with a projection surface, and a screen actuator may be included in the display system that is operated by a controller to move, to expand, or other otherwise operate the screen assembly so as to modify or morph the projection surface to move and/or change its shape and/or size. Hence, the screen assembly is animated. The display system further includes a projector operated by the controller, in a synchronized manner with the screen actuator, to project content onto the projection surface as it is moved and/or has its shape and/or size changed over time. The projected content is mapped to the various states and movement of the projection surface to avoid blow-by and to suit the changes of the projection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reichow, Steven A. Johnson, Jose A. Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 9953039
    Abstract: There is presented a method and system for providing a compact graphical user interface for flexible filtering of data. The method comprises showing a search interface on a display device for filtering a content set by a plurality of domains, including a first domain, displaying, within the search interface, a first graphical representation of a parameter set of the first domain in response to a selecting of the first domain, receiving a first parameter subset from the first graphical representation, filtering a content set using the first parameter subset to obtain a search result, and displaying the search result on a display device. The search interface includes a temporally visible menu for selecting parameter sets of the domains and a compact single line query box to display graphical representations of parameter sets or to provide a conventional text entry box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Krispin J. Leydon, Douglas E. Lesan, Matthew F. Schnittker, Dale Roger Beck
  • Patent number: 9953348
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jarrod David Whelan
  • Patent number: 9953155
    Abstract: There is presented a system and method for coordinating asset entitlements, the system comprising a server including a processor and a memory and accessible by multiple domains over a network, and an asset entitlement database searchable by the server, wherein an entry of the asset entitlement database links a domain transcendent user identification (ID) of a user and at least one asset entitlement acquired by the user from any of the domains. In one embodiment, the server is configured to receive an asset entitlement inquiry from one of the domains, search the asset entitlement database for asset entitlements acquired by the user from any of the domains, generate a search result identifying the asset entitlements acquired by the user from the domains, and send data corresponding to the search result to the domain from which the asset entitlement inquiry was received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Robert, Edward C. Drake
  • Publication number: 20180104597
    Abstract: One particular implementation of the present invention may take the form of a method and apparatus for providing various movements as input to a video game. The method and apparatus may detect the body movements of a video game player and interpret those movements as inputs to the video game. The video game may then compare the movements of the user to expected movements to determine if the correct movement was performed by the user. The video game may also display a video game environment that instructs and interacts with the user to perform several movements of the video game. In this manner, the method and apparatus may provide a move realistic and dynamic video game experience than previous video games that only allowed the player to press buttons as inputs to the game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: C. Matthew Dawson, Emily Tyndall, Kristin Mae Yee, David Neil Christenson, Edward Gilmore Martin, James Patrick Rowe, Casey Shane Nelson, Jamison R. Titera, Paul Mombourquette, Rich Reagan
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20180101896
    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: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JESSICA GRAHAM, TUOMO KORPINEN
  • Publication number: 20180101987
    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: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Anselm Grundhöfer, Amit Bermano
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20180096509
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for leveraging distributed computation systems to split animation application processing of node graphs into two components: 1) a low complexity, primary node graph, that is evaluated by the application of the local device; and 2) one or more, higher complexity, companion node graphs that connect to the primary node graph, and are evaluated by a distributed computation system. As the local device evaluates the original, low complexity node graph, an artist is provided with fast, direct manipulation of an animated object. At the same time, the distributed computation system evaluates the higher complexity, companion node graphs, thereby providing a user of the local application with higher fidelity versions of the primary node graph as they are computed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: EVAN GOLDBERG, GENE LEE, CHRISTIAN EISENACHER, CHUNG-AN LIN, GREGORY SMITH
  • Publication number: 20180096511
    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: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Chen Cao
  • Publication number: 20180096463
    Abstract: Enhanced removing of noise and outliers from one or more point sets generated by image-based 3D reconstruction techniques is provided. In accordance with the disclosure, input images and corresponding depth maps can be used to remove pixels that are geometrically and/or photometrically inconsistent with the colored surface implied by the input images. This allows standard surface reconstruction methods (such as Poisson surface reconstruction) to perform less smoothing and thus achieve higher quality surfaces with more features. In some implementations, the enhanced point-cloud noise removal in accordance with the disclosure can include computing per-view depth maps, and detecting and removing noisy points and outliers from each per-view point cloud by checking if points are consistent with the surface implied by the other input views.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Changil Kim, Olga Sorkine-Hornung, Christopher Schroers, Henning Zimmer, Katja Wolff, Mario Botsch, Alexander Sorkine-Hornung
  • Publication number: 20180096259
    Abstract: Training data from multiple types of sensors and captured in previous capture sessions can be fused within a physics-based tracking framework to train motion priors using different deep learning techniques, such as convolutional neural networks (CNN) and Recurrent Temporal Restricted Boltzmann Machines (RTRBMs). In embodiments employing one or more CNNs, two streams of filters can be used. In those embodiments, one stream of the filters can be used to learn the temporal information and the other stream of the filters can be used to learn spatial information. In embodiments employing one or more RTRBMs, all visible nodes of the RTRBMs can be clamped with values obtained from the training data or data synthesized from the training data. In cases where sensor data is unavailable, the input nodes may be unclamped and the one or more RTRBMs can generate the missing sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheldon Andrews, Ivan Huerta Casado, Kenneth J. Mitchell, Leonid Sigal
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: D816670
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Hsu, Paulo Kang, John Peter Fiscella