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).
  • Disney Patent Applications: Disney patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Patent number: 9740984
    Abstract: Techniques are described to characterize motion patterns of a group of agents engaging in an activity. An analysis system receives input data associated with spatial and temporal information of at least one element of interest associated with the activity, where the object of interest may be a ball, person, animal or any other object in motion. The analysis system partitions the input data into a plurality of spatiotemporal segments and generates one or more representations of one or more sets of segments of the plurality of spatiotemporal segments based on one or more criteria. The analysis system computes a metric, such as an entropy value, for each of the one or more representations. Partial tracing data, such as ball movements in a sporting event, may be created using an inexpensive input device, such as a tablet computer, making the disclosed techniques available for a wide range of events and activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Lucey, Alina Bialkowski, Iain Matthews, G. Peter Carr, Eric Foote
  • Patent number: 9740169
    Abstract: An illumination distribution system for distributing high power illumination to a set of projectors. The system includes a display element, such as a spatial light modulator (SLM), receiving light from a laser. The system includes a fiber optic array with connection locations for optical fibers. The system includes projectors that are each coupled to the fiber optic array at one or more of the connection locations with at least one optical fiber. The system includes a controller operating the display element at a first time to display a first hologram and at a second time to display a second hologram differing from the first hologram such that the laser light is split, with equal or unequal splitting ratios, into beams that are selectively directed to the connection locations of the fiber optic array (e.g., based on a 2D routing pattern used to generate the holograms).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9741145
    Abstract: Techniques for simulating interactions using an augmented reality device are described. Embodiments capture a visual scene for display, wherein the visual scene is captured using one or more camera devices. Embodiments simulate a dynamic interaction between the first physical object and one or more virtual objects. Additionally, a sequence of frames is rendered for display that depicts the simulated dynamic interaction the first physical object and the one or more virtual objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenny Mitchell, Rafael C. Hostettler, Stelian Coros, Robert Sumner
  • Patent number: 9741153
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for sampling visual characteristics of a three-dimensional scene. Embodiments include collecting a plurality of samples within the three-dimensional scene. Upon determining that a combined stratified importance sampling algorithm will result in reduced error for a rendered image of the three-dimensional scene, embodiments collect the plurality of samples using the combined stratified importance sampling algorithm, and otherwise the plurality of samples are collected using a stratified sampling algorithm. The combined stratified importance sampling algorithm integrates an antithetic sampling algorithm. One or more lighting effects for the three-dimensional scene are simulated based on the plurality of samples and data describing one or more light sources for the three-dimensional scene. Embodiments further include rendering the image based on the simulated one or more lighting effects and data describing characteristics of the three-dimensional scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kartic Subr, Kenneth Mitchell, Wojciech Jarosz, Derek Nowrouzezahrai
  • Patent number: 9740766
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein play multi-source media content. A multi-source media content includes digital assets from multiple media sources. The digital assets may include a video digital asset, an audio digital asset, or a textual digital asset. The digital assets may be provided by different media content providers. The digital assets from multiple media sources may be played such that various components (e.g., a video component, an audio component, or a textual component) of a media content are synchronized. When a digital asset or a digital asset segment for a media content is retrieved from a media content provider into the domain, an index is created to associate the digital asset with the media source from which the digital asset or the digital asset segment may be retrieved. As such, a media content may be played without retrieving, from a media content provider, those digital assets or digital asset segments already existing in the domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9743123
    Abstract: There is provided a video playback system comprising a plurality of video playback channels, a memory, and a processor configured to transmit a first video content over a first playback channel, store a first video transmission being transmitted over the first video playback channel in the memory, start transmitting, at a second time, the first video transmission from the memory over a second playback channel, receive an update segment for replacing a first segment of the first video transmission and a location of the first segment in the first video transmission, detect the location of the first segment in the first video transmission, transmit the update segment in place of the first segment over the second video playback channel, revert to transmitting the first video transmission over the second video playback channel, and store a second video transmission being transmitted over the second video playback channel in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladislav Feldman, Efthimis Stefanidis, Joseph P. Kenny
  • Patent number: 9743421
    Abstract: A method, network communication device, and computer program product are disclosed to perform simultaneous operation of at least a first and second communications protocol. The method includes determining a first frame period for communicating with a first processing device using the first communications protocol, selecting, based on the first frame period, a second frame period for communicating with a second processing device using the second communications protocol, and allocating a portion of the second frame period for communicating with the first processing device using the first communications protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Michael Konopacki, Jr., Riyadth Fadhil Al-Kazily, John Hubbard Peel, Gregory J. Strange
  • Patent number: 9740964
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for performing object classification through semantic mapping. Such an object classification system includes a system processor, a system memory, and an object categorizing unit stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the object categorizing unit to receive image data corresponding to an object, and to transform the image data into a directed quantity expressed at least in part in terms of semantic parameters. The system processor is further configured to determine a projection of the directed quantity onto an object representation map including multiple object categories, and to associate the object with a category from among the multiple object categories based on the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Ju Hwang, Jonghyun Choi, Leonid Sigal
  • Publication number: 20170236328
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing movement, such as the movement of a vehicle with an augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) story-telling or narrative experience is provided. For example, the AR or VR experience can be adapted to justify the movement of the vehicle based on trip criterion, such as a navigational path upon which the vehicle has embarked. Alternatively, trip criterion, such as the navigational path upon which the vehicle will embark, can be adapted to comport with one or more events of the AR or VR experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JOSIAH EATEDALI, JAMES P. MADDEN, MARK ARANA
  • Publication number: 20170236290
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are described for performing video segmentation using fully connected object proposals. For example, a number of object proposals for a video sequence are generated. A pruning step can be performed to retain high quality proposals that have sufficient discriminative power. A classifier can be used to provide a rough classification and subsampling of the data to reduce the size of the proposal space, while preserving a large pool of candidate proposals. A final labeling of the candidate proposals can then be determined, such as a foreground or background designation for each object proposal, by solving for a posteriori probability of a fully connected conditional random field, over which an energy function can be defined and minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Federico Perazzi, Oliver Wang
  • Patent number: 9733790
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for populating a virtual environment with objects. In one embodiment, an editing application may track a handheld device using sensor data from a camera, by following an image displayed on the handheld device's screen. The editing application then updates the position of an object in the virtual environment according to the tracked position of the handheld device. Initially, the handheld device may be placed at a fixed location for calibration purposes, during which the editing application initializes a mapping between the virtual and physical environments. To add an object to the virtual environment, a user may select the object on the handheld device. The user may then place the object at a desired location and orientation in the virtual environment by moving the handheld device in the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sumner, Gioacchino Noris
  • Patent number: 9736615
    Abstract: There is provided a media device for use in a system including a plurality of speakers. The media device includes a memory configured to store a software application, and a processor configured to execute the software application to transmit one or more audio calibration signals to the plurality of speakers for emission by the plurality of speakers, receive, from a user device, information relating to a detection of the one or more audio calibration signals by the user device, and analyze the information received from the user device to determine a position of the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 9734628
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for creating digital assets that can be used to personalize themed products. For example, a workflow and pipeline used to generate a 3D model from digital images of a person's face and to manufacture a personalized, physical figurine customized with the 3D model are disclosed. The 3D model of the person's face may be simplified to match a topology of a desired figurine. While the topology is deformed to match that of the figurine, the 3D model retains the geometry of the child's face. Simplifying the topology of the 3D model in this manner allows the mesh to be integrated with or attached to a mesh representing desired figurine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Jose Rafael Tena, Moshe Mahler, Iain Matthews, Hengchin Yeh, Thabo Dominik Beeler, Robert Sumner, Cydni Tetro, John-Thomas C. Ngo
  • Patent number: 9736540
    Abstract: Methods and systems for allowing multiple devices to display and annotate (or modify) a video image are described, where a content renderer device displays a video image that is also displayed (or viewed) by one or more content viewer devices, which can both display and annotate (or modify) the same video image at the same time, and the content renderer selectively determines whether or not a GUI menu is displayed on its display screen. Annotation commands (e.g., screen touch data) on the viewer devices are captured, packaged and sent to the content renderer, which creates a combined modified video image having the annotations from the viewer devices, displays it to the renderer display and sends it to the viewer devices for display thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Hans C. Anderson, Aaron Thiel, Li Shi, Mathieu Morris, Jeremiah Michael Swartz
  • Patent number: 9729926
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a content distribution system that removes time-dependent promotional content before providing a recording of a media presentation (e.g., show or program) to a video-on-demand (VOD) provider. To receive Nielsen credit for a subscriber watching a recording of the media presentation using VOD, the recording must be almost the same as the live version of the media presentation which includes the original program content and the commercial advertisements shown during commercial breaks. However, some shows also include promotional content that a telecommunication or cable provider adds to the media presentation to promote other shows or events being broadcasted later. By the time the user views the recording, however, the promotional content may already be outdated. The embodiments herein describe techniques for removing time-dependent promotional content from a media presentation before the recording of the media presentation is sent to VOD providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Machanic, Robert Jensen, Hugh McGuire, Raul Rapalo, Michael Strein, Vladislav Feldman, Jeffrey Corwin, Kenneth Michel
  • Patent number: 9729593
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for providing customized experiences to a plurality of client stations in a shared environment. There is provided an accounts database having data relating to a plurality of clients, an online server having a server processor and hosting the shared environment for access by the plurality of client stations, and an online client application for execution by a client processor of a client station. The server processor is configured to retrieve client data from the accounts database relating to a client, determine client preferences of the client based on the client data, create a customized environment from the shared environment according to the client preferences, and send the customized environment to the online client application of a client station associated with the client for rendering the customized environment on a client display. User interactions may be filtered to maintain a shared environment perception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Lane Bruce Merrifield
  • Patent number: 9729533
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for human verification by a contextually iconic visual public Turing test. There is provided a method comprising receiving a request to verify whether a client is human controlled, selecting, by contextual criteria, a plurality of images each having one or more associated tags from a database, generating a challenge question and a corresponding answer set based on associated tags of a subset of the plurality of images, presenting the plurality of images and the challenge question to the client, receiving a submission to the challenge question from the client, and responding to the request by verifying whether the submission is contained in the answer set to determine whether the client is human controlled. The contextual criteria may comprise subject matter, branding, or intended audience of a content provider sending the request, thereby facilitating human responses while deterring automated systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Snelling, Brian Grutzius, Scott Thompson, Adam T. Fritz
  • Patent number: 9724611
    Abstract: There is provided a method of synchronizing a portable device with an online user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Heatherly
  • Patent number: 9729708
    Abstract: There is provided a method for altering features of a mobile device. The method includes detecting a charm having a charm identification, obtaining the charm identification from the charm, identifying the charm using the charm identification, altering a theme of the mobile device to a new theme based on the charm, in response to the identifying of the charm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Hornbeek, Melissa Martyn, Roxana Powell, Tracy Thurman, Courtney Watkinson
  • Patent number: 9723366
    Abstract: A supplemental content retrieval system is disclosed for playing supplemental video content on a video player. The system comprises a video player for playing video content, a secondary device for receiving supplemental video content, and a remote database for providing supplemental video content, wherein the video player is configured to play the supplemental video content received by the secondary device. A method for using said system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Voris, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9720245
    Abstract: A lenticular display device that is effective in increasing both perceived angular resolution and spatial resolution. These desirable results are achieved by modifying the lenslet array to better match the content of a given light field. An optimization algorithm or method (which may be implemented with software run on a computing device) is provided that analyzes an input light field and computes an optimal lenslet size, shape, and arrangement of sets of lenslets across the width of the array to better (or even best) match the input light field given a set of output parameters. The resulting lenticular display device (or print) shows higher detail and smoother motion parallax compared with fixed-size lens arrays. The usefulness of these content-adaptive lenticular prints has been demonstrated or proven using rendered simulations, by generating 3D-printed lens arrays according to the present description, and with user studies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Kautz, James Tompkin, Wojciech Matusik, Simon Heinzle
  • Patent number: 9723328
    Abstract: One particular implementation of the present invention may take the form of a method and system for encoding decoding 3-D multimedia content. In one example, visual content having a plurality of source frames may be processed to create a plurality of first and second type frames from each of the plurality of source frames. The plurality of first and second type frames may be arranged to create modified content, and generating a distinguishing signal for the visual content, which may distinguish the first type frame from the second type frame. In another examples, the present invention may take the form of a method decoding 3-D multimedia content encoded with at least content frames and null frames. The method may operate to receive the 3-D multimedia content, extract at least one content frame, at least one null frame, and display information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Scott F. Watson
  • Publication number: 20170213320
    Abstract: Systems and method for the reconstruction of an articulated object are disclosed herein, The articulated object can be reconstructed from image data collected by a moving camera over a period of time. A plurality of 2D feature points can be identified within the image data. These 2D feature points can be converted into three-dimensional space, which converted points are identified as 3D feature points. These 3D feature points can be used to identify one or several rigidity constrains and/or kinematic constraints. These rigidity and/or kinematic constraints can be applied to a model of the reconstructed articulated object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Kaan YÜCER, Alexander SORKINE HORNUNG, Oliver WANG, Olga SORKINE HORNUNG
  • Patent number: 9715580
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a method for providing a user access to a gaming environment without a full license. In operation, a license generator receive a request to generate a temporary license for a user not having access to the gaming environment from a primary user having a full license. The license generator then generates the temporary license based on license information associated with the full license belonging to a primary user. The user can then access the gaming environment via the temporary license, but may only be given restricted access to the gaming environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Louis Yves Paquet, Amy Beth Kalson
  • Patent number: 9714072
    Abstract: Dampers for mounting on a dock to control landing a boat. The dampers may be used individually or in damper systems made up of a plurality of dampers. Each damper has a flexible body with one or more sidewalls defining an inner chambers, and orifices are provided in one of the sidewalls to allow the chamber to be filled with water when the damper is in an at-rest state. When the boat approaches the dock and contacts the damper or the outer set of dampers in a damper assembly/system, the collision or impact force applied by the boat against the outer surfaces of the damper(s) causes the damper body to be compressed, which causes the sidewalls of the chamber to collapse so as to expel water out of the inner chamber via the orifices so as to reduce the speed of the boat at a desired rate of deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Brooke M. Swift, Eric J. Moy, Dennis M. Lind, J. Douglas Smith, Casey L. McKibben
  • Patent number: 9713774
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing an enhanced contextual chat feature in online environments. The contextual chat feature may be used to present users with a list of expressions that may be sent to other users within an online environment (or to users in other online environments). The list of messages may be derived from a linguistic profile which itself may change as the use of language in an online environment (or by a particular user group) evolves, over time. In cases where a user sends a contextual chat message to another user in the same online environment, messages may be sent without being altered. However, when a user selects a contextual chat message from the list to send to a user in another online environment, the message may be translated based on a linguistic profile associated with users in the second environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Cyrus J. Hoomani, Vita Markman
  • Patent number: 9710951
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for creating animated video frames which include both computer generated elements and hand drawn elements. For example, a software tool may allows an artist to draw line work (or supply other 2D image data) to composite with an animation frame rendered from a three dimensional (3D) graphical model of an object. The software tool may be configured to determine how to animate such 2D image data provided for one frame in order to appear in subsequent (or prior) frames in a manner consistent with changes in rendering the underlying 3D geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kaschalk, Eric A. Daniels, Brian S. Whited, Kyle D. Odermatt, Patrick T. Osborne
  • Patent number: 9712810
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying three dimensional (3D) images to a viewer without the need for 3D glasses. The apparatus includes a display element with a lenticular display surface that is supported to be horizontal and face upward into a viewing space. The apparatus includes a location tracking element tracking a location of a viewer in the viewing space relative to the lenticular display surface. The apparatus includes a display controller generating reprojected content for operating the display element to display 3D images via the lenticular display surface. The reprojected content is generated by determining for each pixel of the display element the content or images passing through tracked and/or determined eye locations and then remapping content delivered to each of the pixels of the display element to achieve a predefined pattern of content in viewpoints of fixed camera positions for the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Quinn Y. Smithwick, Christopher Stuart Gabriel
  • Patent number: 9710156
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for three-dimensional object sculpting and deformation on a mobile device. The system including a display, a memory storing a sculpting software application, and a processor configured to execute the sculpting software application to present an object to the user on the display, receive a first user input from the user for deforming the object, deform the object based on the first user input to generate a deformed object, receive a second user input from the user for squishing the deformed object using a squishing machine, and re-present the deformed object on the display next to the squishing machine. Squishing the deformed object may include breaking the deformed object in a blending machine, melting the deformed object with a heating machine, blowing the deformed object up with a pump, or breaking the deformed object up within a bubble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly Porter, Michele Wells, Giovanna Alaimo, Camilo Bejarano, Aradhana Modi, Alexander Ferrier
  • Patent number: 9710965
    Abstract: A process, computer program product, and apparatus provide color and shape stylization for a captured hairstyle. The process, computer program product, and apparatus receive a plurality of images of a hairstyle in an n dimensional space at a plurality of different angles. Further, the process, computer program product, and apparatus generate a mesh surface in an n?1 dimensional space. In addition, the process, computer program product, and apparatus combine color data from the plurality of images at the plurality of different angles with mesh geometry data of the mesh surface. The process, computer program product, and apparatus also stylize the color data with an n dimensional filter that projects the color data to the n?1 dimensional space of the mesh surface. The process, computer program product, and apparatus may also stylize the geometric shape details in a coherent manner with the color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Jose Ignacio Echevarria
  • Publication number: 20170199874
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and outputting personalized content recommendations are provided. When it is determined that two or more users are in close proximity to each other, the two or more users' respective media content libraries may be compared. Commonalities or related aspects of the two or more users' respective media content libraries can be determined and leveraged to generated personalized content recommendations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: MEHUL PATEL, MARK ARANA, TONY R. SMITH, ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Publication number: 20170201774
    Abstract: According to various embodiments of the disclosed technology, it is possible for content owners to better control the presentation of owned multimedia assets. Implementations of embodiments of the technology of the present disclosure leverage the specificity and greater breadth of detailed information about the multimedia asset of temporal metadata to enable content owners to associate business rules with particular content elements of the multimedia asset. After being notified of a match through the traditional fingerprinting process, embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure can programmatically identify the exact content elements contained within the uploaded multimedia file, and accordingly apply the applicable rules. Content owners may create a list of business rules associated with particular temporal metadata tags of a multimedia assets so that fine-grained rule application is possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lindsay, Lena Bareket, Nimesh Narayan, Yoomi Koh Poon
  • Patent number: 9704336
    Abstract: Objectives, an environment, and/or a theme associated with a virtual space may be managed based on characters made accessible responsive to corresponding tokens being detected. Tokens, including a first token associated with a first character or a second token associated with a second character, may be detected based on signals received from one or more token readers. The first character may be made accessible in the virtual space responsive to the first token being detected and the second character may be made accessible in the virtual space responsive to the second token being detected. Responsive to one or both of the first token being detected or the second token being detected, a given objective associated with the virtual space may be effectuated in the virtual space, an environment of the virtual space may be modified, and/or a theme of the virtual space being modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Vignocchi, Christopher Shen, Jared Bals, Troy Leavitt, Chad Liddell, Manfred Neber, Jeffrey Gosztyla
  • Patent number: 9704299
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for rendering an anamorphic projection of 3D scene geometry on a handled device using a correct asymmetric perspective geometry projection. Once pose of the handheld device is determined, a relative eye position may be inferred when the device is tilted away from an initial or default pose, based on data supplied by accelerometers. Thus, embodiments of the invention result in a holographic style display without the need for glasses or external sensing attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenny Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9700799
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising authenticating a user on a first device by at least one of a biometric identifier of the user and a wearable device of the user, identifying a first application associated with the user, receiving, by the first device, the first application, receiving, by the first device, state information of the first application, wherein the state information reflects a previous interaction of the user with the first application, installing the first application on the first device, and restoring the state information on the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Millegan, Alif Khalfan, Robert H. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9700805
    Abstract: A system and method for automated fantasy drafting are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving one or more user-defined rules with respect to a list of players, wherein each player on the list is associated with one or more characteristics from a set of predefined characteristics and wherein at least one of the user-defined rules specifies a particular characteristic and selecting a player from the list of players satisfying the one or more user-defined rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Nathaniel Sloan, Chris Tembreull, John Diver
  • Patent number: 9703897
    Abstract: There is provided a tensegrity design system and a method for use in designing a complex tensegrity structure. In one implementation, such a method includes providing virtual building blocks selectable by a user for assembly of a desired tensegrity structure, receive user-selected building blocks from among the plurality of virtual building blocks from the user, and identifying connections among the user-selected building blocks based on user inputs to the tensegrity design system. The method also includes determining a network of forces for stabilizing a tensegrity structure corresponding to the desired tensegrity structure, based on the user-selected building blocks and their connections, and generating a simulation of the tensegrity structure corresponding to the desired tensegrity structure for display to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernd Bickel, Sandro Mani, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Stelian Coros
  • Patent number: 9704491
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for outputting an audio effect on a remote device are disclosed. Embodiments select a device from a plurality of devices within a physical environment for use in outputting an audio effect. Upon determining that transmitting the audio effect as uncompressed data to the selected device would violate a predefined performance criteria, the audio effect is modified by determining, for each of a plurality of portions of the audio effect, a respective priority. Additionally, upon determining that a first portion of the plurality of portions of the audio effect is a lower priority, relative to a second portion of the audio effect, embodiments compress the first portion of the audio effect, while the second portion of the audio effect remains uncompressed. The modified audio effect is then transmitted to the selected device for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Ron C. Fish, David J. Logan, Reek N. Havok, Susan M. Lum
  • Patent number: 9704288
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing a learning-based clothing model that enables the simultaneous animation of multiple detailed garments in real-time. A simple conditional model learns and preserves key dynamic properties of cloth motions and folding details. Such a conditional model may be generated for each garment worn by a given character. Once generated, the conditional model may be used to determine complex body/cloth interactions in order to render the character and garment from frame-to-frame. The clothing model may be used for a variety of garments worn by male and female human characters (as well as non-human characters) while performing a varied set of motions typically used in video games (e.g., walking, running, jumping, turning, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edilson de Aguiar, Leonid Sigal, Adrien Treuille, Jessica K. Hodgins
  • Patent number: 9699438
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the insertion of graphics into stereoscopic live action 3D video using image models taking into account positional data from the stereoscopic camera rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Walsh
  • Patent number: 9694282
    Abstract: Techniques are described for altering the gameplay of a computer game based on imported audio content. Embodiments of the invention receive a selection of external audio content to import into a computer game. Embodiments import the selected audio content into the computer game. One or more acoustic characteristics of the imported audio content are then determined by analyzing the imported audio content. Embodiments of the invention then affect one or more graphical elements of the computer game, based on the determined one or more acoustic characteristics of the audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoff Cullen, Serkan Hassan, Steve Rockett, Ciaran Rooney, Erasmus Talbot
  • Patent number: 9693048
    Abstract: A process and apparatus provide high speed multicomponent imagery from high frame rate binary spatial light modulators. The process and apparatus decompose an image frame into a plurality of subframes such that each subframe in the plurality of subframes corresponds to an image component of the image frame. The process and apparatus sequentially illuminate, with a spatially addressable backlight, each of the subframes displayed on a spatial light modulator segment through a lenslet array and at least one optical component onto a diffuser. Further, a process and apparatus provide high speed projection with multiple projectors. The process and apparatus decompose an image frame into a plurality of image components. Further, the process and apparatus associate each of the plurality of image components with each of a plurality of associated projectors. The process and apparatus concurrently projects the plurality of image components from the plurality of associated projectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Quinn Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9691165
    Abstract: Methods and systems of reconstructing an eyelid are provided. A method of reconstructing an eyelid includes obtaining one or more images of the eyelid, generating one or more image input data for the one or more images of the eyelid, generating one or more reconstruction data for the one or more images of the eyelid, and reconstructing a spatio-temporal digital representation of the eyelid using the one or more input image data and the one or more reconstruction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenossische Technische Hochscule Zürich)
    Inventors: Amit Bermano, Thabo Beeler, Derek Bradley, Bernd Bickel, Markus Gross, Yeara Kozlov
  • Patent number: 9692988
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein involves systems, methods, apparatuses or devices related to infrared imaging or infrared imaging projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reichow, Christopher Raynard Runco, Thomas E. Brentnall, Thomas Frasier LaDuke
  • Patent number: 9691173
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for rendering in accordance with location of virtual objects in real-time. There is provided a method for persistent association of a graphic overlay with a virtual object in a displayable environment, comprising receiving a first three-dimensional coordinate of the virtual object in the displayable environment, determining a three-dimensional coordinate of the graphic overlay in accordance with the first three-dimensional coordinate of the virtual object, tracking a movement of the virtual object in the displayable environment by receiving one or more second three-dimensional coordinates of the virtual object, and modifying the three-dimensional coordinate of the graphic overlay in accordance with the one or more second three-dimensional coordinates of the virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gay, Aaron Thiel
  • Patent number: 9690373
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a system that includes a first interactive device and control logic configured to perform an operation. The operation includes receiving historical data describing historical interactions between a user and one or more interactive devices. Additionally, the operation includes configuring the first interactive device with one or more interactive events. Each interactive event includes a respective (i) stimulus event and (ii) an action to perform responsive to an occurrence of the stimulus event, and at least one of the one or more interactive events is based on the received historical data. Responsive to detecting an occurrence of a first one of the one or more stimulus events, the operation includes causing the first interactive device to perform the corresponding action. The operation also includes updating the first interactive device with a second one or more interactive events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Haseltine
  • Patent number: 9686625
    Abstract: There is provided a system for delivery of personalized audio including a memory and a processor configures to receive a plurality of audio contents, receive a first playback request from a first user device for playing a first audio content of the plurality of audio contents using the plurality of speakers, obtain a first position of a first user of the first user device with respect to each of the plurality of speakers, and play, using the plurality of speakers and object-based audio, the first audio content of the plurality of audio contents based on the first position of the first user of the first user device with respect to each of the plurality of speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 9684435
    Abstract: To generate a media presentation of a live event, a user interface is coupled to at least three cameras that share substantially the same vantage point. One of the cameras (e.g., a context camera) provides a context view of the event that is displayed on a screen of the user interface. The views of the other two cameras are superimposed onto the context view to define sub-portions that are visually demarcated within the context view. Based on user interaction, the user interface can switch between the cameras views and control the cameras to capture different portions of the context view. Based the image data captured by the views of the cameras within the context view, the user interface generates a media presentation that may be broadcast to multiple viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: George Peter Carr, Yaser Sheikh, Eric Ronald Foote, Patrick Joseph Lucey, Iain Matthews
  • Patent number: 9684906
    Abstract: Footage used in an aired show by a broadcaster, broadcasting network or similar entity can be more easily tracked and reported to rights holders. An electronic cutsheet can be created for a video package. The electronic cutsheet includes information identifying one or more footage items included in the video package and any rights holders associated with the footage item. Using the cutsheets, a number of playlists can be created or otherwise provided. Each playlist is associated with at least one video package. The playlist can then be associated with a show to indicate that the show has aired and thus that the playlist and its included packages have actually been used. A report can then be generated that indicates at least one rights holder and the number of instances in which a footage item associated with the indicated rights holder was included in an aired show.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Cocchi, Kishore B. Yarlagadda, Kevin D. Greelish, Joshua N. Cohen, Luke N. Macomber, Chyloe F. Lucca, Jesse B. Pringle, Marc W. Rowley, Oyvind Gjorven, Jason A. Nophsker, Joseph A. Sack
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    Patent number: D792525
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Putzeys, Katherine M. Bassett, John Peter Fiscella, Michael Paul Goslin, Joseph Logan Olson, Paulo Kang