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).
  • Publication number: 20180089573
    Abstract: A recommender engine is configured to access memory and surface transmedia content items; and/or linked transmedia content subsets; and/or one or more identifications of identified users; and/or content items of the plurality of transmedia content items associated with at least one identified user. The surfaced items are presented for selection by the given user via the transmedia content linking engine as one or more user-selected transmedia content items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Barbara Solenthaler, Tanja Kaeser, Severin Klingler, Adriano Galati, Markus Gross
  • Publication number: 20180089905
    Abstract: A method of rendering content items on a display via an electronic device involves mapping linked content items to a three-dimensional object defined by layout data. The layout data is then transmitted to an electronic device for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Barbara Solenthaler, Sohyeon Jeong, Max Grosse, Sasha Schriber, David Sinclair, Maria Cabral, Markus Gross, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20180089330
    Abstract: There is provided a system for linking transmedia content subsets. A memory stores a plurality of transmedia content data items and associated linking data which define time-ordered content links between the plurality of transmedia content data items. The plurality of transmedia content data items are arranged into linked transmedia content subsets comprising different groups of the transmedia content data items and different content links therebetween; a transmedia content model that represents the transmedia content data items as nodes and the content links between the transmedia content data items as edges in one or more time-varying graphs. A processor is configured to associate the transmedia content data items with the time-ordered content links and store the linking data in the memory. It assigns the transmedia content data items to nodes of a graph structure, assign the time-ordered content links to edges of the graph structure and store them in the transmedia content model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Aljosa Smolic, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Nikolce Stefanoski, Markus Gross, Adriano Galati
  • Publication number: 20180089201
    Abstract: A method is provided for rendering a representation of and interacting with transmedia content on an electronic device. Transmedia content data is received at the electronic device. The transmedia content data comprises: a plurality of transmedia content data items; linking data which define time-ordered content links between the plurality of transmedia content data items, whereby the plurality of transmedia content data items are arranged into linked transmedia content subsets comprising different groups of the transmedia content data items and different content links therebetween; a visualisation model of the transmedia content data; and a hierarchical structure of the linked transmedia content subsets and clusters of linked transmedia content subsets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Rebekkah Laeuchli, Max Grosse, Maria Cabral, Markus Gross, Sasha Schriber, Isa Simo
  • Publication number: 20180091573
    Abstract: A system for managing non-linear transmedia content data is provided. Memory stores a plurality of transmedia content data items and associated linking data which define time-ordered content links between the plurality of transmedia content data items. The plurality of transmedia content data items are arranged into linked transmedia content subsets comprising different groups of the transmedia content data items and different content links therebetween. A control engine receives one or more instructions to create a new time-ordered content link between at least two of the plurality of transmedia content data items. The control engine modifies the linking data stored in the memory to include the new time-ordered content link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH Zurich (Eidgenossiche Technisch Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Max Grosse, Barbara Solenthaler, Peter Kaufmann, Markus Gross, Sasha Schriber
  • Publication number: 20180085201
    Abstract: A system and method for non-invasive reconstruction of an entire object-specific or person-specific teeth row from just a set of photographs of the mouth region of an object (e.g., an animal) or a person (e.g., an actor or a patient) are provided. A teeth statistic model defining individual teeth in a teeth row can be developed. The teeth statistical model can jointly describe shape and pose variations per tooth, and as well as placement of the individual teeth in the teeth row. In some embodiments, the teeth statistic model can be trained using teeth information from 3D scan data of different sample subjects. The 3D scan data can be used to establish a database of teeth of various shapes and poses. Geometry information regarding the individual teeth can be extracted from the 3D scan data. The teeth statistic model can be trained using the geometry information regarding the individual teeth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicants: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
    Inventors: Chenglei Wu, Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9927235
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an apparatus that includes a plurality of wheels configured to rotate in either of two rotational directions about an axis of rotation. The apparatus further includes a turret portion disposed between the two wheels and rotatable about the axis of rotation in either of the two rotational directions and independently of the plurality of wheels. Additionally, the apparatus includes a motor configured to provide torque to the plurality of wheels and the turret portion. The motor can cause each of the plurality of wheels to rotate independently in either of the two rotational directions when operating in a first rotational speed mode. The motor can also cause the turret portion to rotate in either of the two rotational directions independently of the plurality of wheels when operating in a second rotational speed mode which is faster relative to the first rotational speed mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Haseltine, Michael P. Goslin, Joseph L. Olson, Katherine M. Bassett, Frederick A. Stillman, James K. Stobar, JoAnn McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 9930381
    Abstract: Network signals in a broadcast network can include ancillary data as well as audio and visual of a media presentation. Typically, the ancillary data is not displayed by the television when outputting the audio and visual data although it may be in some cases. To ensure the network signal is compatible with the components in the broadcast network, the embodiments herein test the network signal use an emulated version of the broadcast network. For example, the content provider can set up a local version of broadcast network using the hardware components of the broadcast network (e.g., a cable head end, network modulators, set top boxes, receivers, etc.). By transmitting the network signal through the emulated broadcast network, the content provider can verify that the ancillary data will be correctly transmitted through the actual broadcast network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Yamashita, Lawrence Anthony
  • Patent number: 9928442
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising assigning each of a plurality of images in a blog post and each of a plurality of images in a collection of images to a respective node in a graph, computing an adjacency matrix for the graph, wherein the adjacency matrix defines relationships between images in the blog post and images in the collections of images, and determining a first subset of the images in the collection of images that summarize the images in the image collection, wherein the subset is determined based on the adjacency matrix, wherein the adjacency matrix is computed based on the subset of the images in the collection of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Sigal, Gunhee Kim, Seungwhan Moon
  • Patent number: 9922465
    Abstract: A perceived speed of motion associated with a user may be changed by determining a speed and a direction of the motion associated with the user within a reference frame. Augmented reality content may be determined for presentation on a display. A direction and a speed of motion associated with the augmented reality content within the reference frame may be determined. The direction of motion associated with the augmented reality content may oppose the direction of motion associated with the user. The speed of motion associated with the augmented reality content may increase as the speed of motion associated with the user increases. The augmented reality content may be presented such that the augmented reality content appears to move toward and past a position associated with the user at the perceived speed that is faster than the speed of motion associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Goslin
  • Patent number: 9922411
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for weighting the image quality prediction of any visual-attention-agnostic quality metric with a saliency map. By accounting for the salient regions of an image or video frame, the disclosed systems and methods may dramatically improve the precision of the visual-attention-agnostic quality metric during image or video quality assessment. In one implementation, a method of saliency-weighted video quality assessment includes: determining a per-pixel image quality vector of an encoded video frame; determining per-pixel saliency values of the encoded video frame or a reference video frame corresponding to the encoded video frame; and computing a saliency-weighted image quality metric of the encoded video frame by weighting the per-pixel image quality vector using the per-pixel saliency values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Tunc Ozan Aydin, Nikolce Stefanoski, Aljoscha Smolic, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9922185
    Abstract: Token detection at a single computing platform may be linked with a user identification to unlock content and/or effectuate modifications in virtual space instances presented via multiple computing platforms, in accordance with one or more implementations. Exemplary implementations may enhance consistency in a user's experiences of a virtual space across multiple computing platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Vignocchi, Robert Nelson, Jeffrey Bunker, Troy Leavitt, Robert Lowe, John Blackburn, Christopher Shen
  • Patent number: 9924164
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for re-transcoding portions of a digital media file while maintaining key-frame alignment across a set of digital media files having the same content. Instead of re-transcoding the entire set of digital media files if a portion of a single video fails quality, the disclosed systems and methods allow only the failing portion of the video to be re-transcoded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared McPhillen, Kevin Liao, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9922665
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for generating a visually consistent alternative audio for redubbing visual speech using a processor configured to sample a dynamic viseme sequence corresponding to a given utterance by a speaker in a video, identify a plurality of phonemes corresponding to the dynamic viseme sequence, construct a graph of the plurality of phonemes that synchronize with a sequence of lip movements of a mouth of the speaker in the dynamic viseme sequence, use the graph to generate an alternative phrase that substantially matches the sequence of lip movements of the mouth of the speaker in the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Iain Matthews, Sarah Taylor, Barry John Theobald
  • Patent number: 9922464
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include an augmented reality (AR) optical system, and associated method and computer program product, defining a field of view relative to an optical reference point. The optical system comprises an imagery display configured to display images using a received first display signal, and a beam-splitter disposed within the field of view and configured to cause the displayed images to appear in a first focal plane within the field of view. The optical system further comprises an occluding display disposed within the field of view and configured to display, based on the first display signal, occluding images in a second focal plane nearer to the beam-splitter than the first focal plane, thereby reducing environmental light at the optical reference point for at least a portion of the displayed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Haseltine, Quinn Yorklun Jen Smithwick
  • Publication number: 20180075639
    Abstract: A distributed computation system is leveraged to evaluate many possible results of a rig near the current pose to obtain predicted poses. A user locally runs an animation application instance to manipulate an animated object including a rig and shape. Depending on a user's selection or modification of a rig control of the rig, changes to the rig control are predicted. Based on the predicted changes to the rig control, the distributed computation system evaluates the rig to obtain different predicted poses. The predicted poses are made available to an interpolator that blends the results to obtain an interpolated shape. In implementations, the distributed computation system may be used to evaluate predicted poses for animation ghosting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: CHUNG-AN LIN, GENE LEE, CHRISTIAN EISENACHER
  • Patent number: 9914057
    Abstract: Techniques for providing an immersive storytelling experience using a plurality of storytelling devices. Each of the storytelling devices may be configured to perform one or more actions based on a current context of a story and in response to a stimulus event. The actions include at least one of an auditory and a visual effect. Embodiments also provide a controller device configured to manage a playback of the story, by adjusting the stimulus event and the effect of each of the plurality of storytelling devices, based on the current context of the story, thereby creating an interactive and immersive storytelling experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Wilson Muhlheim, Eric Charles Haseltine, Joseph O'Brien Garlington, Theodore Wei-Yun Leung, Gabriel Sebastian Schlumberger
  • Patent number: 9918074
    Abstract: A display system creating three dimensional (3D) imagery for a viewer in a viewing space wearing 3D stereo glasses. The 3D stereo glasses have first and second lens passing colored light in first and second ranges of wavelengths. The display system includes a 3D mural element with a display surface facing the viewing space and a light receiving surface opposite the display surface. The display system includes a first wavelength multiplex visualization (WMV) light source outputting a first light stream onto the light receiving surface, and the first light stream has a wavelength in the first range of wavelengths. The display system includes a second WMV light source outputting a second light stream onto the light receiving surface, and the second light stream has a wavelength in the second range of wavelengths. WMV light sources may be directed onto 3D surfaces and props in the viewing space providing 3D effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Thomas Tracey Tait, Mark A. Reichow, Steven T. Kosakura
  • Patent number: 9914262
    Abstract: A print method for printing three dimensional (3D) objects that are difficult to copy by use of a 3D scanner and 3D printer. The printer includes a print head with an extrusion nozzle with a heated portion and a print bed with a surface for receiving material extruded from the extrusion nozzle. The printer includes a print material supply spool loaded with an anti-scanning filament. The method includes operating the print head to draw the anti-scanning filament into the heated portion for heating and to extrude the heated filament from the extrusion nozzle to form a 3D object. The printed 3D object includes one or more scan protected exterior surfaces on at least one element of the 3D object. The scan protected exterior surfaces are either light absorbing or reflect light in unconventional directions. The anti-scanning filament is a plastic mixed with an anti-scanning additive such as a retroreflective material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Voris, David W. Crawford, Jorge Alted, Benjamin Foster Christen
  • Patent number: 9916815
    Abstract: An enhanced system and method presents a view of a virtual space on a display based on a position of the display in one or more degrees of freedom. For such a position of the display, a corresponding field of view in the virtual space may be determined. In some examples, as the display rotates about an axis that runs perpendicular to the display through a centroid of the display, the view of the virtual space may shift such that the field of view varies dynamically with the rotational position of the display and the objects in the field of view are maintained fixed in the virtual space. In some implementations, an object of the virtual space may be controlled by the position change of the display in the degrees of freedom such that the objects may be steered according to the display's position in the degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan Durmek
  • Patent number: 9913525
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a hand-operated input device on a hand. The apparatus includes a first mounting member with a hoop-shaped body and a second mounting member with a semi-circular shaped body. At first and second ends, the second mounting member is rigidly coupled at spaced-apart first and second locations to the first mounting member. A device support is rigidly coupled to the first mounting member, and the device support is adapted for supporting a hand-operated input device. The first mounting member contacts the hand at first and second contact points, and the second mounting member contacts the hand at a third contact point. The first and second contact points are located on opposite sides of the hand between the knuckles and the heel of the hand, and the third contact point is on an opposite side of the hand from the first contact point and proximate to the heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark R. Mine, Andrew M. Ogden
  • Patent number: 9916794
    Abstract: A display system adapted to use rapid switching techniques to switch between displaying content and displaying a mask for that content so as to provide per-pixel opacity control. The display system may employ rapid synchronized switching of both a non-emissive, transparent display and a transparent backlight. In a first state, the display is operated to display content with the backlight acting as a scattering luminous backlight. In the other or second state, the display is operated to display one or more masks (for some or all objects or items of the content displayed in the first state) with the backlight functioning as a clear and unlit backlight. The display system is capable of producing opaque emissive content on a transparent field to provide a novel display and/or for use in compact spatial augmented reality applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Quinn Y. Smithwick
  • Patent number: 9916677
    Abstract: According to one exemplary implementation, a method for use by a global illumination system including a hardware processor includes identifying, using the hardware processor, a first interior vertex of multiple first interior vertices of a light path, the first interior vertices being situated within a volume having a refractive boundary. In addition, the method includes determining, using the hardware processor, a surface vertex of the light path at the refractive boundary, and determining, using the hardware processor, a linear direction from the surface vertex to a light source of the light path. The method also includes determining, using the hardware processor, one or more second interior vertices for completing the light path by constructing a path from the surface vertex to the first interior vertex, based on the linear direction, the surface vertex and the first interior vertex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Novak, David Koerner, Wojciech Jarosz, Peter Kutz, Ralf Habel
  • Publication number: 20180067331
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure may take the form of a projection module for projecting onto a projection surface. The projection module includes a light source emitting a beam of light, a diffractive optical element in optical communication with the light source, the diffractive optical element acts to split the beam of light into a plurality of diffracted light beams, a lens assembly in optical communication with the diffractive optical element and configured to converge the diffracted light beams onto the projection surface, and a motion assembly connected to at least one of the light source or the lens assembly. The motion assembly changes an orientation of the diffractive light beams relative to the lens assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven T. Kosakura
  • Patent number: 9911194
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to system and methods for segmenting a video in a higher order dimensional space. A video may be segmented by obtaining visual information defining an image of the video. The visual information may include pixels of the image and may be represented in a display space having a first dimensionality. A designation of a subset of the visual information represented in the display space as a part of an object portrayed in the image may be obtained. The visual information and the designation may be represented in the higher order dimensional space having a second dimensionality greater than the first dimensionality. An association of the visual information represented in the higher order dimensional space with the object may be obtained. The association may be correlated with the visual information represented in the display space. The correlation may define a location of the object in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Federico Perazzi, Oliver Wang, Nicolas Märki
  • Patent number: 9910850
    Abstract: A system and method for translating a phrase for video game development for games to be made available in a plurality of natural languages is disclosed. The method includes determining that code for a video game being developed has been created or modified. The method further includes inspecting the code to determine whether a phrase to be displayed or to be spoken during game play is present therein, wherein the phrase comprises a plurality of words. The method further includes comparing the entire phrase to a collection of phrases for which one or more translations to another natural language are already available, and if an exact match is determined, then reusing the one or more available translations for one or more corresponding languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Tadashi George Sakashita, Bruce Gifford, Jonathan C. Scholtz
  • Patent number: 9912974
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising receiving a plurality of superclusters that includes at least one of a plurality of shot clusters, wherein each of the shot clusters includes at least one of a plurality of video shots, and wherein each video shot includes one or more video frames, and computing an expected value for a metric based on the plurality of superclusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miquel Á. Farré Guiu, Seth Frey, Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Michael R. Clements, Pablo Beltran Sanchidrian
  • Patent number: 9911215
    Abstract: Systems and methods of propagating edits through a video are presented herein. Decompositions of information defining frame images of a video may be obtained. Individual decompositions may include individual sets of sinusoidal functions separated into individual frequency bands. One or more frequency bands that convey differences between an (unedited) frame image and an edited version of that frame image may be identified. A subset of the one or more frequency bands that convey motion information associated with the frame image and a subsequent frame image in the video may be identified. Using the motion information, phase information of individual sinusoidal functions of a decomposition of the edited frame image, which may be included in the subset of the one or more frequency bands, may be propagated based on the motion information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zürich
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Simone Meyer
  • Patent number: 9913058
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a sonic field sound system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a sound modulation software code. The sound system further includes an acoustic object coupled to an input of the computing platform via a capacitance sensing unit. The acoustic object has one or more input interface(s) coupled to an output of the computing platform, and also has a resonant cavity having at least one outlet. The hardware processor is configured to execute the sound modulation software code to generate a waveform for driving the one or more input interface(s) of the acoustic object via the output of the computing platform to produce a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Israr, Ivan Poupyrev, Yoshio Ishiguro, Olivier Bau, Yuri Suzuki, James H. Auger
  • Patent number: 9911457
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by a media player to provide access to a media content. The method comprises receiving a request from a user for playing the media content, prompting a user for an authorization code, receiving the authorization code from the user, transmitting the authorization code to an authentication server over a network, receiving a valid authentication message from the authentication server over the network if the authorization code is confirmed to be valid, transmitting the valid authentication message to a content server over the network, retrieving the media content from the content server over the network, wherein the media content incorporates an identification information associating the media content with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Cyril Rickelton-Abdi
  • Patent number: 9911218
    Abstract: Speech animation may be performed using visemes with phonetic boundary context. A viseme unit may comprise an animation that simulates lip movement of an animated entity. Individual ones of the viseme units may correspond to one or more complete phonemes and phoneme context of the one or more complete phonemes. Phoneme context may include a phoneme that is adjacent to the one or more complete phonemes that correspond to a given viseme unit. Potential sets of viseme units that correspond with individual phoneme string portions may be determined. One of the potential sets of viseme units may be selected for individual ones of the phoneme string portions based on a fit metric that conveys a match between individual ones of the potential sets and the corresponding phoneme string portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry-John Theobald, Margaret Meyerhofer, Iain Matthews, Sarah Taylor
  • Patent number: 9908050
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for image recognized content creation. There is provided a method comprising capturing an image from a camera, analyzing the image to recognize a plurality of elements, converting the plurality of elements into custom content data, and executing an interactive application using the custom content data. In one embodiment, the interactive application may comprise a racing video game, and the image may comprise a racetrack layout for use in the racing video game. Thus, a user can provide a racetrack by drawing simple lines and curves on a piece of paper, which are detected by the camera and converted into valid data assets for the video game. In this manner, even young children can leverage common drawing skills using familiar physical drawing implements for quick and simplified content creation, bypassing the need to use complex, tedious, and proprietary conventional on-screen user interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kohout
  • Patent number: 9911396
    Abstract: An interactive media wall is provided on which multiple media contents can be simultaneously displayed. Multiple users can interact with the interactive media wall such that visual portions of the multiple media contents can be presented on the interactive media wall, while audio portions of the media contents may be presented to each of the multiple users via peripheral listening devices. Users consuming the same media content can communicate via a chat session(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander C. Chen, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9911202
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising computing a saliency value for a video based on saliency values a set of pixels in each frame of the video, computing, for the video, an expected value for a metric by a predictive algorithm based on the saliency value for the video, and outputting the expected value for the metric as an indication of an expected outcome for the metric achieved by the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Frey, Anthony M. Accardo, Robert Sumner, Rafael Huber, Alexandre Chapiro
  • Patent number: 9911152
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing a platform to provide virtual storefronts to consumers. Environmental elements are associated with specific consumer services on computer server. A user in the environment takes audio or visual recordings of an environmental element and uploads the recordings to the server. The server determines the appropriate consumer service associated with the recorded environmental element and provides the user with a reference to the service. Accordingly, any space, such as a bus stop, subway or train terminal, movie theater, or airport, may be turned into a virtual store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jessica Graham, Tuomo Korpinen
  • Patent number: 9910565
    Abstract: A system and method for providing personalization of a virtual space based on an individualized seed value. The system may provide personalization within one or more instances of a virtual space based on an individualized seed value derived from one or more biometric samples (e.g., a fingerprint) and/other individual identifiers. One or more values may be obtained and used as the individual seed value to generate pseudorandom numbers. Personalizations affecting characteristics of one or more aspects of the virtual space may be determined based on the pseudorandom numbers generated. Presentation of the personalizations determined may be effectuated in on or more instances of the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nelson, Robert Lowe
  • Patent number: 9904357
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe a throwing apparatus that includes a projectile that slides on a rail. In one example, as the user makes a throwing action, the projectile slides along the rail and locks into place at an end of the rail. In response, the throwing apparatus launches a virtual object representing the projectile along a virtual path extending away from the throwing apparatus. The apparatus may include an emitter that transmits a signal indicative of the signal path of the virtual object. An external device receiving the signal can determine whether the device is on the path and whether it is struck by the virtual object. The apparatus may also include a speaker that outputs a sound simulating the projectile flying through free space. The speaker may change the volume of the sound depending on whether the virtual object is moving away or towards the throwing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Jared Dal Porto Sain, John Henry Harris, III, Katherine M. Bassett, Philippe Putzeys
  • Patent number: 9898892
    Abstract: Users may participate in instances of a virtual space through computing platforms associated with the users. User participation may include controlling game entities within the instances of the virtual spaces. Individual game entities may be defined by attribute values of one or more game entity attributes. One or more attribute values may be modified from their currently defined values based on detection of physical tokens communicatively coupled to token readers. By way of non-limiting example, tokens may store attribute modification information that may specify discrete amounts by which one or more attribute values may be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Peterson, Sandeep Kharkar
  • Patent number: 9900505
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a panoramic video from unstructured camera arrays. The systems and methods are configured to statically align corresponding image-frames of respective input video streams, warp the aligned image-frames according to a warping-order, and relax the warped image-frames thereby generating a temporally coherent panoramic video. Methods according to embodiments this invention utilize a new parallax-warping-error metric that is devised to capture structural differences created by parallax artifacts. The parallax-warping-error metric is effective in finding an optimal warping-order and in driving the warping process, resulting in a panoramic video with minimal parallax artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Federico Perazzi, Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Henning Zimmer, Oliver Wang, Peter Kaufmann, Scott Watson
  • Patent number: 9898871
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to system and methods for providing augmented reality experience based on a relative position of objects. Augmented reality experience based on a relative position of object may be provided by detecting a first object and a second object. Positions and orientations of the first object and the second object may be determined. A first visual effect may be determined for the first object and a second visual effect may be determined for the second object. Overlay positions and orientations for the first visual effect and the second visual effect may be determined. An overlay image including the first visual effect and the second visual effect may be determined, and the overlay image may be displayed. An interaction between the first visual effect and the second visual effect may be determined based on the relative position of the first object and the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Reagan, Sagar Mistry, Nathan Allison
  • Patent number: 9895605
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for communicating with a first peripheral device, of a plurality of peripheral devices, using a touch-sensitive system that has a processor and a touch surface. According to an exemplary embodiment, a method includes detecting, using the processor, a plurality of touches on the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system that are made by the first peripheral device. The method further includes identifying, using the processor, the first peripheral device based on the plurality of touches on the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system that are made by the first peripheral device. The method additionally includes communicating data, using the processor, to a receptive circuit of the first peripheral device in response to the identifying of the first peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Heatherly, Armen Mkrtchyan, Jonathan Backer, Brian White
  • Patent number: 9898872
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying an augmented reality environment. Embodiments capture a visual scene for display. An embedded symbol associated with a garment worn by the first user within the visual scene is identified. Embodiments generate a virtual augmentation corresponding to the first user that is animated based on the captured visual scene. The virtual augmentation alters an appearance of the first user, such that the first user is depicted as wearing a virtual costume, the virtual costume determined to have a predefined relationship with the identified embedded symbol. A sequence of frames is rendered that depicts the first user augmented with the virtual augmentation in the augmented reality environment and depict at least a portion of the first user as wearing the virtual costume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9899939
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for harvesting electrical energy from interaction with papers. The system comprising an electret disposed between a first electrode and a second electrode, and an interactive device connected to one end of the first electrode and one end of the second electrode to provide an electrical potential, the interactive device configured to receive the electrical potential by moving the second electrode relative to the electret for generating electrical energy. Interactive devices that can be activated by the generator can include a light-emitting diode, an electronic paper display, an infrared communication, and a buzzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa Emre Karagozler, Ivan Poupyrev, Gary K. Fedder
  • Publication number: 20180046861
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for placing large objects and objects separated by large distances in an AR environment. An AR headset system may place and generate digital objects using relative geographical coordinates (e.g., latitude, longitude, and altitude) between the user's current position and the object being placed. In one implementation, a digital object's geographical coordinates may be calculated by determining a user's geographical coordinates, using a distance determination device to measure a distance to a boundary in the user's real-world environment within an AR headset's field of view, and calculating an orientation of the AR headset relative to the user's position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul PATEL, James VORIS
  • Publication number: 20180047066
    Abstract: Techniques are described for retrieving advertisements for insertion into a document. Embodiments receive a document comprising a request to retrieve a plurality of advertisement creatives. In response to transmitting the request specified within the received document to the advertisement management system, a single software object defining all of the plurality of advertisement creatives is received. Embodiments insert each of the plurality of advertisement creatives into the document, prior to rendering the document, and then render the document together with the advertisement creatives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jarrod David Whelan
  • Patent number: 9892539
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for applying physics-based simulation to an animator provided rig. The disclosure presents equations of motions for simulations performed in the subspace of deformations defined by an animator's rig. The method receives an input rig with a plurality of deformation parameters, and the dynamics of the character are simulated in the subspace of deformations described by the character's rig. Stiffness values defined on rig parameters are transformed to a non-homogeneous distribution of material parameters for the underlying rig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Bernhard Thomaszewski, Robert Sumner, Fabian Hahn, Stelian Coros, Markus Gross, Sebastian Martin
  • Patent number: 9892485
    Abstract: A method of manipulating at least a portion of a character model into a pose involving a library data having a plurality of deformations, where each deformation is associated with index values of one or more distance measurement nodes. One or more distance measurement nodes are defined for the portion of the character model, wherein each distance measurement node comprises a number of points on a surface defined by the geometry of the character model, wherein the points are separated by a distance value. A particular pose is selected for the character model portion to establish an initial model by selecting values for the pose controls. For the particular pose, a value of the distance measurement nodes is determined. At least one deformation is selected from the library data based in the value of the distance measurement nodes and applied to the initial model to generate a deformed model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Clay Kaytis, John Edgar Park, Gene Lee, Philippe Brochu, Hidetaka Yosumi
  • Publication number: 20180041559
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for a mobile device to select content, such as user profiles, contact information, images, and/or videos, to automatically stream to available displays when the mobile device moves within a certain range of the displays. In one embodiment, a method at a mobile device comprises receiving a user input to select a media content asset; detecting a display within a proximity of the mobile device; and sending the selected media content asset to the display without requiring additional user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: ALEXANDER C. CHEN
  • Publication number: 20180040160
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide adaptive image filtering. Under this approach, image quality can be enhanced by adjusting an approximation function to better adapt image signals in different parts of an image. Certain parts of the image may be enhanced using a certain approximation function while some other parts of the image may be enhanced using a different approximation function. In certain embodiments, the approximation function selected for a part of the image can be a polynomial function having a specific order. The specific polynomial order can be applied directly to obtain an estimated image value of the part of the image. In certain embodiments, the estimation of the reconstruction error can include iteratively estimating a bias term of the reconstruction error and a variance term of the reconstruction error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Bochang Moon, Markus Gross, Steven McDonagh, Kenneth J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9888265
    Abstract: There is provided a content automation system and a method for use by the content automation system for issuing a content management message for use in a program stream. In one implementation, such a content automation system comprises a processor and a memory, and a stream messaging module residing in the memory. The stream messaging module is configured to issue the content management message by embedding a command sequence as metadata in a container data structure, and inserting the container data structure into the program stream. The command sequence authorizes a replacement of program stream content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Martin, Daniel Siewers, William Hooper, David Potter, Richard Hill, Michael Strein, Kenneth Michel, Alfredo Vincenty, James Casabella, David Converse, Guy Beverlin