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: 9792723
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for progressively sculpting three-dimensional (3D) geometry. In one configuration, a sculpting application receives time-based sculpts and stores the sculpted changes from the original geometry, referred to herein as “offsets,” in “fixes” which include (time, offsets) pairs, with the offsets being defined in relation to a reference frame. Each fix may further be associated with a “set” which includes portions of the geometry that are managed together. The sculpting application automatically provides smooth transitions between sculpts by applying scatter-data interpolation to interpolate the offsets of successive fixes, thereby generating new offsets for frames in between user-provided fixes. Further, the user may modify an envelope curve for a set to scale offsets, including offsets in fixes and those automatically generated through interpolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene S. Lee, Brian Whited, David Suroviec
  • Publication number: 20170295227
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for proximity-based sorting. Information may be transmitted to user devices from beacons or similar transmitter-type devices. Based on this information, the user devices may be categorized or sorted based upon which beacons the user devices are proximate to, pass, or from which beacon the information is received. Subsequent activities and/or operations may then leverage this categorization or sorting of users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: MARK ARANA
  • Patent number: 9786062
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for estimating depth in a scene. According to one aspect, regions where the depth estimation is expected to perform well may first be identified in full-resolution epipolar-plane images (EPIs) generated from a plurality of images of the scene. Depth estimates for EPI-pixels with high edge confidence are determined by testing a number of discrete depth hypotheses and picking depths that lead to highest color density of sampled EPI-pixels. The depth estimate may also be propagated throughout the EPIs. This process of depth estimation and propagation may be iterated until all EPI-pixels with high edge confidence have been processed, and all EPIs may also be processed in this manner. The EPIs are then iteratively downsampled to coarser resolutions, at which edge confidence for EPI-pixels not yet processed are determined, depth estimates of EPI-pixels with high edge confidence made, and depth estimates propagated throughout the EPIs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Alexander Sorkine-Hornung, Changil Kim, Henning Zimmer, Yael Pritch, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9785838
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for grouping a plurality of individuals, each individual of the plurality of individuals having a corresponding transactional segment, the system comprising a memory storing a group identification application, a processor for executing the group identification application to identify an o-space center of a first group, wherein the o-space center is an intersection of a plurality of transactional segments, obtain a non-parametric lower-body orientation probability distribution for each of the plurality of individuals, based on the o-space center, and determine that a first plurality of individuals from the plurality of individuals belong to the first group based on the non-parametric lower-body orientation probability distribution of each individual of the plurality of individuals, wherein each of the first plurality of individuals has a corresponding one of the plurality of transactional segments that intersect with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Marynel Vazquez, Scott Hudson, Aaron Steinfeld
  • Publication number: 20170287456
    Abstract: Systems and methods for re-arranging a musical composition using augmented reality are disclosed. A user can be provided with one or more physical image markers representative of at least one of a musical entity and a musical style in which a musical track has been pre-recorded. Upon capturing a visual scene in which one or more of these physical image markers are included, an augmented reality version of the visual scene is displayed along with audio corresponding to the musical style(s) and/or entities represented by the one or more physical image markers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicants: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
    Inventors: FABIO ZUND, ALESSIA MARRA, MAURIZIO NITTI, MATTIA RYFFEL, ROBERT SUMNER
  • Patent number: 9779541
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a hardware processor, a memory, and an illumination rendering unit including a virtual object discrimination module stored in the memory. The hardware processor is configured to execute the illumination rendering unit to perform a first, primitive render of an illumination of a scene including multiple virtual objects, and to determine a score for each of the virtual objects corresponding to its respective contribution to the illumination of the scene. The hardware processor is also configured to execute the illumination rendering unit to identify one or more of the virtual objects as disregardable based on their respective scores, and to perform a second render of the illumination of the scene while disregarding presence of the identified one or more virtual objects as disregardable in the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Jenkins, Christian Eisenacher, Brent Burley, Abraham Tseng, Dexter Cheng
  • Patent number: 9779487
    Abstract: Methods and systems of equalizing spatial frequency signals for images are provided. Images distorted through defocus, motion blur, under-sampling or other reasons may be equalized. Equalized spatial frequency signals may be used to determine correspondence matching between images. Image patches from two or more image signals may be identified and analyzed to determine image patches that contain similar representations of the real scene, with sufficient local details for accurately computing cross-correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler
  • Patent number: 9776323
    Abstract: A trained classifier to be used with a navigation algorithm for use with mobile robots to compute safe and efficient trajectories. An offline learning process is used to train a classifier for the navigation algorithm (or motion planner), and the classifier functions, after training is complete, to accurately detect intentions of humans within a space shared with the robot to block the robot from traveling along its current trajectory. At runtime, the trained classifier can be used with regression based on past trajectories of humans (or other tracked, mobile entities) to predict where the humans will move in the future and whether the humans are likely to be blockers. The planning algorithm or motion planner generates trajectories based on predictions of human behavior that allow the robot to navigate amongst crowds of people more safely and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Carol Ann O'Sullivan, Chonhyon Park, Max L. Gilbert, Jan Ondrej, Kyle G. Freeman
  • Patent number: 9776100
    Abstract: A discharge platform comprises an air propulsion mechanism that propels the discharge platform through the air. The discharge platform also comprises a special effect storage device that stores a special effect and is operably connected to the discharge platform. Further, the discharge platform comprises a processor. In addition, the discharge platform comprises an air delivery special effect mechanism that discharges a special effect from the special effect storage device toward a destination after receiving an instruction from the processor and during propulsion of the discharge platform through the air by the air propulsion mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford Wong, John Bouman, Kevin Kelley, Ken Wagner
  • Patent number: 9778741
    Abstract: A method for providing a three dimensional (3D) drawing experience. The method includes capturing a 3D image of a participant and then processing this image to key the participant's image from a background. The keyed participant's image is mixed with a 3D background image such as frames or scenes from a 3D movie, and the mixed 3D image is projected on a projection screen. For example, left and right eye images may be projected from a pair of projectors with polarization films over the lenses, and the projection screen may be a polarization-maintaining surface such as a silver screen. The user moves a drawing instrument in space in front of the projection screen, and spatial tracking performed to generate a locus of 3D positions. These 3D positions are used to create a 3D drawing image that is projected with the 3D background and participant images in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Quinn Y. Smithwick, Daniel Reetz, Michael J. Ilardi
  • Patent number: 9781537
    Abstract: There is provided a system for use in an environment, the system comprising a microphone, a plurality of speakers, a memory storing an executable code, and a processor executing the executable code to receive a media content including an audio component, play the audio component of the media content over at least one of the plurality of speakers, detect, while playing the audio component, an ambient sound in the environment using the microphone, and adjust playing of the audio component of the media content for the at least one of the plurality of speakers based on the ambient sound in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony R. Smith, Leon Silverman, Alexander C. Chen
  • Patent number: 9776097
    Abstract: An artificial eye for use with an animatronic figure or a robot. The artificial eye includes an outer shell formed with a wall defining a spherical inner void space. The outer shell includes a transparent outer or forward portion or half joined with a rear portion or half. The artificial eye includes an inner eye or sphere including a hollow, semi-spherical shell, and the inner eye is positioned in the inner void space of the outer shell. The artificial eye includes an electromagnetic drive positioned within the hollow, semi-spherical shell of the inner eye. The electromagnetic drive supports the inner eye a distance from inner surfaces of the outer shell wall, and the drive includes a pivot joint such as a gimbal operable to pivot the inner eye. The inner eye is supported by a central pivot joint and driven by components centrally located and hidden within the inner eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, Peter Anastasios Chevako, Eli Joseph Romaire
  • Patent number: 9779008
    Abstract: A server receives a first set of file activity data from a first file monitor. The first set of file activity data indicates activity associated with a first set of files accessed at a first compute node in communication with a network. Further, the server receives a second set of file activity data from a second file monitor. The second set of file activity data indicates activity associated with a second set of files accessed at a second compute node in communication with the network. In addition, the server aggregates the first set of file activity data and the second set of file activity data into an aggregated set of network file activity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Eric Geibel, Jeffrey M. Jordan, Scott Lane Burris, Kevin Christopher Constantine, Thomas Charles Greer
  • Patent number: 9781555
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing an indication of creative digital media associated with a geographic location. Embodiments determine positional information corresponding to a geographic location. One or more instances of creative digital media that include content with a predefined association with the geographic location are identified from a plurality of instances of creative digital media. Embodiments provide an indication of at least a portion of the identified instances of creative digital media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: William Joseph Bartley, Arnaud Robert
  • Patent number: 9773331
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for generating a polygon mesh that may have concavities and/or holes. One example of such a method includes generating a polygon grid, adjusting the grid to fit input image dimensions, adjusting the polygons within the grid to fit detected pixels of interest, simplifying the resulting polygon collection to reduce the total number of polygons, and generating a polygon mesh based on the simplified collection of polygons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Edward Kaminski, Gary Frattarola
  • Patent number: 9770661
    Abstract: Techniques are described for displaying avatars within a virtual environment in a way that avoids an appearance of offensive content. Embodiments of the invention receive a request specifying a first location within the virtual environment to move a first user-controlled virtual object to. A zone encompassing the specified location is then identified and a second location within the identified zone is determined. Embodiments then output the virtual environment for display in a manner that shows the first user-controlled virtual object positioned at the determined second location within the virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Priebe
  • Patent number: 9773324
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory and a processor configured to display targets on a display, each target having at least one target color, receive an input signal transmitted by a user device indicating at least one color value obtained from an image captured by the user device, the image including a portion of one of the targets displayed on the display, compare the color value indicated by the input signal with each of target colors in a target color database, determine the input signal is indicative of a first target of the targets based on a match between the color value indicated by the input signal and one of the target colors in the target color database, and execute an event involving the first target, in response to determining that the input signal is indicative of the first target of the targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan M. Ackley
  • Patent number: 9770651
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to toy devices having an embedded memory for use in a storytelling environment. One embodiment provides a toy device that includes a memory storing data representing a plurality of effects. The toy device includes a memory bus communicatively coupled to the memory and a communication port communicatively coupled to the memory bus. An action disc device connected to the communication port can retrieve at least a portion of the stored data for playback over the communication port. The action disc device is configured to, upon detecting that a corresponding stimulus condition has been satisfied, retrieve data from the memory corresponding to one of the plurality of effects for playback using the communication port. The toy device further includes a connector mechanism to which the action disc device can be removably attached, while the action disc device is connected to the communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph L. Olson, Eric C. Haseltine, Michael P. Goslin
  • Patent number: 9770655
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide techniques for establishing and reestablishing associations between users of game devices. In one embodiment, information about an association between a user of a first game device and a user of a second game device is stored in the nonvolatile memories of first and second game media, the first and second game media being communicatively coupled with the first and second game devices respectively. If the first game device loses track of the association (e.g., the user of the first game devices swaps out the first game medium for another one, or the memory resident on the first game medium is corrupted/erased), an association notification received at the first game device from the second game device may be used to reestablish the association at the first game device. In this manner, previously established associations between users of game devices may be automatically established/reestablished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gosztyla, Martin Poulin, Daren Smith, Mark McArthur
  • Publication number: 20170272505
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for leveraging machine learning to deliver time-sensitive media content offers to a consumer over an optimal device and channel. In an implementation, a server system transmits media content offers over an optimal device and channel to a user. The server system captures metadata of at least one of: the user's use of multiple devices, the user's media content preferences, the user's preferred transmission channels for receiving media content offers over the multiple devices, and the user's preferred times for receiving media content offers. The server system prepares a media content offer for transmission to the user. Based on the captured metadata, the server system selects a user device of the multiple user devices and a transmission channel of multiple transmission channels to transmit the media content offer; and transmits the media content offer to the selected user device over the selected transmission channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: TONY R. SMITH
  • Patent number: 9764229
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system configured to unlock digital content related to toys associated with users. The digital content may be unlocked based on the associations between the toys and the users, and presence of objects associated with user accounts at predetermined geographic locations. The predetermined geographic locations may be locations within theme parks, restaurants, stores, and/or hotels. The toys associated with the users may include, for example, toys owned by the users. The toys may include physical toys and/or virtual toys in a virtual space. The objects associated with user accounts may include, for example, a mobile phone belonging to the user. The user accounts may be electronic accounts associated with individual users that include information related to the toys associated with users and information related to the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Matthew Dawson
  • Patent number: 9767601
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory storing a software application and a processor configured to execute the software application to transmit a light through a scene, the scene including a medium described by an extinction function, define a fictitious medium described by a fictitious extinction function, determine a path through the medium, the path including a plurality of points, calculate one of a plurality of weights for each of the plurality of points, the one of the plurality of weights corresponding to one minus the ratio of the extinction function to the fictitious extinction function, and estimate a transmittance of the lights through the medium as a product of the plurality of weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Novak, Wojciech Jarosz, Andrew Selle
  • Patent number: 9766773
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to provide responses to emergent group activities in an interactive environment, by monitoring actions of one or more avatars in the interactive environment, the one or more avatars being controlled by a respective user, detecting a first action matching a first action property in a first group activity template for a first group activity, of a plurality of group activity templates, determining that the first group activity is occurring in the interactive environment, and issuing to one or more components of the interactive environment, an indication to perform a respective predefined operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John Crocker, Christopher Heatherly, Steve Makofsky
  • Patent number: 9769234
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for transcoding media content. Embodiments include receiving a request to perform a transcoding operation on a first instance of media content. The first instance of media content is analyzed to determine metadata describing the first instance of media content. Embodiments determine a set of currently available system resources for use in performing the transcoding operation on the first instance of media content. Additionally, embodiments divide the transcoding operation into a plurality of sub-operations based on the determined metadata and the determined set of currently available system resources. Each of the plurality of sub-operations corresponds to a respective portion of the first instance of media content. An execution of the plurality of sub-operations is initiated to produce a plurality of encoded fragments. Embodiments then combine the plurality of encoded fragments to produce an encoded instance of media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Richards, Lawrence Anthony
  • Patent number: 9765226
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are printable compositions that include a UV-A blocking compound, wherein the composition is free of colorants that are visible under white light or UV light. Also disclosed herein are images formed by printing the printable composition on a substrate surface, wherein the substrate surface includes one or more Uv fluorescent materials on at least a portion thereof. Also disclosed herein are methods of forming an image on a substrate including printing a selected amount of the printable composition on top of a UV fluorescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Susan Dain
  • Patent number: 9761007
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an approach for approximating a fully calculated image sequence from a subset of calculated image data. In one configuration, a rendering application calculates, for each image in the image sequence, a subset of pixels including pixels previously occluded by object(s) in preceding images and pixels whose ages have exceeded a threshold value. The rendering application then approximates the remaining non-calculated image data by interpolating the image data that has been calculated and merges the calculated and approximated image data to obtain the final image sequence. In a particular configuration, entire images may be recalculated at regular intervals to prevent excessive image quality degradation. In another configuration, the recalculation of pixel data may be offset by randomly initializing pixel age values. In yet another configuration, a combination of recalculating entire images and refreshing pixels at offset intervals may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lewis Siegel, Sean Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20170256289
    Abstract: A system for identifying, tagging, and displaying one or more assets within an audio visual (AV) file includes an asset tagging server, an asset tag acquisition device, and a database, wherein the asset tag acquisition device includes an asset identification engine configured to receive an asset identification data set and generate an asset tag data file that includes an asset tag corresponding to each asset. The asset tagging server is configured to receive, from an AV capture device, an AV file that includes an AV representation of each asset and corresponding timestamp data, and store, in the database, an AV asset tag data file comprising the beginning timestamp, the ending time stamp, and the set of asset tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: TONY R. SMITH
  • Patent number: 9756392
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for non-linear navigation of video content comprising receiving a video content asset comprising a plurality of video content clips tagged with information tags, the information tags connecting the video content clips to form a plurality of navigation paths; presenting a first video clip from the plurality of video clips; displaying a set of navigation options for selection by a user, each of the navigation options corresponding to a particular navigation path; receiving a navigation option selection from the user; and presenting a second video clip from the plurality of video clips based on the navigation path corresponding to the navigation option selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9751015
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for integrating a virtual rendering system and a video capture system using flexible camera control to provide an augmented reality. There is provided a method comprising receiving input data from a plurality of clients for modifying a virtual environment presented using the virtual rendering system, obtaining, from the virtual rendering system, a virtual camera configuration of a virtual camera in the virtual environment, programming the video capture system using the virtual camera configuration to correspondingly control a robotic camera in a real environment, capturing a video capture feed using the robotic camera, obtaining a virtually rendered feed using the virtual camera showing the modifying of the virtual environment, rendering the composite render by processing the feeds, and outputting the composite render to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gay, Aaron Thiel
  • Patent number: 9753915
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems for correcting a glyph in a translated text are described. In one embodiment, the method includes identifying a first form of a first glyph in a translation text having a plurality of contextual properties and analyzing, by the processor, the first form of the first glyph with reference to one or more glyph form tables comprising a plurality of forms of the first glyph based, at least in part, on the plurality of contextual properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Tadashi George Sakashita, Imran Goychayev, Alejandra Ledesma, Luigi Pardo, Sonia Souto Sieiro
  • Patent number: 9749711
    Abstract: There is provided a media content server for inserting a location-based advertisement into an online media content. The media content server comprises a memory including an online media content for online access; a processor configured to receive a request from a client for the online media content; determine an IP address of the client based on the request; map the IP address to a local advertisement server serving an area corresponding to the IP address; request a local advertisement from the local advertisement server; provide the local advertisement to the client; and provide the online media content from the memory to the client. The online media content has a first and second sequential segments, and the local advertisement may be provided to the client after the first segment is provided and before the second segment is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariff Sidi, Skarphedinn Hedinsson
  • Patent number: 9747289
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul Patel, Mark Arana, Tony R. Smith, Alexander C. Chen
  • Patent number: 9744462
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention broadly contemplate a location based rewards distribution system. Various embodiments of the invention provide rewards, for example video game unlock codes, based on a user physically visiting a specific physical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Dutilly, Michael Jacob, Greg McBride
  • Patent number: 9749688
    Abstract: There is provided a system comprising a non-transitory memory storing an executable code and a hardware processor executing the executable code to receive first viewing data for a media content including a first total viewing time of the media content on a first viewing platform, receive a total possible number of viewers and a first audience composition percentage of a first audience viewing the media content on the first viewing platform, determine a first ratio by dividing the first total viewing time of the media content on the first viewing platform by a duration of the media content for the first viewing platform, and calculate a first platform rating for the media content by multiplying the first ratio by the first audience composition percentage and a first co-viewing factor and dividing by the total possible number of viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian West, Lisa Heimann
  • Patent number: 9747668
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., ETH ZÜRICH (EIDGENÖESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH)
    Inventors: Kaan Yücer, Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Oliver Wang, Olga Sorkine Hornung
  • Patent number: 9744930
    Abstract: A vehicle for use in an amusement park ride with upright passenger seating. The vehicle includes a vehicle body and a seat assembly including a seat pan provided in the vehicle body between a front end and a rear end of the vehicle body. The vehicle further includes a passenger restraint system with: (a) a lap bar assembly; (b) a lap bar mount pivotally supporting the lap bar assembly within the vehicle body to pivot about a lap bar rotation axis passing between the seat pan and the front end of the vehicle body; (c) a side leg shield; and (d) a shield articulating assembly concurrently pivoting the side leg shield about a shield rotation axis from an open to a closed position with a pivoting of the lap bar assembly about the lap bar rotation axis from a disengage to an engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Lee Howard
  • Patent number: 9747371
    Abstract: There is provided a method for producing a customized content, comprising identifying a customizable content from which to produce the customized content, identifying a base content in the customizable content, and receiving at least one customizing criterion as input. The method further comprises determining a plurality of content modifiers for harmonizing the base content and the customizing criterion, extracting the plurality of content modifiers from a modification library, and integrating the plurality of content modifiers with the base content to produce the customized content. In one embodiment, the method is embodied as instructions stored on a computer-readable medium. A system for producing customized content comprises a content host hosting a customizable content including a base content, a modification library, and a content customizing application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Bardwil
  • Publication number: 20170245011
    Abstract: Methods and systems of dynamic content analysis for categorizing media contents are provided. Data regarding the media contents that a user is watching on one or more devices is obtained, and the environment in which the user is watching the media contents may be captured. Metadata categorizing the events and the media contents can be generated, and the metadata may be further associated with a corresponding event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: ARNAUD ROBERT, MARK ARANA, EDWARD DRAKE
  • 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: 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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