Patents by Inventor Alfredo Ayala

Alfredo Ayala has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10268969
    Abstract: A process and computer program product to record performance related data for a plurality of entertainment performances having a plurality of audiences. Further, the process and computer program product determine external data that is associated with the plurality of audiences and/or environmental factors corresponding to locations of the plurality of entertainment performances. In addition, the process and computer program product annotate the performance related data with the external data to generate annotated performance related data. The process and computer program product also train an artificial intelligence system based upon the annotated performance related data. The process and computer program product generate, at the artificial intelligence performance instructions to provide a performance. Further, the process and computer program product provide, from the artificial intelligence system to a performance device, the performance instructions to provide a performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Snoddy, Alfredo Ayala, Daniel Pike, Mike Fusco, Douglas Fidaleo
  • Patent number: 9843744
    Abstract: A process and system capture infrared light that is reflected or emitted from a device to precisely locate the device. The process and system project visible light from a light source toward the device such that the light is precisely targeted at the device. Preferably the visible light passes through an atmosphere containing particulate matter rendering the visible light as a beam that appears to emanate from the device rather than from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Ackley, Lanny Smoot, Alfredo Ayala
  • Patent number: 9818217
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by a system including a hardware processor and a memory storing a three-dimensional (3D) character data having a topology mesh describing a character. The method includes stabilizing the 3D character data by removing a translational motion and a rotational motion from the 3D character data, determining a range of motion of a plurality of points of the topology mesh describing the character, identifying a plurality of poses for generating an animation, where each of the plurality of poses includes a unique configuration of the plurality of points of the topology mesh, and creating an animatronic including a plurality of actuators configured to instantiate the plurality of poses for generating the animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Rafael Tena, Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler, Jon Snoddy, Alfredo Ayala, Iain Matthews, Anthony Martin, Scott F. Watson
  • Publication number: 20170132827
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by a system including a hardware processor and a memory storing a three-dimensional (3D) character data having a topology mesh describing a character. The method includes stabilizing the 3D character data by removing a translational motion and a rotational motion from the 3D character data, determining a range of motion of a plurality of points of the topology mesh describing the character, identifying a plurality of poses for generating an animation, where each of the plurality of poses includes a unique configuration of the plurality of points of the topology mesh, and creating an animatronic including a plurality of actuators configured to instantiate the plurality of poses for generating the animation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Jose Rafael Tena, Derek Bradley, Thabo Beeler, Jon Snoddy, Alfredo Ayala, lain Matthews, Anthony Martin, Scott F. Watson
  • Publication number: 20160303483
    Abstract: A process and computer program product to record performance related data for a plurality of entertainment performances having a plurality of audiences. Further, the process and computer program product determine external data that is associated with the plurality of audiences and/or environmental factors corresponding to locations of the plurality of entertainment performances. In addition, the process and computer program product annotate the performance related data with the external data to generate annotated performance related data. The process and computer program product also train an artificial intelligence system based upon the annotated performance related data. The process and computer program product generate, at the artificial intelligence performance instructions to provide a performance. Further, the process and computer program product provide, from the artificial intelligence system to a performance device, the performance instructions to provide a performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jon Snoddy, Alfredo Ayala, Daniel Pike, Mike Fusco, Douglas Fidaleo
  • Publication number: 20160201888
    Abstract: A process and system capture infrared light that is reflected or emitted from a device to precisely locate the device. The process and system project visible light from a light source toward the device such that the light is precisely targeted at the device. Preferably the visible light passes through an atmosphere containing particulate matter rendering the visible light as a beam that appears to emanate from the device rather than from the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Ackley, Lanny Smoot, Alfredo Ayala
  • Patent number: 7652824
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a method and/or system for generating a dynamic image based, at least in part, on attributes associated with one or more individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfredo Ayala, David Desmarais, Holger Irmler, Michael Ilardi
  • Publication number: 20090136157
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a method and/or system for generating a dynamic image based, at least in part, on attributes associated with one or more individuals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Alfredo Ayala, David Desmarais, Holger Irmler, Michael Ilardi
  • Patent number: 7261455
    Abstract: A system for creating a flickering effect comprising a simulated candle housing, a light communicating channel on the housing, a source of ultraviolet light disposed in the channel, and a simulated flame having ultraviolet material thereon movable back and forth from its vertical axis mounted in the housing, the light focused on the simulated flame simulating a flickering flame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Schnuckle, Holger Irmler, Alfredo Ayala, Jamie Robertson, Bryan S. Tye
  • Patent number: 7159994
    Abstract: A system for creating a flickering effect comprises a light communicating cable, at least one light receiving cable secured on a rotatable mount rotatable about a horizontal axis, a light diffuser element in communication with the at least one light receiving cable and a rod connected to the diffuser element for causing rotary motion of the light diffuser surface about the horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Schnuckle, Holger Irmler, Alfredo Ayala, Jamie Robertson, Bryan S. Tye
  • Publication number: 20060072076
    Abstract: A method and system of selectively projecting images is disclosed. An illuminated area is created on a projection surface by directing a light source to the projection surface. The illuminated area is detected with a camera. Electrical signals are transmitted from the camera to the projector, the electrical signals being indicative of the position of the illuminated area in relation to the projection surface. Based on the received electrical signals, an image and a second image are projected on the projection surface. The image is projected on the illuminated area of the projection surface. The second image is projected on an area of the projection surface that is not illuminated by the light source. Applications of this method and system include the projection of background and foreground images creating the illusion of an x-ray beam, the projection of a normal image and an overblown image creating the illusion of a magnifying light beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Inventors: Lanny Smoot, Alfredo Ayala, William McArdle, Arthur Tanaka, Don Kravitz, James Frankenberger, Deborah Kurth, Kenneth Knowles
  • Publication number: 20060034100
    Abstract: A system for creating a flickering effect comprising a simulated candle housing, a light communicating channel on the housing, a source of ultraviolet light disposed in the channel, and a simulated flame having ultraviolet material thereon movable back and forth from its vertical axis mounted in the housing, the light focused on the simulated flame simulating a flickering flame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Gary Schnuckle, Holger Irmler, Alfredo Ayala, Jamie Robertson, Bryan Tye
  • Publication number: 20060034079
    Abstract: A system for creating a flickering effect comprises a light communicating cable, at least one light receiving cable secured on a rotatable mount rotatable about a horizontal axis, a light diffuser element in communication with the at least one light receiving cable and a rod connected to the diffuser element for causing rotary motion of the light diffuser surface about the horizontal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Gary Schnuckle, Holger Irmler, Alfredo Ayala, Jamie Robertson, Bryan Tye
  • Patent number: 6301044
    Abstract: A system for producing a visual effect at a surface of apparel worn by a performer including: a latent image projector which projects light comprising polarizer-encoded latent visual information, such as a color and/or an image, enabling the visual effect, the light being projected along a light path onto the apparel and reflected therefrom toward a viewer along the light path; an analyzer positioned so as to impinge upon the light path and be intercepted by the projected light no sooner in the travel of the light along the light path than substantially at the surface of the apparel; and a polarization maintaining reflective material positioned substantially at the surface of the apparel, whereby the polarizer-encoded latent visual information is resolved by the analyzer no earlier than substantially at the surface of apparel worn by the performer, so that the visual effect is perceived by the viewer at the surface of the apparel but not on other surfaces which do not comprise polarization maintaining reflect
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Huber, Amy Van Gilder, Eric C. Haseltine, Alfredo Ayala