Patents by Inventor Clifford Wong

Clifford Wong 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).

  • Publication number: 20180268612
    Abstract: Systems and methods of simulating first-person control of remoted-controlled vehicles are described herein. The system may include one or more of a remote-controlled (RC) vehicle, a display interface, an input interface, and/or other components. The RC vehicle may have an image capturing device configured to capture in-flight images. View information representing the captured images may presented on a display worn and/or otherwise accessible to user. The input interface may allow the user to provide control inputs for dictating a path of the RC vehicle. Augmented reality graphics may be overlaid on the view information presented to the user to facilitate gameplay and/or otherwise enhance a user's experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph Logan Olson, Michael P. Goslin, Clifford Wong, Timothy Panec
  • Patent number: 9996978
    Abstract: Systems and methods of simulating first-person control of remoted-controlled vehicles are described herein. The system may include one or more of a remote-controlled (RC) vehicle, a display interface, an input interface, and/or other components. The RC vehicle may have an image capturing device configured to capture in-flight images. View information representing the captured images may presented on a display worn and/or otherwise accessible to user. The input interface may allow the user to provide control inputs for dictating a path of the RC vehicle. Augmented reality graphics may be overlaid on the view information presented to the user to facilitate gameplay and/or otherwise enhance a user's experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Logan Olson, Michael P. Goslin, Clifford Wong, Timothy Panec
  • Patent number: 9809306
    Abstract: A system for flock-based control of a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The system includes UAVs each including a processor executing a local control module and memory accessible by the processor for use by the local control module. The system includes a ground station system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and with memory storing a different flight plan for each of the UAVs. The flight plans are stored on the UAVs, and, during flight operations, each of the local control modules independently controls the corresponding UAV to execute its flight plan without ongoing control from the fleet manager module. The fleet manager module is operable to initiate flight operations by concurrently triggering initiation of the flight plans by the multiple UAVs. Further, the local control modules monitor front and back end communication channels and, when a channel is lost, operate the UAV in a safe mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Clifford Wong, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20170228932
    Abstract: Systems and methods of simulating first-person control of remoted-controlled vehicles are described herein. The system may include one or more of a remote-controlled (RC) vehicle, a display interface, an input interface, and/or other components. The RC vehicle may have an image capturing device configured to capture in-flight images. View information representing the captured images may presented on a display worn and/or otherwise accessible to user. The input interface may allow the user to provide control inputs for dictating a path of the RC vehicle. Augmented reality graphics may be overlaid on the view information presented to the user to facilitate gameplay and/or otherwise enhance a user's experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Logan Olson, Michael P. Goslin, Clifford Wong, Timothy Panec
  • Patent number: 9619709
    Abstract: A method for locating markers in an image captured by a mobile device moving about an operating space. The method includes preprocessing an image to generate a set of image data, locating fixed features of markers by tracing edges of the fixed features, and extracting variable data payloads of each of the markers associated with the located fixed features. The fixed features of each of the markers may include a pair of parallel lines extending along opposite sides of a data area containing the variable data payload, and each of the lines extends a distance beyond each exposed end of the data area to avoid missing data when markers are not arranged orthogonally to the scan direction. The preprocessing involves rotating or skewing the image to provide rotated or skewed versions of the image to facilitate locating markers regardless of their angular orientation in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Clifford Wong
  • Publication number: 20160332739
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle apparatus comprises a frame. Further, the unmanned aerial vehicle apparatus comprises a propulsion mechanism coupled to the frame that propels the frame through the air. In addition, the unmanned aerial vehicle apparatus comprises a storage device that stores one or more airbags and is coupled to the frame. The unmanned aerial vehicle apparatus also comprises an inflation device coupled to the frame that receives an activation signal and inflates the one or more airbags based upon receipt of the activation signal to deploy the one or more airbags from the storage device prior to an impact of the frame with an object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventor: Clifford Wong
  • Publication number: 20160129363
    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: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Clifford Wong, John Bouman, Kevin Kelley, Ken Wagner
  • Publication number: 20160050358
    Abstract: There is provided a method, which includes providing a multimedia unit configured to capture still images and videos, receiving a triggering signal and capturing a still image and a video containing the still image, in response to the receiving of the triggering signal, where the video spans a window starting before and ending after the still image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Holton, Clifford Wong, Jonathan M. Ackley
  • Publication number: 20150338855
    Abstract: A system for flock-based control of a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The system includes UAVs each including a processor executing a local control module and memory accessible by the processor for use by the local control module. The system includes a ground station system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and with memory storing a different flight plan for each of the UAVs. The flight plans are stored on the UAVs, and, during flight operations, each of the local control modules independently controls the corresponding UAV to execute its flight plan without ongoing control from the fleet manager module. The fleet manager module is operable to initiate flight operations by concurrently triggering initiation of the flight plans by the multiple UAVs. Further, the local control modules monitor front and back end communication channels and, when a channel is lost, operate the UAV in a safe mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Clifford Wong, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 9169030
    Abstract: A system for performing an aerial display. The system includes a plurality of UAVs each including a propulsion device and a display payload, and the system includes a ground station system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and memory storing a different flight plan and a set of display controls for the UAVs. Then, wherein, during a display time period, the UAVs concurrently execute the flight plans through operation of the propulsion devices and operate the display payloads based on the display controls. The display payloads each include a lighting assembly and a light controller. The output light is one of a two or more colored light streams, and each of the display payloads further may include a light diffuser with the output light being directed onto a surface of the light diffuser. The light diffuser may include a light diffusing screen extending about the lighting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Clifford Wong, James Alexander Stark, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Publication number: 20150269408
    Abstract: A method for locating markers in an image captured by a mobile device moving about an operating space. The method includes preprocessing an image to generate a set of image data, locating fixed features of markers by tracing edges of the fixed features, and extracting variable data payloads of each of the markers associated with the located fixed features. The fixed features of each of the markers may include a pair of parallel lines extending along opposite sides of a data area containing the variable data payload, and each of the lines extends a distance beyond each exposed end of the data area to avoid missing data when markers are not arranged orthogonally to the scan direction. The preprocessing involves rotating or skewing the image to provide rotated or skewed versions of the image to facilitate locating markers regardless of their angular orientation in the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: JAMES ALEXANDER STARK, CLIFFORD WONG
  • Patent number: 9102406
    Abstract: A system for flock-based control of a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The system includes UAVs each including a processor executing a local control module and memory accessible by the processor for use by the local control module. The system includes a ground station system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and with memory storing a different flight plan for each of the UAVs. The flight plans are stored on the UAVs, and, during flight operations, each of the local control modules independently controls the corresponding UAV to execute its flight plan without ongoing control from the fleet manager module. The fleet manager module is operable to initiate flight operations by concurrently triggering initiation of the flight plans by the multiple UAVs. Further, the local control modules monitor front and back and communication channels and, when a channel is lost, operate the UAV in a safe mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Clifford Wong, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 9067671
    Abstract: A method for locating markers in an image captured by a mobile device moving about an operating space. The method includes preprocessing an image to generate a set of image data, locating fixed features of markers by tracing edges of the fixed features, and extracting variable data payloads of each of the markers associated with the located fixed features. The fixed features of each of the markers may include a pair of parallel lines extending along opposite sides of a data area containing the variable data payload, and each of the lines extends a distance beyond each exposed end of the data area to avoid missing data when markers are not arranged orthogonally to the scan direction. The preprocessing involves rotating or skewing the image to provide rotated or skewed versions of the image to facilitate locating markers regardless of their angular orientation in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Clifford Wong
  • Publication number: 20150032295
    Abstract: A method for locating markers in an image captured by a mobile device moving about an operating space. The method includes preprocessing an image to generate a set of image data, locating fixed features of markers by tracing edges of the fixed features, and extracting variable data payloads of each of the markers associated with the located fixed features. The fixed features of each of the markers may include a pair of parallel lines extending along opposite sides of a data area containing the variable data payload, and each of the lines extends a distance beyond each exposed end of the data area to avoid missing data when markers are not arranged orthogonally to the scan direction. The preprocessing involves rotating or skewing the image to provide rotated or skewed versions of the image to facilitate locating markers regardless of their angular orientation in the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: JAMES ALEXANDER STARK, Clifford Wong
  • Publication number: 20140374535
    Abstract: A system for performing an aerial display. The system includes a plurality of UAVs each including a propulsion device and a display payload, and the system includes a ground station system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and memory storing a different flight plan and a set of display controls for the UAVs. Then, wherein, during a display time period, the UAVs concurrently execute the flight plans through operation of the propulsion devices and operate the display payloads based on the display controls. The display payloads each include a lighting assembly and a light controller. The output light is one of a two or more colored light streams, and each of the display payloads further may include a light diffuser with the output light being directed onto a surface of the light diffuser. The light diffuser may include a light diffusing screen extending about the lighting assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Clifford Wong, James Alexander Stark, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 8876571
    Abstract: A system for performing an aerial display. The system includes a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and a ground control system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and with memory storing a different flight plan for each of the UAVs. The system further includes a marionette with a body and articulatable appendages attached to the body. The body and appendages are supported with tether lines extending between the marionette and the UAVs. Then, during a display time period, the UAVs concurrently execute the flight plans to position and articulate the marionette within a display air space. In some embodiments, the UAVs each is a multicopter, and each of the multicopters includes a local controller operating to move the multicopter through a series of way points defined by the flight plan associated with the multicopter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Scott Trowbridge, James Alexander Stark, Clifford Wong
  • Patent number: 8862285
    Abstract: A system for performing an aerial display. The system includes a plurality of UAVs each including a propulsion device and a display payload, and the system includes a ground station system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and memory storing a different flight plan and a set of display controls for the UAVs. Then, wherein, during a display time period, the UAVs concurrently execute the flight plans through operation of the propulsion devices and operate the display payloads based on the display controls. The display payloads each include a lighting assembly and a light controller. The output light is one of a two or more colored light streams, and each of the display payloads further may include a light diffuser with the output light being directed onto a surface of the light diffuser. The light diffuser may include a light diffusing screen extending about the lighting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford Wong, James Alexander Stark, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 8825225
    Abstract: A system for presenting an aerial display over an audience of spectators. The system includes a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and a plurality of flexible projection screens. Each of the screens is supportable in a display air space by the UAVs. The system includes a ground control system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and with memory storing a different flight plan for each of the UAVs. During operation during a display time period, the UAVs execute the flight plans to move and to position the flexible projection screens within the display air space. The flexible projection screens each may include a mesh body configured to have low wind resistance and to provide a projection surface for reflecting light. The system may include a projector projecting light onto the projection surface of at least one of the flexible projection screens during the display time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Robert Scott Trowbridge, Clifford Wong
  • Publication number: 20140233099
    Abstract: A system for presenting an aerial display over an audience of spectators. The system includes a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and a plurality of flexible projection screens. Each of the screens is supportable in a display air space by the UAVs. The system includes a ground control system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and with memory storing a different flight plan for each of the UAVs. During operation during a display time period, the UAVs execute the flight plans to move and to position the flexible projection screens within the display air space. The flexible projection screens each may include a mesh body configured to have low wind resistance and to provide a projection surface for reflecting light. The system may include a projector projecting light onto the projection surface of at least one of the flexible projection screens during the display time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: James Alexander Stark, Robert Scott Trowbridge, Clifford Wong