Disney Patent Grants

Multi-layer user interfaces

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600147
Multi-layer user interfaces are provided. A user may traverse a hierarchy of information by accessing information in different branches of the hierarchy without having to traverse back up the current branch to access the new branch. A multi-layer user interface (UI) may comprise a set of UIs, each of which corresponds to a navigation layer and a level of the hierarchy. Each UI may comprise a set of UI controls that allow the user to traverse within a level or to a different level of the…

Multi-device display configuration

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600220
A process provides a multi-device display configuration. The process receives, at a master device, one or more device parameters from a plurality of display devices. The process also determines, at the master device, an arrangement of the plurality of display devices that provides a multi-device display. Further, the process sends, from the master device, one or more display indicia to the plurality of display devices that each of the plurality of display devices displays to allow one or…

Contextual media presentation

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600485
A process, computer program product, and apparatus provide for a contextual media presentation. The process, computer program product, and apparatus receive a plurality of planned and/or completed user experiences. Further, the process, computer program product, and apparatus select a plurality of media files that are contextually relevant to the received user experiences. In addition, the process, computer program product, and apparatus sort a list of the plurality of media files to…

System and method for utilizing motion fields to predict evolution in dynamic scenes

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600760
Described herein are methods, systems, apparatuses and products for utilizing motion fields to predict evolution in dynamic scenes. One aspect provides for accessing active object position data including positioning information of a plurality of individual active objects; extracting a plurality of individual active object motions from the active object position data; constructing a motion field using the plurality of individual active object motions; and using the motion field to predict…

Interactive design system for character crafting

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600921
There are provided an interactive design system and method for character crafting. An example system includes a memory storing a machine software application and a processor configured to execute the machine software application to receive a plurality of components for a character, the plurality of components including at least a first component and a second component, receive a movement for the character, the movement including a first pose for the character and a second pose for the…

Method and system for optimizing download and instantaneous viewing of media files

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9602578
Methods and arrangements for replacing segments or portions of a media file that was received via adaptive streaming or other transfer mechanism, to obtain a media file for local storage and further playback as if it came from a download. This maximizes the experience of both instant viewing and delayed viewing, and additionally provides a capability to extend the viewing experience to in-home streaming and copying to other devices. Accordingly, there is provided herein a capability to…

System and method for localization of assets using dictionary file build

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9594748
A system and method for organizing localization content for video game development is disclosed. The method includes generating executable instructions for a video game being developed, wherein the video game is being developed for deployment in a plurality of natural languages, wherein text strings and/or multimedia data to be rendered during game play are referenced by the executable instructions. The method further includes identifiably storing the text strings and/or multimedia data…

Video system and methods for operating a video system

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9596457
A multiple camera video system and methods for operating such a system. The system may include a plurality of cameras located around a stadium, athletic playing field or other location. The cameras are remotely controlled in a master-slave configuration. A camera operator at a master pan head selects one of the plurality of cameras as the current master camera and utilizes the master pan head to adjust the telemetry and zoom of the master camera to follow the target object. The telemetry…

Recipient specific lists for distribution of media content

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9596497
There is provided a system and method of recipient specific lists for distribution of media content. The method comprises obtaining at least one unique identifier (UID), wherein the at least one UID identifies a content, and wherein the at least one UID identifies a recipient location and presentation data, generating a recipient specific list (RSL) using the at least one UID, wherein the RSL includes at least one content identifier, and wherein the RSL includes at least one recipient…

Perception system

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9586140
System and methods to guide interaction of characters with objects in a virtual space include determining how objects near a particular character are perceived by that character. Based on proximity, position, the manner of possible interaction, and/or other considerations, objects are ranked for interaction with the character.

Computational highlight holography

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9588489
A technique for fabricating a highlight hologram based on a digital object performs point sampling on the object and represents each sampled point as a geometric patch. A set of geometric patches corresponding to sampled points from the object are fabricated into a substrate. A paraboloid patch may be used for reflective substrates while a hyperboloid may be used for transmissive substrates. To avoid specifying overlapping patches, which are impractical to fabricate, certain of the…

Customized haptic effects

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9588588
There is provided a system and method for producing a haptic effect. In one implementation, such a system includes a system processor, a system memory, and a haptic engine stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the haptic engine to receive a media content, to map an event contained in the media content to a predetermined haptic effect, and to display an interface enabling a system user to produce a customized haptic effect based on the predetermined…

Mobile tele-immersive gameplay

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9588730
Techniques for displaying a multiuser augmented reality world on a first augmented reality device. Embodiments capture a visual scene for display. The visual scene includes a first user and wherein the visual scene is captured using one or more camera devices. Visual scene data for a second user is received from a second augmented reality device. Embodiments rendering a sequence of frames for display which depict the first user and the second user in an augmented reality world, where the…

Motion-based design of mechanical objects

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9589097
There is provided a motion-based design system and a method for use in producing a motion-based design of a mechanical object. In one implementation, such a method includes identifying a motion curve associated with a movement by an articulated structure corresponding to the mechanical object, and mapping the motion curve to a mechanical sub-assembly. The mapping is performed based on a previously characterized trajectory of the mechanical sub-assembly and the similarity of that…

Group management and graphical user interface for associated electronic devices

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9590862
Methods and systems are provided for managing a group of portable communication devices. In accordance with one implementation, a computer-implemented method is provided for managing a group of portable communication devices on an individual basis or an aggregate basis, the method comprising the steps of providing a list of the portable communication devices in the group, selecting a target portable communication device, determining the location of the target portable communication…

Automatic task-specific model reduction for humanoid robots

Granted: February 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9579796
The disclosure provides an approach for automatically determining task-specific robot model reductions. In one embodiment, a simplification application determines a smallest order statespace model whose stabilizing controller also stabilizes a full-order robot model. The simplification application may determine such a model via an iterative procedure in which the reduced order is initialized to the number of unstable poles of the open-loop full-order system and, while the closed loop…

Method and device for multi-target tracking by coupling multiple detection sources

Granted: February 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9582718
A device and method for receiving first detection information for a plurality of objects, the first detection information relating to a first characteristic of the objects, receiving second detection information for the objects, the second detection information relating to a second characteristic of the objects, determining first detections based upon the first detection information and second detections based upon the second detection information, formulating trellis graphs for the…

Automatic repositioning of video elements

Granted: February 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9584736
A system and method for automatically repositioning virtual and physical elements in a scene. The system and method being configured to receive a video frame, receive data, including position data, describing a first element to be imaged in the video frame, receive data, including position data, describing a second element to be imaged in the video frame, assign a dynamic status to the first element and automatically reposition at least the first element to create a modified video frame.

Robust and autonomous docking and recharging of quadrotors

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573701
A method of docking and recharging using a base station and a station-mating frame on the multicopter. The base station includes an upward-facing camera that is used by a docking controller to detect the presence, position, and orientation of a frame, with infrared light-emitting diodes arranged in a predefined pattern. The controller of the base station acts to emit wireless signals to the multicopter to guide the multicopter with its station-mating frame to a predefined position above…

Spatial recognition of RFID tag placement using antenna multiplexing

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575156
A system to determine the placement of multiple RFID tags uses multiple antennae. The RF communication (or NFC) includes read and/or read/write communication with the RFID tags.