Disney Patent Grants

Projection system for enhancing and modifying the appearance of a projection surface

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9632404
The present disclosure includes a projection system for enhancing color saturation and contrast for a projected image. The projection surface includes a coat containing active materials and the projection system includes a first light source emitting light onto the surface and defining a first image on the surface and a second light source emitting light onto the surface and activating the active materials within the transparent coat to emit visible light of one or more wavelengths. The…

Methods and systems for creating a hull that may have concavities

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9633459
Methods and systems are disclosed for generating a hull that may have concavities. One example of such a method includes creating a collection of columns representing a first hull, growing the first hull by increasing a height of one or more columns, creating a collection of rows representing a second hull, growing the second hull by increasing a width of one or more rows, and creating a third hull by combing the first and second hulls.

Live panoramic image capture and distribution

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635252
There is provided a system and a method for use by the system to provide live panoramic image capture and distribution. In one implementation, such a method includes capturing multiple perspectives of a visual environment, combining at least a subset of those perspectives to produce a panoramic image of the visual environment, and encoding the panoramic image to generate panoramic image data. The method also includes transmitting the first panoramic image data to a routing and processing…

Fabrication of materials with desired characteristics from base materials having determined characteristics

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9623608
In an object generation system, consumable base materials are characterized in a characterization process wherein an object generation system can use a plurality of so-characterized base materials. User input representing a desired object and set of characteristics for that desired object are processed, using a computer or computing device, to derive a mapping of locations for placement of portions of the plurality of base materials such that when the mapping is provided to an object…

Systems and methods for position tracking using magnetoquasistatic fields

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9625247
Embodiments of the invention broadly contemplate systems, methods, apparatuses and program products that provide position tracking using a simple, low frequency oscillator that is attached to an object to be tracked, and one or more receiving stations that are placed around the area in which the object moves. Embodiments of the invention enable position tracking of the object using light weight equipment which minimally impacts the object's natural state.

Reflective surface tensioning system for Pepper's ghost illusion

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9625732
An apparatus, such as a Pepper's ghost system, for displaying images. The apparatus includes a projection assembly projecting an image stream and a tensioning assembly supporting a reflective element such as a polyester film. The tensioning assembly includes first and second edge retention assemblies retaining, respectively, a first edge of the reflective element and a second edge of the reflective element opposite the first edge. The tensioning assembly includes a tension adjuster…

Digital detection of physical dice rolls via conductive dice tray

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9616326
There is provided a system and method for determining an identity of a game piece. The system including a detection grid, a memory for storing a detection algorithm, and a processor configured to detect an electrical change on the detective grid caused by a contact face from the game piece, determine the identity of the game piece based on the electrical change using the detection algorithm, and transmit the identity of the game piece wirelessly. The game piece may include a die with a…

Using vortices to provide tactile sensations corresponding to a visual presentation

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9619027
To convey tactile sensations over an open space, a system may use a vortex generator to direct one or more vortices at an object in 3-D space. Once a vortex strikes an object—e.g., a user's hand—it applies a force. The vortex generator can control the frequency and intensity of the vortices in order to provide different tactile sensations that correspond to virtual objects or events in a visual presentation. The system may identify and track objects in the real-world environment, and…

Visual localization of unmanned aerial vehicles based on marker detection and processing

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9619709
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…

Distribution caching for direct lights

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9619922
There is provided a system and method of distribution caching for direct lights in a scene. The system including a memory and a processor configured to execute a rendering software application to shoot a plurality of rays through a scene that includes a plurality of lights, generate a plurality of cache points at different locations throughout the scene based on the shooting of the plurality of rays, compute a list of lights for each cache point from the plurality of cache points, the…

Light transport classification based ray tracing

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9619924
There is provided an illumination rendering system and method for use by such a system. The system includes a system processor, a system memory, and an illumination rendering engine including a ray tracing unit stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the ray tracing unit to recognize a present classification of a light path traveling between a ray source and a ray receiver, and to identify a scattering type of a next scattering event corresponding to a…

Method and apparatus of graphical object selection in a web browser

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9620084
Various approaches for selection of graphical objects in a web browser-based application are described. In one approach, a selection overlay is stored in a web document. The selection overlay encompasses a plurality of user-selectable graphical objects in the web document occupies a highest position in layers of graphical objects in the web document and includes a plurality of selection regions. Each selection region is respectively associated with one of the plurality of graphical…

Streaming playback and dynamic ad insertion

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9621928
There is provided a system and method for dynamically generated client side streaming playlists. There is provided a method comprising receiving a request to stream a video asset for playback, retrieving, from a network, a video asset playlist corresponding to the video asset and an ad campaign playlist, generating a consolidated video playlist including the video asset playlist and the ad campaign playlist, and processing the consolidated video playlist using a media playback framework…

Managing virtual content based on information associated with toy objects

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9610500
The system described in this disclosure may be configured to read information stored on toy objects that indicates whether the toy objects have been used and/or are being used with other toy objects, gaming systems, and/or other devices. The system described in this disclosure may be configured to facilitate an association of the information stored on the toy objects with virtual entities in a virtual space, update virtual content associated with the virtual entities, determine…

Sensing and managing vehicle behavior based on occupant awareness

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9610510
A method for controlling a ride experience through a ride space of an amusement park ride. The method includes, with a sensor mounted on an automated trackless vehicle being controlled to travel along a first ride path, sensing passenger data for a passenger. The method involves processing the passenger data to determine a passenger state at a particular point in time during the ride experience. The method includes determining a location of the automated trackless vehicle on the first…

Amusement park ride vehicle including a chassis driven to have heave and sway motions

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9610511
A free-ranging ride vehicle for an amusement park ride. The vehicle includes a vehicle base supporting a passenger compartment. The vehicle includes a drive system with a support platform supporting the vehicle base. The drive system imparts a set of motions including translation, cornering, sway, and heave to the support platform and, in turn, to the vehicle base and passenger compartment. The drive system includes first, second, and third leg assemblies each with a rigid leg pivotally…

Client-side web site selection according to device capabilities

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9613160
An aspect provides a method, including: sending a request for a web site from a client device to a server; receiving a response to the web site request from the server, wherein the response to the web site request includes at least a portion of a first version of the web site requested and one or more links describing one or more alternate versions of the web site requested, the one or more links comprising conditional data; determining if the conditional data is met; and in response to…

Enhanced dual quaternion skinning with scale non-compensating joints and support joints

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9613456
Methods and systems for two-phase skinning of an object undergoing rigid and non-rigid transformations are disclosed. One method of skinning the object may include separating the object's joint transformations into rigid and non-rigid parts by determining if a joint is scale compensating or scale non-compensating, applying non-rigid joint transformations to the mesh, and applying rigid joint transformations to the mesh. Separation of the object's joint transformations into rigid and…

Systems methods for camera control using historical or predicted event data

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9615015
According to some embodiments, systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program code for controlling a video camera to capture video associated with an event are provided which use historical or predictive data. In some embodiments, historical event information and participant information is received. Video camera configuration and position data is received, as well as current event data. The current event data may be received substantially in real time from the event. Video camera…

Optical vortex 3D displays

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9615068
A method for generating three dimensional (3D) displays. The method includes displaying a hologram that combines three (or more) images encoded into three (or more) different OAM channels, and the method also includes reflecting light from the displayed hologram to create a multichannel light beam. Then, the method involves decoding the multichannel light beam to decode and display the three encoded images. The decoding step includes displaying the three encoded images in decoded form in…