Disney Patent Grants

Haptic interface for population of a three-dimensional virtual environment

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9733790
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…

Techniques for processing reconstructed three-dimensional image data

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734628
Techniques are disclosed for creating digital assets that can be used to personalize themed products. For example, a workflow and pipeline used to generate a 3D model from digital images of a person's face and to manufacture a personalized, physical figurine customized with the 3D model are disclosed. The 3D model of the person's face may be simplified to match a topology of a desired figurine. While the topology is deformed to match that of the figurine, the 3D model retains the…

System and method for multi-device video image display and modification

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736540
Methods and systems for allowing multiple devices to display and annotate (or modify) a video image are described, where a content renderer device displays a video image that is also displayed (or viewed) by one or more content viewer devices, which can both display and annotate (or modify) the same video image at the same time, and the content renderer selectively determines whether or not a GUI menu is displayed on its display screen. Annotation commands (e.g., screen touch data) on…

Systems and methods for delivery of personalized audio

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736615
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…

Method and system for synchronizing an online application and a portable device

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9724611
There is provided a method of synchronizing a portable device with an online user account. The method comprises establishing a first connection between the portable device and an online application, receiving data from the online application concerning the online user account, including a persona, updating the portable device with a portable user account corresponding to the online user account, including the persona, terminating the first connection between the portable device and the…

Human verification by contextually iconic visual public turing test

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9729533
There is provided a system and method for human verification by a contextually iconic visual public Turing test. There is provided a method comprising receiving a request to verify whether a client is human controlled, selecting, by contextual criteria, a plurality of images each having one or more associated tags from a database, generating a challenge question and a corresponding answer set based on associated tags of a subset of the plurality of images, presenting the plurality of…

System and method for customized experiences in a shared online environment

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9729593
There is provided a system and method for providing customized experiences to a plurality of client stations in a shared environment. There is provided an accounts database having data relating to a plurality of clients, an online server having a server processor and hosting the shared environment for access by the plurality of client stations, and an online client application for execution by a client processor of a client station. The server processor is configured to retrieve client…

Methods and systems for altering features of mobile devices

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9729708
There is provided a method for altering features of a mobile device. The method includes detecting a charm having a charm identification, obtaining the charm identification from the charm, identifying the charm using the charm identification, altering a theme of the mobile device to a new theme based on the charm, in response to the identifying of the charm.

System and method to remove the date specific information from a broadcast automation playlist

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9729926
Embodiments herein describe a content distribution system that removes time-dependent promotional content before providing a recording of a media presentation (e.g., show or program) to a video-on-demand (VOD) provider. To receive Nielsen credit for a subscriber watching a recording of the media presentation using VOD, the recording must be almost the same as the live version of the media presentation which includes the original program content and the commercial advertisements shown…

Content-adaptive lenticular prints

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9720245
A lenticular display device that is effective in increasing both perceived angular resolution and spatial resolution. These desirable results are achieved by modifying the lenslet array to better match the content of a given light field. An optimization algorithm or method (which may be implemented with software run on a computing device) is provided that analyzes an input light field and computes an optimal lenslet size, shape, and arrangement of sets of lenslets across the width of the…

Method and system for encoding and transmitting high definition 3-D multimedia content

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9723328
One particular implementation of the present invention may take the form of a method and system for encoding decoding 3-D multimedia content. In one example, visual content having a plurality of source frames may be processed to create a plurality of first and second type frames from each of the plurality of source frames. The plurality of first and second type frames may be arranged to create modified content, and generating a distinguishing signal for the visual content, which may…

System and method to provide supplemental content to a video player

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9723366
A supplemental content retrieval system is disclosed for playing supplemental video content on a video player. The system comprises a video player for playing video content, a secondary device for receiving supplemental video content, and a remote database for providing supplemental video content, wherein the video player is configured to play the supplemental video content received by the secondary device. A method for using said system is also disclosed.

Contextual chat message generation in online environments

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9713774
Techniques are disclosed for providing an enhanced contextual chat feature in online environments. The contextual chat feature may be used to present users with a list of expressions that may be sent to other users within an online environment (or to users in other online environments). The list of messages may be derived from a linguistic profile which itself may change as the use of language in an online environment (or by a particular user group) evolves, over time. In cases where a…

Damper system for boat docks

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9714072
Dampers for mounting on a dock to control landing a boat. The dampers may be used individually or in damper systems made up of a plurality of dampers. Each damper has a flexible body with one or more sidewalls defining an inner chambers, and orifices are provided in one of the sidewalls to allow the chamber to be filled with water when the damper is in an at-rest state. When the boat approaches the dock and contacts the damper or the outer set of dampers in a damper assembly/system, the…

Player specific limited licenses

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9715580
One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a method for providing a user access to a gaming environment without a full license. In operation, a license generator receive a request to generate a temporary license for a user not having access to the gaming environment from a primary user having a full license. The license generator then generates the temporary license based on license information associated with the full license belonging to a primary user. The user can then access…

Bot

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: D792525

Three-dimensional object sculpting and deformation on a mobile device

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9710156
There are provided systems and methods for three-dimensional object sculpting and deformation on a mobile device. The system including a display, a memory storing a sculpting software application, and a processor configured to execute the sculpting software application to present an object to the user on the display, receive a first user input from the user for deforming the object, deform the object based on the first user input to generate a deformed object, receive a second user input…

Techniques for processing image data generated from three-dimensional graphic models

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9710951
Techniques are disclosed for creating animated video frames which include both computer generated elements and hand drawn elements. For example, a software tool may allows an artist to draw line work (or supply other 2D image data) to composite with an animation frame rendered from a three dimensional (3D) graphical model of an object. The software tool may be configured to determine how to animate such 2D image data provided for one frame in order to appear in subsequent (or prior)…

Capturing and stylizing hair for 3D fabrication

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9710965
A process, computer program product, and apparatus provide color and shape stylization for a captured hairstyle. The process, computer program product, and apparatus receive a plurality of images of a hairstyle in an n dimensional space at a plurality of different angles. Further, the process, computer program product, and apparatus generate a mesh surface in an n?1 dimensional space. In addition, the process, computer program product, and apparatus combine color data from the plurality…

Tracked automultiscopic 3D tabletop display

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712810
An apparatus for displaying three dimensional (3D) images to a viewer without the need for 3D glasses. The apparatus includes a display element with a lenticular display surface that is supported to be horizontal and face upward into a viewing space. The apparatus includes a location tracking element tracking a location of a viewer in the viewing space relative to the lenticular display surface. The apparatus includes a display controller generating reprojected content for operating the…