Disney Patent Grants

Interactive computer game

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573058
A computer game terminal, and associated method and code, for operating an online interactive computer game. The terminal includes an interface receiving non-interactive user input data from a controller associated with the computer games terminal and an interface receiving interactive game data associated with at least one interactive game element. The terminal includes a display driver rendering a graphical representation of a computer game based on the non-interactive user input data…

Wheel assembly with multi-sphere omniwheels and omnidirectional devices including the wheel assembly

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9573416
An omniwheel is presented that may be included with additional omniwheels in a wheel assembly, which can be used in nearly any omnidirectional device such as a robot, a park ride or other vehicle, and the like. The omniwheel includes a wheel support or frame, and a first roller pivotally supported on the wheel support. Further, the omniwheel includes a second roller pivotally supported on the wheel support. The first and second rollers are each generally spherical in shape and have equal…

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.

System for synchronizing remotely delivered audio with live visual components

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575970
A method and system are provided to synchronize an audio program output at a location remote to a site of a visual display such as a fireworks show, a water and light show, or other event or show with a large visual display visible from distances over which the originally sourced audio is delayed, degraded in quality, or lost. The method includes providing a live show including a visual display with components triggered by one or more control signals. The method further includes…

Adaptive rendered environments using user context

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9566509
There is provided a system and method for adaptive rendered environments using user context. The method comprises determining user context data corresponding to a user of a virtual environment, altering a feature of the virtual environment using the user context data to obtain an altered feature, and rendering the altered feature of the virtual environment for display. The feature may include a non-player character in the virtual environment, such as eyesight focus of the non-player…

System and method for visual search in a video media player

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9569533
There is provided a system and method for visual search in a video media player. There is provided a computing device for performing a visual search in video files comprising a display, a memory, a video media player application in the memory, and a processor configured to store into the memory search terms by allowing a user to visually select objects as search terms using a user interface on the display, initiate a search using the search terms, obtain search results comprising time…

Sectioned memory networks for online word-spotting in continuous speech

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9570069
Systems, methods, and computer program products to detect a keyword in speech, by generating, from a sequence of spectral feature vectors generated from the speech, a plurality of blocked feature vector sequences, and analyzing, by a neural network, each of the plurality of blocked feature vector sequences to detect the presence of the keyword in the speech.

Systems and methods for interpolating frames of a video

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9571786
Interpolating frames of a video may provide a technique for one or more of frame rate conversion, temporal upsampling for generating slow motion video, image morphing, virtual view synthesis, and/or other video applications. A system may be configured to interpolated frames of a video by leveraging frequency domain representations of individual frames. The frequency domain representations may be decomposed into set of discrete functions that make up the frequency domain representations.…

Signaling warp maps using a high efficiency video coding (HEVC) extension for 3D video coding

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9571812
Techniques are disclosed for view generation based on a video coding scheme. A bitstream is received that is encoded based on the video coding scheme. The bitstream includes video, quantized warp map offsets, and a message of a message type specified by the video coding scheme. Depth samples decoded from the first bitstream are interpreted as quantized warp map offsets, based on a first syntax element contained in the message. Warp maps are generated based on the quantized warp map…

Efficient stereo to multiview rendering using interleaved rendering

Granted: February 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9565414
Approaches are described for generating a multiview autostereoscopic image from a stereo three-dimensional input image pair. A stereo to multiview rendering system receives a stereo three-dimensional image including a left image and a right image at a first view position and a second view position, respectively. The system generates a first input warp and a second input warp that maps the left image and the right image to a third and fourth positions, respectively, where the third and…

Method for tracking physical play objects by virtual players in online environments

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9555337
Techniques are disclosed for tracking physical play objects by virtual or non-player characters in an electronic game environment. More specifically, techniques are disclosed for enabling a game system to track a physical toy object, using tracking information to update the game state, and transmitting updated game state to the toy object and update the toy state. Additionally, a player is able to control the physical toy object, and use the physical toy object to play a game. The game…

Efficient synchronization of behavior trees using network significant nodes

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9560131
Objects in a virtual space may need to be synchronized between different instances (or different expressions of an instance) of the virtual space that are separated spatially. Objects include characters. Different expressions may be associated with different users and different client computing platforms that are connected by a network. The actions of the same character in two expressions of the same instance of the virtual space may not be synchronized due to network delay, lag,…

Camera calibration

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9560345
Embodiments herein include systems, methods and articles of manufacture for calibrating a camera. In one embodiment, a computing system may be coupled to a calibration apparatus and the camera to programmatically identify the intrinsic properties of the camera. The calibration apparatus includes a plurality of light sources which are controlled by the computer system. By selectively activating one or more of the light sources, the computer system identifies correspondences that relate…

Media processing node

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9560393
Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for transcoding media content. Embodiments include receiving a request to perform a transcoding operation on a first instance of media content. The transcoding operation is divided into a plurality of sub-operations. Embodiments select one of a plurality of transcoding profiles for use in performing the transcoding operation. Additionally, embodiments configure a plurality of virtual machine instances to perform the plurality of…

System and method for enabling characters to be manifested within a plurality of different virtual spaces

Granted: January 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9550121
A system and method for providing virtual spaces, where a character associated with a user can be manifested within instances of a plurality of the different virtual spaces. Since a single character can be manifested within instances of different virtual spaces, the character can be transferred by the corresponding user between instances of different virtual spaces and controlled by the user to interact with the different virtual spaces. When the user transfers the character between…

System and method for generating phrases

Granted: January 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9552353
Techniques are disclosed for generating phrases for selection by users communicating in an online virtual world environment. A phrase generation engine automatically constructs new phrases using pre-approved words from a dictionary of frequently used words and language-specific rules for phrase formation to ensure safety and supplement an existing database of commonly used, pre-approved phrases. Increasing the number of phrases that are available for selection by a user increases the…

Providing a common virtual item repository in a virtual space

Granted: January 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9552434
Virtual items may be unlocked in a virtual space responsive to physical token detection. A common virtual item repository may be provided in the virtual space. Once unlocked, a given virtual item may be accessible to multiple characters in the virtual space via the virtual item repository. Customization of a virtual space may be facilitated. The customization may be based on the virtual items accessible via the virtual item repository.

Systems and methods for automatic key frame extraction and storyboard interface generation for video

Granted: January 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9552520
A storyboard interface displaying key frames of a video may be presented to a user. Individual key frames may represent individual shots of the video. Shots may be grouped based on similarity. Key frames may be displayed in a chronological order of the corresponding shots. Key frames of grouped shots may be spatially correlated within the storyboard interface. For example, shots of a common group may be spatially correlated so that they may be easily discernable as a group even though…

System and method for playsets using tracked objects and corresponding virtual worlds

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9539506
There is provided a system and method for playsets using tracked objects and corresponding virtual worlds. There is provided an object for use with a physical environment and connectable to a virtual world corresponding to the physical environment, the object including a processor and a plurality of sensors including a position sensor. The processor is configured to establish a first connection with the virtual world, wherein the virtual world contains a virtual object corresponding to…