Disney Patent Grants

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…

Facilitating gesture-based association of multiple devices

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9542579
Gesture-based association of multiple devices may be facilitated, which may effectuate presentation of content related to associated devices. Gesture detection may reduce or completely eliminate any ambiguity of whether the association is wanted or not. Some implementations may be employed in a theme park in which park guests wear an RFID wristband. During a park visit, when merchandise goods with embedded RFIDs are purchased (e.g., toys and/or other merchandise), the merchandise may be…

Flexible, shapeable free-form electrostatic speakers

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9544696
An embodiment provides a free-form electrostatic speaker, including: a three dimensional object body; at least a portion of the three dimensional object body having a free-form electrode layer disposed thereon; the free-form electrode layer being shaped to substantially match the at least a portion of the three dimensional object body; a free-form diaphragm positioned proximate to, and being shaped to substantially match, the free-form electrode layer; and an input element coupled to the…

Ghost expressions based on ghost data augmented by user-provided information

Granted: January 3, 2017
Patent Number: 9533230
Ghost expressions with user-provided information may be provided in asynchronous gameplay. According to some implementations, ghost data associated with a first performance by a first user of a first task in a game may be obtained. The ghost data may be configured to allow generation of a ghost expression in the game corresponding to the first performance of the first task in the game by the first user. User-provided information associated with the first performance of the first task in…

System and method for managing location services in wireless networks

Granted: January 3, 2017
Patent Number: 9538320
Described herein are methods, systems, apparatuses and products for managing location services in wireless networks. One aspect provides a method of receiving in a mobile device an identifier broadcast from a terrestrial wireless device located at a particular position; and using the identifier broadcast from the terrestrial wireless device to determine a physical location of the mobile device even in absence of a logical connection existing between the mobile device and the terrestrial…

Method and system for rendering virtual views

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9530240
A method including receiving a first image of a scene captured from a first perspective, the first image including an object and a background; segmenting the first image to extract a first two-dimensional contour of the object; approximating a plurality of three-dimensional locations of a plurality of points on the first contour; generating a three-dimensional billboard of the object based on the three-dimensional locations; and projecting the first image onto the three-dimensional…

Charging and communicating with battery operated toys

Granted: December 27, 2016
Patent Number: 9531208
Methods and a system for the recharging of battery-operated devices, whereby the recharging process is made less burdensome and inconvenient to the users of the devices. Embodiments provide for incorporating recharging into the normal usage patterns for the devices using activities consistent with predetermined intended usage of the devices, thereby causing the user to perceive less inconvenience. Other embodiments provide for systematically detecting and wirelessly recharging devices,…

System and method for an interactive device for use with a media device

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9522341
There are provided systems and methods for an interactive device for interaction with a user of a media device, wherein the interactive device and the media device are operable to communicate with a server having a memory storing a plurality of states including a present state of the media device playing a media. The interactive device comprises a peripheral hardware for interaction with the user of the media device and a processor configured to establish a communication with the server,…

Multi-touch detection system using a touch pane and light receiver

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9524047
Disclosed are touch detection systems and methods. In one embodiment, a display panel enabling touch detection comprises a touch pane configured to allow a light including a detection light, a back inner surface, and a display generation module located between the touch pane and the back inner surface. The display generation module is configured to produce a visual display at the touch pane. The display generation module is further configured to pass the detection light received from the…

Ensuring availability and parameter format of URL scheme commands

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9525716
Techniques for rendering a webview in a host application are described. A webview in a host application is identified, the webview including at least one function call to a first function. Additionally, one or more application-specific URL values corresponding to a URL command scheme for the host application are identified. A URL scheme object is populated with the identified one or more application-specific URL values, the populated URL scheme object including a function definition for…

System and method for theatrical followspot control interface

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9526156
There is provided a system and method for controlling a tracking device to follow a location of a performer on a stage. The tracking device may comprise a lighting fixture such as a high output video projector or an automated mechanical moving light such as a DMX lighting fixture to provide a followspot, or a microphone to record audio from a particular performer. The method comprises capturing a video feed of the stage using a camera, presenting the video feed on a display of a control…

Apparatus, system, and method for effectuating modifications to a virtual space responsive to token detection

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9517404
Exemplary implementations may facilitate modifications to characters and/or virtual items within a virtual space, or to the virtual space itself, made responsive to detection of a token. In some implementations, a physical accessory may depict a character in the virtual space. By way of non-limiting example, the physical accessory may include a toy figurine resembling the character. A detectable token (i.e., a physical object) may be removably attached to the physical accessory.…

Managing character control in a virtual space

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9519987
Character control in a virtual space may be managed between user instructions and non-user instructions. User instructions associated with controllable aspects of characters within the virtual space may be received. The characters may include a first character associated with a first user and a second character. Non-user instructions associated with controllable aspects of characters within the virtual space may be provided. A determination may be made as to whether two or more…

Subspace clothing simulation using adaptive bases

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9519988
A method of animation of surface deformation and wrinkling, such as on clothing, uses low-dimensional linear subspaces with temporally adapted bases to reduce computation. Full space simulation training data is used to construct a pool of low-dimensional bases across a pose space. For simulation, sets of basis vectors are selected based on the current pose of the character and the state of its clothing, using an adaptive scheme. Modifying the surface configuration comprises solving…

Automated device authorizaton and deauthorization

Granted: December 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9514287
A process verifies, with a processor, a user account for content delivery with a rolling slot configuration. The rolling slot configuration has a maximum quantity of available slots for devices authorized to receive content. The rolling slot configuration has a plurality of ordered slots that are ordered based upon priority. The process receives a request for content from the user account at a device. The process automatically registers the device in an available slot of the rolling slot…

Eye gaze driven spatio-temporal action localization

Granted: December 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9514363
The disclosure provides an approach for detecting and localizing action in video. In one embodiment, an action detection application receives training video sequences and associated eye gaze fixation data collected from a sample of human viewers. Using the training video sequences and eye gaze data, the action detection application learns a model which includes a latent regions potential term that measures the compatibility of latent spatio-temporal regions with the model, as well as a…

Dynamic transformation of display media based upon a proximity-based communication protocol

Granted: December 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9514489
A process detects, at a first proximity-based device within a first object, presence of a second proximity-based device within a second object. The presence is within a proximity. Further, the process modifies a first display associated with the first object based upon a second display associated with the second object.

Method and apparatus for prioritizing data transmission in a wireless broadcasting system

Granted: December 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9516210
Systems, methods, and computer program code are disclosed for prioritizing data transmission in wireless broadcasting systems and include capturing, by one or more sensors, data at an event site. Scene description data (SDD) is extracted from the data, and the SDD is transmitted in SDD packets, over a wireless communication network, to a processing system. The SDD packets are transmitted over the wireless communication network having a transmission priority based on information in at…

Method and system for data collection using large-scale interactive user response

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: 9504908
A method including receiving a broadcast of an event comprising a plurality of frames; receiving, from a plurality of users, a corresponding plurality of inputs, each of the inputs relating to a characteristic of an object depicted in one of the frames of the broadcast; and analyzing the plurality of inputs to determine a best guess of the characteristic of the object in the frame.

Ordering rays in rendered graphics for coherent shading

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: 9508315
There is provided a system and a method for ordering rays in rendered graphics for coherent shading. The method comprises recording, using the processor, intersection points for each of a plurality of directional queries in the memory, wherein each of the plurality of directional queries has one intersection point, organizing, using the processor, the intersection points in the memory into a plurality of elements, and grouping, using the processor, the intersection points in the memory…