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1.

ORDERING RAYS IN RENDERED GRAPHICS FOR COHERENT SHADING

      
Document Number 02810921
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-27
Open to Public Date 2014-09-08
Grant Date 2016-08-09
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Nichols, Gregory
  • Burley, Brent
  • Selle, Andrew
  • Eisenacher, Christian

Abstract

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 by shading context. The method may further comprise shading the intersection points, wherein the shading is performed on a plurality of elements substantially concurrently. The shading context may include a volume of intersection points. In another implementation, the shading context may be one of texture ID, material ID, and element ID. Additionally, the texture ID may correspond to a mesh face ID.

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2.

DYNAMICALLY ALLOCATED COMPUTING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTED NODE-BASED INTERACTIVE WORKFLOWS

      
Document Number 02827957
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-09-23
Open to Public Date 2014-04-17
Grant Date 2020-06-30
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Geibel, Jonathan
  • Goldberg, Evan
  • Steele, Jay

Abstract

A system and method for leveraging grid computing for node based interactive workflows is disclosed. A server system spawns a server process that receives node graph data and input attributes from a computing device, processes the data, caches the processed data, and transmits the processed data over a network to a computing device. The computing device runs a node graph application instance comprising proxy nodes configured to initiate a request to process node graph data at the server system. The server processed node graph data is displayed on the computing device. A plurality of computing devices may collaborate on a complex node graph where the node graph data processing is distributed over a plurality of servers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04L 29/02 - Communication control; Communication processing

3.

RAY CONE HIERARCHY RENDERER

      
Document Number 02827155
Status Pending
Filing Date 2013-09-16
Open to Public Date 2014-04-05
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burley, Brent
  • Eisenacher, Christian
  • Nichols, Gregory
  • Selle, Andrew

Abstract

Some aspects of the disclosure include systems and methods for grouping rays into sets according to their directions. In some cases, the rays of the directional sets may then be organized into a hierarchy according to their origins and bounding cones are generated for the hierarchy nodes. The resulting bounding cone hierarchy may be intersected with a bounding volume hierarchy or other scene hierarchy.

IPC Classes  ?

4.

STREAMING HIERARCHY TRAVERSAL RENDERER

      
Document Number 02810873
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-27
Open to Public Date 2013-12-11
Grant Date 2016-01-19
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burley, Brent
  • Selle, Andrew
  • Eisenacher, Christian
  • Nichols, Gregory

Abstract

A method is provided for a streaming hierarchy traversal renderer with particular application for feature films and other demanding content creation using scenes of high complexity that cannot fit in memory. The renderer organizes scene geometry into a spatial hierarchy, generates directional queries to be traced in the spatial hierarchy, performs a streaming hierarchy traversal over the directional queries, and uses the results of the directional queries to shade or render the scene. The traversal performs a single pass over the directional queries for splitting into one child stream of directional queries for each child node at each scene node in the hierarchy. A prioritized traversal of the hierarchy may also be carried out using various cost-metrics for optimized parallelism. The rendering may also bounce the directional queries to provide multi-pass global illumination.

IPC Classes  ?

5.

STREAMING LIGHT PROPAGATION

      
Document Number 02810865
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-27
Open to Public Date 2013-12-11
Grant Date 2016-01-05
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burley, Brent
  • Selle, Andrew
  • Eisenacher, Christian
  • Nichols, Gregory

Abstract

A method is provided for streaming light propagation with particular application for feature films and other demanding content creation using scenes of high complexity requiring art directed global illumination. By attaching a data recording shader or equivalent functionality to any tracing based renderer that can provide multi-pass global illumination, the complete set of light bounce propagation records and the set of emissive samples for a particular rendering can be recorded to memory or disk. A user may edit the emissive samples to adjust the lighting environment, including modifying light source color and intensity and even moving and adding new emissive samples. To relight the scene, the edited emissive samples are processed through the propagation records using a streaming multiply-and-add operation amenable to high levels of parallelization, avoiding a costly re-rendering of the scene and providing a final quality result in interactive time.

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6.

INTEGRATION CONE TRACING

      
Document Number 02810880
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-27
Open to Public Date 2013-12-11
Grant Date 2016-03-22
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burley, Brent
  • Selle, Andrew
  • Eisenacher, Christian
  • Nichols, Gregory

Abstract

A method is provided for integration cone tracing with particular application for feature films and other demanding content creation using scenes of high complexity requiring global illumination. Instead of using a conventional noise prone ray tracer, cones are intersected with a scene bounding hierarchy to determine intersecting scene geometry, and integration results are computed by directional sampling within the cones. As a result, the working data set may be reduced as the rendering may begin with a smaller set of cones as compared to the large number of rays required for acceptable filtering in a conventional ray tracer. Furthermore, by refining the cones during the rendering only on an as- needed basis according to an acceptable noise threshold and by sharing secondary cone bounces among primary cones, the processing workload and data set requirements may be kept to a reasonable level even for multiple global illumination passes.

IPC Classes  ?

7.

AUTOMATIC REPOSITIONING OF VIDEO ELEMENTS

      
Document Number 02783189
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-07-11
Open to Public Date 2013-03-23
Grant Date 2019-11-26
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Deshpande, Nikhil
  • Gefen, Smadar

Abstract

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.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/272 - Means for inserting a foreground image in a background image, i.e. inlay, outlay

8.

GAME PIECES FOR USE WITH TOUCH SCREEN DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS

      
Document Number 02785493
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-08-13
Open to Public Date 2013-03-09
Grant Date 2018-06-19
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Heatherly, Christopher W.
  • Mkrtchyan, Armen
  • Backer, Jonathan
  • White, Brian

Abstract

There is provided a system and method for communicating with a first peripheral device, of a plurality of peripheral devices, using a touch-sensitive system that has a processor and a touch surface. According to an exemplary embodiment, a method includes detecting, using the processor, a plurality of touches on the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system that are made by the first peripheral device. The method further includes identifying, using the processor, the first peripheral device based on the plurality of touches on the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system that are made by the first peripheral device. The method additionally includes communicating data, using th processor, to a receptive circuit of the first peripheral device in response to the identifying of the first peripheral device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • G06F 13/38 - Information transfer, e.g. on bus

9.

INFANT BODYSUIT

      
Document Number 02756332
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-10-26
Open to Public Date 2012-04-28
Grant Date 2016-06-14
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Ott, Lori Sue
  • Huh, Nina Seenae

Abstract

An infant bodysuit having a pair of rows of snap sockets either one of which can receive a curved row of snaps studs, the rows of snap sockets and snap studs being provided along a gentle curve that is easy for a caregiver to match up the studs and sockets. Reinforcement, through a woven fabric facing, is provided in the region of the snap sockets on the front panel to provide two-dimensional stability throughout the region. Rib binding is used along the leg openings and covers the facing material for improved comfort to the infant. A flat, straight edge bottom is provided along the bottom edge of the front panel to reduce bulkiness. An improved leg opening is achieved by significantly narrowing the width of the front panel from the top of the leg opening down to the attachment portion.

IPC Classes  ?

10.

INTERACTIVE GAME PIECES USING TOUCH SCREEN DEVICES FOR TOY PLAY

      
Document Number 02745235
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-07-05
Open to Public Date 2012-01-08
Grant Date 2019-01-15
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Heatherly, Christopher W.
  • Ong, Kenlip
  • Mkrtchyan, Armen
  • Backer, Jonathan
  • White, Brian

Abstract

There is provided a system and method for facilitating an interaction using first and second peripheral devices and related structures. Each of the first and second peripheral devices have a plurality of touch points for touching a touch surface of a touch-sensitive system. According to an exemplary embodiment, a method comprises detecting a plurality of contemporaneous touches on the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system. One of the first and second peripheral devices is identified based on the plurality of contemporaneous touches as compared to the plurality of touch points of one of the first and second peripheral devices. In some embodiments, orientation of the one of the first and second peripheral devices can be determined based on the plurality of contemporaneous touches as compared to the plurality of touch points of the one of the first and second peripheral devices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
  • A63F 13/2145 - Input arrangements for video game devices characterised by their sensors, purposes or types for locating contacts on a surface, e.g. floor mats or touch pads the surface being also a display device, e.g. touch screens
  • A63F 13/23 - Input arrangements for video game devices for interfacing with the game device, e.g. specific interfaces between game controller and console

11.

PREPROCESSING VIDEO TO INSERT VISUAL ELEMENTS AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

      
Document Number 02721481
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-04-15
Open to Public Date 2009-12-03
Grant Date 2018-10-23
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Kennedy, Howard J., Jr.

Abstract

Embodiments of this invention relate to preprocessing video such that visual elements, such as advertisements, can be inserted at a later point in time when the video is requested by a user. In an embodiment, a video and target data is received. The video is analyzed to determine how a target moves and changes over time. Metadata describing how the target moves and changes over time is stored. When a user requests an on-demand video such as from a video sharing site, a visual element is inserted into the video. The visual elements move and change as defined in the stored metadata. In this way, advertisements can be inserted into on-demand video such as video from a video sharing website.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 16/787 - Retrieval characterised by using metadata, e.g. metadata not derived from the content or metadata generated manually using geographical or spatial information, e.g. location
  • H04N 5/272 - Means for inserting a foreground image in a background image, i.e. inlay, outlay

12.

GENERATION OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL MOVIES WITH IMPROVED DEPTH CONTROL

      
Document Number 02693642
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-18
Open to Public Date 2009-01-29
Grant Date 2017-12-05
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Newell, Paul
  • Neuman, Robert
  • Hendrickson, Andrew
  • Mcnally, Philip

Abstract

Techniques for creating 3-D movies allow improved control over camera positioning parameters and editing of depth in post process to provide for a smoother variation in the viewer's convergence distance and a more pleasant viewing experience. A director can define reference parameters related to a desired viewing experience, and camera positioning parameters are derived therefrom. A depth script specifying piecewise continuous variations in reference parameters can be applied in post process to generate 3-D shots, scenes, or movies. These techniques can be applied in both computer generated and live action 3-D movies.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03B 35/00 - Stereoscopic photography
  • G03B 35/18 - Stereoscopic photography by simultaneous viewing

13.

SYSTEM AND/OR METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING MEDIA CONTENT

      
Document Number 02650729
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-04-19
Open to Public Date 2007-08-11
Grant Date 2015-06-23
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Sidi, Ariff

Abstract

Delivering media contents In a media distribution system, where the content comprises a plurality of segments. Selectively protecting the plurality of segments by suitable encryption/encoding processes and associating content gateway to the protected segments. And distributing the content Including the protected and unprotected segments wherein the client device can decrypt the protected segments only upon accessing the gateway. The content gateways constitute advertisements and are selected based on profile of the user accessing the content and charging the advertisers for accessing the advertisements and thus rendering the contents free of charge to users.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/266 - Channel or content management, e.g. generation and management of keys and entitlement messages in a conditional access system or merging a VOD unicast channel into a multicast channel

14.

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PLAYBACK AND FEATURE CONTROL FOR VIDEO PLAYERS

      
Document Number 02541154
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-10-06
Open to Public Date 2005-04-21
Grant Date 2012-07-17
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Ackley, Jonathan
  • Carey, Christopher
  • Carr, Bennet S.
  • Poole, Kathleen S.

Abstract

A method and a system (120) of displaying a user interface to control playback and features that may be associated with a prerecorded media. A media player (100), such as a DVD player, a personal computer, a home media server, a high definition video player, an optical player, a hard drive based player, or a software DVD-ROM player receives streams of video from different media and displays its content. Simultaneously, and without interrupting the video playback, a user interface is overlaid on the video image. The user interface may include menu selections to control the playback of the video including scene selection, settings, and viewing rights. The user interface may include menu selections to control features associated with the video such as Documentaries, Games, Purchases, Activities, Commentaries, Outtakes, Karaoke, Trailers, Songs, Wishlists, and Events.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/91 - Television signal processing therefor

15.

DUAL VIRTUAL MACHINE AND TRUSTED PLATFORM MODULE ARCHITECTURE FOR NEXT GENERATION MEDIA PLAYERS

      
Document Number 02530441
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-06-28
Open to Public Date 2005-01-06
Grant Date 2009-08-25
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Watson, Scott

Abstract

A software computing based environment (10) for providing secured authentication of media (12) downloaded from a network or loaded from a media player includes two peer-mode operating virtual machines (22, 24). The low- level virtual machine (22) provides decoding and decryption functions whereas the high-level virtual machine (24) provides application level functions such as user interface, input/output.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 11/30 - Monitoring
  • G06F 12/14 - Protection against unauthorised use of memory
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system

16.

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF INTERACTIVE VIDEO PLAYBACK

      
Document Number 02527388
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-06-02
Open to Public Date 2004-12-16
Grant Date 2013-09-17
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Ackley, Jonathan
  • Carey, Christopher T.
  • Carr, Bennet S.
  • Poole, Kathleen S.

Abstract

Video player (20) plays vides (30) using media (10). It causes a menu to display (40), recognizes triggers (50) and based on user (15) input skips segments (60) of video, inserts graphics 70 and plays a game.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/70 - Game security or game management aspects
  • A63F 13/45 - Controlling the progress of the video game

17.

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROGRAMMATIC WINDOW CONTROL FOR CONSUMER VIDEO PLAYERS

      
Document Number 02527083
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-06-02
Open to Public Date 2004-12-16
Grant Date 2011-04-26
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Ackley, Jonathan
  • Carey, Christopher T.
  • Carr, Benn
  • Poole, Katleen

Abstract

A media playback device capable of displaying multiple streams simultaneously and with expanded picture-in-picture capabilities is provided. The placement, size, aspect ratio, cropping, scale, transparency, tint, contrast, and cropping of the media can be set or adjusted arbitrarily. Furthermore, the audio may be mixed between separate tracks accompanying the video streams and may also be set or adjusted arbitrarily. Each variable can be dynamically changed during playback through either automated or user-initiated means. A system and method are provided for simultaneously displaying a first video stream and at least a second video stream on a display comprising the steps of feeding the video streams into a video player; providing control of the display of the video streams; displaying a first video stream substantially across the display; and displaying the other video streams in a secondary display.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/43 - Processing of content or additional data, e.g. demultiplexing additional data from a digital video stream; Elementary client operations, e.g. monitoring of home network or synchronizing decoder's clock; Client middleware
  • G11B 27/10 - Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel
  • H04N 5/04 - Synchronising
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information
  • H04N 5/45 - Picture in picture
  • G09B 5/06 - Electrically-operated educational appliances with both visual and audible presentation of the material to be studied

18.

A MULTI-USER INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION NETWORK ENVIRONMENT

      
Document Number 02501259
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-10-02
Open to Public Date 2004-04-29
Grant Date 2012-06-26
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shochet, Joe
  • Ranalli, Darren
  • Schell, Jesse

Abstract

A system and method for initiating communication in real-time between two users in a multi-user communication environment. To limit the receipt of unwanted messages, a unique code (122) is provided to a first user and transmitted by the first user to a second user outside of the multi-user communication environment. The second user may then initiate real-time communication with the first user (102) after the code is authenticated in the multi-user communication environment. To ensure secure and comprehensible communications, at least one word may be selected from a first menu (110) having a plurality of words to enable a second menu (112) comprising a plurality of words. A string is formed by selecting at least one of a word from the second menu (112) which string may then be communicated to at least one of a word from the second menu which string may then be communicated to at least on of a user or a program in the multi-user communication environment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

19.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CREATING A COLLABORATIVE WORK OVER A DIGITAL NETWORK

      
Document Number 02458517
Status In Force
Filing Date 2002-09-10
Open to Public Date 2003-04-17
Grant Date 2016-12-20
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, David B.
  • Singer, Craig
  • Williams, Christopher

Abstract

A system and method for having a plurality of participants author and submit segment candidates to create a collaborative work over a computer network. The plurality of participants receive segment instructions for authoring the segment candidates. The candidates are submitted to the system and at least a subset of the submitted segment candidates are distributed to a voting audience over the computer network. In response the system receives votes (124) for a favored segment candidate from the voting audience. Next, a winning segment candidate is selected from the submitted segment candidates for inclusion in the collaborative work based on the votes (126). This process is repeated by the system until the collaborative work is complete (132).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/10 - Office automation, e.g. computer aided management of electronic mail or groupware; Time management, e.g. calendars, reminders, meetings or time accounting
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G07C 13/00 - Voting apparatus

20.

INTERACTIVITY WITH AUDIOVISUAL PROGRAMMING

      
Document Number 02278496
Status In Force
Filing Date 1997-12-22
Open to Public Date 1998-07-02
Grant Date 2005-06-21
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gerba, George
  • Lambert, Robert E.
  • Meiseles, Howard
  • Nichols, Mike

Abstract

The present invention provides a method and apparatus for linking real-time data with audiovisual content to enable a user to make selections, manipulate data, and to execute functions interactively through an audiovisual display unit based upon audiovisual content being displayed at the time. Audiovisual content is synchronized with the available interactive functions so that the user has the ability to interact with and perform functions related to the audiovisual content being shown at the time. In a preferred embodiment, actionable events in audiovisual programs are synchronized with associated overlay functions and interface data. A method is provided to make overlay functions available to the user through an audiovisual display during the actionable events that occur in a program being viewed by the user. A user interface for each overlay function that may be performed, which user interface may or may not be visible to the user, is overlaid on and synchronized with the program being shown. Interaction with selections may be made using any of several known methods such as a screen menu or a cursor controlled by a remote control device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 5/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of television systems
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information
  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems

21.

INTERACTIVITY WITH AUDIOVISUAL PROGRAMMING

      
Document Number 02499285
Status In Force
Filing Date 1997-12-22
Open to Public Date 1998-07-02
Grant Date 2007-09-25
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gerba, George
  • Lambert, Robert E.
  • Meiseles, Howard
  • Nichols, Mike

Abstract

The present invention provides a method and apparatus for linking real-time data with audiovisual content to enable a user to make selections, manipulate data, and to execute functions interactively through an audiovisual display unit based upon audiovisual content being displayed at the time. Audiovisual content is synchronized with the available interactive functions so that the user has the ability to interact with and perform functions related to the audiovisual content being shown at the time. In a preferred embodiment, actionable events in audiovisual programs are synchronized with associated overlay functions and interface data. A method is provided to make overlay functions available to the user through an audiovisual display during the actionable events that occur in a program being viewed by the user. A user interface for each overlay function that may be performed, which user interface may or may not be visible to the user, is overlaid on and synchronized with the program being shown. Interaction with selections may be made using any of several known methods such as a screen menu or a cursor controlled by a remote control device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information