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1.

CONTENT ADAPTIVE OPTIMIZATION FOR NEURAL DATA COMPRESSION

      
Application Number US2020031594
Publication Number 2020/231691
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-05-06
Publication Date 2020-11-19
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Schroers, Christopher
  • Meierhans, Simon
  • Campos, Joaquim
  • Mcphillen, Jared
  • Djelouah, Abdelaziz
  • Doggett, Erika, Varis
  • Labrozzi, Scott
  • Xue, Yuanyi

Abstract

A data processing system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a data compression software code. The hardware processor executes the data compression software code to receive a series of compression input data and encode a first compression input data of the series to a latent space representation of the first compression input data. The data compression software code further decodes the latent space representation to produce an. input space representation of the first compression input data corresponding to the latent space representation, and generates f refined latent values for re-encoding the first compression input data based on a comparison of the first compression input data with its input space representation. The data compression software code then re-encodes the first compression input data using the refined latent values to produce a first compressed data corresponding to the first compression input data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 19/42 - Methods or arrangements for coding, decoding, compressing or decompressing digital video signals - characterised by implementation details or hardware specially adapted for video compression or decompression, e.g. dedicated software implementation
  • H04N 19/146 - Data rate or code amount at the encoder output
  • G06N 3/08 - Learning methods

2.

COORDINATION OF MEDIA CONTENT DELIVERY TO MULTIPLE MEDIA PLAYERS

      
Application Number US2019066624
Publication Number 2020/163018
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-16
Publication Date 2020-08-13
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Keith, Comito
  • Nathan, Lefler
  • Corrigan-Colville, James, A.

Abstract

A system for synchronizing media content playout includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a system memory storing a software code. The hardware processor executes the software code to receive a first state message from a first media player playing a first media content and a second state message from a second media player playing a second media content, the first media content and the second media content being the same media content. The software code further determines a coordination state for playout of the first media content and the second media content based on one or more of the first and second state messages, and transmits a first coordination message including the coordination state to the first media player and a second coordination message including the coordination state to the second media player to synchronize playout of the first media content and the second media content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G11B 27/10 - Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel
  • H04N 21/242 - Synchronization processes, e.g. processing of PCR [Program Clock References]
  • H04N 21/4788 - Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification or shopping application communicating with other users, e.g. chatting
  • H04N 21/6587 - Control parameters, e.g. trick play commands or viewpoint selection
  • H04N 21/6547 - Transmission by server directed to the client comprising parameters, e.g. for client setup

3.

SYSTEM FOR DELIVERABLES VERSIONING IN AUDIO MASTERING

      
Application Number US2019040384
Publication Number 2020/010130
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-02
Publication Date 2020-01-09
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Morris, Stephen
  • Levine, Scott

Abstract

Implementations of the disclosure describe systems and methods that leverage machine learning to automate the process of creating various versions of sound mixes using an original sound mix as a starting point. In implementations, a system for automated versioning of sound mixes may include: (i) a component to extract metadata categorizing/identifying the input sound mix; (ii) a component to extract audio features of the input sound mix; (iii) a component that uses a machine learning model to compare the extracted audio features of the input sound mix with extracted audio features of previously analyzed sound mixes to calculate audio features of a target sound mix; and (iv) a component to perform signal processing to derive the target sound mix given the calculated audio features.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10L 25/51 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination
  • G10L 25/21 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups characterised by the type of extracted parameters the extracted parameters being power information
  • G10L 25/57 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for processing of video signals

4.

PLACING LARGE OBJECTS AND OBJECTS SEPARATED BY LARGE DISTANCES IN AUGMENTED REALITY

      
Application Number US2017035523
Publication Number 2018/031108
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-06-01
Publication Date 2018-02-15
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Patel, Mehul
  • Voris, James

Abstract

Systems and methods are described for placing large objects and objects separated by large distances in an AR environment. An AR headset system may place and generate digital objects using relative geographical coordinates (e.g., latitude, longitude, and altitude) between the user's current position and the object being placed. In one implementation, a digital object's geographical coordinates may be calculated by determining a user's geographical coordinates, using a distance determination device to measure a distance to a boundary in the user's real-world environment within an AR headset's field of view, and calculating an orientation of the AR headset relative to the user's position. In another implementation, a digital object's geographical coordinates may be calculated by determining the user's geographical coordinates, calculating an orientation of the AR headset relative to the user's position, and receiving input at a user input device specifying at what distance to place and generate a digital object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09G 5/00 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators

5.

CONFIGURATION FOR MULTI-FACTOR EVENT AUTHORIZATION

      
Application Number US2017028585
Publication Number 2018/013194
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-04-20
Publication Date 2018-01-18
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Arana, Mark

Abstract

An authorization device receives a message from a content server through a network based upon a first factor of authorization being completed by a playback device requesting playback of content associated with a user account. The authorization device may be a mobile device that is associated with the user. The authorization device may receive a user input indicating an approval of the requested playback. The authorization device may send a playback authorization message through the network to the content server. The content server may use at least a first factor of authorization such a login credential from a smart playback device or a registration credential from another type of playback device in addition to a second factor of authorization such as the playback authorization message to generate a user authentication that is provided to allow the playback device to playback the content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/35 - User authentication involving the use of external additional devices, e.g. dongles or smart cards communicating wirelessly
  • G06F 21/30 - Authentication, i.e. establishing the identity or authorisation of security principals
  • G06F 21/31 - User authentication
  • G06F 21/33 - User authentication using certificates
  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • 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

6.

ROBUST AND AUTONOMOUS DOCKING AND RECHARGING OF QUADROTORS

      
Application Number US2015043447
Publication Number 2016/022482
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-08-03
Publication Date 2016-02-11
Owner
  • DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
  • ETH ZURICH (Switzerland)
Inventor
  • Beardsley, Paul A.
  • Eriksson, Michael
  • Alonso-Mora, Javier
  • Rehder, Joern

Abstract

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 the base station. The controller transmits a wireless signal to the multicopter to reduce thrust, and the multicopter lowers itself onto a sloped receiving surface that may be arranged in a crown pattern to provide passive gravity-driven centering, which causes the station-mating frame to slide to a lowest vertical point of the receiving assembly. A locking mechanism engages to lock the frame in place and provide electrical contact for recharging.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60L 11/18 - using power supplied from primary cells, secondary cells, or fuel cells
  • B64C 39/00 - Aircraft not otherwise provided for

7.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREDICTIVE DELIVERY OF HIGH BIT-RATE CONTENT FOR PLAYBACK

      
Application Number US2015026261
Publication Number 2015/187248
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-04-16
Publication Date 2015-12-10
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Voris, James
  • Arana, Mark
  • Drake, Edward

Abstract

The present disclosure provides for systems and methods for predictive delivery of high bit-rate content. The disclosed systems and methods provide an adaptive-bit-rate streaming (ABS) system with more robust information, thereby allowing more intelligent pre-caching of the media content. By providing greater information to the ABS system, the disclosed systems are able to foresee higher bit-rate segments that require greater attention, allowing the system to use such information to improve the playback experience.

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

8.

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT TO A VIDEO PLAYER

      
Application Number US2014022772
Publication Number 2014/164549
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-03-10
Publication Date 2014-10-09
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Voris, James
  • Arana, Mark

Abstract

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.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/4722 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content for requesting additional data associated with the content

9.

TRANSFERENCE OF DATA TO PROVIDE CONTENT

      
Application Number US2014012812
Publication Number 2014/126691
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-01-23
Publication Date 2014-08-21
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Acosta, Evan
  • Arana, Mark
  • Drake, Edward
  • Chen, Alexander

Abstract

A process sends, from a proximity-based device within a media product package, a first key to a mobile device that sends the first key and a second key to a cloud-based server, the cloud-based server receiving a third key from a checkout device for purchase authentication so that the cloud-based server provides media content associated with the media product package to a user device. Another process configures a proximity-based device within a media product package such that the life cycle of a content associated with the media product package that is provided to a mobile device expires after a static period of time. Yet another process configures a proximity-based device to dynamically update a life cycle of content associated with a media product package. Another process updates, with a mobile device, a plurality of proximity-based devices within a plurality of media product packages.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 24/00 - Supervisory, monitoring or testing arrangements

10.

PROXIMITY DEVICE FOR BUNDLING OF PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES

      
Application Number US2014016739
Publication Number 2014/127329
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-02-17
Publication Date 2014-08-21
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Acosta, Evan
  • Drake, Edward
  • Arana, Mark

Abstract

A process stores, at a data storage device within a product and/or a product package, data associated with a bundle of products and/or services. Further, the process sends, from a proximity-based device within the product and/or the product package, the data to a mobile device when the mobile device is within a proximity to the proximity-based device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions

11.

CUSTOMIZATION OF CONTENT FOR DIFFERENT AUDIENCES

      
Application Number US2013066466
Publication Number 2014/105261
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-10-23
Publication Date 2014-07-03
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Alexander, Chen
  • James, Voris

Abstract

A first version and a second version of audio visual content are provided via a disc, a web site or a mobile device application to consumers. The second version has audiovisual content removed from the first version that is not appropriate for a type of viewer, such as children. In addition, a menu is provided that allows a user to select the first version or the second version to play on a device. In addition to or instead of the second version, the menu may allow the user to customize the first version for an intended audience.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

12.

AUDIO/VIDEO COMPANION SCREEN SYSTEM AND METHOD

      
Application Number US2013064876
Publication Number 2014/070435
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-10-14
Publication Date 2014-05-08
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Madden, James
  • Kwan, Brian
  • Jessen, David, M.
  • Davy, James

Abstract

Systems and methods disclosed herein include systems and methods for delivering secondary content to a plurality of portable devices, the secondary content comprising events synchronized to primary content, the process including delivering an application to a plurality of portable display devices, the application configured to execute events on the portable display devices; and causing the events executed on the portable display devices to be synchronized with primary content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/025 - Systems for transmission of digital non-picture data, e.g. of text during the active part of a television frame

13.

INTERACTIVE OBJECTS FOR IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number US2013063544
Publication Number 2014/055924
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-10-04
Publication Date 2014-04-10
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Haseltine, Eric
  • Garlington, Joseph
  • Leung, Theodore
  • Schlumberger, Gabriel

Abstract

Embodiments provide a system that includes a first interactive device and control logic configured to perform an operation. The operation includes receiving historical data describing historical interactions between a user and one or more interactive devices. Additionally, the operation includes configuring the first interactive device with one or more interactive events. Each interactive event includes a respective (i) stimulus event and (ii) an action to perform responsive to an occurrence of the stimulus event, and at least one of the one or more interactive events is based on the received historical data. Responsive to detecting an occurrence of a first one of the one or more stimulus events, the operation includes causing the first interactive device to perform the corresponding action. The operation also includes updating the first interactive device with a second one or more interactive events.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

14.

CONTENT BASED PARTITIONING OF DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT

      
Application Number US2013051150
Publication Number 2014/028168
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-07-18
Publication Date 2014-02-20
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Robert, Arnaud

Abstract

There is provided a content based partitioning system and a method for use in performing content based partitioning of digital media content. In one implementation, such a content based partitioning system includes a system processor, a system memory, and a content based partitioning module stored in the system memory. The content based partitioning module, under control of the system processor, is configured to receive encoded digital media content corresponding to the digital media content, to receive encoding parameters used to encode the encoded digital media content, and to utilize the encoding parameters and the encoded digital media content to identify partition boundaries in the encoded digital media content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/2387 - Stream processing in response to a playback request from an end-user, e.g. for trick-play
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments

15.

REMOTE MEDIA ORDERING HUB

      
Application Number US2013046882
Publication Number 2014/004262
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-06-20
Publication Date 2014-01-03
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kite, David, Kenneth
  • Drake, Edward
  • Bleasdale, Bruce, Hogan

Abstract

A media ordering hub receives a request for media content. Further, the media ordering hub provides a plurality of multichannel video programming distributors that offer the media content. In addition, the media ordering hub determines a selected multichannel video programming distributor from the plurality of multichannel video programming distributors. The media ordering hub also authenticates login credentials to access the selected multichannel video programming distributor so that the selected multichannel video programming distributor delivers the media content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems

16.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ALLOCATING ACCESS TO DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT

      
Application Number US2013037852
Publication Number 2013/169478
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-04-23
Publication Date 2013-11-14
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Robert, Arnaud
  • Schonfeld, Robert
  • Todorovic, Maja
  • Diner, David
  • Peng, Shih-Ta (thomas)

Abstract

There is provided a method and system for allocating an entitlement to digital media content. In one implementation, the system includes a media server accessible over a communications network and configured to utilize a processor to issue the entitlement including a transferable authorization to access the digital media content to a first user, and to store an entitlement record identified with the first user and authorizing access to the digital media content by the first user in a memory of the media server. The media server is further configured to receive a communication including a data corresponding to the transferable authorization to access the digital media content from a second user and to update the entitlement record to authorize access to the digital media content by the second user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

17.

AUTHENTICATED ADVERTISEMENT PLATFORM

      
Application Number US2012033132
Publication Number 2012/142167
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-04-11
Publication Date 2012-10-18
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Robert, Arnaud
  • Brandeau, Gregory Thomas

Abstract

The present disclosure describes methods and systems for distributing an online advertisement based on a digital certificate received by an advertising platform server. The advertising platform server may validate the digital certificate. In addition, the advertising platform server may determine an advertisement class based on the digital certificate. Based on the determined advertisement class, the advertising platform server may select an advertisement for presentation to a user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • H04H 20/14 - Arrangements for monitoring, testing or troubleshooting for monitoring programmes

18.

CONTEXTUAL CHAT BASED ON BEHAVIOR AND USAGE

      
Application Number US2011049700
Publication Number 2012/030804
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-08-30
Publication Date 2012-03-08
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hoomani, Cyrus J.
  • Markman, Vita

Abstract

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 user sends a contextual chat message to another user in the same online environment, messages may be sent without being altered. However, when a user selects a contextual chat message from the list to send to a user in another online environment, the message may be translated based on a linguistic profile associated with users in the second environment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce

19.

CONTEXTUAL CHAT MESSAGE GENERATION IN ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS

      
Application Number US2011049708
Publication Number 2012/030809
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-08-30
Publication Date 2012-03-08
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hoomani, Cyrus J.
  • Markman, Vita

Abstract

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 user sends a contextual chat message to another user in the same online environment, messages may be sent without being altered. However, when a user selects a contextual chat message from the list to send to a user in another online environment, the message may be translated based on a linguistic profile associated with users in the second environment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/12 - involving interaction between a plurality of game devices, e.g. transmission or distribution systems

20.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENSING HUMAN ACTIVITY BY MONITORING IMPEDANCE

      
Application Number US2011031573
Publication Number 2011/127278
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-04-07
Publication Date 2011-10-13
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Poupyrev, Ivan
  • Yeo, Zhiquan
  • Loh, Jonas

Abstract

A system for sensing human activity by monitoring impedance includes a signal generator for generating an alternating current (AC) signal, the AC signal applied to an object, a reactance altering element coupled to the AC signal, an envelope generator for converting a returned AC signal to a time-varying direct current (DC) signal, and an analog-to-digital converter for determining a defined impedance parameter of the time varying DC signal, where the defined impedance parameter defines an electromagnetic resonant attribute of the object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G06F 3/046 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means by electromagnetic means
  • G06F 3/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means

21.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING OBJECTS UNDER OCCLUSION

      
Application Number US2010059685
Publication Number 2011/072123
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-12-09
Publication Date 2011-06-16
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC, (USA)
Inventor Gefen, Smader

Abstract

A method for tracking objects in a scene may include receiving visual-based information of the scene with a vision-based tracking system and telemetry-based information of the scene with a RTLS-based tracking system. The method may also include determining a location and identity of a first object in the scene using a combination of the visual-based information and the telemetry-based information. Another method for tracking objects in a scene may include detecting a location and identity of a first object and determining a telemetry-based measurement between the first object and a second object using a real time locating system (RTLS)-based tracking system. The method may further include determining a location and identity of the second object based on the detected location of the first object and the determined measurement. A system for tracking objects in a scene may include visual -based and telemetry-based information receivers and an object tracker.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 5/02 - Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more direction or position-line determinations; Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more distance determinations using radio waves
  • G01S 3/786 - Systems for determining direction or deviation from predetermined direction using adjustment of orientation of directivity characteristics of a detector or detector system to give a desired condition of signal derived from that detector or detector system the desired condition being maintained automatically

22.

HYPERLINKED 3D VIDEO INSERTS FOR INTERACTIVE TELEVISION

      
Application Number US2010046630
Publication Number 2011/034697
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-08-25
Publication Date 2011-03-24
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gefen, Smadar
  • House, Gregory
  • Digiovanni, Jay

Abstract

A viewer may directly interact with a 3D object that is virtually placed in a physical location in a video scene. Initially, the object appears as an integral part of the original video scene and does not interfere with the general viewer's experience of the program. A viewer may initiate interaction with the object using an input device. An interested viewer may navigate through the object's architecture based on the viewer's interest. For example, the viewer may drag the object to a new physical insertion point in the scene. The user may rotate the 3D object into different orientations and zoom in. Each orientation of the object, if selected by the viewer, may invoke a new linked object in the predefined architecture. For example, the viewer may walk through the linked objects in the predefined architecture or observe an object at an increasing level of detail.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements

23.

VIRTUAL INSERTIONS IN 3D VIDEO

      
Application Number US2010048427
Publication Number 2011/031968
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-09-10
Publication Date 2011-03-17
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Katz, Sheldon
  • House, Gregory
  • Kennedy, Howard

Abstract

Embodiments relate to insertions in 3D video. Virtual camera models enable insertions to be reconciled relative to left and right channels of the 3D video to maximize 3D accuracy and realism of the insertions. Cameras are formed as composites, and can be derived from other models. The camera models can be based on a visual analysis of the 3D video, and can be based on 3D camera data including toe-in and ocular spacing. The camera data may be derived from information collected using instrumentation connect to a 3D camera system, derived based on visual analysis of the 3D video, or derived using a combination of information collected using instrumentation and visual analysis of 3D video. Insertions can be made on-site or at a remote site, and camera data can be embedded in the 3D video and/or separately transmitted to a remote site. Insertions can be adjusted in 3D space based on a type of insertion, the 3D video scene composition, and/or user feedback, including interactive adjustment of 3D insertions and adjustments in view of user sensitivity to eye strain.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 13/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

24.

PLAY SEQUENCE VISUALIZATION AND ANALYSIS

      
Application Number US2010042464
Publication Number 2011/011331
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-07-19
Publication Date 2011-01-27
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • House, Gregory
  • Akin, Ilke, Levent

Abstract

A method for visualizing plays in a sporting event may include receiving a video stream of the sporting event and a measurement stream, asynchronous to the video stream, associated with objects in the sporting event. The method may further include displaying a synchronized presentation of the video stream and the measurement stream. The synchronization may be performed near the time of the displaying. Another method for visualizing plays in a sporting event may include receiving measurement information related to actions from one or more sporting events. The method may also include identifying plays from the actions using the measurement information and displaying a representation of the identified plays. A system for visualizing plays in a sporting event may include an integrated server and a synchronization mechanism. Another method for visualizing plays in a sporting event may include displaying a video of a play selected from a representation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/262 - Studio circuits, e.g. for mixing, switching-over, change of character of image, other special effects
  • A63B 24/00 - Electric or electronic controls for exercising apparatus of groups

25.

METHODS, SYSTEMS AND MEDIA FOR SIMULATING CONTACT SCENARIOS

      
Application Number US2010024479
Publication Number 2010/096490
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-02-17
Publication Date 2010-08-26
Owner
  • DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
  • THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, THE CITY OF NEW YORK (USA)
Inventor
  • Grinspun, Eitan
  • Harmon, David
  • Vouga, Paul, Etienne
  • Tamstorf, Rasmus

Abstract

Embodiments of the invention provide methods enabling reliable simulation of objects in contact scenarios. Embodiments of the invention utilize methods providing three parameter-independent guarantees. According to embodiments of the invention, simulations of well-posed problems: have no interpenetrations; obey causality, momentum and energy conservation laws; and complete in finite time.

IPC Classes  ?

26.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN EDUTAINMENT INTERFACE FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

      
Application Number US2009005428
Publication Number 2010/065054
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-10-02
Publication Date 2010-06-10
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kim, Jieun
  • Guerra, Jon
  • Desouza, Jr
  • Heatherly, Chris

Abstract

There is provided a system and method for a musical edutainment interface on a display for playing an electronic musical instrument having frets and strings. The system comprises a processor configured to be placed in communication with the display and the electronic musical instrument and a memory including a musical edutainment software, wherein the processor is configured to execute the musical edutainment software to present, on the display, the musical edutainment interface showing an edutainment musical performance to be followed by a user of the electronic musical instrument, to animate game objects falling vertically to indicate a timing of the edutainment musical performance, to place the game objects within fret areas to demonstrate a corresponding fretting configuration on the frets of the electronic musical instrument, and to align the game objects with a plurality of string lines to demonstrate a strumming of corresponding strings on the electronic musical instrument.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10H 1/00 - ELECTROPHONIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; INSTRUMENTS IN WHICH THE TONES ARE GENERATED BY ELECTROMECHANICAL MEANS OR ELECTRONIC GENERATORS, OR IN WHICH THE TONES ARE SYNTHESISED FROM A DATA STORE - Details of electrophonic musical instruments
  • G10H 1/34 - Switch arrangements, e.g. keyboards or mechanical switches peculiar to electrophonic musical instruments
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • G09B 15/00 - Teaching music
  • G10H 1/36 - Accompaniment arrangements
  • G10G 1/02 - Chord or note indicators, fixed or adjustable, for keyboards or fingerboards

27.

MICROTRANSACTIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL ACCESSORIES

      
Application Number US2009005436
Publication Number 2010/056266
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-10-02
Publication Date 2010-05-20
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Heatherly, Chris
  • Ouye, Randal
  • Saygan, Bobby
  • Berling, Natasha

Abstract

There is provided a stored value card comprising a physical accessory being a portion of the stored value card and being detachable from the stored value card, wherein the physical accessory is configured to be attached to a physical primary; and a unique identification code, wherein the unique identification code is associated with the stored value card, the physical accessory and a virtual accessory, and wherein a virtual primary and the virtual accessory are stored in a network server and correspond to the physical primary and the physical accessory, respectively.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce

28.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING CUSTOMIZED CONTENT

      
Application Number US2009005139
Publication Number 2010/044821
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-09-14
Publication Date 2010-04-22
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Bardwil, Steven

Abstract

There is provided a method for producing a customized content, comprising identifying a customizable content from which to produce the customized content, identifying a base content in the customizable content, and receiving at least one customizing criterion as input. The method further comprises determining a plurality of content modifiers for harmonizing the base content and the customizing criterion, extracting the plurality of content modifiers from a modification library, and integrating the plurality of content modifiers with the base content to produce the customized content. In one embodiment, the method is embodied as instructions stored on a computer-readable medium. A system for producing customized content comprises a content host hosting a customizable content including a base content, a modification library, and a content customizing application.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 11/00 - 2D [Two Dimensional] image generation

29.

KINETIC FLAME DEVICE

      
Application Number US2009054401
Publication Number 2010/039347
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-08-20
Publication Date 2010-04-08
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Schnuckle, Gary, W.

Abstract

An apparatus (100) creating a flickering flame effect. The apparatus (100) includes a housing (102, 104) with an interior space with first and second stages (103, 105). A drive mechanism (101) generates a time varying electromagnetic field extending into the first stage (103). A first pendulum member (111) is pivotally mounted in the interior space of the first stage (103) and includes first and second magnets (114, 115) on first and second ends, with the first end proximate to the drive mechanism (101) such that the first magnet (114) interacts with the varying electromagnetic field to cause movement of the pendulum member (111). The apparatus (100) includes a second pendulum member (121) pivotally mounted in the second stage (105) with a magnet (124) on a first end proximate to the second end of the first pendulum member (111). A flame silhouette element (125) extends from the second pendulum member (121), and a light source (107) transmits light (127) onto the flame silhouette (125), which is moving due to the magnetic coupling of the pendulum members (111, 121).

IPC Classes  ?

  • F21S 10/04 - Lighting devices or systems producing a varying lighting effect simulating flames

30.

MOBILE PROJECTED SETS

      
Application Number US2009052858
Publication Number 2010/027596
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-08-05
Publication Date 2010-03-11
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wilzbach, Gregory, A.
  • Mulholland, Janice, L.
  • Fitzgerald, Thomas, J.
  • Durham, David, A.
  • Crawford, David, W.

Abstract

One particular implementation of the present invention may take the form of a mobile set (100) configured to include one or more projection devices (105) to display a media presentation to a viewer. The mobile set may be configured to follow a fixed path or may move through autonomous navigation. In one embodiment, the mobile set may be included as part of an amusement park ride to interact with the ride patrons and provide them with a greater entertainment experience. For example, the mobile projected set may be synchronized to move with a carrier vehicle carrying the ride patrons and' project a presentation or display to the ride patrons during the ride. Placing the projected scene on a mobile set allows the patrons to interact with the projected scene for a longer period of time then if the projected scene was stationary. Further, the mobile sets may be used to configure and control sightlines through the ride to provide a more dynamic environment for the amusement park ride.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63G 31/16 - Amusement arrangements creating illusions of travel
  • A63G 7/00 - Up-and-down-hill tracks or switchbacks
  • A63G 25/00 - Autocar-like self-drivers; Runways therefor

31.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ADVERTISING AND ENTERTAINMENT DATA

      
Application Number US2009004732
Publication Number 2010/024860
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-08-18
Publication Date 2010-03-04
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Barsook, Jonathan
  • Sidi, Ariff
  • Grant, Jason, R.
  • Hedinsson, Skarpi
  • Monroe, Shannon

Abstract

There is provided a method of providing a plurality of advertisement data and a plurality of entertainment data. The method comprises receiving a first request from a user device for entertainment data. The method also comprises transmitting advertisement data to the user device in response to the first request, wherein the advertisement data include a first advertising expiration data associated with the advertisement data for use to disable a display of advertisement data by the user device after an expiration of the first advertising expiration data. The method additionally comprises transmitting the entertainment data to the user device in response to the first request, wherein the entertainment data include a first entertainment expiration data for use to disable a display of the entertainment data by the user device after an expiration of either the first entertainment expiration data or the first advertising expiration data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce

32.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERSONALIZED ACTION BASED ON A COMPARISON OF DELIVERED CONTENT WITH A CONTENT FINGERPRINT DATABASE

      
Application Number US2009055439
Publication Number 2010/025418
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-08-28
Publication Date 2010-03-04
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Robert, Arnaud

Abstract

Methods and apparatuses that include fingerprint technology on a media device with a fine level of granularity, to recognize or identify a content item based on a fingerprint or a portion of a content item based on a fingerprint unit, of a content item that is currently being viewed, and takes an action based on that identification.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 20/10 - Arrangements for replacing or switching information during the broadcast or during the distribution
  • G11B 27/28 - Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel by using information detectable on the record carrier by using information signals recorded by the same method as the main recording
  • H04H 60/38 - Arrangements for identifying or recognising characteristics with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time, e.g. for identifying broadcast stations or for identifying users for identifying broadcast time or space
  • H04H 60/37 - Arrangements for identifying or recognising characteristics with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time, e.g. for identifying broadcast stations or for identifying users for identifying segments of broadcast information, e.g. scenes or extracting programme ID

33.

TRUST BASED DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

      
Application Number US2009052306
Publication Number 2010/019389
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-07-30
Publication Date 2010-02-18
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Robert, Arnaud

Abstract

A system and method for allowing access to digitally protected content are disclosed. License metadata and credentials from multiple types of digital rights management systems may be used to grant access to content protected by a different type of digital rights management system. Hierarchical levels of access to the content may be granted based on at least one of license metadata and credentials.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/00 - Security arrangements for protecting computers, components thereof, programs or data against unauthorised activity

34.

HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE SCENOGRAPHIC IMAGE PROJECTION

      
Application Number US2009051245
Publication Number 2010/017028
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-07-21
Publication Date 2010-02-11
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Laduke, Thomas, F.
  • Turner, Richard, Bradley
  • Kosakura, Steven, T.
  • Jolley, Bryan, Lee

Abstract

A high dynamic range scenographic image and video projection system and method involving the projection of an image of an object or collection of objects onto the object, 2D or 3D, in such a manner than projected image elements are positioned substantially on the actual image of the object. The projection enhances or otherwise alters the hue, contrast, brightness, saturation, luminance, and/or other visible features of the object. Visual and not-visual features may be projected onto the object or the area around the object to enhance or disguise the object as well as the surroundings of the object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F21S 8/00 - Lighting devices intended for fixed installation
  • F21S 10/00 - Lighting devices or systems producing a varying lighting effect

35.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DYNAMICALLY GENERATING A SEARCH RESULT

      
Application Number US2009003785
Publication Number 2010/008488
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-06-24
Publication Date 2010-01-21
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Matias, Joven, Michael

Abstract

There is provided a method for dynamically generating search results from a dataset. The method comprises receiving a first search keyword from a user and searching for a first content object that is identified by the first search keyword. The method further comprises building a metadata pool using metadata associated with the first content object. Furthermore, the method comprises selecting a second search keyword from the metadata pool, and searching for a second content object by substituting the second search keyword for the first search keyword. If a first content object is not identified by the first search keyword, then the method may terminate. In one embodiment, the selection of the second search keyword from the metadata pool comprises making a random selection of the second search keyword.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

36.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AUTHENTICATION COOKIE ENCRYPTION KEYS

      
Application Number US2009003784
Publication Number 2010/008487
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-06-24
Publication Date 2010-01-21
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Schertzinger, Jeremiah, Paul

Abstract

There is provided a system and method for managing authentication cookie encryption keys. The system comprises a computing device including a memory with authentication data having a key identifier and encrypted data with a session identifier. The key identifier references a key having a validity period, the key capable of decrypting the authentication data. A processor of the computing device can respond to user requests for information by retrieving the authentication data and transmitting it to a server. The server can then authenticate the user by verifying the encrypted session identifier using the referenced key. There is also provided a method by which a key server can manage encryption keys. The key server receives an encryption key having a validity period, receives a validity request, confirms or rejects the validity of the encryption key, and automatically invalidates the encryption key upon expiration of the validity period.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/20 - by restricting access to nodes in a computer system or computer network
  • G06F 21/24 - by protecting data directly, e.g. by labelling
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

37.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTELLIGENT SIGNAL ROUTING IN A TELEVISION PRODUCTION STUDIO

      
Application Number US2009047869
Publication Number 2009/158271
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-06-19
Publication Date 2009-12-30
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Bauer, Christopher, J.

Abstract

A system for signal routing in a television production studio includes a core router operatively coupled to a plurality of peripheral routers, each of the plurality of peripheral routers having an associated control system, and a core router control system coupled to the core router and to coupled to the plurality of peripheral routers, the core router control system coniϊgured to allow any peripheral router to communicate with any oilier peripheral router through the core router and irrespective of the control system associated with each peripheral router.

IPC Classes  ?

38.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENABLING CLIENT-SIDE INITIATED DELIVERY OF DYNAMIC SECONDARY CONTENT

      
Application Number US2009002858
Publication Number 2009/154671
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-05-08
Publication Date 2009-12-23
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Tokumi, Roland, Katsuaki

Abstract

There is provided a method of enabling client-side initiated delivery of dynamic secondary content to a host page comprising running a dynamic secondary content delivery application, requesting a secondary content update to one or more items of existing secondary content rendered on the host page during page load, downloading the secondary content update to the client system, parsing the secondary content update by the dynamic secondary content delivery application, and rendering the secondary content update on the host page, resulting in the client-side initiated delivery of the dynamic secondary content to the host page. In one embodiment, the method is executed by a client system in response to instructions comprising the dynamic secondary content delivery application stored on a computer-readable medium.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

39.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SHOW OR RIDE ELEMENTS IN RESPONSE TO VISUAL OBJECT RECOGNITION AND TRACKING

      
Application Number US2009041250
Publication Number 2009/151797
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-04-21
Publication Date 2009-12-17
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Crawford, David, W.

Abstract

A ride or show control apparatus (100) using visual recognition to provide a more interactive experience to guests or participants. The apparatus (100) is adapted for operating a ride or show element (170), such as a robotic character (174). The apparatus (100) includes a mechanized or robotic element (174) with movable components positioned near a guest traffic area (150). The apparatus (100) includes an imaging assembly (140) capturing images (146) of the traffic area (150) and outputting digital image data. A controller (110) is provided that includes a processor (112) using an object recognition module (120) to process the image data (146) to determine whether an object (156) is in the traffic area (150). In response to the object recognition, the control system (110) operates movable components of the mechanized element (174) such as to cause it to speak or move in the direction of the recognized object (156) such as a visitor's face or a badge, hat, or other item worn or carried by a guest or participant.

IPC Classes  ?

40.

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR COMBINING AND DISTRIBUTING USER ENHANCED VIDEO/AUDIO CONTENT

      
Application Number US2009003129
Publication Number 2009/148513
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-05-19
Publication Date 2009-12-10
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Prestenback, Kyle
  • Tahler, Evan
  • Kwan, Brian
  • Jessen, David

Abstract

Methods and apparatuses are provided, which may be implemented to combine and distribute user enhanced video and/or audio content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal

41.

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR USE WITH A DATA ACCESS DEVICE AND AN OPTICAL DISC IN AN ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT

      
Application Number US2009003131
Publication Number 2009/148514
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-05-19
Publication Date 2009-12-10
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Prestenback, Kyle
  • Tahler, Evan
  • Kwan, Brian
  • Acosta, Evan

Abstract

Methods and apparatuses are provided, which may be implemented using an optical disc and a data access device such as, e.g., an optical disc player device. The optical disc may include content information, such as, video data, audio data, and advertisement data. The advertisement data may be associated with at least one product and/or service that is not adapted for use by the optical disc player device. The optical disc may include instructional information to adapt the optical disc player device to access user input data identifying user contact information and at least one advertisement selection, and to initiate transmission of an information request associated with at least one product and/or service associated with advertisement selection and/or advertisement data. The information request may include user contact information and may be adapted for use by at least one information delivery system which may initiate subsequent user contact without using the optical disc player device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of television systems

42.

USER INPUT HANDLING FOR DIGITAL VIDEO PLAYBACK DEVICE

      
Application Number US2009003409
Publication Number 2009/148614
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-06-04
Publication Date 2009-12-10
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Prestenback, Kyle
  • Tahler, Evan
  • Jessen, David
  • Kwan, Brian

Abstract

Subject matter disclosed herein may relate to providing user inputs, such as, for example, text from a keyboard, to an application executed on a digital video object playback device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G11B 19/02 - Control of operating function, e.g. switching from recording to reproducing

43.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SYNCHRONIZING AN ONLINE APPLICATION AND A PORTABLE DEVICE

      
Application Number US2009003102
Publication Number 2009/142728
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-05-18
Publication Date 2009-11-26
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Heatherly, Christopher

Abstract

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 online application, recording modifications to the portable user account on the portable device after terminating the first connection, establishing a second connection between the portable device and the online application, uploading the modifications to the portable user account recorded on the portable device to the online application, and updating the portable user account according to modifications to the online user account performed by the online application to synchronize the portable user account with the online user account.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/12 - involving interaction between a plurality of game devices, e.g. transmission or distribution systems
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

44.

AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE WITH VEHICLES PIVOTING ABOUT A COMMON CHASSIS TO PROVIDE RACING AND OTHER EFFECTS

      
Application Number US2009037752
Publication Number 2009/137169
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-03-20
Publication Date 2009-11-12
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Baker, Paul, E.
  • Sumner, Mark, W.
  • Howard, Derek
  • Durham, David, A.
  • Rose, Christopher, J.
  • Crawford, David, W.

Abstract

A ride system (100) is provided that allows selective relative positioning of vehicles (120, 124) in an amusement or theme park ride to simulate racing or other effects. The ride system (100) includes a chassis (110) that is adapted to be supported by and to travel on or along a length of track (230) of a particular ride. A support (114) is attached to the chassis (110) and moves with the chassis (110) during operation of the ride. The ride system (100) includes first and second passenger vehicles (120, 124) that are spaced apart on and supported by the support (114). A drive assembly (410) is linked to the support and configured to rotate the support (114) about its central axis (119). During support rotation, the first and second vehicles (120, 124) are moved concurrently relative to the track (230) to alter their relative positioning. The vehicles (120, 124) are each rotated about an axis that extends parallel to the rotation axis, and the rotation may be independent or concurrent.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63G 7/00 - Up-and-down-hill tracks or switchbacks

45.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING REVIEW OF A DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION AND REDIRECTION THEREFROM

      
Application Number US2009000942
Publication Number 2009/128869
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-02-13
Publication Date 2009-10-22
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Barsook, Jonathan, David
  • Sidi, Ariff
  • Hedinsson, Skarphedinn

Abstract

There is presented a system for providing a digital multimedia presentation. The system comprises a presentation server; a presentation content database accessible through the presentation server, the presentation content database configured to store a plurality of contents including the digital multimedia presentation, a plurality of digital media contents and a plurality of advertising contents; and a review and redirection application configured to determine at least one of the plurality of digital multimedia contents as an alternative to the digital multimedia presentation, and provide a review and redirection pane integrated with a contextual background corresponding to the digital multimedia presentation; the review and redirection pane configured to enable play of the digital multimedia presentation, redirection to the at least one of the plurality of digital multimedia contents, and selection of at least one of the plurality of advertising contents associated with the digital multimedia presentation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal

46.

DIGITAL CAMERA-PROJECTOR HYBRID

      
Application Number US2009039171
Publication Number 2009/126497
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-04-01
Publication Date 2009-10-15
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC (USA)
Inventor Joseph, Daniel, M.

Abstract

A camera-projector assembly (200) for viewing captured images in a near-view mode and in a distal-view projection mode. The assembly (200) includes a camera housing (202) and an image capture assembly (110) within the housing (202) collecting image data (119). The camera-projector assembly (200) includes a projection assembly (204) mounted on the camera housing (202) that includes a projection lens (208) and a projection light source (222). A transmissive display (206) such as an LCD is provided external to the camera housing (202) and adapted to be positionable in a first position proximate to the camera housing (202) and in a second position between the projection lens (208) and light source (222). The transmissive display (206) is positionable against an external surface of the camera housing (202) when it is in the first position and at least partially spaced apart from the external surface in the second position. The transmissive display (206) may be rotated or slid from the first to the second position on the camera housing (202).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03B 17/00 - APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR - Details of cameras or camera bodies; Accessories therefor

47.

ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE VIEWING PARTY

      
Application Number US2009038757
Publication Number 2009/123958
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-03-30
Publication Date 2009-10-08
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Barsook, Jonathan, D.
  • Ehlers, David, C.
  • Grant, Jason, R.
  • Tran, Khai, T.
  • Watson, David, J.
  • Wilson, Nicklas, L.

Abstract

Various embodiments of systems, methods, computer devices, and computer software for providing an asynchronous online viewing party are provided. One embodiment comprises a system for providing an online viewing party. One such system comprises: a server operatively coupled to a database for supporting the online viewing party, the database comprising: content to be asynchronously provided to participants of the online viewing party; and time-based events provided by one or more of the participants, the time-based events associated with the content and linked to corresponding locations in the content; and a user interface configured to interface with the server, the user interface comprising logic configured to display the content and the time-based events.

IPC Classes  ?

48.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING A MOOD GUIDED MEDIA PLAYLIST

      
Application Number US2009000941
Publication Number 2009/117047
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-02-13
Publication Date 2009-09-24
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Holmes, Sunny
  • Heatherly, Chris
  • Ouye, Randal

Abstract

There is provided a method of providing a mood guided media playlist. The method comprises identifying a mood rating of media assets stored in a media assets database; labeling the media assets with metatags corresponding to the mood rating; identifying a mood theme according to an input received from a client computer; designating mood associated media assets corresponding to the mood theme from the labeled media assets; determining a media playlist length corresponding to the mood theme; assembling a media playlist having the media playlist length corresponding to the mood theme, from the mood associated media assets; and providing the media playlist for displaying. The method may comprise providing a mood selection virtual tool enabling a user of the client computer to recognize and select a desired mood theme, wherein the mood selection virtual tool can display a spectrum of colors corresponding to a plurality of user selectable mood themes.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

49.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INTERACTIVITY BASED ON SENSOR MEASUREMENTS

      
Application Number US2009001186
Publication Number 2009/114069
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-02-24
Publication Date 2009-09-17
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Crawford, David
  • Durham, David
  • George, Jon

Abstract

There is provided a system for providing interactivity to a guest of an experiential venue, based on sensor measurement of the guest. The system comprises a sensor configured to sense a guest variable of the guest, where the sensor may be a biometric sensor, a facial recognition sensor, a voice stress analysis sensor, a gesture recognition sensor, a motion tracking sensor, or an eye tracking sensor, and may sense heart rate or another guest variable. The system also comprises a control system, which may be implemented as a computer, in communication with the sensor. The control system is configured to determine a guest state from the guest variable, and to modify a venue variable, for example by selecting a path a theme park ride follows. The control system modifies the venue variable according to the guest state to provide increased satisfaction to the guest of the experiential venue.

IPC Classes  ?

50.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SCENE USING A DYNAMIC GRAPHICS PLATFORM

      
Application Number US2009001454
Publication Number 2009/114107
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-03-06
Publication Date 2009-09-17
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Dunstan, Jackson

Abstract

There is provided a method of rendering a three-dimensional (3D) scene for viewing on a display using a dynamic graphics platform, where the scene is represented by first group of polygons in 3D space. The method includes determining second and third groups of polygons from first group of polygons, where second group of polygons is determined to be substantially entirely visible in the scene at a viewpoint and third group of polygons is determined to be partially visible in the scene at the viewpoint, projecting vertices of the second and third groups of polygons for viewing on the display, removing portion of each of the third group of polygons determined to be not visible when viewed on the display to form fourth group of polygons, which includes the second group of polygons, and preparing each of the fourth group of polygons for drawing in a pixel-by-pixel process on the display.

IPC Classes  ?

51.

NON-LINEAR DEPTH RENDERING OF STEREOSCOPIC ANIMATED IMAGES

      
Application Number US2009034005
Publication Number 2009/111150
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-02-13
Publication Date 2009-09-11
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hendrickson, Andrew D.
  • Neuman, Robert M.

Abstract

A method (700) for rendering stereoscopic images (370) with non-linear depth variation. The method (700) includes storing content (334) in memory (330) that is ready for rendering, e.g., computer animated images including animated objects or models. A processor (312) is operated to position stereo or horizontally offset cameras and to render (738, 746) the images based on a non-linear relationship between disparity assigned to one or more of the animated objects and a distance between the cameras and the objects. The non-linear relationship is defined by a function or algorithm (324) callable by the processor (312) such as a function that defines a curved depth variation for the computer animated scene (334). In other cases, the non-linear relationship is defined by stored table (332), and the rendering includes using the distance between the cameras and an object to retrieve the disparity value to assign to that object. More than one non-linear relationship may be used to render (738, 746) objects (344, 348) with differing depth variations.

IPC Classes  ?

52.

REGIONALIZING PRINT MEDIA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

      
Application Number US2009001112
Publication Number 2009/108288
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-02-19
Publication Date 2009-09-03
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Godwin, Barrie, Alan
  • Marz, Paul, A.
  • Head, Gregory, S.

Abstract

Systems and methods are provided for use in managing the regionalization of print media. In one system, a master data file having a plurality of different print features may be examined to identify at least one of the print features as a candidate print feature for possible modification in at least one region. For each candidate print feature, the system may receive user input to selectively establish a secondary data file for a print media campaign targeting at least the region in which the print candidate feature may be modified based, at least in part, on an existing regionalized print feature or on a requested regionalized print feature.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • B41F 33/00 - Indicating, counting, warning, control or safety devices
  • B41J 5/30 - Character or syllable selection controlled by recorded information

53.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING DISCOURSE IN A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY

      
Application Number US2008013386
Publication Number 2009/099424
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-12-03
Publication Date 2009-08-13
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Priebe, Lancelot, Darren

Abstract

There is provided a method of managing discourse in a virtual community. The method comprises receiving a message from a virtual community user, the message being addressed to one or more recipient users of the virtual community; examining the message to identify any of a plurality of key expressions associated with virtual community forbidden communications; editing the message in response to identifying a forbidden key expression of the plurality of key expressions; determining a corrective prompt corresponding to the identified key expression; and issuing the corrective prompt to the virtual community user for managing discourse in the virtual community.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 12/58 - Message switching systems

54.

INTERACTIVE COMPUTER GAME

      
Application Number US2009031535
Publication Number 2009/099760
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-01-21
Publication Date 2009-08-13
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Avent, Jason
  • Burrows, Kim

Abstract

A method for providing an interactive video game over a digital communications network. The method involves operating an interactive computer game on interconnected computer games terminals (2a, 2b, 2c). The method includes receiving (130), at each of the computer games terminals (2a, 2b, 2c), interactive user input data from a controller (18) associated with the computer games terminal (2a, 2b, 2c) and also interactive user input data from a controller (18) associated with each of the other of the plurality of computer game terminals (2a, 2b, 2c). The method further includes rendering (146) a graphical representation of the computer game based on the interactive user input data. Then, with at least one of the plurality of computer game terminals, non-interactive user input data (53) is received (130) from a controller associated with a further computer games terminal (55) associated with a non-interactive user. The method continues with rendering (140, 144, 146) the graphical representation of the computer game based on the interactive user input data and, selectively, the non-interactive user input data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/10 - Control of the course of the game, e.g. start, progress, end
  • A63F 13/12 - involving interaction between a plurality of game devices, e.g. transmission or distribution systems

55.

INTERACTIVE COMPUTER GAME

      
Application Number US2009031459
Publication Number 2009/097198
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-01-20
Publication Date 2009-08-06
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC (USA)
Inventor Avent, Jason

Abstract

A computer game terminal (2a, 2b, 2c, 50), and associated method and code, for operating an online interactive computer game. The terminal (2a, 2b, 2c, 50) includes an interface receiving (104) non-interactive user input data from a controller (55) associated with the computer games terminal (50) and an interface receiving (92, 102) interactive game data associated with at least one interactive game element (2a, 2b, 2c). The terminal includes a display driver (22) rendering (106, 112, 114) a graphical representation of a computer game based on the non-interactive user input data and the interactive game data. The terminal includes a processor (24, 26) processing the received non-interactive user input data and the interactive game data, while inhibiting (108, 138) data interaction. The processing inhibits interaction (110, 142) between a displayed avatar associated with the user input data and a displayed avatar associated with the received interactive game data. A network interface is included to transmit user input data from the controller (55) associated with the terminal (50) but operable in a non-interactive mode to inhibit such transmission.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

56.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TOUCHSCREEN VIDEO GAME COMBAT

      
Application Number US2009030462
Publication Number 2009/091662
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-01-08
Publication Date 2009-07-23
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Viner, Michael
  • Jarret, Stephen

Abstract

An interactive computerized game system including a visual display (302), one or more user input devices (308), and a processor (306) executing software that interacts with the display (302) and input device(s) (308) is disclosed. The software displays images of avatars (404). At least one of the user input devices is a touchscreen (304). During gameplay, the gameplayer may touch the touchscreen (304) to provide input. An animation is displayed in response to user input matching a predefined input.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

57.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROTECTING A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY VISITOR FROM UNAUTHORIZED SOCIAL INTERACTION

      
Application Number US2008012808
Publication Number 2009/091378
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-11-13
Publication Date 2009-07-23
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Rapo, Andrew
  • Thomes, Christopher
  • Jones, Allan
  • Parkis, Steven
  • Yanover, Paul

Abstract

There is provided a method of protecting a virtual community visitor from unauthorized social interaction comprising receiving a request from the virtual community visitor seeking access to a virtual community content, determining whether the virtual community content includes at least one social interaction opportunity, prompting the virtual community visitor to provide a visitor identity if the virtual community content includes at least one social interaction opportunity, associating the visitor identity with a socialization level, and utilizing the socialization level in one or more permission database to regulate social interaction. In one embodiment, a system for protecting a virtual community visitor from unauthorized social interaction comprises a virtual community content server, and a processor configured to execute instructions included in a social interaction control software to associate a socialization level with the virtual community visitor and utilize the socialization level in one or more permission database.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/00 - Security arrangements for protecting computers, components thereof, programs or data against unauthorised activity
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

58.

INTEGRATED CONTENT USER INTERFACE FOR A PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER

      
Application Number US2008087949
Publication Number 2009/088736
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-12-22
Publication Date 2009-07-16
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Patel, Neil
  • Masilko, Gary, Todd

Abstract

A system for integrating video content in a user interface includes a mobile broadcast receiver for receiving primary content and secondary content in a portable communication device, and a mobile service guide for simultaneously displaying the availability of the primary content and the secondary content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

59.

VIRTUAL OBJECT RENDERING SYSTEM AND METHOD

      
Application Number US2008013210
Publication Number 2009/078909
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-11-26
Publication Date 2009-06-25
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Keaney, Stephen
  • Gay, Michael
  • Zigmont, Michael
  • Bailey, Anthony
  • Casamona, Dave
  • Thiel, Aaron

Abstract

There is provided a virtual object rendering system comprising a camera, at least one sensor for sensing perspective data corresponding to a camera perspective, a communication interface configured to send the perspective data to a virtual object rendering computer, and the virtual object rendering computer having one or more virtual objects, the virtual object rendering computer configured to determine the camera perspective from the perspective data, and to perform the virtual object rendering by redrawing the one or more virtual objects to align the one or more virtual objects with the camera perspective. The virtual object rendering computer may be further configured to produce a merged image of the one or more redrawn virtual objects and a camera image received from the camera.

IPC Classes  ?

60.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CUSTOMIZING A THEME PARK EXPERIENCE

      
Application Number US2008012807
Publication Number 2009/075717
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-11-13
Publication Date 2009-06-18
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Holzberg, Roger
  • Kummer, Edward
  • Voris, Jeffrey
  • Mendelsohn, Seth

Abstract

There is provided a method of customizing a theme park experience comprising designating a theme park experience motif, selecting customizable features associated with the designated motif, and assembling the designated motif and the selected customizable features into a custom virtual theme park experience suitable for adaptation as a customized theme park experience. In one embodiment, the method includes hosting the custom virtual theme park experience, rating the popularity of the custom virtual theme park experience among a community of users, and adapting the custom virtual theme park experience to a customized theme park experience.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)

61.

MAGNETIC PACER FOR CONTROLLING SPEEDS IN AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES

      
Application Number US2008081684
Publication Number 2009/061653
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-10-30
Publication Date 2009-05-14
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Rose, Christopher J.
  • Crawford, David W.

Abstract

A magnetic pacer system (400) for adjusting vehicle (404) speed in an amusement park ride. The system (400) includes a controller (420) and memory (454) that stores speed settings (458) such as upper and lower speed limits for the vehicle (404) in a specific portion of a ride. A magnetic thruster (412, 430) is positioned near the portion of the ride, and a signal or signals (418) are sent from position sensors (416) to the controller (420). The controller (420) determines the actual velocity of the vehicle (404) as it travels along a direction of travel and acts to compare the determined vehicle velocity with the stored and desired speed settings (456, 458). The controller (420) then determines a magnetic force to apply to the vehicle (404) including selecting whether the force is along the direction of travel or opposite to provide acceleration or deceleration of the vehicle (404). The magnetic thruster (412, 430) is selectively operated to generate a magnetic force to act on the vehicle (404).

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63G 7/00 - Up-and-down-hill tracks or switchbacks

62.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ADDITIONAL CONTENT TO A PROGRAM STREAM

      
Application Number US2008079025
Publication Number 2009/048855
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-10-07
Publication Date 2009-04-16
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Patel, Neil
  • Masilko, Gary, Todd

Abstract

A system for providing additional content to a program stream includes a primary program stream, additional content that is related to the primary program stream, and a server for associating the additional content with the primary program stream based on a location of a portable communication device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 60/51 - Arrangements for identifying or recognising characteristics with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time, e.g. for identifying broadcast stations or for identifying users for identifying locations of receiving stations
  • H04H 20/28 - Arrangements for simultaneous broadcast of plural pieces of information

63.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING A DEVICE IMPLEMENTING A DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGAMENT PROTOCOL

      
Application Number US2008008888
Publication Number 2009/045242
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-22
Publication Date 2009-04-09
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Watson, Scott, F.
  • Robert, Amaud

Abstract

A method comprises receiving a first device ID request from user for registration of a first user device; generating a first unique identification number for the first user device; generating a first unique identification object based on a first DRM protocol, the first unique identification object including the first unique identification number; associating the user with the first user device, the first unique identification number and the first DRM protocol; receiving a second device ID request from user for registration of a second user device; generating a second unique identification number for the second user device; generating a second unique identification object based on a second DRM protocol, the second unique identification object including the second unique identification number, wherein the first DRM protocol and the second DRM protocol are incompatible; and associating the user with the second user device, the second unique identification number and the second DRM protocol.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/00 - Security arrangements for protecting computers, components thereof, programs or data against unauthorised activity

64.

MESH SYNCHRONIZATION

      
Application Number US2008068199
Publication Number 2009/045591
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-06-25
Publication Date 2009-04-09
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gosztyla, Jeffrey
  • Poulin, Martin
  • Smith, Daren
  • Mcarthur, Mark

Abstract

Embodiments of the present invention provide techniques for establishing and reestablishing associations between users of game devices. In one embodiment, information about an association between a user of a first game device and a user of a second game device is stored in the nonvolatile memories of first and second game media, the first and second game media being communicatively coupled with the first and second game devices respectively. If the first game device loses track of the association (e.g., the user of the first game devices swaps out the first game medium for another one, or the memory resident on the first game medium is corrupted/erased), an association notification received at the first game device from the second game device may be used to reestablish the association at the first game device. In this manner, previously established associations between users of game devices may be automatically established/reestablished.

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

65.

PODBLASTING-CONNECTING A USB PORTABLE MEDIA DEVICE TO A CONSOLE

      
Application Number US2008072202
Publication Number 2009/045630
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-08-05
Publication Date 2009-04-09
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Meyers, Mark
  • Huntsman, Kendell, T.
  • Barnes, Joe

Abstract

Embodiments of the present invention provide techniques for aiding users of game consoles in creating custom gameplay data for a music video game based on audio data (e.g., songs) stored on a portable media device. Specific embodiments provide a game console application that can receive a song at a game console from a portable media device, and receive user inputs to generate custom gameplay data associated with the song. The gameplay data may then be saved to the portable storage device and later accessed, either at the same or a different game console, to allow a user to play the music video game in accordance with the gameplay data and the audio data. In this manner, users can create and share custom gameplay content for a music video game based on songs stored on their portable media devices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for

66.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION TO A MOBILE DEVICE USER

      
Application Number US2008008889
Publication Number 2009/042006
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-22
Publication Date 2009-04-02
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Endo, Katsunosuke
  • Endo, Yuji
  • Kato, Nahoko
  • Kohyama, Michiko
  • Kuroda, Emiko
  • Murata, Junichi
  • Sasaki, Makoto
  • Terakado, Kumiko
  • Wexler, Geoffrey, A.

Abstract

There is provided a method for use by a mobile device for providing an entertainment presentation to a user. The method comprises downloading a multimedia presentation control software by the mobile device, wherein the mobile device includes a controller and a smart chip operable to support electronic commerce transactions, registering a first action by the mobile device in response to a first smart chip event caused by the user, activating a function of the multimedia presentation control software in response to the first action, and providing the entertainment presentation to the user of the mobile device using the multimedia presentation control software.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/00 - Services specially adapted for wireless communication networks; Facilities therefor

67.

FLEXIBLE FORMAT MEDIA CONTENT AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SAME

      
Application Number US2008008896
Publication Number 2009/042007
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-22
Publication Date 2009-04-02
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Robert, Amaud
  • Watson, Scott, F.

Abstract

There is presented a method for providing a media content, one embodiment comprising recording a first version of a movie on a first content medium in a first format, encrypting one or more content supplement to the movie, each content supplement having a format different from the first format, embedding at least one encryption key in each content supplement, providing a retrieval code for key data enabling playback of the content supplement, and bundling the content supplement and the retrieval code for distribution with the first content medium. In one embodiment, a flexible format media bundle comprises a first content medium, a first version of a media content recorded on the first content medium in a first format, at least one content supplement having a different format, at least one encryption key, and a retrieval code enabling access to the content supplement.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal

68.

GUIDED TELEVISION METHOD AND SYSTEM

      
Application Number US2008010079
Publication Number 2009/038632
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-08-25
Publication Date 2009-03-26
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Watson, David
  • Fopeano, Stephan
  • Parr, Stacy

Abstract

There is provided a method for guiding viewer selection of television content. The method comprises receiving a request for delivery of television content from a remote system; establishing an identity of the remote system; accessing a viewing history corresponding to the remote system in response to receiving the request; identifying a desirable subset of content items from available television content based upon a first plurality of discrimination criteria including the viewing history; determining a display subset of content items from the desirable subset, to be provided for selection by the remote system, according to a second plurality of discrimination criteria including the viewing history; and delivering an interface to the remote system for enabling a viewer of the remote system to select content items from the display subset.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal

69.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONVERTING A COMPUTER VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT INTO A REAL-LIFE SIMULATION ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number US2008010078
Publication Number 2009/038631
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-08-25
Publication Date 2009-03-26
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Rhoades, Joshua
  • Voris, Jeffrey

Abstract

There is provided a method for converting a computer game into a real-life simulation environment comprising receiving metadata defining virtual features and a virtual layout, matching the virtual features to simulation features of the real-life simulation environment, mapping the virtual layout onto the real-life simulation environment, and compiling those results as data corresponding to a real-life simulation of the computer game. A converter configured to translate a computer virtual environment into a real-life simulation environment comprises an input module configured to receive metadata, a memory including a simulation database containing simulation features of the real-life simulation environment, a synchronization module configured to match virtual features to the simulation features, a mapping module configured to map the virtual layout onto the real-life simulation environment, and a controller configured to compile the simulation features and the real-life simulation environment into a real-life simulation of the computer virtual environment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

70.

MEASURING USER ENGAGEMENT DURING PRESENTATION OF MEDIA CONTENT

      
Application Number US2008076629
Publication Number 2009/039150
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-09-17
Publication Date 2009-03-26
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Sidi, Ariff
  • Hedinsson, Skarpi
  • Manzari, Giuseppe
  • Liu, Ely

Abstract

Measuring user engagement during at least one presentation of a gating segment of media content is disclosed. A portion of media content may be partitioned into segments including one or more protected segments. A user may be selectively given access to at least one of the protected content media segments in response to accessing an associated gating segment. User interaction indices associated with a corresponding plurality of gated media content segment presentations are determined based on at least one of user engagement values. The user engagement values are determined based on user interaction data being temporally associated with a threshold event that occurs after a start of at least one gated media content segment presentation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry

71.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING OFFLINE ADVERTISEMENT SUPPORTED DIGITAL CONTENT

      
Application Number US2008075808
Publication Number 2009/036028
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-09-10
Publication Date 2009-03-19
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wang, Yiqing
  • Fritz, Adam
  • White, Christopher, Allen
  • Mavromatis, Dionysius, C.

Abstract

A system for receiving advertisement supported content in a media device, including a media collector for receiving primary content and secondary content in a media device, the primary content comprising a media asset and the secondary content comprising an advertisement, a file system for organizing the primary content and the secondary content, and a player for playing the primary content and inserting the secondary content into the primary content at a time determined by the file system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • G06Q 50/00 - Systems or methods specially adapted for specific business sectors, e.g. utilities or tourism

72.

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DISTRIBUTED CONTROL OF AN INTERACTIVE ANIMATRONIC SHOW

      
Application Number US2008076056
Publication Number 2009/036199
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-09-11
Publication Date 2009-03-19
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Wieland, Alexis

Abstract

A system and method of distributed control of an interactive animatronic show is disclosed. The system (100) includes a plurality of animatronic actors (110, 120, 130, 140, 150), at least one of the actors comprising a processor (320) and one or more motors (332) controlled by the processor. The system also includes a network (160) interconnecting each of the actors, and a plurality of sensors (170, 180) providing messages to the network, where the messages are indicative of processed information. Each processor executes software that schedules and coordinates an action of the actor corresponding to the processor in accordance with the sensor messages being representative of attributes of an audience (505) viewing the show and a state indicative of the readiness of the corresponding actor for action. Actions of the corresponding actor can comprise animation movements of the actor, responding to another actor and/or responding to a member of the audience. The actions can result in movement of at least a component of the actor caused by control of the motor.

IPC Classes  ?

73.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING LOCATION-BASED INTERTAINMENT

      
Application Number US2008007555
Publication Number 2009/032029
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-06-16
Publication Date 2009-03-12
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Becker, Emily

Abstract

There is disclosed a system and method for providing location-based entertainment. In one embodiment, a device capable of providing location-based entertainment comprises a navigational interface module configured to receive navigational data, an entertainment selection module configured to utilize the navigational data to generate location-based entertainment content for a user, and a presentation module configured to present the location-based content to the user. The system may also include a position finding module and a routing module. In one embodiment, a method for providing location-based entertainment comprises identifying a present location of a mobile user, identifying a destination of the mobile user, determining a travel route of the mobile user based on the present location and the destination of the mobile user, providing navigational data according to the travel route, generating a location-based entertainment content for a user utilizing the navigational data, and presenting the location-based content to the user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

74.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAKING DYNAMIC GRAPHICAL WEB CONTENT SEARCHABLE

      
Application Number US2008007548
Publication Number 2009/029136
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-06-17
Publication Date 2009-03-05
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burson, Robert, Jeffrey
  • Lee, Dexter
  • Weksler, Michael, Scott

Abstract

There is provided a method for making a rich web application searchable, one embodiment comprising providing companion content in a format searchable by a web search engine, loading the companion content in a web browser, calling a rich web application using the companion content, loading the rich web application in the web browser, and launching a data bridge interfacing the rich web application and the companion content. The method may further comprise retrieving a data feed for the rich web application, located in the companion content. In one embodiment, a system configured to make a rich web application searchable comprises a content storage, companion content in a format searchable by a web search engine, a data feed for the rich web application included in the companion content, and a data bridge interfacing the rich web application with the companion content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

75.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GRAPHICALLY DEFINING SURFACE NORMAL MAPS

      
Application Number US2008070833
Publication Number 2009/018033
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-23
Publication Date 2009-02-05
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Murrah, John T.
  • Lusinsky, Donald Adolph
  • Driskill, Henry Allen
  • Jenkins, Sean D.
  • Eckart, Colin
  • Kinney, Andrew

Abstract

A surface normal map of an object can be interactively modified to create brushstroke-like textures. In one embodiment, surface normal components along the x,y, and z axes (in object coordinate space) are mapped onto red, green and blue color components. The object's surface is displayed in an editing interface (e.g., a painting program) with colors indicating the surface normals. The user can then modify the surface normals to achieve a desired look for the object. The modified surface normals are stored with the oject-model data and are used in rendering the object, helping to create a paintefd appearance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/20 - Image acquisition
  • G06K 9/36 - Image preprocessing, i.e. processing the image information without deciding about the identity of the image

76.

MULTIPLE ARTISTIC LOOK RENDERING METHODS AND APPARATUS

      
Application Number US2008071717
Publication Number 2009/018417
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-31
Publication Date 2009-02-05
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Murrah, John, T.
  • Driskill, Henry, Allen
  • Eckart, Colin
  • Lusinsky, Donald, Adolph
  • Jenkins, Sean, D.
  • Dalton, Patrick

Abstract

A computer system comprises a memory configured to store a geometric description of an object, wherein the memory is configured to store a first set of parameters associated with a first artistic look, and wherein the memory is configured to store a second set of parameters associated with a second artistic look, and a processor coupled to the memory, wherein the processor is configured to determine a first set of rendered data in response to the first set of parameters and to the geometric description of the object, wherein the processor is configured to determine a second set of rendered data in response to the second set of parameters and to the geometric description of the object, and wherein the processor is configured to determine a visual representation for the object in response to the first set of rendered data and in response to the second set of rendered data.

IPC Classes  ?

77.

SURFACE SHADING OF COMPUTER-GENERATED OBJECT USING MULTIPLE SURFACES

      
Application Number US2008070456
Publication Number 2009/017989
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-18
Publication Date 2009-02-05
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Othon, Adrienne

Abstract

Objects are modeled and rendered using multiple surfaces to provide attributes used in rendering. In some embodiments, a reference surface for an object is defined, e.g., using conventional modeling techniques. One or more auxiliary surfaces are associated with portions of the reference surface. Some of the surface attributes (e.g., color, surface normal, texture, lighting) are associated with the reference surface, while other attributes (e.g., transparency) are associated with the cards. To render an image, a ray associated with a pixel is traced to its intersection with the reference surface and to its intersection with one of the auxiliary surfaces. The attributes associated with the reference surface are determined based on the intersection point of the ray with the reference surface, and the attributes associated with the auxiliary surface are determined based on the intersection point of the ray with the auxiliary surface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 17/20 - Wire-frame description, e.g. polygonalisation or tessellation

78.

RENDERING OF SHADOWS WITH HAND-PAINTED APPEARANCE

      
Application Number US2008070877
Publication Number 2009/018050
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-23
Publication Date 2009-02-05
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Siegel, Lewis, N.
  • Springfield, Christopher, D.
  • Miles, Robert, L.
  • Lusinsky, Donald Adolph

Abstract

Shadows are rendered automatically with a hand-painted appearance. The shadow region is divided into a core and a penumbra. A core perturbation zone is defined between the core and penumbra and a penumbra perturbation zone is defined between the penumbra and an unshadowed region. Within each perturbation zone, a texture is applied to each pixel to map the pixel as being inside or outside the core or penumbra boundary, thereby defining a displaced core boundary and a displaced penumbra boundary. The displaced boundaries can be non-linear and discontinuous. When shadows are rendered using the displaced boundaries, a hand-painted appearance can result. An additional texture can be applied in the penumbra to further enhance the painted appearance.

IPC Classes  ?

79.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A BROADCAST PROGRAM AND ASSOCIATED WEB CONTENT

      
Application Number US2008007517
Publication Number 2009/014583
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-06-16
Publication Date 2009-01-29
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Michel, Kenneth

Abstract

There is provided a method for use by a processing device for providing a broadcast program and Web content associated with the broadcast program. According to one embodiment, the method includes selecting a broadcast channel and receiving a broadcast program on the broadcast channel. The broadcast program can be, for example, a movie or a television show. The method further includes determining a Web site associated with the broadcast channel. In one embodiment, the Web site can be a dynamic Web site hosted by a channel link server. The method further includes receiving Web content associated with the broadcast program from the Web site. In one embodiment, the Web content is synchronized with the broadcast program based on a program schedule. The method further includes providing the Web content and the broadcast program to an output display contemporaneously.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 60/82 - Arrangements characterised by transmission systems other than for broadcast, e.g. the Internet characterised by the transmission system itself the transmission system being the Internet
  • H04H 20/93 - Arrangements characterised by special technical features of the broadcast information, e.g. signal form or information format which locates resources of other pieces of information, e.g. URL [Uniform Resource Locator]
  • H04H 20/18 - Arrangements for synchronising broadcast or distribution via plural systems

80.

GENERATION OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL MOVIES WITH IMPROVED DEPTH CONTROL

      
Application Number US2008070434
Publication Number 2009/015007
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-18
Publication Date 2009-01-29
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Newell, Paul
  • Neuman, Robert
  • Hendrickson, Andrew

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  ?

81.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REPLACING CONTENT DISPLAYED BY AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

      
Application Number US2008007519
Publication Number 2009/011743
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-06-16
Publication Date 2009-01-22
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor White, Christopher, A.

Abstract

According to one embodiment, a method for use by an electronic device for automatically replacing a first content being displayed by the electronic device with a second content includes receiving user preference data input by a user. The method further includes detecting an occurrence of a trigger event and selecting the second content from a predetermined location in response to the trigger event. The method further includes receiving the second content from the predetermined location and configuring the electronic device to display the second content.

IPC Classes  ?

82.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MULTIPLE TEXTURE MAP STORAGE AND FILTERING

      
Application Number US2008070501
Publication Number 2009/012464
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-18
Publication Date 2009-01-22
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Burley, Brent, D.
  • Lacewell, J. Dylan

Abstract

A method for a computer system including receiving a file comprising textures including a first and a second texture, and metadata, wherein the first texture need not have a predetermined geometric relationship to the second texture, wherein the metadata includes identifiers associated with textures and includes adjacency data, associating the first texture with a first location on an object in response to an identifier associated with the first texture, associating the second texture with a second location on the object in response to an identifier associated with the second texture, determining an edge of the first texture is adjacent to an edge of the second texture in response to the adjacency data, and performing a rendering operation with respect to the first and the second surface on the object to determine rendering data in response to the first texture and to the second texture.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 11/40 - Filling a planar surface by adding surface attributes, e.g. colour or texture

83.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FACILITATING CREATION OF CONTENT

      
Application Number US2008006483
Publication Number 2009/002382
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-05-21
Publication Date 2008-12-31
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Heatherly, Christopher
  • Holmes, Sunny
  • Ouye, Randal

Abstract

There is provided a method for use by a content capturing device for facilitating creation of content. According to one embodiment, the method includes receiving a content project file in a receiver of the content capturing device. The method further includes providing instructions to the user via a user interface for creating one or more portions of the content. In one embodiment, the instructions can be included in the content project file. The content can be, for example, a video or a collection of one or more digital still images. The method further includes capturing the one or more portions of the content using a video module and automatically editing the one or more portions of the content to generate the content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/232 - Devices for controlling television cameras, e.g. remote control

84.

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF VIRTUALLY PACKAGING MULTIMEDIA

      
Application Number US2008061917
Publication Number 2009/002604
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-04-29
Publication Date 2008-12-31
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kalama, Asa
  • Irmler, Holger
  • Mezzatesta, Frank
  • Wong, Clifford

Abstract

Embodiments include systems and methods of accessing multimedia content. One embodiment includes a system for accessing multimedia data. The system includes a tangible object comprising at least one proximity device embedded within the tangible object. The tangible object is configured to provide identification information of the tangible object. The system further includes a reader configured to wirelessly detect the tangible object based upon the proximity device and receive the identification information. The system further includes a device configured to receive a signal from the reader in response to detecting the tangible object and configured to access multimedia data based upon the provided identification information.

IPC Classes  ?

85.

TACTILE FEEDBACK MECHANISM USING MAGNETS TO PROVIDE TRIGGER OR RELEASE SENSATIONS

      
Application Number US2008059090
Publication Number 2008/150569
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-04-02
Publication Date 2008-12-11
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Crawford, David W.
  • Bryan, Susan M.
  • Frankenberger, James, S.

Abstract

An apparatus for providing tactile feedback to an operator The apparatus Includes first and second magnetic assemblies having first and second magnets respectively The apparatus further includes a user input device, such as a trigger, a release cord, or a joystick that Is connected to at least one of the two assemblies and positions the first magnet proximate to the second magnet such that interaction occurs between the magnetic fields to generate a force that is exerted on the input device Tile force may be an opposing or resisting force that opposes movement of the user input such as resisting a triggering or releasing action in an interactive video game when the poles are of like polarity The magnetic assembly may be stationary, and the magnetic assembly may be connected to the user input device to be slid or positioned relative to the first magnet assembly.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for

86.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING A TOUCHSCREEN AS AN INTERFACE FOR MUSIC-BASED GAMEPLAY

      
Application Number US2008061915
Publication Number 2008/140935
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-04-29
Publication Date 2008-11-20
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Dutilly, Derek, T.
  • Browne, Jonathan
  • Ingeneri, Nikolaus, Paul
  • Monroe, Shannon, Richard

Abstract

An interactive computerized game system (300) including a visual display (302), one or more user input devices (308), and a processor (306) executing software that interacts with the display (302) and input device(s) (308) is disclosed. The software displays images of musical targets on the visual display (302), the musical targets possibly corresponding to a pre-recorded source of music (312). At least one of the user input devices (308) is a touchscreen arranged to simulate a portion of a musical instrument. During gameplay, the gameplayer must touch the touchscreen at the appropriate time and/or in the appropriate location in response to the displayed images of musical targets. The system provides a positive indication if the player's input matches the attributes of the displayed musical targets.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

87.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A VALUE OF A PORTION OF CONTENT

      
Application Number US2008001979
Publication Number 2008/123905
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-02-12
Publication Date 2008-10-16
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lelyveld, Philip
  • Schonfeld, Robert

Abstract

There is provided a method for use by a computing device for determining a value of a portion of content selected by a user. The content can be, for example, a movie or a television program that includes approximately 30 frames per second. Then, data defining a beginning and an ending of the portion of content is received from the user. Metadata associated with at least one frame included in the portion of content selected by the user is processed by the computing device. For example, the metadata can include information describing the subject matter included in the frame or information indicating various attributes of the frame. Thereafter, one or more frame values are determined using the metadata. The value of the portion of content is then determined using the one or more frame values.

IPC Classes  ?

88.

A NAVIGABLE SCREENSAVER AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING SAME

      
Application Number US2008001980
Publication Number 2008/112059
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-02-12
Publication Date 2008-09-18
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Watson, Scott

Abstract

There is provided a method for use by a computer for implementing a navigable Screensaver. In one embodiment, the navigable Screensaver is activated. A user command entered through a user interface of the computer is detected. The navigable Screensaver is then maintained to allow a user to navigate the navigable Screensaver. The user command is executed by requesting content from a server through a network. Thereafter, the content is received for display in the navigable Screensaver. The content is then displayed in the navigable Screensaver. Content specified by the user is automatically requested and received by the navigable Screensaver. Then, a web browser displaying a web page associated with the content selected by the user in the navigable Screensaver is initiated.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

89.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FACILITATING ANALYSIS AUDIENCE RATINGS DATA FOR CONTENT

      
Application Number US2008001352
Publication Number 2008/100383
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-02-01
Publication Date 2008-08-21
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Zarudyanskiy, Dmitriy
  • Mouen, Grafton

Abstract

There is provided a method for use by a content processing device for facilitating the analysis of audience ratings data for content. In one embodiment, content is received from a source. Then, the content is encoded into a target format to enable insertion of a first number of markers in the content, each of the first number of markers indexing a time period of the content. Thereafter, a content records database that includes the audience ratings data corresponding to the content are accessed. The audience ratings data are then associated with the first number of markers. The audience ratings data are displayed during playback of the content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

90.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSOCIATING METADATA WITH CONTENT

      
Application Number US2007025849
Publication Number 2008/085342
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-12-18
Publication Date 2008-07-17
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Rice, Kevin
  • Santana, Armando
  • Short, Shelley

Abstract

There is provided a method for associating metadata with content. According to one embodiment, the content is created for a scheduled event, where the metadata includes at least one metadata tag correlated to an event time period of the scheduled event. The method includes receiving content having a known time period. For example, the content can be a digital image, a video, or other data and the known time period can be a time period at which the content was created. The method further includes matching the known time period of the content with the event time period and determining the at least one metadata tag correlated to the event time period. The method further includes associating the at least one metadata tag with the content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

91.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INPUTTING AND DISPLAYING COMMENTARY INFORMATION WITH CONTENT

      
Application Number US2007025856
Publication Number 2008/079223
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-12-18
Publication Date 2008-07-03
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Purvis, Christopher
  • Rice, Kevin

Abstract

There is provided a method for use by a media processing device to provide commentary information in conjunction with content stored in media. In one embodiment, playback of the content by the media processing device is begun. The playback is then stopped at a first time to receive commentary information. The commentary information entered by a user of the media processing device is then received. Thereafter, synchronization data used for synchronizing the content with the commentary information for providing the commentary information at the first time is generated. Then, the commentary information and the synchronization data are stored in memory. For example, the commentary information and the synchronization data can be transmitted to and stored in a database having memory.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

92.

METHOD, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROVIDING GROUP INTERACTIVITY WITH ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCES

      
Application Number US2007025922
Publication Number 2008/076445
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-12-18
Publication Date 2008-06-26
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Martin, Ernest, L.
  • Stepniewicz, Peter

Abstract

The present invention provides a system and method system for providing group interactivity. The system includes a module that determines a size of an audience in an image provided by an image acquisition device and a module that controls interaction in a small audience environment. In addition, the system includes a module that controls interaction in a large audience environment. The present invention can also be viewed as a method for providing group interactivity. The method operates by determining size of an audience in a image, interacting in a small audience environment and interacting in a large audience environment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints

93.

METHOD, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR VIDEO INSERTION

      
Application Number US2007024228
Publication Number 2008/066733
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-11-19
Publication Date 2008-06-05
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Walsh, Peter, M.
  • Bailey, Anthony, John
  • Casamona, David, Louis

Abstract

A method for video insertion including presenting a user with an image; allowing the user to define one or more inclusion regions of interest by selecting one or more portions in the image; allowing the user to define one or more exclusion regions of interest by selecting one or more portions in the image; expanding inclusion color values in a color space to define an inclusion color region, the inclusion color values corresponding to colors in the inclusion region of interest; expanding exclusion color values in a color space to define an exclusion color region, the exclusion color values corresponding to colors in the exclusion region of interest; assigning each color in the color space a key value in response to the inclusion color region and the exclusion color region; receiving background video and foreground; merging the background video and the foreground in response to the key value corresponding to the background video color.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/18 - Closed-circuit television systems, i.e. systems in which the signal is not broadcast

94.

INTEROPERABLE DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT

      
Application Number US2007021132
Publication Number 2008/063277
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-10-02
Publication Date 2008-05-29
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Robert, Arnaud
  • Watson, Scott
  • Lotspiech, Jeffrey

Abstract

The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a method and/or system for enabling access to media content using different digital rights management formats.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 12/14 - Protection against unauthorised use of memory

95.

COLLECTING CONSUMER INFORMATION

      
Application Number US2007023905
Publication Number 2008/060562
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-11-14
Publication Date 2008-05-22
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Swirsky, Robert, A.
  • Watson, Scott

Abstract

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for collecting consumer information. A first message is received from a portable communication device having a device identifier. The first message includes an item code that identifies a promotional item. It is verified whether the device identifier is registered for a promotional service corresponding to the item code. If the device identifier is not registered for the promotional service, a second message is sent to the portable communication device, where the second message requests an address for delivering the promotional item.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce

96.

ELECTRONIC GAME WITH OVERLAY CARD

      
Application Number US2007061942
Publication Number 2008/060641
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-09
Publication Date 2008-05-22
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Matsumoto, Tsuyoshi
  • Kuribayashi, Masaru

Abstract

Systems and methods related to game consoles, game software and games for play on a game console having a touch screen interface. A card having a pattern defined therein is overlaid on the touch screen. The defined pattern is used to activate portions of the touch screen by guiding user interaction with a touch pad or touch screen. The activated portions of the touch pad or touch screen launch responsive activity in a computer program implemented on the game console.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

97.

STANDALONE FLAME SIMULATOR

      
Application Number US2007081666
Publication Number 2008/060800
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-10-17
Publication Date 2008-05-22
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Reichow, Mark A.

Abstract

An apparatus (500) for simulating flames using fabric flame sheets or elements (570). The apparatus (500) includes a fan or blower (510) for producing a volume of air flow (518) and two or more flame elements (570) positioned in the fan air flow (578). First and second light sources, such as high powered light emitting diodes (LEDs), are provided to produce light beams having two differing colors such as an amber beam and an orange/red beam. The light beams are directed so as to mix or cross on or near the flame elements (570) when the flame elements (570) extend outward from their mounting location into the fan air flow (578). Each of the LEDs has a brightness level that can be tuned or adjusted by a controller, which may be manual or may be automated to modify the brightness level of at least one of the LEDs and typically both LEDs during the operation of the flame simulator (500).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09F 19/20 - Advertising or display means not otherwise provided for using special optical effects with colour-mixing effects
  • H01K 7/06 - Lamps for purposes other than general lighting for decorative purposes

98.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH AN IMAGE

      
Application Number US2007019609
Publication Number 2008/039297
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-09-10
Publication Date 2008-04-03
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Ackley, Jonathan, M.
  • Aviv, Oren, Rod
  • Bryant, Frank
  • Watson, Scott, F.

Abstract

A method is provided for decoding an image of a pattern associated with an object to determine a digital identifier and to obtain data. The method comprises receiving a image of a pattern associated with the object. The pattern comprises a sub-image and a data tag. The image comprising a plurality of pixels. The method further comprises associating a first sub-set of the pixels with the sub-image and a second sub-set of the pixels with the data tag, determining a digital identifier of the sub-image based on the first sub-set of the pixels, and determining a tag value of the data tag based on the second sub-set of the pixels.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

99.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONICALLY MANAGING AND ROUTING NEWS CONTENT

      
Application Number US2007077027
Publication Number 2008/039626
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-08-28
Publication Date 2008-04-03
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Scott, Thomas, C.
  • Chybinski, John, C.

Abstract

Techniques that enable automated processing of news content. A client device receives news content and configures a message for processing by a server. A user of the client device can assign one or more processing attributes to the news content such as scheduling, formatting, or delivery attributes. A message with the news content and assigned attributes is configured according to a predetermined format and transmitted to the server. The server receives the message and may automatically process the news content based upon information contained in the message. Output from the server may be distributed for use at one or more newsrooms.

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

100.

CONTAINER WITH REFLECTIVE SURFACE FOR CREATING A MULTI-EFFECT VISUAL DISPLAY

      
Application Number US2007069866
Publication Number 2008/021606
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-05-29
Publication Date 2008-02-21
Owner DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (USA)
Inventor Schnuckle, Gary

Abstract

A container (100) for creating a multi-dimensional visual display or illusion. The container (100) includes sidewall (112) and a visual display assembly (120) mounted on an exterior surface of the sidewall (112). The display assembly (120) may be provided in one or more labels attached to the exterior surface and includes a reflective surface (128) attached to a rear portion (116) of the sidewall (112). A primary image (129) is positioned between the reflective surface (128) and exterior surface of the sidewall (112). The sidewall (112) is curved and the reflective surface (128) and primary image (129) are mounted to conform to this curved shape. A framing element (130) is provided on a front portion (114) of the sidewall (112) with background images (144) on an inward facing surface (140). The framing element (130) includes a view port (138) providing a line of sight through the container (100) onto the primary image (129) and reflective surface (128), which reflects the background images (144) to the viewer so as to appear behind the primary image (129).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09F 3/00 - Labels, tag tickets, or similar identification or indication means; Seals; Postage or like stamps
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