DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
|DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20150256740||METHOD FOR CAPTURING PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS ON A HANDHELD CLIENT DEVICE WITHOUT CONTINUALLY OBSERVING THE DEVICE'S SCREEN - A client device for image capture in an eyes-free manner or without ongoing observance of the device's display screen to ensure proper framing and focusing. The client device may take the form of a smartphone, tablet, or the like. The client device includes an image capture application run by a processor to select a target to be included in a digital image captured by the client device's camera. The image capture application causes the processor to operate feedback mechanisms to prompt an operator of the client device to move the device so as to move the camera or its lens, before or during the capturing of the digital image, from a first orientation to a second orientation relative to the target. The image capture application urges the operator of the client device to hold their client device so as to better frame or focus on the selected target.||09-10-2015|
|20150254903||Augmented Reality Image Transformation - There is provided a system and method for augmented reality image transformation. In one implementation, such a system includes a system processor, a system memory, and an image transformation engine stored in the system memory. The system processor is configured to execute the image transformation engine to receive image data corresponding to an image, to detect a feature on a surface of the image, and to synthesize a texture corresponding to the feature. The system processor is further configured to execute the image transformation engine to produce an augmented reality representation of the image having the texture for display to a user, the texture covering a surface of the augmented reality representation of the image corresponding to a portion of the feature that is not visible on the surface of the image.||09-10-2015|
|20150251619||PASSENGER RESTRAINT PAWL AND RATCHET ASSEMBLY WITH POSITIVE ENGAGEMENT - A passenger restraint system is provided for use in vehicles such as ride vehicles used in theme and amusement park rides. The restraint system includes a passenger restraint such as a lap bar, a belt, or an over-the-shoulder restraint includes a locking mechanism for selectively latching the restraint in a desired position. The locking mechanism includes a ratchet connected to the passenger restraint and mounted so as to rotate with movement of the passenger restraint. The locking mechanism also includes a pawl, which is a two piece assembly that includes: (1) a pivotally mounted upper portion; and (2) a pawl arm extending outward from the upper portion. In some embodiments, a first end of the pawl arm is pivotally coupled with the upper portion, and a second end of the pawl arm, distal to the second end, includes a tooth for engaging teeth on a surface of the ratchet.||09-10-2015|
|20150251101||AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE WITH CANTILEVERED RIDE VEHICLES - An amusement park ride adapted to provide passengers unobstructed lines of sight in turns and increased turn velocities. The ride includes a track and a ride vehicle. The ride vehicle includes a track connector assembly coupled to the track for movement along the ride path in a direction of travel. The vehicle also includes a vehicle base mounted to the track connector assembly to move with the track connector. The vehicle includes a bridge, or cantilever support arm or boom, extending from the vehicle base. The vehicle further includes a passenger compartment with one or more passenger seats. The passenger compartment is mounted to the bridge such that the seats and any passengers seated therein are spaced apart from the base at a cantilever distance. As a result, the passenger compartment has fore or aft cantilever mounting relative to the track connector assembly and relative to the vehicle base.||09-10-2015|
|20150243258||TRANSPARENT GIFT CARD FOR OVERLAYING A DIGITAL DISPLAY - A visual display assembly is provided for allowing an operator of digital device such as a smartphone to have an interactive experience with their display. The assembly or apparatus includes a digital device with a display screen and an overlay card for positioning over the display screen. The overlay card, which may take the form of a gift card, a debit card, a credit card, an access card, an ID card, or the like, includes a light-blocking region and a viewing window that is at least translucent to light adjacent the light-blocking region. Further, the digital device is selectively operable to display an image on the display screen viewable through the viewing window of the overlay card. The assembly includes a web server accessible with the digital device to download the image onto the digital device, and the image is provided by the digital device playing video content.||08-27-2015|
|20150242983||OVERLAY-BASED WATERMARKING FOR VIDEO SYNCHRONIZATION WITH CONTEXTUAL DATA - Systems and methods for synchronizing a broadcast video with contextual data are disclosed, wherein the broadcast video is enhanced by graphical overlays. Synchronization is achieved by means of digital watermarking of the broadcast video in conjunction with the graphical-overlays. Exemplary embodiments embed a watermark bitstream into the broadcast video based on an overlay-template, characteristic of a corresponding overlay-graphic. The watermarked video is then transmitted over a communication link to a receiving-end including a detector. According to some embodiment, the embedder inserts the watermark bitstream into the overlay-graphics' regions of the video and the detector extracts the watermark bitstream based on information in the overlay-template and based on a restored version of the original overlay-graphics.||08-27-2015|
|20150241712||SPINNING FAN MIRROR BEAM COMBINER FOR A BORDERLESS SELF-CONTAINED PEPPER'S GHOST - A 3D display apparatus for providing a Pepper's Ghost effect. The apparatus includes a background set spaced apart from a viewing space such that a viewer in the viewing space has a line of sight to the background set. The apparatus also includes a mirrored surfaces fan, which includes a motor, a hub rotatable by the motor, and a plurality of fan blades attached in a spaced apart manner to the hub to rotate with the hub. In some cases, each of the fan blades has a reflective region on a side facing away from the background set. The apparatus also includes a display device with a screen displaying an image of an object. The screen is positioned at an offset angle in the range of 40 to 60 degrees from a rotation plane for the sides of the fan blades. Often, the display device includes a 3D autostereoscopic device.||08-27-2015|
|20150239133||GRAVITY-COUNTERBALANCED ROBOT ARM - An arm assembly for use in a robot to provide gravity counterbalancing of the robot arms. The arm assembly includes an arm and a drive assembly. The arm assembly includes a differential interconnecting the drive assembly with the arm link. The differential is attached to a torso-side or upper end of the arm link, and the differential is adapted to provide gravity counterbalancing for the predefined mass of the arm link. A pair of half counterweights are provided and arranged to each move in one degree of freedom and to provide two equal counterweights to the differential's two inputs such as input gears, pulleys, or the like. The drive assembly includes two motors that are grounded. In some embodiments, both the motors and the counterweights are spaced apart from the robot's shoulder, i.e., spaced apart from the differential near the robot's pelvis or low in the torso.||08-27-2015|
|20150238876||SELECTING DIGITAL CONTENT IN A GROUP WITH A MARKET SYSTEM - Techniques are disclosed which provide an approach for selecting group-based digital content using a market system. An application receives a bid that indicates a selection for a user-configurable feature of a shared online activity and specifies an amount of currency that a corresponding participant is bidding for the selection. The application identifies a selection of the user-configurable feature having a highest total bid and initiates the shared online activity configured according to the user-configurable feature having the highest total bid.||08-27-2015|
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