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Optical Engineering

3-D movies using microprocessor-controlled optoelectronic spectacles
Author(s): Kenneth M. Jacobs; Ronald S. Karpf
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Paper Abstract

Despite rapid advances in technology, 3-D movies are impractical for general movie viewing. A new approach that opens all content for casual 3-D viewing is needed. 3Deeps-advanced microprocessor controlled optoelectronic spectacles-provides such a new approach to 3-D. 3Deeps works on a different principle than other methods for 3-D. 3-D movies typically use the asymmetry of dual images to produce stereopsis, necessitating costly dual-image content, complex formatting and transmission standards, and viewing via a corresponding selection device. In contrast, all 3Deeps requires to view movies in realistic depth is an illumination asymmetry-a controlled difference in optical density between the lenses. When a 2-D movie has been projected for viewing, 3Deeps converts every scene containing lateral motion into realistic 3-D. Put on 3Deeps spectacles for 3-D viewing, or remove them for viewing in 2-D. 3Deeps works for all analogue and digital 2-D content, by any mode of transmission, and for projection screens, digital or analogue monitors. An example using aerial photography is presented. A movie consisting of successive monoscopic aerial photographs appears in realistic 3-D when viewed through 3Deeps spectacles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 51(2) 021105 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.51.2.021105
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 51, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Kenneth M. Jacobs, Binghamton Univ. (United States)
Ronald S. Karpf, ADDIS Inc. (United States)

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