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Retina projection using curved lens arrays
Author(s): Hao-Ren Yen; Guo-Dung J. Su
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we propose a multi-channel imaging system which combines the principles of an insect’s compound eye and optical cluster eye. The system consists of two curved structure lens arrays with different pitches. Both of them have the same curvature and the radiuses of the lenses in the arrays are optimized to focus rays on the retina. The optical axes of different channels are tilted to each other in order to reduce the optical system volume and transmit a wide field of view. Each channel of an array of multiple optical system transfers only a part of the field of view. Each partial image passes through each channel and stitches together on the retina to reconstruct a complete image. In order to simulate the image stitching, we also build an eye model. The thickness from the panel to the last surface of lens group is less than 25mm. The panel size is designed to be 4 inch which is the scale of eyeglass. The system can provide a large field of view about 150 degrees which is much wider than the commercial products. By using the 3D printer, we can make a model of lens array to achieve our design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9947, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XVII, 99470U (28 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237240
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Hao-Ren Yen, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Guo-Dung J. Su, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9947:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XVII
R. Barry Johnson; Virendra N. Mahajan; Simon Thibault, Editor(s)

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