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Recreation of three-dimensional objects in a real-time simulated environment by means of a panoramic single lens stereoscopic image-capturing device
Author(s): Erwin Wong
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Paper Abstract

Traditional methods of linear based imaging limits the viewer to a single fixed-point perspective. By means of a single lens multiple perspective mirror system, a 360-degree representation of the area around the camera is reconstructed. This reconstruction is used overcome the limitations of a traditional camera by providing the viewer with many different perspectives. By constructing the mirror into a hemispherical surface with multiple focal lengths at various diameters on the mirror, and by placing a parabolic mirror overhead, a stereoscopic image can be extracted from the image captured by a high-resolution camera placed beneath the mirror. Image extraction and correction is made by computer processing of the image obtained by camera; the image present up to five distinguishable different viewpoints that a computer can extrapolate pseudo- perspective data from. Geometric and depth for field can be extrapolated via comparison and isolation of objects within a virtual scene post processed by the computer. Combining data with scene rendering software provides the viewer with the ability to choose a desired viewing position, multiple dynamic perspectives, and virtually constructed perspectives based on minimal existing data. An examination into the workings of the mirror relay system is provided, including possible image extrapolation and correctional methods. Generation of data and virtual interpolated and constructed data is also mentioned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3958, Three-Dimensional Image Capture and Applications III, (16 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.380048
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Erwin Wong, Dynamix Networking (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3958:
Three-Dimensional Image Capture and Applications III
Brian D. Corner; Joseph H. Nurre, Editor(s)

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