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Perceptions of crosstalk and the possibility of a zoneless autostereoscopic display
Author(s): Mel Siegel
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Paper Abstract

Overlaid stereo image pairs, viewed without stereo demultiplexing optics, are not always perceived as a ghosted image: if image generation and display parameters are adjusted so that disparities are small and limited to foreground and background regions, then the perception is rather more of blurring than of doubling. Since this blurring seems natural, comparable to the blurring due to depth-of-focus, it is unobjectionable. In contrast, the perception of ghosting seems always to be objectionable. Now consider the possibility that there is a perceptual regime in which disparity is small enough that perception of crosstalk is as blurring rather than as ghosting, but it is large enough to stimulate depth perception. If such a perceptual region exists, then it might be exploited to relax the strict 'crosstalk minimization' requirement normally imposed in the engineering of stereoscopic displays. This paper reports experiments that indicate that such a perceptual region does actually exist. We suggest a stereoscopic display engineering design concept that illustrates how this observation might be exploited to create a zoneless autostereoscopic display. By way of introduction and motivation, we begin from the observation that, just as color can be shouted in primary tones or whispered in soft pastel hues, so stereo can be shoved in your face or raised ever so gently off the screen plane. We review the problems with 'in your face stereo,' we demonstrate that 'just enough reality' is both gentle and effective in achieving stereoscopy's fundamental goal: resolving the front-back ambiguity inherent in 2D projections, and we show how this perspective leads naturally to the relaxation of the requirement for crosstalk reduction to be the main engineering constraint on the design of stereoscopic display systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 June 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4297, Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems VIII, (22 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.430852
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Mel Siegel, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4297:
Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems VIII
Mark T. Bolas; Andrew J. Woods; Mark T. Bolas; John O. Merritt; Stephen A. Benton, Editor(s)

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