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The Chromostereoscopic Process: A Novel Single Image Stereoscopic Process
Author(s): Richard Arend Steenblik
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Paper Abstract

A novel stereoscopic depth encoding/decoding process has been developed which considerably simplifies the creation and presentation of stereoscopic images in a wide range of display media. The patented chromostereoscopic process is unique because the encoding of depth information is accomplished in a single image. The depth encoded image can be viewed with the unaided eye as a normal two dimensional image. The image attains the appearance of depth, however, when viewed by means of the inexpensive and compact depth decoding passive optical system. The process is compatible with photographic, printed, video, slide projected, computer graphic, and laser generated color images. The range of perceived depth in a given image can be selected by the viewer through the use of "tunable depth" decoding optics, allowing infinite and smooth tuning from exaggerated normal depth through zero depth to exaggerated inverse depth. The process is insensitive to the head position of the viewer. Depth encoding is accomplished by mapping the desired perceived depth of an image component into spectral color. Depth decoding is performed by an optical system which shifts the spatial positions of the colors in the image to create left and right views. The process is particularly well suited to the creation of stereoscopic laser shows. Other applications are also being pursued.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0761, True Three-Dimensional Imaging Techniques & Display Technologies, (16 June 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940117
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Richard Arend Steenblik, Ideaworks (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0761:
True Three-Dimensional Imaging Techniques & Display Technologies
David F. McAllister; Woodrow E. Robbins, Editor(s)

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