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Autostereoscopy Delivers What Holography Promised
Author(s): James F. Butterfield
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Paper Abstract

A few years ago the requirement for true three-dimensional displays in a variety of applications seemed to be answered by the development of holography. Holograms allow stereoscopic group viewing without glasses. As the observer moves his head he sees the scene with parallax from different horizontal and vertical points of view. However, the limitations of holography soon became apparent. These include: the inability to reproduce continuous motion; lack of color; difficulty of recording under any but very special conditions; limited screen size; and the requirement for a laser in both pick-up and display. Intensive research has provided some solutions to these limitations and has raised further problems. Additional improvements will certainly be made during the coming decades. Autostereoscopy of the parallax panoramagram type utilizes optical techniques similar to holography. Recent developments make possible three dimensional film and television displays, without glasses. These displays have the features of: full motion; full color; excellent resolution; horizontal parallax; conventional illumination sources; and are recorded with more conventional filming or television techniques. The applications include: aerial and satellite reconnaisance pictures in depth; computerized axial tomography stereoscopic displays; remote manipulation of dangerous materials and remote driving of vehicles by 3D-TV viewing; stereoscopic radar presentations; spacial simulation displays; and education and entertainment pictures in depth.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 November 1979
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0199, Advances in Display Technology, (2 November 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.958042
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James F. Butterfield, Stereorama Picture Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0199:
Advances in Display Technology
John R. Parsons, Editor(s)

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