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Design of a single projector multiview 3D display system
Author(s): Jason Geng
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Multiview three-dimensional (3D) display is able to provide horizontal parallax to viewers with high-resolution and fullcolor images being presented to each view. Most multiview 3D display systems are designed and implemented using multiple projectors, each generating images for one view. Although this multi-projector design strategy is conceptually straightforward, implementation of such multi-projector design often leads to a very expensive system and complicated calibration procedures. Even for a multiview system with a moderate number of projectors (e.g., 32 or 64 projectors), the cost of a multi-projector 3D display system may become prohibitive due to the cost and complexity of integrating multiple projectors. In this article, we describe an optical design technique for a class of multiview 3D display systems that use only a single projector. In this single projector multiview (SPM) system design, multiple views for the 3D display are generated in a time-multiplex fashion by the single high speed projector with specially designed optical components, a scanning mirror, and a reflective mirror array. Images of all views are generated sequentially and projected via the specially design optical system from different viewing directions towards a 3D display screen. Therefore, the single projector is able to generate equivalent number of multiview images from multiple viewing directions, thus fulfilling the tasks of multiple projectors. An obvious advantage of the proposed SPM technique is the significant reduction of cost, size, and complexity, especially when the number of views is high. The SPM strategy also alleviates the time-consuming procedures for multi-projector calibration. The design method is flexible and scalable and can accommodate systems with different number of views.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8979, Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications VI, 89790K (7 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2036464
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Jason Geng, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8979:
Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications VI
Michael R. Douglass; Philip S. King; Benjamin L. Lee, Editor(s)

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