Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Methods for generating addressable focus cues in stereoscopic displays
by Liu, Sheng, Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 2010, 124; 3423833
Abstract (Summary)

Conventional stereoscopic displays present a pair of stereoscopic images on a single and fixed image plane decoupled with the vergence and accommodation responses of the viewer. In consequence, these displays lack the capability of correctly rendering focus cues (i.e. accommodation and retinal blur) and may induce the discrepancy between accommodation and convergence. A number of visual artifacts associated with incorrect focus cues in stereoscopic displays have been reported, limiting the applicability of these displays for demanding applications and daily usage.

In this dissertation, methods and apparatus for generating addressable focus cues in conventional stereoscopic displays are proposed. Focus cues can be addressed throughout a volumetric space, either through dynamically varying the focal distance of a display enabled by an active optical element or by multiplexing a stack of 2-D image planes. Optimal depth-weighted fusing functions are developed to fuse a number of discrete image planes into a seamless volumetric space with continuous and near-correct focus cues similar to the real world counterparts.

The optical design, driving methodology, and prototype implementation of the addressable focus displays are presented and discussed. Experimental results demonstrate continuously addressable focus cues from infinity to as close as the near eye distance. Experiments to further evaluate the depth perception in the display prototype are conducted. Preliminary results suggest that the perceived distance and accommodative response of the viewer match with the addressable accommodation cues rendered by the display, approximating the real-world viewing condition.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hua, Hong
Commitee: Dereniak, Eustace, Schwegerling, James
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Optical Sciences
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Engineering, Optics
Keywords: Focus cues, Head-mounted display, Image planes, Stereoscopic display, Three-dimensional display
Publication Number: 3423833
ISBN: 978-1-124-25025-0
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