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Design and implementation of an autostereoscopic camera system

N.A. Dodgson, J.R. Moore

June 1996, 20 pages


An autostereoscopic display provides the viewer with a three-dimensional image without the need for special glasses, and allows the user to look around objects in the image by moving the head left-right. The time-multiplexed autostereo display developed at the University of Cambridge has been in operation since late 1991.

An autostereoscopic camera system has been designed and implemented. It is capable of taking video input from up to sixteen cameras, and multiplexing these into a video output stream with a pixel rate an order of magnitude faster than the individual input streams. Testing of the system with eight cameras and a Cambridge Autostereo Display has produced excellent live autostereoscopic video.

This report describes the design of this camera system which has been successfully implemented and demonstrated. Problems which arose during this process are discussed, and a comparison with similar systems made.

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  author =	 {Dodgson, N.A. and Moore, J.R.},
  title = 	 {{Design and implementation of an autostereoscopic camera
  year = 	 1996,
  month = 	 jun,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-398}