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Mapping perceived depth to regions of interest in stereoscopic images.

Holliman, N. S. (2004) 'Mapping perceived depth to regions of interest in stereoscopic images.', in Stereoscopic displays and virtual reality systems XI. Bellingham, WA: SPIE, pp. 117-128. Proceedings of SPIE. (5291).


The usable perceived depth range of a stereoscopic 3D display is limited by human factors considerations to a defined range around the screen plane. There is therefore a need in stereoscopic image creation to map depth from the scene to a target display without exceeding these limits. Recent image capture methods provide precise control over this depth mapping but map a single range of scene depth as a whole and are unable to give preferential stereoscopic representation to a particular region of interest in the scene. A new approach to stereoscopic image creation is described that allows a defined region of interest in scene depth to have an improved perceived depth representation compared to other regions of the scene. For example in a game this may be the region of depth around a game character, or in a scientific visualization the region around a particular feature of interest. To realise this approach we present a novel algorithm for stereoscopic image capture and describe an implementation for the widely used ray-tracing package POV-Ray. Results demonstrate how this approach provides content creators with improved control over perceived depth representation in stereoscopic images.

Item Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Graphics systems, Human factors, Rendering, Virtual reality, Stereoscopic, 3D display.
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Publisher statement:N. S. Holliman, “Mapping perceived depth to regions of interest in stereoscopic images,” Proceedings of SPIE : Stereoscopic displays and virtual reality systems XI, A. J. Woods, J. O. Merritt, Stephen, A. Benton, Mark T. Bolas, Editors, 5291, 117-128 (2004). Copyright 2004 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.
Record Created:10 Oct 2008
Last Modified:10 Mar 2017 15:36

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