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Three Dimensional Imaging using augmented reality

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242992D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 17K

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Abstract

Watching 3D movies in cinemas, at home, theme parks, etc. require the use of active or passive 3D glasses. If some viewers want to watch a movie in 3D while others want to watch in 2D (for medical, personal, or other reasons), they cannot share the same screen. In the case of movie theaters, this means having to consume twice the number of screens per movie to satisfy all guests. This publication describes a system whereby only the image meant for one eye of a 3D movie is displayed on a physical screen. Then using augmented reality glasses, the image meant for the second eye is virtually projected onto the same screen. This allows viewers that only want to watch a movie in 2D to simply watch the movie screen, while those that want to watch it in 3D will make use of the augmented reality glasses.

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Three Dimensional Imaging using augmented reality

This publication describes a system that allows cinemas, home theaters, etc. to broadcast a regular 2D movie allowing viewers to consume the movie as they do now, but with the ability to superimpose the image from the second eye (stereoscopy) utilizing augmented reality glasses technology, allowing one to view the movie in 3D. Thus the two groups of people can coexist in one theater. This system increases the number of movies a cinema can show and allows retaining 3D versions of older movies that generally would switch to 2D-only to conserve the 3D theaters for newer movies.

    Using this technology, cinemas do not need specialized projection equipment or screen to display two superimposed images with different polarization to achieve 3D effect. In other words, theaters no longer need to calibrate, maintain and purchase two projectors for a 3D theater, as only one is needed. Instead 3D holographic images are superimposed on the 2D screen via the augmented reality device, and is only visible to consumers who wear the device. One way to make the superimposing easier to do is to physically mark the corners of the screen in such a way that the augmented reality device can locate the borders. These devices can be supplied by the movie theater at additional cost (i.e. rent), or customers can bring their own. In such movie theaters customers have a choice of whether they want to view a 2D movie or a 3D movie, while sitting...