The Cambridge autostereoscopic three-dimensional display is a time-multiplexed device that gives both stereo and movement parallax to the viewer without the need for any special glasses. This analysis derives the size and position of the fully illuminated, and hence useful, viewing zone for a Cambridge display. The viewing zone of such a display is shown to be completely determined by four parameters: the width of the screen, the optimal distance of the viewer from the screen, the width over which an image can be seen across the whole screen at this optimal distance, and the number of views. A display's viewing zone can thus be completely described without reference to the internal implementation of the device. An equation that describes what the eye sees from any position in front of the display is derived. The equations derived can be used in both the analysis and design of this type of time-multiplexed autostereoscopic display.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 13, 1995
Revised Manuscript: November 20, 1995
Published: April 1, 1996
N. A. Dodgson, "Analysis of the viewing zone of the Cambridge autostereoscopic display," Appl. Opt. 35, 1705-1710 (1996)