Multiple-viewing-zone integral imaging using a dynamic barrier array for three-dimensional displays

Opt Express. 2003 Apr 21;11(8):927-32. doi: 10.1364/oe.11.000927.


In spite of many advantages of integral imaging, the viewing zone in which an observer can see three-dimensional images is limited within a narrow range. Here, we propose a novel method to increase the number of viewing zones by using a dynamic barrier array. We prove our idea by fabricating and locating the dynamic barrier array between a lens array and a display panel. By tilting the barrier array, it is possible to distribute images for each viewing zone. Thus, the number of viewing zones can be increased with an increment of the states of the barrier array tilt.