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Project description

HELIUM3D will create a 3D display that will extend the state of the art in autostereoscopic (glasses free) displays, and will address the efficiency and colour limitations of the current and next generation of displays by developing a new display technology based on direct-view RGB laser projection via a low loss transparent display screen to push the technology beyond the next generation of 3D displays. The HELIUM3D display will accommodate multiple mobile viewers with no restriction on movement.

A high accuracy, low latency pupil position tracker will be developed to direct the appropriate images to the viewers’ eyes and will facilitate various modes of operation. These include: motion parallax (the ‘look around’ capability) to each viewer, privacy of viewing from other viewers, a different camera viewpoint to each viewer and also conventional 2D to all viewers providing backward compatibility when necessary. HELIUM3D will also address new viewer interaction techniques in the near-field (distances within arm’s reach of the display such as computing or medical imaging) and far-field (applications beyond arm’s reach, such as domestic television or video gaming) that will be made possible by the new technology.

Project data
Funding: European Commission
Project period: 1.01.2008 – 31.12.2011

Project partners

  • De Montfort University
  • Philips Electronics Nederland B.V.
  • Barco N.V.
  • University College London
  • Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut
  • Technical University of Eindhoven
  • Koç University KOC
  • Nanjing University