“Tensor Displays” by Hirsch, Lanman, Wetzstein and Raskar

  • ©Matthew Hirsch, Douglas Lanman, Gordon Wetzstein, and Ramesh Raskar


    Tensor Displays


Entry Number: 24


    We introduce tensor displays: a family of light field displays comprising all stacked display architectures employing lightattenuating layers illuminated by uniform or directional backlighting (i.e., any low-resolution light field emitter). Tensor displays include the capability to time-multiplex content across frames on each of the layers to improve image quality. We show that the light field emitted by an N-layer, M-frame tensor display can be represented by an Nth-order, rank-M tensor. In a related technical paper submission, we use this representation to introduce a unified optimization framework, based on nonnegative tensor factorization (NTF), encompassing all tensor display architectures (see supplementary supporting document). In this emerging technologies demonstration, we show both static, printed tensor displays, and dynamic LCD-based systems, providing wide field-of-view, bright, high-resolution, glasses-free 3D display.


    LANMAN, D., HIRSCH, M., KIM, Y., AND RASKAR, R. 2010. Content-adaptive parallax barriers: Optimizing dual-layer 3D displays using low-rank light field factorization. ACM Trans. Graph. 29, 163:1–163:10.

    LANMAN, D., WETZSTEIN, G., HIRSCH, M., HEIDRICH, W., AND RASKAR, R. 2011. Polarization fields: Dynamic light field display using multi-layer LCDs. ACM Trans. Graph. 3, 1–9.

    WETZSTEIN, G., LANMAN, D., HEIDRICH, W., AND RASKAR, R. 2011. Layered 3D: Tomographic image synthesis for attenuation-based light field and high dynamic range displays. ACM Trans. Graph. 30, 1–11.

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