Optical image processing using light modulation displays

Gordon Wetzstein*, Wolfgang Heidrich, David Luebke

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We propose to enhance the capabilities of the human visual system by performing optical image processing directly on an observed scene. Unlike previous work which additively superimposes imagery on a scene, or completely replaces scene imagery with a manipulated version, we perform all manipulation through the use of a light modulation display to spatially filter incoming light. We demonstrate a number of perceptually motivated algorithms including contrast enhancement and reduction, object highlighting for preattentive emphasis, colour saturation, de-saturation and de-metamerization, as well as visual enhancement for the colour blind. A camera observing the scene guides the algorithms for on-the-fly processing, enabling dynamic application scenarios such as monocular scopes, eyeglasses and windshields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1934-1944
Number of pages11
JournalComputer Graphics Forum
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • computational optics
  • optical image processing
  • see-through displays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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