Prism-based single-camera system for stereo display

Yue Zhao, Xiaoyu Cui, Zhiguo Wang, Hongsheng Chen, Heyu Fan, Teresa Wu

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This paper combines the prism and single camera and puts forward a method of stereo imaging with low cost. First of all, according to the principle of geometrical optics, we can deduce the relationship between the prism single-camera system and dual-camera system, and according to the principle of binocular vision we can deduce the relationship between binoculars and dual camera. Thus we can establish the relationship between the prism single-camera system and binoculars and get the positional relation of prism, camera, and object with the best effect of stereo display. Finally, using the active shutter stereo glasses of NVIDIA Company, we can realize the three-dimensional (3-D) display of the object. The experimental results show that the proposed approach can make use of the prism single-camera system to simulate the various observation manners of eyes. The stereo imaging system, which is designed by the method proposed by this paper, can restore the 3-D shape of the object being photographed factually.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number063106
JournalOptical Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • geometrical optics
  • prism
  • stereo imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Engineering


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