(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2006/0023197 Al
Joel (43) Pub. Date: Feb. 2,2006
(54) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED PRODUCTION OF AUTOSTEREOSCOPIC AND ANIMATED PRINTS AND TRANSPARENCIES FROM DIGITAL AND NON-DIGITAL MEDIA
(76) Inventor: Andrew H. Joel, Lilburn, GA (US)
WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE,
P.O. BOX 7037
ATLANTA, GA 30357-0037 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 10/899,847
(22) Filed: Jul. 27, 2004
(51) Int. CI.
G03B 35/14 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 355/77; 355/22
A method and system for automated production of stereoscopic and animated images and hardcopies can utilize a light-sensitive lenticular material employing a conventional or non-conventional photographic emulsion or an instantdeveloping material. An automated printer can produce autostereoscopic and animated hardcopies in multiple formats from digital and non-digital sources, including single images, stereopairs, and multiple-image sets of negatives, transparencies, or prints. The printer, which includes a projection device and a material plate that can rotate around two perpendicular axes, can utilize software to automate viewing angle calculation, printer control, multiple-image alignment, distortion correction, and image processing and conversion. A digital camera can capture stereoscopic and animated images and record them digitally or on photographic film. A non-digital camera can record stereoscopic and animated images directly onto light-sensitive lenticular material employing a conventional or non-conventional photographic emulsion or an instant-developing material. The printer and cameras can utilize autostereoscopic monitors to preview parallax.