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Visual Displays Image Source (Screen) Image Quality Issues Pixels Color Video Formats Liquid Crystal Displays CRT Displays Projection Displays Screen resolution Color Blank space between the pixels Intentional image degradation Brightness Contrast Refresh rate

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image source screen
Image Source (Screen)
  • Image Quality Issues
  • Pixels
  • Color
  • Video Formats
  • Liquid Crystal Displays
  • CRT Displays
  • Projection Displays

©2000 Larry F. Hodges

image quality issues
Screen resolution


Blank space between the pixels

Intentional image degradation



Refresh rate

Sensitivity of display to viewing angle

Image Quality Issues

©2000 Larry F. Hodges

  • Pixel - The most basic addressable image element in a screen
    • CRT - Color triad (RGB phosphor dots)
    • LCD - Single color element
  • Screen Resolution - measure of number of pixels on a screen (m by n)
    • m - Horizontal screen resolution
    • n - Vertical screen resolution

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other meanings of resolution
Other meanings of resolution
  • Pitch - Size of a pixel, distance from center to center of individual pixels.
  • Cycles per degree - Addressable elements (pixels) divided by twice the FOV measured in degrees.
  • The human eye can resolve 30 cycles per degree (20/20 Snellen acuity).

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  • There are no commercially available small pixel technologies that can individually change color.
  • Color is encoded by placing different-colored pixels adjacent to each other.
  • Field sequential color uses red, blue and green liquid crystal shutters to change color in front of a monochrome screen.

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video formats
Video Formats
  • NTSC - 525x480, 30f/s, interlaced
  • PAL - 625x480, 25f/s, interlaced
  • VGA - 640x480, 60f/s, noninterlaced
  • RGB - 3 independent video signals and synchronization signal, vary in resolution and refresh rate
  • Time-multiplexed color - R,G,B one after another on a single signal, vary in resolution and refresh rate

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liquid crystal displays
Liquid Crystal Displays
  • Liquid crystal displays use small flat chips which change their transparency properties when a voltage is applied.
  • LCD elements are arranged in an n x m array call the LCD matrix
  • Level of voltage controls gray levels.
  • LCDs elements do not emit light, use backlights behind the LCD matrix

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lcds cont
LCDs (cont.)

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LCDs (cont.)
  • Color is obtained by placing filters in front of each LCD element
  • Usually black space between pixels to separate the filters.
  • Because of the physical nature of the LCD matrix, it is difficult to make the individual LCD pixels very small.
  • Image quality dependent on viewing angle.

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LCDs (cont.)

LCD resolution is often quoted as number of color elements not number of RGB triads.

Example: 320 horizontal by 240 vertical elements = 76,800 elements

Equivalent to 76,800/3 = 25,500 RGB pixels

"Pixel Resolution" is 185 by 139 (320/1.73, 240/1.73)

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Passive LCD screens

Cycle through each element of the LCD matrix applying the voltage required for that element.

Once aligned with the electric field the molecules in the LCD will hold their alignment for a short time

Active LCD screens

Each element contains a small transistor that maintains the voltage until the next refresh cycle.

Higher contrast and much faster response than passive LCD

LCDs (cont.)

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advantages of lcds
Advantages of LCDs
  • Flat
  • Lightweight
  • Low power consumption

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cathode ray tubes crts
Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs)

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crts cont
CRTs (cont.)
  • Strong electrical fields and high voltage
  • Very good resolution
  • Heavy, not flat

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projection displays
Projection Displays
  • Use bright CRT or LCD screens to generate an image which is sent through an optical system to focus on a (usually) large screen.
  • Full color obtained by having separate monochromatic projector for each of the R,G,& B color channels

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advantages disadvantages of projection display
Advantages/Disadvantagesof Projection Display
  • Very large screens can provide large FoV and can be seen by several people simultaneously.
  • Image quality can be fuzzy and somewhat dimmer than conventional displays.
  • Sensitivity to ambient light.
  • Delicate optical alignment.

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displays in virtual reality
Displays in Virtual Reality
  • Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs)
    • The display and a position tracker are attached to the user’s head
  • Head-Tracked Displays (HTDs)
    • Display is stationary, tracker tracks the user’s head relative to the display.
    • Example: CAVE, Workbench, Stereo monitor

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visually coupled systems
Visually Coupled Systems

A system that integrates the natural visual and motor skills of an operator into the system he is controlling.

Basic Components

  • An immersive visual display (HMD, large screen projection (CAVE), dome projection)
  • A means of tracking head and/or eye motion
  • A source of visual information that is dependent on the user's head/eye motion.

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differences hmd htd

Eyes are fixed distance and location from the display screen(s)

Line-of-sight of the user is perpendicular to the display screen(s) or at a fixed, known angle to the display screen(s).

Only virtual images in world


Distance to display screen(s) varies

Line-of-sight to display screen(s) almost never is perpendicular

Usually much wider FoV than HMD

Combines virtual and real imagery

Differences HMD/HTD

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