Why should we care about Light Field Displays?

What if your mobile phone’s display would correct your vision deficiency instead of your glasses? Light field display technology can assess and correct user vision. Prof. Gordon Wetzstein will be the next speaker in the Brown Institute at Stanford’s Media Innovation Lunch. He will discuss a wide range of unconventional applications that are facilitated by light field technology, a novel and inexpensive computational display technology. Light field displays are expected to be “the future of 3D displays,” although many believe that the recent hype about stereoscopic 3D displays is over. One reason why consumers haven’t widely adopted 3D television may be the lack of unique or useful enhancement of the 2D viewing experience. Prof. Wetzstein discusses why it is believed that a new technology, light field displays, could deliver an experience that will appeal to and be adapted by consumers. The talk begins with a short historical review of light field displays and recent trends towards compressive light field displays, followed by a discussion of applications in project systems, vision assessment and correction, wearable displays and a brief omparison to holography.