System and method for capturing and viewing stereoscopic panoramic images

  • US 7,477,284 B2
  • Filed: 04/19/2001
  • Issued: 01/13/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/16/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. Imaging apparatus comprising:

  • at least one imager that moves relative to a scene so as to acquire a plurality of optical images of at least portions of the scene, each of at least two of said optical images being viewed from a different respective viewing position;

    a processor that receives image data representative of said at least two of the optical images and processes the data to divide each image into a plurality of segments and to generate a plurality of mosaics of the scene, such that;

    each mosaic contains segments taken from different ones of said optical images;

    segments relating to at least one part of the scene are derived from at least two optical images and appear in at least two mosaics;

    the different segments of the two optical images in a given mosaic represent different parts of the scene; and

    a display that receives a plurality of the mosaics and displays them so as to provide a sense of depth of the scene.

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