Three-dimensionality is currently considered an important added value in imaging devices, and therefore the search for
an optimum 3D imaging and display technique is a hot topic that is attracting important research efforts. As main value,
3D monitors should provide the observers with different perspectives of a 3D scene by simply varying the head position.
Three-dimensional imaging techniques have the potential to establish a future mass-market in the fields of entertainment
and communications. Integral imaging (InI), which can capture true 3D color images, has been seen as the
right technology to 3D viewing to audiences of more than one person.
Due to the advanced degree of development, InI technology could be ready for commercialization in the coming
years. This development is the result of a strong research effort performed along the past few years by many groups.
Since Integral Imaging is still an emerging technology, the first aim of the "3D Imaging and Display Laboratory" at the
University of Valencia, has been the realization of a thorough study of the principles that govern its operation. Is remarkable
that some of these principles have been recognized and characterized by our group. Other contributions of our
research have been addressed to overcome some of the classical limitations of InI systems, like the limited depth of
field (in pickup and in display), the poor axial and lateral resolution, the pseudoscopic-to-orthoscopic conversion, the
production of 3D images with continuous relief, or the limited range of viewing angles of InI monitors.