In this paper, we present a 3D augmented reality micro integral imaging display system by combining conventional integral imaging and an augmented reality technique. Compared with conventional integral imaging, our proposed system has two advantages: 1) it provides 3D augmented reality display capability and 2) it has a compact design. To validate the feasibility of our proposed method, we experimented with a 3D scene and used two computer-generated objects for augmented reality. By combining the captured 2D elemental images of the 3D object and the computer generated virtual objects, we reconstruct 3D images for the augmented reality micro integral imaging display system. To the best of our knowledge, the first report on a video see through 3D augmented reality display has been experimentally demonstrated with a micro integral imaging display system. The proposed 3D system has potential to be applied to the head mounted display system due to its small form factor.
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