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Glasses-free TV or computer monitor

change the output of the TV to make it look clear to your nearsighted eyes
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Nearsightedness comes from the eye being too long from front to back, so the focal point of the lens is in front of the retina, where it should be. This makes every point turn into a circle of light by the time it hits the retina. The circles overlap, producing blur.

Couldn't a TV or computer monitor take this into account and correct for it? Instead of displaying the true image, the TV would display a pattern that produces the true image on the retina.

The pattern would pass through the lens and create circles that, when combined, produce the true image. This is related to coarse coding of receptors in vision, as opposed to sparse coding. Coarse coding allows for greater resolution with the same number of receptors. The question is whether this is true in the reverse case, with displays. Is it possible to get, using coarse-coded circles on the retina, the same resolution that the true image has?

If so, the computer would just have to calculate the correct pattern to display. This would come from the person's glasses prescription. In fact, the display device could just have a focus knob that you could adjust until it was clear to you.

berg, Feb 18 2004

Vision-correcting display http://www.scienced...07/140729152921.htm
Researchers are developing vision-correcting displays that can compensate for a viewer's visual impairments to create sharp images without the need for glasses or contact lenses [xaviergisz, Jul 30 2014]

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       Whoa--did you just completely change your idea?
yabba do yabba dabba, Feb 18 2004

       I'd still need my glasses for the very frequent occaisions when I need to show my co-workers stuff that's on my screen.
oneoffdave, Feb 18 2004

       I changed it slightly soon after posting it, but nothing major. Are you thinking of the CD thing?
berg, Feb 18 2004

       I thought someone had posted this recently - I thought it was [neilp] but I can't find it...
hazel, Feb 18 2004

       This is not even theoretically possible. To see why, consider an image with a single white pixel in the center of the screen surrounded by black. It will create a disc of white on the retina of the viewer if they are nearsighted. There is no value that the other pixels on the screen could assume to counteract that effect, because they would have to essentially subtract away light instead of add to it. I'm fairly certain this general effect would make it impossible for any kind of image processing to "correct" the image in the way that you have outlined. It might work if you were willing to permit a considerable reduction in the perceived contrast range of the picture, but I'll have to think about that some more...
pawebb, Feb 18 2004

       Years ago I worked with someone who was visually impaired and they used a device that did this -- I can't remember if this was hardware or software, we're talking mid 80s.
theircompetitor, Feb 18 2004

       You might be able to accomplish this with a huge, adjustable lens in front of the screen, allowing you to focus the image like binoculars do. But your head would need to be held stationary in relation to it.... Maybe you could use smaller lenses mounted on a piece of headgear-- wait that's eyeglasses.
ConsultingDetective, Feb 18 2004

       I think it might be dead in the water after [pawebb]'s comment. I could see having a red pixel, a green pixel, and a blue pixel summing to white at a single point, but then you'd also have red, green, and blue all over the retina, and as [pawebb] pointed out, you can't subtract light. The basic problem is that light always wins over dark, so you can't use dark pixels to erase anything.
berg, Feb 18 2004

       Yep, pawebb has it right. If you make the image blurry (to a normal person) by placing a lens in front of the screen (creating a focused virtual image at a location different than the actual screen) then this might work. Blurring an image will just make the image on the retina a blurrier version of an already blurred image. Sorry, won't work.
Freefall, Feb 18 2004

       There still might be enhancements that could be applied to make the picture appear sharper to someone with imperfect vision. The sharpness control on most television is a very basic way of doing this. It increases the local contrast of an image near edges, making them stand out more prominently.
pawebb, Feb 19 2004

       My camcorder display has this.
-----, Mar 05 2005

       Maybe you could cover the screen with a large, flexible lens filled with clear magnetic fluid. The webcam could monitor the user's eyes and use magnetic fields to move the fluid, shifting the focus of the lens to adjust for head and eye position.
DIYMatt, Jul 30 2014

       Ceci n'est pas a readable idea. Font too small.
pashute, Jul 30 2014


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