Ambient light robust gamut mapping for optical see-through displays

Kang Kyu Lee, Jae Woo Kim, Je Ho Ryu, Jong Ok Kim

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An optical see-through (OST) display is affected more severely by ambient light than any other type of displays when placed in an outdoor environment with bright illuminance because of its transparency and thus, its inherent color distortion can worsen. It is hard to directly apply existing gamut mapping methods to an OST display because of its morphological gamut characteristic and the effect of ambient light. In this paper, we propose a new robust gamut mapping method which works against bright ambient light. The process is divided into two steps: lightness mapping (LM) and chroma reproduction. LM aligns the lightness level of sRGB gamut with OST gamut and partitions the region of OST gamut based on the relative size of the sRGB gamut and its lightness value. The second step (chroma reproduction) determines an appropriate chroma reproduction method (gamut compression or extension) and a proper direction for gamut mapping based on the characteristics of each region in order to minimize the effects of ambient light. The quality of color reproduction is qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated based on accurate measurements of the displayed colors. It has been experimentally confirmed that the proposed gamut mapping method can reduce color distortion more than the existing parametric gamut mapping algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15392-15406
Number of pages15
JournalOptics Express
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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