Tablet PC interaction with digital micromirror device (DMD)

Hakki H. Refai, Mostafa H. Dahshan, James J. Sluss

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Digital light processing (DLP) is an innovative display technology that uses an optical switch array, known as a digital micromirror device (DMD), which allows digital control of light. To date, DMDs have been used primarily as high-speed spatial light modulators for projector applications. A tablet PC is a notebook or slate-shaped mobile PC. Its touch screen or digitizing tablet technology allows the user to operate the notebook with a stylus or digital pen instead of using a keyboard or mouse. In this paper, we describe an interface solution that translates any sketch on the tablet PC screen to an identical mirror-copy over the cross-section of the DMD micromirrors such that the image of the sketch can be projected onto a special screen. An algorithm has been created to control each single micromirror of the hundreds of thousands of micromirrors that cover the DMD surface. We demonstrate the successful application of a DMD to a high-speed two-dimensional (2D) scanning environment, acquiring the data from the tablet screen and launching its contents to the projection screen; with very high accuracy up to 13.68 μm × 13.68 μm of mirror pitch.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE-IS and T Electronic Imaging - Multimedia on Mobile Devices 2007
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2007
EventMultimedia on Mobile Devices 2007 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 29 Jan 200730 Jan 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceMultimedia on Mobile Devices 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


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