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Modeling Perceived Screen Resolution Based on Position and Orientation of Wrist-Worn Devices

Frederic Kerber; Michael Mauderer; Antonio Krüger
In: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI-2018), April 21-26, Montréal, QC, Canada, Pages 610:1-610:7, CHI '18, ISBN 978-1-4503-5620-6, ACM, 4/2018.


This paper presents a model allowing inferences of perceivable screen content in relation to position and orientation of mobile or wearable devices with respect to their user. The model is based on findings from vision science and allows prediction of a value of effective resolution that can be perceived by a user. It considers distance and angle between the device and the eyes of the observer as well as the resulting retinal eccentricity when the device is not directly focused but observed in the periphery. To validate our model, we conducted a study with 12 participants. Based on our results, we outline implications for the design of mobile applications that are able to adapt themselves to facilitate information throughput and usability.

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