A User Study Evaluating Level of Detail Degradation in the Periphery of Head-Mounted Displays
Watson, Benjamin A. (Benjamin Allen)
Hodges, Larry F.
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A user study was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of high detail insets used with head-mounted displays. Ten subjects were given a simple search task that required the location of identification of a single target object. All subjects seven different displays (the independent variable), varying in inset size and peripheral detail, to perform this task. Frame rate, target location, subject input method, and order of display use were all controlled. Primary dependent measures were search time on trials with correct identification, and the percentage of all trials correctly identified. ANOVAs of the results showed that the insetless, high detail display did not lead to significantly different search times or accuracies than displays with insets. In fact, only the insetless, low detail display returned significantly different results. Further research is being performed to examine the effect of task complexity, and to reach a better understanding of the varying inset size and level of detail.