Improved visibility of monocular head-mounted displays through the bright control of backlighting

Takashi Yamazoe*, Shinsuke Kishi, Takashi Shibata, Takashi Kawai

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Monocular head-mounted displays (HMDs) will be a major tool for ubiquitous computing. However, monocular HMD visibility causes a decrease in the light received from the environment. Fluctuating light from the environment strongly affects the visibility of images presented on the monocular HMD. In the present study, we have studied a method for controlling HMD backlighting to improve visibility at the wearing a monocular HMD under variable lighting conditions. Three backlight control patterns were developed from Experiment I as psychophysical measurements, and their validities were subjectively evaluated in Experiment II. The results suggest increased visibilities at wearing a monocular HMD when controlling the backlight. Moreover, the rules for backlighting control are based on psychophysical theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5540241
Pages (from-to)367-373
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug 9


  • Backlighting
  • binocular
  • control
  • evaluation
  • head-mounted display (HMD)
  • perception
  • psychophysics
  • visibility
  • vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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