Computational alleviation of homonymous visual field defect with OST-HMD: The effect of size and position of overlaid overview window

Published by Issei FUJISHIRO on

Xi Zhao, Kentaro Go, Kenji Kashiwagi, Masahiro Toyoura, Xiaoyang Mao, Issei Fujishiro

in Proceedings of Cyberworlds 2019, Kyoto, Japan, October 2―4, 2019

[doi: 10.1109/CW.2019.00036]

Visual field defect (VFD) refers to a symptom in which a patient loses part of his/her field of view (FoV). Medical therapy can halt the progression of VFD, but complete recovery is impossible. In this paper, we propose a computational method for alleviating the restricted FoV with an optical see-through headmounted display (OST-HMD), where an overview scene captured by the installed camera is overlaid on the persisting FoV. Because the overview window occludes with the real world scene, there is a trade-off between the augmented contextual information and the local unscreened information. We hypothesized that such a trade-off can be resolved by taking into consideration the size of the overview window and its displacement from the center of the unimpaired FoV. We therefore conducted an empirical evaluation through a Whac-A-Mole type of task with ten VFDimitative subjects, where three sizes of an overview window with a fixed aspect ratio and seven positions in terms of elevation and azimuth were used combinatorially on an OST-HMD to find the best size and position of the overview window. It was statistically proven that for left-sided homonymous VFD-imitative subjects, the performance of the task was better when the medium-sized overview window was placed in the lower right position. The obtained result can legitimate default setting for the proposed VFD alleviation method.

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