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Influence of high ambient illuminance and display luminance on readability and subjective preference
KTH. Acreo Swedish ICTAB, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many devices, such as tablets, smartphones, notebooks, fixed and portable navigation systems are used on a (nearly) daily basis, both in in- and outdoor environments. It is often argued that contextual factors, such as the ambient illuminance in relation to characteristics of the display (e.g., surface treatment, screen reflectance, display luminance...) may have a strong influence on the use of such devices and corresponding user experiences. However, the current understanding of these influence factors is still rather limited. In this work, we therefore focus in particular on the impact of lighting and display luminance on readability, visual performance, subjective experience and preference. A controlled lab study (N=18) with a within-subjects design was performed to evaluate two car displays (one glossy and one matte display) in conditions that simulate bright outdoor lighting conditions. Four ambient luminance levels and three display luminance settings were combined into 7 experimental conditions. More concretely, we investigated for each display: (1) whether and how readability and visual performance varied with the different combinations of ambient luminance and display luminance and (2) whether and how they influenced the subjective experience (through self-reported valence, annoyance, visual fatigue) and preference. The results indicate a limited, yet negative influence of increased ambient luminance and reduced contrast on visual performance and readability for both displays. Similarly, we found that the self-reported valence decreases and annoyance and visual fatigue increase as the contrast ratio decreases and ambient luminance increases. Overall, the impact is clearer for the matte display than for the glossy display. © 2015 SPIE-IS&T.

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, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, ISSN 0277-786X ; 9394
Keyword [en]
Ambient luminance, Display luminance, Display readability, Reflectance, Subjective study, Visual acuity, Visual fatigue, Visual performance, Display devices, Lighting, Navigation systems, Reflection, Surface treatment, Display luminances, Luminance
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-167410DOI: 10.1117/12.2078380ISI: 000354081600043ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84928473548ISBN: 9781628414844OAI: diva2:813377
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XX, 9 February 2015 through 12 February 2015

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Available from: 2015-05-22 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2015-06-17Bibliographically approved

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