Public HMDs: Modeling and Understanding User Behavior Around Public Head-Mounted Displays

Mai, C. and Khamis, M. (2018) Public HMDs: Modeling and Understanding User Behavior Around Public Head-Mounted Displays. In: 7th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis ’18), Munich, Germany, 06-08 Jun 2018, p. 21. ISBN 9781450357654 (doi:10.1145/3205873.3205879)

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Abstract

Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs) are becoming ubiquitous; we are starting to see them deployed in public for different purposes. Museums, car companies and travel agencies use HMDs to promote their products. As a result, situations arise where users use them in public without experts supervision. This leads to challenges and opportunities, many of which are experienced in public display installations. For example, similar to public displays, public HMDs struggle to attract the passer-by's attention, but benefit from the honeypot effect that draws attention to them. Also passersby might be hesitant to wear a public HMD, due to the fear that its owner might not approve, or due to the perceived need for a prior permission. In this work, we discuss how public HMDs can benefit from research in public displays. In particular, based on the results of an in-the-wild deployment of a public HMD, we propose an adaptation of the audience funnel flow model of public display users to fit the context of public HMD usage. We discuss how public HMDs bring in challenges and opportunities, and create novel research directions that are relevant to both researchers in HMDs and researchers in public displays.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs) are becoming ubiquitous; we are starting to see them deployed in public for different purposes. Museums, car companies and travel agencies use HMDs to promote their products. As a result, situations arise where users use them in public without experts supervision. This leads to challenges and opportunities, many of which are experienced in public display installations. For example, similar to public displays, public HMDs struggle to attract the passer-by's attention, but benefit from the honeypot effect that draws attention to them. Also passersby might be hesitant to wear a public HMD, due to the fear that its owner might not approve, or due to the perceived need for a prior permission. In this work, we discuss how public HMDs can benefit from research in public displays. In particular, based on the results of an in-the-wild deployment of a public HMD, we propose an adaptation of the audience funnel flow model of public display users to fit the context of public HMD usage. We discuss how public HMDs bring in challenges and opportunities, and create novel research directions that are relevant to both researchers in HMDs and researchers in public displays.
Keywords:Field study, head mounted displays, virtual reality.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Khamis, Dr Mohamed
Authors: Mai, C., and Khamis, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:ACM
ISBN:9781450357654
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 7th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays: 21
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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