Expanding the bounds of seated virtual workspaces

Mcgill, M., Kehoe, A., Freeman, E. and Brewster, S. (2020) Expanding the bounds of seated virtual workspaces. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 27(3), 13. (doi: 10.1145/3380959)

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Mixed Reality (MR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets can improve upon existing physical multi-display environments by rendering large, ergonomic virtual display spaces whenever and wherever they are needed. However, given the physical and ergonomic limitations of neck movement, users may need assistance to view these display spaces comfortably. Through two studies, we developed new ways of minimising the physical effort and discomfort of viewing such display spaces. We first explored how the mapping between gaze angle and display position could be manipulated, helping users view wider display spaces than currently possible within an acceptable and comfortable range of neck movement. We then compared our implicit control of display position based on head orientation against explicit user control, finding significant benefits in terms of user preference, workload and comfort for implicit control. Our novel techniques create new opportunities for productive work by leveraging MR headsets to create interactive wide virtual workspaces with improved comfort and usability. These workspaces are flexible and can be used on-the-go, e.g., to improve remote working or make better use of commuter journeys.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was funded in-part by an EPSRC IAA project (EP/R511705/1) and a joint IAA project funded by the EPSRC (303740) and ESRC (77563/1). This research also received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement #835197: ViAjeRo).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Freeman, Dr Euan and McGill, Dr Mark and Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Mcgill, M., Kehoe, A., Freeman, E., and Brewster, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Publisher:ACM Press
ISSN (Online):1557-7325
Published Online:31 May 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 27(3): 13
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
304896EPSRC-IAA: Early Stage Commercialisation of a PET Imaging Agent for the Detection of Cardiovascular Disease and CancerAndrew SutherlandEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R511705/1Chemistry