Typographic Features on Distance Estimation with Head-Mounted Displays

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PubDate: October 2016

Teams: University of Aveiro

Writers: Mário Vairinhos;Silvino Almeida;Luís Nuno Dias

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An operator’s capacity to correctly judge the distance of a word or text that appears combined with the physical environment is of utmost importance in Virtual Environments applications. In those cases, textual information tends to function as a visual anchor and when linked up with other 3D digital content, could potentially help to visually organize the space where the action takes place. With the increasing popularity of Head worn displays, home and work environments will soon benefit from more readable fonts that allow users to correctly estimate distances. The purpose of this article is to identify which visual properties a typeface should have in order the user to better estimate the distance related to the text when using a binocular HMD device. The laboratorial test present in this study shows that a flat and bi-dimensional font style performs better than a tri-dimensional and embossed font style.