Abstract

Pursuing new display techniques based on insights into human visual perception can reveal new possibilities for visual information devices. Here, we propose a novel information presentation technique that exploits the perceptional features during rapid eye movements called saccades by using a fast remote eye-measuring method. When light sources are fixed on a vertical line, and the flashing pattern is changed quickly during a horizontal saccade, 2D images can be perceived due to spatio-temporal integration in the human vision system. We use this phenomenon to present 2D images with only one-dimensional light sources, and to show these images even in midair. The flashing cycle and flash timing of light sources are important elements in developing the design theory for this display technique. The flashing cycle determines the maximum resolution of a perceived 2D image. The flash timing is a crucial issue for our purpose because 2D images are perceived only when the timing of the saccade coincides with the flash timing. Therefore, in this paper, we describe the relationship between a flashing cycle and the maximum resolution of a perceived 2D image, and then propose a concise saccade detection method. By using this method, saccades can be detected and the light sources can be flashed within the saccade interval as it occurs in real time, and 2D images can be successfully presented.

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