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Spatial Constancy of Surface-Embedded Layouts across Multiple Environments

We introduce a layout manager that exploits the robust sensing capabilities of next-generation head-worn displays by embedding virtual application windows in the user’s surroundings. With the aim of allowing users to find applications quickly, our approach leverages spatial memory of a known body-centric configuration. The layout manager balances multiple constraints to keep layouts consistent across environments while observing geometric and visual features specific to each locale. We compare various constraint weighting schemas and discuss outcomes of this approach applied to models of two test environments.


Barrett Ens, Eyal Ofek, Neil Bruce and Pourang Irani. 2015. Spatial Constancy of Surface-Embedded Layouts across Multiple Environments. In Proceedings of the 3rd symposium on Spatial User Interactions (SUI '15). Los Angeles, USA. ACM, 65-68.

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Barrett Ens

Barrett Ens

Pourang Irani

Pourang Irani

Canada Research Chair
at University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus

As well as: Eyal Ofek and Neil Bruce