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Where to Locate Wearable Displays? Reaction Time Performance of Visual Alerts from Tip to Toe

By Chris Harrison, Brian Y. Lim, Aubrey Shick and Scott E. Hudson


Advances in electronics have brought the promise of wearable computers to near reality. Previous research has investigated where computers can be located on the human body – critical for successful development and acceptance. However, for a location to be truly useful, it needs to not only be accessible for interaction, socially acceptable, comfortable and sufficiently stable for electronics, but also effective at conveying information. In this paper, we describe a study that evaluated reaction time performance to visual stimuli at seven different body locations. Results indicate numerous and significant differences in the reaction time performance characteristics of these locations. ACM Classification: H5.2 [Information interfaces an

Topics: presentation, User Interfaces.- Graphical user interfaces, Interaction styles. Keywords, Wearable computing, smart clothes, reaction time
Year: 2011
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