Spatial constancy of surface-embedded layouts across multiple environments

Barrett Ens, Eyal Ofek, Neil Bruce, Pourang Irani

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSUI'15 - Proceedings of the 3rd ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationAugust 8-9, 2015 Los Angeles, CA, USA
EditorsEvan Suma, Frank Steinicke, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450337038
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventSymposium on Spatial User Interaction 2015 - Los Angeles, United States of America
Duration: 8 Aug 20159 Aug 2015
Conference number: 3rd


ConferenceSymposium on Spatial User Interaction 2015
Abbreviated titleSUI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityLos Angeles
Internet address


  • Head-worn displays
  • HMD
  • HWD
  • Spatial constancy
  • View management
  • Visual saliency
  • Window manager

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