Display considerations for night and low-illumination viewing

Rafał Mantiuk*, Allan G. Rempel, Wolfgang Heidrich

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

An inadequately designed display viewed in the dark can easily cause dazzling glare and affect our night vision. In this paper we test a display design in which the spectral light emission is selected to reduce the impact of the display on night vision performance while at the same time ensuring good display legibility. We use long-wavelength light (red) that is easily visible to daylight vision photoreceptors (cones) but almost invisible to night vision photoreceptors (rods). We verify rod-cone separation in a psychophysical experiment, in which we measure contrast detection in the presence of a colored source of glare. In a separate user study we measure the range of display brightness settings that provide good legibility and are not distracting under low ambient lighting. Our results can serve as a guidelines for designing the displays that change their color scheme at low ambient light levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - APGV 2009
Subtitle of host publicationSymposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization
Pages53-58
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 27 2009
EventAPGV 2009: Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization - Chania, Crete, Greece
Duration: Sep 30 2009Oct 2 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - APGV 2009: Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization

Other

OtherAPGV 2009: Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization
CountryGreece
CityChania, Crete
Period09/30/0910/2/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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