Utilizing Peripheral Vision for Reading Text on Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

Augmented Reality (AR) provides real-time information by superimposing virtual information onto users’ view of the real world.

Our work is the first to explore how peripheral vision, instead of central vision, can be used to read text on AR and smart glasses.

We present PeriText, a multiword reading interface using rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP).

This enables users to observe the real world using central vision, while using peripheral vision to read virtual information.

We first conducted a lab-based study to compare reading efficiency among 6 different text transformation, 2 retinal eccentricities, and 3 different numbers of words for RSVP paradigm. Another lab-based study followed, investigating the performance of the reading interface design derived from the previous study.

Finally, we conducted a field study to collect user feedback while using PeriText in real-world walking scenarios.