Properties of a Peripheral Head-Mounted Display (PHMD)

  • Denys J. C. Matthies
  • Marian Haescher
  • Rebekka Alm
  • Bodo Urban
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 528)


In this paper we propose a definition for Peripheral Head-Mounted Display (PHMD) for Near Field Displays. This paper introduces a taxonomy for head-mounted displays that is based on the property of its functionality and the ability of our human eye to perceive peripheral information, instead of being technology-dependent. The aim of this paper is to help designers to understand the perception of the human eye, as well as to discuss the factors one needs to take into consideration when designing visual interfaces for PHMDs. We envision this term to help classifying devices such as Google Glass, which are often misclassified as a Head-Up Display (HUD) following NASA’s definition.


Peripheral Head-Mounted display PHMD Optical HMD Display position Peripheral perception Google glass 



We would like to thank Soon Chua Hau for his valuable feedback. This research has been supported by the German Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the European Social Fund under grant ESF/IV-BM-B35-0006/12.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denys J. C. Matthies
    • 1
  • Marian Haescher
    • 1
  • Rebekka Alm
    • 1
  • Bodo Urban
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer IGDRostockGermany

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