An Interactive Design Space for Wearable Displays

Florian Heller, Kashyap Todi, Kris Luyten

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The promise of on-body interactions has led to widespread development of wearable displays. They manifest themselves in highly variable shapes and form, and are realized using technologies with fundamentally different properties. Through an extensive survey of the field of wearable displays, we characterize existing systems based on key qualities of displays and wearables, such as location on the body, intended viewers or audience, and the information density of rendered content. We present the results of this analysis in an open, web-based interactive design space that supports exploration and refinement along various parameters. The design space, which currently encapsulates 129 cases of wearable displays, aims to inform researchers and practitioners on existing solutions and designs, and enable the identification of gaps and opportunities for novel research and applications. Further, it seeks to provide them with a thinking tool to deliberate on how the displayed content should be adapted based on key design parameters. Through this work, we aim to facilitate progress in wearable displays, informed by existing solutions, by providing researchers with an interactive platform for discovery and reflection.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of MobileHCI 2021 - ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationMobile Apart, MobileTogether
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450383288
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services - Virtual, Online, France
Duration: 27 Sep 20211 Oct 2021
Conference number: 23


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
Abbreviated titleMobileHCI
CityVirtual, Online


  • Design Space
  • Displays
  • Survey
  • Wearable Computing


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