Perifoveal Display

Combining Foveal with Peripheral Vision in one Visualization

In collaboration with Valentin Heun.

The Perifoveal Display is a visualization display for complex, real-time, dynamic data such as stock market data or control room data. The system takes advantage of the unique
properties of the human perceptive system which is capable of perceiving a high degree of detail in the foveal area, but is only perceptive to movement and black and white in the peripheral area. The Perifoveal Display varies how data is visualized based on the
user’s viewing direction. Data in the center of the user’s focus are displayed in a lot of detail using color. Important changes in the data which fall into the periphery are highlighted by movement and change in brightness. As such the system is able to attract the user’s focus towards data in the periphery that are in need of attention.

In the press:

Perifoveal Display tracks head positioning, highlights changing data on secondary LCDs, Zach Honig, Engadget


  • Valentin Heun, Anette von Kapri, Pattie Maes
    Perifoveal display: combining foveal and peripheral vision in one visualization [pdf] [doi] [bibtex]
    In proceedings of the ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing 2012
  • Valentin Heun, Anette von Kapri, Pattie Maes.
    Poster: Perifoveal display: combining foveal with peripheral vision in one visualization [pdf] [doi] [bibtex]
    In ACM SIGGRAPH 2012 Posters