Tracs: Transparency control for see-through displays

David Lindlbauer, Toru Aoki, Robert Walter, Yuji Uema, Anita Höchtl, Michael Haller, Masahiko Inami, Jörg Müller

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Abstract

We present Tracs, a dual-sided see-through display system with controllable transparency. Traditional displays are a constant visual and communication barrier, hindering fast and efficient collaboration of spatially close or facing coworkers. Transparent displays could potentially remove these barriers, but introduce new issues of personal privacy, screen content privacy and visual interference. We therefore propose a solution with controllable transparency to overcome these problems. Tracs consists of two see-through displays, with a transparency-control layer, a backlight layer and a polarization adjustment layer in-between. The trans-parencycontrol layer is built as a grid of individually addressable transparency-controlled patches, allowing users to control the transparency overall or just locally. Additionally, the locally switchable backlight layer improves the contrast of LCD screen content. Tracs allows users to switch between personal and collaborative work fast and easily and gives them full control of transparent regions on their display.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2014 - Proceedings of the 27th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages657-662
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330695
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 5
Event27th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2014 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 2014 Oct 52014 Oct 8

Publication series

NameUIST 2014 - Proceedings of the 27th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Other

Other27th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2014
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period14/10/514/10/8

Keywords

  • Transparency-controlled display;
  • Transparent display

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Lindlbauer, D., Aoki, T., Walter, R., Uema, Y., Höchtl, A., Haller, M., Inami, M., & Müller, J. (2014). Tracs: Transparency control for see-through displays. In UIST 2014 - Proceedings of the 27th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 657-662). (UIST 2014 - Proceedings of the 27th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2642918.2647350