September 2015
Volume 15, Issue 12
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2015
Psychophysical Calibration of Mobile Touch-Screens for Vision Testing in the Field
Author Affiliations
  • Jeffrey Mulligan
    Human Systems Integration Division, NASA Ames Research Center
Journal of Vision September 2015, Vol.15, 475. doi:
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      Jeffrey Mulligan; Psychophysical Calibration of Mobile Touch-Screens for Vision Testing in the Field. Journal of Vision 2015;15(12):475. doi:

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The now ubiquitous nature of touch-screen displays in cell phones and tablet computers makes them an attractive option for vision testing outside of the laboratory or clinic. Accurate measurement of parameters such as contrast sensitivity, however, requires precise control of absolute and relative screen luminances. The nonlinearity of the display response ("gamma") can be measured or checked using a minimum motion technique similar to that developed by Anstis and Cavanagh (1983) for the determination of isoluminance. While the relative luminances of the color primaries vary between subjects (due to factors such as individual differences in pre-retinal pigment densities), the gamma nonlinearity can be checked in the lab using a photometer. Here we compare results obtained using the psychophysical method with physical measurements for a number of different devices. In addition, we present a novel physical method using the device's built-in front-facing camera in conjunction with a mirror to jointly calibrate the camera and display. A high degree of consistency between devices is found, but some departures from ideal performance are observed. In spite of this, the effects of calibration errors and display artifacts on estimates of contrast sensitivity are found to be small.

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