Color correction for optical see-through displays using display color profiles

Srikanth Sridharan, Juan David Hincapié-Ramos, David R. Flatla, Pourang Irani

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    In optical see-through displays, light coming from background objects mixes with the light originating from the display, causing what is known as the color blending problem. Color blending negatively affects the usability of such displays as it impacts the legibility and color encodings of digital content. Color correction aims at reducing the impact of color blending by finding an alternative display color which, once mixed with the background, results in the color originally intended. In this paper we model color blending based on two distortions induced by the optical see-through display. The render distortion explains how the display renders colors. The material distortion explains how background colors are changed by the display material. We show the render distortion has a higher impact on color blending and propose binned-profiles (BP) - descriptors of how a display renders colors - to address it. Results show that color blending predictions using BP have a low error rate - within nine just noticeable differences (JND) in the worst case. We introduce a color correction algorithm based on predictions using BP and measure its correction capacity. Results show light display colors can be better corrected for all backgrounds. For high intensity backgrounds light colors in the neutral and CyanBlue regions perform better. Finally, we elaborate on the applicability, design and hardware implications of our approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationVRST '13
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9781450323796
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event19th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
    Duration: 6 Oct 20138 Oct 2013


    Conference19th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology
    Abbreviated titleVRST 2013
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