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The Fisheye screen magnifier is a magnifier that distorts the linearity of the screen to enlarge the section under the mouse cursor and reduce the rest around. It provides a high level of details where needed and an overview for peripheral vision.

I came to this idea this way:

I just bought a 24" monitor.

It is so big that it makes me aware of the small area where my eyes can actually focus. The density of captors in the eye is very high at the center and much lower at the periphery.

With a big enough monitor, what is at the periphery somehow becomes irrelevant in terms of details. A low level of details at the periphery just becomes invisible to the eye.

So, why not provide, at the periphery, a details free version of some underlying much bigger virtual screen ? This is what the fisheye screen magnifier does.

I suspect that it makes even more sense for smaller screen on mobile devices.

October 10th 2008

See Non-Euclidean User Interfaces from Ron Brinkmann.

Category JeanHuguesRobertInventions -- November 2007

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