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Old Today, 07:44 AM   #16
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40 cm is good for hand held reading of 10 point type . When the reading distance is decoupled from the need to hold something in your hand -- and the person is looking more in the forward direction than down, the average measured chosen reading distance is greater than 50 cm for the equivalent of ten point type.

See: For normative data on reading 10 point type from a hand held document: SOME NORMATIVE DATA ON READING DISTANCE
DONALD H. SCHUSTER, GEORGE G. KARAS DOUGLAS C. ANTONELLI
Iowa Stare University IBM Systems Development
Division, Rochester, Minn. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1969, 28, 202.

Hand held reading distance for ten point type is slightly less for young -- high school graduate -- women that for hs grad. young men -- possibly because the women have arms that are about 10-12% shorter.

For normative data on reading 12 point type from printed document taped to a vertical screen and the same document held in the hands. See: "Working distance and eye and head movements during near work in myopes and non-myopes", Andreas Hartwig, et al, Clinical and Experimental Optometry 94.6 November 2011

and "Analysis of head position used by myopes and emmetropes when performing a near-vision reading task"Andreas Hartwig, et al,Vision Research 51 (2011) 1712–1717

The weight, bulk and cost of the system varies in some respects as the cube of the angular image size. The shorter the reading distance , the greater the angular image size. We hope to come out with a basic size and a smaller and larger size to accommodate the great majority of book readers.
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40 cm is good for hand held reading of 10 point type . When the reading distance is decoupled from the need to hold something in your hand -- and the person is looking more in the forward direction than down, the average measured chosen reading distance is greater than 50 cm for the equivalent of ten point type.
That has to be for people with at least average vision, not needing glasses, i.e. their focus has good accommodation. Also with a particular contrast, clear font, and good lighting.

It's simply not generally true.
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Hand held reading distance for ten point type is slightly less for young -- high school graduate -- women that for hs grad. young men -- possibly because the women have arms that are about 10-12% shorter.
and larger size to accommodate the great majority of book readers.
Nothing to do with arm length!
Also Ethnic background, culture, writing system?

These seem like pretty poor & biased studies.

Any system is going to have to accommodate glasses unless it can separately do all the kinds of vision correction each eye needs, as even without astigmatism etc a long sighted or short sighted or person needing glasses for reading AND distance may need a different lens for each eye.

Too many products seem designed by US English speaking "white American males" for English speaking young white American males.

Or for an "average" (few people are "average") person rather than say 95% of people. Even stupid stuff like Men's shoes no smaller than UK 7, or Women's shoes no larger than UK 7.

Or designed for "average" size finger tips, finger length and grip size. Average is meaningless for human physical characteristics. The variation is enormous.

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