Touch-screen displays in cell phones and tablet computers are now pervasive, making them an attractive option for vision testing outside of the laboratory or clinic. Here we describe a novel method in which subjects use a finger swipe to indicate the transition from visible to invisible
on a grating which is swept in both contrast and frequency. Because a single image can be swiped in about a second, it is practical to use a series of images to zoom in on particular ranges of contrast or frequency, both to increase the accuracy of the measurements and to obtain an estimate
of the reliability of the subject. Sensitivities to chromatic and spatiotemporal modulations are easily measured using the same method. A prototype has been developed for Apple Computer’s iPad/iPod/iPhone family of devices, implemented using an open-source scripting environment known
as QuIP (QUick Image Processing, http://hsi.arc.nasa.gov/groups/scanpath/research.php). Preliminary data show good agreement with estimates obtained from traditional psychophysical methods as well as newer rapid estimation techniques. Issues relating to device calibration are also discussed.