Exploring interactive systems using peripheral sounds

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Our everyday interaction in and with the physical world, has facilitated the development of auditory perception skills that enable us to selectively place one auditory channel in the center of our attention and simultaneously monitor others in the periphery. We search for ways to leverage these auditory perception skills in interactive systems. In this paper, we present three working demonstrators that use sound to subtly convey information to users in an open office. To qualitatively evaluate these demonstrators, each of them has been implemented in an office for three weeks. We have seen that such a period of time, sounds can start shifting from the center to the periphery of the attention. Furthermore, we found several issues to be addressed when designing such systems, which can inform future work in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHaptic and Audio Interaction Design - 5th International Workshop, HAID 2010, Proceedings
EditorsR. Nordahl, S. Serafin, F. Fontana, S. Brewster
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-15840-7
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2010
Event5th International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design, HAID 2010 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 16 Sep 201017 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference5th International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design, HAID 2010


  • Attention
  • Calm Technology
  • Interaction design
  • Periphery
  • Sound design


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