Interactive soundscapes of the futures everyday life

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    This chapter reviews the inherent qualities of the human hearing system to focus on sounds that are relevant and ignore sounds that are irrelevant and do not require immediate action. Currently, auditory interaction styles that have been proposed and studied in human–computer interaction fail to leverage these human auditory perception capabilities to their full potential. This chapter envisions interactive soundscapes that, based on the capabilities of the human hearing system, offer direct but imprecise interaction control and provide people with explicit means to subconsciously yet intentionally control the shifting of activities back and forth to the periphery of their attention. Technological challenges in the area of advanced audio technology as well as social and ethical dilemmas that relate to interactive soundscapes becoming part of people’s natural habitats are discussed. Interactive soundscapes can be considered one of the promising future design research areas where true peripheral interaction can be realized

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    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPeripheral interaction
    Subtitle of host publicationchallenges and opportunities for HCI in the periphery of attention
    EditorsS. Bakker, D. Hausen, T. Selker
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-29523-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-29521-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    NameHuman–Computer Interaction Series


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