Using Sound to Enhance Users’ Experiences of Mobile Applications

Liljedahl, Mats and Papworth, Nigel (2012) Using Sound to Enhance Users’ Experiences of Mobile Applications. In: Audio Mostly 2012 - A conference on interaction with sound, 26 - 28 September 2012, Corfu, Greece. (In Press)

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The latest smartphones with GPS, electronic compass, directional audio, touch screens etc. hold potentials for location based services that are easier to use compared to traditional tools. Rather than interpreting maps, users may focus on their activities and the environment around them. Interfaces may be designed that let users search for information by simply pointing in a direction. Database queries can be created from GPS location and compass direction data. Users can get guidance to locations through pointing gestures, spatial sound and simple graphics. This article describes two studies testing prototypic applications with multimodal user interfaces built on spatial audio, graphics and text. Tests show that users appreciated the applications for their ease of use, for being fun and effective to use and for allowing users to interact directly with the environment rather than with abstractions of the same. The multimodal user interfaces contributed significantly to the overall user experience.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:5287
Deposited By:Mats Liljedahl
Deposited On:05 Sep 2012 15:14
Last Modified:13 Sep 2012 09:29

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