Spatial audio in small display screen devices

Walker, A., and Brewster, S.A. (2000) Spatial audio in small display screen devices. Personal Technologies, 4(2), pp. 144-154. (doi:10.1007/BF01324121)



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Our work addresses the problem of (visual) clutter in mobile device interfaces. The solution we propose involves the translation of technique-from the graphical to the audio domain-for expliting space in information representation. This article presents an illustrative example in the form of a spatialisedaudio progress bar. In usability tests, participants performed background monitoring tasks significantly more accurately using this spatialised audio (a compared with a conventional visual) progress bar. Moreover, their performance in a simultaneously running, visually demanding foreground task was significantly improved in the eye-free monitoring condition. These results have important implications for the design of multi-tasking interfaces for mobile devices.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:3D audio, Delay affordance, Interface design, Usability testing
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Walker, A., and Brewster, S.A.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:Personal Technologies
Publisher:Springer Verlag
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2000 Springer
First Published:First published in Personal Technologies 4(2):144-154
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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