Effects of reproduction equipment on interaction with a spatial audio interface

Marentakis, G. and Brewster, S.A. (2005) Effects of reproduction equipment on interaction with a spatial audio interface. In: CHI '05 conference on Human factors in computing systems, Portland, Oregon, 2-7 April 2005, pp. 1625-1628. ISBN 1595930027 (doi:10.1145/1056808.1056982)

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Abstract

Spatial audio displays have been criticized because the use of headphones may isolate users from their real world audio environment. In this paper we study the effects of three types of audio reproduction equipment (standard headphones, bone-conductance headphones and monaural presentation using a single earphone) on time and accuracy during interaction with a deictic spatial audio display. Participants selected a target sound emitting from one of four different locations in the presence of distracters whilst wearing the different types of headphones. Target locations were marked with audio feedback. No significant differences were found for time and accuracy ratings between bone conductance and standard headphones. Monaural reproduction significantly slowed interaction. The results show that alternative reproduction equipment can be used to overcome user isolation from the natural audio environment.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Auditory I/O and Sound in the UI, Interaction Design
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Marentakis, G., and Brewster, S.A.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:ACM Press
ISBN:1595930027
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2005 ACM Press
First Published:Firsr published in CHI 2005 : technology, safety, community : conference proceedings : Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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