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Enhancing scanning input with non-speech sounds

Brewster, S.A., Raty, V.-P., and Kortekangas, A. (1996) Enhancing scanning input with non-speech sounds. In: ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Assistive Technologies, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 11-12 April 1996, pp. 10-14. ISBN 0897917766 (doi:10.1145/228347.228350)



Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/228347.228350


This paper proposed the addition of non-speech sounds to aid people who use scanning as their method of input. Scanning input is a temporal task; users have to press a switch when a cursor is over the required target. However, it is usually presented as a spatial task with the items to be scanned laid-out in a grid. Research has shown that the temporal tasks the auditory modality is often better than the visual. This paper investigates this by adding non-speech sound to a visual scanning system. It also shows how our natural abilities to perceive rhythms can be supported so that they can be used to aid the scanning process. Structured audio messages called earcons were used for the sound output. The results from preliminary investigation were favourable, indicating that the idea is feasible and further research should be undertaken

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
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Keywords:non-speech sound, earcons, scanning input, multimodal interaction
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Brewster, S.A., Raty, V.-P., and Kortekangas, A.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:ACM Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1996 ACM Press
First Published:First published in Assets '96: the Second Annual ACM Conference on Assistive Technologies : April 11-12, 1996, Waterfront Centre Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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