Audio Bubbles: Employing non-speech audio to support tourist wayfinding

McGookin, D. and Brewster, S.A. (2009) Audio Bubbles: Employing non-speech audio to support tourist wayfinding. In: Proceedings of HAID 2009, Dresden, Germany,

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Abstract

We introduce the concept of Audio Bubbles - virtual spheres filled with audio that are geocentered on physical landmarks, providing navigational homing information for a user to more easily locate the landmark. We argue that the way in which tourists navigate is not well supported by traditional visual maps, and that Audio Bubbles better support the serendipitous discovery and homing behaviours exhibited in such tourist activities. We present a study comparing Audio Bubbles to a visual map in a real world navigation task. Navigation with Audio Bubbles appeared to be faster and was preferred by most of the participants. We discuss the findings and outline our future development plans.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen and McGookin, Dr David
Authors: McGookin, D., and Brewster, S.A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:Springer LNCS

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