PULSE: the design and evaluation of an auditory display to provide a social vibe

McGookin, D.K. and Brewster, S.A. (2012) PULSE: the design and evaluation of an auditory display to provide a social vibe. In: Proceedings of Interacting with Sound Workshop Exploring Context-Aware, Local and Social Audio Applications. ACM: New York, NY, USA, pp. 12-15. ISBN 9781450308830 (doi:10.1145/2019335.2019338)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2019335.2019338


We present PULSE, a mobile application designed to allow users to gain a `vibe', an intrinsic understanding of the people, places and activities around their current location, derived from messages on the Twitter social networking site. We compared two auditory presentations of the vibe. One presented message metadata implicitly through modification of spoken message attributes. The other presented the same metadata, but through additional auditory cues. We compared both techniques in a lab and real world study. Additional auditory cues were found to allow for smaller changes in metadata to be more accurately detected, but were least preferred when PULSE was used in context. Results also showed that PULSE enhanced and shaped user understanding, with audio presentation allowing a closer coupling of digital data to the physical world.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McGookin, Dr David and Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: McGookin, D.K., and Brewster, S.A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science

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