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Using Sound to Enhance Users’ Experiences of Mobile Applications
RISE, Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute. Sonic Studio.
RISE, Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute. Sonic Studio.
Number of Authors: 2
2012 (English)In: Proceedings from Audio Mostly 2012, ACM , 2012, 6Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The latest smartphones with GPS, electronic compass, directional audio, touch screens etc. hold potentials for location based services that are easier to use compared to traditional tools. Rather than interpreting maps, users may focus on their activities and the environment around them. Interfaces may be designed that let users search for information by simply pointing in a direction. Database queries can be created from GPS location and compass direction data. Users can get guidance to locations through pointing gestures, spatial sound and simple graphics. This article describes two studies testing prototypic applications with multimodal user interfaces built on spatial audio, graphics and text. Tests show that users appreciated the applications for their ease of use, for being fun and effective to use and for allowing users to interact directly with the environment rather than with abstractions of the same. The multimodal user interfaces contributed significantly to the overall user experience.

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ACM , 2012, 6.
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-24047OAI: diva2:1043126
Audio Mostly 2012 - A conference on interaction with sound
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