Audvert: Using Spatial Audio to Gain a Sense of Place

Abstract : We introduce Audvert – a system that facilitates serendipitous discovery and navigation through spatial audio; used to navigate and discover points of interest in large, unfamiliar indoor environments. Our main aim was to create a lightweight spatial audio display that can convey a sense of a place without complex point and select interactions. We conducted a preliminary study comparing two audio types to see which best suited sound localization and a study of Audvert used in a real world scenario. Our findings suggest that long continuous audio performs better than short intermittent audio for sound localisation. We also discover a change in behaviour when using the system, with a large percentage of users wanting to visit newly discovered shops after using the system. We discuss the findings and draw research conclusions.
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Liam Betsworth, Nitendra Rajput, Saurabh Srivastava, Matt Jones. Audvert: Using Spatial Audio to Gain a Sense of Place. 14th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), Sep 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. pp.455-462, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-40498-6_35⟩. ⟨hal-01510524⟩

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