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Audemes at work: Investigating features of non-speech sounds to maximize content recognition
Indiana University, USA.
Indiana University, USA.
Indiana University, USA.
Indiana University, USA.
2012 (English)In: International journal of human-computer studies, ISSN 1071-5819, E-ISSN 1095-9300, Vol. 70, no 12, p. 936-966Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To access interactive systems, blind users can leverage their auditory senses by using non-speech sounds. The structure of existing non-speech sounds, however, is geared toward conveying atomic operations at the user interface (e.g., opening a file) rather than evoking broader, theme-based content typical of educational material (e.g., an historical event). To address this problem, we investigate audemes, a new category of non-speech sounds whose semiotic structure and flexibility open new horizons for the aural interaction with content-rich applications. Three experiments with blind participants examined the attributes of an audeme that most facilitate the accurate recognition of their meaning. A sequential concatenation of different sound types (music, sound effect) yielded the highest meaning recognition, whereas an overlapping arrangement of sounds of the same type (music, music) yielded the lowest meaning recognition. We discuss seven guidelines to design well-formed audemes.

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2012. Vol. 70, no 12, p. 936-966
Keyword [en]
Audeme, Acoustic, Blind, Visually impaired, Non-speech sound, Recognition
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Human Computer Interaction
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Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68170DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2012.09.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68170DiVA: diva2:1146468
Available from: 2017-10-03 Created: 2017-10-03 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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