Do you see what I hear? - Peripheral absolute and relational visualisation techniques for sound zones

Rune Møberg Jacobsen, Niels Van Berkel, Mikael B. Skov, Stine S. Johansen, Jesper Kjeldskov

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Sound zone technology allows multiple simultaneous sound experiences for multiple people in the same room without interference. However, given the inherent invisible and intangible nature of sound zones, it is unclear how to communicate the position and size of sound zones to users. This paper compares two visualisation techniques; absolute visualisation, relational visualisation, as well as a baseline condition without visualisations. In a within-subject experiment (N = 33), we evaluated these techniques for effectiveness and efficiency across four representative tasks. Our findings show that the absolute and relational visualisation techniques increase effectiveness in multi-user tasks but not in single-user tasks. The efficiency for all tasks was improved using visualisations. We discuss the potential of visualisations for sound zones and highlight future research opportunities for sound zone interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsSteven Drucker, Julie Williamson, Koji Yatani
Place of PublicationNew York NJ USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391573
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2022 - New Orleans, United States of America
Duration: 29 Apr 20225 May 2022
Conference number: 40th (ACM Digital Library - proceedings) (Website) (Extended Abstracts)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2022
Abbreviated titleCHI 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityNew Orleans
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  • sound interaction
  • sound visualisation
  • Sound zones
  • ubiquitous computing
  • visualisation

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