Transparent hearing

Florian Mueller, Matthew Karau

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This paper describes what we call Transparent Hearing: the use of microphone equipped headphones for augmented audio. It provides a framework for experiments like real-time audio alteration, multi-modal sensory integration and collaborative listening experiences. We attach high-quality microphones to headphones and send the signal through a computer to these headphones. We have built headphones that stop the music if somebody wants to talk to you, a pseudophone, and collaborative I Hear What You Hear headphones that are triggered by eye-contact.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings 2002
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2002 - Minneapolis, United States of America
Duration: 20 Apr 200225 Apr 2002
Conference number: 20th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2002
Abbreviated titleCHI 2002
CountryUnited States of America


  • Augmented audio
  • Binaural
  • Headphones
  • Infrared
  • Microphones
  • Pseudophone
  • Range finding

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