Exploring Interactive Systems Using Peripheral Sounds

  • Saskia Bakker
  • Elise van den Hoven
  • Berry Eggen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6306)


Our everyday interaction in and with the physical world, has facilitated the development of auditory perception skills that enable us to selectively place one auditory channel in the center of our attention and simultaneously monitor others in the periphery. We search for ways to leverage these auditory perception skills in interactive systems. In this paper, we present three working demonstrators that use sound to subtly convey information to users in an open office. To qualitatively evaluate these demonstrators, each of them has been implemented in an office for three weeks. We have seen that such a period of time, sounds can start shifting from the center to the periphery of the attention. Furthermore, we found several issues to be addressed when designing such systems, which can inform future work in this area.


Calm Technology Periphery Attention Sound design Interaction design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saskia Bakker
    • 1
  • Elise van den Hoven
    • 1
  • Berry Eggen
    • 1
  1. 1.Industrial Design DepartmentEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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