Audvert: Using Spatial Audio to Gain a Sense of Place

  • Liam Betsworth
  • Nitendra Rajput
  • Saurabh Srivastava
  • Matt Jones
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8120)


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.


Non-visual Navigation Wayfinding Auditory Display 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liam Betsworth
    • 1
  • Nitendra Rajput
    • 2
  • Saurabh Srivastava
    • 2
  • Matt Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Future Interaction Technology LabSwansea UniversityUK
  2. 2.IBM ResearchNew DelhiIndia

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