Audio Bubbles: Employing Non-speech Audio to Support Tourist Wayfinding

  • David McGookin
  • Stephen Brewster
  • Pablo Priego
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5763)


We introduce the concept of Audio Bubbles - virtual spheres filled with audio that are geocentered on physical landmarks, providing navigational homing information for a user to more easily locate the landmark. We argue that the way in which tourists navigate is not well supported by traditional visual maps, and that Audio Bubbles better support the serendipitous discovery and homing behaviours exhibited in such tourist activities. We present a study comparing Audio Bubbles to a visual map in a real world navigation task. Navigation with Audio Bubbles appeared to be faster and was preferred by most of the participants. We discuss the findings and outline our future development plans.


Non-visual Navigation Wayfinding Auditory Display 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David McGookin
    • 1
  • Stephen Brewster
    • 1
  • Pablo Priego
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computing ScienceUniversity of GlasgowGlasgow

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