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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Data Sonification

A space I looked at for our information innovation group.  A way to use other senses, including sound, as an interface to deliver data and its patterns.  AT&T had done some experimentation in this area.  In the simplest approach, alerts can be transmitted with sound, and the use of pagers in manufacturing spaces were tried.  Today's smartphone can link calls to specific rings. Taking this forward, to delivering more precision describing data with sound, is more difficult.  Can you get your data to scream out to you?   Today it is likely that this method would be used in conjunction with visualization techniques.  A link to more recent work at Drexel University.  See also, Drexel's Excite Center, which looks at innovative interfaces.

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