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Sound Feedback Interfaces July 14, 2006

Posted by reto wettach in innovative interfaces, mobile.

Due to the danger of interacting with devices “on-the-go” (a car might run over you or you might miss saying hello to your boss), there is a development in the direction of interfaces, which give feedback through sound.

An interesting one is SonicTexting, developed in Ivrea by Michal Rinott: a joystickbased text-input is enhanced by sound. I like the quality of the sound feedback, especially as Michal developed different variations – according to the expertise of the user.

Recently APPLE filed a patent for a “talking i-Pod”:
“The new iPod will tell you what it is about to play, removing the need for users to look at the screen while selecting music, and making the device safer and easier to use while driving, cycling or in badly-lit locations.” (source)



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