Auditory Augmentation

— Data at your Fingertips


Auditory augmentation is a sonification method that supports the design of ubiquitous data representation tools. Their core feature is to unobtrusively alter the auditory characteristics of existing structure-borne sounds by overlaying them with a sonification of externally acquired data. Through this, the augmented object’s auditory gestalt gets altered and shaped by data-driven parameters, thus creating a subtle, ambient display for data streams. The intention of auditory augmentations is to be an addition to existing sounds, without changing their prominent features like their inherent timing or overall amplitude. This way, the data’s auditory representation stays out of the users’ attention, unless it changes into something unusual.

Publications Link to heading

  • T. Bovermann, R. Tünnermann, and T. Hermann. The Weather at your Fingertips: An Auditory Augmentation Application. Proceedings of the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2012, 2012.
  • T. Bovermann, R. Tünnermann, and T. Hermann. Auditory Augmentation. International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence (IJACI), 2(2):27–41, 2010.
  • R. Tünnermann, T. Bovermann, and T. Hermann. Auditory Augmentation at your Fingertips. Sonic Interaction Design-Exhibition Catalogue. 2011.