Peripheral Awareness


Till Bovermann, Christian Leichsenring, René Tünnermann (2011, 2012)

Noise diffuses through walls. Listening to them can offer long-term insights about the lifestyle of upstairs neighbours. We connected two remote spaces by introducing an artificial bi-directional auditory cue between them. It offers a group that is distributed between two non-colocated areas a peripheral connection and makes them aware of activities on the other side. The system is sound-based, operating on an almost subliminal level and can therefore be used parallel to other activities.

We presented a paper about upstairs at Pervasive 2012.

This work is part of a cooperation between the mediaLab Helsinki and CITEC Bielefeld. It has been supported partially by the Center of Excellence 277 Cognitive Interaction Technology funded in the framework of the German Excellence Initiative of the DFG and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

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