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Algorithmic Audio Creation for Workstations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110311D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Blalock, JL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In a typical work environment, there are common noise distractions that can be effectively hidden by use of non-musical random sound. This masking can enhance the user productivity and reduce the level of tension if matched to their personal tastes and interest. BACKGROUND Productive knowledge workers are becoming more attuned to the ergonomics of their workspace. One area of concern is audio pollution. This distraction can lead to fatigue, errors, and inhibit effective communications. SUMMARY This article outlines a standard construct which can be easily tailored by the user to provide a range of unobtrusive audio background noises. Simple randomizing of multimedia segments enables cost-effective tailoring, creation, and presentation based on a user profile.

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Algorithmic Audio Creation for Workstations

       In a typical work environment, there are common noise
distractions that can be effectively hidden by use of non-musical
random sound.  This masking can enhance the user productivity and
reduce the level of tension if matched to their personal tastes and
interest.
BACKGROUND
Productive knowledge workers are becoming more attuned to the
ergonomics of their workspace.  One area of concern is audio
pollution.  This distraction can lead to fatigue, errors, and inhibit
effective communications.
SUMMARY
This article outlines a standard construct which can be easily
tailored by the user to provide a range of unobtrusive audio
background noises.  Simple randomizing of multimedia segments enables
cost-effective tailoring, creation, and presentation based on a user
profile.  As an addition to the workstation environment, this
tailorable property of presentation will increase productivity with
only a moderate use of resources.  The flexibility comes from having
a library of peaceful sounds which the user can mix for their
personal pleasure.
COMPONENTS
1) Sound Segment Library (SSL) 10.  A multimedia repository, either
on a LAN Server or the user workstation containing:
   - Continuous Background Sound (CBS) 11 (e.g., raindrops)
   - Intermittent Foreground Sound (IFS) 12 (e.g., thunder rumble)
   - Alternate Foreground Sound (AFS) 13 (e.g., lightning crack)
2) Random Number Generator (RNG) 20.  Well-defined in prior...