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Audio User Interface System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117490D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Morimoto, N: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes an Audio User Interface (AUI) utilizing advanced three-dimensional sound system. The system can be used as an audio user interface for blind or nearly blind people or a high quality sound system to enhance three-dimensional graphical user interfaces.

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Audio User Interface System

      This article describes an Audio User Interface (AUI) utilizing
advanced three-dimensional sound system.  The system can be used as
an audio user interface for blind or nearly blind people or a high
quality sound system to enhance three-dimensional graphical user
interfaces.

      Sound objects such as a telephone bell, typing sound or noise
of crowd can be generated and placed in a virtual three-dimensional
space by using advanced three-dimensional audio system with a set of
speakers or a head phone set.  Limited number of sound objects placed
in a three-dimensional space can be clearly identified from each
other by the observer.  Therefore, these sound objects can be used as
a sound "icon" to represent specific command, action or application.

      The system consists of (1) sound objects ("icon") for
representing each service, action or application, (2)
three-dimensional audio system to place these "icons" in a
three-dimensional sound space  to form a menu space, and (3)
apparatus for permitting the change of the location of the observer
in the three-dimensional sound space. The  apparatus (3) also
represents the movement of the pointer ("select" when  the virtual
location of the observer is overlapping with the location of  the
specific sound object.)

      This system can be used as a user interface of menu systems of
operating systems, information retrieval systems, application
programs and so on.  Since this...