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Combining Auditory and Visual Menus

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Despite growing interest in touch screen and gesture interfaces for auditory menus, there usually is lacking interoperability between visual and auditory menus. The same control logic for both visual and auditory domains could facilitate switching to eyes-free use when needed and improve accessibility for visually impaired users. This paper presents an efficient control interface for both domains and usability tests with three interaction methods. Results show that auditory and visual menus with the same control logic can provide a fast and usable interface to control devices. Furthermore, the same auditory menu can be accessed with a gesture interface. Overall, the touch screen interaction with a visual display was fastest, the touch screen interaction with auditory display was almost as fast, while the gesture interface with an auditory display was slowest. The novel interface paradigm is explained by an example application that allows eyes-free touch screen and gesture access to a music collection on a mobile phone.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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