An auditory 3D file manager designed from interaction patterns

Christopher Frauenberger; Veronika Putz; Robert Höldrich; Tony Stockman
DAFx-2005 - Madrid
This paper shows the design, implementation and evaluation of an auditory user interface for a file-manager application. The intention for building this prototype was to prove concepts developed to support user interface designers with design patterns in order to create robust and efficient auditory displays. The paper describes the motivation for introducing a mode-independent meta domain in which the design patterns were defined to overcome the problem of translating mainly visual concepts to the auditory domain. The prototype was implemented using the IEM Ambisonics libraries for Pure Data to produce high quality binaural audio rendering and used headtracking and a joystick as the main interaction devices.