Audio reminders in the home environment

Marilyn R. McGee-Lennon, Maria Wolters, Tony McBryan

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Abstract / Description of output

In this paper we report an experimental comparison between three different types of audio reminders in the home setting: speech, earcons, and a simple pager sound. We examine how quickly and accurately participants were able to interpret the reminders, and to what extent presentation of the reminders interfered with a digit span background task. In addition, a questionnaire was used to gather user preferences and attitudes towards the different types of reminders. Although participants perform best with speech reminders, there are large inter-subject differences in performance, and over 50% prefer non-speech audio reminders. The implications for the design and application of auditory interfaces for home-based reminder systems are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages437 - 444
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
Event13th International Conference on Auditory Display - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 26 Jun 200729 Jun 2007


Conference13th International Conference on Auditory Display
CityMontreal, QC

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • audio reminders
  • earcons
  • speech synthesis
  • home care


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