Jones, M., Bradley, G., Jones, S. & Holmes, G. (2006). Navigation-by-music for pedestrians: an initial prototype and evaluation. In proceedings of International Symposium on Intelligent Environments: Improving the Quality of Life in a Changing World, 5-7 April 2006, Cambridge, UK (pp. 95-101).
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Digital mobile music devices are phenomenally popular. The devices are becoming increasingly powerful with sophisticated interaction controls, powerful processors, vast onboard storage and network connectivity. While there are ‘obvious’ ways to exploit these advanced capabilities (such as wireless music download), here we consider a rather different application—pedestrian navigation. We report on a system (ONTRACK) that aims to guide listeners to their destinations by continuously adapting the spatial qualities of the music they are enjoying. Our field-trials indicate that even with a low-fidelity realisation of the concept, users can quite effectively navigate complicated routes.
This article has been published in proceeding of International Symposium on Intelligent Environments: Improving the Quality of Life in a Changing World, 5-7 April 2006, Cambridge, UK. Used with permission.