Expressive Wearable Sonification and Visualisation : Design and Evaluation of a Flexible Display

Beilharz, Kirsty and Vande Moere, Andrew and Stiel, Barbara and Calo, Claudia and Tomitsch, Martin and Lombard, Adrian

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper we examine a wearable sonification and visualisation display that uses physical analogue visualisation and digital sonification to convey feedback about the wearer’s activity and environment. Intended to bridge a gap between art aesthetics, fashionable technologies and informative physical computing, the user experience evaluation reveals the wearers’ responses and understanding of a novel medium for wearable expression. The study reveals useful insights for wearable device design in general and future iterations of this sonification and visualisation display.