System Monitoring

Context:

You are designing an auditory display to allow a user to monitor the activity of a potentially dynamic system.

Problem:

You need to allow the user to perform other tasks and still be continuously and sufficiently aware of the state of the system.

Forces:

Solution:

Sonify various processes within the system. Systems that are working perfectly/desirably should exhibit familiar, non-annoying sounds. To indicate undesirable status of processes, one might use lower tones, dissonance, out-of-time rhythm, minor scales, etc.

Rationale:

People can listen to a sonification while performing other tasks. It is usually possible to detect minor changes in frequency, dissonance, rhythm, musical key, etc.

For Example:


Interesting. I've been toying with the idea of making a server room sound like an aviary for several years now. -- JohnDuncan


See also UseSound, BeepInterface, BeepSpeek, SituationalAwareness, [http://www.transferpod.com iPod Transfer to Computer]
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