Wandertroper: Supporting Aesthetic Engagement with Everyday Surroundings through Soundscape Augmentation

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In this paper we present the design and evaluation of Wandertroper, a mobile system designed to support re-engagement with everyday surroundings during daily walks. Wandertroper generates real-time sound based on the spectromorphology of the inhabited soundscape, which is manipulated by how the user walks. Through an iterative participatory design process using semi-structured group discussions and ‘in-the-wild’ evaluations, we outline how design aspects, such as the degree of output abstraction and aesthetic personalisation of use, facilitated users’ engagement with everyday surroundings. We discuss how Wandertroper turned daily walks into personally-meaningful aesthetic experiences.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMUM '16
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia - Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 12 Dec 201615 Dec 2016
Conference number: 15


ConferenceInternational Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia
Abbreviated titleMUM
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  • Embodied Interaction, Aesthetic UX, Rehabilitation of Attention, Soundscape Spectromorphology

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