The SonicFinder: An Interface That Uses Auditory Icons

  title={The SonicFinder: An Interface That Uses Auditory Icons},
  author={William W. Gaver},
  journal={Hum. Comput. Interact.},
  • William W. Gaver
  • Published 1 March 1989
  • Computer Science, Art, Physics
  • Hum. Comput. Interact.
The appropriate use of nonspeech sounds has the potential to add a great deal to the functionality of computer interfaces. [] Key MethodThese ideas are instantiated in the SonicFinder, which is an auditory interface I developed at Apple Computer, Inc. In this interface, information is conveyed using auditory icons as well as standard graphical feedback. I discuss how events are mapped to auditory icons in the SonicFinder, and illustrate how sound is used by describing a typical interaction with this…

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