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Platform Independent Implementation of 3D-Sound Computer Interface Icons for Subjects with Visual Impairments

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"Platform Independent Implementation of 3D-Sound Computer Interface Icons for Subjects with Visual Impairments", (2005)
Kenneth Faller, Loaquin Prendes and Armando Barreto

ABSTRACT: This paper describes a platform-independent system which adds spatial auditory feedback to the icons of a computer interface in order to assist visually impaired individuals during icon location and selection. In this enhanced system, icons have 3D sound properties, in addition to their graphical properties. Each icon has a specific sound associated with it. As the cursor is moved throughout the interface, the user is able to hear, spatially, in which direction and at what distance each icon is located, with respect to the cursor.