iSonic: interactive sonification for non-visual data exploration

TitleiSonic: interactive sonification for non-visual data exploration
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsZhao H, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B
Conference NameProceedings of the 7th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility
Date Published2005///
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number1-59593-159-7
Keywordsauditory user interfaces, information seeking, sonification, universal usability, vision impairment

iSonic is an interactive sonification tool for vision impaired users to explore geo-referenced statistical data, such as population or crime rates by geographical regions. Users use a keyboard or a smooth surface touchpad to interact with coordinated map and table views of the data. The integrated use of musical sounds and speech allows users to grasp the overall data trends and to explore the data to get more details. Scenarios of use are described.